Monday, October 31, 2011


Oh NanoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month is upon us tomorrow and after joining into the frey in the last two weeks last year (gosh, such a long time ago it seems)  I was incredibly excited about doing it this year.
I didn't then plan on having started a new project with my writing (after a long absence in writing), having two massive blog competitions on The Dreamy Tree, my other blog, and the fact that I don't write on the computer (and that it's exam month for my brother at collage in a few weeks) is a fairly big point in stopping me, because I have no real way of word counting.
So, until the 29th, I has innerly decided against it this year.
Until the 29th.
When I got the NaNoWriMo email from Lindsay Grant.
And it oh so boosted my moral and now I find myself readying myself for a month of trying to get a 50,000 word novel, whilst juggling the busiest month of blogging I've ever had, only just having got back into writing and still having to do school work. (I'm so happy I'm home educated right now.)
Not to mention reviewing.
And then next month I'm going to be reviewing the books from my booklist.
So I'll be busy here then! Golly.... am I sane to do this?
No... definitely not.
But I shall.
My word count problem is sorted, kind of; when I did my text entry, I wrote almost a full notepad (about A4, lined) and that was 25,000ish.
So I'm going for two.
I know it may seem as if I'm conplaining a bit, but I really am loving this.
As I've many times said, I work best when I'm busy... now I'll see if I can prove it.

Now, to officially set up my NaNoWriMo Profile.

Counting with Miffy by Dick Bruna review...

Title- Counting with Miffy.
Author- Dick Bruna.
Publish Date- 2007.
Publisher- Hardie Grant Egmont.


What I thought:
Miffy's priceless; she's just too amazing and a total classic in the childen's book world; I love the fact that through the younger ages there are specified Miffy books- counting for 2/3 year olds (in a board book form to make page turning a fun and no ripping situation) then progressing to the hardback paper books for 5 to 7/8 year olds, which you can then go back and revisit any time you like.
In this awesome counting book, Miffy is just as bright, happy and nice as she's alwasy been- it's a tribute to a long lasting friend, this post, to Miffy.
But I'm crazy too...

Thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont for this review copy.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Spork by Kyo Maclear review...

Title- Spork.
Author- Kyo Maclear.
Publish Date- 2011.
Publisher- Hardie Grant Egmont.


Thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont for this splendid review copy!

What I thought:
Spork was such a sweet, funny book- the story was laughable (in a very nice, oh gosh that's so awesome way) and the pictures complimented it all the way throughout.
I found it most funny when Spork was contemplating all the known "rule breakers" those knives who fell madly in love with a wayward chopstick... it was quiet hilarious!
This is a book for everyone, me you and your sisters dog, or hamster.
It's a book for keeps, for reading when you're down and reading when you're up.
It's for before bedtime reading and enthustastic reading, it's for reading aloud and to yourself, reading aloud and then taping and listening to it yourself in audio form when you can't bring yourself to read.
It's for always.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Kensuke's Kingdom By Michael Morpurgo review...

Title- Kensuke's Kingdom.
Author- Michael Morpurgo.
Publish date- This new colour edition 2010- first published in 1999.
Publisher- Hardie Grant Egmont.

Thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont for this review copy!

What I thought:
I read Kensuke's Kingdom back in 2007 or 08, just after I was first introduced to Michael Morpurgo's brilliant writing and thus far have only found one book of his that I didn't enjoy; Kensuke's Kingdom is on my top three of his novels and has long been wanting a re-read; I was surprisingly thrilled to get the chance so out of the blue, when I requested it from Hardie Grant Egmont to review.
It took me two days to read and I find that I still love it just as much as I did when I first read it- Michael's writing is so captivating in the sense that he writes about things I'm interested in, adding topics slyly to the stories that you'll later pick up on and want to read about and find out more about; he's such a brilliant writer!
Kensuke's Kingdom is thrilling, heartracing and totally amazing! Definitely read it all and one!


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Ruby Redfort- Look Into my Eyes by Lauren Child Review...

Title- Look into My Eyes.
Series- Ruby Redfort.
Author- Lauren Child.
Publish Date- 1/10/2011.
Publisher- Harper Collins.

Review Time!

