Verity Fibbs – Cathy Brett
Release Date: 13th October 2011
Verity is a liar.
My mum is glamorous fashion designer Saffron Fibbs and I can do whatever I like while she’s in new York. I look exactly like her and it’s totally fine for me to pretend to be her at a celebrity night spot to impress a boy. I love playing the online role-play game, Demon Streets, but I’m not addicted to it.
Unfortunately for Verity she’s not the only liar in town... At a time when ethical is the new black in fashion, verity has just found herself battling a very unethical villain, a real opponent with everything to lose. Her online gaming skills might be the only things saving her from a terrifying final game over...
Verity Fibbs is another incredibly fun novel from Cathy Brett. I really do love her style.
As I’ve very likely said in my reviews for Cathy’s previous two novels, Ember Fury and Scarlett Dedd, the mix of graphics and prose is perfectly balanced. I just love the way that they complement each other and mix together seamlessly to form a complete spread across the double page. The use of certain words as almost images themselves adds a real element of fun as well as emphasising a particularly loud, shocking or funny moment.
The narration of this novel is very different to most novels. Verity is a compulsive liar and does lots of role playing so she switches character frequently and is quite an unreliable narrator. As well as this, you have the sections with Vee as Maisie Malone, her character on the role-playing online game, Demon Streets. It’s like you’re following two stories that are vaguely related and run alongside each other – very clever, and, rather surprisingly, not confusing at all.
Among all of the action and ingenious schemes lies Vee’s mission to entrap a rather mysterious young man. Throughout the novel it’s rather hard to figure out just who he is and what exactly he wants, but I definitely saw the appeal! On paper, he’s not the type of boy you’d want your daughter chasing after, but as events unfold and we find out what he’s all about, we see the real him.
I thoroughly look forward to read Cathy Brett’s novels and I’m already eagerly awaiting what she’s got in store for me next year.
For my British Books Challenge 2011
A big thank you to Headline for providing me with a review copy.