Welcome to my blog. I am a teenage girl and I love to read. On this blog I will be sharing my favourite books and series and possibly some for younger and older age groups. Also, I will post my favourite quotes from some books I love. I hope you enjoy this blog and feel free to comment!

Monday, 8 October 2012

Quote of the Day

'“Why can't you place a blessing like that on us?" I asked.

"It only works on wild animals."

"So it would only affect Percy," Annabeth reasoned.


- Percy, Grover and Annabeth, Percy Jackson and the 

Lightning thief, Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

Monday, 1 October 2012

LA Candy Trilogy by Lauren Conrad

The front cover of the first book.
Jane and Scarlett are best friends moving to LA from Santa Barbra to live the dream. Scarlett will be attending UCLA while Jane has got a job at a top events organising firm. But when they get picked to be part of a new reality tv show, their lives change forever, and they discover the other side of stardom.

I enjoyed this trilogy as a easy read. Although it isn't challenging it has a good plot and is a very good summer book. It is a girly, non adventurous book, but nevertheless is engaging. I'm not sure if I would recommend this trilogy as a serious read, its enjoyable and has a good plot.

Recommended age: 13-15

Rating: 6/10

Here is the link to buy the first book on amazon:


Thursday, 20 September 2012

Quote of the Day

"Mentioning violence to Bruce was like mentioning 
chocolate to a six-year-old"

-Shadow Wave, CHERUB by Robert Muchamore 

Friday, 14 September 2012

Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari

The front cover
Mira is a twelve year old girl living in North London. She has a mad family, a best friend and her Grandmother. But Mira's Gran is going to die. When she asks Mira to help her paint her coffin, Mira agrees. Artichoke hearts tells Mira's story of starting a new school, life, love and loss. 

This book is one of the best I have read in a very long time. It is beautifully written and captures Mira's life incredibly well. I really loved this book, it made me cry and laugh. I really, really recommend Artichoke Hearts, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did

Recommended age:12-15

Rating: 10/10

Here is the link to buy this book on amazon: 


Friday, 7 September 2012

Quote of the Day

"Some people understand the value of an education"
Hale stretched and crossed his legs, "Thats sweet, Kat. Maybe later I'll buy you a university. And and ice cream"
"I'd settle for the ice cream"

-Kat and Hale, Heist Society by Ally Carter

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien

The front cover 
Gaia Stone is a 16 year old girl living in the poor town outside the wall of the privileged Enclave. The outside must deliver a quota of babies each month to the Enclave, who will be raised inside the wall in luxury. But when Gaia's parents are arrested for hiding a code about the babies let into the Enclave she realises the perfect society isn't as perfect as it appears. She must venture into the Enclave to find her parents, and must solve the mystery of the code, before it's too late.

I have been enjoying dystopian novels for a while, and since the enormously popular Hunger Games the genre has exploded with new stories. I really enjoyed this book, it was different to other dystopian novels, which I found quite refreshing. It was well written and enthralling, I barely could stop reading! I am looking forward to getting the next book in the series which I am hoping will be as good as the first.

Recommended Age: 12-16

Rating: 8/10

Here is the link to buy this book on amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Birthmarked-Caragh-M-OBrien/dp/0857071394/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1346493810&sr=1-1

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Quote of the Day

“You are avake, yah?" said a voice in a horribly recognizable accent."Yah," I muttered, rubbing my head. "And you are still a jerk, yah?” 
-Maximum Ride, Saving the world and other extreme sports by James Patterson

Sunday, 8 July 2012

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

The front cover of the first book
The Red Pyramid is set in the modern day world where the Ancient Egyptian Gods and Goddesses are all real. Sadie and Carter Kane are brother and sister. Their mother died when they were young and ever since then Carter has stayed with his dad, an archeologist while he travelled the world, and Sadie stayed with her grandparents in London. On a visit to London to see Sadie, their father takes them to the British Museum. There, he is trapped in a coffin and the Kane's discover a whole new world of magic. They set off on a quest to save their father, and the world...

This book is the first of a trilogy, and I have enjoyed all three. The books are told as if they are a transcript of an audio recording, which makes the book very unique in its style. They are all very funny and I also learnt a lot about Egyptian mythology. The books aren't very hard reads, and I really recommend the whole trilogy!

Recommended age: 10-14

Rating: 8/10

Here is the link to buy the first book on amazon:

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Ruby Red by Linzi Glass

The Front Cover
Ruby Red is a book set in 1970's Johannesburg (South Africa) where segregation is at a high level. Ruby is a rich white girl who goes to a private, English speaking school. However, her mother and father are members of the ANC (African National Congress) which supports rights for blacks. Ruby is never allowed friends home and is used to underground meetings taking place at her house. Ruby's mother runs a controversial art gallery which shows black artist's work. 
When Ruby meets her new mothers prodigy, Julian and an Afrikaans boy, Johann, her life changes forever.

I really enjoyed this book, it was well written and I didn't get bored. I also found the history in the book interesting and I think it was portrayed very well. I might have enjoyed this book more than others as I have strong ties to South Africa. But I still think this book is well worth reading!

Recommended Age: 12-15

Rating: 7/10

Here is the link to buy this book on amazon:

Quote of the day

'To the well organised mind death is but the next great adventure'
-Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by JK Rowling

Sunday, 24 June 2012

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

The front cover
Christopher is a boy with aspergers. He doesn't understand the world and the people around him. Even though he is extremely clever, he doesn't 'get' people. When a dog next door is killed with a garden fork, Christopher decides to become a detective and solve the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime. However, he soon discovers more than he bargained for.

