Saturday, December 31, 2011

Best Books of 2011.

I'm yet to tally up just how many books I've read this year, but I feel as if I've read more than I ever have before, which is one of the lovliest feelings I know.
Some were gobsmackingly beautiful, some were incredible, some were magical, some were sad, some were morbid and some were downright awful. Which is never nice in a book.
And with a hot Australian Summer approaching, I'm sure a few of you haven't got a clue what your set to read.
Here are my top 25 books of 2011! Enjoy!

1. My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell.
BEST BOOK OF ALL TIME IN MY BOOKS!!! I can't believe how... inspiring it is- it makes me question myself, it makes me want to do things I never otherwise would have become so interested in.

So beautiful. So glorious. So magic filled. So full of everything one could wish for- love, hope, pain and loss.

Oh my gosh. Unsurpassable in it's imagination, fantastical world and beauty. I cannot utter more on this lovely, undefyable book.

Imagination will go anywhere in this book.

My first YA dystopian and the book that got me onto my favourite book theme ever.
Plus it is amazingly beautiful in it's origonality.

6.Sunshine by Norma Klein.
It is heartrendering, it is so so sad and it has a need to be read.

I just clicked with this one- it is so interesting and unusual- I loved it loved it loved it.

Dystopian. Amazing. Disastorous. Wonderful.

Dystopian. Disastors in out world. Incredible. Unlike anything else.

It will try you and make you feel more than ever before.

Dystopian of sorts. (Though I didn't think that when I read it, strangely.) Very different from other books I have read. Very strange. Very brilliant.

You can connect with the characters, and although it isn't a new book, it is so amazingly readable and loveable- no wonder it's a classic.

Amazingly adventurous and a very very fun, paced terrifically, read.

Retelling of a classic and so alike the classic (not that I've read it, as such, but I can just tell. believe me, I can tell.) that it is itself. If that makes any sense whatsoever. It's so alike, but at the very same moment, it couldn't be more different. 

As it is rightly called- Australian Crime Fiction at it's best.

16.Garden of the Gods by Gerald Durrell.
We meet Mother, Roger, Spiro, Theo, Larry, Margo, Leslie and Gerry all over again. Need more push?

17.Below Stairs by Margaret Powell.
I'm a period Drama setting queen. I'm obsessed. (It is a good thing to be obsessed about.)

I officially met Jeeves and Wooster. It was so worth it.

Special Mentions go to-
One small Island by Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch.
For being so inspiring to me.

The Invention of Hugo Caberet by Brian Selznick.
A re-read and ever so amazing, as usual.

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper
For making my sister happy that I read it, for having a thrilling ending and for being thrilling all over.

The Giver by Lois Lowry.
Re-reading and my first children's dystopian.

Neversink by Barry Wolverton.
I got to meet a very nice and wordy Walrus. What else can you ask?

Otto and the Flying Twins by Charlotte Haptie.
Re-reading. For making me believe in magic all over again.

City of Lies by Lian Tanner.
For inspiring me and for making my mind come to life.

Reckless by Cornelia Funke.
A re-reading. For showing me the light and dark in fairytales.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
For making me feel gloriously well read.

Priceless by Bradley Trevor Grieve.
For inspiring me and forcing me to chose what is right for my life.

Yours truly,

Friday, December 30, 2011

Follow Friday. (3)

Welcome to my third Follow Friday! Before we start- Happy New year!

Q: The New Year is here — and everyone wants to know your New Years Blogging Resolution! What are you going to try to revise, revamp and redo for 2012 on your blog?

A. I think my main blogging resolution would be to do more reviews and host a competition! I vamped up my blog recently, and am really happy with it, so that is already done!

Happy Follow Friday! I'm really excited to check out some blogs!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday... (no. 4)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight a book or books that you're super thrilled in intense amounts for, so everyone you know will thus end up being super thrilled for it too! (If they like the sound of them; otherwise they can share what ones they're super thrilled for!)
This week, I'm waiting on...

Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale.

Why I'm waiting...
I had seen Someone Else's Life, the cover, a while ago, and it looked interesting; then I saw it again recently, advertised in a giveaway I think, and I remembered it and immediately added it on goodreads.
It sounds like a very unusual story, very different from a lot of books about and I just have a feeling that it's going to be super special...

What are you waiting for this Thursday? (I'm a little behind!)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Forgotten by Cat Patrick review...

Title- Forgotten.
Author- Cat Patrick.
Publish Date- 2011.
Publisher- Hardie Grant. (AUS)

Now for the review...

What I thought:
From three pages in I was hooked by this unique and strange story; the concept of a girl who could only recall her future, not her past, got to me in a way that few books did- it didn't drag out the story to make it a massive read, discarding anything that didn't matter and ending with a book like no other.
I loved it from the cover I won (which is my favourite one about!), to hearing that a movie is on the way, to brown converse wearing people, to a girl called London, to the very last page.
And the unexpected and totally unfornseen (maybe even for London!) twist towards the end, was amazingly done and gave the tale that extra bit of amazingness.

