Monday, 31 December 2012

"A Walk to Remember" by Nicholas Sparks

A couple of years ago a friend of mine gave me a copy of 'A Walk To Remember' DVD to borrow and after watching it I remember feeling so heartbroken. So, last night when I was looking through my kindle for something to read I thought, well lets give it a go. I've read a few Nicholas Sparks novels before ( Dear John, The Last Song) and I wept and wept after both of them, but I didn't cry at 'A Walk to Remember' - I didn't even feel that sad to be honest.

I liked the book, but I felt like it was missing something, like there wasn't enough. I felt that the writing wasn't that great either. A bit of a let down if you ask me and not top of me recommending pile. When I see that it's written by Nicholas Sparks I expect something epic and heartbreaking, so maybe I expect too much. It wasn't actually that bad, but it wasn't really that great either.

Friday, 27 July 2012

"Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud"

"Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud" by Andrew Lane

I love Sherlock Holmes. I love the BBC TV series, I love the films and I loved the short stories (well, the few that I read anyway). I was so excited when I heard of the Young Sherlock Holmes books because not only was it another way to get my Sherlock fix, but it also offered a different look at Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective. It seemed to pose a question that no one had asked before - where did it all begin?

It's the 1860's and Sherlock Holmes is 14 years old. After finishing a year at an all boys boarding school, he is looking forward to going home. When his older brother, Mycroft, arrives and tells Sherlock that his father had been deployed with the British Army, and because his mother is unwell, Sherlock is unable to return home. Mycroft, who works for the the British Government, isn't able to look after him either as he is too busy, so Sherlock finds himself staying with an Uncle that he barely knows, in a place where he barely knows. He meets Matty, a boy a similar age to Sherlock and Matty tells him of the unusual death that he had witnessed earlier and the strange cloud of smoke that he saw blow away from the crime scene. Sherlock is curious. After discovering another dead body, and witnessing the "death cloud" for himself, Sherlock with some help from Matty, as well as his mysterious tutor Amyus Crowe and his daughter Virginia solve the case of the "death cloud", an adventure that leads them all the way across the English Channel.

I don't want to say too much more about what happens, because I think that if I do I might spoil it a bit. It was a good read, I did work some of the plot out but generally the story didn't end up where I thought that it would. To be honest, I thought to my self, "the book must almost be done, he's just about cracked it!" and looked at my Kindle and I was just shy of 50% of the way through it. It didn't seem to drag on either which was good. I thought that Sherlock was written as a believable character as well. He didn't know all the answers and you could really see how he developed to be the great man that he became. I definitely think that I will read the sequel to this - hopefully soon. It isn't a heavy thriller book, it is obviously designed for teenagers (I'd say anywhere from 12 or older, I guess) but it was easy to read but still quite satisfying - there were some twists in it. I would definitely recommend this book, but I may be slightly biased, as like I said - I love Sherlock. I practically know all the words to the TV series because I have seen it so many times. I think that in the same way the BBC managed to updated the classic tales to a modern world, I think that this book series could be a way to introduce the legendary Sherlock Holmes to a younger audience.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Up and Comming! (And My New Project)

Recently I have taken on yet another project - a more personal blog that I decided to call Being Fifteen (Click Here for a link!). I realised that this has meant that I have neglected this blog a little, so I decided to let you know what my plans for this blog are. Firstly, I recently began reading the first book in the "Young Sherlock Holmes" series because I love anything Sherlock related, so once I finish reading that (which hopefully will be within the next few days) then I post a review here, then begin rereading "Pretty Little Liars" to review and I also have a bunch of new books to read (well, new to me anyway - some are reasonably old books) so hopefully I will keep updating this blog but not as frequently as my other blog. I will try to update once a week, but it really will only be once I have finished reading a book. If you have any requests for books that you would like me to read and review let me know and I will try my best.
Thank you for all the support!
Sophie Marie
xxx

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

I'm Back!

First of all, I would like to say sorry. Sorry that I have been away for so long, but I had things to do and things to sort out, but that's  all done now, so I can focus on writing some more reviews. I also want to say thank you to everyone who kept checking my blog to see if I had updated, it means a lot that you kept coming back. If any of you have any suggestions of what I should read or write about, feel free to let me know, I love hearing about new books. I hope you all enjoy your summer, thanks for sticking by me, and happy reading :)

Sunday, 10 June 2012

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower"


“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky

Wow! I was not expecting quite so much from “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” but it was fantastic! I had heard of the book but never really bothered to make an effort to read it until my sister read it and said that she thought that I might like it. I thought to myself that I might aswell give it a go before the film is released later this year. I really cannot put into words how much I loved “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”. It was one of those stories, for me anyway, that stay with you after you read it. It really got under my skin and made me feel different after I read it! But in a good way, of course!


“AND IN THAT MOMENT, I SWEAR WE WERE INFINITE.”

