The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf ~ Ambelin Kwaymullina

(The Tribe #1)

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Rating 4.5 Stars

Blurb

The Reckoning destroyed civilisation. Rising from the ashes, some people have developed unique abilities, and society is scared of them. Guided by the ancient spirits of the land, Ashala Wolf will do anything to keep them safe.

When Ashala is captured, she realises she has been betrayed by someone she trusted. When her interrogator starts digging in her memories for information, she doubts she can protect her people forever. Will the Tribe survive the interrogation of Ashala Wolf?

Review

I only read this book on the suggestion of someone and I have learnt to always follow her suggestions. this book seemed like just your average futuristic battle against the bad guy but once you get half way through it was amazing, (not telling why) I willingly admit this book made me cry and I am a little dissapointed that now i have read it I can’t read it for the first time again because it will never be the same. This is the sort of book that once I finished it I very nearly turned around and re-read it.

Quotes

“I walk among my enemies. But I carry my friends with me.”

 

“Death is a great transformation. But it is not an end.”

 

“There will come a day when a thousand Illegals descend on your detention centres. Boomers will breach the walls. Skychangers will send lightning to strike you all down from above, and Rumblers will open the earth to swallow you up from below. There will be nowhere to hide, nowhere to run, and no way to stop them from freeing every single Illegal in this centre. And when that day comes, Justin Connor, think of me.”

Next Book

No word as to what Book 2 is yet only that there will be one. I will keep you in the loop because this is one of the best books i have seen from an Australian author since John Marsden with Tomorrow When The War Began.

BOOK VS MOVIE : Peter Pan

wow it has been a while since i had a Book VS Movie face off and as i have just finished my first book of my Classic Challenge, Peter Pan, i feel that this would be a great set of combatants to face off. The book is a widely regarded classic and has actually been made into 2 movies by Disney.Along with many films that stem from it such as Hook, Neverland, Return to Neverland and of course the slew of movies staring Tinkerbell.

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now this leaves many options as to which movie to compare the book to. but really for me there is only one option. Disney’s live action Peter Pan has been one of my favorite films since it’s release and as i find it to be closest to the book it is the fairest comparison to make.

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Now this is an odd comparison because while i did not overly enjoy the book (although i did give it 3.5 stars) what i LOVED about the movie is how close it stuck to the book in many places.

I came out of this book feeling that Mr Barrie was probably a little bit sexist… and hated children… which makes me wonder why he wrote a children’s book. Although if this book was published today it would not pass as one. this is the only children’s book i have ever come across that makes such casual reference to orgies. Most of the quotes I LOVED in this book, and there were quite a few of them, were actually included in the movie but the movie also took advantage of the fight scenes which play out much better on the screen than in this book. I think this may be the case mostly because this book was originally a play so the movie may actually be somewhat closer to the original text than the book.

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The other thing I enjoyed much more in the movie than the book was the relationship between Peter and Wendy… I loved the romance in the movie but in the book she was an odd mix between mother and girlfriend with him sometimes caring and other times not. while the idea behind this was that they were playing pretend i still feel the movie captures this by Peter and Wendy being the “mother and father” of the lost boys.

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the other thing is the movie removed the sexism from the original text. Wendy became a wonderful character who was strong and independent, and in the end it is Wendy who really saves the day, turning the damsel in distress stereotype on it’s head

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the movie also in my opinion makes better use of “the hidden kiss” which was prevalent in both the movie and the book but unlike in the movie in the book the kiss is given swiftly in the beginning of the book with no real meaning. the story of the movie is that of a Tragic Love story while the book is merely about “heartless youth” the one thing the book had over the movie was the ending (which the movie cut out but did show a rough version in the DVD special feature). this ending is one of those beautifully tragic endings that had the book focused more on Peter and Wendy’s relationship probably would have been sadder than it came across, i know the movie version had me crying the first time i saw the “deleted” ending.

