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New Movie Cover Edition for Stephenie Meyer’s New Moon June 23, 2009

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http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2009/06/new-moon-cover.html

I thought you may appreciate the above article.

It shows the official cover for the movie tie in version of New Moon soon to be released…which is awesome.

Enjoy!

More actual book reviews will be coming soon, but I’m still tied up in writing/summer holidays.

KJ
theBookGirl

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman June 18, 2009

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Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Noughts and Crosses is a truly excellent book which treads the delicate path of racist attitudes weaving between a passionate and strong romance.

“I had to make a choice. I had to decide what kind of friend Callum was going to be to me. But what surprised and upset me was that I even had to think about it…

Callum is a nought – a second-class citizen in a world run by the ruling Crosses. He is also one of the first nought youngsters to be given the chance of a decent education by studying at a school for Crosses…

Sephy is a Cross, daughter of one of the most powerful men in the country – a man doing his best to keep power in the hands of the Crosses. Friends with Callum since early childhood, hoping for something more to develop, she is looking forward to Callum’s arrival at her school…

But in their world, noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. And as hostility turns to violence, can Callum and Sephy possibly find a way to be together? They are determined to try. And then a bomb explodes…”

This novel deals with many of the delicate issues in modern society, very carefully intertwining them with a romance story which will affect for days, weeks, months, years to come.

Racism is a main feature of this novel and the separation between the black people and the white people is heart wrenching as Sephy and Callum struggle to remain true to who they are and what they believe.

Terrorism also features, as it always does when extreme prejudice has occurred, and this provides a very real edge to the story which can be felt second hand as realistic in today’s society.

The story between Sephy and Callum is one, once again, of forbidden love. Where in Mansfield Park it’s the love of a cousin, or in Twilight of an immortal, here it is a divide of classes which causes the problem.

This story cuts deep into the heart as it unfolds, with many twists and emotional tales, the characters we very quickly feel close to and a part of, ruthlessly carry on the story, uncaring of our pleas to make different choices or for the cruel world to change in a sentence.

This story will most definitely take you on a journey you will not forget in a hurry, and even if you have a heart of stone, this story will hurt you and mend you, changing you throughout its course as we catch a glimpse of Sephy and Callum’s life.

This novel is definitely worth a read, if you haven’t picked it up already. All you will need to undertake the journey is a box of tissues and the beautifully crafted words of Malorie Blackman.

KJ
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The Cherry Blossom Tree June 18, 2009

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I’m writing a novel which will be named something along the lines of “The Cherry Blossom Tree”.

I am currently still writing it, and so this is taking up a lot of my time, which is why there is sometimes a lack of posts.

To read more about my novel, please feel free to visit my other site.

KJ
theBookGirl

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer June 8, 2009

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Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Brief warning: Only read this review if you have read Twilight and New Moon! I do reference those novels, although I give no spoilers for Eclipse.

 

Eclipse; the third installment of the Twilight Saga, more than lives up to the introduction and sequel which Twilight and New Moon gave. This novel shows the story after the return of Edward and the reconciliation with Jake. Once again Meyer delivers a fabulous combination of developed characters, spine-tingling horror and deep, forbidden, love.

“Bella?

Edward’s soft voice came from behind me. He pulled me into his arms at once, and kissed me. His kiss frightened me. There was too much tension, too strong an edge on the way his lips crushed mine – like he was afraid we had only so much time left with us.

As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob – knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

Following the international bestsellers Twilight and New Moon, Eclipse is the much-anticipated third book in Stephenie Meyer’s captivating saga of vampire romance.”

Eclipse, as the absolute centre of the beautiful saga, is filled with drama and emotions; so much love, so much hate, so much tenderness one heart can hardly bear such a novel, yet as your heart is torn apart and roughly sewn back together, no matter what team you’re on, you will find yourself once again absorbed into Bella’s world of mythical creatures. 

Bella, once again heroine, has to find a ground where she is comfortable, unwilling to give up either gorgeous hunk in her life, but being forced to choose by each, she is now in the predicament of all predicaments, and as she slowly tears her life apart on a quest for something it seems she cannot have, yet more drama unfolds as Victoria is still after her, the good vamps are back, but the increasing wolf pack is also still around.

I can promise you three things from this novel:

1) Edward is more romantic and more desirable than ever; he shows how much he cares for Bella and what a good person he really is. In this novel I felt so much pain on his behalf, and this is clearly well written by Meyer, as she once again gets the reader to connect with the characters

2) Jake gets his look in; we all know that Jake would never let Bella disappear from his life without a fight, and so the situation between Edward and Jacob is created – pick your team and get ready for great heart ache!

