Archive for February, 2014

The strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender
By Leslye Walton

“Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga”
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I picked this book up out of a pile of new books at a local high school where I work part time, as it stood out from the crowd. It was the cover with its simple blend of blue and gold and such an enticing title and premise that made me want to read it there and then. However, I have to wait but I am hoping to be the first to read it when it becomes available.

Sixteen year old Ava is just your average girl except for the fact she was born with bird wings.
Wanting to understand more about her life and to be accepted by her peers Ava begins searching for answers. Her naivety leads her in to a heap of trouble. And then there is Nathaniel Sorrows who mistakes Ava for an angel and the consequences of that mistake.

“Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright but will things be different for Ava?”

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Ghost Club
Book 1 : The new kid
Book 2 : The haunted school
Book 3 : A Transylvanian tale
By Deborah Abela

Deborah Abela has created another great series for children. We have had the wonderful series about secret agent Max Remy. Actually, I treasure the first book in that series, as it is personally autographed by Deborah from when she was here in Christchurch some years ago.
Now, we have ghosts and everyone knows I love ghost stories.
Edgar, Angeline and Dylan spend their time caught up in great adventures as ghost-catchers. Their latest adventure sees them going to a ghost club convention in Transylvania and I am sure it will be full of danger and excitement. I haven’t had a chance to read these yet but they are certainly on my TBR pile.

Sky Raiders
Book 1 in the Five Kingdoms series
By Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull just keeps writing more and more. Not content with all his other series he now offers us the Five Kingdoms, due out next month.
Great for those who love adventure, mystery, haunted houses and portals to other worlds. I’m not sure how he finds time to sleep with all the writing he is doing.

Cole Randolph and his friends discover more to a haunted house than they bargained for when they go out exploring on Halloween. Cole watches as his friends are whisked away through a portal to a mysterious place underneath the haunted house. He follows them ending up in a place called The Outskirts.
The Outskirts are made up of five kingdoms which lie somewhere between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death. While some people are born in the Outskirts and others have found there way there, there is one thing is for sure, once you are in the Outskirts, it is almost impossible to leave.
Will Cole manage to escape and will the unusual girl, Mira be able to help him find his friends and make their way home.

My New Zealand Story Canterbury Quake 2010-2011
By Desna Wallace
(That’s me)

I have been blogging about books, book trailers and doing reviews for quite some time now but this book is just a bit different. And that is because it is my first children’s novel and I can hardly do the review myself but the links below will take you to some reviews which are doing the rounds at the moment.
It is a very strange (but wonderful) feeling to see your own book for sale in the shops. For those reading this from New Zealand you all know that this month marks three years since the devastating earthquake here in Christchurch, which claimed 185 lives and destroyed our city centre, our historic buildings and thousands of homes. For those outside New Zealand this was one of New Zealand’s saddest, darkest and most tragic days in our country’s history. We have endured thousands of aftershocks, many of them very damaging. Many people were forced to leave Christchurch after being made homeless. Many have returned, many have not.
Living in Christchurch is not the same as it once was and it never will be the same. Thousands of people are still waiting for homes to be repaired or rebuilt. Roads all around the city are blocked off or surrounded by traffic cones as buildings come down, roads are fixed and the city is repaired. It will take years to see any real difference. But it is home. It is a city I love and a city I am proud of.

So from all this I have written a book of fiction based on the very real facts. In diary form and part of the New Zealand My Story series, I have told the story of 11 year Maddy, her family and friends and how this natural disaster has affected them all.

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http://bobsbooksnz.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/canterbury-quake-by-desna-wallace/
http://barbaramurison.blogspot.co.nz/2014/02/fiction-age-10-and-up.html
http://beattiesbookblog.blogspot.co.nz/2014/01/canterbury-quake.html

The last thirteen
By James Phelan

This is one of those series which builds on each book keeping you coming back for more.
Thirteen strangers and thirteen books. And just out now is Book number three. I know a couple of 12 year olds who are right in to this series so they will be ultra pleased. In fact their excitement is catchy and I am going to have to grab these books myself before anyone else gets hold of them.

For Sam, life has been turned upside down. No-one, including his parents is as they seem. He has had to endure a kidnapping and a race to save his own life. Everything is tied up to an ancient prophecy and at every turn, there is danger.
Sam is part of the last thirteen.They are a group of special teenagers who have the scary ability of dreaming dreams that come true.
It is this ability that puts them in desperate danger and leaves them on the run from an organisation who will do anything to catch them. It is up to Sam to find the group and save them all before it is too late. Short and sharp chapters but fast-paced action. But do start at the beginning. Don’t skip the order of the books.