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Mini Review: Double Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Story by Ally Carter

Title: Double Crossed Author: Ally Carter
Series:  Gallagher Girls #5.5, Heist Society #2.5
Pages:  60
Publisher: Orchard Books
Date of Publication: 30th January 2013
Source: Free on Kindle
Synopsis from Goodreads:Macey McHenry—Glamorous society girl or spy-in-training?

W.W. Hale V—Heir to an American dynasty or master thief?

There are two sides to every coin. Whether these two can work together is a tossup.

Born into privilege, Macey and Hale are experts at mingling with the upper class. But even if they’ve never raised an eyebrow at the glitz, neither teenager has ever felt at home with the glamour.

When Macey and Hale meet at a society gala, the party takes a dangerous turn. Suddenly they’re at the center of a hostage situation, and it’s up to them to stop the thugs from becoming hostile. Will Macey’s spy skills and Hale’s con-man ways be enough to outsmart a ruthless gang? Or will they have to seek out the ultimate inside girl to help?

The worlds of Heist Society and the Gallagher Girls …

Book Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Title: The Geography of You and Me  Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Series:  Standalone
Pages:  352
Publisher: Headline
Date of Publication: 15th April, 2014
Source: Publisher via NetGalley*
Synopsis from Goodreads:Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. I…

Book Review: More Than This by Patrick Ness

Title: More Than This Author: Patrick Ness
Series:   Standalone
Pages:  479
Publisher: Walker Books
Date of Publication: 5th September, 2013
Source: Gifted*
Synopsis from Goodreads:A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.

Then he wakes, naked, bruised and thirsty, but alive.

How can this be? And what is this strange, deserted place?

As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife.


My Thoughts:
First off I just want to say that this book is really strange. Don't get me wrong, I really liked it, but there are lots of moments in it that make you stop and think, "WHAT." when you read them.  I'm not entirely sure how to review it because of this, but I'm gonna do my best.  Bear with me!

When this first came out in September last year, there was a huge amount of hype.  Almost every blogger and reader was reviewing or tweeting about it, and it …

Book Review: Dandelion Clocks by Rebecca Westcott

Title: Dandelion Clocks Author: Rebecca Westcott
Series: 
Pages:  255
Publisher: Puffin
Date of Publication: 6th March, 2014
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from back of book:
I gather up the first collection of photographs of my mum and flick through...
What all these pictures have in common is they show how Mum lives every day - like it really, really matters.


Mum's suddenly started giving me life's vital lessons: how to make Bolognese sauce, how to put on make-up, how to make rules my brother can cope with...

She's even given me her old diaries. They're really funny - and actually sort of helpful.

But I feel like there's something she's not telling me...


My Thoughts:
Dandelion Clocks is a really great book for young people. It's aimed a lot younger than my usual YA reads, but I enjoyed it hugely nonetheless. Despite tackling a difficult subject matter, Rebecca Westcott has written a brilliant debut that is heartbreaking but still funny at times, one that fills you wi…