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Envy

This book was sent to me by the publisher.

9780857072030

By: Elizabeth Miles

The Furies series Bk 2

Emily Winters is trying to adapt. It is not so day to hold onto your regular life after having it ripped apart by Furies. They haven’t left Ascension though and Emily discovers their connection to the town is much stronger than she could have imagined. her new friend Drea is just as determined to get at the Furies, though she won’t tell Emily why. Em is also really trying to make up with JD which is a little difficult when there is so much she can’t tell him.

There is also a new girl in town, Skylar McVoy, who is set on leaving her terrible past behind, including the secret she keeps deep within herself. She can’t believe her luck when popular girl Gabby befriends her. Then sophisticated Meg helps with a makeover and loads of advice, all of which seems to make sense at the time.

This is the second of the Furies books. Em has grown, she is darker in this book, tougher, focussed and fighting not to loose her mind. She struggles to hold a life together that has two very different sides. She tries to maintain two practically opposite types of friendships. Drea is dark, moody, driven and hiding her secrets close. Ultimately Drea’s actions show just how driven she is. Gabby is a wonderfully developed character who provides a lovely counterpoint to the tormented souls around her.

This story is tense, full of frustration and compelling.

Skylar is the new girl, determined to do what most not popular people do when they start a new school – she just wants to fit in. Meg seems to exert a strange hold over her that Skylar simply can’t see, not even when it starts influencing her in making nasty choices. It’s frustrating to read that sort of thing sometimes as the manipulation is so obvious you just want to slap Skylar upside the head. All in all though I will admit to being curious as to where Miles will take this next. Not your normal YA paranormal fantasy.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books

Published: 30 August 2012

Format: Paperback 320 pages

Categories: Romance, Paranormal, Mythology

ISBN 13: 9780857072047

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Crow’s Revenge

9780141339771By: Marcus Alexander

Keeper of the Realms Bk 1

Charlie Keeper is alone, well almost. Her parents have gone, they are missing. She lives with her grandmother who isn’t very well and her estate is managed by the despicable Mr Crow, who she hates.

Then one day something strange happens, she meets an odd little man with green skin. Then someone or something comes after her and she escapes into a whole different world she never knew she existed. In Bellania Charlie is The Keeper. The problem is Charlie has no idea what the Keeper is or what being one even means. It does become increasingly obvious that someone is trying to kill her. Fortunately Charlie doesn’t have to deal with all this new information on her own. She has a bunch of new friends that will do what they have to because Charlie’s fate is directly tied to the fate of Bellania.

This book has potential. Charlie is a feisty character, stubborn, cheeky. The world she stumbles into is layered, complex, there is politics going on that she doesn’t understand. The problem is that there is so much that needs to be established that the pace suffers and when the book comes in at over 400 pages it makes it hard to read. It’s overall tone is quite dark though Charlie herself brings lightness as do some of the friends she picks up along the way (Jensen and Kelko). Also it has dragons and how they fit into the story, at least at this early stage, is interesting.

If you are or know a reader who likes complex worlds and books that take a little more time to sink into then this may be worth a look. For readers 11+.

Publisher: Puffin Books

Published: 02 February 2012

Format: Paperback 448 pages

Categories: Fantasy

ISBN 13: 9780141339771

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Vullah Vunnah Nah

This was sent to me by the publisher.

vullah-vunnah-nah-cdBy: Patricia Clarke

This is a traditional lullaby put into print, accompanied by basic illustrations and a CD with the sung lullaby that goes for 2 minutes.

Publisher: One Day Hill

Format: Paperback

Number Of Pages: 12

Genre: Traditional

ISBN: 9780987313904

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Published: 1st October 2012

Pulse – Book Trailer

This is a good looking trailer and I have to say I really want to get my hands on a copy of this book – Pulse by Patrick Carman.

In case you missed it the book is due for release on the 26th of February.

Black Spring

This was sent to me by the publisher as a review copy.9781921977480By: Alison Croggon

Red House isn’t a bad place to live but it is a tainted one. Lina is a child with royal blood in her veins, blood that has saved her from having a very shortened life, for Lina is a witch. She can be endearing but is incredibly wilful. She grows up privileged, spoilt. her childhood companion Damek is as devoted to her as she is to him. Life is on the brink of change though, for the village is about to get swept into a Vendetta. Tragedy will strike close to home and things will never be the same.

Croggon has bought us a world that sweeps you up into it’s tragic tones. Lina isn’t a pleasant character, she has very harsh edges and her selfishness comes through in nearly everything she does, especially the way she treats other people. Damek is dark, driven and ultimately quite a despicable man,

The story is told through the eyes of Anna – a woman who grew up with Lina as a servant and friend when they were young. This tempers the view we get of Lina with Anna’s compassion, something that makes the story interesting and the characters of Lina and Damek more palatable.

A darkly engaging story. Well worth a read if you like to sink into something with a bit of a gothic feel to it.

Publisher: Walker Books Australia

Published: 01 October 2012

Format: Paperback

Categories: Gothic

ISBN 13: 9781921977480

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Echo

This was sent to me as a reader’s copy from the publisher.9781447206828By: Alyson Noel

Daire Santos doesn’t regret saving her Grandmother’s life, even though the cost was more than she could have guessed. The balance between good and evil has shifted and the Richter family are loose in the Lowerworld. Daire and Dace have to work to gather to bring balance and healing back. The cost could be far greater than anyone should have to pay. Their destiny is tied to a prophecy and neither want the other to loose their lives over Dace’s evil brother Cade, who’s power is increasing even as Daire and Dace’s relationship deepens. It is their very feeling for each other that strengthen Cade, for his brother is the Echo tied to him in ways neither Dace nor Daire can comprehend.

Daire gains courage and strength as she accepts her role as Seeker, she becomes confident and embraces the strangeness in her life. Dace’s character is the one who goes through the biggest change as he begins to come to terms with the circumstances of his birth. The relationship between the two goes through a predictable path and that slows things down a little. Without putting any spoilers in here I will say whilst I found things to drag a bit, the ending was definitely worth reading towards and I am curious to see where Noel takes things. I think it comes down to how you read things because the very things that slowed things down are the things that added different layers to both the town and characters.

A solid follow-up to Fated and I still say it is nice to read a YA supernatural story that is a bit different.

Publisher: MacMillan Children’s Books

Published: 22 November 2012

Format: Paperback 416 pages

Categories: Romance, Supernatural

ISBN 13: 9781447206828

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Little Red

9781843651833By: Lynn & David Roberts

You think you know this story, you don’t. Not really. Little Red is a little boy taking his grandmother her weekly supply of ginger beer. There there is the greedy wolf who decided two courses would be much better than one. Little Red though, has a way to deal with that.

A fun twist on the traditional fairy tale. Red is a giving and plucky little boy. The components of the traditional tale are here but a little differently.The illustrations are stylised, sometimes dark yet somehow appealing. An entertaining story to share.

Publisher: Pavillion Children’s Books

Published: 24 March 2011

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Fairytales

ISBN 13: 9781843651833

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page.

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