Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Worst of Me by Kate le Vann

Title: The Worst of Me
Author: Kate le Vann
Published: 1 January 2010
Format: Finished paperback
Pages: 195
RRP: £6.99
Rating: 12+

Cassidy has been feeling unsettled and adrift, but things look up when she meets an older boy called Jonah. She loves spending time with him and his friends, flattered to be included in their discussions. Jonah is sweet and sensitive and she’s never felt so happy.
But then Cassidy hears disturbing news about Jonah which shakes her trust in him and makes her question her own judgement. If you love someone, how far should you go to overlook their faults?

This book starts with Cassidy stomping out of the house upset with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend, and spending the whole day out on her own. She meets Jonah and his group of friends and is smitten with him straight away. I wasn’t sure how likely this was – does a girl out on her own spend time with a group of older boys she doesn’t know at all without feeling even slightly unsafe? I sure would feel a bit unsafe. She falls for Jonah and starts spending a lot of time with him and his friends who move in different circles from her and her old friends. I think she starts to feel a bit inferior when she sees their big expensive houses and compares it with where she lives. But then her old friends tell her that the new boys have a reputation as racists.

I quite like the way this book is written because it does sound like the voice of a teenage girl, and you get to hear her thoughts and how she feels in a believable way. There isn’t really much of a storyline really, things just happen and the characters react to them, up until the end which all seemed to happen in a big rush and I actually found a bit confusing when I read it through the first time.

Cassidy’s character is quite believable but I didn’t LIKE her very much, somehow. I also felt that I’ve read the whole “I’m not getting on with my mum and her boyfriend but by the end of the book I understand them a whole lot better” thing so many times before. However atmosphere is right, descriptions are good and it’s an OK read.
Rating coming soon

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In My Mailbox #11

IN MY MAILBOX #11

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

I have been busy doing homework and starting out writing notes of all my work I have done in preparation for my prelims in November 😦

RECEIVED

Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia from UK Book Tours. I have heard good things about this, so I am pleased it has arrived 🙂

Out for Blood (Drake Chronicles) by Alyxandra Harvey from Bloomsbury. I really enjoyed the first book in the series (My Love Lies Bleeding) so now that I have the full set (so far) I can’t wait to read the other two!

I also received a nice gift from Lynsey who runs UK Book Tours. My first proper swag “thing”! Thank you very much!

In My Mailbox #10

IN MY MAILBOX #10

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

This week I was pretty sad with my overall spending of lots of money. Not so much on books, more on Barry M make up and skin care!

[PICTURES TO COME – Quick post before internet switches off!]

RECEIVED

Raised by Wolves ARC by Jennifer Linn Barnes from UK Book Tours. Not the annotated one, but the other one as I haven’t read the book. I am enjoying it a lot so far, and I’m 3/4 of the way through.

A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly from Bloomsbury. I never knew of this, as I wasn’t aware of books as much when I was younger, but my mum said this is a modern classic. She has a copy, but if she enjoyed it, I definitely know I will.

BOUGHT

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller. UM, excited much?! Been wanting to read this for AGES, and just decided to purchase my own copy as I heard so many interesting things about this.

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain. I was certain I had seen reviews of this somewhere and I saw this in the book shop and had a spur of the moment sort of thing. I can’t remember if it was a good review or not, but the blurb pulled me in!

FROM THE LIBRARY

Carbon Diaries 2017 by Saci Lloyd. I have the first one, 2015, and really enjoyed it, so when I went on a requesting spree on my library website, I searched this and was pleasantly surprised! Can’t wait to start on it 🙂

And I also got a book on fashion illustration!

What did you all get?