Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Inky Awards - we won too!

The Inky Awards 2012 were presented recently, for the most popular teen literature, as voted by the audience of Australian teen lit site Inside a Dog. The big event, held Tuesday 23 October, saw the presentation of the awards to the winning authors.

And the winners are:

  • Shift by Em Bailey (2012 Gold Inky for an Australian title) 
Why not choose your next read from these winners or from the list of nominees.

Not only did the most popular books win, so did we!  Rachel and Celia from Narre Warren Library attended the Awards ceremony to be presented with a collection of the Inky Award winning books, for best Inky's library display, which was created by Rachel and Emma.

Well done!


Tuesday, 30 October 2012

In Hindsight

There are many things to like about 'Hunting Grounds'; a band made up of six talented male musicians.

The band originally began as 'Howl', winning the prestigious Triple J High competition in 2009 with the song 'Blackout'.
However, complications and confusion arose with other bands who also bore the same name, thus the name change.

The band first started when the teens were students together at Ballarat High School.
Their music has been described as 'post-punk' or 'dream pop' with an aggressive backbone of drums and bass.
Their main influences include Radiohead, Stowdive and Stone Roses.

Band members are multi-skilled; three band members are involved in song writing and various members sing.
Daniel Mari is the drummer, Galen Strachan-keyboards, Michael Belsat-vocals and guitar, Jon Crawford-bass, Tim Street-guitar and Lachlan Morish-guitar and vocals.
Their sound is spacey and mesmerizing. Lyrics are sharp and intelligent. Who can forget lyrics such as 'swimming in a riptide, there's no elegance in suicide?'

The debut album of 'Hunting Grounds' (In Hindsight) has just been released, and has had much favourable response.
'Hunting Grounds' will be performing at the Big Day Out events right across Australia in January 2013 so if you would like to see them don't miss out.

I predict a bright future for these amazing performers.


Sunday, 21 October 2012

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

I am the type that prefers to read a book before watching the movie adaptation and will go so far as to check if a movie is based upon a book if the trailer looks interesting. The first instalment of The Hobbit film adaptation is due out in December and before you see the movie, I would recommend reading the book which in some ways is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The Hobbit tells the tale of the unadventurous hobbit Bilbo Baggins. One dark night he opens his door to the wizard Galdalf who invites Bilbo to accompany thirteen dwarves on their mission to recover treasure and land stolen from their ancestors, which is guarded by the dragon Smaug the Magnificent. He’s swept away from his safe hobbit hole at Bag End and off to Mirkwood and beyond to the Misty Mountains where he faces trolls, dragons, mysterious elves, and other incredible creatures. Read Bilbo’s tale before the Peter Jackson movie is released this December!

Rachel @ Narre Warren Library

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Friday, 19 October 2012


'Incarceron' by Catherine Fisher is an amazing story about two people from very different worlds.  

Finn was born as an inmate in the complex prison Incarceron; Claudia on the other hand lives on the Outside, a future version of our world where technology reigns and protocols have been established.

Catherine Fisher took me on my own personal adventure Inside, and while at times it was infuriating with the swapping between characters for each chapter, I was completely engrossed for the entire, thrilling ride!

This was like nothing I have ever read before, it held me right until the end of the second book, 'Sapphique' which is absolutely just as spell-binding as the first.

Something so thrilling and complex, exciting and inventive, keeping me guessing until the very end... for an avid reader, I have not found anything quite like it before.

You might like this if you also like....: Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder, Relic Master by Catherine Fisher 

Thanks to Laura May for this review.

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Anna Dressed in Blood- Kendare Blake

Cas is no ordinary guy- he hunts dead ghosts.
Anna is no ordinary ghost- she kills people.
When they meet nothing will go as planned.
Just another average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people so boy must-kill-girl story. 

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation; he hunts killer ghosts dispatching them before another human life is lost. It’s as simple as track, monitor, kill…until of course Cas goes after Anna dressed in blood. A ghost of a sixteen year old girl from the 1950’s Anna was murdered on her way to a school dance. Since then she has haunted her childhood home violently slaying any who happen to wander inside, that is until Cas shows up. When Anna doesn’t kill him Cas finds he cannot kill her either and instead enlists the help of some locals to find a way to free Anna from the bounds that bind her. But what will it cost Cas to try and save the girl he intended to kill?

