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Withering Tights – Louise, Rennison

7/10

Withering Tights

 

Synopsis

You know what it’s like when you have your first snog, and it feels like a tiny bat is barging around in your mouth? Of course you do. So you will love Tallulah Casey as she careers about in her tights. She’s your kind of mate.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

Tallulah Casey is 14 and she is about to attend Dother Hall of Performing Arts for the Summer. There’s just one problem, though. She can’t sing or dance. Throughout this book, the reader follows the adventures or ‘misadventures’ of Tallulah as she shows off her Irish Dancing skills and gets her first kisses from boys.

This is a hilarious book, normally not my type of reading as it is quite simple language, however, I absolutely loved it! In some places, it had me laughing, whilst in others, I felt sympathetic for Tallulah’s predicaments.

I would highly recommend this book to young teens or pre-teens because you are guaranteed to enjoy it in some way, even if this is not your style of reading.

The second book in the series can be found here.

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Catching Fire, Hunger Games Series Book #2 (Collins, Suzanne)

7/10

Catching Fire

 

Synopsis

Katniss Everdeen survived the hunger games. Now the Capitol wants revenge. Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are still alive. Katniss should be relieved, but now there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create. As the nation watches Katniss and Peeta, the stakes are higher than ever. One false move and the consequences will be unimaginable.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first because I felt the ending was incredibly rushed. In the first book, the time spent in the arena took up the majority of the story and I expected this one to be the same. It wasn’t. The time in the arena and before, felt very rushed and should have taken longer than the few days that it actually took. Collins should have either made the whole book longer, or cut down on some of the explanation before the Quarter Quell is announced.

Overall, I did enjoy this book but like the first one, I would recommend it to teenagers rather than younger readers because a lot of the topics covered in the book are disturbing.

Read the first book review: The Hunger Games

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The Hunger Games, Hunger Games Series Book #1 (Collins, Suzanne)

8/10

The Hunger Games

 

 

If you have read this book please feel free to tell me your thoughts on it!!

Synopsis

Winning will make you famous. Losing means certain death. In a dark vision of the near future, twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live TV show called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed. When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This book is very popular and I remember reading it for the first time; I adored it then and nothing has changed after the fiftieth read through. The emotions felt by Katniss and Peeta are so raw that it is hard not to fall in love with the characters. The plot development is crafted and developed well throughout the book and there are rarely any slow bits. The subject matter is quite morbid so for this reason I would not recommend it to younger teens, although there is nothing stopping them from reading it.

Each character manages to conjure up a different emotion in the reader so by the end of the Hunger Games the reader is hooked. It is a constant page turner and it is very difficult to stop at the end of the chapter. Even though Collins doesn’t use typical cliff hangers, she manages to subtly include devices which make you want to read on and finish the book in one sitting, which unfortunately isn’t always possible…

I loved this book so much and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys constant thrill and suspense in a book. Aspects of it can be disturbing so bear in mind that it is just a fiction book.

The second book in the series is here.

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Picture Perfect, Geek Girl Series Book #3 (Smale, Holly)

10/10

Picture Perfect

 

Synopsis

Harriet Manners knows a lot of facts. New York is the most populous city in the United States. Its official motto is ‘Ever Upward’. 27% of Americans believe we never landed on the moon. But she has no idea about modelling Stateside. Or, even more importantly, what to do when the big romantic gestures aren’t coming from her boyfriend…

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

I absolutely loved this book! It was perfect in every way! The characters were well developed. The dilemmas and situations that she faces were realistically portrayed right from page one. In this book, we see once again, that Harriet Manners has absolutely no clue about boys which makes her geekiness stand out even more. She blindly follows the advice from another girl who believes that she knows everything about boys, but Nick (aka Lion Boy) is not your average boy. He is a model and can’t always be available for Harriet at every moment of every day. Harriet is so caught up in her own little world, despondent because of the lack of modelling and upset at being whisked away to New York at a moment’s notice, only to find out that she is not actually staying in the city, that she mistakenly believes everyone is out to get her and that nobody likes her, least of all her parents and her boyfriend.

This book is a rollercoaster of emotions as the reader is brought along on Harriet’s journey to resume her modelling career, put up with a ‘fake’ A level tutor who calls Harriet stupid, and a boyfriend who she believes is neglecting her. Along with all that, her parents forget that it is her birthday and her boyfriend mixes up the train stations so doesn’t get to see Harriet on the special date. Everything seems to go wrong for Harriet that could possibly go wrong, but everything comes together for her at the end of the book.

I loved every moment of this book from start to finish and I was so sad when I had finished it. I would definitely recommend this book to all ages because it was fantastic!

The second book in the series can be found here.

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City of Heavenly Fire – The Mortal Instruments Book #6 (Clare, Cassandra)

Rating 8/10

City of Heavenly Fire

 

Synopsis

“Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned. Love will be sacrified and lives lost in the thrilling and long-awaited final instalment of the bestselling and acclaimed Mortal Instruments.”

Overview

The pace in the City of Heavenly Fire is relentless, just as it begins to slow, something occurs to make you want to read more! It is certainly a page turner. The relationships that the readers have seen developing over the course of these books finally reach their climax as we see Clary and Jace, Izzy and Simon and Alec and Magnus’ love blossom right from page one.

This book is physically very large, however the text used was larger than the other books in the series, but still made it an uncomfortable read to hold, especially for the amount of time that it took to read it. However, this may have been subjective to the edition that I had, so I wouldn’t let this minor fact dissuade you from reading it.

This was probably my favourite book out of the Mortal Instrument series because of the relentless pace and how the plot unfolded from the prologue to the epilogue. It was very well constructed, and didn’t jump between different characters’ viewpoints too frequently so it wasn’t confusing. I would highly recommend reading this book, however if you haven’t done so already, read the other books in the series first!

I thought this was the perfect ending to the Mortal Instruments series; it takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions from joy to anger as Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle and Alec take on Clary’s brother, Sebastian, one last time.

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