Book Review: Angel Kiss by Laura Jane Cassidy

I was very, very excited last week to receive an advanced copy of fellow blogger and writer Laura Jane Cassidy’s first teen novel, Angel Kiss. While I usually reserve writing book reviews for Judging Covers or for The Guardian’s Children’s Books website, as this book was so good and it’s nice to give a shout out to others in the blogging community, I’ve decided to review it here as well! DSC_0003Jacki King is fifteen and adjusting to her new life in a small village. She’s missing Dublin but she’s making new friends: artistic Colin, feisty Emily – and Nick, gorgeous yet unavailable. 
But no sooner is Jacki settled than the torturous headaches and nightmares begin – followed by strange visions, voices and signs…
Jacki refuses to believe that something paranormal is happening. But the she hears about the unsolved murder that happened in the village years before…
So, basically, Angel Kiss is a teen novel about a city girl who has been taken to live in a small country village and it not happy about it, but still manages to settle in. There was so much about Jacqi I could relate to: the country city difference (I’m a country girl, but since going to a inner city boarding school I’ve fallen in love with city life and there is no going back), how she feels in relation to her friends, how she feels when she meets the gorgeous Nick for the first time… Laura has somehow managed to create a teenage girl, a little younger than me, that I and I think every other teenager out there can relate to.

I used to read a lot of supernatural fiction as a kid, as well as a lot of murder mystery. This book is both, and I’m happy to report that I’ve never read a book before with a protagonist who has the same ghost seeing powers as Jaqui, and I thought I guessed who did it, and I was proven totally, 100% by surprise and I really did not see who there murderer was coming!

A special mention has to go out to a place in the book I wish was real and near me, or near wherever I’m moving to in September: The Cupcake Cafe. Cute, with great smoothies and cupcakes, Mac computers for the internet – bliss? Can Angel Kiss become Harry Potter famous so Cupcake Cafes can open up everywhere please? 
I’ve never known someone who has published a book for teenagers before, which is exactly what I hope to do. Reading Angel Kiss and realising that if Laura can do it, why can’t I? has really spurred me on, and I’m already quite a way into the polished version of the book I have been writing in pieces for years – thank you Laura for giving me the boost and inspiration to get me writing again! 
Everyone, even if Angel Kiss does not really sound like your cup of tea, I urge you to go out and grab yourself a copy – you won’t regret it! (You can also order it from Amazon and Waterstones!) This post was more of a more ‘thoughts and feelings’ type of review, for something a bit more proffesional and book review-ish, be sure to look out for my review of Angel Kiss on The Guardian Childrens Books site!