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When It Happens by Susane Colasanti
When It Happens by Susane Colasanti
2.0 out of 5 stars Seen It All Before, 21 Mar 2014
Young Adut novels tend to be a little hit-and-miss, particularly when it's a romance story, and I think I can call this book a miss easily.

Reading When It Happens, the book lacks substance. We're never really given much of a concrete reasoning WHY Sara and Toby are so attracted to each other- they just are. Even from reading the back of the book, it's obvious that the main characters will end up together. As a result, Sara's other possible love interest, Dave, is set up to be almost cartoonishly jerkish, which leads us to wonder how great Sara's taste is if she liked him so much. It felt quite cheap, to be honest, because it's obvious from about the fourth chapter in that Dave… Read more
The Opposite of Amber by Gillian Philip
The Opposite of Amber by Gillian Philip
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Opposites Attract, 30 Oct 2013
When I first noticed this book, I was intrigued by the title and the cover alone. When I picked it up and looked at the first page, I was instantly hooked and I didn't want to put the book down once I started reading it. Ruby's voice is marvellous- she sounds like a real person, and the imagery she uses is just the right blend of fantasy and urban at the same time, with visuals such as, "tarty stardust elf-queen". As a Young Adult novel, it's refreshing that the novel has a more complex, almost self-deprecating tone at times, and it doesn't patronise its audience or have 'perfect' characters. Ruby as a character is very interesting- we soon learn there's a lot that our taciturn protagonist… Read more
Bite: Pretty Things by Sarra Manning
Bite: Pretty Things by Sarra Manning
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow and unsatisfying, 30 July 2012
While normally I am a fan of Sarra Manning's books, I found Pretty Things to be a disappointment.

Although the beginning of the book is promising and has some of Manning's typical humour in the narrative, it goes downhill from there. It seems like a similar book to Guitar girl, but while I found some things in Guitar Girl annoying, I enjoyed that book. This was Guitar Girl without any of its redeeming features. For a start, pretty much all of the characters are annoying. Charlie and Daisy are apparently walking gay stereotypes that don't really seem to turn out for the better by the end of the book. Walker alternates between being a smug, unlikable jerk or being completely and… Read more

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