Saturday, March 24, 2012

Jenna Burtenshaw, Alyson Noel and Jessica Brody's 2012 book release's

OK, so I am getting a really excited about the all the new books that are going to be coming out this year by my three favourite authors Jenna Burtenshaw, Alyson Noel and Jessica Brody.

Here's a bit about them.

Jenna Burtenshaw's Wintercraft: Legacy (Released May 10th)
This is the final book in the Wintercraft series and I am excited about the new book and can't wait for my copy to arrive in May but also sad because it is the last book in the series and I will miss Kate and Silas' journey through Albion, Fume. I am glad that Jenna is writing a new series and I can't wait to hear more about it and hopefully it will help me get over not being able to see what Silas and Kate get up to after book three.

Alyson Noel's Riley Bloom: Whisper
This is also the final book in the series, it will feel really strange not being a part of Riley's journey now that this is the last book and that the Immortal series has finished. I don't know what I will do with out my fix of Immortals and the Lost/Trapped Spirits. This is a I really loved especially the Immortal's and I am really sad that it is over I never wanted it to end but I suppose that it had to end sometime and if they do make a TV/film series or the two series then it would be great.

Alyson Noel's Soul Seeker Series Fated & Echo (Releases May 22nd & November 22nd)
I am really excited about this new series of Alyson's and will be even more happy when they are released here in the UK. Hopefully this new series will help to fill the hole that the Immortals series and the Riley Bloom series will leave when I have finished reading the last book of each series although I could read them all again and again. All I no about the Soul Seekers so far is that the new series is brimming with magic, mystery, and a love story that will steal your heart away, Daire Santos who can travel between the worlds of the living and the dead. Daire's grandmother recognizes her visions for what they truly are - the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker: one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead. (taken from It sounds really good and I cant wait to read it.

Jessica Brody's 52 Reason to Hate My Father (Released July 3rd)
I really enjoyed the last book I read of Jessica's so when I heard about this book I had to check online to see what it was about and it sounds really, really good and I can't wait for it to be delivered in a few months. It's about a wayward teenage girl who father decides to take action and every week for the next year, makes her take on a different low-wage job if she wants to receive her trust fund. She has to take jobs such as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee all while dealing with a college intern that her dad has assigned to keep an eye on her.

Jessica Brody's Unremembered Series (Early 2013)
This is the first series that Jessica has written and still in the process of writing and I am excited to read it for two reasons, one because I really enjoyed Jessica's novel My Life Undecided and two because I am really into reading series of books. The only thing I know about this book so far is what Jessica relieved in my interview with her last year (which you can read here) "it's about a sixteen year old girl who wakes up amongst the wreckage of a devastating plane crash with no memories and no identity. the only clue to her forgotten past is a mysterious boy who claims she was part of a science experiment" I know that this isn't going to be out until next year but I am excited about it now.

The release next to all the books are all based on the Amazon UK's release dates and could change any time.

Currently Reading: Interview with the Daredevil by Nicola Marsh
Read in 2012: 5/20

Thursday, March 22, 2012

What Necessity Decrees - Carola Robert

2/5 Stars

'What Necessity Decrees' offers an astounding new theory of conscious evolution based on relationship. By defining the tensions of increasing relating-awareness as the catalyst for man's emerging conscious necessity, it explores the implications of relationship.

As it crystallizes the essence of texts like the ancient Greek myths, the bible and the Arthurian legends, it unlocks the code of human condition hidden in these scripts. Thereby re-interpreting the story of conscious beginnings, it describes what happens when the tensions and pain of this process are inappropriately 'resolved' by consecutive generations and how each new generation reflectes not only the challenge itself but its various outcomes in lineage.

Based on 12 psychological archetypes the book then explains how in-divi-duality (internally divided duality) moves further apart in every generation, thereby polarizing the next one. Until biblical references like 'the sacrifice' and 'redemption of sin' become understood as the signs of negatively resolved, conscious evolution, that call for the full realisation of relationship.

I found this a quick read. It is full of essay-like insights into relationships with some very interesting points.  The writing style is heavy on long words and not the easiest to understand, but Carola gets some of her good ideas across even though I found it a hard read rather than an easy one.

