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Geek Girl by Holly Smale
Publication date: February 28th 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Number of pages: 378
Series: Geek Girl (1#)
Date finished: 14th September 2013
Harriet Manners knows a lot of things.
She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn’t quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she’s spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend’s dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.
As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn’t seem to like her any more than the real world did.
And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?
How many of you reading this review are a geek? Or at least how many of you reading this review have been told you are a geek? I bet that got most of you (I know I am included anyway). If you have, you will find Harriet to be a relatable and fantastic protagonist. If you haven’t been called a geek (really?) then you will probably still find Harriet to be an amazing character and it will probably make you WANT to be a geek.
I loved all the characters in Geek Girl. Every single one of them. Except perhaps Alexa. Harriet wasn’t afraid to stand up for what she thought was the right thing to do and did the funniest things. Geek Girl made me giggle lots, especially when Harriet did something clumsy or when Wilbur called her something completely odd. Wilbur was a hilarious character. He called Harriet the strangest things. I think my favourite would have to be “my little pot of bean paste”.
Nat was the ideal best friend, Harriet’s dad was so, so funny and immature, Yuko was an unpredictable character, Toby was well, Toby and I certainly hope there is more of Nick in the next book. All the characters are still so vivid, even after reading.
Holly Smale’s writing is very descriptive and believable. Every scene in Geek Girl was so easy to picture and I really felt for Harriet. My heart broke, winced and broke with her own. I just couldn’t help but associate her with myself. Plus there was the fact that the story was fun and entertaining. I really didn’t want to stop reading.
Here is my favourite quote from Geek Girl. It really made me laugh:
“She’s probably so mesmerised by her own beauty she can’t move away from the mirror” I hear Wilbur stage whisper. “It’s why I’m always so late” – Wilbur, page 204
I would really recommend this to everyone. I loved it too much. So much that I don’t know what I am going to do while I wait for the sequel to be released.
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Goodreads author bio:
Holly fell in love with writing at five years old, when she realised that books didn’t grow on trees like apples. A passion for travel, adventure and wearing no shoes has since led her all over the world: she has visited 20 countries, spent two years working as an English teacher in Japan, volunteered in Nepal, been bartered for in Jamaica and had a number of ear-plugs stolen in Australia, Indonesia and India.
As a teenager, she also did a little modelling in the hope that eventually she would be sent somewhere exciting.
Holly has a BA in English Literature, an MA in Shakespeare, and currently lives either in London or @holsmale.
Hidden Wings by Cameo Renae
Publication date: January 16th 2013
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Number of pages: 204
Series: Hidden Wings (1#)
Source: From the publisher in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley
Date finished: 10th September 2013
Seventeen is a life changing age for Emma Wise.
As her family’s sole survivor in a car crash, she is left with a broken arm and a few scrapes and bruises. But these are only outward marks; inside, her heart is broken and the pieces scattered.
Whisked away to Alaska, to an aunt she’s never met, Emma starts over. Secrets unveil themselves and now…she doesn’t even know who or what she is.
A centuries old prophecy places Emma in the heart of danger. Creatures of horrifying and evil proportions are after her, and it will take Emma, her aunt, and six, gorgeously captivating Guardians to keep her safe. But, if she can survive until her eighteenth birthday… things will change.
WOW WOW WOW! I did not expect to absolutely love Hidden Wings quite like I did. Just…wow.
So if you have read the synopsis you might have been like, ugh – another angel book? I know I wasn’t but I know of a few people who definitely are. I wasn’t expecting much that I hadn’t seen before, I mean, I don’t think there is much that hasn’t been done. But Hidden Wings DID bring something different to the table. In fact, you could say books like Hidden Wings are the reason I read.
Cameo Renae has such an amazing writing style. It really brings forward her characters so that the reader feels familiar with them and understands them well. If everything Cameo Renae writes is amazing as this, I will read anything by her that is put in front of me. The plot flow was smooth and kept me engrossed in the story. I hardly ever finish a book in a day, so that must say something.
I loved the ending. I NEED to know what is going to happen next. It was the perfect ending for this kind of book. A cliffhanger but not so big that it’s unbelievable. In other words I am really wanting to get my hands on the sequel. Hopefully it won’t be too long until that happens. I am definitely sold on this series and hope each book is as good as the first,
Paranormal/fantasy readers will probably love this. Particularly fans of angel books. I think that teens and up will get the most out if it.
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Goodreads author bio:
My family is what keeps my heart beating, and my world a happy place to be.
I love reading great books that whisk me away from reality, even if for a little while. 🙂 Writing is my passion. I love creating new worlds and new characters, and taking wondrous adventures with them.
In My Dreams & Hidden Wings were both recently published through Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. Descent (A Hidden Wings novella) will be released May 15, 2013, and Broken Wings (Book 2 in the Hidden Wings Series) will be released June 1, 2013.
One day I will find my magic wardrobe, and ride away on my magical unicorn… ♥ Until then… I’ll keep writing! 😉