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This fall check out DOLPHIN TALE 2 and you could win a pizza party for you and your classmates!

In theaters September 12, DOLPHIN TALE 2 continues the story of Winter, the dolphin with a prosthetic tail. Several years have passed since young Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Harry Connick, Jr.) rescued Winter, a young dolphin who lost her tail after being entangled in a crab trap. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Morgan Freeman), who developed a unique prosthetic tail for Winter, they saved her life against all odds.

Yet their fight is not over. Winter’s surrogate mother, the elderly dolphin Panama, passes away, leaving Winter alone and grieving, unwilling to engage with anyone, even her best friend Sawyer. When the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for CMA, they must find Winter a female companion that she accepts or they will lose Winter. But as time runs out, there may still be hope.

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Contest closes October 22, 2014

Win tickets to the advanced screening of IF I STAY

Win tickets to the advanced screening of IF I STAY

Based on the bestselling novel of the same name, If I Stay tells the story of Mia Hall who is left fighting for her life after a horrific car accident. As Mia recounts the events that led her to that fateful day, she must decide if she is ready to go or will fight to stay behind. And we’ve got your inside edge to see it before the public.

If I Stay is in theatres August 22, 2014.

If I Stay is in theatres August 22, 2014.

We’re giving away tickets to next week’s advanced screening of If I Stay and we want you to be the first to see it! Simply complete the entry form below by Friday August 15 and you’ll be automatically entered to win. Seriously! It’s that easy.

And don’t worry if you’re not in Toronto, we’ll be choosing four winners in each of the cities listed below. Each winner gets two tickets so make sure you tell your friends! Movies are always better with a group.

We’ll be giving away tickets to the Wednesday August 20, 2014 screening in:

Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal (English), Montreal (French), Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Halifax

 

Winners will be chosen and notified via the email address provided on the entry from below on Friday August 15 before 9 pm, so be sure to give us an email address you check often! We’ll send you your download code and instructions for how to print your passes in the email, too.

Want to more about If I Stay? Get the full scoop, including our interview with Chloë Grace Moretz, here!

 

Contest closes: August 15, 2014 at 7pm EST

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Perfect

Perfect
It’s what so many want to be
To unlock happiness it is the key.
But our Creator claims that He
Made everyone and everything perfectly.

Well, that would mean so are we.
But then we go too far
And make it our identity.
That isn’t perfect, far as I see.

Perfection is found
In all different places
In all different faces
Of all different races

Besides, taking a look
At the lives we all live now
How could any of us consider
Being perfect somehow.

What’s perfect to me
is when we all uplift
And give our love
A priceless gift.

Instead we beat people
And kick everyone around
While they’re standing up
Or just sitting down.

We try to blow people up
While they’re in the sky,
It’s just a personal hobby
To watch people die.

There is not enough love
Just too much hate,
A lot more than anyone
Can even really take.

That is the reason
Pointless wars initiate.
The reason that
All these bombs detonate.

We can never lose
Always got to win.
We’re too fat
While we’re still too thin.

It was okay to be different
Last I checked
Why are we killing ourselves
Trying to be perfect?

Long time since the return of the tombraider blogs  :)

Long time since the return of the tombraider blogs :)

Hello VGs!

What’s new?
It has been a long time since I have been on VG and you all reading my posts. The editors and people who have come to known my presence on this website are long gone, as I am sure some of my followers are as well.
When I signed in today, I didn’t realize how much the website has changed. I could not even find my old blogs. I wanted to read them and remember the past.
I have missed my social media presence on VG and I am sure you have missed me to. I miss posting frequent blogs to being one of the first to notice a web error on VG’s website, or a correction that needed to be fixed.
Catching up with my life- I have been busy pursuing further education and inspiring changes in the world.
What have my fellow followers of my blogs been up to? Please share or even new VGs.

