Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

fangirlTitle: Fangirl

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Published by: St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: September 10th 2013

Pages: 480

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Romance/Comedy

Book Blurb:  Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She’s got a surly room-mate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible . . .

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Review:
First of all I would like to be the first to say that the cover is amazing. I absaloutely love it. The illustrations are so simple yet have something about them that draws you in. The book overall is quite good, I mean it ends like most romance novels with the girl and boy getting together, but the concept of a girl just starting uni calls for an interesting novel. Her relationship with Reagan is hilarious and is one of the strongest points in the novel. I also love that you get to share Cather’s hobby of writing fan-fiction. It reminds me of my own addiction to awesome stories. The plot line on the whole was quite plain as it was the usual family problems, quiet girl at school problems, although something about it just made Rainbow Rowell’s novel stand out against the rest of those typical Young adult romance novels. I think the main thing that captured me was her relationship with Cather’s sister, Wren. This is because usually when the main character has a sibling they are either on best of terms or worst though this one is sort of about Cather deciding what her relationship with her twin actually is, especially their hugely different personalities when attending university.
Overall this book is good as a sort of summer light romance novel as it has romance, comedy and book geekiness but if you want an original story than this may not be for you.
Just as an extra little thing, if I had a boyfriend like Levi I would be so happy. He’s funny, cool, sensitive and has awesome hair =P
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The Half Life Trilogy: Half Bad by Sally Green

Half BadTitle: Half Bad

Review:  Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaHalf Cup of Tea
Author: Sally Green
Published by: Puffin Books
Publication date: March 4 2014
Pages: 400
Genres: Young Adult Fiction/ Adventure Fantasy
Summary: You can’t read, can’t write, but you heal fast, even for a witch. You get sick if you stay indoors after dark. You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one. You’ve been kept in a cage since you were fourteen. All you’ve got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday. Easy.

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Review:

I found this book when heading to the airport one day, had forgotten to pack enough books. When I saw this book, it immediately caught my eye. It is about a world where witches live in along with normal humans. It follows a boy who’s mum is a white witch but his dad is an evil black witch. It almost seems like a fantasy take on segregation really, yet it’s way more exciting then reading a segregation novel, in my opinion. The book is quite slow paced though, so it takes a while to really get into it. I really did like the idea that no matter who you’re family is, if you’re not the same then they won’t care. It helped the story greatly, giving motive to certain characters and adding a ‘third dimension’ to them. Along the lines of characters, only the main character, Nathan, really develops that much. The rest of the characters do have back stories although quite shallow, they don’t go too far. Overall though, the book was an amazing and an original idea.

My favourite character was Annalise. She might seem like a weak girl but something about her I absaloutely loved.

Another cool thing about this book was how it swapped from first person and second person narrative. It added an interesting way of letting the readers connect with Nathan and almost experience what he was feeling, seeing, smelling and hearing. In my opinion I think that’s what brought the story to life and it must have succeeded in everyone else’s minds as it has been translated into I think around twenty five languages already and has a film deal with Fox.

So I thoroughly reccomened reading this book: even if you find it a little slow at the beginning, believe me when I tell you it gets infinitely better with every sentence, no, every single individual word makes you want to read on.

For Sally Green’s debut book this is definitely a book to remember