3) The violence and action, the horror and thrills aren’t nearly over yet – remember you still have Victoria prowling around out to get Bella, not to mention the Volturi’s ominous warning that they’d check up on Bella’s vamp status… if you think New Moon had action you haven’t seen anything yet…

This novel is a truly great continuation of the saga, and although the feeling is general more of despair and hatred rather than love and hope, Meyer still captivates her audience as the plot becomes darker, and not only are our favourite characters given further depth (even shallow old Rosalie) but we have a whole new cast who are equally as deep and complex.

Bad points? Well, once again Bella spends far too much time complaining and feeling sorry for herself 0- she still needs to be more constructive and the heroine a bit, instead of the moaning damsel in distress. However, she does grow up a lot in this novel, which is definitely something to look out for.

In conclusion, a darker and fuller plot with the amazing characters which Meyer has created will make you longing for Forks long after you read this gorgeous novel.

KJ
theBookGirl

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott June 6, 2009

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women is a world-famous classic novel written in the mid-1800s and still cherished now, generations later. 

The story follows the four March sisters and their mother over the course of a year as they try to keep cheerful and remain hardworking despite their father being at war and the sudden poverty they wish they could overcome.

 The description on the blurb reads:

“Timeless in its evocation of idealised family life and robustly enduring, Little Women is recognised as one of the best-loved classic children’s stories of all time.

 Originally written as a ‘girls’ story’, its appeal transcends boundaries of time and age, making it as popular with adults as it is with young readers. For this is a beguiling story of happiness and hope, of the joys of companionship, domestic harmony and infinite mother love, all seen through the life of the March family.

 But which of the March sisters to love best, for every reader must have their favourite: independent, tomboyish Jo; delicate, loving Beth; pretty, kind Meg; or, precocious and beautiful Amy, the baby of the family?

 

Little Women was an instant success when first published in 1868, and was followed a year later by the sequel, Good Wives.”

 Every chapter uncovers a new adventure complete with moral lesson, which keeps you reading until the end, and makes you re-evaluate your own choices, as you aspire to be more hardworking, kind and caring like the March girls learn. 

The values are learned with much developed emotion and wonderful characters, all with faults and strengths. The characters are very well written, and although not as dimensional as ones in a novel with fewer main characters, there is certainly enough for them to be realistic and enjoyable companions throughout the novel.

 The style is maybe a little basic when at first read, as it is aimed at children, but after the first chapter or so, it is very easy to fall into the gentle pace and beautiful descriptions, enjoying the bildungsroman fully. The fun-loving Jop adds drama and humour with her best friend Laurie who we learn to love and cherish right from the beginning.

 This is an enchanting novel and definitely deserves to be read – it is rare to find such an inspiring novel without feeling like you are being lectured. 

KJ
theBookGirl 

Uninvoked June 4, 2009

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Uninvoked is a novel written over a blog, which is a really interesting way of publishing it. You can find it here.

 

This novel-in progress is updated every Sunday to give the next thrilling intallment of the story, and I, like everyone who reads it, cannot wait.

Having only discovered Uninvoked today, I have read the story so far and can honestly say it is thrilling, spine -tingling and exceptionally well written.

The description, written as an intro on the blog is as follows:

It’s not easy being magic-less in a magical world…fortunately not all jobs require the ability to enchant.

Amy is carving a name for herself as a world class snoop. Want dirt on the governor’s daughter? Amy’s got it covered. Information on the Duke’s enemies? Fees apply. Facts on the Stronghold Assassins? Well, no. You’ll have to hire a hero for that.

Unfortunately, investigating the Stronghold is exactly what the handsome Invoker Bernard wants her to do. Amy has very little choice but to accept his case, but there’s evidence that Bernard may mean more harm than good to Eberhard. Can Amy figure out the truth before it’s too late, or will she be destroyed by these two new powerful enemies? Find out by reading Uninvoked.”

After just the first chapter which unlocks fantasy, magic and adventure, I can guarantee you’ll want to read more.

The main character, Amy, is a girl outcasted by general society, but dares to be different by choosing to use this to her advantage.

The plot already has a good few twists and turns and is developed enough to give a number of well written and beautifully realistic characters, with hints at sub-plots and adventure. At the end of each short chapter you, as the reader, are filled with anticipation and excitement for what will happen next. Suspense and tension are always present and this novel has the annoyingly brilliant characteristic of always making you want to figure out what is happening and know the true depth of each character as they sheild their secrets.

One of the mopst interesting points I have found with it so far, is how the outcasted society – the indelfy – still have power where as in similar circumstances they can be attacked with magic, but cannot attack themselves. This shakes the standardised magical theories and is a plausible twist which adds much more substance to something like magic.

The only bad point so far is not necessarily bad so much as requiring lots of concentration – there is new vocab to asist the amazing world created, and this means that there are names of people, places and labels which need to be remembered, and are unfamiliar at present. I am certain that they will become as familiar as “muggles” or “death eaters” but at the moment need concentration.

