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Guest Post: Beach Reads To Die For by Ya Reader


Today's guest post comes from YA Reader from Mostly Reading YA , who at the moment is running a Debut Summer feature, so make sure to head over and pick up some new authors to add to your wishlist.

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Beach Reads To Die For

There's nothing better than a good book on the beach and I thought I'd share some of my favourite beach reads with you.


Firstly Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker is a definite. It was published by HarperTeen back in 2009 and is absolutely brilliant. It tells the story of Quinn and her summer in Austin focusing around a music festival there. It's funny and most importantly well written, I can't recommend it highly enough.


I'd also suggest Sophie McKenzie's Six Steps series comprising Six Steps to a Girl, Three's a Crowd and The One and Only. They're easy reads but they're fun too and perfect for a sunny summer day. McKenzie's other books, although less summery, are great too.


Last summer I read Beautiful Americans by Lucy Silag and it's a perfect beach read. It's about four American teens and their time in Paris with a bit of romance and controversy. If you like this one, the series continues with Wanderlust and Experienced.



Finally I'd recommend Koh Tabu by Ann Kelley. The thriller is about a camping trip that goes very wrong leading to 9 girls ending up on a tropical island. Ann Kelley is a fantastic author and this is a perfect one for the summer.

Of course there are many wonderful beach reads and if you're looking for authors that fit this criteria I'd recommend Clare Chambers, Jodi Picoult, Sarra Manning, Robin Benway, Dorothy Koomson, Suzanne LaFleur, Kate Brian and Jenny Valentine's books too (I'm sure I've missed many more!). Hope these keep you going though and enjoy your trips to the beach. 

Thanks again for having me!

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Guest Post: Michelle Of Fluttering Butterflie's

Today we have a guest post from Michelle of Fluttering Butterflies....enjoy!

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When I think of my childhood summers, my memories are either of my family camping or driving.  And I realised recently that both hold very special places in my heart.

When my dad was little he was convinced that he actually WAS Huck Finn.  He tells stories of how he'd traipse through the mountains and forests of Northern California almost wild, how he once stole a boat and drifted down a river into private property with nothing but his battered copy of the book and a really big stick.  Luckily it was the 50s and my the town police officer was very understanding.  But all of wild roaming and freedom that my dad felt was, I'm sure, something he wanted to pass down to my brother and I. 


So despite the fact that we lived in near-isolation for many years in Alaska, still during our summers our family camped.  We had our tent and our sleeping bags and our little portable stove and not much else those summers.  My brother and I would tramp around hiking up mountains or swimming in lakes.  We'd climb trees and run a bit wild.  It was hugely fun.  We'd come back to the tent in the evening where my dad would usually be lounging about reading some massive book and then we'd build up a fire and fall asleep right after food.   I have very fond memories of our camping trips.

But to get to these camping places, we'd always drive.  My dad didn't fly anywhere and our road trips are memories that I will always think of well.  There really isn't any place in the world prettier than the drive down the Pacific coast.  I'm constantly homesick for the Pacific ocean and for those road trips that spanned days.  We'd find the oldies station on the radio and sing along badly to 50s and 60s rock and pop music or we'd play the license plate game or travel board games until we were all sick of each other.  And I would read.


Because we always travelled pretty light, I always ran out of books fairly quickly.  My dad would stop off at second-hand bookstores and I'd buy what I could.  I always tried to go for books that I wouldn't mind re-reading as that became a pretty sure bet.  Of course, I'd always bring a few favourites with me: I remember obsessing over Matilda by Roald Dahl one summer.  Another summer, it was all about Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell.  Hatchett by Gary Paulsen really spoke to my inner wild child, as did of course The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

But I also have clear memories of some of the books I'd picked up along the way as well (though some were duds!).  I remember buying a hardback copy of Durango Street by Frank Bonham that had no dust jacket and that summer I got lost in a story about gang members which had a pretty big impact on me.  That same store had a battered copy of Maggie Adams, Dancer by Karen Strickler Dean which I'm sure was the book that really sparked my interest in ballet.

