Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Monday, 30 May 2011
Sunday, 29 May 2011
(I am sure this one will go well with the girls)
(Fantastic book - review here)
(I have been desperate to read this myself *hides it under desk*)
(This is great for a little project I have planned in school for November [ : D ])
(another on that can be used for the WWII project - yay)
(always a popular choice with the boys)
I am always grateful for all the wonderful books generously donated to the library; it makes a huge difference.
THANK YOU AGAIN
Hopefully blogger will have fixed the problems with the commenting today so I can actually comment without being diverted to the sign in screen constantly *crosses fingers*
Have a great week.
Saturday, 28 May 2011
It is my pleasure to welcome Linda Newbery to Book Angel's Booktopia this week to talk about the influence Libraries have had throughout her life. Over to Linda:
I loved libraries as a child (and, of course, still do). The branch library in an Epping side-street, long-gone and replaced by a bigger one, is clear in my memory; I remember the hurry to get there after school, the exhilaration of finding a book I specially wanted, and the crushing disappointment if I couldn’t find it.
In those days, most library novels were jacketless and with plain or textile-patterned covers that belied the excitement of what lay within their pages. I remember hoarding one particular book, renewing it over and over again because I couldn’t bear to part with it. The library was more than a mile from home, and I used to walk along the High Street reading my latest find, occasionally falling off pavements or bumping into lamp-posts.
I owe so much to libraries. From an early age I learned the pleasures of browsing and choosing, the joy of a chance find, the discovery of a new author I loved. It would be tragic if today’s children – and today’s future writers – had these gifts taken away from them.
We should be immensely proud of our free public libraries. Let’s keep them.Linda Newbery, April 2011
For as long as she can remember, Lucy has wanted to catch a glimpse of the mysterious green man who lives in Grandpa Will’s garden: Lob.
You have to be very special to see him; that’s what Grandpa says. Lucy’s parents think Lob’s just imaginary, but Lucy knows he exists. And she can’t believe it when she finally spots Lob in the gooseberry bushes.
But Lucy’s world is about to be shattered by a terrible event. What will happen to Lob now – and will she ever see him again?
Paperback on sale 2nd June.
So moving on from my rambling, this week’s library wish-list:
Unfortunately I gave my copy to another person before I got my job in the school otherwise I would have brought my copy in. Such a brilliant book.
To be perfectly honest I would love the entire series but this is a start.
So that is it for the first in (hopefully) weekly wish-list post for the library.
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Friday, 27 May 2011
Thursday, 26 May 2011
With little introduction from me over to Leanne:
I was on Twitter when I saw Emma discussing doing a soundtrack to your life style post, straight away this got my attention. Music was my very first love. It was the first thing that made me fangirl and I'm happy to say I have been fangirling ever since!
I have so many favourite songs it would be impossible for me to find a top ten list, so for me I'm definitely going with a soundtrack route. Songs that have a story to my fondness of them. I'll start from the beginning and I warn you, some of this is bliming cringe worthy!!!
Yep I started my fandomness on Kylie Minogue, I was the coolest kid! I guess it started with seeing her as Sharleen in Neighbours, which I adored. I had a big crush on Jason Donovan, her then boyfriend. Her life seemed perfect to me at the time, I really wanted to be her. I was only 4 I should add. My Mum and Dad bought all of her albums and videos for me. Many hours were devoted to her! Although I find this quite lame now, I'm also really grateful that she was my first introduction to the fandom life!
This one is actually more about my brother. I was the Kylie fan, he liked Billy. I can remember him playing his music all the time and I believe his music was in a lot of movie soundtracks. Always leaves me with happy thoughts and transports me to easier childhood days.
French and Saunders also did a parody of the video, very funny!!
Take That were probably my biggest obsession ever. I lived for them. Even my teachers at school knew me as the Take That girl. It completely took over my life, but I can honestly say I was probably at my happiest. I loved Robbie Williams and worked out our differences, so I knew when it would be OK for us to get married - I know I was that scary type of fan. But only 9 years old, so very harmless!
Relight My Fire is another song, that I can remember exactly where I was the first time I heard it - Thursday evening on Top Of The Pops. It was just the best thing I had ever seen. I recorded the performance and played it for the rest of the evening in my room. I had the lyrics remembered by the next day too. Serious happy days for me!!
This actually jumps a few years for me. I went to see Romeo and Juliet at the cinema with a friend. We were both 11, but got into see it even though it was a 12 - we felt so cool that day!! The film absolutely depressed me for days afterwards, but left me with an absolute love of this song which was featured in it.
Thank you to Leanne for that truly wonderful Part 1 of The Soundtrack to my Life, I am amazed at how clearly Leanne can remember the moment she heard these songs and how they affected her. Make sure to check back in a few weeks for Part 2.
Check out Leanne's blog YA Forever here
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
As this is the 3rd book in the series it may contain spoilers for Fallen and Torment.
If you have read my reviews of Fallen and Torment you know how much I love this series. I mean angels, demons, the giant battle of good versus evil and soul mates, this series has everything I adore. I was so excited when it came through my letterbox that I dropped everything to read it. I must state that it is necessary to read the books in order to fully appreciate the intricacies of the plot.
The first thing that really stood out for me with Passion is that the chapters had dates under the headings; I jumped out of bed to check the copies of Fallen and Torment just to double check that these had not had dates in. Then I remembered the jaw-dropping cliff hanger that occurred in Torment and realized why there were dates at the beginning of the chapters *doh*.
Significant dates throughout history were used to re-enforce the storyline, the history woven into the narrative gave the plot a rich setting. The descriptive writing style managed to bring all of the different time periods to glorious life within my imagination. Although I am not a writer myself I can still appreciate that this must be a very difficult thing to achieve and it is a credit to Lauren Kate that she manages it so well.
The romance between Luce and Daniel was enchanting to behold although at times felt voyeuristic with the intensity of the emotion portrayed. For all those people that were team Miles at the end of Torment I am pretty sure this book will change your mind.
The portrayal of events between Daniel and Luce over the millenia; Luce’s continued combustion and how it has shaped Daniel’s personality provided much needed insight into Daniel’s personality. I have to admit that I am absolutely frustrated with the lack of answers to the IS She or ISN’T She question – I really really really need that clarified – in nice simple terms PLEASE [ ; D ]
The revelation to the origin of the curse and the loophole that Daniel and Luce currently find themselves in clarified and strengthened the plot.
The introduction of Bill to the cast of characters gave another direction for the story; throughout I was constantly trying to double guess what his motives were. I have to admit that I was not expecting just how dynamic and malevolent those motives were. WOW
This really is the story of Daniel and Luce – all the other characters are there but in background roles. Insight is given into the past of some of the characters but this is a few little snippets sporadically placed throughout; although I will say they are important developments.
What can I say about the ending but OMGosh Lauren Kate has done it again, the cliff hanger to top that at the end of Torment. I have no idea how she sustains it. I cannot believe that I have to wait until Spring 2012 in order to find out what happens next.
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Monday, 23 May 2011
How fantastic does this sound!!!!!
Keep checking the official TimeTwisters site HERE for updates and inside information.
Sunday, 22 May 2011
Gifted and Won from the lovely Viv at Serendipity
Wintercraft: Blackwatch by Jenna Bertenshaw (signed) Squee
Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors (I love the sound of this one)
Trouble Twisters by Garth Nix and Sean Williams (more info on this one tomorrow)
Gifted and for Review from Nina:
The Raven Mysteries (how flippin awesome) by Marcus Sedgwick
I am really looking forward to reading these alongside the girlies.
That's is it for this week. I hope you all have a fabulous week and thanks for stopping by my blog <3