Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Review: Threads series: Threads

 Threads series: Threads by Sophia Bennett
Name: Threads
Author: Sophia Bennett
Author's website: http://sophiabennett.com/
Publisher: The Chicken House
Date published: 2009
Number of pages: 254
Rating: 5/5
When is it available: Now

Threads is a story about Nonie (a fashion fanatic), Edie (she's out to save the world), Jenny (who's at the start of her acting career) and their new discovery Crow (an amazing fashion designer. Who's also 12). Meeting Crow gives them the chance to make her dreams come true, Nonie the chance to realise what she's always wanted to do, Edie the chance to promote charities and Jenny the chance to look great on the red carpet...
Threads is a truly brilliant story. It's really well researched, therewere good details - especially about fashion, which is why fashion lovers will fall in love with this book. Just like I did. And even if you're not that interested in fashion there are still some other parts to the story that you might like. There's charity, celebrities, movies, world issues and more.
I also really liked the characters - each one had different and interesting characteristics. One if the best parts of the books was that they all came together to help Crow realise her dreams and to help a charity. And even though the characters had faults (don't we all) they were still really wonderful people.
The cover is fantastic! Seriously, I love it. It's bright, colourful and all the fonts fit in well together. ALso that's a really pretty dress, I wouldn't mind having it.

Review: Highland Fling by Katie Fforde

Highland Fling by Katie Fforde
Name: Highland Fling
Author: Katie Fforde
Author's website: www.katiefforde.com
Publisher: Arrow Books
Date published: 2003
Number of pages: 376
Rating: 4/5
When is it available: Now

Highland Fling by Katie Fforde is about a woman called Jenny (Genevieve's her full name) who has a job as a virtual assisitant. When her client asks her to go up to Scotland to check on a mill he's thinking of closing she ends up trying to save the mill and work at a road side cafe (the Homely Haggis). Then, to complicate things even further, her boyfriend (who she's "practically engaged to" but doesn't actually love anymore) turns up just as she realises she's falling for Ross - a frequent and infruriating customer at the Homely Haggis...
I liked this book, it wasn't too predictable. I didn't know what was going to happen all the time which is a problem with some books. It even threw a couple of surprises at me.
There was one problem though - Jenny kept making assumptions which was a bit annoying but apart from that the book was really good. It was a lovely story and I could really understand Jenny's feelings (and I could really understand why Jenny like Ross...).
The cover was another great one from Katie Fforde - I really like the covers she has on her books. They have a great sketchy style.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Review: Artistic Licence by Katie Fforde

Artistic Licence by Katie Fforde
Name: Artistic Licence
Author: Katie Fforde
Author's website: www.katiefforde.com
Publisher: Arrow Books
Date published: Reissued in 2004
Number of pages: 354
Rating: 5/5
When is it available: Now
Note: This book is really for adults, or for older teenagers.

Artistic Licence by Katie Fforde is a witty and funny book about a woman called Thea who isn't entirely sure what she wants in life. At 35 she's a landlady with a house full of student lodgers. Fed up with them and their mess Thea extends her holiday that her bossy friend Molly had convinced to go on and suddenly decides to take off to Ireland to see Rory - a man she's just met who just happens to be an amazing artist.
But then Molly arrives, along with Petal, one of Thea's annoying lodgers, who brings her uncle Ben who's with his son Toby. For Thea the timing is all wrong, aswell as the fact that Rory's dog is about to have puppies, Rory wants to be with Thea but she's starting to find Ben more and more attractive, even though she's sworn never to like him.
I really enjoyed this book and it made me laugh out loud at some parts. I wanted to keep on reading it - I was hooked after the first page. The characters were lifelike and what I really liked about them was that they weren't perfect - which is good because nobody's perfect in reality. I could really empathise with Thea and I could understand and feel her frustrationat the students. So this book deserves five out of five because it's very well written and I just loved the story.
I like the cover a lot, it all ties in well together and I like the sort of relaxed style of it.

Artistic Licence

Hope you enjoyed the review!
Beccy xoxo