Review: Girl Online On Tour (Zoe Sugg)

file_000-7Title: Girl Online

Author: Zoe Sugg

Publisher: Penguin

Release: Out now!

Genre: Contemporary

Which animal is similar to this book? I would say that this book is similar to a bloodhound, because I already reviewed the first in the series (and compared it to a panda, you can read the review here: Review: Girl Online (Zoe Sugg) and the second is quite different to the first. For starters, there are more emotions involved and I felt so sorry for Penny a lot more in this book and (to me, at least!) bloodhounds always look incredibly sad. They also have a lively and funny side though, and this book is very fast-paced and there’s some good witty humor in it!

The blurb says: Penny’s bags are packed. When Noah invites Penny on his European music tour, she can’t wait to spend time with her rock-god-tastic boyfriend. But, between Noah’s jam-packed schedule, less-than-welcoming bandmates and threatening messages from jealous fans, Penny wonders whether she’s really cut out for life on tour. She can’t help but miss her family, her best friend Elliot… and her blog, Girl Online. Can Penny learn to balance life and love on the road, or will she lose everything in pursuit of the perfect summer?

As I said, this book is much more emotional than the first because I found myself rooting for Penny to survive tour and I felt every struggle she had. Having anxiety myself, it’s easy to see why she would want to put herself in that situation to prove she could cope, but it was also easy to see every struggle she would have and how hard it would be to actually cope, especially with Noah busy a lot of the time. I love how the book addresses anxiety, and how it makes it so realistic and easy to understand; I think it’s a good way of getting it read about without being a sad book about just anxiety which some people are less likely to read. What I mean is, Zoe Sugg’s audience is much more likely to read a book like this with anxiety not quite the main/only focus instead of other, heavier books. I just think it’s a very good description of it without scaring people.

I’ve seen quite a few negative reviews of this, and the first one, purely because Zoe Sugg is a youtuber, so people believe it’s going to ‘boring’ and like ‘every other book by a youtuber’ but I genuinely believe that while Zoe had help, the ideas, the structure and the characters are from her. Penny is similar to Zoe and I think often people will write about a character similar to them, especially when addressing disorders and experience the author suffers with too. I also think it’s written in a witty and often funny way, apart from the sections dealing with the anxiety and other difficult topics; those are dealt wi20160804_163746th appropriately without being too heavy on the reader.

I really enjoy this series and with the release of Girl Online Going Solo tomorrow, I thought now was a good time to post this review! Obviously I’ve pre-ordered the third in the series and I will likely review that too! I give this 9 out of 10 paw prints!

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Review: Username Regenerated (Joe Sugg)

20161004_144721Title: Username: Regenerated

Author: Joe Sugg

Publisher: Hodder

Release: Out now!

Genre: Graphic novel, sci-fi

Which animal is similar to this book? This book is equally as beautiful as the first one, so I could just pick another pretty animal and use the same reasons, but actually the second in the Username series is a lot more emotional than the first and so I decided that this time, an elephant fits it better. Elephants are extremely sensitive creatures and are very easily (and very visibly) upset. They will mourn a death in their group for a very long time, they can cry, they will revisit areas deaths occurred in and are also very defensive/protective of their families. They have been known to defend their children until death, but mostly if the other elephants are involved, the attackers will flee. Obviously, I’m not going to give spoilers, but this plot had a lot more feelings and emotional twists in it, so I would compare it to an elephant.

The blurb says: Evie is safe at home, but her heart remains in E.scape, the virtuaal world her father created for her. She’s desperate to return but the app that transports her has corrupted in the great reboot. When besotted geek, Lionel, offers to help, he doesn’t just restore the gateway as she had planned, he opens up a series of revelations that calls into question everything Evie treasures. With a momentous discovery to be unearthed in the virtual realm, and an E.scape fugitive on the loose in reality, can our sidelined schoolgirl save not one world, but two?

Well, Joe Sugg did it again! *slow clapping* I love it, it took me about two days to read and I didn’t want it to end. The characters were developed well and I loved the little flashback at the start which gives insight to Evie’s parents’ lives before the first book is set.

The story follows Evie in the aftermath of the reboot of E.scape in the last book, and is set around her prom night. It involves popular characters from before; Lionel, Unity, Mallory and Jaspar are there, of course. But it also introduces some new characters which it’s hard not to love instantly. I also love how funny and sarcastic a lot of the dialogue is, because it just sounds a lot like things Joe would say in his videos.

My favourite thing about the two books in this series is how fun they are to read. it’s very quick-paced, it’s a good story with emotional points but still manages to be funny and I can hear all the characters’ voices differently when I read it, because all their voices are separate and individual.20160804_163103

I actually prefer this book to Username: Evie, but I gave that 10 out of 10, so they have got to be the same! 10 out of 10 paw prints to you again, Username series!

Review: Username: Evie (Joe Sugg)

20160915_125625Title: Username: Evie

Author: Joe Sugg

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Release: Out now!

Genre: Graphic novel, sci-fi

Which animal is similar to this book? This book is a graphic novel, so obviously there are a lot of illustrations and they are beautiful. The artwork is extraordinary, so I would compare it to a saluki, which is a breed of dog known to be stunning (and they know it too!).They’re also very intelligent, as is this book since it’s so cleverly done and the dialogue is also very witty and funny. Salukis are also very well-known to be hilarious with a lot of what they do!

