Wednesday, March 28, 2012

100 AND 200 follower blog competition! More prizes!

I cannot believe the fact that I currently have 222 followers over different following devices! I am totally overwhelmed and am incredibly thankful to every single one of you who have decided to follow me! I started this blog a little over a year ago and the absolutele pleasure I've maintained in continuing with it is constant- blogging has opened a totally new world for me and I'm thrilled at how many wonderful people I've met through the experiance!

I missed my 100 follower giveaway and now I have 200 followers, so I'm combining the two into one lovely big book giveaway!

For each hundred followers I have/get I will add a prize, so right now two people can win! And each prize is different!
Here are the current two prizes!

Prize One consists of-
The winner of prize 1 will win their choice of book from The Book Depository up to the value of $15.00 AUD.


Prize Two consists of-
The winner of prize 2 will win their choice of ONE (1) of my favourite books of 2012 from the Book Depository, the choices being-


Any book in The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. (Unless specifically specified, I will buy the chosen book in the classic paperback editions.)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.
The Fault in our Stars by John Green. 
OR-
Divergent by Veronica Roth.


(I will choose the cheepest edition available, hardback or paperback, other then with THG.)


EDIT- 
As I've reached 300 followers, the third winner will win their choice of one Shaun Tan journal, out of these four choices, 1, 2, 3, 4.


This giveaway is open to everyone and following is required, as it's a follower thank you competition.
This competition will run from the 28th of March until the 25th of April, so plenty of time to enter!


And to enter, follow the Raffley instructions and again, Thank you!





Winner of bookplates announced!

The winner of the set of 24 bookplates is Nicole No.11! Congratulations!
Nicole has been in touch, so go enter my current competition!
Romi.xxx

Monday, March 26, 2012

Unwind by Neal Schusterman review...

Title- Unwind.
Author- Neal Schusterman.
Publish Date- 2007.
Publisher- Simon and Schuster.

Review...

Synopsis:
In a distant future life has been vastly changed. A law was long ago put in place stating that no person between birth and up until thriteen years of age was allowed to be touched, altered. But once they are between the ages of thirteen and eighteen a parent can choose to alter their child's life. As long as the child doesn't 'technically' subside living... Die. This is through a process called Unwinding. And it's common.

This is a story of three different teenagers who, fate has decreed, will all be unwound. All three have different outlooks on this and all three end up coming together. They end up forming a band and running for their life. Before they are no longer themselves, but are just pieces. An arm on someone elses body, a heart replaced. They have to run until they are safe. Until they are eighteen. Before it's too late.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster for this review copy!


What I thought:
The whole storyline/theme/genre of Unwind promised to captivate me- gave me all the signs of another favourite dystopian; I am very much in love with dystopian novels right now and had been desperate to get my hands on a copy of Unwind (it's on my 2012 booklist too!) and I am very thankful to Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me out this copy with the newer cover (which is most intriguing...)- sadly it just didn't click with me. I couldn't connect with any of the three main characters who the story was switching between and I couldn't connect with the writing either; it is definitely a dystopian world that interested me but not one that I found readable, though it will no doubt be readable and very likeable for many others; overall I would give it a 2 star- I don't think I can say I love a dystopian world, because that's not what they are meant to fill you with, but I really liked the thoughts behind this one, the way it was built, and that'a a winning point.

Romi.xxx

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Alchemy of Forever... A Review.

Title- The Alchemy of Forever.
Author- Avery Williams.
Publish Date- March 2012.
Publisher- Simon and Schuster.
RRP. $16.99

Review Time!

