Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Phantom of the Opera....

Oh dear god...Two very busy few weeks with exams and now Work experience in the fabulous Marks & Spencers. :)
Anyway, you may notice that my 'I'm Reading' photo has changed (that's if anyone actually goes on here and I'm not talking to myself) from Phantom of the Opera to (yes another) Sarah Dessen book, This Lullaby.
Well. My friend let me borrow it as I'm slightly obsessed with PotO so she recommended the book to me. So I start reading it last week and oh my god...I got to Chapter 4, bored and annoyed that 1) I hadn't met the main girl, Christine and 2) nothing in the show or movie had happened yet.
So I gave up. I don't do it often. I don't think classic books are my forte as I JUST managed Pride and Prejudice a couple of years ago.
Anyway. That's it.
COMMENT if you read this or any other reviews. It will help not think that I'm talking to myself :(

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac - Gabrielle Zevin

I got recommended this book by a friend when I was at her house. She gave me the book, promising me that I'd love it. I've read 'Elsewhere', also by Gabrielle Zevin and even though I thought Elsewhere was good, it wasn't amazing. So, I guess, I was a bit negative when I started this book. But I finished it this morning....oh dear god...I LOVE IT. haha :)

First Sentence: Above all, mine is a love story.And like most love stories, this one involves chance, gravity, a dash of head trauma. It began with a coin toss. The coin came up tails; I was heads.

If the coin had hit heads, there would be no book. But it hit heads... Naomi Porter has woken up in hospital with no idea why she is there and what has happened over the last 5 years. She doesn't know that her parents are divorced, she has a sister, who are friends are and if she has a boyfriend or not. As she pieces together what has happened before she lost her memory, she finds out that some of her life is best forgotton.

To start off with, I was sitting there thinking 'Get on with it.' but to be honest, the opening paragraph is needed and immediatly captured my attention. (That really sounds like something my english teacher would say, sorry). Naomi falls in love with guys (trying not to let too much away) - and if it wasn't a book and real life, she would be classed many things. Though, if the book was real life, you probably wouldn't remember your boyfriend and happen to like the guy that found you at the bottom of some steps. You never know. My favourite characters were Will, her best friend who if, in my opinion, was a real person, I would beg him to be my best friend. And Alice who just comes out with some of the funniest things. Didn't like Ace, you'll find out who he is, he's a bit of a jerk. I found a movie of it release this year but it's a Japanese movie (with Emma Roberts as Alice?) and I don't think it's going to be release over here. Sad. Overall, I would read and recommend this novel to anyone reading this.

I give it 5 out of 5

Author's Website: www.memoirsofa.com/

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

The Silver Blade - Sally Gardner

Okay. First if you haven't read THE RED NECKLACE which is the first book in this series, you may find some spoilers in this review. Maybe. Though some of the things might be slightly obvious and anyway, to be honest, you don't really have to have read the first book to read this book anyway. But just thought I'd put that just incase someone decides that their comment is an abusive one about ruining the book. :)

First Sentence: There is no more terrifying a  sight in all Paris than that of the guillotine. 

With that sorted, the book. This is the second and last in the series of The Red Necklace. And to be honest, the best.
It's set during the French Revoltution (1700's) and follows Yann, a young gypsy actor who has a double life with his friend, Didier that helps get French aristrocat familes out of the country to England before their sent to the guillotine. In England also lies his love, the beautiful Sido de Villidual whose father was murdered (I think) in The Red Necklace. Count Kalliovski, a murderous, friend of the devil nobleman is also planning something magical with the heads that roll for revenge against Yann and Sido. Will Sido and Yann ever meet again? Will they still be able to be together? And what is Kalliovski planning? Read the book.

It's a good book I must admit. The language and the way it all links is done well. However, there were a number of french words in italics that I didn't understand and kept cropping up. I do French now but still I was struggling translating it and I actually know some french. It would have been useful to have a glossary at the back for the words. I know this is going to sound so weird but I love the feel of the pages. I don't know but they've made the pages more flimsy and the writing slightly bigger and I loved that. :)
You don't really have to have read the last book to read this one though as I read The Red Necklace a year or so ago, I was struggling to remember who some of the people were that claimed they were in the first book. Oh well. Both are good books. Read them is my advice.

I give it 4 out of 5

Author's Website: www.sallygardner.net/