Saturday, August 20, 2011

Before I Die by Jenny Downham...

Series: -
Published:  July 5th 2007 by David Fickling Books
Pages: 336
Rating: 2 stars
Age Recommendation: -

Synopsis:

Tessa has just months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It’s her To Do Before I Die list. And number one is Sex. Released from the constraints of ‘normal’ life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up. Tessa’s feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, and her new boyfriend, all are painfully crystallised in the precious weeks before Tessa’s time finally runs out.

Review:

I had pretty high expectation for this book because it had been reccomended to me by my english teacher and also by a friend of mine but I still had no idea what to expect because I have never really read a book like this, but to be honest I found the pace to be pretty slow and decided to stop reading when I was about half way through as nothing was really happening in the book.

The plot. I don't really know what I can say about the plot really the first half of the book is just about what Tessa wants to do before she dies and has made a list of all the things she wants to do and the first half of this book is her completing all the things on that list, well this is what has been happening upto the halfway point. I think I got up to number four.

The characters. I didn't really feel like I could relate to any of the characters in this book I think that this might have been why I decided to put it down. I didn't really like the way that the characters of Tessa or Zoey had been written either.

Overall I thought that this book was a bit of a let down, I thought that how Tessa carried out the list could have been made a whole lot more fun but I did think that from what I read of it that it was an ok book.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Unbelievable by Sara Shepard...

Series: Pretty Little Liars (Book #4)
Published:  June 1st 200 by HarperTeen
Pages: 368
Rating: 5 stars
Age Recommendation: -

Synopsis:

Four pretty little liars' charmed lives have turned into living nightmares.
Emily's been shipped off to Iowa to live with her ├╝berconservative cousins. Aria's boyfriend is behind bars—because of her. Spencer's afraid she was involved in Ali's murder. But Hanna's fate is far worse: She's clinging to life in the hospital because she knew too much.
If these girls don't start listening to me, Hanna's going to look like the lucky one.

Review:

I had super high expectations for this book after reading "Perfect" and I am very glad to say this book does not dissapoint.

The plot was great! Just like all of the other books it was full of a whole lot of suspense and mystery and twists and turns that you were not expecting and it was a book that I couldn't put down and you find out quite a few things in this book and things didn't turn out like I was expecting them to.

I thought that the charcters were great in this book and with every book in this series that I read I find myself being able to relate to the girls a whole lot more and understanding the side characters a lot better.

Overall this book was a great book in the series and is definitley worth reading it was a really great book

Perfect by Sara Shepard...

Series: Pretty Little Liars (Book #3)
Published:  September 1st 2007 by HarperTeen
Pages: 298
Rating: 5 stars
Age Recommendation: -

Synopsis:

In a town where gossip thrives like the ivy that clings to its mansions, where mysteries lie behind manicured hedges and skeletons hide in every walk-in closet, four perfect-looking girls aren't nearly as perfect as they seem.
Three years ago, Spencer, Aria, Emily, Hanna, and their best friend Alison were the girls at Rosewood Day School. They clicked through the halls in their Miu Miu flats, tanned in their matching Pucci bikinis, and laughed behind their freshly manicured fingernails. They were the girls everyone loved but secretly hated—especially Alison.
So when Alison mysteriously vanished one night, Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna's grief was tinged with . . . relief. And when Alison's body was later discovered in her own backyard, the girls were forced to unearth some ugly memories of their old friend, too. Could there be more to Alison's death than anyone realizes?
Now someone named A, someone who seems to know everything, is pointing the finger at one of them for Ali's murder. As their secrets get darker and their scandals turn deadly, A is poised to ruin their perfect little lives forever.

Review:

This would definitley have to be my favourite book in the series along with the 9th book that has just been released I loved this book so much and ended up finishing it in a couple of hours the first time I read it, I couldn't put it down.

First off the plot. The plot in this book was so fast-paced and suspenseful I couldn't stop reading and before I knew it I was half way through and then the book was over. Everything happens in this book and I think that is what makes it such an faced and enjoyable book to read and the book ends on a great cliff-hanger!

Next the characters. I thought that you got to see a whole lot more emotion from the characters in this book and I found that I felt like I could relate to the characters a whole lot more and I felt that I knew the characters a whole lot more aswell.

Overall I thought this book was really great and definitley worth the read.

Flawless by Sara Shepard...

Series: Pretty Little Liars (Book #2)
Published:  March 15th 2007 by HarperTeen
Pages: 330
Rating: 5 stars
Age Recommendation: -

Synopsis:

 Spencer stole her sister's boyfriend. Aria is brokenhearted over her English teacher. Emily likes her new friend Maya . . . as much more than a friend. Hanna's obsession with looking flawless is making her sick. And their most horrible secret yet is so scandalous that the truth would ruin them forever.

And why shouldn't I tell? They deserve to lose it all. With every crumpled note, wicked IM, and vindictive text message I send, I'll be taking these pretty little liars down. Trust me, I've got enough dirt to bury them alive.

Review:

When I first read this book I had really high expectations because I loved Pretty Little Liars so much and this book really did not dissapoint. And reading the book for a second time made me love this book even more and I managed to pick up on a whole lot of thinggs that I missed before.

First the plot. I thought that the plot was amazing! I didn't think that you could improve on Pretty Little Liars but this book definitley proved me wrong. there was a whole lot of suspense and mystery in this book that I loved and overall just a very interesting plot.

Now the characters. I loved the characters in the first book but with reading the second book I found that I understood them a whole lot better and found myself getting more attached to the characters and really just being able to relate to the charcters a whole lot more because I found that I knew them better.

Overall I thought that this book was a really great edition to the series and if you liked Pretty Little Liars you will love this book.