Tombraider

Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight Review

Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight Review

Author:
Karsten Knight

Publication Date:
August 28, 2012

Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Formats:
Hardcover, 480 pages

Source:
A finished copy was provided by Simon and Schuster Canada for review

Description

Fan the flames: A teen goddess fires up her search for love and family in this sequel to Wildefire.

Ashline Wilde may have needed school to learn that she is actually a reincarnated goddess, but she’s ready to move beyond books. She leaves her California boarding school behind and makes for Miami, where she meets a new group of deities and desperately seeks her sister Rose, the goddess of war. But she’s also looking for love-because even though her romance with Cole had to be snuffed, Ash is a volcano goddess-and she doesn’t get burned.

This sequel to the edgy and action-packed Wildefire continues a fiery drama on an immortal scale.

About this author

Karsten Knight has been writing since the age of six, when he completed his first masterpiece: a picture book series about an adventurous worm. In the two decades that have followed, Karsten worked as a proofreader, a bookseller, and a college admissions counselor before finally deciding that his true calling was as a volcano goddess biographer. He resides in Boston, where he lives for fall weather and football, and is on a far-too-successful quest to visit every restaurant in the city.

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Review

I was extremely glad I had Embers and Echoes after I read that Wildefire cliffhanger. Embers and Echoes picks up right after Wildefire. We find Ash with the truth of having another sister named Rose. The Four Seasons Gods and Goddesses seem to be after her, as well as the billionaire Lesley Vanderbilt. She meets more gods and goddess friends this time around, and with their help manage to track down Rose. What she doesn’t know is that Colt is also after her as well. What happens when she comes face to face with the love of her life, the trickster?

Ash is such a spitfire, and I love it. She’s completely snarky and violent. Which makes sense because she’s a volcano goddess. I also love the fact that she rescues guys instead of the guys rescuing her. Lily is back and bitchier than ever. I rather liked how she took the role of villain since Eve was stuck in the Cloak Underworld. Wes is a great new addition and he seems more trustworthy than Colt ever was. And last but not least, there’s Colt. He’s the one behind the schemes and games and when he reveals the truth behind his trickery, I almost felt pity for him.

The mish-mash of all mythological tales are again combined in this trilogy. I rather like it. I would end up googling their names and reading up on all the stories. What I didn’t like was that there was no detailed history of why and how the gods are reincarnated as humans in the first place. (We need answers Karsten!) I also love that the cast is multi-cultural. It just seems so much more relatable since not everyone is a cookie cutter blonde in the novel. So much action in this one that I could not put it down. I love the action scenes. They were detailed enough to imagine in my mind’s eye. The dialogue always managed to crack me up. Especially Ash’s witty remarks towards anyone who was male. I also couldn’t fathom why everyone had to be gorgeous and wanted to hook up with every god or goddess that was around. Maybe Aphrodite is enticing them with her powers? Another confusing bit about the book was the switch from third person to second person. I thought it was widly annoying, and felt Karsten should have stuck to third person through out the novel. Second person viewpoints should stick Choose Your Own Adventure books.

In the end, I really enjoyed this one. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next novel. There’s a lot of questions i want answered.


Rating 4/5


Quotes

“I don’t need the big bad Aztec sandman to be my gladiator.”—Ash

“The looks that you and Wes have been exchanging the last forty-eight hours are so hot that I’m surprised you don’t need sunglasses to keep from getting pregnant.”—Aurora

“Sometimes being a good friend is offering to fight your friends’ battles with them. And sometimes being a good friend means refusing their help so they stay out of harm’s way.”—Ash

“Men like a little mystery.”—Aurora

“Consertive fashion means power, power means mystery, and mystery means challenge.”—Aurora


Giselle San Miguel is a freelance web designer who has a voracious appetite for reading and manages her own book blog at booknerd.ca. She also enjoys writing, design, movies, and photography.

Review: Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Review: Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Author:
Malinda Lo

Publication Date:
September 18, 2012

Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Formats:
Hardcover, 400 pages

Source:
An eARC was provided by HBG Canada for review

Description

Reese can’t remember anything from the time between the accident and the day she woke up almost a month later. She only knows one thing: She’s different now.

