Monthly Archives: October 2010

Book Blogger Hop

Mid term holiday is here – and prelims are in November ūüė¶ This holiday will be filled with revision, revision and more revision…

I have books that need their reviews posted up, though ūüôā

ABOUT THE HOP:

In the spirit of the Friday Follow, I thought it would be cool to do a Book Blogger Hop to give us all bookies a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on!  So, I created this weekly BOOK PARTY where book bloggers and readers can connect to find new blogs to read, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books!  It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed!  So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start PARTYING!!

When you read a book that you just can’t get into, do you stick it out and keep reading or move to your next title?

I always, always keep reading. No matter how bad it is, I keep reading in the hope that I will end up enjoying it.

I keep reading solely so that I can have a valid opinion of the book, so that my review is actually a review of the book, and not just an assumption.

I think it is important as reviewers that we do keep reading, because we were probably sent it for free, from the publisher, so that we would give a review.

If you are here because of the Book Blogger Hop, please make yourself known!

I will try and reply to your comment and visit your blog as soon as I can

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Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Title: Perfect Chemistry
Author: Simone Elkeles
Published: April 2010 (UK)
Format: Finished paperback
Pages: 355
RRP: £6.99
Rating: 13/14+

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. Forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, Brittany finds herself having to protect everything she’s worked so hard for – her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend and, most importantly, the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But the closer Alex and Brittany get to each other the more they realise that sometimes appearances can be deceptive and that you have to look beneath the surface to discover the truth.

Although you may think this is another one of those stories where people find out more about each other and find out that they aren’t stereotypes, they are normal people with interesting lives. It really isn’t though. Elkeles has written a wonderful novel, which, whilst reading, made me feel like I was right there in the action, and made me laugh, cry and all things in between!

There wasn’t much descriptions, but it really wasn’t too hard for me to imagine, and because I have played Grand Theft Auto before, I imagined Alex living in a rougher part, and Brittany living in Mulholland or the more expensive parts (I forget the names of the places in GTA though XD).

I think that the characters were well developed and were just plain awesome – ¬†I loved Brittany, and Alex, even though if you turn the cover sideways, the boy on the front cover doesn’t look that hot, the descriptions in the book were really good. They were both deep and well developed, and they needed to be, otherwise it turned the novel into: “We’re stereotypical characters who are misunderstood, and really quite normal. OH WAIT – yes we are stereotypical”. There are many books, especially now, that are taking¬†clich√©’s and trying to adapt them and create characters who aren’t, but in the process they end up being a stereotypical “I’m not stereotypical” character. However, Elkeles made these two characters 1) likeable and 2) believable. Their forbidden love was much more realistic and was more true to life than other forbidden love stories, and they went through rough patches, which is also true to REAL romance. The fact that they went off each other several times, and kept trying to persuade themselves they didn’t like the other, was perfectly done.

Brittany’s family life was perhaps,¬†clich√©, but the way Elkeles writes it made it feel real to me, and the fact that her mother is very demanding, bossy, and controlling, is more realistic than other mother’s in other books not being described. Her family was important to the story so had to be done well – they are part of the fact that Brittany isn’t a stereotypical rich and popular girl, and I think Elkeles made it perfect and Brittany is a perfect character as well. She cares for her sister (who has cystic fibrosis) and their relationship is non-clich√©d¬†and admirable (I would love a relationship with my sister like that!)

The gang culture involving Alex was at times quite¬†intriguing, but I thought that it could have done with a bit more fleshing out and at times I thought it was just the same old same old gang culture you see everywhere in the media. Alex was trying to get out of the gang culture, but he had to stay, bla de bla. I always wonder how they HAVE to get into it, but then I realise that if someone in his family didn’t, they wouldn’t be protected. Nevertheless, it didn’t make the story any less enjoyable.

Alex and Brittany are polar opposites, and when they start questioning themselves and who they really are, it creates an interesting, believable, thought-provoking book, which really met my expectations!

Rating coming soon

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Thank you very much to UK Book Tours for providing this copy!

Book Blogger Hop

School has been pretty hectic the past week. Several tests and homework, but luckily next week I have one test and no homework! Funny, that.

ABOUT THE HOP:

In the spirit of the Friday Follow, I thought it would be cool to do a Book Blogger Hop to give us all bookies a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on!  So, I created this weekly BOOK PARTY where book bloggers and readers can connect to find new blogs to read, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books!  It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed!  So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start PARTYING!!

How do you spread the word about your blog?
(e.g. Social Networking sites, Book Blog Directories, comments on other blogs…)
?

I think, that even though I am still quite new to the book blogosphere, I have made a successful blog in the past, and on WordPress, it is all down to tagging your posts with the right tags. I think that is a really important element, and it helps Google attach those words to a post and gets more searches for you.

Other than that, I do a lot of social networking, i.e. the usual suspects. Twitter being the home of connecting in the book blogosphere. If you’re not on there, you miss a lot.

I make sure to link my name to my blog whenever I comment on other peoples’ blogs – which I don’t do enough of ūüė¶ – so that they have somewhere to look if they want to reply back to you.

And when I first started, I plugged my name into everything I could find – all these directories and search engines for book blogs, a lot of networking via the popular memes, such as this one, and if you notice, I haven’t been networking a lot, and that is just to refrain from looking like all I DO is networking. So at the moment I am not really advertising much, and letting all the hits come from people searching for reviews!

If you are here because of the Book Blogger Hop, please make yourself known!

I will try and reply to your comment and visit your blog as soon as I can