As I grew older, I began reading some of the epic stories that my dad used to spend hours reading whilst David and I were out exploring and I came to love those too - there's just something about a book so long and full of detailed descriptions of different places and time periods.  In the backseat of the car, with a fluffy pillow and a thin blanket and I found myself completely entranced by James Michener and James Clavell and to this day, Shogun will always be the book I think of when I think of books reading summers past.  




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Summer Lovin\

Interview with Julia Green + Giveaway



Today, we are happy to host an interview with Julia Green, author of books such as Drawing With Light and Breathing Underwater. 

As we are focusing on summer romance this month, could you tell us a little bit about a summer romance you have had in the past?
A summer romance from the past: I’d have to choose a summer from my teenage years, with the beautiful boy who is the inspiration for my character Seb in Drawing with Light. It lasted longer than a summer, in fact, but summer was the happiest time when romance blossomed. He had finished his A levels and was working as an ice-cream seller at a local beauty spot in the countryside, but most of the day no one was buying ice creams and he filled the time by writing letters to me, on thin blue paper  with a blue pen… my first love letters!  We spent hours alone together in the long warm summer evenings  …  with a picnic rug, lying under the stars …

If you could pick any celebrity, who would you choose to have a summer romance with?
I’m  really not  into  the whole celebrity thing, so I can’t answer that question! I’d settle for someone I know now … but that’s all I can say!

Where would be your perfect summer holiday destination?
My perfect summer holiday destination is a Greek island away from the crowds … a beach backed by olive trees, with a small beach café where they cook fresh fish and serve iced coffee

What is you perfect summer read?
My perfect summer read : The German Boy by Patricia Wastvedt: a beautifully written, dark, troubling novel about two families in the period between the wars, with a love story at its centre which will make your heart ache.

Which three books would you choose to take on a beach holiday with you? 
Three books to take on holiday: I’m re-reading D.H. Lawrence The Rainbow at the moment, so I’ll take his Women in Love to read next.  Plus  my friend Moira Young’s  amazing debut novel  Blood Red Road, and a new novel by David Almond which isn’t published yet  called The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean.

Some authors do certain things while they write like listen to music etc. Do you have to do anything like this while you write?
I often listen to a particular piece of music to get me into the mood for the book I’m writing. For Hunters’s Heart, it was  Road to St Ives by John Surman;  Bob Dylan  was the sound track for  writing Baby Blue;  at the moment I’m listening to classical music ( Finzi’s clarinet concerto). Sometimes I just have the radio burbling in the background.


Do you have any songs that always remind you of summer?
Songs that remind me of summer:  Summertime, (this one has lots of romantic associations for me!);  Dream a Little Dream of Me ( Mamas and Papas: from long journeys down to the south of France on camping holidays);  Cara Dillon singing Lark in the Clear Air ( I listened to this a lot when I was writing Breathing Underwater).

What is your favourite, feel good, summer movie? 
Feel Good Summer Movie:  Little Miss Sunshine  : funny, life-affirming film about a family

What is your favourite book of all time and why?
Favourite book of all time:  sooooo hard to choose one.  In the end, I decided on I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith; because of the main character: funny, clever 17 year old Cassandra, who is writing the story in a series of notebooks. It’s about a family, and growing up, and falling in love, but in unusual and unexpected circumstances. Romantic, but not in a way you’d expect. Read it!

You can find out more about Julia and her books here: www.julia-green.co.uk


With a big thanks to the publisher, we are giving away copies of Breathing Underwater and Drawing With Light to one lucky winner. All you need to do is fill in the form below by 3rd August when we will be picking a winner at random. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before we will pick another winner. Giveaway is UK only unfortunately. Good luck! 