Synopsis:
When Seraphina was murdered as a young girl in the thriteenth century, the boy who loved her gave her an elixer- he gave her immortality. But now, after over six hundred years, Sera hates killing girls and taking over their bodies. She's ready to do the thing you never have to worry about when you're imortal. She want's to die.
But when, on the way to letting herself return to the earth, she whitnesses a horrific car accident, Sear accidentally takes the soul of the dying girl and wakes up in hospital. Surrounded by the family of the dead girl, Sera is horrifed at what she's done and is desperate to end it. But then she realises three very important things. 1. She's starting to fall in love. And not with the terrible, killing boy she fled from. 2. That boy she fled from, Cyrus, he's after her. And 3. Maybe she's not ready to die after all...
Thank you to Simon and Schuster for this review copy!


What I thought:
I was immediately swept up into this book, it definitely wasn't what I expected and I was pleasently surprised by the captivating story. I loved the character Sera and hated Cyrus and the coven, but for Charlotte, and reading, from Sera's point of view, about her entering this new world, a place with people who care for the person who's life she's taken, learning about the girl who's life she's now living... it was like I was living through the book. I could see the things happening and really connected to the character of Sera. Noah was a fantastic co-character and I can't say more then that I loved watching Sera fall in love with both this new life and Noah himself.
For all this the book was, for me, sadly distroyed with the final page. From my point of view, I wish I'd ripped that last page out. It completely ruined the story for me and I know I would have loved it if not for that last page. I really liked it but for that, but once you know the whole story, it's hard to like all but the end. I was also left questioning two of the character names- for some reason this book reminded me of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer from the very beginning, and the character Sera falls in love with is called Noah, like the character Mara Dyer falls for. Then, another character comes in calling himself Mr. Shaw... for readers of Mara Dyer- Noah + Shaw = the love interest in Mara Dyer... which is strange.
I'd give it a 2.5 out of five.

These are the other covers for The Alchemy of Forever.
This's probably my favourite.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Competition- win a set of bookplates! (Worldwide!)

Today and throughout this week I am going to be holding a competition here on Where the Writer Comes to Write- I am extremely thankful to Terri from From the Library of, a marvalous etsy store dedicated to serving literature and making the most amazing vintage style bookplates, for donating a set of 24 bookplates (worth $15.50) and for encouraging me with this competition!
Make sure you check out her shop here!
So, there will be one winner and absolutely everyone can enter, Terri has graciously offered to ship internationally so no matter what country you live in, you're welcome to enter and have a go at winning a set of bookplates!
The winner can choose any one (1) design from the ones available and they will be custom printed with a name ect.
Some of the sweet designs you can choose from...
This one found here.

This one found here.

This one found here.

This one found here.

This one found here.

This one found here.

This one found here.

To enter, just fill in the Rafflecoptor below and best of luck to you!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Weight of Water... A Review.

Title- The Weight of Water.
Author- Sarah Crossan.
Publish Date- February 2012.
Publisher- Bloomsbury.
RRP. $16.99

Now for the review...

Synopsis:
Kasienka is pulled to England with her mother, in search of the father and husband who left them in Poland with hardly a word.
But leaving your whole life behind is hard and Kasienka doesn't even know if she want's to find Tata... because he never really loved her. And she never really loved him. But as the mother and daughter search Coventry, England, for him Kasienka is also let into a world of school, first love and fighting to stay true to herself when she is bullied.
Because staying true to yourself is hardest of all.

Thank you to Bloomsbury for this review copy!

What I thought:
I was most intrigued by The Weight of Water- the cover I adored, the texture of it was really interesting, a light paper that was textured- it's awesome!- and the way it was written, almost like it was a giant poem, was really unusual- I've neve found that in a novel before and it made this a super quick book to read, 2 hours max.
The story of Kasienka was not so to my taste, the way it was portrayed and the way Sarah Crossan went about the different subjects covered- bullying, falling in love, parent problems, desertion ect.- wasn't done in a way that I found easy to relate to or inspiring. It was easy to finish because of the poetry like writing and the fact that it was so quick, but it was really difficult for me to enjoy, because I just didn't like the way things were done.
It would be a really easy read and a great way to cover change and all the other topic's that I mentioned it cover's, but for some I don't believe it will hit the right spot.
I would give it a 2 out of five.

