~NOTICE 25/10/13~ So I haven't updated this in a while, and I'd just like to say that my opinions on some of these books have changed slightly, and also that I don't know if I'll still update this. Thanks for the support, though <3
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As someone who wants to be a writer, I read to get new material (this does not mean that I copy the ideas of other authors, simply that I get new vocabulary to put in my own writing, and, if I like or dislike something that I read, I mentally analyse why so that I know what to feature or not feature in my own work).
I also read because...well...I love reading!
So, every 'chapter' in this movella is a separate review. I'll try to put new ones up whenever I finish a book that I think needs to be talked about.
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3. Hetty Feather & Sapphire Battersea by Jacqueline Wilson

I've been an avid fan of Jacqueline Wilson books ever since around the time when I first started reading full-length books, so this might not be the only time her name crops up in the review collection. I'll try not to go hog-wild, though, because I know she's not to everyone's taste (then again, not even the greatest authors are liked by everyone ;) )

The third in what is to be the Hetty Feather trilogy, Emerald Star, comes out in a few months. Until then, here is my review of the first two books.

I'll begin, as usual, with The Plot. The story centres around Hetty Feather (as you may have concised from the title), a young girl who lives at the Foundling Hospital in London. Having been left there as a baby, Hetty lived with a foster family until she turned five and had to return to the hospital (a sort of old-fashioned, enormous care-home). As she grows up, she misses her foster family and an assortment of other people who she has to leave behind, but in her heart there has always been one persistent determination: she has to find her real mother...

That's the plot of the first book, but explaining the plot of the second book will involve massive spoilers for the first, so I'll leave it there.

Now for The Characters. There are several important characters throughout the series, and many of them are extremely likeable, but Hetty is, evidently, the most important, so I think I'll mainly focus on her for now. Our main protagonist, Hetty, is a feisty, determined girl with an enormous imagination and a habit of 'picturing' things (playing imaginary games) when she is upset or lonely. She often goes off into flights of fancy at various points throughout the stories, specifically the first book.

Throughout both books, she is driven by a strong desire to become a writer, and the books are supposedly her memoirs: diaries that she intends to publish. She grows throughout both books. She starts out as a young child, and, by the end of Sapphire Battersea, she is around fourteen years old and has even been involved in a small amount of romance.

She's a very likeable and relatable character, in my opinion. Often I avoid reading historical fiction because the characters seem too other-worldly and different. However, Hetty is very much like a normal young woman, with problems, struggles, fears and secret desires: just like girls today, only Victorian.

And, finally, The Writing Style. As with all Jacqueline Wilson books, the style of writing is very fluent, but also not too descriptive, thus easy to follow. It's easy to understand what is going on and keep track of dialogue meaning even when old-fashioned language is used in the abundance that it is. One thing I've always admired Jacqueline Wilson for is that she does not patronize her readers and, even when the things she writes can be hard-hitting, they are delivered honestly, often through the first person. Even when she is writing such a historical novel, in many ways, her writing style is just as brutal, yet simply written as it is in all of her modern-day books.

So, no surprises, another five-star review from me.


I don't think I'm critical enough, am I? I just enjoy gushing more than moaning, that's all...I do have a couple of not-so-sparkly thoughts on other books, though. They will be posted when I get round to it.

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