Book Review: Drawing With Light by Julia Green


Kat and Emily have grown up without their mother for almost as long as they can remember. And now Dad is with Cassy and they all muddle along together well enough - even though they are living in a cramped caravan while their new house is being renovated. Then Cassy and Dad tell them that Cassy is pregnant, and everything seems to shift. Emily feels a new urge to find her own mother. How could she have left them the way she did? Never writing to them? Not communicating with them? And as Emily begins her search, not knowing what she will find, she is at the same time embarking on a new relationship of her own, that of her romance with Seb. This is an evocative and finely drawn novel about family relationships, in particular that of mother and daughter, and the shifting emotions of a teenager trying to make sense of her family and her world.(From Amazon.co.uk)

I picked up Drawing With Light after reading a very positive review and being intrigued by the blurb on Amazon. I'm very glad I did as from the gorgeous cover to the beautiful story inside, this book is an absolute joy.
Emily has been brought up by her father and stepmother Cassy, after her Mother, Francesca, left when she was a baby. She has no memories of her mother, but as her family changes from the one she is used to and a teacher compares her photography work to the mysterious Francesca, she starts to feel a desperate need to find her mother. With a first person narrative, Julia Green gets the voice of a confused 16 year old just right. For the most part Emily is shy and quiet and mature, but occasionally the feelings of jealousy and abandonment erupt, making her a very real but likable character.

The developing relationship with Seb is beautifully written, filled with all the anxieties and worries of first love. It has that heart pounding intensity that will surely have anyone sighing dreamily, but at the same time doesn't shy away from the painful and awkwardness of a brand new relationship. Both Seb and Emily are written with flaws, but it's these flaws that make them all the more appealing and believable.

The way Julia Green writes is almost poetic at times. The way she describes things, such as the trees Emily loves photographing for example, is wonderful. Drawing With Light is a reference to Emily's photography and I think it's a beautiful and clever way to think about it.

This is truly a lovely book. It isn't really the kind of book that will have you gripped. The blurb on the back of the book suggests there is more of a mystery surrounding Emily's mother than there really is. But it's not the mystery or secret that the book is about. It's about a young girl coming of age and needing to find herself. It's about family and first love and working out who you really are. I didn't find it to be a book I couldn't put down and raced towards the end, more a comfy and cosy read I looked forward to savouring.

Published by Bloomsbury March 2011
Thanks to the publishers for sending a copy for review.



Book Review: Breathing Underwater by Julia Green

Breathing Underwater is a contemporary YA novel by Julia Green and also her debut novel. It was published on 4th May 2009 by Bloomsbury and the book is 208 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.

Plot
Freya has come to visit her grandparents who live on a remote island. Last year she visited them with her brother - but last year her brother died alone in a boating accident. Whilst back on the island, Freya finds a way, with the calming presence of her grandparents and the gentle care and attention of the people around her, to adjust to the fact that her brother has gone, and that life - and love - are still vibrantly in the air. A perfect coming of age for any young girl just tipping into teenhood.

What I thought
I didn’t really know too much about this author or the book before being sent it for review but I am someone who is always willing to try out new things so gladly dove straight into this book.

From the cover, this book does look like it is going to a lovely, light-hearted summer read but it also has much more to it than that. This is a story of Freya and the search to find out what really happened to her brother who died the previous year. Instead of being a book about an island summer romance, this is a book about discovery and closure. The island setting does help to take away some of the drama and tension from the story with wonderful descriptions of the sea and breathtaking sunsets though and it helped to make the book not as dreary as it could have been.

I was left feeling quite unsure about Breathing Underwater overall. While the writing was beautiful for the most part, I didn’t connect with the main character, Freya, as much as I thought I was going to. Going back to the island where her brother died must have been extremely hard for her and for a while, I did feel her grief. As Freya spends more time on the island and with her newfound friends, I could feel her grief disappearing. In one sense, I thought this was good because it made part of the story be more about Freya finding herself and dealing with the past but it also took away from that the book was supposed to be about. Many parts of Breathing Underwater had me torn as to whether I liked them or not.

Freya’s determination to find out what happened to her brother deteriorated quite quickly and I felt like the main point of the story quickly changed to it being about a guy. That being said, the guy/s in this book were not amazing. I didn’t feel like I wanted Freya to be with anyone, especially when she was on the island to figure something out. The male characters were really not that interesting or charismatic enough for me to even like them very much, let alone route for them in any sense. Some of the other secondary characters though, like Freya’s grandparents were great and they really added in some much needed humour into the story. They were also great characters and were truly interesting to read about.

