Thursday, 6 July 2017


TITLE: Noah Can't Even
AUTHOR:  Simon James Green
PUBLISHER:  Scholastic
RATING:  5/5
SOURCE: Sent by publisher, in exchange for an honest review.



Poor Noah Grimes! His father disappeared years ago, his mother's Beyonce tribute act is an unacceptable embarrassment, and his beloved gran is no longer herself. He only has one friend, Harry, and school is...Well, it's pure HELL. Why can't Noah be normal, like everyone else at school? Maybe if he struck up a romantic relationship with someone - maybe Sophie, who is perfect and lovely - he'd be seen in a different light? But Noah's plans are derailed when Harry kisses him at a party. That's when things go from bad to utter chaos. 

It is refreshing to have a hilarious and lighthearted book like 'Noah Can't Even', on the YA bookshelves, but it actually covers some really important topic. Easily addictive, and a relatable read for teenagers, I finished 'Noah Can't Even' in one sitting.

15 year old Noah Grimes is awkward teenage boy, and with his distinctive personality he sometimes finds it difficult to be accepted by others at school. Frequent mishaps for Noah occur when he is desperately trying to impress Sophie, a girl who he likes. But his best friend Harry kisses him at a party, things are about to get a lot more arkward.

Noah's personality just seeped through the page, so that you can't help but adore him. Also, I felt that Green created character's that perfectly contemplated each other- it was a great mix. Every character had flaws, and they learnt from them, which is real life. Noah's Gran was definitely one of my favourite characters, as she gives Noah a lot of great advice.  I loved how nothing was spared when talking about sexuality- all of the awkward, real life parts were left in. All teenagers can relate to Noah's confusion, as we have all questioned ourselves in many aspects at some time.

There are just certain little corkers that Noah comes out with that will honestly have you laughing out loud- I haven't laughed at a book for a long time. Noah and his Gran will always stick in my mind. The plot was perfectly fast-paced, there is no way anyone could get bored reading this one, especially when Noah jumps from one predicament from the next. I will be eagerly waiting for the sequal; 'Noah Can't Even' is perfect if you are in search of a feel good read. It is a fantastic mixture of everything you want in a book.


Monday, 1 May 2017


Thanks to Premier PR and Lionsgate Home Entertainment for sending me a Fallen DVD pack! I really enjoyed having a movie night with all of the treats. 

A young girl finds herself in a reform school after therapy since she was blamed for the death of a young boy. At the school she finds herself drawn to a fellow student, unaware that he is an angel, and has loved her for thousands of years.

I really enjoyed watching the 'Fallen' film, especially up to the run up of my exams where I find it hard to have some me time. The film was absolutely perfect in the respect of allowing me to become wrapped up in the plot, and I think, overall, it was executed extremely well.

Firstly, some of the special effects were mesmerising and beautiful- it was definitely something that stuck out for me in the film as a whole. Also, the smooth transitions didn't interrupt my viewing experience. The sound acting also allowed me being able to be easily transported straight into the film: I haven't really seen Addison Timlin and Jeremy Irvine in many films, but they were brilliant. I love to feel invested in the plot when I'm watching a film: 'Fallen' arresting story line made me really feel I could root for the characters. The ending was quite rushed and I was left on loose thread, but that only made me desperately want to watch the next film when it is made.

Compelling. distinctive and addictive: Fallen is definitely a film I would recommend to Twilight or City of Bones lovers.


Monday, 24 April 2017


TITLE: Street Song
AUTHOR: Sheena Wilkinson
PUBLISHER: Black and White Publishing
RATING:  5/5
SOURCE: Sent by publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
RELEASE DATE: 20th April 2017



RyLee’s career is over. After winning a national TV talent show and becoming a teen pop sensation, his fame and success has quickly been followed by addiction, media scrutiny, and career suicide. After a brief spell in rehab, 18-year-old Ryan has some rethinking to do.

His stepdad- music promoter and self-appointed creator of ‘RyLee’- wants him at home and in school, and under his thumb. But after an argument descends into violence, Ryan decides to run away from his old life, his failed career, and his dysfunctional family.

When he meets the stunningly witty but distinctly average guitar-player Toni almost directly outside his front door, the opportunity to start afresh seems too good to pass up. Before long, he has arrived in a new city, joined Toni’s amazingly talented band, and reinvented himself under the name ‘Cal’. For the first time in his life Ryan has friends around him, he’s playing the music he’s always wanted to play, and- despite living in a hostel, busking for his wages, and living under a false identity- he’s finally happy.

But just when Ryan feels like he has truly started over, his past begins to catch up with him.

I love reading Young Adult Fiction that is fresh and unique, which draws me in because it is something I haven't read before- 'Street Song' was exactly that.

18 year old Ryan won a national TV talent show and became a teen pop sensation: but it didn't last for long. Everything in his life has gone downhill, and Ryan wants to run away from it all. When he meets guitar-player Toni, his life changes, and he has finally happy, after reinventing himself as 'Cal.' But just when Ryan feels like his life is coming together, his past begins to haunt him.

My favourite thing about 'Street Song' was how vivid the settings were. I could breath in the atmosphere of Belfast: the descriptions coming to life on the page made me like this book even more. The characters are also so realistic, as Ryan has changed and learnt many lessons, and became a changed person, throughout the course of the novel. Toni was also another favourite character of mine- there was something distinctive in her demeanour that I loved. The plot went at just the right pace for me: there wasn't a page that I wasn't eager to turn. It also covered a breadth of serious topics such as addiction and homelessness that can be heavy in some places, but it was balanced out with the bold writing style.

'Street Song' is an easy 4/5: a dark, gritty and compelling novel that will easily add diversity to your bookshelf.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017


TITLE: The Hate U Give
AUTHOR: Angie Thomas
PUBLISHER: Walker Books
RATING:  5/5
SOURCE: Sent by publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
RELEASE DATE: 6th April 2017



Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice. 

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement, The 'Hate U Give' stands out completely from other YA; it is something that I have never read before, and the book made me want to put it in as many people's hands as possible. Some books that are extremely hyped up can be a disappointment, but this one was millions of miles away from that.

Set in Garden Heights, Starr has already seen the wrongful murder of her best friend, when she was just 10 years old. She lives two lives: attending her posh school, and living in the poor neighbourhood where she was born and brought up. Now 16, she has witnessed the underserved murder of her best friend Kahlil, by a police officer. With protests arising and media coverage of the shooting increasing, Starr has to cope with her two worlds colliding- as she was the only witness of Kahil's murder. But speaking up could end in very bad consequences.

Angie Thomas has a phenomenal talent of making her readers experience so many differing emotions, within just a few pages; the book was so raw and painstakingly real. It completely opened my eyes about what goes on in America, and how powerful words are- they can make a change. Thomas made Starr's voice come out of the pages: her honest account and brutal honesty made my heart drop into my stomach so many times in the book, which has never happened as frequently in any books I have recently read. The book took a few pages to get into, but then I was completely hooked from start to finish.

Another element to the book that I also adored, (there are so many in this book), is that Starr's family is so tight-knit. It is very refreshing to see parents and families have a bigger role in YA novels, and it's even better that Starr wants to spend time with them, showing that she loves them unconditionally. Every single character was vibrant and full of life, making me connect with and relate to them so easily in different ways. 'The Hate U Give' is compelling, powerful and authentic; as soon as you start to read the book, the character's and their lives will stay with you for a very long time. You will not regret picking this one up.

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