Author: Amanda Maciel
Publisher: Hachette Children's Books
Publication Date: May 1st 2014
Source // Format: For Review, Finished Copy
Summary: A gripping, controversial debut about the nature of bullying.I'm not going to rate this book because right now i can't sort my thoughts into boxes and label them 'positive' and 'negative'. There is no denying that Tease is an ambitious book. It explores a subject that people rarely like to talk about, a subject people prefer to hide away and forget, so in this respect: i absolutely loved Tease. How it made an impact on me however, was because something happened in the blogging world just as i was reading this book that put things into perspective and displayed how real this story was. Tease may be fiction, but it happens every day, and that is what made this book special. i was relatively impartial towards the main character and in some ways she irked me - Amanda Maciel never took sides, so the book was quite an objective novel to read. In one way i thought this was better for the type of subject the author tackled, but i would have liked to feel a little more while reading. I never really connected with the characters in a way that would have blown this book out of the water for me. The main thing that really really annoyed me was how unapologetic the main character was. the consequences of what she had done never really impacted her and it made me want to slap her.
Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault.
At least, that's what everyone seems to think when Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma's shocking suicide. But Sara is sure she hasn't done anything wrong, because Emma brought it on herself. Sara is adamant that she was the victim - not Emma.
TEASE is a thought-provoking must-read that will haunt you long after the last page. -goodreads
Tease will make you question your own actions, simple things that happen in life that you think are fine - and will open your eyes to the world of bullying. Whether you are an observer, a victim or otherwise, this book will instill the need in your heart to become more aware of your actions and of those around you. It will illustrate the absolute need for not brushing things off that you believe are okay, and it will present you with an understanding of what could, and can, make someone tip over the edge for good.
huge thanks to the lovely Cait over at Hachette for sending me this book free of charge for review purposes.
Title: The One Safe Place
Author: Tania Unsworth
Publisher: Orion Children's
Publication Date: January 2nd 2014
Source // Format: For Review, Hardback, Finished Copy
Summary: Those who enter the Gabriel H. Penn Home for Childhood only get to leave one way...
In the near future the gap between rich and poor has become insurmountable. Life as a street child in the big city is only made bearable by who, and what, you know. And by the rumour circulating of a haven for children, a place of true safety. This rumour appears to be nothing more than a fairy-tale until Devin, and his new friend Kit, meet someone who promises to take them there. But when Devin and Kit arrive they begin to understand the real price of safety...
A disconcerting vision and a beautifully imagined novel of suspense and adventure from debut author, Tania Unsworth. -goodreads
*thanks so much to the lovely nina from orion for sending me this free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.