Across North America, flocks of birds hurl themselves into airplanes, causing at least a dozen to crash. Thousands of people die. Fearing terrorism, the United States government grounds all flights, and millions of travelers are stranded.

Among them are Reese and her debate team partner and longtime crush David, who are in Arizona when the disaster occurs. On their drive home to San Francisco, along a stretch of empty highway in the middle of the Nevada night, a bird flies into their headlights. The car flips over. When they wake up in a military hospital, the doctor won”t tell them what happened, where they are-or how they”ve been miraculously healed.

Things become even stranger when Reese returns home. San Francisco feels like a different place with police enforcing curfew, hazmat teams collecting dead birds, and a strange presence that seems to be following her. When Reese unexpectedly collides with the beautiful Amber Gray, her search for the truth is forced in an entirely new direction-and threatens to expose a vast global conspiracy that the government has worked for decades to keep secret.

Adaptationis a bold contemporary science-fiction thriller from the acclaimed author of Ash.

About this author

Malinda is the former managing editor of AfterEllen.com, and an award-winning journalist for her work in LGBT media. She studied X-Files fan communities when she was receiving her MA in Anthropology, which is where she got the inspiration forAdaptation. She now lives in Northern California with her partner and their dog. Ash was her first novel, and received many accolades and was a finalist for the Lambda Award, Norton Award, and Morris Award among others.

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Review

Here is Reese, a normal sixteen year old girl who is on the debate team with her crush David, and debate teacher when the unthinkable happens. Several airplane accidents caused by birds have grounded all flights out of the country. Reese and David manage to rent a car and try to drive home and on the way they get into an accident caused by you guessed it, birds. She wakes up in a strange place, with very little questions being answered. Reese believes the accident happened around the area most commonly known as Area 51. With David in tow, the doctors tell her she has been healed completely even though the extent of her injuries were so massive, her scars have shown up all over her body. When the following day, her scars simply disappear, more questions pore into the conspiracy that the government is keeping a rather big secret. It’s up to Reese to find the truth.

The beginning had be gripped and on the edge of my seat. I instantly devoured it, and as soon as Reese got home, the pacing stalled. Reese still had a lot of questions about what happened to her, and ultimately brings David in to verify their stories, but what I did not understand was the sudden change in her sexual preference. All along, you’re led to believe she is in love with David, but then as soon as she met Amber, she instantly latched on to her for attention. To add to my confusion, Reese even told herself she would never get into a situation where she would fall in love just because she was afraid to get hurt. But I’m guessing she only meant romances with males, because she fully powered on with her relationship with a female. I rather liked how it was Malinda addresses a lesbian relationship in this novel. There aren’t very many YA books that I have read where the main character falls in love with a girl, so it was ultimately refreshing.

The pacing definitely had issues, because the story and plot developed rather quickly in the end. Every piece was tied up, and most of the questions are answered in the last few chapters, so that was also a relief to read. I loved the science fiction element in the novel. There’s always a lot of conspiracy stories out there, but this one was rather good to read. I also loved how realistic the portrayal of the government was revealed, and what their actions entailed.

Adaptation definitely held my attention, and I can’t wait to read more about Reese and her abilities in the sequel.


Rating 3/5


Giselle San Miguel is a freelance web designer who has a voracious appetite for reading and manages her own book blog at booknerd.ca. She also enjoys writing, design, movies, and photography.

The Reluctant Journal Of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen Review

The Reluctant Journal Of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen Review

Author:
Susin Nielsen

Publication Date:
September 11, 2012

Publisher:
Tundra

Formats:
Hardcover, 256 pages

Source:
An ARC was provided by Random House Canada for review

Description

Darker than her previous novels, Susin peoples this novel about the ultimate cost of bullying with a cast of fabulous characters, dark humour, and a lovable, difficult protagonist struggling to come to terms with the horrible crime his brother has committed.

