No Shame

No Shame

How did I get it?:
I received it from the publisher in exchange for a honest review!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Stacey Woods has been raped and now she has to go through a different ordeal – the court trial. But nothing in life it seems is black and white and life is not always fair or just. Suddenly it seems that she may not be believed and that the man who attacked her may be found not guilty . . . if so Stacey will need to find a way to rebuild her life again . . .

Thoughts:

This book follows No Virgin. I think you can read this book without reading No Virgin but it enhances your reading experience if you do read the previous book. Ultimately, this book has the same message as No Virgin. It encourages victims of rape to speak out and seek justice for the terrible thing that has happened to them.

In No Shame, Stacey has reported the disgusting man to the police and the trial is looming. Stacey is trying to carry on with her life. She’s thinking about her future and works a part time job. As well as this, she has to be prepared for standing against the man who raped her. I found the man in question incredibly creepy and arrogant. Every single time he smirked in court, it made me mad. I was desperate for him to be charged. I won’t ruin what happens but things aren’t easy, that’s for sure!

This isn’t an easy read, but it’s an important one. Anne Cassidy is wonderful at creating characters that you feel empathy for. The book is short and fast paced. It really packs a punch. I think both books have such an important place in YA literature. I’m so pleased I read it because it does make you think about keeping yourself safe and speaking out when you’re uncomfortable!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

I thought this was a fantastic companion novel that shows that there can be many bumps in the road in your life!

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No Virgin

No Virgin

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

My name is Stacey Woods and I was raped.

Stacey is the victim of a terrible sexual attack. She does not feel able to go to the police, or talk about it to anybody other than her best friend, Patrice. Patrice, outraged, when she cannot persuade her to go to the police, encourages Stacey to write everything down. This is Stacey’s story.

Thoughts:

I was approached to read the sequel of this book No Shame and decided that I needed to read No Virgin first. I’m glad i did because I think No Virgin is important to read before you read the next story.

It tells the story of Stacey Woods who was raped. Stacey has a falling out with her sister (who has a child at 14) and her mother. She leaves the house determined not to go home. Stacey meets a boy that she feels instantly connected to. She goes back to his house, but she doesn’t expect things to turn out the way they do. Stacey doesn’t feel like she can tell people, but ultimately she works out it’s the best thing to do.

I loved how this story promoted speaking to others about rape something which is never acceptable. Stacey seeks help from her friend, family and a rape crisis helpline.

If you find reading stories around these themes then I wouldn’t recommend this book. It’s not as intense as Asking For It by Louise O’Neill (it’s been compared to it) but it’s an important story that I believe should be told!

Would I recommend it?
Yes! 3.5 stars

An important, though dark read!

Look out for my review of the companion novel, No Shame next week!

This Week In Books #80

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Together No Shame Then She Was Gone

NOW– Together- Julie Cohen– I meant to read this book last week after the book I was currently reading then. However, a review copy got in my way so I’ve only just started it. I’m over 100 pages through so far. I’m enjoying it so far. It’s very touching.

THENNo ShameAnne Cassidy– I’ve recently finished this book which is a companion to No Virgin. It’s about a girl who has been raped and her struggle afterwards. Both reviews will be out next week!

NEXTThen She Was GoneLisa Jewell– This book is up next! 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading this one after hearing good things!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- The 2017 books are revealed!

2017 brings yet another year of Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit, which has been a fun feature on our blog! As usual, Beth and I have picked 6 books each.

Here are the choices…my choices are in purple, Beth’s in red!

JANUARY- Prince Caspian- C.S. Lewis

FEBRUARY- The Cuckoo Sister- Vivian Alcock

MARCH- Awful Auntie- David Walliams

APRIL- A Snicker of Magic- Natalie Lloyd

MAY- The Sea Of Monsters (Percy Jackson and The Olympians #2)- Rick Riordan

JUNE- The Prime Minister’s Brain- Gillian Cross

JULY- The Reptile Room (A Series Of Unfortunate Events #2) by Lemony Snicket

AUGUST- Fortunately, the Milk- Neil Gaiman

SEPTEMBER- Saffy’s Angel – Hilary McKay

OCTOBER- Black Hearts in Battersea- Joan Aiken

NOVEMBER- Witch Child – Celia Rees

DECEMBER- Finding Jennifer Jones- Anne Cassidy

Have you read any of this books? Can you spot a favourite in there? Let us know!

