Thirteen Minutes - a gripping murder mystery for teens

Hola Lexicans! Today, I'm going to be reviewing the book Thirteen Minutes by Sarah Pinborough so let's jump right in!

When Natasha wakes up, she is on a hospital bed with no memory of the past 24 hours and has been told she was drowning in a river and was dead for 13 minutes before a local passer-by rescued her and the hospital team revived her. She is expecting to go back to being her popular, normal, everyone-wants-to-be-her self but her friends are acting a little weird. And as Tasha and her old friend begin to look at the facts, not everyone is as it may seem.

Now, if you have read my blog for a few months now, you will probably know that mysteries are my favourite genre of book, just before contemporary and realistic fiction. However, I have always said
that there aren't enough good murder mysteries for teens and YA so when I popped into my Waterstones and saw this mystery book in the YA category I just knew I had to pick up a copy.

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Because this was the sort of book I had been looking for, I had high expectations for this book, so I couldn't wait to start reading it. The couple of pages were a little confusing, I had to keep re-reading them before they made sense, but that was more likely because it was late at night, I'd had a long day in London watching The Lion King (my review here) and I was on a train but once I got into it, I was gripped. Whilst a lot of the characters really annoyed me sometimes, it was a very good plot and was fast-paced and well-written.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries or books that are gripping and full of suspense because this book certainly is. It also has a very modern vibe, on a different version to the cover I have a photo of above, there is the quote 'Mean Girls For The Instagram Age' which I think is very true!

Overall, I lovedddd this book a lot, and true to its genre, it doesn't disappoint. Have you heard of this book? Does it sound like something you'd like?



The King of all plays: The Lion King

Hola Lexicans! Firstly I want everyone to appreciate my amazing punny title today, clever huh yes no ok then. #imabitawkward Anywayy, before I start this post I have some cool and exciting news. My sister and I have set up a website called Kids Blog Net for kid, tween and teen bloggers. It will give blogging tips, have guest posts from great bloggers and will have reviews on the top books, entertainment, fashion and activites for kids, teens and families. Hopefully it will be a great way to make more blogger friends and connect with your bloggers your age. If you'd like to check it out, you can visit: We have a Members page, which is basically a page of loads of great kid blogs, so if you'd like to be on it email and we'll add you up! Well that aside, today I'm reviewing the play The Lion King.

As a little treat, at the end of August my family and I went up to London to watch the stage production of The Lion King. I have previously watched the Lion King movie (I mean who hasn't!?) although not for a while, so I couldn't remember the exact outline of the story. Whilst it had the sad emotions you'd expect and want from the play, the director also put some comedy in there as well, which I liked and was written in well, as not to take away the emphasis of the tragedy but to still make it light and uplifting.

There were a couple of things that really stuck out with this musical and that I thought were very cleverly done. The first was the set. I was very curious to see how they set out the Lion King, as I've been to plays before that did the set very cleverly (like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas) but I wasn't sure how the team behind the Lion King would manage it. However, I now think that The Lion King had the best set I have ever seen. They used lots of techniques including using what looked like blinds to create a sun and silhouettes of a tree against the brightly coloured orange background which I loved and thought was very effective and even mesmerising.
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Another thing that really caught my attention was how clever the costume was. Again, my sister and I were wondering how they would tackle the costumes and I don't think it could have been done any better. There were people holding zebra cutouts under their arms (and they blended in with the zebra very well), well-designed masks, and a huge elephant (which I presume people were in and moving, although I couldn't see anyone!). To summarise, this musical has such innovative costumes and I can see why it won a Tony for Original Costume Design!

Overall, I absolutely loved the play and would definitely recommend you all to try and get tickets if you can - it is very expensive, as a lot of plays are, but it's well worth the money and enjoyable for adults as well as kids.

Have you seen this play? Or have you seen the film? Would you like to try and see the play? Remember, if you're a kid or teen blogger to check out our new website:


My TBR at the moment

Hola Lexicans! So today I am going to be posting about my TBR (to be read, to make that clear if any newbies in the blogging world are reading and are like what). Also I've been trying to write a lot more at the moment in time for NaNo. Which I haven't. But you know. Writing is still my life (besides reading, binge-watching Modern Family and so very productively eating chocolate. Someone asked me the other day 'Writing or Reading' and I was all like don't you dare make me pick between my children. So then they got a bit creeped out and walked off. #SorryNotSorry. anywayyyy back to my tbr.

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

So I was reading Jollygirl's blog last night and she recommended the MG book Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead. I hadn't heard of it before but I have read one of Rebecca's previous books (Liar and Spy, which sidenote is SO GOOD.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

This is just one of those books that EVERYONE raves about in the blogging community. I've read Fangirl previously by Rainbow Rowell which I LOVED so I will definitely be trying to read Carry On soon.
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The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

Ah does this really need explaining? Everyone (and I mean, everyone) loves series and I haven't read it yet *cue gasps and angry vegetables being thrown at my feet* I ALWAYS say this month I will read Harry Potter but no, never happens.

Slated by Teri Terry

Firstly can we all just appreciate this author's name YAS. Now Teri Terry came to my library on a visit (and I mISSED it). Anywayy, one of her books caught my eye and it's about a girl called Kyla who's memory was wiped by the government. They claim she was a terrorist but past is coming back, ever so slightly and someone is lying. This sounds so suspenseful and a bit of a mystery (which I love).

Uglies by Scott Westerfield

I was reading The Book People catalogue quite a while ago now and in the (very small) YA section there was this book called the Uglies. Tally lives in a world where everyone is Ugly until they turn 16 where they become a Pretty and Tally cannot wait. On the other hand, her best friend Shay doesn't want to become Pretty and runs away and Tally is left with a hard decision - find Shay and turn her in or stay Ugly forever.

I have loadssss more (and I mean lots) but I could only share a few with you today. If you have any more book recommendations that you think I should add to my TBR then let me know, I have a big love for contemporary and realistic (or mystery) MG/YA books so if you have any recommendations for me, let me know.