Category: Middle Grade


Review: 4.5 stars to Forever Geek (Geek Girl #6) by Holly Smale

Posted 16 March, 2017 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, Middle Grade, Reviews, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

My name is Harriet Manners and I’ll be a geek forever…

Harriet Manners knows almost every fact there is.

Modelling isn’t a sure-fire route to popularity. Neither is making endless lists. The people you love don’t expect you to transform into someone else. Statistically, you are more likely to not meet your Australian ex-boyfriend in Australia than bump into him there.

So on the trip of a lifetime Down Under Harriet’s to-do lists are gone and it’s Nat’s time to shine! Yet with nearly-not-quite-boyfriend Jasper back home, Harriet’s completely unprepared to see supermodel ex Nick. Is the fashion world about to turn ugly for GEEK GIRL?

It’s time for Harriet to face the future. Time to work out where her heart lies. To learn how to let go…

Review:
Forever Geek was a somewhat perfect ending to the series. However the ending killed me.
In this episode of Harriet Manners Goes Wild (lol!) Harriet is off to good ole Australia with her best friend Natalie and her grandmother Bunty. All on the pretence that she will be getting some new cool modelling jobs Wilbur has set up for her. Unfortunately things go slightly off kilter and Harriet starts taking matters into her own hands.
Never a good thing.
Sometimes, Harriet, you just need to listen when they say be patient! Oh my God. She ditches all her plans and that’s not a thing you want with this girl. Nuh-uh.
I kind of missed Team JRNTH but they still popped up in odd ways like phone calls and texts. The whole mystery about whether Harriet might bump into her ex boyfriend Nick was one that I truly kinda hoped wouldn’t happen as I rather like Jasper.
Harriet’s escapades were hilarious as usual, and some were rather cringe-worthy like ‘oh my God what are you doing?’ You know? It was a bit extreme even for her at times.
There were parts near the end that had me in literal tears and I’ll never forgive it for that. Why couldn’t we go the whole book without tears? Fml. Anyway, I’m really sad this series is over but am super excited about what Holly has next to publish. I know it’ll be great!
There were so many highs and lows throughout this series and I got to join Harriet on so many adventures. I don’t regret it for a second, however the second hand embarrassment could have been dialled down a bit. Haha.
I’ll miss all the characters, and the fun times. I’ll miss the modelling shoots and the crazy fashion. I’ll even miss Yuki Oto. I spelt that right, right?
I give this a 4.5 stars purely because of a certain thing that happens that I won’t mention. While it isn’t a bad thing, or a good thing, it just… Could have done without.
Good bye Harriet.

 

-Kat
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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

Posted 24 May, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Contemporary, Fantasy, Middle Grade, Reading Challenges, Top Ten Tuesday, YA / 5 Comments

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
So hey guys! Long time no see on a Tuesday! I bring you today’s installment of 10 books…and this time it’s Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed, whether that be less love, more love, complicated feelings, indifference or that I thought it was great in a genre until I became more well read in that genre, and on and on. You get the idea. I had to really think hard about this one because I either lose love or gain love, I don’t really get many feelings in between when I haven’t read something in a while. I’m usually not thinking anything at all, to be honest. So maybe that’s called indifference or just plain ignoring …I don’t know. Ha ha. So the list below is pretty…well…obvious, if you know me well. It’s not to say I dislike any of these books, but you’ll see my reasons behind them anyway. 

 


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1: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer- I absolutely loved this when I first read it. Maybe not so much the writing, although I certainly didn’t know a lot better than I do now. But the story hooked me. Perhaps I read it too many times, but now, years later having read so many different kinds of books, I can’t get through it again. I tried, multiple times, but I’m always snagging on things that bother me – grammar wise, or just phrases – and I can’t go past. This makes me sad, but the series will always hold a dear place in my heart.

 

2: Sabriel by Garth Nix- Another one I adored when I first read it a good ten or more years ago. It was brilliant, and I devoured the entire series. But now, I’ve tried to reread it, and it’s just not the same. Maybe it’s me, maybe I’m just not into that kind of fantasy or maybe it was the mood I was in at the time. I will never know.

 


3: Darren Shan Saga by Darren Shan (duh! 😛 ) – As with the ones above, I read this series a long time ago, and since then have read all sorts and I guess my style or taste has changed because I’ve tried to reread this series and it’s just not…agreed with me.

