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Sunday, 12 June 2016

BOOK REVIEW- CARAMEL HEARTS

TITLE: Caramel Hearts
AUTHOR:  E.R. Murray
PUBLISHER:  Alma Books Ltd
AGE GROUP: 14+
RATING:  5/5
SOURCE: Sent by publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
RELEASE DATE: 26th May 2016


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SYNOPSIS

Liv Bloom’s life is even more complicated than that of your average fourteen-year-old: her father walked out on the family when she was young, her mother is in a recovery centre for alcoholics, and her older sister is struggling to step into Mum’s shoes. The only person she can turn to is her best friend Sarah, who gets out of scrapes at school and is a constant source of advice and companionship. One day Liv discovers a book of recipes written in her mum’s handwriting, which sets her off on a journey towards self-discovery and reconciliation – but a theft, a love rivalry and a school bully are just some of the many obstacles on the way.

Structured around real cake recipes, Caramel Hearts is a coming-of-age novel about love, disappointment and hope, and discovering the true value of friends and family, no matter how dysfunctional they are.

'Caramel Hearts' follows 14 year old Liv Bloom- living on Egerton estate with her sister Hatty, as her father walked out on the family when she was younger. Her mother is in a recovery centre for alcoholics, and suddenly Hatty isn't Liv's fun sister anymore: she is struggling with keeping the family together. 

Once Liv finds a recipe book that her mother had written, she instantly feels closer to her mother- and finds a new found love for baking. However, to follow her dreams and avoid trouble with people at school, snap decisions have to be made: not potentially the right ones. 

I absolutely loved the fact that recipes Liv was trying were integrated within the chapters- but not just usual ones, they had sprinkles of loveliness all over them. The novel was told in a very realistic way: nothing was sugar coated in the chapters, unlike the recipes! Families come in all shapes and sizes, and love can always be found within them, even if they aren't complete at certain times.

Adding to the realistic perspective of the novel, the characters are flawed. I always draw to more of these characters, as you can see them trying to change their ways and improve themselves; even though no one will be perfect. 

Liv and Hatty had a perfect sister bond, as even though people often hurt the people they love the most- their relationship was always strong, and managed to withstand all of the pressures- which was similar to Liv and her best friend. Maddie, (the school bully), had a habit of manipulating people and lying to them: but you can easily see that this has just happened to her previously in her life. The plot and the length of the book was perfect: it could have taken so many directions, it was a shock to me when it took a path where I thought it wouldn't have done.

'Caramel Hearts' is sweet but gritty at the same time- and was very enjoyable. It has an underlying message that you should never judge people in the first instance: you don't know what they have been through- they could make the most admirable friend. An easy 5/5.



                                                         
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  1. Brilliant review, I might just go and buy this right now :)

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    1. It is really good- you definitely should! Thanks for visiting, I love your blog. :)

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