Overall, I didn’t love this book but because parts of it were written so beautifully, I would definitely give Julia Green another chance. As a debut writer, Green shows a lot of promise and I hope she delivers in future books.

Book Review: Ibiza Summer by Anna-Louise Weatherley

Ibiza Summer is a contemporary YA romance novel by Anna-Louise Weatherley. It was published by Piccadilly Press on 21st May 2010 and the book is 188 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.

Plot
Sixteen year old Izzy has exactly what she has always wanted this summer. She finally gets to go on holiday to Ibiza with her big sister Ellie and a group of her friends, who are quite a bit older than she is. Setting off for the time of her life, Izzy doesn’t expect to attract the attention of Rex, a DJ at one of the hottest parties on the island. The problem is, Rex is older than Izzy so she pretends to be the same age as her sister. As their relationship deepens, Izzy finds herself torn between telling Rex the truth and making the most out of her time with him. If she tells him the truth, will he still want to be with her?

What I thought
If someone had asked me if I wanted to go on holiday with my older sister when I was sixteen, I would have probably said no. We were never that close as teenagers and I could think of many things I would have rather done than spend a whole three weeks with her. Due to that, I loved the idea behind this book. I couldn’t wait to see what it would be like for Izzy being on holiday with her sister and her sister’s friends and what her relationship with Ellie would be like.

Izzy was a good character and one that I liked from the start. Being on holiday with her older sister and her friends who were all quite glamorous and grown up, brought out many insecurities in Izzy. She never felt like she was on the same page as her sister when it came to getting all dressed up to go out, she felt extremely frumpy and not good enough to be seen her Ellie and her friends. It was nice to see Izzy’s confidence grow over the course of the book and that she began to really feel at ease with herself and who she was eventually. In this sense, Ibiza Summer really concentrates on issues that are important to teens on each end of the age spectrum. Anna-Louise Weatherley really gives a great voice to teens and knows what’s on their minds.

Rex was a fabulous love interest, even if I didn’t really understand the relationship at times. Rex is a lot older than Izzy and although she lied to him about her age, it didn’t sound as though she could pass for the age she made up and that he would have believed her. Even though Izzy was a nice girl, she didn’t really have that much going for her to have so much in common with Rex. Sometimes, it seemed as though she was just going along with whatever he said or whatever he wanted to do because she didn’t really know how to deal with boys and real dates etc. That being said though, I did like Rex and everything about him. He was soulful, had a lovely personality and I think I would have kind of wanted him for myself.

One of the things that I would have never expected from this book, mainly due to the cover, was for it to make me cry. I’m not just talking a little bit of crying either. I mean full blown, crying my eyes out until I could barely see the words on the page anymore. Things happen in Ibiza Summer that I wasn’t prepared for at all so if you think you have the ending to this figured out, you will most probably be wrong. I thought that this was going to be a lovely, short, holiday romance novel but there is a lot more to it than that.

Ibiza Summer is a good holiday read if you don’t mind a bit of crying thrown in with romance, the ultimate party island and lies and betrayal. This book really has a bit of a mix of everything and I ended up liking it a whole lot more than I was expecting to, even if I didn’t completely love it.

Author Interview: Keris Stainton

Today we're welcoming author Keris Stainton and asking her a few questions about her latest book, Jessie Hearts NYC and what she'll be up to this summer.

Hi Keris and welcome! Can you describe your latest book, Jessie <3 NYC in 5 words?


This is cheating because a reviewer called it this, but: love letter to New York. 


Quite a lot of people know how much you love New York but if you had to choose between going there for a whole summer or anywhere else in the world, where would you pick?

Hmm. That's tricky. I probably wouldn't want to go there for a whole summer because it's way too hot for me (I'm really feeble in the heat). I'd like to spend summer by a lake somewhere - there's one in Canada I've got my beady eye on...


