Thursday, 29 November 2012

John Green Recommends

Hi Everyone!

Check out John Green's recommendations for great Summer Reads!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Into That Forest

Stunning and unforgettable, 'Into That Forest' is an impressive teen fiction debut for playwright Louis Nowra.

The story is told through the eyes of Hannah O'Brien, a seventy-six year old woman who recalls her early life. She apologises for her poor language. In her words, 'me language is bad cos I lost it and had to learn it again.'

The novel takes us back to early colonial Tasmania - a harsh and foreboding land that is slowly being tamed by white settlers.

Hannah and her parents live in a house by the river, hours from their nearest neighbour. Indeed, Hannah was born in this same house.

One day Hannah, her parents, and her childhood friend Becky take a boat trip that turns into tragedy during a storm. Both Hannah's parents die and Hannah and Becky are left to find their own way home.
Cold and lost, the two girls follow a pair of Tasmanian tigers to their den and find a degree of safety. Initially the girls are caught between two worlds. In order to survive, they start to hunt and live with the animals. They begin to communicate in barks and coughs. Their senses become heightened. They become excited by the thrill of the hunt. Their clothes become rags and they discard them, stroking mud on their bodies as a layer against the cold.

But what happens when they are discovered?

This is an amazing novel, measured and believable, containing an exquisite tone.

Highly recommended.


Code Name Verity

“I am no longer afraid of getting old. 
Indeed I can't believe I ever said anything so stupid. 
So childish. So offensive and arrogant.
But mainly, so very, very stupid. 
I desperately want to grow old.”
I love a good historical fiction novel, and particularily enjoyed Code Name Verity as it follows the life of two young women during World War 2. I can't tell you much about the storyline as it will give it away, but I can say the story is not what it seems!

The characters are belivable and the story is full of plot twists. You will laugh out loud and cry your eyes out.

Check out author of Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater's great review at:


Monday, 19 November 2012

Heaven: Alexandra Adornetto

In Halo Bethany and Xavier fell in love

In Hades they went to Hell to be together

Now they must face the ultimate test…Heaven.

Can love overcome Heaven and Hell?

Halo Trilogy: Halo, Hades & Heaven
One would think making it back from Hell and the grasp of the devil would be the ultimate test of any love but not for Bethany and Xavier. Their love is still forbidden and when they make the ultimate commitment to one another they will bring upon themselves the wrath of both Heaven and Hell, battling with not only the devil himself but also rogue heavenly soldiers who will do anything to return their missing angel to Heaven. Truth, love and loyalty will push Bethany and Xavier to the limit; will they be able to make the ultimate sacrifice for their love? Or is this where their love story ends?

Of the Halo trilogy I have to say Heaven is my favourite, not only is there more to the plot than the previous novels but there are far more twists and turns that are both unexpected and satisfying. Adornetto places her characters in some unfamiliar situations that make for some interesting character development. New characters introduce themselves, including the appearance of Xavier’s old flame Emily, and surprising secrets are revealed that change the dynamics of Bethany and Xavier’s relationship. While the ending is rather predictable the journey there is anything but; it is a rollercoaster adventure ride combining the lightness of love and friendship with the darkness of hatred and enmity. A fine end to a compelling trilogy, watch this space to see what this exciting Australian author comes up with next.


Courtney J

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2

It was amazing!
That is what I heard all around me as I walked out of the cinemas at 2:30am this morning. Yep, I was at a session in VMAX at 12:01 and even though I'm a bit sleepy today it was worth it.
A little bit different from the book but overall it has captured the finality of the series beautifully. The opening music gives you the sense that everything has changed now that Bella is now a Vampire. The flow of images in nature to red hues in the opening credits gives you a thrilling anticipation of what is to come.
I'm happy to say there was still a sense of humour with the characters, although I would've liked to have seen more of Charlie (played by Billy Burke). The most memorable moment was when he is chopping wood and Jacob informs him that the world he lives in is not what he thinks it is..... You'll know what I mean when you see it and oh boy! you should've heard the cheers and clapping at THAT moment.
Bella was beautiful and powerful and not at all clumsy, but whatever you do, DO NOT threaten her family! You don't want that red eyed stare looking through you....
Great sense of tension throughout the movie as the Volturi assert their authority. Aro is definitely a nasty piece of work and you REALLY want him to get his comeupance, but don't worry, Alice gives him a glimpse of the future which was more than enough to spook him.....
Interesting new characters too. If you're a fan of the series on Facebook you'll have seen the "New Face Friday" updates. It's good to see a different perspective of the Vampire Community.
The most interesting character of all was Renesmee (played by Mackenzie Foy). She was fantastic but her skin was too smooth which made her appearance look a little unrealistic at times, but overall it was a nice touch and enhanced her innocence and vulnerability (especially in the fight scenes).

If you haven't seen it then you dont want to miss out. I already want to see it again and even though the end credits was a definite goodbye, there is so much possibility left for a new story. So use your imagination and that will keep you going.


Friday, 2 November 2012

Middle Earth Lovers

Here's a great clip for all lovers of Middle Earth. Air New Zealand has made a new in flight safety video featuring hobbits, orcs, elves and a host of characters from Middle Earth.

Look out for some favourites including Gollum and Gandalf and a special appearance from director Peter Jackson.

The video also includes appearances by Mike and Royd Tolkien, great-grandsons of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien.

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