 


4: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell- Now here’s one that I can safely say I have loved more and more each time I read it. Four times! I’ve read it 4 times and have not yet become bored. 

 


5: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins- The love I have for this book is ever growing and no matter how many times I read it (3 times!), I’ll never get bored.

6: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – Now here’s one that I’ve read at LEAST 5 times, maybe 6? I lost count, honestly. It’s not that I’ve lost love for it, but the more I reread it, the less excited by it I am. I still love it, don’t get me wrong, but I suppose there is only a certain amount of times within a certain time period that you can reread something. 

 


7: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – much like City of Bones, I’ve reread this between 4 and 5 times, but unlike with above, my love has grown. Though I still get irritated by certain things (like Jem, and the Magister, among other things) but my love for Will Herondale supersedes anything that might hinder my enjoyment. 🙂

8: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – I loved this originally, but I tried rereading it recently and, maybe I wasn’t in the right mood, but it didn’t…sit well like before. It wasn’t as gripping. I’m hoping it was just mood, because I want to, NEED TO, read the rest of the series. I hate Chaol, but I can ignore that…I hope. 

9: Poison Study series  by Maria V. Snyder – Okay, this is one where I’ve not recently tried to reread, but thanks to someone claiming Valek is actually in his 40’s <_<, It’s put me off completely. I loved this series when it first came out, like 10 years ago or more, but now…I guess it’ll always mean something to me, but it’s ruined the images I had in my head, and ruined the character for me. So yeah.

 


 

10: Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan – Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Rick Riordan’s writing, and storytelling, but I have to admit, since reading Heroes of Olympus, I prefer that 100% more than Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Sorry not sorry.

Tell me, what books have you felt differently about since you first read them? 
-Kat
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I’m doing the…Dewey’s 24hr Readathon April 2016

Posted 22 April, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Contemporary, Fantasy, Middle Grade, Readathons, Reading Challenges, Updates, YA / 2 Comments

Are you?
I’ve not done a readathon in ages (and I can’t exactly say the TBRtakedown was a success), but now, in the middle of all the writing I’m SUPPOSED to be doing before I go away, I’ve decided I’m going to take one day out to READ. Not that I haven’t been reading all this time, because I have been. Even if it’s just a couple hours here and there, I manage it. But I’ve been so disconnected with books lately, what with me writing my own one. 
So here’s my choices to read (because lord knows I’m not going to manage more than one book):
Passenger
Blood of Olympus.
I’m going to try one of these, and of course if within the first hour or so I decide I’m not feeling it (though I’ve tried the second one and I love the story, but maybe it’s clashing too much with my own story), then I can change.
Let me know if you’re taking part and what you’ll be reading. 
-Kat

 

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Event Round Up: Geek Fest @ Waterstones: Holly Smale (talk and signing)

Posted 7 April, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Book Promo, Book Tour, Contemporary, Interviews, Middle Grade, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Hey guys! So on Wednesday 6th April I attended a book event of Holly Smale’s (author of the wonderful Geek Girl series) to promote book 5 “Head Over Heels” (released 7th April – TODAY! GO GET IT!)

Head Over Heels (Geek Girl #5) by Holly Smale

Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books

Summary from Goodreads: “My name is Harriet Manners, and I will always be a geek.”
The fifth book in the bestselling, award-winning GEEK GIRL series.

Harriet Manners knows almost every fact there is.

She knows duck-billed platypuses don’t have stomachs.
She knows that fourteen squirrels were once detained as spies.
She knows only one flag in the world features a building.

And for once, Harriet knows exactly how her life should go. She’s got it ALL planned out. So when love is in the air, Harriet is determined to Make Things Happen!
If only everyone else would stick to the script…

Has GEEK GIRL overstepped the mark, and is following the rules going to break hearts all over again?

