I liked the short, snappy chapters and fact that the overall message is a positive one, but the story itself wasn't to my tastes. "Posioned" was a 2 star read for me, but I'd still recommend it for fantasy fans, or someone who enjoys fairy tale retellings.
"The Colours That Blind" tells an important story through the eyes of a young albino boy and his grandmother. I enjoyed the plot, but for me, the dual timelines and terminology meant that I couldn't enjoy this as much as I had wanted to. This was a 2 star read for me.
"Media Queen" is a really fun, light and easy read about one woman's ambition to become a success in the media world. I enjoyed the story for the most part, but felt that this was more of a YA read. It's an enjoyable 3 stars from me!
“The Last Paper Crane" tells the emotional, haunting story of a young man's struggle for survival following the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. I really enjoyed the poignant narrative and feel that I've learned a lot through this eye opening tale - 5 stars!
"The Elsinore Vanish" is another good read by Joanna Baker. I enjoyed acting the detective and putting together the puzzle pieces to try and solve this seemingly impossible murder. I'd recommend you give it a try! 4 stars!
"Setting the World on Fire" is a unique coming of age story. Having had everything she ever wanted in life, Rebecca DeMeyer is oblivious to reality. Rebecca finds her feet in the real world and learns the ugly truth about it too. This book was good and I'm sure that with some fine tuning, author Maggie K.C Au will be able to publish this as a great YA read.
I really enjoyed this story by Joanna Baker. 'Devastation Road' is a well-paced mystery that I'd recommend for any fans of the genre, even if you don't think that YA fiction is for you - 4 stars!
Contrary to popular opinion, I didn't love "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and the writing style was most responsible for this. I didn't hate it, but I just didn't feel it was for me - 2 stars.
"The Good Luck Girls" had a great opening and I also liked the ending, but I got lost somewhere in the middle. It was an enjoyable read and I'd recommend this for adventure fans or someone looking for a more contemporary Wild West type story – 3 stars.
"Falling into Place" is a sad story which tackles some difficult subjects, from bullying to drug use to suicide. It's certainly not a happy read and is quite emotional at times. Unfortunately this book wasn't for me, I couldn't connect with the main character and this seriously affected how I felt about the whole thing - 1 star.