The story was very different to what I first thought it would be like, and I almost didn't get the chance to read it at all, so I am indebpted to Brodie for giving me the chance!
This was definitely one of my favourite reads for 2011, and will be an absolute re-read very soon!

Read it as soon as you possibly can!

Thank you to Brodie from Eleusinian Mysteries, where I won Forgotten!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Follow Friday. (2)

Welcome to another Follow Friday! My second, in fact! Before I start, Hello and Merry Christmas to all my followers and everyone who visits this page and my blog!

If you had to spend an eternity inside the pages of a book, which book would it be and why?


Hm... I've always wanted to visit the World of Harry Potter, with or without Voldewort (I'd love to help Harry, Hermione, Luna, Neville, Ron and Ginny, not to mention all the other hunderds of amazing characters there too, save the wizarding world; BUT I would adore to visit the Inkworld, from the pages of Cornelia Funke's best selling books and who can bypass the world of Pride and Prejudice? Total Period Drama Swooner here.
I thought of this a while ago, and in the end the answer was perfectly simple.
I'm a writer. If I had to spend my life anywhere else, it would be in the pages of my own books and stories, meeting my own characters.

Happy Friday!

Booklist Mini Reviews.

Tom Sawyer-
By- Mark Twain.
Read status- Read.
Like Status- Mildly liked.
Synopsis in a few words- Tom Sawyer is adventurous, much to some people's distaste, and he along with his closest friends, embark on many adventours together... from visiting graves at night, to swinging (urgh) dead cats about your head for luck, Tom and Huck do it all.
Feelings on the book in a few words- It was a very interesting read- sort of like Treasure island in it being a classic Boys book- that's what it reads like for me, a book to fill imaginative girls and boys (though probably mostly boys in that age) a scare and a time of vivid fun.

The Wind in the Willows-
By- Kenneth Graham.
Read status- Read!
Like Status- Liked it- not loved.
Synopsis in a few words- The story of some animal friends along the river- all having fun and saving their friend, reckless Toad, from every possible form of disaster.
Feelings on the book in a few words- It was so different from all the old TV shows, plays and films I've seen, particularly the ending, but it was well worth the reading experiance!

The Call of the Wild-
By-Jack London.
Read status- Read.
Like Status- Creeepy.....
Synopsis in a few words- A lone Wolf in the wild of America, ready to pounce on whoever comes near enough to make it worthwhile- a once domesticated animal, left to be wild...
Feelings on the book in a few words- It was creepy and scary and unnerving! I don't think I would personally venture to read it again, due to the overall scaryness of all those strange and wild animals who are quite... yes, creepy.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mini Booklist reviews...


A Series of Unfortunate Events book one-
By- Lemony Snicket
Read status- Read
Like Status-liked.
Synopsis in a few words- The story of three very unfortunate siblings and their lives after their parents die in an awful and mysterious fire.
Feelings on the book in a few words- I really liked it, but then progressed to read three more of the books in the series; I like it a lot less now, because all the other books were so repetitive! It was crazy!

Huckleberry Finn.
By- Mark Twain.
Read status- Didn't like so didn't read.
Like Status- A bit... weird...
Synopsis in a few words- The story of Huck Finn, life with his irresponsable and drunken father, life beside one of the best known rivers in the world, and of course, adventures that come with friends...
Feelings on the book in a few words- I read Tom Sawyer, but found Huck's individual tale to be a bit too... hmm... well it was too comparatively not me a book; I found it not in my taste at all.

A Little Princess-
By- Frances Hodgson Burnett
Read status- READ!
Like Status- LOVED!
Synopsis in a few words- A girl bought up by her wealthy father, who doted on her and always taught her what was right; the story of a compassionate girl who is left in a very sad place.
Feelings on the book in a few words- Oh my gosh- I adored this book! It is tre amazing! That is all.

Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck by Michelle Gillespie reivew.

Title- Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck.
Author- Michelle Gillespie.
Publish Date- 2011.
Publisher- Freemantle Press.

Now for my reivew...

A stockman and a young girl must ride with all their might to the sea, as a ship is sinking and there are many people to save- but it's going to be dangerous.

Image via: Freemantle Press.

Thank you to Freemantle Press for this review copy!

What I thought:
The story is one to remember and I'm thrilled that it has been commended rightly, by being made into a story for all ages to read and thrill over.
The pictures are very unusual and they are perfect for this story, they seem almost urgent and in this story, a story of urgancy for help, that is perfect!
The story is very well written and captures the imagination of the reader, well of this one, and it is definitely a story to behold and say "I've read this, I know the story as well."
Very powerful and generally lovely.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday... (no. 3)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight a book or books that you're super thrilled in intense amounts for, so everyone you know will thus end up being super thrilled for it too! (If they like the sound of them; otherwise they can share what ones they're super thrilled for!)
I'm waiting on two series and one book this week...