A horrifically humorous and heart pounding read. The best thing about this novel is its unpredictability; every time I thought I had this story pegged Blake would throw a curve ball and my perceptions would be thrown right out the window. The suspense and plot twists will have any reader engaged and on the edge of their seats but be warned this tale is not for the faint hearted, Blake includes great detail of gore to frighten the reader. But this is nicely balanced with touches of humour, romance, mystery and adventure. The characters themselves are well rounded and not so a-typical which helps endear them to the reader and makes for an easy read. Anna dressed in Blood is a nightmarishly, bone-chilling read that cannot be missed. Pick it up you won’t be disappointed…just maybe a little scared!!!
Be sure to check out the sequel 'The girl of Nightmares'...
Courtney :)

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Runemarks- Joanne Harris

‘Seven o’clock on a Monday morning, five hundred years after the End of the World, and goblins had been at the cellar again.’

That first sentence had me hooked. I have always enjoyed a good fantasy read, and the balance of humour and everyday ordinariness, contrasted with fantasy elements promised me a really good read.

And this book is a good read. It is the story of Maddy Smith, a girl with a strange rune mark on her hand, growing up in a town where nobody likes the idea of magic. She is quite miserable until she meets One-Eye, a strange man that passes through the village, and seems to have all the answers that Maddy seeks, if only he would tell them to her.

Sent by One-Eye on a strange quest, Maddy begins an adventure, in which she meets all sorts of gods, and encounters vague and frustrating prophecies, and tangles with the ultimate Trickster, Loki himself. Twists and turns abound in this plot, and you can never be quite sure who is telling the truth at any one time, or whose side each character is on. Although the plot does drag a little in places, it was the twists and turns that kept me reading as I could not predict how the story would end.

Runesmark is very much based on Scandinavian legend, which appearances from Odin, Loki, Thor and other gods that you may be familiar with. Rune stones and marks play a great part in the story, again drawing from that background. I particularly like these legends, so I found the book engaging from that point of view.

Joanne Harris is a bestselling author of adult titles, and this is her first foray into the young adult market. As a result the text is quite dense, but the strong plot should encourage young readers to keep reading. She has also written a sequel to this book called Runelight.

Celia @ Narre Warren

Monday, 1 October 2012

Fated- Alyson Noel

There is more to this world than what one can see…

And Daire Santos is about to see a whole lot more of the world than she ever imagined was possible.


Daire Santos has spent her life travelling the globe, visiting far away and exotic places with her make up artist mother but not even Daire could imagine all the kinds of secrets the world holds…until now that is. As the animals start to follow her, the crows mock her and glowing people begin to haunt her, those around Daire begin to think she’s losing her mind but it is her long lost grandmother who sees’s the truth. Daire is ready to fulfil her legacy as the next in line of the Soul seekers, people who can communicate between the living and the dead. As Daire begins the journey to be the seeker she’s destined to be she will learn that not everything is as it first appears and to fulfil her destiny will take courage, wisdom and sacrifice. Has Daire got what it takes?

As the first in a four part series Fated does well to establish the characters, the setting and the tone for the three remaining books however it also means that the book itself is quite dry. The plot takes a fair while to start up and at times seems quite boring and mundane. However Noel has speckled enough suspense and mystery within the pages of Fated to keep the reader intrigued. In truth what grabbed me the most about this novel were the characters, Daire in particular is quite mature for her age and not your average teenage girl, Xotichl, Daire’s new friend, is anything but typical and Dace and Cade are utterly intriguing. Overall it’s the characters Noel creates that carry this novel and hopefully in the next instalment Echo the plot will advance further. Fated is a novel for anyone looking for something a little different in the paranormal genre; there are no vampires, werewolves, or angels but still the romance, the mystery and the supernatural themes to create a fun paranormal read.


Courtney :)

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