Skip to main content

Book Review: The Truth About Celia Frost by Paula Rawsthorne

The Truth about Celia FrostTitle: The Truth About Celia Frost 
Author: Paula Rawsthorne
Series: Standalone
Pages: 342
Publisher: Usborne
Date of Publication: 1st August 2011
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads: Celia Frost is a freak. At least that's what everyone thinks. Her life is ruled by a rare disorder that means she could bleed to death from the slightest cut, confining her to a gloomy bubble of safetyA". No friends. No fun. No life. But when a knife attack on Celia has unexpected consequences, her mum reacts strangely. Suddenly they're on the run. Why is her mum so scared? Someone out there knows - and when they find Celia, she's going to wish the truth was a lie - A buried secret; a gripping manhunt; a dangerous deceit: what is the truth about Celia Frost? A page-turning thriller that's impossible to put down.


My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed reading The Truth About Celia Frost. It was different to anything I'd ever read before and it was a nice change from all the paranormal and romances that are popular right now. The story was unique and exciting, and the characters were fun to read about.

I really like how Celia was only 14. I felt that I could relate to her because she is my age, and rarely are there young adult titles that feature a main character who is so young. This means that there was little (basically no) romance, which I'm glad of because it would be weird if there was, in my opinion...

While I liked Celia, I did feel that she and the other characters were VERY unrealistic. Perhaps they got better towards the end, but somehow, I just feel that had Celia's situation been real, nobody would have reacted in that way... The hatred that Celia has her mum is so sad, and yes, I realise that she would want to rebel in any way that she could, but despite this I feel that the way that Rawsthorne went about portraying Celia's anger did not feel real. I also didn't believe in her mother's actions at the beginning, because while I know some super protective parents, I doubt anyone is that bad, and would stop her daughter from going to the hospital when she needed to go.

I liked how the book was told almost from two points of view, even though it was told in third person. I liked how it alternated between Celia and Janice's story, and the story of Frankie and his mission to find Celia and Janice, and how they both ended up woven together at the end. I thought the way that Rawsthorne developed and wrote the plot was awesome, it kept me hooked and I read the whole book in about 6 hours. It was very good.

I loved the setting of the book, even though it sounded kind of gross and I had a hard time believing it was in England... I don't know, I've just never come across a place like that in England before. It sounds scary - all the gangs and the really high blocks of flats. (I don't like tall buildings.) The foresty secret place that Celia found with Sol was pretty cool though, and it was so cute that he taught her to swim there. :)

The whole idea of Celia's illness I think was poorly played out by her mum. Once Celia worked out that she didn't have some blood clotting disorder, I think her mum should have told her the truth, instead of hiding it from her until almost the end of the book, as this would have stopped Celia from hating her for most of it. Just saying ;)

Overall though, I really enjoyed reading this book. I think it is a very strong debut from Paula Rawsthorne, and I will definitely be reading any other books that she writes, as her style is awesome. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a good YA read that is different from the popular titles going round today, however I would say that it would probably be more suited to the younger readers (12-15) because of Celia's age and the way that it reads - it's not too complex, which makes it perfect for a quick read, but would probably be more enjoyable for a younger person. Don't let this put you off though, after all, I feel it is aimed at that age range, so therefore it's perfect!

*Thank you to Usborne for sending me this in exchange for an honest review. In no way has this affected my opinion of the novel or the author. 


My Rating:
I give it 4 Feet!

Challenges:
2011 Debut Author Challenge #19
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #59

Comments

  1. I really wanna read this one, im even more excited now that I know you loved it too! :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks for this review, it's a shame you felt the characters were unrealistic as this is often something that can really spoil a book for me, hoping l will like this!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for commenting! :D I love comments, so comment away! :D

*I am no longer accepting blog awards :( I do not have time to go through all the things that come with it, and though I'm honoured you thought of me, I'm sure you can find someone who will love it, and be able to carry out the rules :)

Popular posts from this blog

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada: Review and Giveaway!

Hello! Today I have a review and giveaway for you guys! I was lucky enough to meet Emily Suvada this week, and so I've got a signed copy of This Mortal Coil to give away today!




Here's my review of this great book to whet your appetite!
Title: This Mortal Coil Author: Emily Suvada
Series:  This Mortal Coil, #1
Pages:  464
Publisher: Penguin Children's Books
Date of Publication: 2nd November 2017
Source: Waterstones
Synopsis from Goodreads:When a lone soldier, Cole, arrives with news of Lachlan Agatta's death, all hope seems lost for Catarina. Her father was the world's leading geneticist, and humanity's best hope of beating a devastating virus. Then, hidden beneath Cole's genehacked enhancements she finds a message of hope: Lachlan created a vaccine.

Only she can find and decrypt it, if she can unravel the clues he left for her. The closer she gets, the more she finds herself at risk from Cartaxus, a shadowy organization with a stranglehold on the world's genetic…

#readFreshers: BACK TO CAMPUS

Hey guys! Welcome to my stop on the Freshers blog tour. This book is hilarious and so much fun and I'm so excited to have Tom and Lucy on the blog today!



Here's Tom and Lucy's offering for today!
As soon as we started writing FRESHERS, we knew we wanted to go back to York university.  We spent three years there between 2001-2004 (Lucy) and 2002-2005 (Tom), and we knew that if we wanted to write a realistic campus novel, we had to go back to the campus we'd once called home. So, back in February 2016, we did. Here's a photo of Lucy reminiscing outside the big central hall building (which features quite a bit in FRESHERS). 


While we were on campus, we managed to sneak into our old corridors and have a look around, and it was comforting (and horrifying) to find out that students today are still as gross as we were back in 2001/2002. The corridors were sticky and smelly, and the kitchens were basically pasta-sauce-spattered bomb sites. We also spoke to as many genuine …

Book Review: Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index by Julie Israel

Title: Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index Author: Julie Israel
Series:  n/a
Pages:  308
Publisher: Penguin
Date of Publication: 1st June 2017
Source: For review from publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads:It's hard to keep close a person everyone keeps telling you is gone.

It's been sixty-five painful days since the death of Juniper's big sister, Camilla. On her first day back at school, bracing herself for the stares and whispers, Juniper borrows Camie's handbag for luck - and discovers an unsent break-up letter inside. It's mysteriously addressed to 'You' and dated July 4th - the day of Camie's accident. Desperate to learn the identity of Camie's secret love, Juniper starts to investigate.

But then she loses something herself. A card from her daily ritual, The Happiness Index: little notecards on which she rates the day. The Index has been holding Juniper together since Camie's death - but without this card, there's a hole. And this particular card …