                                           The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling.

                                                        Inkworld series by Cornelia Funke.

                                                                    The Harry Potter Prequel by JK Rowling.

Why I'm waiting...

Harry Potter series-
I am a self proclaimed Harry Potter fan and have only read book one myself, even though I listened to the stories and know all the tales, but I decided that next year I'll place all 7 books from the amazing series on my booklist and read them all!  I've been dying to read them since I decided on that and have almost started, but keep forcing myself to wait!

Inkworld series-
I read all the books in the Inkworld series when they first came out and it was definitely a favourite series then and still is now; I haven't read the books for ages, but like Harry Potter, decided to add them to by '12 booklist! I am dying to get back into the Inkworld!

The Prequel-
I just found this now- how have I not heard of it??? I'm about to read it online, so I'm thrilling over what it is going to be like!

What are YOU waiting on?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Booklist, more mini reviews...

Today's Mini Reviews are-

Romeo and Juliet.
The Hollow Tree.
The Importance of Being Earnest.

Romeo and Juliet-
By- William Shakespeare
Read status- Read it!
Like Status- And Loved it!
Synopsis in a few words- The story of two young adults who fall deeply in love, only to be torn apart by their families hate for each other.
Feelings on the book in a few words- I was enthralled by this unbelieveablly amazing love story of seperation and power; I loved it, espcially once I had read the whole thing and could think over the story, though the beginning was a bit hard going on the crazy and outlandish words.
It was educational and magical.

The Hollow Tree-
By- Jacob G. Rosenberg.
Read status- Didn't read.
Like Status- Didn't like.
Synopsis in a few words- The story of a family, and a boy in particular,  who have the oppertunity of being very wealthy and having all the best things; so why, the boy's parents ask, would he fall in love with a poor girl? 
Feelings on the book in a few words- This was a very odd story; I read a bit of it but decided almost immediately that it was far too strange and uncomfortable to continue reading; I was drawn very much in by the beautiful cover, the shadowlike characters, the text, but it gave me such a weird feeling; like when you see a movie on TV and have no idea what it is, you can sense that something you really don't want to know about is about to happen. That's how I felt with this. (And I think I was right)

The Importance of Being Earnest-
By- Oscar Wilde
Read status- Read!
Like Status- Liked it, didn't love it.
Synopsis in a few words- The story of, essentially, four people; two men and two women, all fall in love with each other and find out who each truly is, not the person they are hiding behind...
Feelings on the book in a few words- I adore all the productions of The Importance that I have so far seen, but the book wasn't quite as good as them... it was my first (I think) script and I enjoyed the different format, but at points it was just a bit difficult to grasp the storyline, and to be honest, some bits soared over my head.


Friday, December 16, 2011

War Horse, A Novel, Review...

Title- War Horse.
Author- Michael Morpurgo.
Publish Date- 1982 origonally.
Publisher- Hardie Grant Egmont.

Now for the review...

What I thought:
I adored War Horse; from the front page to the last, it captured me, pulled me in and only released me from its grip once I was finished. It is undefyable, in it's power and greatness; the touching at all times, desperately sad and beautiful story of a horse pulled and pushed into a brutal war, was desperately all there, not lacking a thing.
It is absolutely one of my favourite stories and deserves to be a classic, though it must surely withstand time, just with it's beautiful writing alone.

Thank you to Hardie Grant for this review copy!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday... (no. 2)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight a book or books that you're super thrilled in intense amounts for, so everyone you know will thus end up being super thrilled for it too! (If they like the sound of them; otherwise they can share what ones they're super thrilled for!)
I'll be sharing my excitement for just one book that I'm super excited for this week!

                                                              Forgotten by Cat Patrick.

Why I'm excited about this-
I know this book has been out for a while now (and the film rights have already sold! WOW!) but I'm just getting to it, hopefully on Friday, once I have finally finished my current read, Un Lun Dun, which has taken me way too long to read!
It has an amazing cover and a really interesting blurb, and I won it! 
I don't know if I'd be so attracted to it if it hadn't come with some very sweet dark red heart shaped pads with "Things that shouldn't be forgotten..." written on the side of them, but you never know.
I'm excited!

Plus- Check out my current (australian only) book YA book giveaway... Here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I want to hear from you!

I'm in the progress of changing the way I do things here; everything's going to be gradually changing, so I want to know what you, the awesome people who follow me, would like to see over time; would you like me to have a rating system, more competitions, a wider variaty of books, different ways of reviewing, updates of what's coming?
I hope you share your thoughts!
Romi Foster.
Where the writer Comes to write.

