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TFIOS – On the Set

Oh My Goodness!

This really is happening.

And how cool is John Green!

That is all really I just thought I needed to share this:

They better not stuff this up.

The Lake Monster

9780545560191By: Geronimo Stilton

Mini Mysteries bk 2

A story breaks on the TV news and Geronimo’s grandfather tells him to get out and cover it. Geronimo isn’t too sure about trying to track down a lake monster but it’s part of his job so off he goes. As usual going with his family make things more complicated for Geronimo but that doesn’t make him any less determined to find out what is really going on with this Lake Monster. It turns out there is something of a mystery to be sorted out.

This is the second of the mini mystery books and it is a lot of fun.  A bit of a play on the Loch Ness monster makes for a good, action filled read. It is what you expect from these books and the smaller format is great for more reluctant readers.

I think these books are always fun.

Publisher: Scholastic US

Published: 01 April 2013

Format: Paperback

Categories: Adventure, mystery

ISBN 13: 9780545560191

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

The Super Scam

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By: Geronimo Stilton

Mini Mysteries, book 1

A new Superstore has opened in New Mouse City. This is a very big deal and everyone is eager to go, especially Geronimo and his nephew Benjamin. It has a great gimmick, headphones for every shopper. Once inside though something happens that Geronimo can’t explain, he has to dance and buy everything he can get his paws on. He isn’t the only one. Geronimo has a feeling something isn’t right but will he be able to figure out in time just what is going on!

A new series with the ever popular Geronimo Stilton. The story itself is fun and moves at a fast pace. The characters and style of story will be familiar to Geronimo fans. This series is a smaller format than the other books, both in size and page numbers.  For those readers who just want something short to practice with, or for those who just struggle to read for any length of time this series is definitely worth looking at.

Publisher: Scholastic US

Published: 01 April 2013

Format: Paperback 96 pages

Categories: Adventure, Mystery

ISBN 13: 9780545560160

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

 

 

 

TFIOS – Movie News

So with talk surrounding another well looked forward to YA fave being not so hot, it kind of fills me with trepidation about the fact they are bringing this awesome book to the screen. I really, really hope they don’t stuff it. But on the bright side – look at this

TFIOSScriptSo I will be excited about this in hope. And if it sucks, you’ll probably hear me screaming.

 

Book Thief – Book Trailer

Here it is…

Nothing else needs to be said really… except this trailer almost bought tears to my eyes, I’m pretty sure I’ll need tissues when I see the movie.

More Than This – Book Trailer

So the awesome Patrick Ness has a new book coming out. His books are often intense and more than a little thought provoking. The kind of books that can stay with you. So here is the trailer for the new book.

And here is Patrick Ness talking about the new book.

I am all sorts of excited for this.

Kinslayer

I received my copy from the publisher

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By: Jay Kristoff

Yukiko, the Stormdancer started a whole lot of things happening when she assassinated Shogun Yoritomo. The rebellion, The Kage, were given new inspiration; The Lotus Guild sees a way to increase their influence and civil war looms as a new Shogun needs to be found.

There is a candidate who does not come from one of the predicable places, he has a drive to kill Yukiko that over rules anything else. He will rule and he will bring the downfall of the snip of a girl he thought he loved. To do this he forges an alliance with The Lotus Guild.

Yukiko is being hailed a hero but she is consumed by rage at her father’s death and the increase in her Kenning ability. It is becoming so much stronger and she battles to control it. Kin, once Guild member, who made it possible for Yukiko and Buruu to escape tries to find his place in amongst the Kage rebellion but the distrust between them and who he was is strong.

The Stormdancer’s influence has reached into the very city of Kigen, where one who thought she could never amount to much has realised that sometimes you have to stand up and fight if you want things to change.

Kristoff builds a solid sequel on the foundations of the first book Stormdancer. It is a nuanced tale filled with pain and struggles. It is not simply a case of good and evil fighting, it is a case of shades. This story is made more real by the author making things not quite so clear cut.

Yukiko’s battle with her rage and trying to come to terms with who she is and who she can be, is bleak in places. It is no easy path she takes. It is that very bleakness that pulls you along in the story. You want to follow her, you want to see her come out the other side. The bond between her and Buruu is tested and much is learnt through this process. Their relationship is a fascinating aspect to this story.

Kin’s struggle to fit in is heart wrenching at times. He battles his own demons and those of the Guild he came from. Two other key characters Michi and Hana, give this story depth from other perspectives. These women fight for their own reasons and their drive makes the story all the more tangible, you can feel their fear and their passion.

Darker than the first, it is still a wonderful read. The world seeps off the pages as you sink into the grittiness of it; the difference of the classes and the anguish of survival. You want to embrace it, it is the sort of book you want to put the time aside to read and the sort of book that makes it hard to pick up when you only have a few minutes because you know you will find it hard to put down.

I cannot wait to find out where Kristoff takes these characters next.

Highly recommended.

Publisher: Tor

Published: 1st September 2013

Format: Paperback 352 pages

Categories: Fantasy, Steampunk

ISBN 13: 9780230768963

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

The Book Thief – Film

Some photos have been released from the set of this book adaption. Of course the casting for this was very exciting and gives great hope for the quality of film we will end up with.


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Football Books

This AFL football season Penguin books have come up with a way to integrate a parents love of the sport with learning for the very young.

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Publisher: Puffin

Published: 26 June 2013

Format: Board book 18 pages

Categories: Numbers & Counting

ISBN 13: 9780143505792

You can choose from: AFL themed mini book box sets (with colours, shapes, numbers and words); My First Numbers; My First Words and even a short touch and feel book called Game Day.

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Publisher: Puffin

Published: 21 August 2013

Format: Board book 10 pages

Categories: Activity Books, Novelty Books

ISBN 13: 9780143505846

Also included in this line are activity books for various ages: colouring books, sticker books and a Doodlepedia full of activities and football facts. If you have really little ones and are passionate about the AFL this is probably something for you.

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Publisher: Puffin
Published: 21/08/2013
Format: Paperback, 64 pages
Categories:  AFL
ISBN: 9780143505860

Sometimes – Some Thoughts

Okay so this post will be a little different. Not a book review or a link in to a film to be found. Not really.

Sometimes things in life happen and though you may have a pile of unread books staring at you from over burdened bookshelves you really just need to sink into the embrace of a beloved old favourite.

That is where I happen to be at the moment. My daughter and I have just started reading Tamora Pierce’s Circle of Magic Quartet together and I found once I started I couldn’t put them down. So I’m sorting of reading them twice at once. Once with her and once at a much faster pace for myself. Sure I’ve read them before, more than once, but so what?

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I just love the stories of Sandry, Triss, Daja and Briar. I love to sink into the world created by Pierce. It’s like wrapping a favourite blanket around yourself or putting on your favourite pair of jeans. There are time when escape into the familiar is a very welcome option.

I have several series’ that I love to reread, several authors whose books are in various states of imperfection due to the number of times they have been reread. If whoever I had lent my copy of First Test to had given it back that is probably where I would have started with my munchkin but I obviously need a new copy of that, which will take some time but that’s fine because I have plenty of other books I’m more than happy to revisit.

Is there any author or book you love to revisit?

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