It was so much fun and I learnt a lot, which is always a plus. I was front row and centre. Felt a bit self conscious but it was okay. Holly was asked a number of good questions, including one from yours truly. Most of which I’m going to talk about with you now.
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When asked if she would show her early work to family or friends, Holly said she used to show it to her mum but soon lost confidence with her after she was told “it’s good but it won’t sell.”
There were a few writing questions asked, which I always like to hear. She explained how she writes one first draft and then completely rewrites it for second draft. Then there’s small amounts of editing done after that.
Holly said that when she goes to bed, she’ll close her eyes, and let her imagination weave a story and the characters develop in her head, though not always the names. She uses baby books for those. For some names she uses friends names, too. I thought that was interesting because sometimes my ideas come when I’m trying to sleep, but as I told her, I mostly forget to write them down. Haha.
Her mum inspired her to start writing at a young age and she was read poetry as a kid. 
Good news: Holly has a short story coming out in the summer, which isn’t actually that short anymore. She said about how it was supposed to be like the Christmas story – length wise – but has turned out to be a lot longer. She’s also writDSC_0089ing another short story to go at the back of that, which will be from a different characters POV, showing their view of Harriet. She won’t say who, though. Sigh.
When asked if there would be a film on her books, she said there may be some news in the pipeline (on film/tv adaptation for Geek Girl.) Fingers crossed! I’m not sure how I feel about that, but it’d certainly be interesting to see how they’d portray it. 
All of the trips involved in the book were places she’s been to: Russia she went to on a school trip. She lived in Japan for 3 years to teach, that’s why there’s a lot of detail in second book. Book 3 was set in New York, and she went there as a research trip. Book 4 was Morocco, which she went back to for research. Book 5 is set in India and she went there for 3 months. Holly explained how Book 5 was originally going to be set in Cambodia but she found it didn’t feel right so she changed it.
When it comes to the romance, Holly states that Nick, the so-called hero of the series, hasn’t been present since book 3. She wants to make the relationship between Harriet and Nick healthy and logical. Harriet’s life doesn’t end when she doesn’t have love in it.
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I braved my anxiety and asked whether any of the characters were based off people she knows or if they just popped into her head…here’s her answer. (Paraphrased. Obviously.):
Some of the characters are based off real people like Richard (based off her dad), her dad would give a list of jokes to add to the books. Harriet is loosely based on her. She based Toby off Edward Cullen, stating that if you take away the hotness, the behaviour isn’t good. Rin is based off a friend she made in Japan. And in general she picks up seeds of different people and combines them.

There was much more that Holly said, and was asked, but I felt like these were the more relevant points to mention. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and I’ll have another one up tomorrow in which I talk about seeing Alexandra Bracken, Melinda Salisbury and Eliza Wass.
Oh and here’s a mug shot of me with Holly:

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That’s all from me.
-Kat
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(Video) My January Wrap Up | 2016

Posted 2 February, 2016 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Espionage, Middle Grade, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Updates, Video, YA / 0 Comments

I thought I’d try to share what I put on youtube these days on my blog and so here we are. I made a mild mistake on my video, where I didn’t explain what any of the books are about. (FAIL!) So at least now I know for next time. I’m still learning. I hate it. I also need to learn to do cover photos.
It’s funny, I filmed a whole load, but then realised I couldn’t really spoil on a video compiled of a few books, as that would be awkward, so I had to cut. And it’s sad because any other time I wouldn’t know what to say. Anyway.
Here you go.

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Bout of Books 15 | Day 7

Posted 11 January, 2016 by katheryn13 in Middle Grade, Reading Challenges, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Day 7
January 10th
Book I’m reading: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
Pages read: 160 ish.
The last day and I did a LOT of reading, but sadly I didn’t manage to finish. I’ve also been doing the #TBRTakedown 3.0 challenge too.  I didn’t like the pressure, either.  I know no one was literally pressuring me, but seeing other peoples tweets about how many books they read in the week was a bit intimidating.  It baffles me. I got 2 and a half read. Others? 4, 5, 6 or even 7 books read. Jeezus! How fast do they need to read? Do they even remember what they read?
In any case, I have more challenges to do next week, so I’ll have more chance to beat my TBR shelf.
It’s been fun doing this, despite the panic. Haha.
-Kat
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Bout of Books 15 | Day 6

Posted 10 January, 2016 by katheryn13 in Middle Grade, Reading Challenges, Updates, YA / 2 Comments

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 

Day 6
January 9th
Book I’m reading: The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan
Pages read: about 80, I think. I know I did 66 yesterday (day 5) but I lose track.
Another slow day. I kept on telling myself to read, read, read! But then I just found more distractions. Like tv. And food. And twitter. You get where I’m going, right? Anyway, lots sidetracked me from the important task of reading and I didn’t get a lot done.
Day 7 is the day.
It better be.
-Kat
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