The Christmas Book review...

Title-The christmas Book.
Author- Dick Bruna.
Publish Date- Reprinted December 2011.
Publisher- Hardie Grant.

Now for the review...

What I thought:
This is a very cute picture book, full of the classic Dick Bruna artwork and storyline, but I found it very interesting that it was the story it was, if that makes sense.
The story of Jesus's birth, and I'm not myself religous so I found it very full on in that sense; the story was the story we know, but it maybe shocked me that this was what he'd written.
This is sounding really awkward and confusing.
Well, it's not what I expected, I really like the pictures, but the story isn't one that I enjoyed so much.
I'd give it two out of five stars.


Monday, December 12, 2011

We all know we like books, so win some!


It is a fairly universal truth, we love books, are obsessed beyond compare with them.

Well Penguin awesomely sent me three newly released Young Adult books to give away; for you to win!!!

The books one person shall win are...

Audition. Across the Universe. Lola and the Boy Next Door.

I haven't read ANY of these before and I am so very excited that I can give them away! Thank you to Tina and Penguin!
So, interested?
Well, before we get to the entry details, here are some things you'll need to know...
*Open to Australian only. (It's harsh I know, but postage would be exuberent otherwise.)
*There will be one winner and they will win all three books.
*You know I usually do Answer this questions and I'll choose my favourite as the winner? This time I'm going to be doing things a little different, to try it out....
*Comment seperately for each entry.

There are multiple entries you can each have;
Being a Follower of Wherethewritercomestowrite is mandatory. (Comment telling me your username + what you follow by. (+1 entry/comment for a new follower and +2 for an old follower)

For extra entries-

Take the below button and put it in your sidebar, linking it back to this post + include a link to your blog with your comment/entry. +3 entries.

Spread the word about this giveaway with +1 entry/comment for each device you let people know about this via- Blogger, Typad, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Tumblr ect- make sure you include links for each. (You can't spread the word once a day with the same thing, once you've spread the word via it, you don't get more entries for each time you do it again)

This competition runs from the 12th until the 19th of December.
I will draw this competition with a random number service.
If the winner already has a copy of one of the books and is happy to forfiet it, I'll draw again and another person can win it! (Winner will then get the other two books they won)

Have fun with the entries; can't wait to see how it goes!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick review...

This is the incredible, and quite possible life changing, story of a girl called Rose and a boy called Ben.
The two live 50 years apart, yet their stories are destined to intertwine.

What I thought:
I was beyond thrilled when I heard about Wonderstruck, the new book from the author of Hugo Caberet and I went and pre-ordered my own copy from the UK book depositry. Free postage rocks my socks, by the way.
And after it arrived, I paused for 2 days the book I was currently reading and devoured ever picture, every page of Wonderstruck- Rose and Ben's stories captured me and I loved the fact that Ben's was told wholly in word and Rose's only in Brian Selznick's classic and amazing picture- It's quite a feat, a 630 page book finished in less than 2 days.
And I'm already almost ready to read it again- it is truly a more than amazing book, truly a feat of magic.

This is a true book review week, so come back each day for something new! Oh, and I've got 49 followers! I can't believe it! Thank you so much everyone!


Note- some of the things in this post may be a tad outdated; like me saying I just got it and the bit about the Grimm... I wrote this about three months ago.nice.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday... (no. 1)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight a book you're super excited for, so everyone you know will thus end up being super excited for it too!
I'll be sharing my excitement for two books I'm super excited for this week!

Book- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.
Author- Michelle Hodkin.
Release Date- March 2012.
Publisher- Simon and Schuster.

Book- The Future of Us.
Author- Jay Asher.
Publish Date- January 2012.
Publisher- Simon and Schuster.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer-
I'm fairly well hyped for this; I've been following the author's blog for a while and about a month ago finally settled down to read the first preview chapter... I was amazed and enthralled; I kept thinking of all that the one chapter held, forward and back, and have found it slipping unconciously into my mind again and again, over the time.
It looks amazing, it sounds amazing and Michelle's blog is amazing.
I can't wait!

The Future of Us-
I can't really remember when I first heard about this; I think it is one of those mysterious books that you just know of, and at first I didn't look very far into it, but then I heard bits and pieces about it and finally found out a more about it on my own intuition; I'm not a facebooker, so I think it will be really interesting for me to read, someone out of that zone... I can't wait!

Are you waiting for anything on Wednesday?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Booklist mini reviews...

Today I'll be mini reviewing...