About this author

SUSIN NIELSEN got her start writing a spec script for the popular television series Degrassi Junior High. She went on to pen sixteen episodes of the hit television show and four of the Degrassi books. Since then, she has received two Canadian Screenwriter Awards and a Gemini Award and has written for many home-grown TV series. Her novel Word Nerd, published to much critical acclaim, was a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Book Award and won the Red Maple, Rocky Mountain, Willow, and Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Awards. This was soon followed by the hilarious and heartwarming Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom, which has received rave reviews and has already been translated into French, Portuguese and German. Susin Nielsen lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Web site    Goodreads

Review

What happens to a family after there’s been a suicide in the family? Life goes on and in this case Henry Larsen is trying to live life in the best way he knows how after his brother’s death. When it’s his turn to go to high school, and his friend becomes the victim of another bully, will he stand up and fight?

Henry’s angry most of the time but there’s also a lot of good memories thrown in. He’s a little pudgy, clumsy, and loves watching wresting on TV. Yet he has a great friend Farley who is described as “a rubber ball who bounces back and forth.” Nothing could get that kid down. He was delightful to read. And I’m incredibly glad he became best friends with someone who stood by him and defended him.

Susan Nielsen definitely wrote just like a thirteen year old boy would think, I absolutely loved it. It felt exactly how the characters would act and think. To be dropped into Henry’s life and read his daily thoughts and actions just made me more aware of how bullying is such a horrible and unnecessary action. There’s a lot to be said about bullying, and this was one story that didn’t have an ending because the ending is clearly up to the reader to imagine. Beautiful and thought provoking The Reluctant Journal of Henry Larsen is filled with lessons, heartache, pain, anger, family and friendship. Wonderfully done Susan. I love her style and writing and I can’t wait to pick up her other books.


Rating 4/5


Giselle San Miguel is a freelance web designer who has a voracious appetite for reading and manages her own book blog at booknerd.ca. She also enjoys writing, design, movies, and photography.

Fathomless by Jackson Pearce Review

Fathomless by Jackson Pearce Review

Author:
Jackson Pearce

Publication Date:
September 4, 2012

Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Formats:
Hardcover, 304 pages

Source:
An eARC was provided by HBG Canada for review

Description

Celia Reynolds is the youngest in a set of triplets and the one with the least valuable power. Anne can see the future, and Jane can see the present, but all Celia can see is the past. And the past seems so insignificant — until Celia meets Lo.

Lo doesn’t know who she is. Or who she was. Once a human, she is now almost entirely a creature of the sea — a nymph, an ocean girl, a mermaid — all terms too pretty for the soulless monster she knows she’s becoming. Lo clings to shreds of her former self, fighting to remember her past, even as she”s tempted to embrace her dark immortality.

When a handsome boy named Jude falls off a pier and into the ocean, Celia and Lo work together to rescue him from the waves. The two form a friendship, but soon they find themselves competing for Jude”s affection. Lo wants more than that, though. According to the ocean girls, there”s only one way for Lo to earn back her humanity. She must persuade a mortal to love her . . . and steal his soul.

About this author

Jackson Pearce currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with a slightly cross-eyed cat and a lot of secondhand furniture. She recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and a minor in Philosophy and currently works for a software company even though she auditioned for the circus (she juggled and twirled fire batons, but they still didn’t want her). Other jobs she’s had include obituaries writer, biker bar waitress, and receptionist.

In addition, Jackson coaches both colorguard and winterguard at a local high school; she’s taught over four hundred students since starting seven years ago. Coaching provides the greatest “research” for writing YA that she could ever ask for and has introduced her to some of the most unique characters she’s ever met.

Jackson began writing when she got angry that the school librarian couldn’t tell her of a book that contained a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. Her solution was to write the book herself when she was twelve. Her parents thought it was cute at first, but have grown steadily more concerned for her ever since.

