This week the heat gang popped our slippers on, took the phone off the hook and polished our spectacles as we sat back and enjoyed a spot of reading. On this week's heat bookshelf: One Direction: The Official Annual 2013 and Little Mix: Ready To Fly.
Here's what we thought:
In a nutshell: Yep, another book about One Direction. You might think that after two books and last year’s annual, there wouldn’t be much left to read about Liam, Louis, Harry, Niall and Zayn, but you’d be wrong. This annual has quizzes, funny quotes, and facts on all the boys (Niall uses Lynx deodorant! Harry gets hayfever!). Even if you are already a 1D swot, this is at least an up-to-date look at their hairstyles, so you can have a rejiggle and decide which one of the lads you fancy the most.
What’s right with it? In case you haven’t noticed, the boys have recently taken over the world, and racked up a whole list of impressive celeb fans like Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Lily Allen, Ashley Tinsdale and Michelle Obama. They’ve had a crazy year and there is a lot to talk about.
What’s wrong with it? We’re happy reading anything about the boys, but a lot of it is stuff we’ve seen before.
Verdict: Overall, it is a bit brief, but the zillions of pictures of the boys looking hawt more than make up for it. Add it to your groaning 1D bookshelf. 5/5 @deborah_heat
Little Mix and Dean Freeman (HarperCollins, £16.99)
In a nutshell: They’re the first band to ever win The X Factor and now Perrie, Jesy, Jade and Leigh-Anne have jumped on the bandwagon by bringing out a book charting their rise to the top. They spill all on growing up with their love for singing and dancing, prepping for their
X Factor auditions, the band being put together, winning the show, going speed-dating with Jedward, and their life now as mega-popstars.
What’s right with it? The book is packed with lots of big, glossy pictures, and the girls let rip on the “quirky” hairstyles they were given while they were still performing on the show. They also let you know how to get their looks, and run through their individual style icons (Leigh-Anne’s is the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Perrie’s is Kelly Kapowski from Saved By The Bell).
What’s wrong with it? There’s no juicy goss; we want the lowdown on boys, and – even
more importantly – what it was like living in a house with Kitty Brucknell!
Verdict: An essential for Little Mix fans, but they haven’t really done enough for us to read this again and again. 4/5 @deborah_heat