Sense and sensibility.
Beautiful Darkness.
A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Sense and Sensibility-
By- Jane Austen.
Read status- Didn't read.
Like Status- Didn't like so I didn't bother continuing.
Synopsis in a few words- The story of a family with two young daughters, one who is practicle and one who is a hopeless romantic, who fall in love and believe in their love at times, and not at others.
Feelings on the book in a few words- I stopped reading it early on because of the writing and storyline; I've always thought I'd adore Sense and Sensibility because I loved the film, but it was really confusing and the plot twisted vastly to and fro; though I'm going to try it again next year.

Beautiful Darkness-
By- Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Read status- Didn't read
Like Status- I didn't like it for some reason, surprisingly as I loved book one, so I decided not to read it.
Synopsis in a few words- The continued story of Ethan and Lena, a human and a magical.
Feelings on the book in a few words- I didn't connect with book two, for some reason, but I am going to re-read it this year hopefully, though out of my booklist; I found, from what I read, that it was too typical and getting a bit over the top, loosing what I found made it a really great story in book one... but we'll see if I like it now.

A Midsummer Night's Dream-
By- William Shakespeare.
Read status- Didn't read.
Like Status- I didn't like it so I didn't finish reading it.
Feelings on the book in a few words- I found it way too mixed up; I didn't really have a problem understanding the wording in Romeo and Juliet, but in this I just found myself asking "What?", which isn't something I want to be asking in the middle of a story.
I kept loosing my concentration and decided it wasn't for me. 


Monday, December 5, 2011

Look, a Book! By Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood review...

Thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont for this review copy!

What I thought:
I like the thought of this story, the preciousness of books to two children and the illustrations are perfect for it, and though it wasn't a particular favourite for me it is a very special book and should often be read to remind people of the very big impact books have on our lives, which we do sometimes forget, and to remind them also, I think, that books are for sharing.
That's what I think this book is about, and I believe that it sums is up very well indeed- what do you think?

Thank you all and everyone for coming here,

Numbers and Colours by Orla Kiely review...

Thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont for these review copies!

What I thought:
I adore these books, from the cloth boundiness to the illustrations and fabness of the colours, which are, as I've said, very vibrant and I shall ahve a lot of fun sharing and teaching Edie P., using them, because they are absolutely and fantastically terrific and so well done that I may just have to tell absolutely everyone I know with children about them (yeah...mmm... not many of them- ok, not such a great demonstration of spreading the world across the world Romi) or even go prancing about NYC with a copy of each shouting about them before I talk to the Sesame Street monsters about the Word on the Street... in short, they're too brilliant for words!


Friday, December 2, 2011

Booklist; Did and didn't like list...

My booklist, aah, I'm getting all excited and shakey just thinking of it, because once I have reviewed the books from this year, I shall be officially unveiling my 2012 booklist, which in turn means I have to finalize it.
Oh... oh oh oh... YAY!
So, I decided because there were about 36 titles on my 2011 booklist, that I'd do a few posts going over the books I didn't like (not doing full kir and kaboodle reviews) and books I did.
They'll be like mini reviews!
Over the next two or three weeks I'll do posts with three mini reviews in them, did and didn't likes!
Sound good?

Well we'll start, shall we?
Today I'll be Mini Reviewing-

The Odyssey.
Mary Poppins.
The Secret Garden.

The Odyssey-
By- Homer.
Read status- Read!
Like Status- Read!
Like Status- Didn't adore, but it was quite a thrilling read. Doubt wether I'd read it again.
Would you read any follow up books?- Not sure... not for a while.
Synopsis in a few words- The story of a ledgendary man who, after spending ten years at war away from his home, begins to set off home only to be captured on a witches island who loved him... his trials and how he finally set off for home after 20 years.
Feelings on the book in a few words- It took me ages to read, ages! About 3 months I think, actually. I found it a bit of a trial for the first 70-100 pages, but after I got into it again I really was flung into the story and, though at times it was a little gorey and simply strange, I am glad I've read it.

Mary Poppins-
By- P. L. Travers.
Read status- Read!
Like Status- Liked it, but it was a shock!
Synopsis in a few words- Mary Poppins is the kind of Nanny who comes when you need her most, like Nanny McPhee, and these are the stories of her adventures with a family in England.
Feelings on the book in a few words- I expected (probably from watching the movie when I was younger) that Mary would be loving, kind and the kind of Nanny anyone would want, but she was quite quite... mean and grumpy. She wasn't the kind of Nanny I would ever like, I don't think, though she was very magical and that was nice. Not what I expected at all, but still an interesting book, and one I'm very happy I finally read.

The Secret Garden-
By- Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Read status- Read!
Like Status- LOVED!
Synopsis in a few words- Mary Lennox was bought up in India where she was waited on hand and foot and treated like a princess, but when she moves to England after her selfish and unloving of their child parents die, she finds that no matter who you are, you shan't be treated like royalty all your life. And it's good for her, because she finally is allowed a proper childhood.
Feelings on the book in a few words- I didn't see what was so fantastic about The Secret Garden to begin with, I thought Mary selfish, spoilt and horrid overall, but once she got to England and settled in I finally saw the child behind all the meanities and fell head over heels for the story! I adored it!