So this one goes to the movies… and I must admit I am a bit disappointed with myself because this puts the movies in front of the books… I should probably start putting up some of those movies that do a really bad job because I know there are heaps of them. What do You think?

Score

Books Vs Movies 

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Cover Face Off: Hero

Now for the book that has gone through the most cover changes before it has even been released, i am of course talking about book two of the amazing Alethea Kontis’s woodcutter sisters series, Hero. although in fairness these cover changes may just be the result of the author keeping us in the loop through every cover change not just releasing it once it has been confirmed as many authors do. Now this book is the sequel to enchanted and as such I will show you a copy of the first book

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so as you can asses not only which of these 2 covers are prettiest but also which YOU think looks better with this beautiful cover. once again I plead with you to please vote in the poll because it is so much more fun when we can see what everyone thinks

so for hero covers we have 2 options

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Option 1

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Option 2

while i can see advantages to both covers i personally like option 1 better. while #2 shows off the gorgeous calligraphy a little more I like a little more colour in my covers and i love the bright blue dress and the image just looks that little more natural to me. but let me know what you think because as Option 2 is the cover that has been chosen (at least for now) my opinion may just be the minority.

Life After Theft

Life After Theft ~ Aprilynne Pike

17839484Rating 2.5 Stars

Blurb

Kimberlee Schaffer may be drop-dead gorgeous… but she also dropped dead last year. Now she needs Jeff’s Help with her unfinished business, and she is not taking no for an answer.

When she was alive, Kimberlee wasn’t just a mean girl; she was also a complete kleptomaniac. So if Jeff wants to avoid being haunted until graduation, he’ll have to help her return everything she stole. But Jeff soon discovers it’s much easier to steal something than it is to bring it back.

Review

I went into it really wanting to like it. I loved the Wings series (particularly the end)and on hearing this book was about a ghost i was expecting some paranormal action… or something but on reading this i was surprised to find that the story would of pretty much worked if Kimberlee was just a normal teenager. that being said i really liked the relationship that developed between Kimberlee and Jeff and it was nice to see a boy/girl relationship that was not romantic. romance however was my problem with this book after the wonderful love triangle in wings i was underwhelmed while Jeff and Sera have the same easy feel to their relationship as Laurel and David did … it appears the author likes “perfect beautiful girls” with the “nerdy nice guy”. but i must say i was waiting for it to all fall apart… because i really did not like Sera as a character she was a flat goody goody **SPOILER** sure she had a past but it never really came into the story **END SPOILER** while i enjoyed the writing style and the feeling it lent to the book i was often jarred by finding out something had happened without my notice. only simple things like “still waiting for a red light” while i was still driving down the road, or “the bathroom being silent” when i thought we were in the hallway by the lockers. The other thing that i found disappointing is on reading the blurb:

“But Jeff soon discovers it’s much easier to steal something than it is to bring it back.”

I was expecting some sort of clever trick involving her stealing a heart or something but the story was much more straight forward then that. All in all a good enough book but not quite what i was expecting.

Also By This Author

Wings

and coming soon

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OUT OF PRINT!!!!

Yes this is a rant and I am sorry but I must say i am getting irritated with finding that books that I want are out of print. Now in fairness it is the editions that I want rather than the stories but when I am trying to fill my shelves with beautiful books this can be nearly as bad. i have encountered this twice today (Ok maybe I tried to go on a book buying spree).

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the first was not such a problem. i have decided that I would like to buy most of my books in hardcover so where better to start than with the Steampunk Chronicles but when I went to buy The Girl in the Steel Corset it was not to be because, you guessed it no longer in print. this was fairly easily fixed when i found a second hand copy in good condition online for $20. so no real harm done… this time

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the next one will probably end up with my wallet taking a serious attack… because it seems inevitable that i will eventually cave for this beautiful leather bound edition of the chronicles of Narnia… only problem is the last copy I can find is being sold for $395… which is about 10X the amount the book would have originally sold for.  i am so sorry wallet but something tells me the book will win… even if i cant afford it to. well maybe not if only because i can buy so many other books for that money… maybe i am secretly hoping for a reprint… if i find this book for under $100 i will have to snatch it up.

