Friday, 29 January 2010

Lady Macbeth's Daughter

Well done, Lisa Klein! Lady Macbeth's Daughter is a real winner!

This is a gripping story, taking the reader back in time to medieval Scotland.

The story begins one bewitching night when a baby is secretly carried to an ancient house in Wychelm Wood.

The baby, named Albia, grows up with no knowledge of her father, the powerful king Macbeth, or her mother, Grelach.

But when Albia reaches adolescence she begins to ask questions. She leaves the only home she has ever known and sets out to reach her fate, which brings her closer and closer to Macbeth and her mother.

Then she begins to fall in love with Fleance, Macbeth's rival for the throne.

Excellent reading.


Monday, 25 January 2010

The Tent

Margaret Atwood weaves her magic again through this collection of short stories, poems, essays and musings. Her ability to use words frugally and by doing so create poignant visual imagery sweeps the reader up and stays with you long after you've turned the final page.

Darkly humorous at times, Atwood plays with meta-fiction to challenge our understanding of language and stories. A literary dream and a great read for anyone who wants a collection of short reads in one spot; or just something different.

Review submitted via our online form by:

Name: Riannon
Title: The Tent
Author/Artist: Margaret Atwood
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Sunday, 17 January 2010

The Tomorrow Code

Hey guys!

I'm back once again, I just finished reading The Tomorrow Code by Brian Falkner.
It's about two teenagers living in New Zealand, Tane and Rebecca. They stumble across a secret hidden code while investigating whether people can be transmitted into the past or future via a time machine. After many hours of decoding the message, they come to realise that the world as they know it is under immediate threat, and that they are the only ones who can save it! This sets them on a mission to find out what exactly the mysterious threat from the future is, and how they, as two normal teenagers can save the lives of millions of people.

This is a thrilling book, a little slow at the start, but really really interesting and imaginative. By the time you get to the end, you realise that you've been taken on an emotional journey, that is filled with surprise and is sometimes shocking.

Definitely worth the read, it portrays a frightening future to our human race.
Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Are these my basoomas I see before me?

'Are these my basoomas I see before me?' is a very funny book that has wide appeal for teenagers. Sadly, it is the last in 'The confessions of Georgia Nicholson' series, written by Louise Rennison.

Readers may recall the first book in the series, 'Angus, thongs and full-frontal snogging,' which was developed into a successful film.

The heroine of the series is Georgia, and the last book begins with a crisis of her own making.

As her best friend, Jas, observes, if something bad happens or if someone is shouting, Georgia will be around!

Georgia's new boyfriend gets stroppy (or as Georgia says 'gets the megahump') after Georgia does the twist at a concert with Dave the laugh.

Georgia is forced to call an emergency meeting with 'the gang', except Jas, who also has 'the hump' with her.

We laugh along with Georgia's chaotic life and her slightly bossy nature as she weaves in and out of school, family and friendships.

Take the fire-making incident, for example. 'The gang' are freezing cold in the playground, so Georgia suggests a campfire to keep warm.

As luck would have it, Jas just happens to have a fire-making stick in her rucksack, so she is co-erced into producing a fire, mostly fed from crisp packets.

Greatly entertaining.

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