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When I Wasn't Watching by Michelle Kelly
When I Wasn't Watching by Michelle Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Picoult., 10 Aug 2014
When I Wasn’t Watching is an action-packed, complex emotional roller coaster of a read. Not an easy book to read as a Mum, but definitely a rewarding one. The relationships, and the emotions portrayed here are painful, honest, and beautiful.

I see a lot of Jodi Picoult comparisons online, but I think they’re a bit off the mark. Kelly is way better. Why? Because there’s nothing formulaic or artificial here. Maybe I’ve just read too many Picoult novels, but to me, there’s nowhere near as much heart in them as I found in this one.

I really enjoyed it – my only issue was that it covered such huge events and topics in such a compact form – it didn’t feel rushed exactly, but… Read more
From Paris, With Love by Samantha Tonge
From Paris, With Love by Samantha Tonge
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun summer read, 5 Aug 2014
This was a lot of fun to read – but one to flag up as ‘only read when willing to suspend all disbelief & just have some fun!’ Be prepared for MI6 hijinx and a whole lot of improbable daftness that isn’t going to stand up to any close scrutiny, but is pure entertainment gold all the same!

I’ve not read the first book in the series, Doubting Abbey, but it didn’t seem to matter as plenty of background was given – but I’m going to go back and read it now as Gemma is a great character and I want to spend more time with her. She’s amazin’! Took a bit of getting used to, if I’m completely honest, but I’m hooked now. She’s 100% what made this one work for me, a very unique and compelling… Read more
Popping the Cherry by Aurelia B. Rowl
Popping the Cherry by Aurelia B. Rowl
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fab read!, 2 Aug 2014
This was a fab read.

The thing with YA, in my most humble of opinions of course, is that sometimes it can feel kind of sugary sweet, and artificial, and in that respect I often find it frustrating to read. Popping the Cherry most definitely doesn't fall into that category, even though it has SPOILER WARNING a cracking HEA, the road to it is hard fought, and complicated, and as angsty and emotional as it should be when you're seventeen years old.

Hats off to Aurelia B. Rowl for not shying away from the pitfalls of being a British teenager: Lena comes up against peer pressure, bullying, social media fallout, drugs, non-consensual almost-sex and the perils of having a… Read more