Jessie manages to go and see quite a lot of the sights in NYC. If you only had time to go and see one thing, what would it be?

Top of the Rock, I think. It's just amazing. It's glamorous and exciting, the views are amazing - Central Park in one direction, midtown Manhattan, including the Empire State Building, in the other - I recommend it to everyone. 

If you could have a summer romance with anyone from NYC, who would it be? 
Ooh. Good question. Well Penn Badgley was my original inspiration for Finn (though I don't picture Finn as him anymore) so that would be nice... But I should really go for someone more age-appropriate and that would be Jon Stewart. Love him.


 How much research did you have to do for this book?
Well I've been to New York five times, so I was pretty well up on New York before starting the book. My lovely friend Sally Lawton is a playwright and she and her partner gave me a tour of a theatre, which was completely brilliant. The rest of the research I did on Twitter and Google Street View...


Your teenage characters are always so realistic. Do you take inspiration from anyone you know?


Thank you. And no. I'm really thrilled when people say they're realistic because I just write them with a combination of what I would have done in whatever situation and what feels true for the character. 

Who would you like to see as the main cast if Jessie got made into a movie/ TV adaptation?

I wouldn't say no to Penn Badgley for Finn, but I'm not sure about Jessie. Maybe Kaya Scodelario from Skins (who I think someone suggested would be good to play Della, oddly enough). 

Can you recommend us some of your favourite beach reads?
Certainly! Both of Sarra Manning's adult novels, Unsticky and You Don't Have To Say You Love Me are amazing. If you're interested in New York there's a lovely book called Summer of Tiffany, which is a memoir by Marjorie Hart who worked at Tiffany's in the 1940s. Sarah Addison Allen's Garden Spells is another lovely, summery book.


Both of your books have been set in summer. Why do you think summer is such a great setting for books?

Because you don't have to worry about school! But also summer is so exciting, particularly when you're a teenager. You get these six weeks where you're basically free to do whatever you want (within reason!). I remember how exciting it was (even though I never actually did anything exciting, but I always hoped I might). 

Finally, where and what will you be reading this summer?
We're going to Northumberland for a week and I can't wait. I'll be taking Kay Woodward's new book Wuthering Hearts and Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols. I'll probably reread The Writer's Tale by Russell T Davies, and I'm finally going to read The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe, which has been on my wishlist for ages.


Thanks Keris!

Find Keris: 

Twitter @keris

You can read Lyndsey's review of Jessie Hearts NYC here & Vicki's review of 
Della Says: OMG! here



Musical Moments: Part Three

Following on from our chillax Summer songs last week, I was thinking about the type of songs you hear on holidays in the evenings. Unfortunately my mind has been transfixed by children's birthday parties with songs like the Macarena and Cha Cha Slide. Which I will admit, yes I dance to them, Cha Cha Slide is actually my favourite :p But I didn’t think a post about party songs would be very appealing.

Instead I thought about the slow Summer songs that put you in the mood for romance ;D Enjoy and if you want to share your choices in the comments I would love to hear them.

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I hope you enjoyed. If you can suggest anymore songs I should listen to to heat up my Summer nights as I stated earlier please leave your suggestions in the comments below. Huge thanks to Zoe Marriott for providing the inspiration for the music choices <3

Dashes off with steam coming out of ears!

Book Review: Two Friends, One Summer by Kate Le Vann

Two Friends, One Summer is a contemporary YA novel by Kate Le Vann. It was published by Piccadilly Press on 31st July 2009 and the book is 176 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.

Plot
Best friends, Samantha and Rachel are spending the summer living out a dream. They’re both staying with different families for the summer in France and couldn’t be more excited about doing something like this together. These two girls have been used to doing everything together for the longest time and couldn’t bare to be so far apart for such a long time.

On arrival in France though, the girls realise that the families that they will be staying with are very different. Rachel gets to stay with a wealthy and classy family while Samantha is stuck in the middle of no where in a house where the toilet overflows every time someone uses it. Samantha soon realises that her and Rachel’s roles have now been reversed and Sam is no longer the loud and outgoing one who gets all of the attention. A summer in France threatens to ruin a friendship that has taken a whole life to build but can the girls see past their problems?