Web site    Goodreads    @JacksonPearce    Facebook

Review

Mermaids always held a fascination with me ever since watching The Little Mermaid at eight years old. I love the water, and the idea that mermaids were creatures who lived there and could become your friend? What more could a girl want? Yet now that I’m older mermaids in books are murderers, seducing humans and drowning them to steal their humanity. So when I heard on Goodreads and twitter that this book was a retelling of my favorite tale I had to have it. Disney always gets rids of the violent parts since the actual fairy tales are rather gruesome!

And here we have Fathomless..Three sisters who each have a power. Jane sees the future, Anne sees the present and Ceila sees the past. After parting from her sisters one night, Ceila witnesses a guy fall into the water. A girl she hasn’t seen before pulls him out and saves him. By touching the girl’s arm she remembers one name, “Naidia.” The mystery deepens and she realizes the girl isn’t wholly human. She’s something else, a mermaid.

There’s almost a dual personality with both Lo and Nadia. One who longs to be human again and will stop at nothing to remember her past. The other wants nothing but to live in the ocean and be with her sisters. I find it ironic they’re both struggling to be that person at the same time. And Jude is thrown in to stir things up. It didn’t even occur to me that Lon and Nadia are two distinct characters in one body until later on. Maybe I wasn’t paying attention? I was truly and utterly bored. I felt that the book was full of whining teenage characters. Sad, but true. I wanted action. I wanted romance. I wanted more than well, this. Celia is just a bystander in this entire debacle and I can’t help feel pity for her. She wanted nothing but to help, and live her teenage life minus the control of her sisters.

I can definitely stand by and say Jackson Pearce writes well. Very fluid, and dynamic. But the storyline needed work, and the monsters?? [START SPOILER] Why is there wolves in this book? It’s quite bizarre. Mermaids and wolves? I did not understand. Can someone please explain if they were actual wolves, or are they describing them as wolf-like?[/END SPOILER] Oh and if I hear another detail about mermaids being beautiful, I’ll scream. Yes I get it. They’re very beautiful. Need not to repeat one’s self.

Read this one if you’re a paranormal, mystery, mermaid fan. I liked it, but I also didn’t like it so my rating stands at three out of five stars.


Rating 3/5


Quotes

“You can sing. It works sometimes. and they think we’re beautiful. That helps.”

“How could someone without a soul remember what it felt like to have one?”—Lo

“What good is knowing the last if you won’t change the future?”—Celia


Giselle San Miguel is a freelance web designer who has a voracious appetite for reading and manages her own book blog at booknerd.ca. She also enjoys writing, design, movies, and photography.

Blog Tour: Rage Within by Jeyn Roberts Review and Character Interview

Blog Tour: Rage Within by Jeyn Roberts Review and Character Interview

Author:
Jeyn Roberts

Publication Date:
September 4, 2012

Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Formats:
Hardcover, 368 pages

Source:
An ARC was provided by Simon and Schuster Canada for the blog tour

Description

In this apocalyptic sequel to Dark Inside’s “well-balanced, realistic suspense” (Kirkus Reviews), four teens continue the struggle for survival as they face a world gone mad.

Aries, Clementine, Michael, and Mason have survived the first wave of the apocalypse that wiped out most of the world’s population and turned many of the rest into murderous Baggers. Now they’re hiding out in an abandoned house in Vancouver with a ragtag group of fellow teen survivors, trying to figure out their next move.

Aries is trying to lead, but it’s hard to be a leader when there are no easy answers and every move feels wrong. Clementine is desperate to find her brother Heath, but it’s impossible to know where he’d be, assuming he’s alive. Michael is haunted by the memories of his actions during his harrowing struggle to survive. And Mason is struggling with something far worse: the fear that he may be a danger to his friends.

As the Baggers begin to create a new world order, these four teens will have to trust and rely on each other in order to survive.

