Review – Half a Sister by Kelly McKain

Today we hear from Amber…

Half a Sister – Kelly McKain

Hannah is thrilled at the idea of her newly-discovered half-sister coming to live with her family. Shes always imagined a lovely sisterly world of the girly chats, swapping make-up and sharing secrets and clothes. Beautiful, glamorous Ellie seems to live up to all Hannahs expectations. But gradually she begins to realise that Ellie has a darker side one that threatens to tear Hannah s world apart.

This book is in a diary format, which is – in my opinion – a more fun way to read a book. Plus, a book in diary format breaks it all up a bit so it’s easier to read for younger children. This starts off with Hannah (main character) telling us about herself, and why she started the diary. The idea of having a half sister is a very common theme for books, but Kelly McKain has managed to make it into an original, unique, funny book with a few twists and adventures to Paris along the way.

The cover of Half a Sister is gorgeous, and it gives a great first impression! I like how most of the cover is illustrated, but there are a few real flowers on it too. I don’t think illustrators of books get enough credit for what they do, so I’d just like to say that Katie Lovell has done a brilliant job on this cover – well done!

The characters in this book are just simply….awesome. ;) My favourite character is Ellie, Hannah’s newly discovered half-sister. She sounds quite cool, and although she has her down sides, she’s a great addition to the story. Her background is really interesting – but sad – and not many authors give a lot of information on the background of a character, so this was great.

My overall rating of the whole book? Well – I can’t see any down sides to it at all! A great book to add to your bookshelf. Although my copy of this book can’t actually fit on my bookshelf…wow I really need a third one….ahem anyway, I give this book 5/5! It really does deserve it. Well done Kelly – you rock! :)

Thanks, Amber and thanks to Usborne Children’s Books for sending us a copy. One lucky Bookbabbler can WIN a copy now. To be entered into the draw, comment on this post, retweet it or ‘like’ it on Facebook. Winner will be picked Monday at 8pm – good luck!