So, this is it, am finally going to shake off the shackles of my dull, suburban upbringing and venture out into the big, wide world. I foresee a life of tragic literary friends, vintage markets, and ironic tea parties. All I have to do is pass exams, get a place at uni, and persuade mum to let me go. Easy!
It is totally the end of an era. Jack’s moved on and so will I. Jack’s history. Jack is no more. In fact, Jack who?
I’m Rachel Riley – welcome to my so-called life.
This fantastic, brand new story celebrates the final chapter in the hilarious Rachel Riley Diaries – it’s the last hurrah!
About the Author
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Joanna Nadin is an English author of juvenile fiction best known for the Rachel Riley series of teenage novels Based on Nadin’s own childhood, the series follows the comedic narration of a 13-year-old girl.
Nadin has also written several books of juvenile fiction. These include two books for the Oxford University Press “Project X” series designed to encourage boys to read.
Nadin previously worked as a policy writer for the Labour Party (UK).In 2001, she became a special adviser to Tony Blair.
As a child I buried myself in books both at home in Essex and at my grandparents’ houses in Cornwall, where I spent a large part of my time, and where many of my stories are now set. Books and later films were an escape not just from where I was but who I was, which, as I saw it, was pretty much a geek. They gave me the freedom to become someone else, from George in the Famous Five to Velvet Brown winning the Grand National to Baby dancing the Chachacha with Johnny Castle.
Series: Caroline and West #1
Author: Robin York
Publication Date:6 March 2014
Source: Review Copy
Deeper by Robin York is published by Piatkus on 6th March 2014, £8.99
Synopsis from Goodreads
When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear; hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defence and punches her ex to the ground.
West Leavitt is the last person Caroline needs in her life. Everyone knows he’s shady. Still, Caroline is drawn to his confidence and swagger – even after promising her dad she’ll keep her distance. On late, sleepless nights, Caroline starts wandering into the bakery where West works.
They hang out, they talk, they listen. Though Caroline and West tell each other they’re ‘just friends,’ their feelings intensify until it becomes impossible to pretend. The more complicated her relationship with West gets, the harder Caroline has to struggle to discover what she wants for herself – and the easier it becomes to find the courage she needs to fight back against the people who would judge her.
When all seems lost, sometimes the only place to go is deeper.
This book left me speechless, with knots in my stomach and my heart in my mouth. Harder come not be published fast enough. There is so much going on in Deeper that it is hard to form coherent thoughts in a chronological order rather than jumping from one thing to another.
Caroline and West have an instant attraction from the moment they meet. However, Caroline is already in a relationship while West, recognising the social differences between them does everything to keep Caroline at a distance. West has had a very hard life and done everything in his power to provide for his younger sister. He is her parental figure and he loves her unconditionally, accepting his role in her life with only the smallest thoughts for himself. I adore him, he is so much more than his upbringing but tends to close himself off due to his responsibilities. He is simultaneously loving, caring, unbelievably tender and sweet while simultaneously having one of the dirtiest mouths known to man All the way through the book I kept thinking Caroline and West were like a modern Romeo and Juliet but a lot more raunchy
It takes Caroline a year to realise that Nate is not what she wants, although West isn’t in the picture she no longer feels rights staying with Nate. Someone she trusted and blindly followed. As an outside observer it was easy to see how much Nate manipulated her and used her naivety against her. As retaliation for breaking up with him he posts intimate pictures of her online. For Caroline and the reader alongside her it felt like an emotional violation. The portrayal of the reaction to the pictures both by Caroline and the general public was brutally honest and realistic. At first Caroline withdraws, she suffers from guilt and anxiety; made to feel as if she is to blame for this turn of events. For me the worse thing was that her personal details were broadcast alongside the pictures allowing all sorts of depraved people access to her address and email. You can feel her terror at the possibility of people tracking her down, especially with the threats she gets. My heart went out to her, she suffered from trusting the wrong person.
West provides a safe haven and comfort (not in a physical way) through Caroline’s torment. Her character development through the book is amazing to watch. Finding her inner strength and true friendship shines through the narrative.