Be back for more booklist titles through the coming weeks! And have a great day of bookiness and reading!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Review...

Title- The Great Gatsby.
Author- F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Publisher- Simon and Schuster.

Now for my review...

What I thought:
I can't exactly recall what I knew about the Great Gatsby before endevouring to read it, only that it was a classic, written by a vastly well known author and, am I fickle? It had an awesome cover.
But my knowladge of the actual story was lacking...somewhat.
So I don't know if "It's not at all what I expected" counts as reasonable, but after reading it that's all I thought.
It was quite a whirlwind read, talking an amazing and unexpected (I mean, what?) turn with about 100 pages to go.
It could be counted as hard reading, it wasn't a light book, but neither was it a trial; I was mesmirised by the way Fitzgerald kept to the tale of Gatsby and Nick, all three, four, five even, main characters have the feel of having their own small tale behind what is the main one being told,  but the focus didn't stray, which was... interesting? Something to admire.
So, in conclusion, I can't say that I wholly enjoyed every moment of the book, the story, but I am glad that I read it.
I am glad that I now know the story of the Great Gatsby.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

September 11, 2001- Attack on New York by Wilborn Hampton review...

Title-September 11, 2001- Attack on New York
Author- Wilborn Hampton.
Publish Date- October 2011.
Publisher- Walker Books.

Now for the review...

What I thought:
I would have been six and six months old when September 11 threatened to shatter the world; my sister would have turned ten only days earlier.
I never really knew the whole story, not all the details, all the main factors, yes, but not so much as I could have learnt as I got older.
This book threatened to wrench me apart, pull my shocked and unbelieving heart out and shove it into my face, because it hurt so much to read about all those innocent lives that were lost, all the families torn apart, all the will lost.
It was blunt, truthful and remarkable in the way it didn't go, even for a moment, from what mattered.
It worked very, very well.
The story of what happened really opened my eyes, I still, and always will, question how people could do that. How they could be possessed by so much hate, ignorance (there were letters found from some of the terroists saying how they'd be strong in prison.).Lust for Death.
And throughout the time it took me to read Attack on NYC, I kept hearing myself say- If I was there, if I had been old enough, I would have helped. I would have helped those people who lost so much. I would have helped them regain their lives.

Thank you to Walker Books for this review copy.


NOTE- Attack on NYC is an incredible book- it is so powerful, so effecting that you couldn't surpass it for another book of it's kind.
If you want to read this, to learn more from the survivors, do. Absolutely. But be ready for all it holds.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Crossed by Ally Condie review...

Title- Crossed.
Author- Ally Condie.
Publish date- November 2011.
Publisher- Penguin.
Other books you'll like- Matched.
Blurb- Fighting for truth. Escaping for Freedom. Rebelling for love?

Now for the review...

What I thought:
I was thrilled when I got this review copy fo Crossed! I read Matched in January and ever since have been very very very much wanting to see what happens next!
Ally Condie has a way with cliffhanger endings, and now I'm desperate for the final book, to see how it all ends!
I adored Crossed, it was just as good, but maybe a little more rough due to the fact that the surroundings were not those that the society wishes to promote, as Matched.
I love Ally's writing style and how poetic it is, as I mentioned in my review of Matched, and it is the style of writing that sends you, the reader, to the place the athor is writing about.
It's special writing, that of Ally Condie.

Thank you to Penguin for this review copy!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Matched by Ally Condie review...

Title- Matched.
Author- Ally Condie.
Publish Date- 2011.
Publisher- Penguin.

Now for the review...

What I thought-
Matched was my first YA dystopian novel and I was mesmirised by the cover, the blurb and the story that followed both.
The forign societu is enough to make one's skin crawl, dictating everything, not letting choices be made by anyone but themselves.
I hate them, for all those reasons and more, but mainly for what they do, that and the fact that I would go very mad if I was constantly being told what to do, living under someone elses rule; I hate dictation, the awful art of being told what to do, so Matched affected me, stuck with me.
Alison Condie's writing is a favourite with me now, so rythamic is it that you could think of the book as a poem, like the ones Cassia loves to read, the whole novel is beautiful and powerful; it's like the author knows exactly what she is doing, weaving a spell on the reader and precicesly what will happen and why it will.
That, I feel, is very good writing.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons review...

Title- Article 5.
Author- Kristen Simmons.
Publish Date- February 2012.
Publisher- Tor Teen.
Cover Blurb- Compliance is Mandatory...

Now for the review...

Thank you to Kirsten Simmons and Tor Teen for this review copy!

