Coco Caramel & 172 Hours on the Moon (Mini Reviews)
Title: Coco Caramel (The Chocolate Box Girls #4)
Published Date: 6th June 2013
delicious book in the Chocolate Box Girls series from bestselling girls’ favourite,
Cathy Cassidy. Coco is the youngest of the Tanberry sisters and while she
thinks she’s the most sensible, she’s as headstrong as any of them. Coco is
crazy about animals and loves her riding lessons. When Caramel her favourite
pony at the stables is sold, Coco scopes out the new owner – and she’s not
happy about what she discovers. Coco needs to rescue Caramel from a horrid
fate. With big sister Honey going off at the deep end and Summer only just
recovering from her eating disorder, there’s no-one at Tanglewood to help Coco
out. Can she do it alone – or will a new friend help her? A perfect next step
for fans of Jacqueline Wilson, by the bestselling author of Angel Cake and
someone who usually sticks to adult or young adult fiction and never really dip
into books below that age range. As a child and younger ages teen I did read a
lot of Cathy Cassidy books as I grew up – and by that I mean all. She still
does classify as YA though, although more so the younger kind. Either way, her
books still have a mature feel to them that I have always been able to enjoy. I
read the previous three books in this series before I started blogging which is
why I am suddenly reviewing the fourth book. Each of these books do link up are
all so individual that I think they can be read as standalones as well.
called Coco. She is into looking after animals and wants to save all the
endangered creatures. She finds it hard to struggle with the fact that most
people find her too young to do anything by herself, or think she won’t be
committed. As well as that, all her friends have suddenly become interested in
make-up and boys, none of them are interested in saving animals like her! As
well as having some family problems going on at school, there is a mean boy
called Lawrie in her class. He makes sure to be particularly cruel to Coco,
even though she tries her best to be nice to her. Can Coco get along with
Lawrie or has she bitten off more than she can chew this time?
is quite young, she is heart-strong and just begging to be an independent
person. She gets looked down on too much. And even though she is supposed to be
ten or eleven in the book, I am sure so many other older teenagers like me can
relate to this. Don’t we all want a bit of independence and what to feel like
we are taken seriously? As well as this, Cathy Cassidy also manages to create a
lovely romance in her stories that will have your heart fluttering.
Published Date: 15th September 2008
to randomly jump from one to another) although the point of view that returns
the most is Mia’s. The story follows three teens who win a trip to the moon
with NASA, after no one has been there for many years. But there is something
else on the moon, and there is a reason why no one has ever been back, until
am glad I kept reading it all the way to the end because that at least made the
book a little bit more worthwhile.
I didn’t see any character development really. The story switched points of
view so much we didn’t get a clear view on anyone’s personality or how they developed. That means I didn’t feel much for the characters at all and felt
sort of distant. What didn’t help was that the storyline wasn’t
amazingly compelling either. If the plot is lacking in some books, they can get away with
awesome characters, and vice versa, but this book had neither.
preparation needed before the kids can go up to space, which I find very
realistic. The book kind of time jumps over all these training sessions except
one. It would’ve been the perfect place to develop relationships and characters
I think, in working with zero gravity for the first time or something. Instead
the time jumps seemed random and kind of sudden. And the lessons they did show
us were so packed with boring information I started to scan over it and well,
it wasn’t exciting at all. Unless you are personally into all that space stuff.
young adults is more of a middle grade read. It seemed
like I would’ve been more excited, petrified and just generally enjoyed this
book more if I was younger.