My Book Rating System

My book rating system is based on 5 stars. The book must be rated at least 3 stars for a review.

3 Stars: Good story, good plot, good writing.

4 Stars: I was wowed, but something about the story fell short of perfection.

5 Stars: I was either drooling, on the edge of my seat, or falling in love.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Author Feature: Kate Hanney

Today's feature is Kate Hanney, author of YA contemporary fiction.

Kate lives in Sheffield in England, and has spent over fourteen years working as a secondary English teacher. She began writing because she wanted to tell people about the kind of lives some young people experience. It soon also became apparent, that her subject matter and style of writing was effective in engaging reluctant readers as well as a more mainstream audience, so that became an additional motivation.

Kate's latest book, Someone Different, is a modern day Romeo and Juliet kind of story.

Two very different backgrounds; two young people who need each other.

When teenagers Jay and Anna are thrown together unexpectedly, their secret love ignites.

But when his world of neglect and youth crime collides with her parents' high expectations for her education and show-jumping success, that love has to battle to stay alive. Will their deep feelings and desperate sacrifices be enough to keep them together, when everything else is pulling them apart?

SOMEONE DIFFERENT is a story of how teenage love struggles to survive when the pressures of parents, prejudice and deprivation get firmly in its way. Set against the contrasting backdrops of an inner-city housing estate and an idyllic country estate, the book takes its readers on a dramatic, compelling and sometimes violent journey, in which the characters' only defence against all of this, is each other.

Grabbing a copy of Someone Different is easy!

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