Tuesday, April 8

Book Blogger Tag

I found a tag I really liked over at http://lauralovelockbookreviews.wordpress.com so I thought I'd post my answers!

1. When people fold over corners of pages, when people bend the spine backwards, when people mouth each word as they read.

2. Somewhere cosy and separate from the rest of the world, I also like to read in confined spaces, I think I have reverse claustrophobia.

3.  I've read Pig City by Louis Sachar 9 times. 
I have a book shelf running along one whole wall of my room and I've read every one. 
I have a book two weeks over due from my school library, which I totally forgot about until now!

4. The Fault in Our Stars. Is there any other answer?

5. Right now it has my kindle on it, so technically 107 (I've had it for 2 years) plus Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. 

6. A giant hot chocolate!

7. When you Reach Me by Rebecca Stead,  Invisible Girl by Kate Maryon,  The Look by Sophia Bennett. 

8. This is the one I talked about in question 3: 

This is a panorama from my iPhone, so it looks really wobbly!

9. The whole world. 

10. When I'm looking for light reading, I've been known to read a few children's books, haha. 

Neevie xx

Saturday, April 5

Review | Roxy's Baby - Catherine MacPhail

I've been anticipating reading this book for ages. It's by one of my favourite authors, from Scotland like me! I've read nearly all of her other books, but I had always been told to wait until I was older to read this one. I read this two weeks ago and wanted to immediately review it, but I knew it would be more sensible to collect my thoughts first, as this is not a book for light reading. 

Many sleepless nights have been caused by this book, it seriously gave me the creeps. Without giving too much away, it's about a 14 year old girl called Roxy, and what happens to her when she runs away from home, scared the news about her pregnancy won't be taken well.  She meets different people who promise to keep her safe, but she's not so sure who she can trust. 

This book was extremely well written, interesting characters helped to involve you into the story. I felt as though I was trapped in this novel, I had to turn the last page to escape, but I still don't feel safe from the clutches of some of the more dangerous characters. The first night I read, I had great expectations. I read about a quarter of the book, it was a pleasant story and I was eager to read on, though the thrilling plot hadn't quite kicked in.  The second night I finished the book. I found myself flicking the pages quickly and reading faster than ever. I had to know how things turned out for Roxy. 

The way the characters developed really helped me get into the book, I felt they grew with the story. It was an inevitable yet unpredictable ending. Those are the best kind. The reveal is a shock, and then you remember the hints throughout the story that led it to that point, and you feel like you should've guessed, but the clues were so subtle that there was no way you could have.  The sudden realisation about the intentions for Roxy's fate sent a chill through me. I didn't sleep for most of that night. 

Although this book really did terrify me, it was one I thoroughly enjoyed. I've been lucky enough to meet Catherine twice now, and I will get to spend some time with her in a few months at a residential writing course I'll be going now. I'll definitely look forward to discussing this book. I would recommend this for slightly older readers who don't mind a scare, and are looking for a gripping novel. 

Neevie xo

Wednesday, April 2

Hello, Again...

After a bit of a blogging hiatus, I missed it all too much and decided to start. I don't even know if anyone still reads this or remembers, I'm sorry it's been so long. Comment if you are still here and interested in reading some more posts, what would you like to see from me?
N x