Monday, July 29, 2013
Review: Coco Caramel
Author: Cathy Cassidy
Pages: 263 (hardback)
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Coco Caramel is the fourth "Chocolate Box Girls" book, which is a series I love! I've been anticipating this book for just under a year, so I was really happy to get my hands on it. Because Coco is twelve, and a tomboy, I thought that out of the five sisters I would be able to relae to her most out of the five sisters. In some ways, I was right, but in others, I wasn't.
Fresh and light are two words that describe the book. It has action, lots of emotion and a touch of romance. The emotion is well-described, thoughtful and really shows what it's like to be twelve- some girls are maturing, some girls aren't; or they are maturing in different ways, like Coco. Coco's level of maturity wasn't about whether or not she wore make-up or flirted with boys, it was about knowing about the world and dealing with problems that she encountered, like her sister's eating disorder and the difficulties with Honey.
Naturally, no book has no faults- and one of the few Coco Caramel has is how some things were explained. This was few and far between, of course, but in places I think some things could have clearer explanations; but I wouldn't take my word for it, I think that a lot about books I read.
Coco has a very unique character: she dreams big, she doesn't give up and she will do anything for her animals... Bake cakes, make banners or even steal a horse from a bully... I love the fact that Cathy made her determination come through her character so well, because if it hadn't been shown properly, I wouldn't have realised just how good this quality of Coco's is!
Another thing I love about the Chocolate Box Girls in general is the loyalty between the sisters. Even though they knew something bad was going on with Honey, they kept their "sister's-don't-tell" rule... But perhaps in other ways this wasn't so good, as it got Honey in more trouble. Even if this wasn't so good, the loyalty is still beautiful to me: they still kept their promise even when i would have helped their family. Good or bad, that is a beautiful sisterly thing to have.
Overall, I loved the book- a light read for whenever. Avaliable for £5.00 on Amazon (link above), I would definitely say it's worth it!
Cathy Cassidy is definitely one of my favourite authors and has once again lived up and rised above my expectations. I can't wait for the next, and probably final, installment to The Chocolate Box Girls!
P.S This review was for #reviewparty! It is a new monthly meme that me, Amy and Sophie are hosting. Basically, it is a day each month where everyone does a book review, possibly sometimes themed, and we talk about it!