A Classic Challange

So first off I feel the need to apologize to you. I have not forgotten you, abandoned you for the bright lights of my youtube vlog i have had exams… and so of course I have been looking for a distraction from study… and what better than a new project.

And speaking of a new project I have a challenge that I am undertaking and I invite all of you to join me. I am an avid reader and yet I can not remember the last time I read a classic. This is not because they are long because i read books of over 400 pages and think nothing of it, while I still have The Wonderful Wizard of Oz sitting unread on my shelf at a mere 223 pages INCLUDING PICTURES. It is not that I do not want to read them, or think they are boring as Peter Pan has been on my to-read list for as long as I can remember and is one of my favorite stories… at least based on the movie which I absolutely love (we are talking the live action film not the Disney cartoon). It is not even that these books are too old for me with both the books I have mentioned so far being children’s books and me being an adult I am pretty much not able to use that excuse anymore anyway. What it really comes down to is laziness. The texts may be short but they are written in that flowery language which may be beautiful but is also convoluted and I must admit when I sit down to read I often just want a nice simple read, Sure I like complex characters and a surprising plot but I like to be able to tell what is happening with little effort.

This however has not stopped me buying the classics which are now sitting in gorgeous covers on my shelf unread. So I now pledge to read 1 chapter of a classic a night, this may not seem like much but in this way I can work my way through my wonderful classics and still have my light easy modern reads as well. As a reward every time I finish one I  will buy myself another of these beautiful classics and as such I hope to expand not only my collection of books but also my reading.

May’s Small Stack

And it is a record… although not sure if it is a big enough record (or should i say small enough) record to be celebrating … many normal people would think this many books was a lot of books to buy in a month (especially if you count the books that i ordered and i do not have yet… which will be added to the list for what ever month they arrive in)

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the first book of the month is The School for Good and Evil ~ Soman Chainani while the cover intrigued me the first time i saw it online i was not entirely sure i was going to buy it…. i mean it looks amazing and everything but defiantly has the appearance of a children’s book… which i really should not be continuing to buy (not that that has ever stopped me) but when i saw it on the shelf for all of $10 who am i too say no?

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the next book was Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer i had the first 2 so i was always going to pick this up. i did think this was the last book in the series but she has released that there will be at least 2 more.

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I only picked this one up on the last day of May. Jamie Ponti’s Sea of Love is in the Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies collection and this is a lovely edition from before they started grouping the books and got rid of these cute cartoon covers. plus it was from a library clearance so it cost me next to nothing.

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finally we have You had me at hello by Mhairi McFarlane . this was my obligatory impulse buy. i have no idea if this is YA, Na or Adult but one look at the cover and i knew i just had to have it. the cute little silhouettes and hearts plus the bright text makes for a beautiful cover screaming “BUY ME”

… and that is it. yes only 4 books and not only were they all under $15 making this my cheapest month yet but with only 4 books that comes to 1 boom every 7.75 days (that is less than one book a week) … yeah well expect next months books to go through the roof.

… welcome to the wonderful world of Vlogs

So recently I have started watching book vlogs (video blogs for all you who don’t know) and i have to say i am obsessed. i can’t say what it is maybe it is the fact that you can actually see the person raving about the book or maybe it is simply that you connect more with someone talking to you then reading text (despite this sounding an awful lot like “why read the book when you can watch the movie) so i have decided to try and dip my toe in the wide world of booktube… and as my wonderful readers i feel i should tell you guys first… cause really who else would i tell?

well here is a link to my first video… and yes it is rough but what do you think?

while i am at it i may as well point you in the direction of the top 3 Book Vlogers who made me want to give this a go.

Katytastic

jessethereader

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also i know that i was meant to put up my books that i may have accidentally bought too many of for the last month today, but i will have to do it tomorrow… as i spent most of this afternoon talking to a camera… it is harder than it looks.