The blurb says: Like anyone who feels they don’t fit in, Evie dreams of a place of safety. When times are tough, all she wants is a chance to escape from reality and be herself. But unknown to Evie her beloved Father has been working tirelessly to create a virtual idyll just for her, and life as she knows it is about to be altered forever. Could this be the perfect world Evie has longed for? Or does the hardest journey still lie ahead…

I actually can’t say I ever read graphic novels, just because I don’t ever feel drawn to them, but I’m a Joe Sugg fan so, of course, I bought it, not knowing what to expect. It turns out it’s amazing and I loved it a lot more than I thought I would. Having been bullied as a kid, I can relate to that feeling of wanting somewhere to go to be alone and to feel safe, so the plot really touched me in that sense.

The story follows Evie, a young outcast girl who ends up in a safe world her dad created for her to give her somewhere to escape to. When the world has a negative influence, everything about it changes and suddenly it’s more dangerous than safe and Evie has to find a way out, as well as finding herself in the process. It’s lovely and full of action and I love that it isn’t blatantly aimed towards a certain gender as a lot of graphic novels can be (action directed at boys and magic/witches aimed at girls). Although it is packed full of action, it’s told from a girl’s point of view and for that reason, I think anyone20160804_163103 would enjoy this!

I love that it’s also quite a short read since there aren’t a huge amount of words, but the illustrations are so detailed that you could spend a while looking at them!

I would recommend this to anyone and I can’t wait for the release of Username: Regenerated which comes out this Thursday (22.9.16)! I can’t find any problems with this book, so it gets 10 out of 10 paw prints!

Review: Girl Online (Zoe Sugg)

20160823_160005Title: Girl Online

Author: Zoe Sugg

Publisher: Penguin

Release: Out Now!

Genre: Contemporary

Which animal is similar to this book? I believe this book resembles a panda for the reason that they’re cute and playful but also endangered. This book is very fun and amusing at times, but also has quite serious aspects, such as the topic of the main character’s anxiety and issues in social situations. Pandas seem like very low-stress animals since they’re very funny in their behaviours, but also have that serious side of being highly endangered.

The blurb says: Penny has a secret. Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, her crazy family and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets Noah: a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. 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 novel is funny as well as interesting and the voice of Penny leaves the reader feeling connected to her. As someone who also suffers with anxiety, and as someone who has watched all of Zoe’s videos on anxiety, it was nice to read about someone who has it to the same level I do and who has found ways to cope with it. It was also nice for the character to be so in control of it that she could do what she wanted to most of the time, and to not let it control her life.

The social structure of the story is realistic and the way it all plays out, although un20160804_163746likely to happen to anyone in my life ever, it does read as plausible and realistic too. It’s easy to read and keeps the reader hooked, making it impossible to put down.

I loved this story, the characters and the voice the characters were given, so I would give this 9 pawprints out of 10!

Review: Generation Next (Oli White)

20160804_172532Title: Generation Next

Author: Oli White

Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton

Release: Out now!

Genre: Contemporary

Which animal is similar to this book? I would say a lion is very similar to Generation Next because the book itself is fun. It’s very funny, easy to relate to (despite the characters being internet sensations, the way they think, act and speak is a good representation of how teenagers would think, act and speak in those situations) and it is also very sarcastic and witty. However, it has a dark side which is where all the drama of the secret texts and anonymous phone calls comes in. There’s a danger within the fun of being famous online, and I think that this means its animal is a lion. Lions are territorial, often seen as being aggressive and will fight to the death if necessary. On the other hand, they’re also very lazy and will roll around playing all day if food isn’t needed. They do some stupid things and can be seen (especially in zoos/safari parks where a variety of toys are available) doing some hilarious activities. If you don’t believe me, just google “funny lion video” and you will be amused for hours, possibly days. Therefore, Generation Next is a lion because it’s fun but also dangerous. 

The blurb says: Things haven’t been easy for Jack recently – life as a teenager has its ups and downs. But when he switches schools and meets a new group of friends – who are every bit as geek as they are chic – his luck seems to be changing. Together they create Generation Next, an incredible new kind of social media platform. What if your instagram account grew by hundreds of thousands of followers overnight, and big companies were fighting to offer you photoshoots? When GenNext suddenly goes viral, Jack and his friends are thrust into a crazy world of fame that is as terrifying as it is awesome. Because somebody out there is determined to trip Jack up at every step. If he doesn’t stop them, soon his new friends – and the girl he might be falling for – will be in danger…

How to best describe this book in few words? Girl Online (Zoe Sugg) meets Gossip Girl (Cecily von Ziegasar).

Generation Next follows the story of Jack Penman, a teenager who has moved school due to severe bullying. It shows his growth in character over the story as he overcomes the bullies from his past. His new group of friends set up a social network platform which is designed with teenagers in mind and goes viral very quickly, forcing them to fame quickly. This book explores the positives and negatives of fame, and of the businesses involved in companies such as in Generation Next.

There’s romance, fun, friendship and danger as well as the mystery of who is behind the threatening behaviours. It’s emotional as well as an easy read and will interest the reader from the start since the story starts off in the middle and backtracks to show how the characters got to this point, which is very engaging. It’s fantastic and reflects the author’s personality well! I also really like the way the characters handle the theme of bullying which appears throughout the story in various ways; I feel it demonstrates a good understanding and is a realistic response.20160802_160912

Overall, I enjoyed this book and it was quite an easy read whilst also leaving me on edge throughout it. It was definitely near impossible to put down, so I give it 8 out of 10 pawprints!