What I thought:
Well now, Ruby Redfort, the famed favourite book series of Lauren Child's beloved character Clarice Bean, in book form! What can I say but "It rocked my socks!" Which it did.
Ruby is American, which is a very big change from Ms. Child's other characters, which are all British, and a change I adored and have fallen entirely for.
This book is vastly different in many ways from Child's other books, not so excitedly over the world as Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean are, so that made it seem as if it were more of a grown up, higher middle school book, but it's totally loveable and beautiful and I love it.
One downside... the mysterious code... it's very, very, VERY difficult to master.
It took me a while...

Thank you to Harper Collins for this review copy!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Decline in Prophets by Sulari Gentill review...

Title- A Decline in Prophets.
Series- Rowland Sinclair.
Author- Sulari Gentill.
Publish Date- 1/7/2011.
Publisher- Pantera Press.
Related Books- A Few Right Thinking Men, Chasing Odysseus.

Review Time!

What I thought:
I don't think I can really get past Sulari Gentill's murder series- it's so thrilling, captivating, page turning and all together to amazingly undescribable in it's greatness for words.
I was very eager to read this, the second book in the series, after devouring the first, and it was just as brilliant! I loved the quirky new characters and the fact that the book doesn't end as soon as the ship reaches Australia, as I presumed it would, I loved the fact that every character was just as cleverly described, having the same raging and witty conversations and the fact that my two favourite characters didn't get any closer... *Sigh...* no matter how much I cheered them on.

I adore this series and am hanging out for the thrid installment in 2012! Get reading the entire series yourselves before then!

Thank you to Pantera Press for this review copy!

Foxly's Feast by Owen Davey review...

Title- Foxly's Feast.
Author- Owen Davey.
Publish date- 2010.
Publisher- Hardie Grant Egmont.


What I Thought:
Foxly, well, between you and me, he was a bit scary to start off with and I wasn't too sure of him myself, but he did grow on me.. eventually! I suppose I just had to get to know him, that's all!
It's a very clever story this one, very well written, with lovely homely illustrations and delightful smelling pages, this is a definite one for keeps!

Thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont for this review copy!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Where's Wally 25 YEARS by Martin Handford review...

Title- Where's Wally Anniversary Edition.
Author- Martin Handford.
Publish Date- First published in 1987- this Delux edition published in 2011.
Publisher- Walker Books.


What I thought:
Ok, so who can't seriously love Where's Wally? This is coming from a long time reader of the Wally books, but that's probably not too hard to guess, is it?
I adore this 25th anniversary of Where's Wally, it was great fun finding Wally in all the places that I'd previously looked for him, only years ago! I just love Where's Wally- it's classicly awesome and so timeconsuming (well, when I was a child it was) that you just have to keep on at it, it seems!
But there was one thing that got to me- it was very easy, ridiculously easy it seemed (after being so very hard to find Wally when I was younger) to fine the man in the striped jersey... just reading the beginning postcard on one page my eyes flickered and I saw him immediately...  not that I love this series any the less for it.
Has anyone else read/got any Wally books? How hard is he to find for you?

Thank you to Walker Books for this review copy.

Winnie-the-Pooh and the Grand Christmas Surprise review...

Title- Winnie-the-Pooh and the Grand Christmas Surpirse...
Author- Based on A. A. Milne's classic stories.
Publish date- 2011
Publisher- HG Egmont.


What I thought:
This was such a beautiful and lovely book- perfect for bringing out the eve of christmas and reading either to yourself or everyone about.
The illustrations are all new, but done in a way that resembles E.H. Shepards's so lovingly and wonderfully...
The story is simple beautiful and I will be sure to treasure this and read it many a time- it's a Classic, isn't it?

Thanks to Hardie Grant Egmont for this review copy!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

My First Book Launch...

I went to my very first book launch yesterday- an hours drive away in Launceston, I arrived at Fullers, books in my bag and mask in my hand.
It was the fantastic launch for Lian Tanners The Keepers book 2, City of Lies, which I reviewed here.
City of Lies is all about mystery and hiding your true idenity, otherwise you'll most likely be captured by the enemy, so everyone, basically, was wearing masks, which was very awesome.
You had the oppertunity of making a mask beforehand, but I had one from a masquerade I organised a few years ago so took that one to wear, and I'm fairly sure I'm going to be making a guest appearance on Facebook in it.... oh yes, just found the picture of me- take a look and take a look at the rest of the pictures too!

