Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Book Blogging Targets For August!

I took this idea from Amy @ Amy Bookworm (with permission of course!). She did it as part of her monthly wrap-up, but as I haven't done a full month of blogging yet, I thought I could just do the targets...

  1. I will to do at least 12 posts, at least half of which being reviews. 
  2. I will finish the books for the G+T scheme as that has to be finished by the 2nd of September
  3. I will, apart from the 10 for the G+T, will read 8 other books (total of 18) 
  4. I will make sure to read and review the book me and Ruby are buddy-reading!! (important)
  5. I will join in with at least one meme, such as Stacking The Shelves or Waiting on Wednesday. I haven't decided yet. 
So, those are my targets for book blogging in August. They are quite short but hopefully I will be able to fulfil them!

Tomorrow: Review of "Earth Girl" by Janet Edwards.

Charli x

Monday, July 29, 2013

Review: Coco Caramel

Another delicious book in the Chocolate Box Girls series from bestselling girls' favourite, Cathy Cassidy. Coco is the youngest of the Tanberry sisters nbsp;and while she thinks she's the most sensible, she's as headstrong as any of them. Coco is crazy about animals and loves her riding lessons. When Caramel her favourite pony at the stables is sold, Coco scopes out the new owner - and she's not happy about what she discovers. Coco needs to rescue Caramel from a horrid fate.With big sister Honey going off at the deep end and Summer only just recovering from her eating disorder, there's no-one at Tanglewood to help Coco out. Can she do it alone - or will a new friend help her? -Goodreads

Author: Cathy Cassidy
Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 263 (hardback)
Source: Bought
Goodreads | Amazon

Coco Caramel is the fourth "Chocolate Box Girls" book, which is a series I love! I've been anticipating this book for just under a year, so I was really happy to get my hands on it. Because Coco is twelve, and a tomboy, I thought that out of the five sisters I would be able to relae to her most out of the five sisters. In some ways, I was right, but in others, I wasn't.

Fresh and light are two words that describe the book. It has action, lots of emotion and a touch of romance. The emotion is well-described, thoughtful and really shows what it's like to be twelve- some girls are maturing, some girls aren't; or they are maturing in different ways, like Coco. Coco's level of maturity wasn't about whether or not she wore make-up or flirted with boys, it was about knowing about the world and dealing with problems that she encountered, like her sister's eating disorder and the difficulties with Honey.

Naturally, no book has no faults- and one of the few Coco Caramel has is how some things were explained. This was few and far between, of course, but in places I think some things could have clearer explanations; but I wouldn't take my word for it, I think that a lot about books I read.

Coco has a very unique character: she dreams big, she doesn't give up and she will do anything for her animals... Bake cakes, make banners or even steal a horse from a bully... I love the fact that Cathy made her determination come through her character so well, because if it hadn't been shown properly, I wouldn't have realised just how good this quality of Coco's is!

Another thing I love about the Chocolate Box Girls in general is the loyalty between the sisters. Even though they knew something bad was going on with Honey, they kept their "sister's-don't-tell" rule... But perhaps in other ways this wasn't so good, as it got Honey in more trouble. Even if this wasn't so good, the loyalty is still beautiful to me: they still kept their promise even when i would have helped their family. Good or bad, that is a beautiful sisterly thing to have.

Overall, I loved the book- a light read for whenever. Avaliable for £5.00 on Amazon (link above), I would definitely say it's worth it! 

Cathy Cassidy is definitely one of my favourite authors and has once again lived up and rised above my expectations. I can't wait for the next, and probably final, installment to The Chocolate Box Girls!





Charli xx

P.S This review was for #reviewparty! It is a new monthly meme that me, Amy and Sophie are hosting. Basically, it is a day each month where everyone does a book review, possibly sometimes themed, and we talk about it!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Liebster Award!



So, I was nominated by Erika and Amy which I am very humbled by!  Thank you Erika and Amy!

 

Firstly, then...  11 facts about me!

1) My name is really Charlotte (as you can probably guess) and my mum didn't want me to be Charlie, so she nicknamed me Charli. When I was older I changed it to with the E on it, but about a year and a bit ago I changed it back to Charli. 

2) I'm 13 in exactly 38 days

3) I have hypomobility

4) I want to be a family law solicitor when I grow up

5) I have one sister, one brother and a brother to-be (mum is pregnant)

6) I AM OBSESSED WITH DISCLOSURE, RIBENA AND GUMMY BEARS. 

7) My favourite subjects are English, History and RE. 

8) I have one best friend and two almost best-friends - Bethan, Tori and Bethany

9) My favourite authors are Sophie McKenzie, Cathy Cassidy, Cathy Hopkins and Meg Cabot 

10) I write fanfiction, which you can check out here if you like. My profile needs changing, but my stories are okay, I think... (shameless advertising, I know!) 

11) I am a part of Team Fox! :p

Now... The 11 questions set by Erika! (Because I can't be bothered to answer two lots.)


                                    1. Do you ever watch the film before reading the book
NO!!! My friends always go and see them and I'm left out because I refuse to watch it before I've read   it! 


2.Can you read if there is constant noise around?
Well, I can, but it's difficult and I can't always enjoy the book as much!


