Saturday, February 25, 2012

Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson review...

Title- Hunting Lila.
Author- Sarah Alderson.
Publish Date- September 2011.
Publisher- Simon and Schuster.
RRP- $16.99

Now for my review...

What I thought:
My favourite thing about Hunting Lila was probably the cover- I really like it for all it holds, all the questions it asks the eventual reader- that's the main reason I wanted to read this book, I think, that and the fact that I was most intrigued in it's blurb.
I was, sadly, disappointed. Hunting Lila didn't hold anything fantastic for me and even though it had a slight cliffhanger ending, I don't think I'll read book 2 in the series when it comes out.
The whole thing was workable, and is workable for a lot of people, but for me it was too unbelieveable- the questions wether the 'bad' people with the dangerous powers like Lila's were plotting to take over the world with nuclear weapons and the romance Lila was envisaging for herself with Alex, the toned and muscle galore man of her dreams who Lila was sure would "obviously" never notice her, especially not with the competition of his boss, Rachel- it was all a little over the top and I found myself forseeing what would happen.
Overall, this will be a thrilling read for a lot of people- paranormal/romance/modern day lovers, it will be a sure winner, but for me, it just didn't hit the right notes.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for this review copy!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Fault in our Stars by John Green, review...

Title- The Fault in our Stars.
Author- John Green.
Publish Date-11th January 2012.
Publisher- Penguin.

Now for the review...

What I thought:
I was a touch unsure wether I would like The Fault in our Stars, because I'd attempted to read two of John Green's other books and hadn't liked them at all, so I entered the pages with a slight trepidation- I was... astounded.
I was thrilled.
I was, and am, incurably in love with this book!
The characters, mainly Hazel and Augustus, are amazingly well written, literate and both were filled with book quoting genius.
They weren't in any way "run of the mill" characters or the least bit like any other people I've met in books.
They were truly unique, ust like this story.
Now the story is easily and acurately, in my mind, described in the five words on the back cover-
Insightful. (Absolutely!)
Bold. (Too true)
Irreverent. (Ah- YES!)
And RAW. (Needless to say it is this too.)

This is definitely a book to read at all times- it is heartbreaking and powerful, funny and touching.
I adored it.

Thank you to Penguin for this review copy!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Shattered by Robin Wasserman review...

Title- Shattered.
Author- Robin Wasserman.
Publish Date-2011.
Publisher- Simon and Schuster.

Now for the Review...

What I thought:
I realised, when Shattered was the only book I had packed for a weekend away from home, that it is in fact book 2 in a trilogy. Oh bad move Romi, bad move.
I read it nonetheless, hoping that book one didn't hold too many important clues to what was happening, hoping I would be able to make sense of everything happening and was duly amazed. There were one or two mentions to an event that occured in book one, and of course that was when Lia had her accident, but from the links back there werre explainations and I'm not yet sure if I would have liked to start with book one, as Lia sounds like... well, not the nicest character in that book.
It was a really interesting way to start this series and I'm most glad I made the mistake and requested book 2, because I loved it!
It was slow for the first 100 pages or so, but being a Dystiopian, and the fact that it was my only reading material whilst away, I was byast and pushed through.
Wow. It was terrific! A really amazing, and scary, world of Mechanical beings and human's starting to be at war with each other, it really was a most interesting, and drawing in, read! Definitely grab a copy and, if you like, grab book 2 before book one! I'd love to see if you liked reading it this way too!

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for this review copy!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Why we broke up by Daniel Handler review...

Title- Why we Broke Up.
Author- Daniel Handler- Aka known as Lemony Snicket when using his Non de Plume.
Publish Date-1st February 2012.
Publisher- Hardie Grant Egmont.

Now for the review...

What I thought:
This is a beautiful piece of work, from the tenderly written words to the beautiful pictures drawn by Maria Kalman, depicting all those memories Ed and Min shared, it is a work of the most astounding nature and uncomparable to other books, because it it quite unlike any others about.
The story is fondly written, Min reminiscing over the times she shared with Ed, the boy she came to love more than she knew was possible, and ending at the end, where she can no longer believe  in how much she loved him, because she hates him so, so strongly.
The characters were all suberb, from Min- sweet, movie loving Min, to Ed- making you trust him Ed, seemingly so in love with Min, Ed. And ending at Al, Min's best friend and a very awesome best friend he is too.
From cover to cover I loved this book, though admittedly not wholeheartedly at all times; it is definitely one for lots of teenager, and adults too, to read.
I'd recommend it for 15+, due to themes and swearing, and prepair for a book unlike others.

Thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont for this review copy!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Fracture by Megan Miranda review...

Title- Fracture.
Author- Megan Miranda.
Publish Date- January 27th 2012.
Publisher- Bloomsbury.

Now for the Review...

What I thought:
I really enjoyed Fracture- it was a very easy read and was enjoyable; I was very fond of Decker, mostly, and same with Delany, though both had their faults at times.
The storyline was easy to follow and not over the top anywhere, so it makes for a really good Summer, or Winter, read.
The 'creepy' parts where Delany felt who was going to die were... creepy and it made me think what it would be like to have to live with that kind of ability, so I really enjoyed seeing where that went, and the relationships throughout the story were very easy going and paceful, my favourite being the friendship of Delany and Decker. I think that was perfect.
The way Megan Miranda could write awkwardness into scenes that for other characters were easy was terrific and overall...
It is a perfect read for when your unsure of where to go... (in many senses.)
Four out of five stars on my radar but for 15+ I'd say, as there were themes.

