The Last Review Of 2019! Wow, the time really flies. I had quite a slow year, I am not going to achieve my Goodreads reading challenge, but I learned to let it go. (I was very frustrated about it before 😕 ) I am very happy for each one of you who achieved your yearly reading and life goals, and I wish you all the best in 2020.
So, what challenges are you planning to complete next year?
I will attempt to do A – Z challenge and also I modified 52 books in 52 weeks challenges I found online and wrote my own 45 points challenge. (That’s how much space I left for it in my bullet journal 😕 ) Now, here is a review of my first Holly Bourne’s book. 😀
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
Release date: 25 07 2019
Price*: Kindle £4.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £5.75 (GBP)
Kindle $5.99 (USD)/ Paperback $11.67 (USD)
Pages: ~ 152
My rating: 7/10
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What I learned from this book: Everyone has magical powers, we just need to find them deep inside ourselves.
Description of the book: Sophia, Mia and Alexis are clinging on to a spark of hope that maybe – just maybe – they’re special. But could they really be witches with the power to cast life-changing spells? When the three friends gather to cheer up heartbroken Sophia, they’re ready to put their theory to the test. But when long-held secrets are revealed and hard truths start to hit home, their night of bewitching quickly takes an unexpected turn … A touching celebration of female friendship and finding the courage to love yourself from acclaimed author Holly Bourne.
How this book made me feel: I heard a lot about Holly Bourne, but never read her books ( 😮 I know! ), so this book was a first for me. I have to admit, it was an interesting journey.
Three friends, Sophia, Mia and Alexis are trying to do some magic during a sleepover at Sophia’s house. They all have something they want to cast a spell on. Sophia wants her sweetheart Aidan, Mia needs to stop harming herself, and Alexis wants to wish her dog (that she hated) a farewell. All three of these girls are very different, but they fit in together very well. Holly chose such a believable and realistic characters for this book, and the school life looks like straight from the TV screen. The story is told from Sophia’s perspective, where she is sharing details about her and Aidan’s love story.
The narrative was really gripping, I wanted to find out, what happened between Sophia and Aidan. The plot keeps changing between the events happening in the room, and Sophia’s love story in the past. This book is funny, very easy to read, and I liked the lessons it had to offer. There are not many surprises in this book, and sometimes it was quite predictable.
The writing style was really pleasant and easy to read. This edition has dyslexia friendly font, and the book itself wasn’t very long, so it was a quick read for me. The setting of this book doesn’t change much, it is either Sophia’s bedroom or the school. The ending of the book was quite predictable, but I liked the way it rounded up this story. The chapters are not very long, and this novel didn’t leave me bored.
So, to conclude, it was a great story about friendship, magic and finding what you really want. It has realistic characters and is an entertaining and educational read for young girls. I liked it, and I hope that you will give it a go and will enjoy it as well. 🙂
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the author: Holly started her writing career as a news journalist, where she was nominated for Best Print Journalist of the Year. She then spent six years working as an editor, a relationship advisor, and general ‘agony aunt’ for a youth charity – helping young people with their relationships and mental health. Inspired by what she saw, she started writing teen fiction, including the best-selling, award-winning ‘Spinster Club’ series which helps educate teenagers about feminism. When she turned thirty, Holly wrote her first adult novel, examining the intensified pressures on women once they hit that landmark.
Alongside her writing, Holly has a keen interest in women’s rights and is an advocate for reducing the stigma of mental health problems. She’s helped create online apps that teach young people about sexual consent, works with Women’s Aid to spread awareness of abusive relationships, and runs Rethink’s mental health book club.
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