Tuesday, 28 February 2012

BLOG TOUR!! Blue by Lou Aronica

Wow, February has come and gone already. The year has gone by so quickly, I can't remember where the days have gone! But for the end of February, I have an exciting book for you all. It it a novel that reminds you of the likes of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. We're a bit into the tour already so let's get past the middle hump! The rest of the tour will also be posted here so you can hop through all the blogs and follow this heart-wrenching story through all the pages.


At the Other End:
Do not begin this novel unless you are prepared to be moved, willing to open your heart, and available to the possibility that life can bring you magic.
Chris Astor is a man in his early forties who is going through the toughest stretch of his life.
Becky is Chris' fourteen-year-old daughter, a girl who overcame enormous challenges in her early years to become a vibrant, vital young woman - and now faces her greatest obstacle yet.
Miea is the youngest queen of a fantasy land that Becky and Chris created when Becku was little, a fantasy land that has developed a life of its own an now finds itself in terrible, maybe fatal trouble.
Together, Chris, Becky, and Meia need to uncover a secret. The secret to why their world have joined at this moment. The secret to their purpose. The secret to the future. It is a secret that, when discovered, will redefine imagination for all of them.

First Impressions Last:
When I first got asked to review this novel, I felt that it was something that I have not come across in a while. It is something out of my comfort zone a little. And it was, but it was a great change. It is a novel that I would recommend to anyone, it is a novel that will make you see just what the meaning of life is as well as the power of the imagination.

Behind the 375 Pages

From the start we are told to expect to be moved, to expect to be touched. That was true by the end of the novel. We start to think things over, to treasure what we have and those around us. However, I got the feeling that from reading the blurb about how moving it was going to be (as in tears kind of moving) that it wasn't as what it advertised in that sense. I didn't cry (and I'm a big cryer).

Also from the blurb we get too caught up on it and we don't have to read th enovel to be able to know, when we shouldn't have to read the blurb and rely on it as much as we do in this novel. We can see this from the start when we first start reading the book that we get the feeling that they are using words and are speaking jargon to the fantasy world. We need to be introduced to it first to know what it is before it is mentioned. This moment would be touching, if we knew what they were actually talking about because we hadn't been introduced to Tamarisk yet.

At the start of the novel the changes in POV are to quick. In each chapter there is at least 3 character POV changes. We don't get too involved with the characters as we need to, and would like to because of this. It is too much for the start of the novel, when we are first getting to know the characters and their immediate situation.

As we go along through the novel, we become accustomed to the dramatic character POV changes, and realize that each characters POV becomes longer than what it was in the beginning of the novel.

Sometimes throughout the novel we lack information, and think that it will show up in the end. But, in some cases it doesn't happen*

We do start to empathise with the characters, but only to a certain level. Once we find out about Becky's "greatest challenge" we don't cry about the fact that she might not make it out of it alive. We just feel sad for her. This can be the result of the way the novel is written at times. Like a proposal or a lot more formally than what the language should be. It could also be the fact that we don't see much sadness, except from Chris. And because we are now mostly in Beck's POV, we don't get to feel the heart wrenching side of Chris' shattering world.

Don't get me wrong, this is a fantastic novel. The idea of the story and the fact that the ending was the biggest surpise to me, that the idea that happened never even occurred to me when themes of the novel were obvious **. The way that we get connected to the world of Tamarisk and the games and their culture, makes us realize the special relationship Beck has with her father. All that they have created, and what they have done that rekindled their relationship. It is what saved them, what saved her family, and in the end, put them all on track. The story ended beautifully, I couldn't think of a better way to end the novel, we start to see a mend in the process for Chris and how he is growing already. His relationship with Polly is growing as well as his relationship outside of her on how he is moving on, and how we don't know about Beck's life afterwards, because it is a mystery to us as it is to him, it let's us create our own kind of Tamarisk with Beck in it.

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Blue (Fishpond)

What's Next:
Until Again (Prequel)Behind 88 Pages
Finding the Time: 6 September 2011
At the Other End: The final weekend in the breakup of a marriage. For Chris Astor, the divorce is not something he wants, primarily because of the distance it will put between his ten-year-old daughter Becky and himself. Juxtaposed against this is a critical event in Tamarisk, the bedtime-story fantasy world that Chris and Becky created when Becky was much younger. Miea, the university-age princess of Tamarisk fears that her world has become a terribly dangerous place...but she could not possibly have imagined where that danger will lead her and the people she loves.

**We begin to see that Beck's life is always connected to Tamarisk. Blight = Cancer. Parents divorce = King and Queen's death. Even though she isn't telling the story with her father anmore, Tamarisk still changes with her life's changes.

*We wonder why Polly doesn't want Beck to have a better relationship with her father. What is she thinking? Also that Gage guy? we don't find out who he actually is or his meaning in the novel.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Loving 2 Read


Is it just me, or does this banner look familiar?

Other than it saying the National Year of Reading 2012, which give it away, would you know what it is?

Anyways, here's a brief overview of the National Year of Reading for those of you who don't know:

"The National Year of Reading 2012 is a collaborative project joining public libraries, government, community groups, media and commercial partners, and of course the public. As well as creating specific new campaigns for the National Year of Reading, we'll be using our joint efforts to bring together and showcase the wonderful projects and organisations across Australia which already exist to promote reading and literacy. So although we have a small team helping to drive forward the National Year of Reading campaigns, the NYOR is a family of many organisations."

Got any clue at why I'm so excited? Well it's probably because I'm an Official National Year of Reading Local Ambassador! *cheers* *shouts of yoy*

My "coming out" as an Ambassador can be found at this blog site:

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

A Super Very Awesome Giveaway! (Part 1)

Seeing as I have just reached the big 50 followers I have decided to do a giveaway :D *cheers*

To make this giveaway even more amazing I have given you guys the chance to nominate books that you would like to have in the giveaway!


Must be a follower of this blog to be able to nominate and then later on, enter the giveaway.

At this time, ARC's are not available to be nominated. eBooks are also not available. You can nominate ANY OTHER novel by leaving a comment on this post!

Not sure what to nominate? How about a novel that's too expensive where you are? Or a novel that you love but can't find it anywhere? Or a novel you like but you don't want to buy it because there is others that could be more worth the while spending the money on? Or it could be simply that you have just read the novel and haven't gotten arournd to adding it to your collection yet.
Giveaway is International :D (would be a bit mean to make it Australia only)

If you are under 18 you need a parent or guardian's consent (I don't want to cause any trouble)

One entry per person. You can nominate 1-2 novels (form below)

End date for the giveaway will be posted soon

If you are a winner, you will have 48 hours to respond from the time you recieve my email informing you that you have won
I will use to choose 2 books from the nominations to be in the actual giveaway.

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Nominations will finish on Monday 20th February 2012.

Have fun!!
(P.S, for those of you who have commented your nomniation, it is still recorded so you don't need to fill out the form again)