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Zom-B Angels

I received my copy from the publisher9780857077646By: Darren Shan

B Smith is looking for something and she is drawn to the Z symbol and the weird path it seems to highlight. It leads her to a man, a man who knows her name. This man knows a lot more than that and he has a proposition for her. Being a brain eating zombie is one thing but entering into a war for more than her own survival is new. B needs to decide if she is ready for whatever it is that the Dr is offering.

A cool and creepy installment in Shan’s zombie series. These zombies are what you expect and more, the descriptions of them, well I’ll leave you to read them. B is strong she has to be to survive to become what she has become, there is more to it all than that though and the story with it’s layers is intriguing. It draws you in, and the more snippets of information that come out the more you want to know. Darren Shan is very good at writing creepy. If you like your books with horror themes then you should definitely pick up a Shan.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books

Published: 20 June 2013

Format: Paperback 240 pages

Categories: Horror, Zombies

ISBN 13: 9780857077653

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

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The Fault in Our Stars – Casting News

Well here we go, this could be really awesome news. The amazing book by John Green The Fault In Our Stars is to be made into a film.

Here is the casting news as I know it as of the moment.

Shailene Woodley will be Hazel Grace Lancaster

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Ansel Elgort will be Augustus Waters

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Natt Wolff will be Isaac

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Laura Dern will be Hazel’s mother

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Seriously though if you have not read this book do yourself a favour and find a copy, it is wonderful. It made me laugh and it made me cry even when I was on the train.

Catching Fire – Movie Trailer

Well here is the official trailer. Hope the movie is good, it looks good, and there is so much potential in the source material.

Violet Mackerel’s Pocket Protest

I received my copy from the publisher9781921977572

By: Anna Branford

Illustrated By: Sarah Davis

Violet and her best friend Rose love playing at the park. They love to collect the acorns. Then something terrible happens, people turn up to measure the tree. They say they are going to cut it down so that a carpark can be built there instead. Violet and Rose decide they need to think of a plan to save their tree. They think about a protest and starting a petition. They design little signs to let people know what’s going on. Then there is a storm. Violet and Rose decide to try something else. They come up with a clever idea all in line with Violet’s Theory of Small Things. At first they don’t think they have made a difference, but then a wonderful thing happens.

Violet and Rose are wonderful characters. They have a passion for little things that gives them the heart to try things others wouldn’t. This is a great message. In fact the Violet books have simple messages about small things which is very Violet. These books are charming and very appealing. The stories are simple, joyous and fun. There are black and white illustrations which add to the charm. A great choice for young readers 7-9.

Highly Recommended.

Publisher: Walker Books Australia

Published: 01 July 2013

Format: Hardback 112 pages

Categories: Friendship, Environment

ISBN 13: 9781921977572

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

I’m Back

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So some things in life can play havoc with regular blog posts.

Now while I’m not back back, I have rigged a way to do a couple of posts. I hope to be back properly soon.

The Son of Sobek – Short Story

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By: Rick Riordan

Carter Kane is trying to track down a huge crocodilian monster that has started terrorising people. When he gets there he runs across another boy a bit older than he is, it turns out this is Percy Jackson. Together they battle this creature whilst trying to figure out just what the other one is. They seem to talk a similar language but the Egyptian and the Greek don’t quite gel.

This is only a short story. A little snippet of what it could be like if there ever was a mash up between two of his main characters. Percy and Carter discover they work well together even though their styles are very different. This is fast paced action story filled with moments of fun. I loved it. It reminded me just how much I love Riordan’s work and these characters.

Publisher: Puffin

Length: 51 pages

Key Words: Action, Mythology

Purchase: as an e-book, no printed single release as of yet

Magician

9780586217832By: Raymond E Feist

Pug is an orphan apprenticed to a Magician at Crydee, a frontier outpost. He never wanted to be a magician but he has a gift. When the peace of the Kingdom of the Isles is threatened by alien invaders Pug and his best friend Thomas are swept up into a conflict that will change the course of the entire kingdom. Pug’s destiny is to master the magic of two lands. Thomas is to inherit a powerful legacy that could destroy more than just himself if he can’t master it.

This is epic fantasy. It sweeps across worlds. There are heroes, dwarves, elves, magicians and mad kings. Pug’s arc is harsh as his journey takes him across two worlds, two very different cultures. He learns and he adapts. He was an orphan adopted into power, who grows beyond anything he could really have imagined. Thomas’s journey is that of finding his humanity. In Feist’s hands a simple war story sweeps across two incredibly designed worlds. He brings to life many characters that will stay with you. This is the first of many books set in the Kingdom and many characters who’s lives will draw you in.

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So you may wonder at such a short review of such a long (600 – 800+ pages depending on which edition you have). So here it is. I love this book. I love this series. I am a huge Feist fan, have been since Magician was first put into my hands when I was 12. This was the first book I tried to read by torchlight under my bed covers. When my teacher gave it to me in class I was so embarrassed. He put it on my desk, this great big volume and said he though I might like it. Like I didn’t have enough problems being the smart bookish one in a country high school where students were far more interested in your sporting prowess.

I couldn’t bring myself to read it at first. When he asked how I was going I lied and said it was good. So I thought I’d better at least try to read it. The rest, as the cliche goes, is history. I totally loved it. I kept going out and buying Feist books. In fact I have gone through several copies of the very first book and really need to replace Silverthorn and Darkness at Sethanon. In reality his was probably the first epic fantasy I ever read, and I never looked back. This is one of the books that created a love of the genre in me. Sure it isn’t really a YA book but so what. I read it when I was 12, it is totally accessible and not one of those books who has themes or stylistics that would suggest it is better suited to older readers.

I highly recommend this book.

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Also on the weekend I got to meet the man himself so I figure now is as good a time as any to throw this book into my Recommends and Old Favourites.

I won’t post a link because there are so many editions of this now.

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