Thursday, September 15, 2011

Review: Thyla by Kate Gordon

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Thyla
Kate Gordon
First published April 1st, 2011

My name is Tessa. I am strong. I am brave. I do not cry. These are the only things I know for certain.

I was found in the bush, ragged as a wild thing. I have no memory – not even of how I got the long, striping slashes across my back. They make me frightened of what I might remember.

The policewoman, Connolly, found me a place in a boarding school and told me about her daughter, Cat, who went missing in the bush.

I think there is a connection between Cat, me, and the strange things going on at this school. If I can learn Cat’s story, I might discover my own – and stop it happening again.

After seeing many of my friends brag on Aussie books, I decided to see what the fuss was all about. I hope I can convince more people to delve in that world because it’s full of awesomesauce!

Tessa, found in a bush and brought to a hospital, wakes up with absolutely no memory but her name. And I mean, NO memory. Of anything. The tiny people in the TV scare her! So she gets sent to this school… with this missing girl… duh duh duuuuuuuuuh…

What a great author! The writing is so wonderfully simple that it’s easy to get lost in Tessa’s words. The prose is truly unique. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where the main character is talking directly to me. Of course she’s not – she’s writing her story to her guardian, but it’s a great way to narrate. It gets you feeling like you’re part of the story. Part of her life.

I loved Tessa, the protagonist. She’s so loveable and innocent, but you also know that there are mind blowing secrets that are hidden behind that wall in her memory. There is definitely a lot of intrigue and although you might think you have it all figured out, you don’t. Another aspect I loved in the book, probably what I liked best actually, was the humour. It made me laugh quite often due to Tessa’s ignorance. I mean the girl didn’t remember what waffles were! It was all so amusing and cleverly fabricated.

So yeah, as my first Aussie book, I’m quite impressed. Really, other than the location, it isn’t terribly different from american books – don’t go comparing them like US vs Japanese horror movies – it just has this originality that stems from actual ingenuity, and not just “writing with the hype” to make fast money. (I mean, let’s face it, who hasn’t milked the Twilight cow?). That leaves us with a billion similar B-rated books that just… lack. And I’ll admit that I do read most of them and they’re still enjoyable for the most part, but this was straight-out original and just lovely, plain lovely. This will not be my last Aussie book.

4/5 hot espressos

WoW

Posted by on 09/14/2011 • 11 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. 

My pick this week:  

                                   Lola and the Boy Next Door                                    Stephanie Perkins                                    Release date: September 29th, 2011 

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit — more sparkly, more fun, more wild — the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.When Cricket — a gifted inventor — steps out from his…

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Posted by on 09/14/2011 • 2 Comments

Anna and the French KissStephanie PerkinsFirst published December 2nd, 2010

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near – misses end with the French kiss Anna – and readers – have long awaited?

Awwwww *le sigh*. What an adorably romantic…

Signed ARC Giveaway! Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Posted by on 09/13/2011 • 112 Comments

Contest is now closed! Click here for the winner.

I’m giving away an ARC of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Signed!It’s a great novel! Here’s my review.

Release date: November 15th, 2011

Details:Open to residents of Canada and US. (Unless you’re willing to pay shipping).Must be a GFC followerLeave a comment with your GFC follower name and email address to enter.

Extra entries:+1 if you follow me on Twitter @Giselleco+1 if you follow me on Goodreads+1 if you tweet about my giveaway (you can do this daily) +3 if you add a link to my giveaway on your blog (post or button)Leave me the links and user names in your comment. Giveaway ends September 27th at 12:01am AST.Winner will be picked by random number generator.Winner will be contacted by email and…

Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Posted by on 09/13/2011 • 3 Comments

Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare BlakeFirst published August 30th, 2011

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay. When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like…

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Posted by on 09/12/2011 • 7 Comments

Divergent (Divergent, #1) Veronica Roth First published May 1st, 2011

Beatrice “Tris” Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth’s dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth’s young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.

I don’t know where to begin with this review. It was…

Review: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

Posted by on 09/11/2011 • 6 Comments

Bloodfever (Fever #2)Karen Marie MoningFirst published October 4th, 2007

MacKayla Lane’s ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland’s shores and was plunged into a world of deadly sorcery and ancient secrets.

In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh-a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over both the worlds of the Fae and of Man. Pursued by Fae assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she cannot trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and irresistible men: V’lane, the insatiable Fae who can turn sensual arousal into an obsession for any woman, and the ever-inscrutable Jericho Barrons, a man as alluring as he is mysterious.

For centuries the shadowy realm of the Fae…

BOOK GIVEAWAY!! One Woman’s Trash

Posted by on 09/11/2011 • 18 Comments

Giveaway is now CLOSED. Click here for the winner.

Current Giveaway:

One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure These are books that have been adored by many readers, but unfortunately not by me. They would be better loved on another one’s shelf. So I have decided to do a giveaway. One winner will have a choice of 1 book from this list:

           

Rules:Open to residents of Canada and US.Must be a GFC followerLeave a comment with your name and email address

+1 if you follow me on Twitter @Giselleco+1 if you follow me on Goodreads+1 if you tweet about my giveaway (you can do this daily) +3 if you add a link to my giveaway on your blog (post or button)Leave me the links and…