Lian Tanner was there herself, which was absoluetly terrific and it was just amazing to meet her, after I've reviewed and been a fan of both her books it was just AMAZING! I was so excited and she regonised me almost immediately- I walked up the stairs, mask still in hand and she was at the top of the stairs to welcome all who came- I smiled happily (knowing well that it was Lian welcoming me) and a "hmm..." expression came onto her face then realisation (oh aren't I good at this descriptive storytelling? It's just like a very good (Miss Marple without the murder) TV drama!) came over her face and she said "You're Romi...!"
I got to talk to Lian, listened to her talk and launch the book, nearly won the signed book, got many times complimented on my mask (and asked if I took the feathers from the gorge...) and got a picture with Lian!
It was all so thrilling! And I got both my books signed to go along with it! YAY!

It was such a brilliant time! I can't wait until The Path of Beasts get's released- hopefully that means another Launceston launch...?

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Scar by Charlotte Moundilic review...

Title- The Scar.
Author- Charlotte Moundilic.
Publish Date-2009.
Publisher- Walker Books.

My Review...

What I thought:
It's a strange book, this one- very thoughtfully written and illustrated, well throught through and very sad, but there was something strange and I don't know... maybe missing about this book... it seemed to be lacking something, but I can't tell what.
It was very full on and is a very good book, I think people getting over and coping with grief would really find something to grasp to in it, and people who know someone, anyone, who's going through this kind of thing, I think they'd do good to read it too.
It leaves you thinking... I still am.

Thanks to Walker Books for this review cpoy!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Paul Thurby's Alphabet review...

Title- Paul Thurby's Alphabet.
Author- Paul Thurby.
Publish Date- 2011.
Publisher- HG. Egmont.


What I thought:
Ooh, this was such a fun book to look over; I found so many pictures that I loved and it was such a nice change from the everyday alphabet you find and it was all just brilliant for captivating the imagination and mind, in a board book for no ripping of pages and wonderful for teaching new words and remembering/learning new words (when was the last time I used hang?), this is surely my most favourite alphabet book ever.

Thank you to HG Egmont for this review copy!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Little Veggie Patch Co. by Fabian Capomolla and Mat Pember review...

What I thought:
I love this book for many reasons- it's all about making something out of little space.
Planting and rejuvinating your garden.
Home Grown vegetables and fruits. (A pumpkin and zuchini are both fruits, did you know that?)
And it smelt, yet again, so so very nice.
It's filled with seasonal planting guides for around Australia and is just a really nice, fact filled book that it totally brilliant!
It's well worth spending the money on, as it is a book to go back to again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and are you still reading this?

Thank you to Macmillan for this review copy!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Jane by April Lindner review...

Title- Jane.
Author- April Lindner.
Publish Date-2010.
Publisher- Poppy.


What I thought:
Jane was a captivating story, an inthralling and thrilling story, based on Charlotte Bronte's classic Jane Eyre.
Jane is, in fact, a retelling of that book, published so many years ago, but April Lindner has bought the tale of unrequited love into the 21st century, changing the characters and the storyline to work with themes of today.
I haven't read Jane Eyre, but I'm deperate to get into my copy of it now!
April's done a wonderful, terribly amazing job of working with the story and I fell in love with the characters, especially Jane- I shared her sorrow, happiness and all her feelings as if I were beside her or even were her, it was amazing!
Jane is one of my top 10 books for 2011 and I'm quite ready to delve back into it's pages right now!

Thank you very much to April for this review copy!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Dystopian novels- are they closer to home than we'd ever had thought?

Novels like The Giver by Lois Lowry, Days Like This by Allison Stewart, Crossed by Allison Condie and even The Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner really get me thinking about life and after reading them, no matter how fantastic they are I'm always so glad, so very comforted in knowing that my life isn't like the characters in those books are. (though they may be amazing, I couldn't live the way they are forced to)
In The Giver the community is structured by rules and ways of keeping only the very simplest of things out to the world; a person is trained to keep all the feelings, colours, emotions and memory's of the world to themself, war and famine, heat and taste are all things that only he can know of... their landscapes are blank, no hills, no light, no colours.
Everything is so to keep things the best they can be.
But could you live like that?

