27 January 2013
I was hugely impressed by Ketchup Clouds - I was nervous because I had such high expectations due to the huge success of My Sister but thankfully this more than matched them. Annabel's real talent lies in creating such wonderful, believable characters and I felt for Zoe so very much that I got really emotionally invested in her story. The gradual reveal of Zoe's secret builds to a very tense climax with an emotional denouement that left me a bit teary. I would be very surprised not to see this on as many awards shortlists as My Sister.
First Line: "Dear Mr. S. Harris, ignore the blob of red in the top left corner."
Why I read it: I loved Annabel's debut novel, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, so I was super excited to read her new book.
Who I would recommend it to: Fans of My Sister (although the content is darker in Ketchup Clouds), and readers looking for a beautifully compelling exploration of relationships and guilt.
18 January 2013
I really liked (but didn't love) Daughter of Smoke and Bone, when I read it last year but I was hooked enough to be invested in the series and the end of the first leaves plenty of questions unanswered. Karou continues to be a superb heroine full of independence and determination. Whilst the love story is crucial to the book, it takes more of a back burner here whilst Taylor focuses on more superb world building and a dark and moving tale of war and conflict. The full review is full of spoilers if you haven't read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, be warned!
First Line: "Prague, early May. The Sky weighed gray over fairy-tale rooftops, and all the world was
Why I read it: I read the first book in the series, Daughter of Smoke and Bone which made it to number 8 on my Top 10 YA of 2012 and definitely was invested enough to want to know what happened next.
Who I would recommend it to: Well, for one, people who read the first one. This is not a sequel you can pick up without having read Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I read the first one about six months ago and had to check a fair few things from the end of the last one before this clicked into place. But more generally; fans of high quality paranormal romance and fantasy who appreciate poetic description and excellent world building.
12 January 2013
A fast-paced and funny story with an engaging and likeable heroine. There is a lot out there that comes under the broad teen girly, funny bracket but unfortunately a lot of it is vapid, badly written and not even remotely funny so it is refreshing to have something that is largely light hearted but that is well put together and has a message at it's backbone that is actually worthwhile for teen readers to hear. Also, it's just really good fun.
First Line: "My name is Harriet Manners and I am a geek."
Why I read it: I met the lovely Holly on Twitter and after a few chats about her visiting my school, and a meet up in London, I was very excited to get a NetGalley copy of Geek Girl to read before it comes out in February.
Who I would recommend it to: Girls who like Louise Rennison and the like but want their fun, and their heroines, with a bit more depth.