Currently Reading: Interview with the Daredevil by Nicola Marsh
Read in 2012: 5/20

Friday, March 16, 2012

Ruth - Marlene S. Lewis

3/5 Stars

From the lush Owen Stanley Ranges of Papua New Guinea to working-class inner Sydney... Ruth follows the story of its protagonist, the only daughter of John and Alice Madison, coffee plantation owners. Set in the fifties and sixties, Ruth struggles to rise above the stigma of being an unwed mother alone in a strange land. Determined not to end up on the streets, she learns to live by her wits - until circumstances take a turn for the worse. To provide a better life for her son, Stewart, she takes up work in a distant town. There, she meets Lachlan McGrath, the owner of Bryliambone station. Life on the land is good to Ruth until fate turns her world upside down. Faced with losing everything, she sets to rebuilding her husband's debt-ridden business into a thriving cotton farm.Marlene is inspired by many authors, including Patricia Shaw, Maeve Binchy and Guy de Maupassant. Ruth has elements of Lloyd Jones' Mr Pip, Ruth Park's The Harp in the South and Patricia Shaw's The Feather and the Stone. The novel will appeal to female readers interested in family relationships and cultural history.

I was happy when I won this book because I am studying this era in my History Lectures so it helped me with some of my work.

I enjoyed this book. It has a lot of twists.  The main character goes through a lot, which helps the flow of the book and helps make the bookwork.  The characters are developed nicely and also help with the stories dynamics.

Ruth is well worth a read.

Currently Reading: Interview with the Daredevil by Nicola Marsh
Read in 2012: 5/20

Thursday, March 01, 2012

My Life Undecided - Jessica Brody

5/5 Stars

My parents have been telling me for years that I make "bad decisions". But I never believed them. Because, you know, they're parents. And since when are parents ever right about anything?

But i'm slowly starting to wonder if maybe I was just born that way. Like poor judgement is in my DNA or something. Genetically predisposed to make crappy choices. When I was two years old I fell down an abandoned mine shaft and was stuck down there for fifty-two hours while rescuers worked around the clock to save me. Although my mom has always blamed herself for the incident, it was me who decided, in the seven lousy seconds it took her to zip up my sister's jacket - that it would be a good idea to chase the little green lizard right off the hiking trail and down a mine shaft.

And what have I learned since then? Thirteen years later? Well, judging from the slew of various emergency vehicles lining the street..... not a whole lot.

So it isn't until right now, at this very second - with the sirens blaring, the crowd of people gathering to try to steal a gossip - worthy peek, and the overall chaos of a good idea turned very bad - that I start to think my parents might just be onto something.

because then you're being handcuffed and lowered into a back seat of a squad car, you kind of have to start reconsidering the way you live your life.

Oh my god what a great book. This is the first book of Jessica's I have finished because I own it and not borrowed it.

I found myself mentally voting along but mainly voting on the ones Brooklyn wanted but not because that is what she would want but because they are the ones I would actually vote for.

I knew that Jessica would make it so Brooklyn got with Brian instead of Hunter in the end and at first I wanted her to be with Hunter and I know a lot of people would feel the same way as me but after the Hotel bathroom scene and they way Brooklyn was acting before then - like she was actually having fun for the first time in a long time - I wanted her to be with Brian and glad that she was at the end.

When Shayne dissed Brooklyn at the beginning and made Brooklyn take all the blame for the model home incident that was Shayne's idea I didn't think that she was a very good friend.

When Brooklyn and Shayne became friends again I found myself shouting at the book (which is something I do all the time) telling Brooklyn not to be friends with her and I'm glad that in the end Brooklyn realised that she made the wrong choice by getting involved with Shayne again and ditched her to declare her love to Brian.

I got the sense that Brooklyn and Mrs Moody actually like each other and enjoyed each other company. So when she died I felt sad for Brooklyn and was glad that she was given all the 'you choose the story' books.

From the start of the book you get the sense that Brooklyn and her sister Izzy hated each other (like most sisters do) but towards then end when Izzy came home for Thanks Giving I could tell that she was acting strange and wasn't sure why but when she ended up in hospital I was glad that they made up and that Izzy admitted that she isn't the perfect role model that her parent's made her out to be and that she to does make mistakes even though she tried to be a good role model.

Currently Reading: Everlasting - Alyson Noel
Read in 2012: 5/20
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