About this author

Jeyn Roberts (pronounced Jen – the Y is silent)grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and started writing at an early age, having her first story published when she was 16 in a middle-grade anthology called LET ME TELL YOU.

When she was 21, she moved to Vancouver with dreams of being a rock star, graduating from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Writing and Psychology. For the next few years she played in an alternative/punk band called Missing Mile before moving to England where she received her MA from the prestigious Creative Writing graduate course at Bath Spa University. Jeyn is a former singer, songwriter, actress, bicycle courier and tree planter.

An avid traveler, she’s been around the world, most recently, teaching high school in South Korea.

A lover of animals, Jeyn volunteers regularly with helping abandoned and abused animals, especially cats.

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Review

I had high expectations for this one and I’m super glad all of them were met. The pacing is fast and the tone is creeptastic. Sprinkled in every few chapters is the viewpoint of Nothing. This is the evil that resides in all the Baggers. It raises a lot of questions as to what or who it is. The characters know just as little as we do, so it’s safe to say that I can’t wait to bring until that evil is brought down for good. I want a happy ending. I want everything to go back to normal for these characters. They deserve it. I still can’t believe how creepy the “evil”‘s thoughts are. I had goose bumps just reading some of its entries.

I rather enjoyed the four different viewpoints in this book. Everyone has a story to tell. Each with their own horrors and secrets, and I wish more books did this. Mason’s view was so much more interesting this time around. He battles a lot with himself and his hold on his sanity and you feel like you should do something about it to help him. Aries is the one character that I identify with the most. She’s a leader and being one has its consequences. She has to weigh the options of each of their decisions and make sure they’re the right ones. They don’t always go as planned that’s for sure. Clementine is still as determined as ever to save her brother Heath, and I rather loved that about her. People lose hope in a post-apocalyptic world, but she holds on to the positive and it moves her further ahead. Michael on the other hand, is still the coward I think he is. Although, I liked him better in this book. He redeemed himself for the better.

A hodge podge of plot twists and turns,, characters losing their marbles, betrayals and alliances breaking and forging all within Vancouver’s city streets. I love her writing style. There’s not a thing to be missed or added and that is why I’ve given it a five star rating. She’s done it again and I rather can’t wait until the last book.


Rating 5/5


Quotes

“I used to love my things so much. I couldn’t live without them. Today I looked at it all and I hated it.”—Aries


Character Interview with Aries

How does it feel to be the leader, the one taking charge?

I hate it! Ok, no, I don’t hate it. But I wish I didn’t have to be the one in charge. It’s so hard to keep the group happy. Everyone has different opinions and they fight and I’ve got to be the one to make sure no one kills each other. You should see the way they argue over the last cup of instant coffee. I thought Clementine was going to drop kick Colin out the door.

Do you think your decisions as a leader are always the right ones?

Oh, god no. I always second guess myself. All the bloody time! It’s really hard knowing that one wrong move could get everyone killed. I don’t sleep a lot anymore, there’s just too many things going on inside my mind. And every now and then I just have to sneak out to get a break.

How has this whole ordeal affected you emotionally?

Most of the time I’m ok but some days are harder than others. Sometimes I just want to curl up in a ball and cry. But who has time to do that? That’s the nice thing about being so busy. I’ve got too many others to worry about than my own emotions.

What is the one thing that frightens you the most? Why?

Losing them all. What if I make a bad decision and everyone dies? They all look up to me. What if I do the one thing that gets everyone captured? I’m not sure I could deal with that. Everyone’s lost so many loved ones. Now that we’re a family (yes, I consider our small group a family), I will do everything I can to keep them all together.

If you could have said one last thing to your loved ones, what would it be?

I love you. Don’t worry about me. I’ll be fine. I will see you again one day in the great beyond.

Do you think there’s hope for the future? Why or why not?

