Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Me and Mr Darcy - Alexandra Potter

This book I would never have picked. Let's face it. I hate classics that you can't understand what on earth is going on. But Pride & Prejudice, I love the costumes and of course, Mr Darcy (especially Colin Firth in a lake scene, thank you Miss Austen!). So I was in Tenerife on holiday with my family and *shock* I start to run out of books to read, which for me is the most annoying thing in the world. So after searching the bookstore high and low, I found this, brought it, and finished it this morning.

First Sentence: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single girl in possession of her right mind must be in want of a decent man.

Me And Mr Darcy is about twenty-something New Yorker, Emily Albright who as you can guess, LOVES Jane Austen. Instead of going on a trip to Mexico for alcohol and boys with her best friend Stella, she books a trip to England on a Jane Austen tour with fellow Jane Austen fans. On the trip among many old pensioners is Spike Hargreaves, a messy, annoying reporter, only there to write an article on Mr Darcy, who Emily immediatly hates. But one day, she walks into a room and suddenly Mr Darcy isn't only a fictional character, but a real person.

To be honest, it was okay. The middle got a bit boring but it's more of an adult book reader than someone like me. For those who have actually read Pride and Prejudice, you find out eventually it's at the part when Mr Darcy meets Elizabeth Bennet and then, he doesn't see her for months, where 'anything could have happened' I would read it again and it was good twist to the classic novel and as you can guess, Spike and Emily are like real life Darcy and Elizabeth.
I must admit that if Mr Darcy walked into the room now, I would probably either faint or scream...or go speechless. It made me think 'Hm. Maybe Mr Darcy isn't too amazing as every girl thinks he is.' Though, well done Jane Austen. I don't think anyone could forget the various Darcy's on TV and film (COLIN FIRTH!!) coming out of that lake in only a shirt. Hmmmm.....

Author's Website: www.alexandrapotter.com/

Monday, 7 June 2010

Meet Me at the Boathouse - Suzanne Bugler

I've seen the book in one of those recommended leaflets of teen books but never seen the book in the shops to get it ago. Well, at my spurt at the library, I saw it and picked it up.

DON'T READ IT. It was awful and incredibly boring and tedious. I didn't even finish it.

First Sentence: Danny told me there were seven major houses in Eppingham. I didn't really believe him but I went along with it anyway, just for a laugh.

The story is mostly about Lousie and her mixed up boyfriend Danny. Lousie, in Year 11 at school, knows that Danny loves her so much. It isn't his fault that he gets things wrong. Then something terrible happens and suddenly Danny and Louise are hanging out with dodgy people and doing things that aren't right or fair. Danny's starting to scare her. Was everyone else right from the start?

I thought sounds okay. It isn't. In about the first 30 pages, she had a boyfriend and it's about the continuous lies he tells, the stuff they do and his continue (and irritating) accusations of her not loving him. I was shouting at Louise to just dump the flipping guy.
Basically. If you want to read the book, my advice is to read till about half way (page 126 to be exact) and then read the last couple of chapters. The last chapter I must say it actually really good considering the rest of it. I especially liked the last part. So yeah, the book was a terrible let down. I wouldn't read it if I was you.

Sorry, Suzanne Bugler doesn't have a website. 

Everything Beautiful - Simone Howell

I have seen Everything Beautiful in Waterstones and though the cover was tempting, I just couldn't bring my self to actually buy it and read it, for some reason. I think the words Atheist and Christain Camp put me off, reminding me of a girl at school. Anyway, as you can tell as I dribble on about nothing, I did read it when I found it in the library. 

First Sentence: I am the maniac behind the wheel of a stolen dune buggy.
Riley Rose, tricked by her father and his annoying new girlfriend, is sent for her summer for a week at 'Christain Camp' called Spirit Ranch. However, the rather large Riley is an atheist and all round rebel on a misson. While she's there, she meets Dylan Luck, recently put into a wheelchair and fellow rebel (even though I didn't think he was that rebellous) and together truths are told, secrets revealed and Riley's dreaded week away turns into actual fun and changes her life.

The book was better than expected. There were times where the blurb sort of caught itself out. I mean Dylan, to me anyway, didn't seem like he was also trying to get in trouble. Apparently, together they ruin the camp but its more Riley. And Riley seems like this confident person who I guess I automatically put her in the normal/thin category but you find out she's actually quite fat or big. I didn't really sense it to be honest. But that maybe me. My favourite characters were Bird and latterly Fleur. Though she was a bit annoying at the beginning. Craig...eurgh, don't get me started on him. Overall, the book was really good with some great characters and I did quite enjoy it. Good read...read it. :)

Author's Website: www.simmonehowell.com/