Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Tape By Steven Camden | Review + GIVEAWAY!

|| Tape by Steven Camden* || 

Product Details
Title: Tape
Author: Steven Camden
Release Date: 30th January 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Pages: 352
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Ages: Teen (12+)
Source: Received from publisher for review

Purchase Links: Amazon | Waterstones

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Record a voice and it lasts forever…

In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists.

In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her.

Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape.

This is their story.

| My thoughts |

The story has two narrators - Ryan and Ameliah. I feel that the teen audience (or our previous teen self) can really relate to some characteristics shown by them both and also the scenarios they are faced with. It explores the difficult situations of growing up and also touches on more sensitive topics (such as family and death).

The outside and inside of the book are graphically and visually appealing, especially to the younger audience. Ryan and Ameliah's perspective are easily identifiable in the book making it easy for the reader to follow where they are. I think the way Ameliahs story is in present tense and Ryans is in past works very well with the story line but I found myself warming more towards Ryan because of this. Another thing that I wasn't so sure on was the way the speech was written as the author uses hyphens instead of speech marks. At first I was confused as to if they were thoughts.
Ryan looked at him
- What?
- Ask me who'll hear
Ryan shrugged his shoulders

However, this book will keep you guessing to the very end with twists and turns! 

Thanks to HarperCollins Children's Books, one lucky reader will win a copy of Tape by Steven Camden!

Competition is open worldwide

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The winner will be contacted straight after the giveaway has ended. They will have 2 days to claim their prize or I reserve the right to choose another winner.

Book will be shipped directly from publisher.

If the winner is international, the book may take longer to arrive

I hope you've enjoyed my first book review and hopefully I will have more giveaways in the future!


  1. I would love to win! Being an English major means I love reading books. Excellent review.

    Maggie D. xx


  2. Wow! I'm not even going to apply because I know I'm not going to win but I'm going to buy it as soon as my Adsense check comes in! :D

    1. You should give it a go :) it chooses random anyway so you'll be in the same chance as everyone else!


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  4. Welcome to the world of book reviewing, Katie! Great first review & I've entered to win a copy (fingers crossed!) ... I noticed from your About page that you're studying at my local university, I hope you're enjoying your time in Teesside! xx

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  6. Sounds like a great book, now following on GFC!
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

  7. Sounds like a great book!