Paper Towns by John Green | Book Review

Hello lovelies! Today I’ll be reviewing a book I massively enjoyed reading: Paper Towns by John Green. Unbelievably, it’s the first John Green novel that I’ve ever read, and, it sure won’t be the last – I’ve had a taster for his writing style, fallen in love and now want to read all of his books!

There are two significant characters, one who is narrating and another who, for a large chunk of the story, is an idea, only talked about, admired.

Quentin believes everyone gets a miracle, and that his was Margo Roth Spiegelman. When she moved in next door, they became good friends. But, they grew apart and now, in their last year of high school, they barely talk. That’s until, one night, Margo climbs through Q’s bedroom window and summons him on an adventure. The next day, at school, Q hopes things will be different, that he and Margo can be good friends once again. But Margo isn’t at school the next day, or the next, or the next. She’s disappeared and left a set of clues behind for Q to follow.

It is a tale of love and adventure.

The story is set mainly in the American state, Orlando. It is mentioned quite a bit at the start of the book, but does not play a part in the forward movement of the story. Towards the end of the book, a non-existent location becomes important and gives the book its name.

What I liked about this story were all the interesting, realistic characters and the pace; the story was driven by the set of clues and there wasn’t a dull moment. I also enjoyed the humor in this book; it’s the perfect summer read!

I honestly cannot think of one thing I didn’t like about this book!

Paper Towns has been made into a film, which I recently watched and enjoyed, however, it doesn’t do the book justice.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review! Have you read Paper Towns? If so, what did you think of it? Did you enjoy it as much as me? I’d love to know, so let me know in the comment section!

Lucy x

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Fire Colour One By Jenny Valentine | Book Review

Hey guys! Today I’m reviewing another book that is on the Carnegie shortlist – Fire Colour One.

Iris has been torn from her only friend and dragged back to England, where she’s forced to meet her dying billionaire father. Why? Because Iris’ mother, Hannah, wants everything of Ernest’s. But he figured this long ago. His revenge has taken years to plot, and only when he’s gone, will it swing into action…

The story is told in first person by Iris, a sixteen year old, obsessed with fire and neglected by her mother. Iris is a unique and interesting character, but I didn’t feel she was very lifelike because she isn’t developed as well as characters in other books such as Shelby in There Will Be Lies (review HERE).

It is a tale of love, greed and revenge.

What I liked about this story was the plot; although it starts off slow and not much exciting is happening in the present of the book, stories told within the story and flashbacks keep it interesting. Towards the end is where things really start to get exciting; the feeling that revenge is to come, and then the reveal of the genius plan.

What I didn’t like so much about this book was how most of the characters seemed slightly two-dimensional; I feel that more description was needed in order to fully develop them.

However, I still think that Fire Colour One is worth the read and I would reccomend it to readers aged 12 and up, both boys and girls.

So, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Have you read Fire Colour One? If so, what did you think?

Lucy x

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There Will Be Lies By Nick Lake | Book Review

Hello lovelies! Today I’m reviewing the type of book I wouldn’t normally read, but it’s on this year’s Carnegie Medal shortlist, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

There Will Be Lies is full of plot twists and turns, as well as long, descriptive sentences that allow the reader to paint vivid, accurate images in their head.

The main character, who’s name is Shelby Cooper, is deaf but leads a good life, home schooled by her over-protective mum. Then, Shelby’s hit by a car and her world is turned upside down. They’re on the run and she can no longer trust anyone. All while this is happening, she keeps getting these dreams where she has to save a child from a crone or her own world will end.

The story is told in first person by Shelby Cooper, the main character. I  feel as if I know lots about Shelby; the author has developed her well.

Quite often in stories, other characters aren’t developed as well as the main character is; that’s not the case with There Will Be Lies. You really get a feel for what all the characters are like and this is down to detailed description of each and every one, no matter how small a part they play.

