Friday, 28 September 2012

Feature and Follow (5)

Feature and Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee

Q: What is the BIGGEST word you've seen used in a book lately - that made you stop and look it up? Might as well leave the definition & book too.

A: To be honest, none. I haven't seen a word that I had to look up. Of course I have seen words I don't know, but I have understood them, since I understood the rest of the sentence. 

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Author Interview with Bev Allen!

I got to interview wonderful Bev Allen, she is the author of 'Jabin and the Space Pirates'

You can find my review Here

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am married with two grown up children. I'm a mad keen quilter and I divide my time between writing and sewing. I even keep my computer and my sweing machine in the same room, so I can turn from one to the other as the inspiration takes me.
When I work (writing and sewing don't count), it's as a volunteer administator for a small charity called The Victorian Military Society. They publish orginal research articles on the period 1837 to 1914. Ad you've probably guessed, I have a deep interest in military history.

2. What was your inspiration for this book?

I wanted to write a story about those people who fall through the cracks in society and how, with the right sort of help, they don't have to be left behind. I also wanted to show the softer side of soldiering, the police actions and the peace keeping. I also wanted to show heroes have human hearts.

3. Jabin and Antonia have such wonderful personalities. Which of the do you find more related to?

I created Antonia to be the face of all those poor girls who are forced and tricked into the sex trade every single day, but it is Jabin who I relate to. My father was a very difficult and troubled man who found release for his own unhappiness by the verbal and physical abuse of his children, mainly me. He convinced me I was utterly worthless and that everything horrible that happened to me was my fault and what I deserved.
It took me years and years and a wonderful and loving husband to show me nonethis was true and none of it was my fault.
I know exactly how Jabin's thought processes work, because I've been there. And I know he and I are not alone.

4. Can you describe your book with one word?

One word :-) I'm not sure if I can. Perhaps Deliverance or maybe Redemption. You chose.

5. Do you have a favorite reading/writing place?

I don't have a favorite reading place, I just read where and when I can. I've been known to read while stirring the dinner. For writing, that is easier, in the room where I sew and have my computer. Its really the dining room, but I've convinced everyone they much prefer a tray on their lap to sitting at a table.

6. What's your favorite music genre? 

I love traditional English and Irish folk music, preferably played live. I also have a passion for Mozart and for choral music.

7. Are you currently working on any books? 

I have not long sent ''Lucien and the Tattooed Tribes'' off to my publisher. I am hoping it will be out in not too distant future. Its another adventure story, this time with a strong ecological theme. It's not as dark as Jabin, because Lucien is a very different sort of young man. I this its fun and I am hoping others will think so as well. 
I'm working on two things, one is a fantasy (with no magic, I can't do magic), it follows the fortunes of a young deposed princeling, a band of mercenaries and the introduction of flintlock muskets. I've got the first ten chapters drafted.
The other I'm not sure about, I will have to see what editors etc say, but I am thinking of a family saga with a bit of a murder mystery attached. It will deal with racial and cultural predjuices. It is all still the very early stages, so I think I will leave it at that.

Thanks so much Bev for you time.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Review: Lucy In The Sky

Title: Lucy In The Sky
Author: John Vorhaus
Pages: 328
Published:  April 23rd 2012

The review is posted on Goodreads: Review: Lucy in the Sky

Lucy in the Sky is a great coming of age book, and it gives some insight as to what life was like in the 1960s. Everything is mainly ''mom and pop smalltown USA'' kind of nonsense, but in the flip side of the coin, there is the hippie movement that is chalk full of all the stuff your mother warned you about.
(Summary from Goodreads)


Lucy in the sky have a slow beginning. It was parts I didn't understand and some parts that were just confusing. So I have to admit I used some time on it. The whole first half was slow to me, but after that, things started to happen. Some action, that made my stomach freeze and funny twists. I really enjoyed the last part and I finished it within two days.

John Vorhaus's writing style was special, sometimes the book had this magical tone, that hypnotized me, but at some parts it was just random. I found some parts funny and my heart jumped several times too. Vorhaus wrote the book in first person and I personally thinks he did a great job. I normally do not prefer first person, but this book was okay with it.

This book takes part in 1969, when Beatles were big and being a hippie were popular. Beatles came out with the song 'Lucy In The Sky'  that are a description of how being high, something that was common in the Hippie community.

Lucy have to be my favorite character. She is funny, smart and perfect, but she has her flaws. She also have a dark background, the reason why she is who she is. Gene was okay, I liked him. He had a lot of questions and he adore Lucy. He was smart when it counts, but sometimes he just seemed so dumb. I'm glad Lucy learned him a few things.

All in one, this book was okay in the beginning and GREAT at the end.
I will give it 4/5 stars;

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Beautiful Blogger Award

Sweet Delaney at The Random Ranterer nominated me for this award. Thank you!

Delaney has a wonderful blog, and she is very funny. I love her posts and I'm seriously stalking her. I recommend you to check out her blog! 

1. Write a little something about the Beautiful Blogger who nominated you with the award. See above. Don't forget to visit his/her blog. 
2. Share 7 things about yourself. 

