Review: When You Reach Me

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Title: When You Reach Me

Author: Rebecca Stead

Rating: 5 stars

I joined the ranks of people who fell in love with this book.

Found it on a list of books on Pinterest, read a few reviews and decided to give it a try. Ended reading all in less than 8 hours, with pauses.

I guess I can consider myself lucky, every single book aimed at middle graders and up I’ve read recently have been great and deserved a 5 star rating.

When You Reach Me is sweet, fun, touching, engaging and with a great mystery in the form or little notes from some time traveler.

We see the main character, a young girl named Miranda, learning and maturing, making mistakes, living an adventure, finding new friends, expanding her horizon. We see Miranda growing up and it’s a nice thing to witness.

Even though its public is obviously preteen, I found it highly enjoyable.

This is a great read, no matter your age.

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This review was also posted on GoodReads. Link here.

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Review: Diary of Anna the Girl Witch – Book 1

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Title: Diary of Anna the Girl Witch – Book 1: Foundling Witch

Author: Max Candee

Rating: 5 stars

 

This is how a book for kids should be like, exciting, interesting, warm and thoughtful.
The lessons about friendship, loyalty, the difference between good and evil, and that actions have consequences are old but are always welcomed when done right – which is what happens here.

The characters are fun and interesting. Both kids and adult characters teach that appearances can be deceiving, and like we’ve heard a million times, we should not judge a book by its cover.

The art is also beautiful, and the drawing reminded me of the books from my childhood.

This is a book that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. You just have to open your heart and dare to dream.

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I’d like to thank NetGalley, Helvetic House and author Max Candee for providing me with a copy of Diary of Anna the Girl Witch: Book 1: Foundling Witch in exchange for an honest review.

 

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This review was also posted on GoodReads. Link here.

Review: Viral

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Title: Viral

Author: Helen Fitzgerald

Expected release date: February 2, 2016

Rating: 3 stars

This is a good book, a fast and easy read (I finished it in under 24 hours), the curiosity of what would happen, what the characters would do propelled me to keep going.

There’s a good amount of foul language and some explicit descriptions in the book, more than I’m used to, but way less than in a rap lyrics, for example.

The premise of Viral is an interesting and current one: what would you do if the most embarrassing/humiliating moment of your life was caught on camera, posted on Youtube and gone viral?

Su, the teenage ‘star’ or the viral video, did what I considered the most expected thing – she ran and hid. And that’s how the story starts.

I don’t know if the author did it on purpose or not, but almost all the characters seemed mercurial to me, and I reached the ending not really knowing who they were. The only exception was the father, Bernie. He was consistent throughout the story and very likable. Su, Ruth (the mother), and Leah (the sister) are still a mystery to me.

Plot wise, it was fun, although a little exaggerated. It reminded me of soap operas or Shonda Rhimes crazy Scandal plots.

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I’d like to thank NetGalley, Faber and Faber Ltd and author Helen Fitzgerald for providing me with an ARC of Viral in exchange for an honest review.

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Review originally posted on GoodReads. Link here.