In Days like This the goverment has put up a wall, incasing the wealthy part of Sydney inside where they'll be safe and paying and on the outside of that wall? Everyone who defies that very goverment.
Children are getting sent into hospitals where they're drained of their youth, which the adults then pay for.
It's scary as anything, the thought that we could get so very mad to be young that that could happen...
Would you let your life be ruled and taken advantage of like that?

In Crossed (SPOILER) if you see something you shouldn't you must take a pill to forget and you can't fall in love, you are chosen a life partner and they you stick with.
Could any of you let your life be ruled like that?

And in the Museum of Thieves the children are protected by a guard chain, never, through their childhood, are they let off to play or be alone... they're under constant supervision.
So could you never have a moment to yourself, could you stand living by the rules and never doing something you wanted to do for yourself? Would you let yourself be told everything and follow those rules day in and day out? Coudl you live in a landscape that is bare and lifeless? Could you live by a guard chain your whole life?

These things, they all seem so forign and so unthinkable that I believe we could never become those things which some of the people in these books are... but are these things all becoming a little closer to home?
Are children being taken off to boarding school at a younger and younger age, always being watched and never being allowed to have a childhood in which they can roam and be free and do just what children do best- be their-selves?
Are we letting things go, as a whole mass and as individuals, more easily?
Are we letting people take advantage of us and are we allowing them to rule our lives?
Are we letting our world darken and become polluted, just so we can continue to have the best of everything?
Are we trying to keep ourselves from growing old by putting chemicles and needles into our faces, arms, legs and entire bodies, just so we can keep looking younger than we are, instead of letting time do what it will to us and being proud of who we are?
Are we all believing in ourselves every day, following only our decisions and being happy for the things we choose to do? Or aren't we?

Romi Foster.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Dictionary of Sea Quotations by Edward Duyker review...

What I thought:
I'm rather flabbergasted by the size and amount of quotes in this book- it's quote epic and I can't believe that it was all done by one person- a very huge feat!
I loved finding quotes from authors and books that I knew, especially the Austen ones, though I was a bit startled to find that there were none from C.S. Lewis, especially as one of his books (The one with sea in the title... Dawn Treader...? I forget the name) is basically all playd out on the sea... weird, but it is an especially magnificent book and I raise my glass of whatever's in it to anyone who can accomplish such a feat as this!
Overall, a very terrific book!

Thank you to Dr. Duyker and UMP for this reviewing copy.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Little Blue by Gaye Chapman review...

What I thought:
I love Gaye Chapman's writing and illustrating- she's a truly amazing author and Little Blue was simply amazing!
The story is heartfelt and though it's not overly long, it's longer than it is, if that makes sense, if feels as if there is so much more to it than meets the eye, which makes it all the better!
The illustrations, well they are simply amazing and I adore every single one of them- they're brilliant!
Little Blue is a truly magnificent story and I shall heartily enjoy reading it again and again and again- Have you read Little Blue? What did you think of the story?

Thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont for this review copy!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A Brief Chapter in my Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt review...

What I thought:
I loved A brief Chapter in my Impossible Life- Simmone was a fairly awesome character and I loved the way it was told and thought out-  highly a winner with me, this one.
It had the perfect amount of laugh out loud scenes, sorrowful times and embarising moments to make it a highly enjoyable book, and I actually have described it as being a more mature version of the Georgia Nicholson books- except I like it a lot more than the ones of them that I actually read.
I had no idea until I started reading that this is actually a YA book, I thought it was middle grade fiction and that shocked me, but it was a nice surprise and I really enjoyed it, more so, I think, than if it had been a middle grade novel.
And I was thrilled because this book shows with ease that to be a YA book, you don't have to have lots of swearing, as quite a lot I've looked at do have, and this one, if I remember correctly, only had one swear word! YAY!
It was thrillingly amazing and I'm off to see what else Dana Reingardt wrote-

Thank you to Walker Books for this review copy!