7 things about me. 
  1.  I love rain, and nights when I lay in my bed just listening to the pouring rain. I love it when it's lightning, thundering and raining at the same time. 
  2. Music are my other half, I listen to music all the time, now I'm listening to Ignorance by Paramore. But I don't have any favorite music genre. 
  3. I always wear nail polish, right now it's red. 
  4. Owls are my biggest obsession. I have owls jewelry, earrings and clock.
  5. I forgive people way to easy. 
  6. At school I learn psychology 
  7. I love cute stuff; like Hello Kitty, frogs, ect.. 

Blogs I tag: 
Cheerful Reviews  (I can finally tag you twin! ^^ )
S.I.K Book Reviews
There's A Book

Just a random picture for fun.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Feature and Follow (4)

Feature and Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee

Q: What hyped up book do you think was not worth all the talk?

A: The book  The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruzi Zafon. A lot of people were saying it was amazing, and I did start on that book, but I never finished it. The book was so hard to read, I really don't think it was worth all the hype.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (8)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at breaking the spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: Nobody
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Release Date: January 22, 2013

This book sounds amazing!

There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.

That's why they make the perfect assassins.

The Institute finds these people when they're young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.

Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute's monitoring. But now they've ID'ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can't make the hit. It's as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are - because no one else ever notices them.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Review: Jabin and the Space Pirates

Title: Jabin and the Space Pirates
Author: Bev Allen
Pages: 294
Published: June 1st- 2012

In the space colony of New Wales, the pirate attacks are both relentless and merciless.

Having lost both his parents, Jabin had been adopted by his austere and spiteful uncle and aunt who lice in the space colony of New Wales which is riven with religious and political rivalry, and prey to the vicious maraudings of pirates whose cruelty and greed are beyond all imagination.

When Jabin volunteers to surrender himself to a pirate raiding party to save a friend, he does so believing that nothing can be worse than his current suffering.

However, he is soon to discover that things can always get worse when the stakes are high, the rewards are vast and slave labour is there for the taking.

When the King of New Wales is assassinated, the colony threatens to collapse into total anarchy, leaving the pirates free reign to mutilate, kill and profit as they will, but the forces of law and order sent out from Earth are getting ready to fight back, and Jabin could have a vital part to play in the ensuing war if he can only stay alive.


Do you know what this book needs? A sequel!

Allen makes the story float perfect, her writing style is very good and you get to know what everyone are thinking. She writes formal, but also childish when we get's to Jabin's point of view. She has also put some funny parts in it and I laugh of how stupid some of the characters can be.

There is a lot of characters, and sometimes I got confused, wondering who is who? She used  last name, title and first name. And she introduced a lot of characters the same time, and it was because of that I got confused.

The action started almost right a way, which really pleased me. It was a lot of action, and my stomach froze several times. It was great, and I couldn't wait to get home, to read some  more.

But when I was 70% finished with it, all of the excitement stopped. Many explanations were found, but nothing big happened. I was waiting for the action to start again, but first at the end something big happened.

I thought that maybe Allen were planning a sequel, since something dangerous appeared at the very end. But I became disappointed, because it ended before it even began.

But tears was pressing when I was finished, the ending was beautiful, and it touched my heart. Some part of me was happy that the book ended like it did. But another part wanted it to continue, there was still some questions, yet to be answered.

My favorite character must be Antonia, she was awesome and very caring. I hoped that she may have been the one to adopt Jabin, I got really sad when she didn't.
Anyway I also liked Mike, he was strong and strict. He really kept his words and was very trust worthy.

But there was one person I really didn't like, and that was Finn. He was always so skeptic, and sometimes I got the feeling that he didn't want Jabin to be adopted. He said negative things against it and asked stupid questions. He was not supporting and obviously not caring either.
The rest of the characters were okay, some were funny and I liked most of them. The author have been creative. Because there were so many of them, but they all had different personality.

In the end, I really did like this book. It was good, and I can recommend it to you readers. I absolutely loved the action and the ending was perfect.

I used a lot of time on this book. Mostly because I was very busy with school. Sorry... My goal is to review at least one book each week. But that may be difficult, since school is taking much of my spear time. 

Friday, 7 September 2012

Feature and Follow (3)

Feature and Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee

Q: What book(s) are you reading right now? What do you think of it? 

A: I'm reading Jabin And The Space Pirates by Bev Allen. It's really great and I enjoy it very much. Even though I kinda feel that the ending is soon. But I'm only 66% finished, so why do I keep feeling that the book is soon over?
I really hope for some more action!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (7)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at breaking the spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: Pretty Little Liars #12: burned
Author: Sara Shepard
Release Date: 12/04-2012

I'm really looking forward to this book!

It's spring break, and the pretty little liars are trading in Rosewood for a cruise vacation. They want nothing more than to sail into the tropical sunset and leave their troubles behind for one blissful week. But where Emily, Aria, Spencer and Hanna go, A goes, too. From scuba diving to tanning on the upper deck, A is there, soaking up all their new secrets.

Emily is smooching a stowaway, Aria's treasure-hunting partner is a little too interested in her booty. Spencer's going overboard trying to land a new boy. And a blast - or rather, a crash - from Hanna's past could mean tough waters ahead for everyone.

The liars better tighten their life jackets. A perfect storm is brewing, and if they aren't careful, A will bury them at sea...

What is your Waiting On this week?