3. What's the one thing you hate the most in a book?
When scenes jump around! I can't stand it! I don't mind PoV changings but I hate from one bit of action to another, such as from a fight to everyone in peace again.


4. What's your biggest book peeve?

  See question 3 :p


5. What's your favourite genre?
  Dystopia! I love it so much! Divergent and The Hunger Games are probably my favourites. Oh, and Noughts and Crosses!


6. When was the last time you laughed when reading a book?
Hm... I don't really remember, but not too long ago. 


7. Do you have a book nook? 
No, but I wish I did! When I have my own home I will definitely have one.


8.Have you ever laughed really loud when reading a book?

  Yes! My family look at me like I'm mad. 


9. Who are your blogging BFFS?

  I don't really have any, but I have started talking to Amber, Hawwa and Jack quite a lot! Oh and Ruby and Sophie!


10.What don't you like about book blogging?

  Waiting for packages...


11. Who is your favourite book character
hmm... Hermione! I'm so like her. Also, Coco from The Chocolate Box Girls and Lauren from Girl, Missing. 

 I nominate... (I am cheating and not nominating 11, as I don't know 11, and I know most of these probably are award free!)

Jessica at Booked Up!

Jack at The Book Stop

Hawwa at It Was Lovely Reading You

Ruby at Feed Me Books Now!!!

Sophie at A Day Dreamer's World


And I'm sorry to say Erika that I'm stealing your questions for them to answer if they do claim awards!


Thanks again Erika and Amy! 

Charli xx

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Review: Casting Shadows

Flynn is making every effort to stay in control of his hot temper, while River feels more content than she's ever been. Together, the two make big plans for the future, but powerful secrets are lucking in the shadows, ready to threaten their happiness... - Blurb  
Author: Sophie McKenzie
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 278
Source: Bought
Goodreads | Amazon

 I read this in about 45 minutes. As the third Falling Fast book, it carries on the series beautifully and deals with many issues.

A few of the issues the book deals with are: betrayal, heartbreak, LGBT, bullying and family issues. Normally, a book only has one or two of these things, as in a usual book it makes the book overcrowded and full of depression! But Sophie McKenzie made it possible- the book's essence is light and summery whilst being realistically showing the issues and River's feelings.

There are some chapter where I would love to read Flynn's point of view, such as the group counselling session and when the very, very drunk Emmi told him about "Slug Tongue" and her and James' "2-second kiss". I can imagine it: thoughts all over the place, anger pulsing... Although they would be interesting to read, they, even with Sophie McKenzie's talent, would probably be quite messy and hard to write if you wanted to properly reflect his anger in those scenes.

I think with any more, it would have been too much and go too fast. But the author made it just right!

If you haven't read Falling Fast and Burning Bright, it's best if you read those first, but unlike most books, you could just get away with not doing so; unlike many sequels, it subtley explains the minor details you need to know.

So, overall, this book is everything a girly summer read really needs... romance, drama and some action to add that hint of excitement.



Charli x

Thursday, July 25, 2013

My Summer TBR Pile!

I have such a big TBR pile this summer! And this doesn't include any I'm sent for review or get out of the library... 

 

For school G+T scheme (have to read.) May not review here, depends on genre, age etc as all very different.)

The School for Good and Evil - Soman Chainani

Earth Girl - Janet Edwards

Gods and Warriors - Michelle Pavar

The One-Dollar Horse - Lauren St John

Night of the Burning - Linda Press Wulf

Eleven Eleven - Paul Dowswell

In Darkness - Nick Lake

Young Knights of the Round Table - Julia Golding

I bought these ones ages ago and never got round to reading them! (All except sequels will be reviewed)

Fear (Gone, #5) - Michael Grant

Light (Gone, #6) - Michael Grant

Goddess (Starcrossed, #3) - Joshephine Angelini

Geek Girl - Holly Smale (half-read)

Dead Beautiful - Yvonne Wood (half-read)

What's Left of Me - Kat Zhang 

The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness

Twilight Robbery - Frances Hardinge

Casting Shadows (Falling Fast, #3) - Sophie Mckenzie (bought but mum won't give me till we go on holiday tomorrow!)

Coco Caramel (Choc Box Girls, #4) - Cathy Cassidy (bought but mum won't give me till we go on holiday tomorrow!)

Others I need to get and read!

Perks of Being A Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

Uglies - Scott Westerfeld (I got this from the library, half read it then had to return it)

So that's my TBR Pile. Probably not even my full TBR pile! 

Charli x

 

Welcome!

I'm Charli. Proud Ravenclaw, Dauntless and Member of District 12. Yep, I'm a Potterhead, Divergent and Initiate.

But my new book blog isn't about those books. It's about new books I read. 

Books take me to another world, or at least another place in Britain, so that's why this blog is called "To Another World". I've had a lot of tough times in life, and I just go and read. 

My main blog is Life Through Rose-Tinted SunGlasses, which you can find here

If you want to talk to me, whether you want to send me a book for review, want to guest post, sign me up for a blog tour, or just have a chat, you can email me at rosetintedsunglasses@hotmail.co.uk. That's my email for all my blogs, not just RTSG.


Charli xx