Last year I read and absolutely adored an amazing book called Magonia. So of course I was interested in checking out the sequel!
It's been a year sinceLast year I read and absolutely adored an amazing book called Magonia. So of course I was interested in checking out the sequel!
It's been a year since Aza 'died' and returned to her human life with the borrowed skin of someone else. She might not look like herself on the outside, but she's still the same. And she's madly in love with her best friend, Jason, and getting on with her life. But she can't forget about the sky and longs to go back. She even knows that her evil mother will one day return and try to end what she started... but she's content.
Jason loves Aza so much he's happy for every moment they have together. Yet, he's afraid of losing her, and because of that paranoia has made a deal with the devil and lied so much he sets the wheels in motion for some very awful things.
Everything is bleak and falling apart but for once, Aza is free to find her own way and hopefully stop her mother's devastating plans...
Wow. Yeah. This sequel soars as high as the first book. Not only did I find myself returning to the wonder introduced in Magonia, but the world spreads its wings wider. Introducing an array of colourful, weird and wonderful creatures from earth, sky and sea. The imagery in this world is truly fantastic, and the way it's described made everything bloom so vividly in my mind.
Aza is still full of strength she sometimes doubts. Jason is still determined to protect so tightly that he makes everything worse. And Eli's fun and strong. There were a few surprises thrown in and plenty of catastrophe and sadness. But what stands out the most for me is the wonder.
Both of these stories are beautiful companions. So unique and magical that I'll never forget them. This book is SO good.
After absolutely loving Everything, Everything I borrowed this book from the library. I was really excited, too. But I started it thisOkay.
After absolutely loving Everything, Everything I borrowed this book from the library. I was really excited, too. But I started it this arvo and well, I'm afraid this is going to be a DNF for me. After only 20-something pages, I just can't get into it.
Daniel was whiny. Natasha was annoying. And what's with the weird explanation chapters? O_o They totally threw me out of the story, ruined the momentum. Especially since I was already having trouble concentrating on it. Maybe all of this comes into play later on, but I don't have the patience (or interest) to stick around.
Anyway. It's a shame. The diversity and immigration angle was something that appealed to me.
I've had my eye on this book for a while now, and because I just can't buy ALL THE BOOKS, I put it on hold at the library. I got stuck into it yesterdI've had my eye on this book for a while now, and because I just can't buy ALL THE BOOKS, I put it on hold at the library. I got stuck into it yesterday and finished it today. Yep. I was hooked from the beginning.
Summer, Fenrin and Thalia Grace are the kind of kids that everyone in school copies, adores or wants to be. They have a big house, money, style and power. River is new in town and she's determined to catch their attention. She pretty much wants to be liked and accepted by them, but there's also a deeper, darker reason why she's so obsessed with the Graces.
The Grace family is rumoured to be witches--although they constantly deny it--so River wants to learn from them, and ultimately, to become them. Of course, there's also the fact that she's in love with Fenrin. The boy everyone loves and goes through girls like they don't matter.
Then there's the Grace curse, something River decides is her job to fix...
But there's so much more. It's hard to sum up the twisty depth of this story, because this book is awesome!
I loved every minute of it and didn't want to put it down. River's voice was compelling and interesting and full of personal secrets she mostly didn't want to share but become obvious along the way. She's sneaky, totally self-involved, obsessed with projecting herself in a certain way, and even somewhat delusional. This girl's all about showing just what's on the surface, and hiding the many things she really feels and the past that continues to haunt her.
She's unreliable and selfish, totally judgemental. And I loved her. Her story was intriguing and combined with the very mysterious and charming Graces, I lost myself in this story. It's SO darn GOOD.
There are several creepy moments, exciting moments and deep moments that lead to a very wicked situation. And a really cool twist. I really enjoyed the pacing of the story too. Plus, I'm hanging to see where the story goes in the second book.
I loved this witchy story so much I'm definitely going to buy myself a copy.
PS. Am I the only one who totally thought Summer was in lurve with River?! ;)...more
Like I said in my Black Dog review, I'm a huge fan of Neil Gaiman's work. He always manages to tell intriguing stories about deeply interesting characLike I said in my Black Dog review, I'm a huge fan of Neil Gaiman's work. He always manages to tell intriguing stories about deeply interesting characters who are inherently good, extremely wicked, or a wonderful mix of both. And yes, being another story set in the American Gods world definitely appealed to me.
Shadow Moon is minding his own business in a bar in Scotland when one of the locals starts a conversation with him. Well, he pretty much calls him a monster and claims he can just tell. Plus he offers him what he says is an easy job during a private weekend party. Shadow also catches the attention of the barmaid, who turns out to be an enigmatic woman whose words don't make sense, yet the meaning is very obvious.
At the same time, Shadow's nights are full of weird dreams with people from his past, strange situations and men who want his help.
When the weekend finally comes and he arrives at the isolated house, he starts to realise that something isn't quite right. And that he's gotten himself caught up in the middle of an ancient situation with only one outcome...
Of course this turned out to be another excellent story by a master storyteller. I seriously love Shadow and the trouble the poor guy unintentionally attracts. Again, his easy, calm manner make outsiders--no matter how smart they think they are--realise too late just how clever he really is. I also really liked the very cryptic Jennie and the sorrowful story she had to tell. Like Black Dog, Gaiman sprinkles this story with very relevant breadcrumbs that slowly but surely lead to the heart of everything. The mythology and folklore was definitely awesome, and totally fitting.
