Shift by Em Bailey

ShiftTitle: Shift

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaHalf Cup of Tea

Author: Em Bailey

Published by: Hardie Grant Egmont

Publication Date: September 10th 2013

Pages: 320

Genres: YA Fiction/Romance/Thriller/Mystery/Fantasy

Book Blurb:  She obediently takes her meds and stays under the radar at school. After “the incident,” Olive just wants to avoid any more trouble, so she knows the smartest thing is to stay clear of the new girl who is rumored to have quite the creepy past.

But there’s no avoiding Miranda Vaile. As mousy Miranda edges her way into the popular group, right up to the side of queen bee Katie – and pushes the others right out – only Olive seems to notice that something strange is going on. Something almost . . . parasitic. Either Olive is losing her grip on reality, or Miranda Vaile is stealing Katie’s life.

But who would ever believe crazy Olive, the girl who has a habit of letting her imagination run away with her? And what if Olive is the next target?

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Review:
I read this book on holiday in Italy. The problem was that because it’s so hot their you need to keep the curtains closed to keep it cool. This made inside quite shaded, making it kind of scary to read such a psychological thriller. The story is about a girl who always starts off plain, no noticeable features. but then strange things happen to those who are around her and she hangs out with. It is told from Olive’s perspective as the girl who used to be popular watching an ex friend have this happen. Nobody else seems to nice this but her. The story took a while to get into but after the first few chapters I swear it must have been glues to my hand. I could not let it go. After the popular girl is through with the tormentation of this girl, it is Olive’s turn. Will she fall for those same tricks?
Shift also have a bit of romance in it between Olive and Lachlan, to be honest with you, I have no idea how to pronounce his name. I think someone told me it was luck-lan though i’m not too sure.
The cover of this book is quite cool. I like the whole thing with the different strips of faces and that actually gives you quite a lot of information about what the book is about.
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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