Real life is messy and emotional, Caroline and West face greater challenges than most. Deeper is moving, heart-wrenching and most definitely hot while tackling the ever increasing issue of revenge porn
The novel is a brilliant first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods – retold from the point of view of the world’s ultimate trickster, Loki. It tells the story of Loki’s recruitment from the underworld of Chaos, his many exploits on behalf of his one-eyed master, Odin, through to his eventual betrayal of the gods and the fall of Asgard itself. Using her life-long passion for the Norse myths, Joanne Harris has created a vibrant and powerful fantasy novel.
Loki, that’s me.
Loki, the Light-Bringer, the misunderstood, the elusive, the handsome and modest hero of this particular tissue of lies. Take it with a pinch of salt, but it’s at least as true as the official version, and, dare I say it, more entertaining.
So far, history, such as it is, has cast me in a rather unflattering role.
Now it’s my turn to take the stage.
With his notorious reputation for trickery and deception, and an ability to cause as many problems as he solves, Loki is a Norse god like no other. Demon-born, he is viewed with deepest suspicion by his fellow gods who will never accept him as one of their own and for this he vows to take his revenge.
From his recruitment by Odin from the realm of Chaos, through his years as the go-to man of Asgard, to his fall from grace in the build-up to Ragnarok, this is the unofficial history of the world’s ultimate trickster.
Yes I know it’s an adult book but it looks too good not to share
Title: The Year of the Rat
Author: Clare Furniss
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: 24 April 2014
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
I always thought you’d know, somehow, if something terrible was going to happen. I thought you’d sense it, like when the air goes damp and heavy before a storm and you know you’d better hide yourself away somewhere safe until it all blows over.
But it turns out it’s not like that at all. There’s no scary music playing in the background like in films. No warning signs. Not even a lonely magpie. One for sorrow, Mum used to say. Quick, look for another.
The world can tip at any moment … a fact that fifteen-year-old Pearl is all too aware of when her mum dies after giving birth to her baby sister. Told across the year following her mother’s death, Pearl’s story is full of bittersweet humour and heartbreaking honesty about how you deal with grief that cuts you to the bone, as she tries not only to come to terms with losing her mum, but also the fact that her sister – The Rat – is a constant reminder of why her mum is no longer around…
REVIEW BY BETH
The Year of the Rat looks at grief from the angle of a bereaved teenager stuck in the world with a new baby sister, her dad who is everything but her biological dad and a brand new baby sister, ‘the Rat’, blamed for the death of her mother.
What is so brilliant about Furniss’ novel is that the characters are real. So real it’s like I’m sitting amongst people I know. Pearl could be any sixteen year old so she doesn’t have an angelic mother who she idolises and believes was an angel, she just has her mum who has gone and she misses her. Before the death Pearl’s mum is the epitome of normality, annoying Pearl and just being the same as anyone’s mum would be. Then she’s gone and in her place is Rose, the Rat, a constant reminder of what’s happened.
It’s a fascinating look at one way of handling grief and how powerful it can be. Pearl builds herself a wall and doesn’t let it down, even to the ghost (imagination?) of her mother who occasionally appears to her. She alienates herself completely and finds herself unable to even consider her dad, who has always been there for her since she can remember, as hers anymore.
The Year of the Rat is heart breaking. It’s impossible not to wish you could do something to bring Pearl’s mum back. Furniss’ writing is so honest that Pearl feels like a real person and as she struggles it’s hard not to want to do something, anything, to help her – as her friends and family try and fail.
Pearl has to do it on her own and The Year of the Rat is the tale of how she makes it from grief stricken to a new place, the world without mum and the world with Rose.
I loved this novel. I’d recommend it to everyone. It’s real, there’s no airy fairy angels or talk of heaven and hell just honest grief explored in depth.
Book Angel Booktopia welcomes Jennifer Chance today to share some of the music behind Rock It. ENJOY
The Rock It playlist
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So, could there possibly be any more pressure than writing a playlist for a book about a rock star and the girl who’s been in love with him for a decade? I think not. Especially when that rock star started out playing in his garage, creating his own style from rock and pop inspirations.