The story is set in several different American states because they’re on the run. A good chunk of the story is also set in the Dreaming, a mystical land created by the author that adds further exciement and drive to the story. it adds drive because There Will Be Lies is structured real life, the Dreaming, real life and so fourth, and because it’s like two separate stories, the reader wants to find the connection between the two worlds, which comes towards the end.

Some themes explored in There Will Be Lies are trust and betrayal.

What I liked about this book was how the plot twisted and turned, which kept things exciting and made me, as a reader, push on. Also, the language and description used made most of it a dream to read.

Now, I say ‘most of it a dream to read’ because sometimes the description, in my opinion, was too detailed and leaned a little towards boring. Other than that however, it was brill!

I’d recommend this to 13 year olds and above, and to both boys and girls.

So, I hope you’ve enjoyed this review on There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake! If you’ve read it, what are your thought on it?

Lucy x

 

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One By Sarah Crossan | Book Review

This year, my school is taking part in the Carnegie Shadowing programme, where a group of students (me included) read and review at least three of the eight shortlisted book in the running for the CLIP Carnegie Medal, the oldest children’s book award.

The first book I chose to read was One by Sarah Crossan and because I have to review it for the shadowing website, I thought I’d review it here, too, on The Book & Beauty Geek! Anyway, enough rambling, let’s begin…

One is about conjoined twins and best of friends, Tippi and Grace. They’ve been home-schooled all their life, but, then their family fall on hard times and the girls’ have no choice but to go to school. They expected to be taunted, feared, ogled at, but, apart from the occasional obnoxious note tacked to their locker, school was good. They had Yasmeen and Jon. But when Mum loses her job, Tippi and Grace feel they need to help, so agree to be the subjects of a documentary. Then, further disaster strikes, and it’s discovered Grace’s heart’s weak and the only way they have a chance of surviving is to be separated, something the girls’ had never dreamed of; they needed each other.

The story is told from the perspective of Grace, the quiet, more shy twin that lives in Tippi’s shadow. It’s set in Hoboken, New Jersey, and I do not think the location plays a part in the forward motion of the book. The book is written like a collection of poems – unusual but nice. It was very descriptive and excellently written.

I judge a book on not only it’s plot and the language but also how connected I feel to the characters. In One, I feel as if you really get to know all the characters, not just Tippi and Grace, so, bravo, Sarah Crossan! I think you’ve done a brill job!

A variety of themes are explored such as sisterhood, love and friendship, as well as making tough decisions.

What I really like about this book is how there’s no drivel; the story is always moving forward. The plot is has some major twists and turns, so we’re kept interested, intrigued to know what happens next.

What I didn’t like so much was the sad ending, but, I suppose it’s there to catch you off guard; I really wasn’t expecting what happened to happen!

Whilst it’s not my favourite book, it’s certainly not my least and is worth a read. I’d recommend this to readers aged 13 and up, perhaps?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review! Don’t forget to subscribe to The Book & Beauty Geek and be notified whenever a new post goes up!

Take care,

Lucy x

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Elanor & Park By Rainbow Rowell | Book Review

Hello lovelies! Hope you’re having a fab day! Today I’ll be reviewing Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. It’s a romance, the type of book that I wouldn’t normally reach for, but I’d heard so many people rave about it, that I just had to see what all the hype was about!

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I enjoyed Eleanor & Park, however, it’s not the best book I’ve read recently; I much preferred All The Bright Places, which I reviewed a few weeks ago (you can read that by clicking here!).

The story has two main characters, Eleanor & Park. Eleanor is new to the neighbourhood and all she wants is to fit in, but with unruly, red hair and mismatched clothing, she couldn’t stand out more! Park is the boy at the back of the bus who likes to keep himself to himself, but, then he meets Elanor and his life is changed forever. Over comic books and tape decks, they slowly fall in love. But Eleanor’s horrible stepfather, Richie, doesn’t want her dating, and Eleanor knows that if he finds out, he’ll send her away, or do worse. She’s also being bullied; someone at school, or so she thought, is writing horrid things on her exercise books. But then she makes a discovery and runs away… with the help of Park.