This book gives an unique insight into the world of autism. The view Christopher has of the world is simplistic and amazing. I think that Haddon's vision of life with autism is fascinating. The story doesn't make you pity people with autism, it makes you respect and admire them

Recommended Age: 13+

Rating: 9/10

Here is the link to buy this book on amaozon:

Saturday, 23 June 2012

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

The front cover

This book is about two boys living at the time of World War II one of them is a German and son of a Commandant, Bruno as he is called, has moved from Berlin to a strange place called Out-With where there is nowhere to explore and no boys to play with. There is only one thing that is interesting, a long high fence. One day Bruno is out exploring by the fence when he spots “a dot, that became a speck, that became a blob, that became a figure, that became a boy.” This boy is called Shmuel and lives on the other side of the fence and like all the other people there, gets to wear striped pyjamas all day long.
This is quite a disturbing book at times and the author cleverly shows the horrors of war without actually describing them. The story follows a German family’s stresses and strains caused by Hitler and the Nazis.
The story made me cry and laugh, while being a brilliant story and showing war from a child's point of view.

Recommended Age: 12-17

Rating: 8/10

Here is the link to buy this book on amazon:

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

The front cover
Uglies is set in far away future, where when you turn 16 you can become pretty. Tally Youngblood, will be pretty in a few short weeks and she can't wait. When you're pretty, your only job is to have a good time. But when she meets Shay, who isn't sure she wants to be pretty, Tally has to make a choice that will change her life forever.

This book is exciting and thought provoking. Everyone always wants to be pretty, but this book makes the very idea sinister. The story has a great adventure and is very believable. In the trilogy, the story progresses and the plot remains unpredictable. I really like this book, and I recommend it as a thought provoking, exciting book

Recommended Age: 11-14


Quote of the Day

'It might be a trap', she said, speaking softly. 'Unlikely', he whispered. 'Traps are usually enticing.''It might be a very rubbish trap.''Always a possibility.'
-Skulduggery Pleasant, Mortal Coil by Derek Landy

Friday, 22 June 2012

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Quote of the day

"I guess it started in London, the night our dad blew up the British Museum".
-Carter, The Red Pyramid, The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan 

Maximum Ride by James Patterson

The Front Cover of the first book

The Maximum Ride series is one of my all time favourites. The book tells the story of Maximum Ride and her 'flock', a group of genetically engineered kids who are 98% human and 2% avian (bird). The 'flock' escaped from a place they call 'The School' which creates genetically engineered humans and animals, without the governments permission. With the help of Jeb, a friendly scientist, they went to Colorado where they lived for many years. One year ago Jeb disappeared.
     Angel, the youngest member of the flock is kidnapped by the School and now it's up to the flock to save them.

I love this book. It's very exciting and funny. The story is brilliant and I couldn't put it down. There are currently 7 books, with 1 more announced, which will be the final one in the series. The story is unpredictable and I couldn't put any of them down! I really recommend this book

Rating: 91/2 /10

Recommended Age: 12-16

Here is the link to buy the first book on amazon:


Thursday, 21 June 2012

Quote of the day

"I seem to have lost track of this speech, I'm not sure where it is going, but I know where it started and that's what I want you to remember. Has anyone seen my hat?"
- Skulduggery Pleasant, Playing With fire by Derek Landy

The Magicians Guild by Trudi Canavan

The Front Cover

The Magician's Guild is an amazing story set in a different world ruled by Magicians. Every year in Imardin, the Magicians purge the city of the 'dwells' or slums of the capital city Kyralia. In a protest one year, Sonea, a young dwell inhabitant throws a rock at the Magicians, who are protected by a magical barrier. When the rock breaks through the barrier and knocks out a magician, Sonea realises she is a magician. She goes on the run, to avoid capture by the Magicians...

This is an brilliant story with a great adventure. I love the world Canavan creates. Most fantasy books are in our world, but this one is so believable, it doesn't need to be in our world to enjoy it.
I really enjoyed this book, and the rest of the trilogy. It's the sort of book which I just couldn't put down.

Rating: 8/10

Recommended Age: 12-15

Here is the link to buy this book on amazon:

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Quote of the day

'We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are. '-Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

The Society of S by Susan Hubbard

The front cover

This book tells the story of Ariella, a girl whose mother disappeared when she was young and whose father has home-schooled her, all her life. Her father, a scientist keeps her protected from the outside world, but what will happen when she is exposed to life outside closed doors and decides to go on a search for her mother. 
This book was very unusual and unique in both storyline and style. It is essentially a vampire novel, but very unlike many, much more popular stories, asThe plot was complicated but followable, which creates a very captivating story. The characters were likeable and relatable. It manages to incorporate a fantasy element into the story without being far fetched or leaving the characters removed from the reader. My only criticism for the book is that the first part can be slightly slow, but it soon picks up. Overall this book was definitely enjoyable and captivating, and extremely unique.      Rating: 7/10
Recommended age: 13-16
Here is the link to buy this book on amazon:

Monday, 18 June 2012


Welcome to my blog. I am going to recommend some good books which I have read, series which I enjoy and some quotes from my favourite books. So I hope you like it!