Tuesday, 31 May 2011



Three angels are sent down to bring good to the world: Gabriel the warrior; Ivy the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. But she is the most human, and when she is romantically drawn to a mortal boy, the angels fear she will not be strong enough to save anyone - especially herself...

Halo is an enchanting novel that will draw you in and keep you hooked, but there will be times when your addiction may be broken.

The plot centres on three angels: Bethany, Gabriel and Ivy, and their mission to save the human race from the dark forces that are trying to take over their mindsets. This means that they have to become human as well, hiding their true forms away. This is what first got my attention and made want to keep reading - I wanted to know if they achieved their goal, but then it changed when Bethany and Gaberial enrol at the local school. She meets Xavier and at first their relationship is a well-written subplot, but after a while, it just makes the novel turn into an angel version of Twilight (which I hate), taking over the plot with Bethany's ceasless thinking about Xavier - instead of the mission, which as far as I was aware, was meant to be the main plot - and neediness. Even when something major happens, which is kind of spoiler-ish, so I won't say what - she's being needy and, to be perfectly honest, quite annoying.

The lead character, Bethany, is quite sassy and cool to start off with, but like I already said, as the novel goes on, she becomes needy, desperate and annoying. She is definitely not on my list of awesome female lead characters. The supporting characters, Gabriel, Ivy and Molly, one of Bethany's new friends, are a whole lot cooler. Xavier, the love interest is gorgeous and totally amazing, and I can understand why Bethany swoons over him, but there's a time and place, you know!

The novel is told is told in first person from Bethany's point of view, which is really good because you get to see the strangeness and excitment from being on Earth and human experiences 'first-hand'. But, yes, I'm bringing this up again, she gets really annoying when all she talks about is Xavier, Xavier and Xavier

Rating: 7/10

Monday, 30 May 2011

Music Monday: 30th May 2011

This week's song is the Glee version of Teenage Dream by Katy Perry, sung by Darren Criss.

I picked it because it has been helping me loads since I downloaded it some time last week, so much so that it already has 100 plays on my iTunes. And no, I am not a Gleek, I am a recent convert. :)

Friday, 27 May 2011



Junk = heroin = bliss = despair = a love story you’ll never forget.

Gemma wants to fly. But no one can fly forever. One day, somehow, finally, you have to come down.

When it first came out in November 1996, Junk attracted a lot of controversy for its drug, sex and prostitution filled plot, but I consider it to be a gritty, well-written novel that adults are just scared of.

The plot centres on two teenagers, David, more commonly known and Tar, and Gemma. They run away to Bristol, and the novel follows them as they take drugs, live in squats, become a prostitute and everything in between. At first, it is really engaging, but towards the end, my attention was starting to waver.

There are many characters, but the four major players – Gemma, Tar, Lily and Rob – are an interesting bunch. They are honest, brutal and real, which makes me think that this is the sort of novel that a lot of teenagers will be able to relate to, one way or another.

The novel is told in first person from the point of view of several characters, except for Chapter One, which is written in third person. This makes the novel slightly jarring, and at the end, where there were two points of view that hadn’t come at all before, I honestly thought it was kind of stupid.

Rating: 7/10

Monday, 23 May 2011

Music Monday: 23rd May 2011

This week's song is The Only Exception by Paramore.

I picked it because as well as last week's song, this is another one of Dulcie's love themes.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Music Monday: 16th May 2011

Yay, Music Mondays are back! :D

This week's song is Hero/Heroine by Boys Like Girls.

I picked it because the album it's on, the band's self-titled debut, is my current writing music, and not only I love this song, but it fits Dulcie wonderfully towards the end.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011


This is to announce that I have handed in all of my coursework in, so I can write to my heart's content until October! Yay! Instead of Time Catchers, though, I'm going to work on version four - yes, version four of Suns and Stars.