The story is told from both the perspective of Park and the perspective of Eleanor. At first, it’s kind of easy to get confused as to who’s talking because it’s third person, but then, as you get to know more and more about each character, the confusion disappears.

The book is usually always set in one of four places: Eleanor’s house, Park’s home, on the school bus or in the gym locker room. I say Eleanor’s house as opposed to home because it’s clear she hates it; never would she call it her home because at home, you should feel at ease, and she doesn’t – she’s always worried about upsetting Richie, her foul stepfather.

You feel you really get to know both characters because they’re so lifelike. In that sense, the book is written beautifully and some of the words that come from the characters’ mouths are like silk, flowing.

The main themes explored are love and youth. It’s an insight into growing up, and how puppy love can be true love, a sweet, heartwarming message, I think.

What I didn’t like so much was how slow I felt the plot moved forward. I know lots of people would disagree with this, but, that’s just my opinion: some bits were dragged out. It was only really towards the end that the story’s pace quickened; I wanted to find out what happened next.

The end was a cliffhanger, but one I that left me with a flutter of hope. I’d like to know what Eleanor’s postcard said exactly, but, if I was to take a guess as to what those three words were, I’d say they were ‘I love you’. This leaves me hopeful because they’re young and still in love, so anything could happen.

I’d recommend this book to mature readers aged 13 up, but only those who are willing to give this book time to get going.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review! Let me know you’re thoughts on Eleanor & Park if you’ve read it, and don’t forget to like this post and subscribe to The Book & Beauty Geek whilst you’re here! It’s free and anyone can do it; all you need to do is enter your email address, which is 100% secure, then whenever I publish a new post, you’ll be notified!

Take care,

Lucy x

 

 

 

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Flawed By Cecilia Ahern | Book Review

Hello lovelies! Hope you’re having a fab day! Today I’ll be reviewing Cecelia Ahern’s first YA novel, Flawed; it’s beautifully written and has a gripping plot that’s full of twists and turns. I very much enjoyed it and wish I hadn’t read it so quickly because I know finding another book as good as Flawed will prove challenging!

Celestine North is perfect. She comes from a nice family, gets good grades and never steps out of line. She’s also the girlfriend of the charming Art, son of Judge Crevan, who’s the head of the Flawed Court. But then Celestine makes a mistake; she helps someone who’s struggling (which in our society would be the right thing to do). The man she helps is Flawed and aiding a Flawed is something highly punishable in the city Celestine lives in. She’s branded Flawed as well, set apart from society, forced to live by a different set of rules. She received six brandings, extreme because she only used logic. There’s a lot of press surrounding her case, and she befriends a journalist, who wants to help Celestine bring down the corrupt Judge Crevan and his warped system.

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Flawed is set in a fictional city called Humming. The city is different to the rest of the world because it has the Flawed Court. The location has a huge role in the story because the plot revolves around the laws of Humming.

Themes such as betrayal, injustice and bravery are explored in Flawed. Friendship is mildly touched upon, too, because it’s revealed who Celestine can rely upon; lots of people turn their backs on the Flawed.

I liked this book because it had me gripped right from the beginning. I felt drawn into Celestine’s world, like her obstacles were my obstacles, too.

What I didn’t like so much was the cliffhanger ending! I’m left guessing until March 2017 when the sequel comes out. Apparently, things will be wrapped up then!

I would recommend this book to teens who love captivating thrillers.

So, I hope you’ve enjoyed this book review! Flawed is excellently written and deserves a lot of praise, I think! If you’ve read it, let me know what you thought in the comments below! Or if you’d like to read it, hearing that would make me happy as well! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Take care,

Lucy x

 

 

 

 

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Book Wishlist – Spring 2016

Hello lovelies, I hope you’re having a fabulous day! Today’s post is a wishlist comprising of several books I’d like to read in the near future.

The first is called Faceless and it is by the author, Alyssa Sheinmel. It’s about a girl called Maisie who, in a freak accident, has her face partially destroyed. She’s lucky enough to receive a face transplant, but, how can her life go on as normal when she doesn’t even recognize herself?  I think Faceless will be excellent, a real eye-opener, so, expect a review on this! Can it live up to my expectations?