Yes, there is always hope. Maybe this generation will have it hard but our fight will ensure that the next won’t live in fear of the Baggers. I totally believe that everything we do will make a change. The Baggers may think they’re tough, but we’re stronger cause we’ve got each other. We’ve got love. And that’s more powerful than hate if you ask me.

Debutantes by Cora Harrison Review

Debutantes by Cora Harrison Review

Author:
Cora Harrison

Publication Date:
August 3, 2012

Publisher:
Pan Macmillan UK

Formats:
Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Source:
An ARC was provided by Harper Collins Canada for review

Description

A gorgeous historical romance, perfect for fans of Downton Abbey! It”s 1923 and London is a whirl of jazz, dancing and parties. Violet, Daisy, Poppy and Rose Derrington are desperate to be part of it, but stuck in an enormous crumbling house in the country, with no money and no fashionable dresses, the excitement seems a lifetime away. Luckily the girls each have a plan for escaping their humdrum country life: Rose wants to be a novelist, Poppy a jazz musician and Daisy a famous film director. Violet, however, has only one ambition: to become the perfect Debutante, so that she can go to London and catch the eye of Prince George, the most eligible bachelor in the country. But a house as big and old as Beech Grove Manor hides many secrets, and Daisy is about to uncover one so huge it could ruin all their plans-ruin everything-forever.

About this author

Cora Harrison worked as a head teacher before she decided to write her first novel, and she has since published twenty-six children’s historical novels and many books for adults. Cora lives on a farm near the Burren in the west of Ireland.

Web site   Goodreads @Cora_Harrison

Review

The Derrington sisters Violet, Daisy, Rose, and Poppy all live in London all longing to be part of the rich lifestyle they used to live in. A lot of their wealth has been depleted due to their father’s business decisions. Their only hope is for the eldest sister Violet to marry, and to debut her place in society as a dutiful wife to a wealthy man. The plot given to us is none other than Violet wanting to marry a rich man and her sisters trying to help her along the way.

I loved the gorgeous details about the girls dressing up. It was wonderful to picture London in the roaring ’20’s. So full of life, and fashion. It also must be so hard living in that age. To rely on marrying a man with wealth just so you can provide a better life for you and your family. It must have put a lot of pressure on the eldest sibling. Women were finally getting jobs. Working on their own and becoming independent. This was clearly evident in the main character’s viewpoint, Daisy Derrington.

I liked how their wasn’t a big romance and that it was more of a book about the very day lives of the sisters. All their personalities so different and yet you can’t help but love each one. I figured the mother’s love for flowers is why they are all aptly named AFTER a flower which I found adorable and sweet. As for the characters, I can’t blame Violet for being whiny of angry all the time. Her love for Justin is clearly expressed in return and I felt such pity for them both. Daisy is absolutely my favourite and I love how she has such a passion for film. The theme of family and sisterhood is deeply evident throughout the book, and most certainly at the end. I can’t help but admire Daisy’s decision and actually felt myself smiling at the ending.

I’ve always had trouble with historical fiction, but this one was an enjoyable and light hearted read. Fans of the Little Women will certainly gobble this one. Also, you’d be blind as to not notice how gorgeous that cover is.


Rating 3/5


Quotes

“You’re the bee’s knees, Morgan.”—Poppy

“Looking forward to a chinwag with you.”—Sir Guy Beresford

“A camera was like a cloak that made you invisible.”—Daisy


Giselle San Miguel is a freelance web designer who has a voracious appetite for reading and manages her own book blog at booknerd.ca. She also enjoys writing, design, movies, and photography.

Erasing Time by C.J. Hill Review

Erasing Time by C.J. Hill Review

Author:
C.J. Hill

Publication Date:
August 28, 2012

Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers

Format:
Hardcover, 368 pages

Price:
CAD $19.99

Source:
A copy was provided by Harper Collins Canada for review


Description

When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that’s so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can’t go back home.

