So 'Sample Saturday' is a new segment on my blog where I sort of review book samples. Coz let's face it: book samples are everything. They are really handy to help us decided whether or not to purchase a book.
As you can see from the title of this post, I am going to talk about Bella Thorne's debut novel, Autumn Falls and Zoella's new novel, Girl Online.
Before I begin, I'm gonna mention three things:
1). I have been anticipating both books for a while
2). I am fond of both of these celebrities/authors (so zero bias)
3). This is not a review per se, just what I thought about the samples and whether or not I will carry on reading/purchase them.
Autumn Reads by Bella ThorneGoodreads summary:
Teen icon Bella Thorne's debut novel!
Filled with personal elements from Bella’s own life, AUTUMN FALLS is the first book in Bella Thorne’s new series! It has everything readers will love and relate to: a real girl trying to find her own inner strength and be the best she can be, with a hint of magic and mystery, and a steady stream of OMG-I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened fun.
With her fiery red hair, new-girl outsider status, and tendency to be a total klutz, Autumn Falls definitely isn’t flying below the radar at Aventura High. Luckily, she makes some genuine friends who take her under their wing. But she also manages to get on the wrong side of the school’s queen bee, and then finds out the guy she’s started to like, funny and sweet Sean, hangs with the mean crowd. Now her rep and her potential love life are at stake.
When Autumn vents her feelings in a journal that belonged to her late father, suddenly her wildest wishes start coming true. Is it coincidence? Or can writing in the journal solve all her problems? And if the journal doesn’t work that way, is there a bigger purpose for it—and for her?
"You'll be obsessed with Autumn Falls. It has basically everything you could ever want: a lovable klutz for a main character, a total heartthrob, and just a touch of magic."--Seventeen
I immediately enjoyed the first few chapters of Autumn Falls. It was fun, light, relatable and genuinely well written. It followed fifteen year old Autumn and how she adapts to a new school after her father's death. It's a non-paranormal/sci-fi/fantasy book that I enjoyed. I am anxious to see how this novel is resolved, as well as the protagonist's adventures along the way.
So I will definitely purchase this book soon.
Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (A.K.A. Zoella)I had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has - I can't believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! - and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes...
Penny has a secret.
Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family - and the panic attacks she's suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love - and capturing every moment of it on her blog.
But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny's cover - and her closest friendship - forever.
This sample left me with multiple emotions. But the main one was frustration as I couldn't really get in with the characters and content. As hard as I tried, I just couldn't. But Sugg's characters (from the sample) were totally relatable to me personally (anxiety and doing what you love online under another name). I really wanted to love this- I mean an American called Noah sounded epic!
Maybe I'll try to delve into this another day, but for now, I can't.
Right! That's it from me. I hope this post was helpful. Let me know below or on Twitter or Goodreads or email what you want me to do next. Shall I sample review Kendall and Kylie Jenner's book? Or do you want an author interview? Maybe talk about hot cover models?
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