Romi.x

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Divergent by Veronica Roth review...

Title- Divergent.
Author- Veronica Roth.
Publish Date- 2011.
Publisher- Harper Collins.

Now for my review...

Synopsis:
(I'm using the online Synopsis because I can't put it into words myself...)


In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue-Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is-she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are-and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves... or it might destroy her. (from here..)


Thank you to Tiffany @ Book Cover Justice for buying me this!

What I thought:
I don't think it's a good sign for an indepth review of Divergent if I can't get into words the synopsis!
The Dystopian world that Veronica Roth has created is unlike ANY I have read of before... it is enchanting and disasterous, challenging and scary... and when Beatrice, or Tris as she's later known, choses against her Faction and becomes one of the Dauntless she's welcomed into a whole new world, a world of fighting and staying on top.
The story is pitch perfect and I was swept into it (the beginning took a little while for me to get into, but my mind was full) and became so captivated by the story that I would've read it all at once.
I ADORE ADORE ADORE this book and all the characters- Tris is inspiring beyond belief and I adore the fact that she gets a lot of tattos, something she'd never have done in her old Faction, all ones that mean a lot to her. And Four, he is such a wonderful character! I love love love their relationship and am dying to get my hands on a copy of Insurgent, coming in May 2012.
GET A COPY NOW!
Romixxxxxx

Monday, March 12, 2012

How to be a good Cat by Gail Page review...

Title- How to be a good Cat.
Author- Gail Page.
Publish Date- March 2012.
Publisher- Bloomsbury.
RRP. $14.99

Review...

Synopsis:
When Mr. Hiccup asked for a volunteer cat sitter, Bobo the very helpful dog, raised his hand straight away. He is sure that it's going to be easy to teach a little kitten, a naughtly little kitten, the ways of being a good little kitten. But things don't go quite to plan and soon one of Bobo's friends comes in to help teach the kitten, and Bobo, how to be good cat's...
Thank you to Bloomsbury for this review copy!

What I thought:
This is such a sweet/cute book- Bobo is a lovely character and the little kitten, Bonkers, is adorable... and very naughty. The storyline was easy to follow with bright pictures and laughable scenes, making it perfect for an early reader or bedtime story.
Bonkers isn't the most inspiring name for a cat, or any animal and that is probably my only fault with this book- other then that, it is a perfect early story for 2+!

Romi.x

Monday, March 5, 2012

Fancy a competition?

I have officially realised that... dun dun dun... I have over a hundred followers over the different following devices. Close to 200.

Je suis EstomaquĆ©.
(Which means I am Gobsmacked.)


I am currently devising a plan for my 100 almost 200 follower party... I'm being devious about it also. 


In April/May I'm joining three different giveaway hops, at least one will be International too, I'm hoping. (Though postage is expensive!)


So, keep an eye out for an upcoming GIVEAWAY!!! (It'll probably have something to do with le Book Depository, as it is the epicentre of awesomeosity.)


In other news, I've basically finished revising the novel I wrote for NaNo last year and (not sure if I mentioned this here...) should be sending it to the createspace printers soon to get my 5 free copies for completing NANO! I've got a cover organised- it's all so pretty! And I've had a lot of fun compiling a playlist! 


See you on Wednesday...
Romi.x

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Little Nelly's Big Book by Pippa Goodhart review...

Title- Little Nelly's Big Book.
Author- Pippa Goodhart.
Publish Date- January 2012.
Publisher- Bloomsbury.

Now for the review-


What I thought:
The story of Little Nelly, an elephant who believes she is a mouse after reading that mice can be grey and have long tails, is very sweet. The antics of the mice, first welcoming Nelly into their home, though it is a touch small for a little elephant, and then getting her to the zoo, whilst covering up the signs for elephants and instead writing "Mice." on them, are most funny and cute.
It is a perfect book for 3+ and will be sure to make any room cascade with laughter.


Thank you to Bloomsbury for this review copy!