Monthly Archives: April 2013

This Week

Canberra Autumn Natalia Heaney

Oh dear. Not a single review this week. I’m heading overseas in a few days, and I’ve no time for anything! I’m going to scale back this blog to two posts a week for the next few weeks, as I have other blogs to run too. My posts are going to be scheduled in advance, so I hope I don’t come home to discover lots of missed typos or other things like that!

Miniature book + heart necklace

Miniature book + heart necklace by Mariana Lima.

Miniature book with heart necklace

Book & Envelope Earrings

Book & Envelope Earrings by Boston StClair.

Book & Envelope Earrings

Want to Read: Taken by Erin Bowman

Taken by Erin Bowman

This looks good. I’m going to add it to my next book order!

Taken by Erin Bowman

There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?

This Week

Thredbo, in Australia’s ski fields, had its first snow of the year. Winter is on its way!

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My review of Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Goodreads Giveaway: The Transformation of Adam Higgins by Marvin Amazon

The Transformation of Adam Higgins by Marvin Amazon

Goodreads Giveaway: The Transformation of Adam Higgins by Marvin Amazon

Apparently there’re FIFTY copies of this one up for grabs on Goodreads. Sounds like a lot…

The Transformation of Adam Higgins by Marvin Amazon

The Transformation of Adam Higgins by Marvin Amazon

One man is believed to gather the forces of good and carry the power of resurrection, while the other is considered as dark as the devil.

The truth, of course, is far more complex.

The hunt for Siroco, the Anointed One, on Earth, leads Karl Hobbs and his fellow agents of the Brotherhood of the Keep to Los Angeles. There they find Adam Higgins, a young man who Hobbs suspects is harboring the fugitive.

Adam doesn’t see himself as any kind of hero, but after hearing the troubling story of the man he knows as Chris Pine, Adam does what he can to assist his new friend. Unfortunately for him, he catches the attention of the faithful on Corin, who believe Adam must be the one prophesized to resurrect the gods.

With Earth and the rest of the Galaxy on the brink of civil war, Adam joins forces with resistance fighters on Corin. On seemingly opposite sides of the conflict, he and Siroco must protect the ones they love and fight separate battles, calling on all their strength and courage as the chaos and destruction across both planets spiral out of control.

Heroes exist in every corner, and in the quest for power, good or evil is a matter of perspective.

The Book Means I don’t Want to Talk BUTTON

The Book Means I don’t Want to Talk BUTTON by Portland Button Works. I need one – or ten!

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Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Halley has always followed in the wake of her best friend, Scarlett. But when Scarlett learns that her boyfriend has been killed in a motorcycle accident, and that she’s carrying his baby, she’s devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. Their friendship may bend under the weight, but it’ll never break–because a true friendship is a promise you keep forever.

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

I’ve never been able to understand the condescending way some people talk about Sarah Dessen’s books. I’ve read a number of them now, and each one of them has dealt with serious issues, portrayed teenagers far more realistically than the likes of Twilight and its copiers and certainly don’t always insist on a happy ending.

I loved this book a lot, and even though the cover advertises it as a romance, it most certainly is not. There is no romantic happy ending in sight; this is a story about friendship holding up through anything and everything. It’s a story of how strong teenagers can be, even when faced with such challenging things as pregnancy and the death of a boyfriend.

I liked that the characters in this story were far from perfect and yet always tried to do the best thing. Something I appreciated was the realisation that relationships – especially teen relationships – aren’t perfect, and that if the boyfriend had lived, chances were things wouldn’t have worked out and ended in marriage and happily ever after. The two girls at the heart of this story were refreshingly pragmatic. I liked them both.

Sarah Dessen goes on impressing me with her young adult books. Unlike those who claim there’s a ‘sameness’ to each of her stories, I’d beg to differ. Each book comes with a fresh set of problems, a fresh set of characters and a distinct lack of the sameness that plagues a lot of YA paranormal and hot bad boy fiction!

This Week

I really need to start reviewing all the books I’ve read! I’ve been busy this week, but here is what I managed to get up on the blog:

Vintage book for teenage girls

A Supreme Book for Girls

Goodreads Giveaway: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett

Upcoming Young Adult Romance

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Upcoming Young Adult Romance

I was browsing the NetGalley catalogue last night and found a couple of YA romances that look interesting. My YA reading has been neglected a bit in the last few weeks, as I caught up with some other books, so these got me back in the mood!

All I Need by Susane Colasanti

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The last night of summer is only the beginning.

Skye wants to meet the boy who will change her life forever. Seth feels their instant connection the second he sees her. When Seth starts talking to Skye at the last beach party of the summer, it’s obvious to both of them that this is something real. But when Seth leaves for college before they exchange contact info, Skye wonders if he felt the same way she did—and if she will ever see him again. Even if they find their way back to each other, can they make a long-distance relationship work despite trust issues, ex drama, and some serious background differences?

Teen favourite Susane Colasanti returns to the alternating-voice style of her beloved debut When It Happens in this Serendipity-inspired story about summer, soul mates, and the moments that change our lives forever.

Our Song by Jordanna Fraiberg

Our Song by Jordanna Fraiberg

Olive Bell has spent her entire life in the beautiful suburb of Vista Valley, with a picture-perfect home, a loving family, and a seemingly perfect boyfriend. But after a near-fatal car accident, she’s haunted by a broken heart and a melody that she cannot place.

Then Olive meets Nick. He’s dark, handsome, mysterious . . . and Olive feels connected to him in a way she can’t explain. Is there such a thing as fate? The two embark on a whirlwind romance—until Nick makes a troubling confession.

Heartbroken, Olive pieces together what really happened the night of her accident and arrives at a startling revelation. Only by facing the truth can she uncover the mystery behind the song and the power of what it means to love someone.