Thank you to Bloomsbury for this review copy!

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Madame Pamplemousse and the Enchanted Sweet Shop by Rupert Kingfisher review...

Title- Madame Pamplemousse and the Enchanted Sweet Shop.
Author- Rupert Kingfisher.
Publish Date- November 2011.
Publisher- Bloomsbury.
Series- Book three in the Madame Pamplemousse series.

Review Time!

What I thought:
This was a really quick, easy going read, perfect for when your sitting in bed, watching the rain pour down from outside, and it was a most interesting tale. I found Madeleine a very sweet and touching character, and though Madame Pamplemousse and her cat did seem a little shifty at times, they were in no way as strange as Madame Bonbon, who turned downright scary halfway through!
There were definitely some pretty scary situations in this book, especially for a children's book, but all together it was a nice, easy read. Recommended for 12+.

Thnak you to Bloomsbury for this review copy!

Knight Night by Owen Davey review...

Title- Knight Night.
Author- Owen Davey.
Publish Date- August 2011.
Publisher- Hardie Grant.
Readers will also enjoy- Foxly's Feast.

Now for the review...

When a knight, whatever age, wants to go to bed after a long, hard day of fighting dragons and saving people, it is none the less an adventure and could even be a trial, leaving only the upmost of strength at the end; climbing mountains just to get the relief of feeling a pillow under their head.
But that's nothing compared to jumping across a crocodile infested lake when your teeth need to be done.
Nothing at all....

Thank you to Hardie Grant for this review copy!

What I thought:
This brilliant little bedtime picture book is not only bought together by the words and illustration, but the imagination behind both- the simplicity of the story, made into something incredible using only the pictures; each story, alone, would tell vastly different stories, together they tell a whole new one, and that's really something; isn't it?
Knight is the perfect "Off you pop to bed" book for those rebel (alas I was one) spirits, boy or girl.
And it's got a truly awesome hardback cover.


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Winnie the Pooh Hide and Peek.

Title- Winnie the Pooh Hide and Peek.
Author- Based on the classic storys by A.A. Milne.
Publish Date- 2012. ( I think)
Publisher- Hardie Grant Egmont.

Now for the review...

What I thought:
A very sweet book in the style of A.A Milne and E.H. Shepard, but with a new illustrator (Andrew Grey). The story of very simple and sweet, perfect for young children and overall it is a top book to read and enjoy exclaiming over! The only part I didn't like? Who's the Gloomiest animal in the forest... Eeyore. I've always felt sad for him.

Thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont for this review copy!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

YAY for a Q&A!

I adore Dystopian novels.
It's not a secret.
One of my favourite Dystopian novels of 2011 was Article 5 by Kristen Simmons.
I adore adore adored it. A Lot.
And Kristen graciously and awesomely answered a few questions for me... have a look at this terrific Q&A!

When did you know you wanted to become an author?
I’ve wanted to be an author ever since I was little. From a young age I was drawing, then writing, the adventures of my dog, cat, and hamster - in one story they even participated in the Olympics! I loved plotting what adventure I would send them on next. Though the characters have changed, I still love that feeling!
What did you do when you heard Article 5 was being published?
Ha. I sat there for a while in shock, and then told myself I’d probably just made it up. I proceeded with my day. It just didn’t actually seem possible. Not until I finally told my husband did it feel real. Then I screamed and jumped up and down and cried and clapped my hands and did all those silly things you do when you’re excited.
Was that your first book, or had you written stories before?
Well, I had the dog/cat/hamster adventures! Ha! I actually completed my first manuscript 10 or 11 years ago. There were four total before I wrote Article 5. They weren’t great, but they were good practice!
What was your very first job?
I sold shoes at Sears, and then at Macy’s, when I was in high school. I spent a lot of time measuring people’s stinky feet.

Are you at all like any of the characters from Article 5? Who are you most and least like? What traits do you share?
I identify with all of them at least a little bit. We all have the capacity for strength and kindness and honor, but also rage and cruelty. That being said, I probably relate most to Ember, because like her, I’m a little tenacious, and also like her, I’m a little in love with Chase. But she’s braver than I could ever be.  

Do you have an agent?
I have an amazing agent! Joanna MacKenzie, of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

What advice can you give to aspiring authors?
If this is what you love, if it’s what you believe you’re supposed to be doing, don’t give up. Write a lot, and read a lot, and find people who share your passion. 
In a film version of Article 5, who would you choose to be Ember and Chase?
Well…I’ve got a huge Chase crush on Channing Tatum. I think he’d be a killer Chase. 

It’s between him and Puck from Glee! (Mark Salling)

I wasn’t sure who I liked for Ember, but recently someone told me about Sophia Bush and I think she’s great!

Thanks for having me Romi! As always, it’s been fun visiting with you!

Thank you so so much Kristen! I adored asking you questions and reading your answers!

Find Kristen and Article 5...
Kristen Simmons
Article 5 (Tor Teen, January 31)

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