Talking About Kid-Lit 2016 with Bibliobeth!

So, in the style of the “Talking About…” reviews we normally do, we thought we’d answer a quick few questions about our fourth (!!) year of Kid-Lit blogging.

1) What was your favourite Kid-Lit book of 2016 and why?

BETH: Tough choice this year as there were a few books I really, really loved. If I had to choose one though it would be The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase. Totally surprised me with how much I enjoyed it and it had such a classic, old-time feel to it which was fantastic.

CHRISSI: Mine would be The Wolves of Willoughby Chase or The Boy Who Sailed The Ocean In An Armchair. I can’t pick… sorry! Both had such charm.

2) What was your least favourite Kid-Lit book of 2016 and why?

BETH: Hmmm…..Ballet Shoes. Definitely the most disappointing. I struggled to get through it if I’m honest and got a bit bored about halfway through.

CHRISSI: I would say Ballet Shoes as well. I really thought it would be a book that I loved because I’m a massive fan of books that involve dance and love that era, but no, it wasn’t for me.

3) What was the Kid-Lit book of 2016 that surprised you the most?

BETH: The Horse And His Boy for sure. I didn’t have fond memories of it as a child. In fact, it was my least favourite of all the Narnia books. I was surprised to discover that it wasn’t as bad as I remembered and I actually really enjoyed it!

CHRISSI: It would be Looking for JJ for me as I didn’t expect to be as gripped as I was by the story. I devoured it!

4) Have you been inspired to read any other books from a Kid-Lit author of 2016?

BETH: I fell completely under the spell of Lara Williamson after reading The Boy Who Sailed The Ocean In An Armchair and would really love to read her debut novel A Boy Called Hope.

CHRISSI: I will definitely continue with the Percy Jackson series. I don’t know if I can wait each kid-lit year to read the series though!

For anyone who reads these posts, thank you so much for your continued support, we love doing this challenge and hope to continue it indefinitely. Coming tomorrow – the big reveal for Kid-Lit 2017! Which titles made it this year? And which titles are we going to have to do er…. another year?!

Round up of The British Book Challenge 2016

It’s that time of year again… time to reflect on the British Books I’ve read this year for the British Books Challenge. I read a grand total of 66 British books! (I shall add anymore to this post if I read more between now and 1st January) Yay!

The challenge involves reading 12 books from British authors, so I think we can safely say I smashed that number! 😉 I really enjoy finding British authors to read as much of my reading is dominated by US authors (they are amazing though!) Linked below are the reviews of the 66 British books that I read!

  1. Lighter Than My Shadow– Katie Green
  2. For Holly– Tanya Byrne
  3. Am I Normal Yet?– Holly Bourne
  4. The Demon Headmaster– Gillian Cross
  5. The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig– Emer Stamp
  6. The Haunting– Alex Bell
  7. In A Dark, Dark Wood– Ruth Ware
  8. The Number One Rule For Girls– Rachel McIntyre
  9. Carrie’s War-Nina Bawden
  10. The Sin Eater’s Daughter– Melinda Salisbury
  11. Radio Silence– Alice Oseman
  12. The Samaritan– Mason Cross
  13. Moving– Jenny Eclair
  14. More Of Me– Kathryn Evans
  15. The Next Together– Lauren James
  16. The Boy In The Dress– David Walliams
  17. Consumed– Abbie Rushton
  18. V is for Violet– Alison Rattle
  19. Read Me Like A Book– Liz Kessler
  20. Follow Me Back– Nicci Cloke
  21. Noble Conflict– Malorie Blackman
  22. When I Was Invisible– Dorothy Koomson
  23. Poppy’s Place– Karina Charman
  24. The Horse and His Boy– C.S. Lewis
  25. Orangeboy– Patrice Lawrence
  26. Always With Love– Giovanna Fletcher
  27. The Moonlight Dreamers– Siobhan Curham
  28. According To Yes-Dawn French
  29. The Borrowers– Mary Norton
  30. Swimming To The Moon– Jane Elson
  31. The Castle– Sophia Bennett
  32. The Woman Next Door– Cass Green
  33. Songs About A Girl– Chris Russell
  34. Maggot Moon– Sally Gardner
  35. Shtum– Jem Lester
  36. The One We Fell In Love With– Paige Toon
  37. My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral– Ben Davis
  38. Cuckoo– Keren David
  39. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child– J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
  40. All About The Hype– Paige Toon
  41. The Girls– Lisa Jewell
  42. Head Over Heels– Holly Smale
  43. Crush– Eve Ainsworth
  44. Perijee and Me– Ross Montgomery
  45. How Not To Disappear– Clare Furniss
  46. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding– Jackie Copleton
  47. Looking for JJ– Anne Cassidy
  48. A Boy Made Of Bricks– Keith Stuart
  49. Robyn Silver- The Midnight Chimes– Paula Harrison
  50. Isadora Moon Goes To School- Harriet Muncaster
  51. The Last Act of Love– Cathy Rentzenbrink
  52. Time To Say Goodbye– S.D. Robertson
  53. On The Other Side– Carrie Hope Fletcher
  54. Beautiful Broken Things– Sara Barnard
  55. The Widow– Fiona Barton
  56. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase– Joan Aiken
  57. Dead Romantic– C.J.Skuse
  58. Haunt Me– Liz Kessler
  59. Missing, Presumed– Susie Steiner
  60. Strange Star– Emma Carroll
  61. Ballet Shoes– Noel Streatfeild
  62. The Lie Tree– Frances Hardinge
  63. Into The Trees– Robert Williams
  64. Lighthousekeeping– Jeanette Winterson
  65. Infinite Sky– C.J. Flood
  66. The Sleeping Prince– Melinda Salisbury