And yet, the tale of Rock It could easily play out chronologically, up and down the charts. So buckle yourself in, remember what it’s like to have that first, impossible crush, and let’s go on a musical adventure!
Dante is a rock star, at the top of his game. Though he wants to explore other types of music, he has reached fame and fortune with a fusion of rock and pop. He’s on top of the world.
The players: LACEY DAWES!
Miss Independent – Kelly Clarkson
Lacey is a typical teen and young twenty-something… until it comes to Dante Falcone. Every other area of her life is marked by her hard-working, no-nonsense attitude. But with Dante, she reverts to her young-teen self when she first fell in love (and fell hard).
That moment when…
#1 Crush – Garbage
There was just something about Dante that young teen Lacey can’t ignore. Drawn in by his boybander good looks, she feels like she hears something different in his music. Something that hints at the true Dante Falcone. The intensity of her feelings is too much to keep inside, so she pours out her fangirling into scrap books.
Dante goes platinum!
Turn Up the Radio – Autograph
Lacey follows Dante through his entire career, keeping careful track of his success while realizing she also could have a career in music—as an entertainment agency representative, working with musicians and other celebrity talent.
That night at the concert…
Heartbreaker – Pat Benatar
Lacey sees Dante the night before she’s to meet him in person for the very first time – as a junior entertainment exec. She vows to keep her cool…
…and the next night.
Have You Ever Needed Someone so Bad – Def Leppard
And, well, she doesn’t do so well. But she is trying to keep it together! This is her job, people. She can’t afford to mess up her entire career because of a teenaged crush she can’t let go. She struggles to reconcile her fantasies with the real life fantasy of Dante, without ever letting him know.
Dante catches on…
Still of the Night – Whitesnake
Dante doesn’t know what to make of Lacey. First she is cool, calm and professional, then she seems all wide-eyed fangirl. But beneath it all, he senses that maybe she sees the real him—maybe even the guy he has started to forget. He decides to find out how far Lacey is willing to go…
…and Lacey doesn’t stand a chance.
Let’s Make a Night to Remember – Bryan Adams
Lacey gets drawn into Dante’s spell, and she realizes that she is losing her heart all over again, this time for a real person, not just a guy on the radio. She and Dante grow closer, even as she tells herself it can’t last.
Reality bites hard
Toxic – Britney Spears
Unfortunately, Lacey’s boss Brenda has designs of her own on Dante. She decides that all she needs to do to undermine Lacey is to show Dante exactly how over-the-top Lacey’s fangirl crush was… and maybe still is. Her televised “reveal” instantly goes viral.
Lacey bounces back
Crazy on You – Heart
Lacey, absolutely mortified, decides that she has to fight fire with fire. She creates the perfect publicity stunt to draw the attention of the world away from her. And it works. But maybe a little too well…
The fans want more! (and Dante does, too)
Do You Wanna Touch? – Joan Jett
Now that he’s seen a different side of Lacey, Dante wants to see more of her. He’s not willing to let her escape back into her shell of professionalism. And why not, Lacey reasons… after all, she’s with a rock star. Why can’t she keep up the fantasy a little longer?
The end of the tour
Up All Night(Sleep all day) – Slaughter
It’s been a whirlwind tour, and Lacey has loved every moment of it. She loves the lights and the music, the crowd and the energy of the tour. And she realizes she loves Dante, too. Not just as a fangirl, either. Not anymore. Too bad it all has to end…
…Or is it?
Thank You for Loving Me – Bon Jovi
When Lacey decides to make one more appearance onstage, Dante’s ready. He tells her exactly how he feels about her. Lacey knows that it’s all for the cameras, but she now has a memory to last forever. She has her career, and now she has this memory, too. It’s enough, she tells herself. It’s enough.
A new song on the horizon?
All Fired Up- Pat Benatar
Lacey and Dante meet one last time, only he isn’t ready to say goodbye. He makes Lacey an offer she can’t refuse… but what will Lacey say?
And there you have it! Sometimes if you dream it, it just might come true.
Thank you so much for allowing me to share the music playlist for Rock It! And thank you to the musician and rock aficionado who helped me find the songs to make it all work.