What I thought
Two Friends, One Summer is another of the books that I read which was set in France although not Paris this time around. The descriptions in this though, compared to the others I read were not nearly as good unfortunately. Samantha is living pretty much in the middle of no where in a run down house but I think a bit more time could have been spent on describing just how bad the situation was. Also, the towns that the girls visit did not give me a clear image in my mind of the places they were walking or what they were seeing so the magic of a new destination was missing in this book.

I really enjoyed the friendship between Samantha and Rachel. It was obvious from the start that these two girls had been through a lot together over the years and had each others’ backs when it was needed. As the synopsis says, these girls go through some problems when they are in France in the way that the dynamic of their friendship works. Samantha is the more outgoing girl while Rachel is quieter are more reserved. Their roles are quickly reversed once they move in with their host families as the teenage girls they have to live with are the opposites of each other and this has a huge impact on their time in France.

There is quite a lot of drama in this book and that was something I loved about it. Not only is there conflict and tension between Samantha and Rachel but also between the girls and their new friends, between them and boys and the families they are living with. Considering this is such a short book, there sure is a lot going on all of the time. This kept the plot interesting and entertaining and Le Vann doesn’t give the reader any chance at all to be bored with what is going on. However, I think some of this could have been drawn out more or spaced out a little better as sometimes, there was too much happening.

The romance was what really let this book down. While it showed a lot of promise, the book just wasn't long enough for me to really believe in any of it. The characters aren't given enough page space to really get to know each other or for that build up to happen which is something I really like in a book. It kind of felt like the characters were just thrown together for the hell of it at times instead of there being true romance happening. I wish that the romance had been better in this book as it would have made it go from OK to great for me.

While Two Friends, One Summer wasn't the perfect summer read for me, it was still entertaining and different and it does have good points about it as well as the bad.

Book Review: Tapas and Tears by Chris Higgins

Tapas and Tears by Chris Higgins was published by Hodder Children’s Books on 4th February 2010. The book is 272 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.

Plot
Shy Jaime never really wanted to go on the exchange trip to Spain but after constant nagging from her mother, she was pretty much forced into it. Reluctantly agreeing, Jaime comes up with a list of things that her host house/ family must have and she doesn’t think she is being unreasonable at all asking for an en suite. When Jaime actually gets to Spain though and meets the girl she will be spending the two weeks with, she is in for one hell of a shock. For someone who is names after the Virgin Mary, Jaime’s new ‘friend’ is far from sweet and innocent.

Concepcion Inmaculada, nicknamed Concha, is scary, outgoing, loud and completely boy mad. She has a mind of her own and doesn’t let anyone get in her way, even Jaime, who is going to have to come out of her shell and quick if she is going to get through the next two weeks!

What I thought
This isn’t a book which I would have normally picked for myself. This is a case where I would have judged it by its cover and because it looks quite young, I think I would have bypassed it, had I seen it in a shop. However, I was determined to give it a go. You never know when you might be nicely surprised.

Poor Jaime. I did feel sorry for the girl. After not really wanting to go on an exchange trip in the first place, she then gets stuck with the girl from hell and someone who she cant even really talk to. If that wasn’t bad enough, Jaime doesn’t get to spend too much time with her own friends so is quite isolated with Concha, her father and grandmother. If that had been me in her situation, I would have been ringing my mum and demanding a flight back home immediately. I really don’t think that I could have stuck it out for more than a couple of days. Jaime does start off really shy and with a lot of self confidence issues so it was nice to see her progress throughout the book and change quite a lot. Spain did a lot of good things for her character and really brought her out of her shell.

