by Various (edited by Malorie Blackman)
Exc. Rani and Sukh – Bali Rai 2/5 voodoos – I wasn’t as impressed with this one. I got that they couldn’t tell us the family feud details in this excerpt otherwise where would the intrigue be to get the book. But i found Rani’s reaction, (without all the details) to be a little over the top and annoying. It just seemed like unnecessary drama to me.
Exc. You Against Me – Jenny Downham 4/5 voodoos – Wow, This one was good. I got the impression that two families from two different worlds were fighting – not sure from the extract why – and that these two, who obviously had chemistry were fighting their attraction to each other because they were trying to get information out of each other to help their families. I’m really interested to find out more! Great chemistry and the story seems exciting. I will have to check this one out further!
Exc. 13 Little Blue Envelopes – Maureen Johnson 3.5/5 voodoos - Cute, with some great British references that were believable. It didn’t seem fake or over done like most stories I’ve read recently set in the UK. If I found it in a charity shop I’d pick it up
Exc. Junk – Melvin Burgess – 1/5 voodoos – This one annoyed me. Mainly cos the main character was really whiny. Her immature attitude and self-centred-ness was too much for me. I don’t particularly want to read this now.
Exc. Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman – 3.5/5 voodoos – Very Romeo and Juliet with family feuds. Seemed interesting. I liked the friendship/romance. I have a copy of this so maybe I will pick this up and read it sometime.
Gentlewoman – Laura Dockrill – 4/5 voodoos – I found the subject really interesting. The idea of hearing from someone who feels they were born the wrong gender was intriguing and I thought it was well handled. I hope that someone will run with this idea and write a full novel. It would be interesting to see how the character managed to deal with the changes now that everyone knows. Bit annoyed that they stereotyped guys and girls though. Girls aren’t more accepting of things at all. Especially teenage girls. But that’s just a minor point.