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The Land of Stories : the wishing spell / illustrations Brandon Dorman
Author: Colfer, Chris, 1990- -- Dorman, Brandon, illustrator
Publisher: London : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, c2012
Review by: Azaelia  on: 12/09/2017 3:03:07 PM
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I enjoyed reading this book so much! It was quite fun, with all the fairy tales rolled into one book. It was interesting to see how these fairy tale characters had developed after their original story. It is a fast moving story with constant adventure, though I thought some chapters were a bit too long, and many things were told rather than the reader trying to figure things out for themselves. I really like the main characters being a twin boy and girl, as this would make it applicable for either a boy or a girl to read. Will definitely be continuing the series.
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How to stop time / Matt Haig.
Author: Haig, Matt, 1975-, author.
Publisher: Edinburgh Canongate Books Ltd, 2017. -- ©2017.
Review by: bookgirl76  on: 21/08/2017 3:09:14 PM
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Why oh why does this book have to end? Why cant it be like Tom and be never ending? I had a weird experience with this book, I wanted to read it to spend time in its pages, but I didnt want to finish it. How do you not finish a book? You dont read it A conundrum!Sometimes when you read a book the characters become like a sort of friend, who you enjoy spending time with. Within a couple of pages of How to Stop Time, I felt like I was back with an old friend. It was a familiar world and told with a familiar voice. Weird huh. I havent read this book before, and the only other book Ive read by Matt Haig is How to Stay Alive, his journey with depression. I felt a similar reading experience to what I felt when reading The Time Travellers Wife, although the characters are much nicer in How to stop time. Tom has a genetic quirk which meant he stopped aging normally at the age of 11 or 13 and started to age very slowly. He is also immune to the diseases of the day, which allowed him to reach the age of 439, while looking in his 40s. His one true love died prematurely, and Tom has never gotten over it. His purpose in life is to find his daughter.I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, or enjoys reading books by Connie Willis, also anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
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Snow like ashes / Sara Raasch.
Author: Raasch, Sara, author.
Publisher: New York, NY Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015
Review by: Azaelia  on: 15/08/2017 5:26:49 PM
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I really enjoyed this book. The world which Raasch created is beautiful and wonderfully described. The magic system is unique, and the separation of kingdoms into seasons and rhythms is interesting. There seems to be really only one main character that is fleshed out enough to connect with, but I feel the continuation of the series will develop this more. You really get to know the lead character, Meira, as she deals with wanting to be seen as valuable to her people and to be able to fight for her kingdom. A great read. Can't wait to finish the series.
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The field guide / Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.
Author: DiTerlizzi, Tony. -- Black, Holly
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, 2003.
Review by: Azaelia  on: 12/07/2017 10:48:20 AM
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Such a tantalizing story! Full of imagination and wonder, with lovely drawings to accompany the text. Mallory, Jared and Simon stumble upon a book about magical creatures, and discover that life in their new town isn't as boring as they think it will be. A great quick read for advanced readers, or those who are less confident.
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The almost girl / Amalie Howard.
Author: Howard, Amalie, author.
Publisher: New York Sky Pony Press, 2016. -- ©2014.
Review by: Azaelia  on: 12/07/2017 10:34:17 AM
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Fast paced and full of action, this story is a good place to start for those who want to get into the sci-fi genre. The story is set half in the real world, and half in another world, with the world building nicely told in flashbacks from the main character. I didn't mind the characters, they each had something in their pasts they were struggling with, but I felt these were not dealt with enough, and so the characters felt a little thin. There were a few good plot twists, and the end of the story brought a surprising opportunity to think about what life is and what it is to be alive.
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Love Anthony
Author: Genova, Lisa, author.
Publisher: London : Simon & Schuster, 2012
Review by: Zosa  on: 22/06/2017 3:16:27 PM
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Love Anthony is a very touching, inspiring and beautifully written story about love, marriage, cheating, friendship and bravery of parents that are trying their best to raise their son who was diagnosed with autism. This book is also about something that beyond of our understanding and knowledge yet. I would encourage all parents not only parents of special kids to read this book! This book helps you to understand what is like to be different and to be a parent of an unusual child. Love Anthony takes you spiritually on a new level where you start to feel, understand and appreciate your life and what you have a lot more.I hardly have enough words to express my emotions about this book.Just read and you will not regret or ever forget this book. P.S Ive told the story of Anthony to my 11 years old son. He was deeply touched and even expressed a sympathy and concern for an autistic girl from his school. Although before he judge her behavior and didnt want to except that children like her can go to the same school.
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Poor unfortunate soul : a tale of the sea witch / by Serena Valentino.
Author: Valentino, Serena, author.
Publisher: Bath, England Parragon Books 2016 -- ©2016
Review by: Azaelia  on: 29/05/2017 12:52:52 PM
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A short spin-off from The Little Mermaid, explaining how Ursula became the evil Sea Witch that she is. It was interesting to read what Ursula was doing and why, while the story of Ariel played out in the background. I loved the character of Ursula, but the other characters introduced in the story really didn't do anything for me. The writing was OK, but it's still a nice little story that would be good for advanced young readers, or older readers to build up their confidence.
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Author: Sanderson, Brandon, author
Publisher: London : Gollancz, c2013
Review by: Azaelia  on: 8/05/2017 3:14:34 PM
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Loved this book! Such a refreshing twist on the superheroes theme. The characters were interesting and well-written, and even though the story was a little slow at times, there were still good plot twists and action scenes. The main character is quite funny, so there are lots of humorous one-liners to keep you turning the page, although sometimes it feels a bit forced. Older teenage boys might like this one.
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The dry / Jane Harper.
Author: Harper, Jane, author.
Publisher: Sydney, New South Wales Macmillan Pan Macmillan Australia, 2016 -- ©2016
Review by: mldrumm  on: 26/04/2017 9:40:24 AM
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One of the ABC “The Book Club’s” Top 10 reads for 2016, "The Dry" is set in a fictional, drought stricken Australian country town. Is there more to a local murder suicide than first thought? A Federal policeman, Aaron Falk, returns to his home town and becomes embroiled in finding out the truth behind these deaths and whether they have anything to do with a secret from his boyhood. It’s hot, brittle and dry – recommended.
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Bettyville : a memoir / George Hodgman.
Author: Hodgman, George, author.
Publisher: London : Two Roads, 2016. -- London Two Roads, 2016. -- ©2015
Review by: mldrumm  on: 24/04/2017 3:18:23 PM
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Bettyville a memoir by George Hodgman Two worlds collide when George returns to home town Paris, Missouri to care for his 90 year old mother, Betty Baker Hodgman. George is 50ish, gay, with a big-city ironic wit who has never spoken to his parents about his other life in New York. In contrast, Betty has a small-town, no-nonsense and deeply private manner. Despite their differences, George is very nostalgic about his home town, Paris, a dying, midwest, Plains town or flyover state and his childhood. He lovingly tells of his parents, relatives and other characters from his past. There is a sense of loss running through the book, of an ageing parent, of a town and a way of life dying, and of a man's life not quite working out as perhaps he had envisaged. Slightly repetitive but a thoughtful, amusing read. Recommended.
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