To try and catch up and get back into a regular schedule, I have some very short reviews to share :)
Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins #1) by P.L Travers
Published December 1, 2013 by Harper Collins
Source: the publisher
Rating: 4 paws
From the blurb: When Jane and Michael Banks draw up an advertisement for a nanny, Mary Poppins arrives on a gust of the East Wind and slides up the banister, changing their lives forever. Mary Poppins is a most efficient and loveable character - strict but fair, full of surprises and, in spite of her airs and graces, a true fairy-tale creature with universal appeal.
Soon the Banks children are whisked off on the most exciting journeys they had ever had. But Mary Poppins has only promised to stay until the wind changes...
I have seen the Disney movie version of Marry Poppins many, many times since I was a kid and I adore it. Reading the book was like watching the movie, I had all of the scenes from the movie in my head, and even the stories that were not part of the film were enjoyable. Now that I’ve read about P.L Travers’ dislike of the film, it in no way lessens my love of the movie and I highly recommend the book, to kids, young adults, and adults.
Tape by Steven Camden
Published January 30, 2014 by Harper Collins
Source: the publisher
Rating: 3 paws
From the blurb: In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists.
In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her.
Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape.
This is their story.
Tape by Steven Camden is set in England and covers two timelines. The first involves thirteen year old Ryan, he lives with his dad, stem-mum and step-brother, Nathan. The second is the story of Ameliah, also a teenager who now lives with her grandma after the death of her parents.
The concept of Tape is clever and it kept me guessing during the beginning of the book but it was then easy to figure out the connection between the two main characters. Ryan and his best mate Liam were funny and entertaining. Ameliah was cute and shy. I enjoyed seeing where each of their stories would take them and their perspectives were easy to switch between.
One thing that bothered me at first was the constant use of ‘mom’ in what was clearly an English book by an English author, but I googled it and there are areas of England that have always used 'mom'. So while it looks totally out of place I suppose this story was set in one of those areas.
Thank you to the wonderful people at Harper Collins for my review copies.