I really don’t think I was supposed to but I LOVED Concha. Ok so she was completely insane and a bit of a head case but that’s what I really liked about her. Not being afraid to speak her mind or go for exactly what she wants are two really good traits to have I think and although she didn’t always go about things the right way, Concha at least knew who she was. The things that Concha did in both Spain and England were a little out there but her antics made for some really funny scenes and gave the book a whole different feel at times. Without her, the book would have been extremely dull and I don’t think I would have liked it at all.

The things that the girls get up to over the course of the book are what really made it for me. When in Spain, Concha does her best to annoy and embarrass Jaime at every chance she gets and I loved seeing the different things that she would come up with or ‘accidentally’ forget to tell her or do. Then, when Concha comes over to England, Jaime has the opportunity to get her own back for all of the bad things she had to put up with and although this didn’t exactly go the way I thought, it was still entertaining. The secondary characters, both English and Spanish, also help to make the book funnier and for the plot to have a lot more going on.

I didn’t completely love this book but it was still quite an entertaining read. That being said, it will appeal to a lot of teenage girls who are looking for something light-hearted and fun to read and considering the length, it is quite a quick and easy one at the same time.

Guest Post: Raimy shares her top three summer dream bookish destinations!

Today we have the lovely Raimy from Readaraptor with us to share her top three summer dream bookish destinations!


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First of all is a place which really is a dream... mainly because it isn’t actually there
anymore but I would love it if it was a regular thing that the beach and the company
involved did like once a year!

What was it? Ikea’s celebration of Billy Bookcase’s 30th birthday; beach library

Where was it? Bondi Beach, Sydney Australia

History: Last year to celebrate the 30th birthday of their well known, and loved, Billy
Bookcases Ikea stored 30 of the shelves in a curved line across Bondi Beach in
Sydney. The shelves actually made up the “world’s longest bookshelves” but were
only in place for one day. Locals were asked to either swap their books or make a
donation for new books to the Australian Literacy Foundation.

Why I would have wanted to go there or for it to be a regular event: How cool
would it be to visit a beach library? Especially in Sydney (or any other hot country...
an English Beach Library would just result in the books getting wet!) Maybe
Ikea could work in conjunction with lots of hot countries and let their shelves go
wandering... The Birthday Bash was in January 2010 so it would have only worked
in a country that was hot in February but I vote for a midyear one in like Spain... I’d
travel to that!
If you would like to see more photos of this, you can find them here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/charliebrewer/with/4317622726/

My second destination is not only for books but for other things as well...

What is it? Edinburgh International Book Festival

Where is it? Edinburgh

History: Starting back in 1983 the Edinburgh Book Festival is just one of the events
which happens in Edinburgh each year. The very first year it began there were
around 30 actual events whereas now, there are hundreds of events spread across
the two week festival. This year the festival features events from authors David
Almond, Theresa Breslin, Julia Donaldson and Roddy Doyle.

Why I want to go there: With such a fantastic line up and with it being on at the
same time as the Fringe Festival, to be honest I want to spend most of my summer
living in Edinburgh just so I can go to all the events! I have never been to a literature
festival and if I could tick that off my list along with the fringe festival, meeting some
great authors and visiting Edinburgh it would be awesome!

And my third and final destination is me cheating a bit to be honest! None of you
readers will be able to visit this place but it is top of my Dream Bookish Destinations
any summer!

What is it? My parent’s garden

Where is it? Bulgaria

History: Well there’s not much history... other than the fact that my parents live
in a gorgeous house in the middle of a rural village in Bulgaria. They have one
of the nicest gardens ever which has a pool, sun loungers and a nice patio. Last
time I went I spent three weeks doing nothing but reading, seriously I took like 15
books and bought more there as I ran out of stuff to read! I would love to just hop
on a plane for two reasons; firstly Id get to see my folks, but secondly and more
importantly I have a HUGE TBR and I could do with two or three weeks in the middle
of nowhere to get some of it read! Hehe




Anyway, that is it for my Top Three Summer Dream Bookish Destinations! I hope
you have enjoyed and many thanks to Vicki and Lyndsey for letting me be a part of
the Summer Lovin’ feature!

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Thanks so much Raimy for this wonderful guest post. Does any one else have any dream destinations?

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