What I thought:
I love a well thought out, well written and well characterized dystopian novel and first time novelist  Kristen Simmons has done wonders with an idea that could have been abandoned at any one time.
I adored many of the characters and hated lots too- there were so many feelings that came from me about this book; it was one to leave you thinking (and wondering exactly when she will announce that a sequel will be happening- which it must!) and I was rooting Ember along all the way.
Dystopian novels make me think more than other books, because they're about worlds where awful changes have taken place, where people have to strive just to be themselves. (well, the ones I read are.)
And Article 5 was one of the best! That's all I can say.
That and another mention of sequel hopes...


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Dragon Keeper by Carol Wilkinson review...

Thank you to Walker Books for this Review copy!

What I thought:
I recall vaguely listening to this on audio years ago, so I faintly remembered the story, but it was none the less thrilling and full of imagination! I adore this new cover, I'm quite in love with it, and it fits perfectly with the amazing story that lies inside it! There are now 3 other books in the Dragon Keeper Series which have all been re-published with new, awesome covers!
Dragon Keeper is an amazing and heart racing story of courage and life, it's plain and simple brilliant!


Daisy plays Hide and Seek by Ellie Sandall reiew...

Title- Daisy Plays hide and seek.
Author- Ellie Sandall.
Publish Date- 2011.
Publisher- Hardie Grant Egmont.


What I thought:
I thought this was a really nice book, perfect for reading to a child and sending them off to sleep or some similar situation; it wasn't wholly a me book, due to not fully being my favoured style of writing/illustration, but I still thought it was very sweet and funny.
It was just a really nice, grab out and read book, not a favourite, but one that will get plenty of use all the same!

Thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont for this review copy.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Q&A With.....???

Who else has felt the lack of Q&A's here? Me, for one; to to celebrate the happiness of everydays I'm posting a Q&A I did a little while ago with the most amazing... Dana Reinhardt! She's the author of a  lot of books, including the very amazing A Brief Chapter in my Impossible Life, which I reviewed a little while back.
So, here's the Q&A! Get inspired...

*When did you first start writing?
I first started writing at a very young age—9 years old or so. At that age
I thought every time I had an idea I was about to embark on an epic novel,
maybe even an entire series of books, but usually after 15 minutes or so
I’d totally give up. I’ve learned as an adult that writing is about
fighting the impulse to quit every 15 minutes.

*Did you always think you'd be an author, as your profession?
It’s certainly what I dreamed of, but I was terribly practical and since I
saw no precise path toward realizing that goal I opted for law school. It
wasn’t until many years later that I decided to try my hand at a book even
though there was nobody around to tell me how it’s done.

*What is your inspiration?
I suppose that changes book to book and even day to day, but generally I
write because when it goes well there’s nothing I love more, and the life
of a writer is wonderfully conducive to life as a mother, which is really
my main job.

*How did you feel when you first heard you were being published? (For your
very first novel?)
It felt just spectacularly unbelievable. Indescribably wonderful. I’ll
stop there, because it really was indescribable, so I don’t want to muck
it up with words that don’t fit.

*How long does the publishing process take, generally?
It takes about a year to a year and a half for a book to come out after
I’ve finished my part. And as for my work, that averages a year or so—some
books I’ve written more quickly, others have taken longer.

*What is the most life changing thing about being an author?
Getting to work from home and setting my own schedule. It provides me with
the time and freedom to be the kind of parent I want to be and I can’t ask
for much more than that.

*Do people treat you differently?
No. I think the population of people for whom what I do is exotic or
exciting is very small.

*What was your first job?
I was a caseworker with adolescents in the foster care system. I was young
and knew nothing, but I was willing to work for almost nothing, so they
hired me. I loved spending time with teenagers and I think those
experiences inspired me to write books for that age group.

*What's your favourite book?
To Kill a Mockingbird.

*Tips for aspiring authors?
Read. Read as much as you can. Read to find the kinds of books you want to
write. Read to find the kind of writer you want to emulate. But also read
to find the kinds of books and the style of writing you don’t like.
And write. Just write as much as you can. Try as many different voices
until you find what works for you.

*And lastly, if your book, a Brief Chapter in my Impossible life, was made
into a film, who would you pick to play Simone?
I’m afraid I’m not totally up to date on 16-year-old actresses. I only
know the ones on the television shows my daughters watch and they’re
already probably too old. Maybe I’d pick that girl from True Grit—she’s

Thank you so much for doing this Q&A Dana!

Lots of inspirational love! (And this lovely 200th post!)

Thursday, November 17, 2011


I know it is still... about two weeks to go until NaNo finishes, and even a week until I am scheduled to do my next NaNo update.
Oh yes, the but has come in.
So, BUT.
I won.
I have officially written two full however many pages notebooks, the most I have ever written before.
And I'm onto my third.
I don't know exactly how much more I have to do, but we'll see.
I've finished NaNo, a  fortnight early.

