Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Review of The Wind Singer


Title: The Wind Singer
Author: William Nicholson
Series: The Wind on Fire (Book 1)

Blurb:
In the walled city of Aramanth, rules are everything.
When Kestrel dares to rebel, the Chief Examiner humiliates her father and sentences the whole family to the harshest punishment. Desperate to save them, Kestrel learns the secret of the wind singer, and she and her twin brother set out on a terrifying journey to the true source of evil that grips Aramanth.

My Review:
We started reading this book in school and I really enjoyed reading it, but at the pace we were going I thought we were never going to get this finished so I got the book myself and finished it this morning.
In Aramanth everyone is ruled by people who are higher than them and everybody is ranked on how clever they are. People who live in grey district are the lowest of the low, white, very high up and smart.
Nobody is judged by who they are just on how well they do in exams. One day though Kestrel dares to rebel and climbs to the top of the wind singer. Once found by Maslo Inch (who used to go to school with Kestrels father, Hanno Hath, and is very high up in the social hierarchy), he takes her to special teaching, to teach her a lesson. But Kestrel manages to get away and then suddenly everyone in Aramanth is after her. Her and twin brother Bowman then set out on a quest to find the Wind Singer's voice and restore Aramanth to what it was before.
They manage to slip out through the Underlake and off they go.
They encounter many adventures on the way, such as a wind battle, meeting the mud people, the old queen and much more! Nothing is ever predictable.
Overall, I think this book is a great fantasy, adventure novel and I think you should read it and discover how great the story really is!
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Saturday, 9 February 2013

Review of Pushing the Limits


Title: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry

Blurb:

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

My Review:

I got this book on review from netgalley. I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down! Literally!

Each chapter is either told from Noah or Echo's perspective. Echo was once the really popular girl, who had a jocky boyfriend and was generally the 'it' girl of the school. Then her mum does something to her that leaves her with scars all up her arm. But Echo can't remember what happened that night. She just wants everything back to normal.

Noah however, has a rep as the bad boy, he cares about no-one or anything except for his brothers. But he could be the one to help Echo and maybe she can help him too.

The theme running throughout this book is love and I really enjoyed watching the relationship between Echo and Noah grow.  They both have issues, arguments, secrets, moments of love and a huge amount of trust in each other. I really do hope they last.

There is some pretty tough subjects handled throughout the book, so it’s definitely for older readers. It coves aspects of mental health, child abuse, fostering, adoption, step families, loss of loved ones, drugs, alcohol, smoking and relationships. The book is really well written and everything that happens, happens for a reason.

I loved Echo as a character, her vulnerability but also her strength and courage. I really did hope that she would find all her answers.

Noah is a heart-throb who may plays the tough guy but really is very sweet.  I loved the way he wanted to help Echo.

There are many other characters in this book and Katie McGarry has introduced the characters really well without spending pages and pages describing everyone. The storyline never slows, you never get bored and I thought that the writing was skilfully written.

There’s also another book coming out soon told from Beth’s point of view (a character who I’m interested to see what her life is like and her story).

This book deals with many issues, has a great story line and was thoroughly enjoyable. READ IT NOW! 

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Friday, 8 February 2013

E-books Vs Paperbacks

This post is going to be something that I don't normally write, but time for change on this blog! If you have anything that you want me to write about, let me know in the comments!

Anyway, e-books V paper books. I own a kindle and have MANY books crammed onto my bookshelf! I love a good old book, the feel of the pages, the smell of the book. How you grip your book with a anticipation and how you can admire the cover in COLOUR!

However, you can't deny the convenience of an e-reader. How you can take thousands of books around with you in one lightweight package. I do like how the pages on an e-reader are like book pages, but, they still lack the realness.

I find the with my kobo the prices are REALLY expensive! £6.99, you might aswell just the buy the book. That's my only big criticism for the kobo but I still like it.

What's your opinion on this controversial issue? Let me know in the comments! If you enjoyed this blog post, let me know an I'll do some more posts like this.

Bye guys!
Tash
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