Monthly Archives: September 2013

Holiday reading – didn’t happen

This has been a holiday unlike any other.

To start with I lost my phone somewhere en route to our holiday. So I’ve had a week of no phone and no Internet.

Secondly, I seriously underestimated the challenges of traveling with a 9 month old. It hasn’t so much been a holiday as a relocation of duties.

This has meant for the first time ever – I haven’t finished a single book while on holiday.

There has been been:
* no reading at the airport
* no reading on the plane
* no reading on the balcony
* no reading by the pool
* no reading on the beach
* not even any reading in the car!

At night I have managed to fall into bed with my audiobook but I’m not even making it through a chapter.

I need to go home for a rest!

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All Our Yesterdays

All Our YesterdaysAll Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All Our Yesterdays is one of the best time travel stories that I have read. There are a few twists and turns in the plot and at times I wasn’t sure who I wanted to succeed. This is a well written and satisfying story. The resolution is really well done and leaves you feeling contented when you finally turn that last page.

Usually, I really don’t like time travel stories but All Our Yesterdays isn’t your typical time travel story. It really appealed to me and often after I had put the book down, I wondered what I would do if I had the technology to go back in time.

The characterisation was well portrayed. The chapters were written from different character perspectives and Cristin Terrill was able to successfully differentiate between the characters by giving them their own authentic voice. This isn’t easy to achieve so it is a huge kudos from me to any author who is able to pull it off.

This story is about choices, responsibilities, relationships and consequences. It stays with you and challenges you to think about your own choices and your impact on the future of our planet. So many times it provokes you to think about “What would you do?”

Even if you are not a fan of Science Fiction, if you are a lover of Young Adult fiction – read All Our Yesterdays.

Happy reading 🙂 

 

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My new favourite series book 1

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kate Daniels is just my type of protagonist – tough, smart-mouthed, attracts trouble and knows how to hold her own. This paranormal, urban fantasy, mystery really took me by surprise. The authors have created a well-rounded world that I easily fell into and followed the story. The story had unpredictable twists and turns that kept me interested and wanting to find out what happened next.

The chapters are really long and the first few are heavily laden with descriptions of the setting which was required to develop such a believable world. I will admit that I was assisted by a rundown given by another reader on Goodreads who explained concisely about the Magic versus the Tech; The Order versus The Guild; and The Pack versus The People. She also directed my to http://www.ilona-andrews.com/kate-daniels which really helped. I also downloaded from Smashwords a companion to the series where one of the authors has written some of the scenes from Curran’s perspective. There is only on scene from Magic Bites but it is well worth the read.

I really would have preferred to have read the ebook rather than the audiobook of this one. It isn’t often that I say this but it would have helped to be able to see the spelling of some of the names and to be able to go back and reread passages after revelations were made later in the novel. Luckily I read this as a buddy read on Goodreads so the other readers were able to fill in the blanks for me.

There is a subtle humour in Magic Bites which really won me over. I always appreciate fantasy authors who don’t take themselves too seriously “Here kitty, kitty” 🙂

Thanks to the sense of humour, encompassing world, feisty Kate and the fearsome Curran that Kate Daniels may just become my new favourite series!

(I’m 40% through the second book already!)

 

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Daily Prompt: The Excitement Never Ends

Daily Prompt: The Excitement Never Ends.

I am so excited today. One of my friend’s gave me an amazing present – A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin on AUDIOBOOK!

I just adore audiobooks. I listened to A Game of Thrones on audiobook from the library but they didn’t get the rest of the series. As the whole series is ridiculously expensive I haven’t been able to justify buying any of them myself. Friends can be so wonderful!

Happy listening everyone!

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Monthly wrap up: August

Well my August aims weren’t really very specific which makes me feel as though I didn’t achieve much this month.

1. I threw together a bit of an ‘about’ page but it really isn’t great.

2. I started a Goodreads page but I can’t really classify it as ‘up and running’.

3. The TBR shelf is still pretty much a non-existent mess – I need help!

4. I haven’t written and uploaded reviews of all the books I read this month let alone this year!

5. I just spent the morning looking for audiobooks – they are so expensive and the library’s ecollection is 80% crime – not what I want to listen to before bed.

6. I have done a couple of challenges but I want to do some from other blogs not just TDP.

7. I’m really enjoying the collection of blogs I’m following. Feel free to recommend more or a way to better follow blogs from a range of hosts.

I read and reviewed:

Audiobooks

For The Birds

Once

The False Prince

ebooks
The Bookstore

These Broken Stars

Memory’s Wake

Kiera’s Quest

It is so hard to pick a favourite this month so I have two. The best audiobook of the month is Once by Morris Gleitzman. My favourite ebook by a slim margin is Memory’s Wake by Selina Fenech.

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Feed by M. T. Anderson

FeedFeed by M.T. Anderson

3.5 stars

Feed establishes an intricate and believable future world where technology and corporations dictate the lives or Americans while the world’s natural habit is quietly destroyed.

M. T. Anderson successful achieves an integrated vernacular littered with jargon and slang that enhances the narrative rather than distracts from it. Each word in this sociolect is used without the explanation that other authors feel is necessary. The language is easily understood through its use in the context.

The first few chapters had be enthralled. Actually, the first lines peaked my interest: “We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.” However, as the story progressed and turned into a more serious commentary on consumerism, technology and environmental destruction, I became less involved.

Even though, Feed is one of those novels that all teenagers should read.

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*Yawn*

Kiera's Quest: Awakenings (Kiera's Quest, #1)Kiera’s Quest: Awakenings by Kristy Brown

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This really wasn’t my sort of book but I guess that I am also not the target audience for Kiera’s Quest .

The Good
This is a typical good versus evil story. It has simple, likeable characters and appropriate levels of language and violence for your 11 to 13 year old reader.

The Bad
My personal taste is against writing in vernacular, especially teen vernacular. Vernacular only works if it is an integral part of the story development or is used to demonstrate that setting. Some Science Fiction novels use it extremely effectively. However, Kiera’s Quest I found the dialogue to be outdated and distracting from the story. This really detracted from my enjoyment as there was a lot of dialogue.

The Verdict
This is a nice, short easy read for tweens but it will most likely not engage older readers.
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