The twenty-fifth-century government transported the girls to their city hoping to find a famous scientist to help perfect a devastating new weapon. The same government has implanted tracking devices in the citizens, limiting and examining everything they do. Taylor and Sheridan have to find a way out of the city before the government discovers their secrets. To complicate matters, the moblike Dakine has interest in getting hold of them too. The only way for the girls to elude their pursuers is to put their trust in Echo, a guy with secrets of his own. The trio must put their faith in the unknown to make a harrowing escape into the wilds beyond the city.

Full of adrenaline-injected chases and heartbreaking confessions, “Erasing Time” explores the strength of the bonds between twins, the risks and rewards of trust, and the hard road to finding the courage to fight for what you believe in.


Review

Sheridan and Taylor are identical twins looking alike on the outside but quite possibly different on the inside. Sheridan is quiet, responsible and wants to be an English teacher. Taylor is outgoing, arrogant and wants to be a scientist. When they suddenly get sucked into the year 2246, they find that society had changed. Humans live in domed cities which are protected by a force field from the rebels. Technology has advanced so rapidly, they realize that the Maxine that brought them into the future is to be used as a weapon. Then there’s Echo. He’s hot, smart and cunning but which side is he really on?

Sheridan’s interest in Echo seems to be premature. Maybe the fact that he’s into her is a big factor of her crush. Taylor who seems to be genius is also kind of bitch. Especially when she makes statements that hurts her twin sister.

Love the technology in this one. The fashion? Not so much. I wouldn’t color my hair a different shade as they would. They do mark their faces with symbols though. It seems rather colorful. Kind of like the Capital in The Hunger Games. I love the futuristic setting that C.J. has built. Really loved it.

I cannot wait until the next book. There’s so many questions I need to get answered.


Rating 4/5


Quotes

“We can discern how people thought by the words they chose, the names they called things. Words always leave a trail.”—Jeth

“Words create thought. Thought changes society.”—Sheridan

“Men haven’t changed at all in the last four centuries.”—Sheridan

The Kill Order by James Dashner Review

The Kill Order by James Dashner Review

Author:
James Dashner

Publication Date:
August 14, 2012

Publisher:
Random House Children’s Publishing

Format:
Hardcover, 336 pages

Price:
CAD $20.99

Source:
A copy was provided by Random House Canada for review

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Description

The prequel to the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series.

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease.

Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next.

Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it’s mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.

Mark and Trina are convinced there’s a way to save those left living from descending into madness. And they’re determined to find it-if they can stay alive. Because in this new, devastated world, every life has a price. And to some, you’re worth more dead than alive.

About The Author

JAMES DASHNER was born and raised in Georgia but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. He is also the author of The 13th Reality.


Review

There’s jut something about James Dashner’s writing that sucks you in and doesn’t let up until that last page is read. The Kill Order was no different. There’s a lot of fast-paced action with a similar purpose as The Maze Runner, survival. Before the Gladers ever came to be, there was Mark. He was there when the sun flares dropped from the sky burning everything in sight, including human flesh. As gruesome as that sounds, there were a lot of scenes which were too horrible to picture. I don’t want to spoil it, but once you read these parts, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Apart from the gruesome scenes, the plot moves fast. Mark tries to find out the truth behind the people who shot his villag with a virus, rescuing his best friend, and most importantly, trying to stay sane when the virus starts to claim him. His battle between his normal conscious self, to the violent crazy self was intense. You can tell it takes a toll on him but he’s strong enough to fight it.

The description says a lot about Trina, his best friend, but she was hardly in the story to begin with. The romance was cute, not too cheesy and too winded. There was a lot going on so I’m glad it wasn’t the main focus.

The viewpoints change from the past to the present. It bothered me a tiny bit, just because there was such a break in the story. I would rather have liked it better if it was one continuous storyline. It would have flowed better in my opinion.

James Dashner has done it again, and I can’t wait what else he has in store for us.


Rating 4/5


Quotes

“This book would be so much better if I didn’t have some creepy guy stalking me while I tried to read it.”—Trina


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