I would liken this style to realistic fantasy such as that found within the Magician’s Guild trilogy, Magyk, and the Ropemaker.

This is definitely a site worth checking out and I sincerely hope you enjoy it as much as Ido. All this leaves me to say is to the author: please keep it coming!!

KJ
theBookGirl 

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen June 3, 2009

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Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

This beautiful story follows the loving and mysterious character of Fanny Price, and her challenges as she is brought into a world of riches and elegance by her rich Uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram. She comes to live in his house, with his children, at the age of ten, and now, at the age of 18 she is introduced to love and responsibility.

The blurb of the book declares:

“Is love a matter for the head or the heart?

Fanny Price has always felt like an outsider. She was adopted by her uncle as a child and now lives in luxury at Mansfield Park, but doesn’t fit in somehow. Shyer and much sweeter than the glamorous cousins she has grown up with, she feels she can only stand by and watch from the sidelines, never living her own life.

Fanny won’t admit – even to herself – who she really loves, Her uncle conducts the search for a husband as if it were a business deal, and when the time for Fanny to marry comes, will she be handed over on a handshake? Or will she have the strength to make her own mistakes – and finally find true happiness?

 

Fanny is a beautifully developed character; she is not loud, or popular, or “accomplished” but we love her as she is kind, and wise, and tender.

Her challenge is to believe in herself, stay true to what she believes and to live with the burdens which cause her trouble.

We meet the enchanting Edmund Beertram, who is dashing, kind and such a gentleman. As Fanny’s cousin, he protects and loves her, and encourages her in all her challenges, little knowing the largest one involves himself.

This book is written very well, telling the reader just enough for us to guess the true feelings of Fanny, without being patronising, clumpy or heavy. Fanny’s character is hard to write as she is so timid and shy, so cannot be displayed in the over-emotional state of so many characters. 

All the characters throughout the novel are equally well written, none pure evil, but many misguided or with ill qualities, as is realistic. 

The plot is fairly simple but has many a twist and turn which prevent predictability.

The ending (without spoilers) surprised me as I wasn’t sure how Austen would conjure such a thing and make it work; but it did.

I felt that some minor characters, however, were a little under-developed and not so real in the world as Fanny, Edmund and William. However little else is there that I found disappointing or otherwise negative about the book.

In conclusion, definitely read this if you like other Austen books or period classics. The love story’s plot is very well written and worth your while. Once you get your teeth into this book, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to put it down. 

KJ
theBookGirl 

Exam and Revision Advice June 1, 2009

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For those of you sitting exams right now, I have a little advice in case your panicking:

  1. Having revised as much as possible, do not do revision the day before the exam – it’ll just make you panic!
  2. If you have time on the day of the exam go over very breif notes, but don’t stress about it
  3. Don’t go near your friends who are doing the exam if you can help it – chances are they’ll be panicking as much as you and that will multiply if you’re together
  4. The night before, do something you enjoy: relax, read a book, watch a film, just don’t stay up late revising!
  5. If you know you haven’t revised enough, take a deep breath and calm down. You need to concentrate – if you have an English exam, don’t try learning 35 quotes, an A4 description of each character and all the subplots… pick out a quote per character and per theme. Have a bullet point on each theme, plot, character and point of notice, and learn these. In the exam you can build on it. 
    If it’s a different subject, like geography, just summarise the main points from each topic onto a postcard and learn that…it’s never too late to learna sentence!
  6. Writing stuff out helps me remember stuff, but so does making posters, or making post it notes, or telling my friends, or talking to myself, or making up hand movements. What I’m saying is, shut your door and be a fool if it helps -just do what makes you remember things! I relate stuff I learn to my favourite books which calms me down and helps me remember!
  7. Breathe. Breathing is really important.
  8. If people are interfering, or fussing when they’re just trying to help, explain calmly and let them know or they’ll never stop. But don’t let it get to you.
  9. Before you pick up your pen in the exam take a few deep breaths and read the questions – don’t answer a question it doesn’t ask you!
  10. Finally, plan ahead – if you’ve left it too late for an exam tomorrow don’t waste your time repeating stuff you’ll never learn – move on to revise the stuff for the day after!

I hope this helps!

Good luck to all of you!

You may have noticed a lack in postings but that’s because of my own exams – I only have 2 weeks left and then I’m all yours! Next reviews are to be on Mansfield Park, Little Women, a comparison between Angels and Demons book and film and maybe a review on Beauty.

KJ
theBookGirl

New Moon Trailer June 1, 2009

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THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON trailer in HD

This is the OFFICIAL trailer for The Twilight Saga: New Moon. I’m sorry for going off topic, but it’s just so exciting 🙂

It was released at the MTV awards yesterday.

Taycob fans: 1.26 for you
Robward fans: the beginning
Twilight fans: prepare to be amazed
Everyone else: sorry

KJ
theTwilighterBookGirl