The second is called Night Owls and it is by the author, Jenn Bennett. It’s about a girl called Beatrix who’s world is thrown into chaos after meeting a boy called Jack on the Owl, San Francisco’s night bus. Jack is charming, incredibly attractive… and one of San Francisco’s most infamous graffiti artists. I think I will thoroughly enjoy Night Owls because it sounds similar to one of my favourite ever books, Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell.

The third is Paper Towns by John Green. It’s about a boy called Quentin, a girl called Margo and a set of clues. Quentin loves Margo, so when she goes missing, he takes it upon himself to find her. He’s certain she’s left clues meant for him, so embarks on a roadtrip across America. But the deeper he delves into the mystery, the more and more uncertain he becomes about who and what he is searching for. I like a good old mystery, so Paper Towns sounds fab!

The fourth is called The Lost & The Found and it is by the author,  Cat Clarke. It’s about sisters, Laurel and Faith. At six, Laurel was abducted and the only witness was her sister, Faith. Then, thirteen years later, a young women appears in the Logan’s garden, and she’s carrying the teddy Laurel was last seen with. She home, safe at last. Faith has always dreamed about getting her sister back, but now soon she begins to wonder if everything that’s lost can be found again. This sounds write up my alley, similar to the Missing series by Sophie McKenzie, which I enjoyed so much!

The fifth and final book is called Lobsters and it is by the authors, Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen. Lobsters is about a boy called Sam and a girl called Hannah, who have the summer to find ‘The One’. Fate is at work to bring them together, and in the end, it all boils down to love. This sounds like an easy-going beach read that I’ll really enjoy, so I might save this one!

So, we’ve come to the end of my Spring Book Wishlist. Expect to see reviews on lots of these, and let me know in the comments what books are on your wishlist.

Take care,

Lucy x

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All The Bright Places By Jennifer Niven | Book Review

Hello lovelies! I hope you’re all well. This is my first post on The Book & Beauty Geek and, truthfully, I’m rather nervous; writing this is a lot like the first day at school, when all you can worry about is making a good first impression. I want to make a good first impression on you, my readers. But, enough rambling and let me introduce today’s topic! I shall be reviewing All The Bright Places, a book that made my laugh and cry, feel happy and angry, sometimes all at once.

All The Bright Places has two main characters: Violet Markey and Theodore Finch. The book is narrated by both characters, frequently alternating between the two of them (however, not so frequently that you get confused!).  They meet on the edge of the school bell tower and Violet is about to jump; fortunately, Finch talks her down. They become friends and Violet slowly begins learning how to live again, from Finch, who’s world is plunging into darkness.

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The story is set in the  US state, Indiana. Right from the beginning, the location plays a big part in the forward motion of the story. Violet and Finch become friends whilst working on a Geography project together called ‘Wandering Indiana’. They’re expected to visit a range of wild and wacky places and come up with a creative way to document their travels.

A variety of themes are explored in this book, all of rather a mature nature, I must say. Love, trust and mental health are the three that stand out to me, but there’s a few more, too.

What I really liked about this book was the pace; there was not a dull moment. I also loved the life-likeness of both main characters; I was engrossed in their world and feeling their emotions. I might go as far to say that it’s one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read and it will stick with me forever.

What I didn’t like so much was the unhappy ending (I was in floods of tears!). However, I do understand why Jennifer Niven, the author, ended the book in such a way; it shows how suicide affects the people left behind.

I would 100% recommend this book, but only to mature readers aged 13 and up, perhaps?

So, you’ve come to end of my first ever blog post, a review on a remarkable book! If you’ve read All The Bright Places, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it; just leave a comment below! Or if you’d like to read it, hearing that would make me happy, too, because I think all of you should have the pleasure!

You can purchase All The Bright Places on Amazon for £3.85 by clicking here!

Take care,

Lucy x

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