• Book Review,  Reviews

    The Castle – Sophia Bennett

    “What is wrong with this picture?  It’s Saturday afternoon. We’re in the small, ancient church of St Thomas the Martyr in Winchelsea, where my granny does the flowers, and where I was christened fourteen years ago.  I’m in a satin dress. An old-fashioned bridesmaid’s dress with a sash. It’s apricot satin, apparently. Or peach. Some soft fruit or other. And it comes down to my ankles. Did I mention the sash? There are no words.” Peta is watching her mother marry a family friend, just a year after her dad has been declared dead, when she gets a phone call. Its not great timing but the caller, who she doesn’t…

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    Favourite books of 2013 so far (January to June)

    So its that time of the year, we’ve hit the halfway point and so far (at the time of writing this post) I have  read 88 books. I am on track to hit my target of 175 but I’m not overly confident I will get there because of certain things going on in my personal life (nothing bad, I’m just trying to concentrate on other things as well as books!) Of these 88 books, I have read some fantastic stories and I thought I’d do a post about my favourites of the year so far. These are not necessarily books that were published this year but many of them will…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    You Don’t Know Me – Sophia Bennett

    “It’s funny how fifteen minutes can change your life. Sometimes people ask me: would you do it again, knowing what happened? I’ve thought about it a lot and I suppose the answer is yes, despite everything. Fifteen minutes can be golden, they’re all you need to make something beautiful, or save someone from disaster.” When Sasha’s phone is stolen and a video of Sasha and her friends appears on the submissions for Killer Act, the online music competition hosted by leading social network Interface the girls are shocked and embarrassed. However it appears people like their video, their style and their voices and wow, they make it to the audition…

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    The Look – Sophia Bennett

    “’busk: to perform music in the streets and other public places for money.’ That’s the official dictionary definition. I checked it on Dad’s computer before we came out, while I was waiting for Ava to remember where she’d put her flute case. But there was another version underneath: ‘busk it [informal]: to do something as well as you can, without much preparation’ That’s the one we need, my sister and me. We aren’t so much busking as busking it. And I have a feeling it shows.” Ted and her sister are trying to get a bit extra cash in. Since their father lost his job ad they had to move…