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Book Review: The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

Title: The Square Root of Summer  Author: Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Series:  standalone
Pages:  336
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Date of Publication: 5th May, 2016
Source: Publisher for review*
Synopsis from back of book: 
This is what it means to love someone.
This is what it means to grieve someone.

It's a little bit like a black hole. 
It's a little bit like infinity.

When the fabric of the universe surrounding Gottie's sleepy seaside town begins to fray, she is hurtled through wormholes to the past.
To last summer, when her grandfather, Grey, died.
To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn't even hold her hand at Grey's funeral.
To the day her childhood best friend, Thomas, moved away, leaving her with a scar on her hand and a gap in her memory.
This summer, although Grey is gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie's past, present and future are about to collide - and be changed forever. 

My Thoughts:
There is a huge amount of hype surround…

Book Review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Title: The Unexpected Everything Author: Morgan Matson
Series:  standalone
Pages:  518
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Date of Publication: 5th May, 2016
Source: Spare review copy passed on*
Synopsis from Goodreads:Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.

Future? A top-tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around).
Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else?
Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.

So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too.

Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palme…

Review: The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine

Title: The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow Author: Katherine Woodfine
Series:  The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow, #2
Pages:  320
Publisher: Egmont
Date of Publication: 4th June, 2015
Source: Library
Synopsis from Goodreads:
You are cordially invited to attend the Grand Opening of Sinclair’s department store!

Enter a world of bonbons, hats, perfumes and MYSTERIES around every corner. WONDER at the daring theft of the priceless CLOCKWORK SPARROW! TREMBLE as the most DASTARDLY criminals in London enact their wicked plans! GASP as our bold heroines, Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lilian Rose, CRACK CODES, DEVOUR ICED BUNS and vow to bring the villians to justice…


My Thoughts:
I borrowed The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow from the library on a whim when I was pretty sure I didn't have time to read it but because it has the most gorgeous cover I couldn't resist.  I don't read that much middle grade, but some of my favourites are A Most Improper Magick by Stephanie Burgis, and Murder M…

Book Review: Othergirl by Nicole Burstein

Title: Othergirl Author: Nicole Burstein
Series:  n/a
Pages:  272
Publisher: Andersen Press
Date of Publication: 2nd April, 2015
Source: Library
Synopsis from Goodreads:Louise and Erica have been best friends since forever. They're closer than sisters and depend on each other for almost everything. Just one problem: Erica has superpowers.

When Erica isn't doing loop-the-loops in the sky or burning things with her heat pulse powers, she needs Louise to hold her non-super life together. After all, the girls still have homework, parents and boys to figure out. But being a superhero's BFF is not easy, especially as trouble has a way of seeking them out. Soon Louise discovers that Erica might be able to survive explosions and fly faster than a speeding bullet, but she can't win every fight by herself.

Life isn't a comic book - it's even crazier than that.


My Thoughts:
I had pretty high hopes for Othergirl. I like superhero movies a lot but I'd never read a book about t…

Book Review: How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne

Title: How Hard Can Love Be? Author: Holly Bourne
Series:  Normal, #2
Pages:  470
Publisher: Usborne Children's Books
Date of Publication: 1st February, 2016
Source: Bought
Synopsis from Goodreads:Amber, Evie and Lottie: three girls facing down tough issues with the combined powers of friendship, feminism and cheesy snacks. Both hilarious and heart-rending, this is Amber’s story of how painful – and exhilarating – love can be, following on from Evie’s story in Am I Normal Yet?

All Amber wants is a little bit of love. Her mum has never been the caring type, even before she moved to California, got remarried and had a personality transplant. But Amber's hoping that spending the summer with her can change all that.

And then there's prom king Kyle, the guy all the girls want. Can he really be interested in anti-cheerleader Amber? Even with best friends Evie and Lottie's advice, there's no escaping the fact: love is hard.


My Thoughts:
I am a huge fan of Holly Bourne, and so und…

REVIEW: Casting Queen by Perdita and Honor Cargill

Title: Casting Queen Author: Perdita and Honor Cargill
Series:  Waiting For Callback, #1
Pages: 346
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Books
Date of Publication: 28th January, 2016
Source: Publisher for review*
Synopsis from Goodreads:When Elektra is discovered by an acting agent, she imagines Oscar glory can't be far away, but instead lurches from one cringe-worthy moment to the next! Just how many times can you be rejected for the part of 'Dead Girl Number Three' without losing hope? And who knew that actors were actually supposed to be multi-lingual, play seven instruments and be trained in a variety of circus skills?

Off-stage things aren't going well either - she's fallen out with her best friend, remains firmly in the friend-zone with her crush and her parents are driving her crazy. One way or another, Elektra's life is now spent waiting for the phone to ring - waiting for callback.

Can an average girl-next-door like Elektra really make it in the world…