This book is so beautiful. The cover is simple but still manages to catch your eye, the hardback book is lovely, and the illustrations made by Daniel Egnéus add to the tense drumbeat. There's even a burgundy bound ribbon bookmark attached.
The Monarch of the Glen is an intriguing and exciting novella with an air of wonder and danger that hooked me instantly. It's another very clever story I'll happily be adding to my bookshelf.
I have to admit that after barely tolerating Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I was a bit nervous about reading another story set in the Harry PotteI have to admit that after barely tolerating Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I was a bit nervous about reading another story set in the Harry Potter world. Yet, there was something about this story that I found really appealing. So I was really excited when I received a copy from Hachette Australia.
Newt Scamander is a Magizoologist and he's visiting New York in hopes of finding a certain beast. However, when a No-Maj (American version of Muggle) ends up with Newt's case and he accidentally lets out a bunch of magical creatures capable of causing mischief, Newt has to get them back. But these beasts aren't the only problem in New York.
There's a dark threat calling attention to the wizard world, a zealot trying to find an audience, an ambitious wizard, a troubled witch trying to prove herself, and an ordinary man caught in the middle.
And all of these things end up leading back to Newt...
Wow. What a fun thrill ride! This story has a bit of everything, which amounts to much awesomeness. I loved Newt, he was so kind and caring and shy and scatterbrained and cute! Tina was brave and determined and decent and driven to prove herself. Jacob was nice and sweet and loyal. Queenie was so cheeky and fun and smart and knew how to use her beauty.
And the beasts! OMG. They were all so adorable and amazing and wondrous and TOTALLY AWESOME. The only thing I missed while reading was the actual movie imagery, but I had no trouble imagining all of the magical details.
BTW, did I mention that the setting was perfect? The 1920's was definitely a great time to set such a colourful story. Plus, it's far enough in the past that it doesn't interfere with future events, but close enough to still be familiar and even foreshadow a thing or two.
Not to mention that this hardback book is gorgeous! There are so many lovely illustrations, and even the font and page settings are lovely.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is definitely an unexpected gem in the Harry Potter world. But more than that, it's a brilliant fast-paced, intriguing story full of interesting characters, fascinating magical animals and a bunch of surprises.
There's also something else this book proves, and that's: the ONLY person who can truly write a Harry Potter story is the always brilliant J.K. Rowling. (Yes, this needs to be in bold!)
I seriously LOVED this book so much more than I thought I would. I'm looking forward to watching the movie....more
This book... it really should've been a story that I would totally be into. I mean, there's some kind of family secret going on, and maybe vampireOMG.
This book... it really should've been a story that I would totally be into. I mean, there's some kind of family secret going on, and maybe vampires or werewolves, or both. I'm not sure because I couldn't read more than a few pages without yawning. Yeah, it wasn't very exciting. Though it should've been, and that cover is lovely.
From the moment I saw this book listed in the Hachette Australia catalogue, I knew this was something I would definitely be interested in. Not only beFrom the moment I saw this book listed in the Hachette Australia catalogue, I knew this was something I would definitely be interested in. Not only because there really are some bizarre names all around Australia--I mean, I grew up near a place called Rooty Hill!--but also because as a writer, I love setting stories in Oz. So this book is going to come in very handy.
This turned out to be quite the book. I love the cover and even the way everything's set up inside. Each state and territory is separated, has its own introduction, and the places within each section are in alphabetical order. Very handy! There are also a bunch of peculiar, but funny illustrations peppered throughout. And some of the meanings--not just the names--to some of these places will either have you scratching your head or laughing out loud. I know I laughed at a few. LOL.
Actually, the only thing I was disappointed with was the lack of pictures. It would've been really cool to have location pics featured in the book.
And just for the record, yes, Rooty Hill is mentioned! :)
If you've ever wondered about some of our weird and wonderful location names, then this is definitely a book you'll want to check out. I'm shelving it in my reference book section, and I know I'll get plenty of use out of it....more
My daughter picked this up for me from the library the other day. It's a book that caught my eye because it looks so spooky. And since I finished writMy daughter picked this up for me from the library the other day. It's a book that caught my eye because it looks so spooky. And since I finished writing my own creepy NaNoWriMo story on Friday, I thought this might be an appropriate reading reward. :)
Poppy lives in a group home for girls and she sees another girl in the mirror behind her. Marcus feels distant from his family and can hear phantom music. Azumi keeps returning to the forest where she lost her sister and can't let go. Dylan and Dash are about to leave the sitcom they've been a part of for years and Dash keeps having weird nightmares about his brother.
All five kids have been invited to Larkspur for very different reasons. When they get there and start talking to each other, they realise that something isn't quite right. Kids with masks roam the house. The corridors sometimes seem endless. Doors appear and disappear. But the one thing that becomes very clear is that they're in big trouble.
This house has secrets, a dark mystery, some sort of connection to each one, and it's determined to imprison them...
First of all, this book is so nice! The creepy cover, the black and white photos, the grey pages and hidden symbols all add to the mystery. And the story hooked me in instantly and didn't let me go. I pretty much read it in one sitting because it was SO GOOD!
The story is told in the POV of all five kids, which was the perfect way to keep the story moving and the pacing perfect. Not to mention that the spooky factor and building tension sucked me right in. I wanted to know what was going on, and although the mystery will no doubt continue in the next book, some really bizarre answers are revealed.
This book is seriously creepy. Disturbing. Intriguing. And I loved the kids! All of them have flaws and weaknesses, which make each one uniquely interesting.