Charlie is just starting high school, but it doesn’t go off to a great start. He is socially awkward and still mourning the loss of his friend. Over the course of the story he makes friends and falls in love. The story was written and set in the early nineties (before I was born – eek!) and is written as a series of letters written to an unknown character only referred to as “friend”.  I really loved this, because it was different and not knowing who was receiving the letters or what their reaction was or anything like that also added suspense and (***SPOILER***) I was slightly disappointed that we never found out who this anonymous person was. Although, in a way, I also think that it is kinda good that we never find out, it just keeps you thinking. The whole story was really unique but also quite familiar and I think that it felt really realistic.

I really did love this book and I am so excited to write this review. I wish I had read it sooner, and to anyone who reads this and thinks “meh, it sounds alright, but I think that I’ll just wait for the film”, please don’t. Please read it. Although, in saying that, the film does look really good and I am eagerly awaiting its release. This book is a journey, and I know that I have said it before, but I honestly felt every emotion with this book, anyone else who has read it must agree! A bit of a short review I’m afraid, but if I don’t stop here, I will keep telling all of you how amazing it was and you will all get fed up. So I will end it here by simply saying that it was a wonderful coming of age novel, and if it were up to me every teenager (and maybe even adult) should have this on their book shelf! 

Thursday, 7 June 2012

"Della Says: OMG!"


Della Says: OMG! By Keris Stainton

Well, to begin with, I was very excited to read “Della says: OMG!” I had been meaning to read it since it came out, but for some reason I never bought it until last week. When I read it the other day, I really loved it. Like really loved it. Before I go any further, I’ll give you an idea of what it’s about. Basically, Della is starting her summer holiday and wants it to be perfect. Then something great happens to her – her long-time crush finally kisses her. Then her diary goes missing, and over the book, bits and pieces of it are sent to her family and friends.



My only complaint about “Della Says: OMG!” is that it was too short. I just wanted to keep reading and keep reading because it was really addictive! I really believed in Della and her world and everything that happened. I liked how open the book was. There was a bit of swearing and they talked about sex (so if that isn’t your thing maybe avoid it). What was really special was that it really was a rollercoaster ride of a book. I laughed (there was a few really funny bits), I felt betrayed and heartbroken, I basically felt everything that all of the characters felt. I almost felt like “Della Says: OMG!” was like “Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging” (which is one of my favourite books and films!) but slightly older or mature. That was perfect for me, because as much as I loved that book, I had matured myself and longed for something similar and just as good to read, and I can definitely say that “Della Says: OMG!” filled that gap.

As for the writing, well, I really believed that it was a teenager who wrote it and I really connected to it. My favourite part was when Della was talking to her crush, Dan, on IM. She says: “I am much cooler on IM. At least I think so.” Now that is exactly me. If only Della had seen my Facebook messages, then she would have realised that she is far cooler than me! I have told all of my friends to read this book, and I do really recommend it. It’s just, well, fun. It’s the kind of book that makes me want to write a diary (and also hide it very well from both of my sisters!) If you have time over the summer, definitely check it out!

Sunday, 3 June 2012

“Meridenne Drake: Secrets of the Truth”


“Meridenne Drake: Secrets of the Truth” by Jessica Dragon Cheramie

 

Before I start talking about this book, I want to first say sorry for not posting in a while. I’ve had a really busy week. My brother moved out, and I’ve been helping my sister paint her room along with other things. Next week I will be back at school after study leave as well, so until my summer holidays start at the end of June, expect no more than a post a week from me, sorry.




But on to the book! To begin with, I really liked the title, particularly the “Secrets of the Truth” bit, I have to say that I found that very intriguing! I also really liked the front cover, it was really mysterious. What clinched it for me, however, was that fact that it was under a pound to buy on my Kindle, and being a big spender I splashed my cash! “Secrets of the Truth” follows the life of Meridenne Drake. At the beginning, we think, and so does Meridenne, that she is an ordinary teenage girl, that there is nothing special about her. As the story develops, little by little, we learn more and more about Meridenne and how she is far from normal . . .


I enjoyed the book, but I think that I would have really loved it if I had read it a few years ago when I had been slightly younger. I always feel like I connect with the character better if I’m just a wee bit younger than them. It was a really well written book though, and I definitely enjoyed reading it. I always like a book about magic or fantasy, and this didn’t fail to disappoint. There were twists and turns, which kept me reading on and on. But there was also a bit of a love story going on too, which as you might have guessed I loved it! Meridenne finds her first love, and her first heart break, and I think that that added something realistic to an otherwise imaginative story. My favourite bits were in fact the dream sequences. These little snippets were written in first person (different to the rest of the book which was written in third person) and were a big risk, but I think it breaks the book up very nicely. Well done!


So, in the end, yep, a very good book, but I would probably recommend it to readers slightly younger than me, maybe twelve or thirteen year olds. It is still a good read, but that is the optimum, if you like, age to get the best experience from it in my opinion. As always leave a comment and tell your friends, but more importantly check out “Meridenne Drake: Secrets of the Truth” by Jessica Dragon Cheramie.