February 2013

Sever (The Chemical Garden #3) by Lauren DeStefano

Summary from Goodreads

With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them.

Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future—and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain.… Read more >>>

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Hippospotamus by Jeanne Willis & Tony Ross

My Review

Hippospotamus is an absolutely hilarious book that is now safely nestled on our favourites shelf! We are huge fans of rhyming books but we think this book tops any we have ever read!

My daughter’s attention was riveted to every page and really there is nothing better than a child laughing out loud at a book from start to finish – also when a child says ” please read it again!”

The Illustrations are full of fun, life and are just a wonderful complement to this humourous story!

The storyline follows a hippo who finds a spot on her bottom and her quest to find out what it is and how to get off….… Read more >>>

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Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi‏

Summary from Goodreads

Aria has struggled to build a life for herself outside Reverie. It hasn’t be easy adjusting to life in the wilderness but that struggle has been worth it with Perry by her side.

But Perry has other challenges. His people are looking to him for answers. Answers about what happened to his nephew and what’s happening to their world. And they don’t trust the priviledged Aria, one of the enemy, in their midst.

Soon he’ll be forced to chose between the tribe that looks to him for leadership and the girl that looks to him for love.

Paperback, 341 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by ATOM
 
My Review
 
There were times while reading Through the Ever Night that I wanted to just put the book down and never pick it up again – believe me when I say it was no fault of the books whatsoever!… Read more >>>
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The House Rabbit by Lesley White

My Review

Aw, we loved The House Rabbit! It’s fun, silly, filled with action and plenty of running around to keep you enterained!

The writing is wonderful and we easily fell into this great storyline! The illustrations are a real treat and are definitely memorable!

My daughter is a bit of a chicken and is terrified of bumps in the night, but this wonderful little story reassures children that while a bump may be frightening – there is usually a pretty good explanation for the noise.

We adored the ending especially when the animals realise that they were running about being very silly indeed.… Read more >>>

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Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

Summary from Goodreads
Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some CONFESSIONS to make…

#1: I’m livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I’m allowed to be irate, don’t you?

#2: I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed gorgeous Jamie Forta, boyfriend of the coolest cheerleader in the school. Now she’s out for blood. Mine.

#3: But most of all high school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien…and now it’s a case of survival of the coolest.

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Quentin Blake's ABC & Nursery Rhyme Book‏s

 My Review

Quentin Blake’s ABC book really does stand out from the crowd – it’s wonderful!

It can be tricky to teach kids the alphabet, because lets face it – it’s quite a boring task! But Quentin Blake has managed to make learning your ABC’s a whole lot of rhyming fun! Teamed with fantastic illustrations really does make this an all round winner!

We absolutely love this ABC book and my daughter can remember the funny little rhyme that goes along with it – which means she can remember the alphabet…..erm….sort of!

Everyone should pick this book up for little people of alphabet learning age everywhere!… Read more >>>

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Sister Assassin by Kiersten White

Summary from Goodreads

She never chose her deadly gift but now she’s forced to use it. How far would you go to protect the only family you have left?

Annie is beset by fleeting strange visions and a guilty conscience. Blind and orphaned, she struggles to care for her feisty younger sister Fia, but things look up when both sisters are offered a place at Kessler School for Exceptional Girls.

Born with flawless intuition, Fia immediately knows that something’s wrong, but bites her tongue… until it’s too late. For Fia is the perfect weapon to carry out criminal plans and there are those at Kessler who will do anything to ensure her co-operation.… Read more >>>

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Tug of War by John Burningham

My Review

Tug of War is a story about a poor little hare, who is bullied by an elephant and a hippo! He is called the most awful names and it left out and made fun of quite a bit. But he manages to get his own back on the bullies in a really hilarious way!

We had great fun reading how hare tricked the 2 animals! This book taught my daughter that name calling is wrong and can really hurt peoples feelings. She really did feel sorry for little hare.

The writing was engaging and the illustrations were eye catching and very different.… Read more >>>

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Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black

  

Summary from Goodreads
Vanessa doesn’t believe that her sister is a runaway. She wouldn’t leave her family behind without saying a word. The only way Vanessa can discover the truth behind her mysterious disappearance is to follow in Margaret’s footsteps, but to do so she risks her sanity and maybe even her life . . .

Vanessa Adler is one of the talented few to get a place at the acclaimed New York Ballet Academy. Between backbreaking rehearsals for the school’s production of The Firebird she desperately tries to find out what happened to her sister before she vanished. There are rumors that the pressure of performing the lead role, the same role Vanessa is now rehearsing for, drove her mad.

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A little bit of rambling!

Can an uneducated person enjoy and blog about books that they love?

Well this is something that has been on my mind a lot recently! I wasn’t going to publicly talk about it but I was attacked on Facebook recently for using seen instead of saw, so I thought I would do a little post!

Don’t get me wrong I had every opportunity at a brilliant education, but being an unruly teenager I just dropped out of everything as I wasn’t interested! I didn’t even sit my GCSE’s – that’s how far back my wild behaviour went!

Do I regret my actions?Read more >>>

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