Geek Girl: Head Over Heels review

Since I was young, I’ve always loved to read. Now I’m not a fussy reader and will pretty much read anything, I’ve even read the other half’s books on holiday before when I’ve finished mine too quickly. I was offered the chance to review Geek Girl: Head over Heels, a book most probably aimed at young-mid teenagers. Yes I know I’m 25 but having read one of these before, I was intrigued to see where else they would take the story further.

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Now if you aren’t familiar with the background or any of the previous books then here’s a short breakdown to catch you up.

  1. We follow Harriet Manners, your typical teenage girl trying to make it through life.
  2. Harriet is also a model and not your typical one at that.
  3. She gets into all sorts of trouble on every shoot she’s been in.
  4. She lives with her parents and baby sister as well as a crazy cat.

This part of Harriet’s life picks up with her back at school and enjoying a bigger friendship group and the perils it can bring, as well as the usual hate from her arch nemesis Alexa. Harriet was spotted by an outrageously flamboyant talent spotter called Wilbur who decides to go solo and set up his own agency. On the way to a casting Harriet spots Wilbur in an intense meeting with what turns out to be his accountant and finds out he has money worries now he has set up on his own.

Harriet decides it’s time to turn the tables on Wilbur and become his fairy godmother to help him out. She comes up with a plan to go to as many castings as possible and earn money that will go towards his agency. Nothing ever runs smoothly for poor Harriet and there’s twists and turns but on her last casting for Vogue, she gets chosen to work with them along with her baby sister who happened to go along for the ride.

There is plenty of sneaking round but inevitably Harriet and Tabitha(her sister) nail their campaign, eventually scoring a paid job for Harriet in India to shoot a fizzy drinks campaign for none other than her dad’s former boss.

She does amazing in the campaign and even manages to help them with their marketing slogans through the wonderful mind of her eccentric dad and leads him to get his job back after being unemployed for a while. Throughout the story Harriet is insistent that she has to help her friends find love and almost misses out on love herself right in front of her eyes.

I do like a good ending to a book and this one definitely has it. Wilbur is stunned when Harriet confesses that the money she has earned, she doesn’t want and in fact wants him to take. He stuns her back by telling her she has another campaign to work on immediately and that her best friend Nat and grandmother will be going along for the ride to join her for the couple of weeks. To top it all off, said campaign is in Australia which is none other than the home of her beautiful ex boyfriend leaving the story to be carried on and lots more excitement coming her way.

I think the books by Holly Smale are wonderful and really easy to read and follow. I love the story and can’t wait to read the next book and see what adventures Harriet gets up to next.

Laura x

*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always.*

 

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Magnus Chase & the Sword of Summer Book Review

I have been on a roll with book reviews lately, mostly down to my 2o-minute commute each way to and from work on a daily basis. This weeks offering is Magnus Chase & the Sword of Summer.

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I didn’t really know what to expect from this book other than the blue eyes of a wolf on the front of the book. Needless to say I expected it to feature somewhere in the book and it certainly did. The book follows 16-year-old Magnus Chase who is homeless after losing his mother and never knowing his father.

Magnus soon finds out his life is anything but ordinary and finds himself in the world of the Gods. Think Thor, Odin etc. His world is literally turned inside out as he finds out about his father, the truth behind his mother’s death and what his future holds for him.

He befriends a dwarf and an elf along the way who definitely make the story even more fantastic. Not only do you find out about Magnus’ life, you hear the stories of Blitz the dwarf and Hearth the Elf. He also make an unlikely friend in Sam but I shall not ruin that story, it is one you definitely need to discover for yourself.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a christmas gift for their son/daughter. It is a great read and easy to follow and will leave you needing to know what happens next in the story.

Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed it.

Laura x

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Demon Road: Book Review

I’ve done a couple of book reviews on the blog lately and today is no exception. On my daily commute rather than deal with the general public, I prefer to get engrossed in a good book and this time it was the very interesting Demon Road from Derek Landy.

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The book follows the very bizarre life of 16-year old Amber as she comes to terms with her strange parents and finding out who they really are inside. I hate to ruin a story for anyone who fancies reading this for themselves so here is a brief overview of what happens to Amber.

  • She finds out the world is not what it seems including her parents and herself.
  • She ends up driving around in a magical car with someone she doesn’t really know and who has their own secrets.
  • She meets some weird and wonderful characters along the way which test her character and strength.
  • Her life catches up with her in a fantastic end to the book but leads on to something more.

I would definitely say this is a well written story with some very funny parts in it making you like the characters even more. I wasn’t sure about the book at first especially when it opens with a line about murder. Don’t panic not actual murder straight away but attempted at the very least. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and would happily read another Derek Landy book in future. I hope this review gives you the smallest of tastes to what a great story it is and makes you want to run out and buy it yourself.

Here is the link if you fancy purchasing this for yourself or someone else maybe. If you love Halloween and like the idea of this book then check out this sponsored read-a-long with Book Tuber Benjamin of Tomes on Halloween evening.

Thanks for reading.

Laura x

*this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review, all feedback is my own.

 

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