Friday, 17 April 2015

Rosie Rinkstar by Janet Rosina West

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Janet Rosina West, Cameron Publicity & Marketing Ltd, and NetGalley.

BLurb (from Goodreads):
Rosie loves to skate: she has found her element and truly believes that there is no life without skating. She thinks it; lives it; dreams it - accepts its challenges and turns to it for solace. However, having a bratty little sister who is rapidly becoming recognised as a talented gymnast, a mum who already has two jobs to make ends meet and a threat to her lifts to the ice rink, it looks as if Rosie's skating days are numbered. Growing worries over her beloved Nan, the emergence of an unexpected enemy and a school project which takes on a mind of its own, all contribute to changing Rosie's world forever and lead to the realisation of her most secret dream.

Rosie Rinkstar by Janet Rosina West

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rosie Rinkstar(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Janet Rosina West, Cameron Publicity & Marketing Ltd, and NetGalley.)

“Happiness is wanting what you have – not having what you want.”

This was a middle-grade story about a young ice-skater, and her general life troubles.

Rosie was quite an immature character, and she was also very na├»ve. Her ideas about what was an wasn’t important were pretty self-orientated, and although she did think of other people at times, she did come across as a pretty typical young teen. I’m not sure how old she was supposed to be, but she didn’t come across as any older than maybe 13, and I think she was supposed to be older.

“I felt really sick about the scratched writing on the loo door, it would not even wash off, it would be there forever and everyone who knew me would be talking about me and Sergei.”

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The storyline in this didn’t really centre on the ice-skating to be honest; it was more about Rosie’s day-to-day life, and her troubles regarding her mother and sister. I did feel really sorry for Rosie, because it seemed like her mother favoured her sister over her, and it was really unfair the way Rosie was supposed to stop doing things because they cost too much, whilst her mother continued to pay out for more and more things for her sister! If I had been Rosie I’d have been really hurt by what her mother did also.

“It appeared that my talented little gymnast sister had been asked if she would attend two more classes a week as she showed ‘such promise’, money was already a persistent problem and those two classes were when I skated.”

The ending to this was okay, and I was glad that things worked out for Rosie, it did still feel like Rosie’s grandmother was acting more like a mum to her than her own mother, as Rosie’s mum continued to favour the younger sister.
6 out of 10

1 comment:

  1. Still 3 stars! (Though I do love your extra images in the reviews these days. Lovely!)