A massive thank you to Kirsty from Overflowing Library for hosting this challenge this year.

As this is one of my favourite challenges, I am definitely on board for 2017. In 2017, the challenge will be hosted by Michelle from Tales of Yesterday. Sign up here!

Beth And Chrissi do Kid-Lit: Looking For JJ

Looking for JJ (Jennifer Jones, #1)

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Three children walked away from the cottages on the edge of town toward Berwick Waters. Later that day, only two of them came back. . . .
    
Alice Tully knows exactly what happened that spring day six years ago, though it’s still hard for her to believe it. She’ll never be able to forget, even though she’s trying to lead a normal life–she has a job, friends, and a boyfriend whom she adores. But Alice’s past is dangerous, and violent, and sad . . . and it’s about to rip her new life apart.

Thoughts:

I have read a few books by Anne Cassidy, so I was excited when we picked this book for our Kid-Lit challenge. When discussing the age range with Beth, we weren’t totally sure what age we’d class ‘kid’ as.  This book is definitely directed towards the older teen though as it is quite a dark read and it does have some sexual content. I was absolutely gripped by Looking for JJ. It didn’t take me long to devour at all and I’m left wanting to read the next book Finding Jessica Jones. I had definitely heard about Looking For JJ before reading it and after reading it I’m not surprised. I think this book will stay with me for a long time. Even though it is over 10 years old, it feels incredibly relevant.

Looking For JJ is told in a few parts about the same girl. JJ- Jessica Jones- at the age of 10 went out into the woods with two of her friends. Later that day, only two girls returned. Our main character has spent six year in prison due to her involvement in the death of her friend. She has been released from prison and has been given a new identity (Alice Tully) and is now secretly living with her social worker attempting to live a normal life. Alice has a job, a boyfriend and a place at university. JJ is still continually being written about in the papers. The public is still interested in where JJ is. Alice isn’t sure how long her freedom and privacy will last. 

It was so interesting to read about the media’s representation of the crime. Everyone and anyone had an opinion about whether JJ should be released from prison and whether a person could really change. The public believe they have a right to know where she is. They assume they know the true story.

I really enjoyed getting to know Alice and watching her adapt to her new freedom. It is clear that Alice still carries guilt from the event. She struggles with having a nice life after what happened to her best friend. She feels like she doesn’t deserve happiness. She was a really interesting character and I feel the way in which Anne Cassidy portrayed her, made me feel empathetic for Alice, despite the terrible things she had done. I didn’t expect to feel that way.

Looking For JJ is a very dark story. It doesn’t hold anything back. It explores JJ’s life and how she was treated by her mother. This doesn’t excuse what she did, but we as a reader, know that JJ’s life was incredibly unstable from a young age. Her relationship with her mother was utterly disturbing.

I highly recommend Looking For JJ. It’s fascinating, gripping and so well written.

For Beth’s wonderful review, please check out her blog HERE.

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

Next up in the Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit Challenge (September):
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase-Joan Aiken