I am so so so pleased.

P.S. I'll have a review of a totally awesome dystopian YA book called Article 5 coming soon.
P.P.S. Check out the Dreamy Tree. I've got 29ish competitions running until the 10th of December- they're so cool! You can enter them all until the 10th, so get entering. (Note- there are only 7 open at the moment, I'm doing one a day.)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Week two of NanoWrimo.

Today it is officially two weeks since NaNoWriMo started for 2011, and that means there are only two weeks left.

This time last week I had almost finished my first notebook, a feat in itself, as I had never written a whole notebook ( 27-28,000 is the most I've ever written) and this week I have got about 50 pages more to do. (this one is slightly bigger than the last one.)

The story has progressed majorly since last week, the characters have evolved and I have already been forced to write some very hard scenes.

It is one of the hardest things for me to do, in my writing, making my chcracters feel sad, breaking them down and seeing them feel so sad, so empty and lifeless because they've been hurt so much, but I know too that they need to go through these things to be who they will become later on.

I have openly said that I have never cried when watching a movie or reading a book.
Never have I bee moved to tears, once or twice almost. Almost. But they've never come forth from my eyes and poured down my face.
Writing and breaking my characters, who are ultimately a part of who I am and who I will be for the rest of my life.
That's hard.

I think I've been bought to tears at least four times, all on seperate occasions (and only when I am entirely alone)  when writing about the sorrow that my people are feeling, when I write down how pained and lost they feel, how worthless and broked down.
It's like I'm breaking a part of myself down, to see the people I have created and given life, being hurt,
Becaue I want to protect them, I love them for who they are,
They aren't just words I've conjured up on a piece of paper.
They are real to me.
As real as real can be.
And I feel for them.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Aoki by Annelore Parot review...

Title- Aoki.
Author- Annelore Parot.
Publish Date- October 2011.
Publisher- Hardie Grant- Egmont.

Review Time!

What I thought:
I really do adore this story, there is so much colour and detail to this book! It's amazing! I loved the whole of the story, the guessing parts throughout the story and the the flaps too! I'm a lover of flaps! It's a   truly cute and amazingly pretty book! You all ought to read it!

Thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont for this review copy!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

NaNoWriMo Update- The end of week one is Nigh...

Hilo Poppsicles,

Well, tomorrow is officially one week since Nanowrimo started and I'm so so very pleased with the turn out from just one week of full on writing.
It's only been a week, yet I have still managed to do lots of the things I love and not cut out too much; I've been going for almost daily one and a half hour straight writing times and am just about halfway to having 50,000 words! I've nearly done a full notebook in only a week! (I've got about 20something pages to go!)
It's been fantastic, because I'm daring myself to go further and furthur (which spelling will you choose?) into the relm of dares and writing, say 9-14 pages a day, then rewarding myself with things I want/need to do, but can't do until I've got to that point! And it's working so well! At this rate, maybe I'll write two 50,000 word novels in a month!
This is my official Nano page, so check it out and let me know what you think of the snippet about my story! dun dun dun!

Lots of love,

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Neversink by Barry Wolverton review.

Title- Neversink.
Author- Barry Wolverton.
Publish date- March 2012.
Publisher- Walden Press/Harper Collins.

Review Time!

Thank you to Barry Wolverton and Kellie Celia from Walden Press.

What I thought:
Neversink is so origonal and funny- it's mysterious, filled with fun, evil, scary and wonderfully wordy characters and a storyline that is unlike quite anything else I've read.
I loved everything about it, the not too long, not too short chapters, the cover, the writing style, the captions and brackets and the walrus called Egbert who is a very amusing character to read about!
It's thrilling, beautiful, cold, and a soaring story beyond belief!
The entire book is wonderful, and when it comes out officially in March, I highly suggest getting your hands on a copy!


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Darius Bell and the Crystal Bees by Odo Hirsch review...

Title- Darius Bell and the Crystal Bees.
Author- Odo Hirsch.
Publish Date- October 2011.
Publisher- Allen and Unwin.
Series- Darius Bell- book One is Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool.

Review time!

What I thought:
I adored Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool when I first read it, a few years ago, and was beyond the limits of happiness when I heard that a second book would be coming out, that Darius now had his very own series!
Odo Hirsch is an amazing writer at all times, but with Darius Bell, I believe he outdoes himself- it's amazing, one in a million, so simple a story but filled with pace and adventure and crime... almost! It's a maravlous series and book 2 did not disappoint- though you will need to read book one if your interested in this series, otherwise you may be a litle confuised, though Mr. Hirsch does a fantastic job of easily going over the happenings of the last book.
It's unsurpassable and I am going to forever be looking out for book 3, if there is one to come!

Lots of Love,