Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Confessions of a Book Whore: I bought a Kindle


Welcome to the second installment of Confessions of a Book Whore. Today I am guesting at Liquid Books (i.e. Wesley Thompson - Digital aficionado and Digital Publisher at Pan Macmillan South Africa)


You’re buying a new car. You pick out the perfect model, do a few test drives and pick a colour. Everyone from your dad to your doctor’s aunt gives you advice on what to buy and what to avoid: particular models that put them through their own personal versions of hell.


After months of agonising over what to choose, one fine day something clicks and you discover the car of your dreams; the one that houses your bum to perfection, allows for leg room and can do everything but make you breakfast in the morning with a kiss. Your baby!
It’s a bit like buying an eReader.


You pick and choose; yell and shout; debate and argue. You do your research and get advice. Which eReader would fit you like the proverbial glove?


I recently took the plunge. I drowned out the dissenting voices, moved heaven and earth, and bought an eReader. Literally one click and four days later Amazon had delivered Sydney to me, bound in a brown box and filled with cables and booklets.


I know what you might be thinking. I gave into the fad. I lost my nerve. In the panic of the overwhelming proliferation of choice, I followed the hordes like a shameless sheep into Amazon’s digital heaven. Read More ...

Don't forget to leave a comment!!! 



Thursday, January 26, 2012

Confessions of a Book Whore


Thursday.  Pay Day. 1 More day till the Exclusive Books Summer Sale.  The only thing missing is a bathtub of chocolate and Brad Pitt serving me tea!

What makes today even more special, is that I am guesting over at 

syllable in the city



A friend once told me “Books are overrated”. Needless to say, that friend is no longer a friend, and with a fair amount of wailing, stomping and obscene language I marched them out my door and told them to never come back!
I always launch into how Winnie the PoohDr SeussRoald Dahl and Enid Blyton shaped the book whore in front of you today; how my father dropped me off at the library every Saturday and left me there until they closed – me kicking and struggling to stay. Or how every month, come hell or high water, I received a Blue Peter package with my name emblazoned on it. “What a life”, you may think.  It was.  I love books, so let me tell you how much!


So be sure to stop by and comment! 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Karma Suture by Rosamund Kendal

About the book

Sue Carey is a driven, 20-something doctor struggling to preserve her sanity, sobriety, and humanity in the corridors of one of Cape Town's biggest public hospitals. Finding imaginative ways of saving patients is her life's work, though finding a man who wants more than a one-night stand would be nice as well. Both harrowing and hilarious, her journey of self-discovery leads to the bedsides of the patients who make her weep and the men who make her weak. Based on the author's own experiences as a doctor in South Africa, this medical drama packs a quirky, feminine punch as it reveals powerful lessons on pain, sex, love, and ultimately, hope.

Thank you to Yamkela for the review copy

Review

I realise I am boarding this train late (What's new Kelly).  Rosamund Kendal brings South African fiction at its best to the foot of your door.  There is nothing I love more than picking up a book from my local fiction pile and thriving on it for a week.

Grey’s Anatomy and Table Mountain as its back drop, with a highly-strung 20 something doctor trying to decipher her place in the world of medicine.  I loved the book from word 1 till I hesitatingly put it back on my bookshelf.  I laughed, cried, gagged and held my breath all at a woman trying to figure out what makes a good doctor, a good woman and a good friend?
Kendal explores Cape Town through a very different backdrop, yes our heroine wines and dines in the larny restaurants, she also gets knee deep in what is typically South Africa’s medical system: No funds, sick mothers and dying children.  Gosh it’s no wonder Dr Sue Carey can barely figure what she wants when witnessing the horrors of Aids, Witch Doctors and drunken brawls.

So go! Get this book now, run, fight and gnaw your way to the shelves of your nearest bookstore for this one.  A perfect, feel-good book for 2012.

About the Author

After studying medicine for six years and then working as a doctor for another five, Rosamund Kendal decided that the creative side of her brain needed some stimulation and enrolled for the Masters degree in creative writing at UCT. She hasn’t been able to decide whether she prefers being a freelance writer or a general practitioner, so she’s come to a compromise and does both part-time.


Happy Reading ALL!


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Books I am excited about...

Working in a publishing house, the world of books takes one step closer to my front door than it should.  So as these babies plopped on my desk, I let out a rather high-pitched cry (close to that of an Amazonian woman in battle).

Check it out!

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

In this striking literary debut, Carol Rifka Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them.
An emotionally charged coming-of-age novel, Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a tender story of love lost and found, an unforgettable portrait of the way compassion can make us whole again.

Switched' by Amanda Hocking
When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might've been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - and it's one she's not sure if she wants to be a part of.

Let me know what you are biting for! 



Wednesday, January 18, 2012

White Cat by Holly Black

About the Book


Cassel comes from a family of curse workers -- people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail -- he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behaviour of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.

Review

Twitter was frantic with the buzz for Holly Black’s new book White Cat and believe it or not, that is where I get my most interesting “Next Book to Read” ideas.  I hadn’t read fantasy in ages and this was a perfect starter pack to get me going, why? Because:
  • It is the first in the series
  • I loved The Spiderwick Chronicles and
  • Don’t shun me for this but the COVER! Oh how pretty it is!

I set forth into the world of curse workers and glove wearers, adopting a pair of gloves myself while reading this, I was enthralled!  I fell in love with Cassel from the get go; the black sheep of an already blackened family and a very hazy past that (watch my humour here now) pounces on him like a skittish cat! 

I am far from giving the plot away, but I can tell you that Black weaves you through mafia families, witches far from Harry Potter and secrets so foul you’ll recoil in disgust.  What a way to wrap myself in fantasy and underworld magic.  Holly Black has managed, eloquently, to prove herself as a writer for the adult genre and does it just as well as her YA and Children’s genres.


Now for some news, and again I realise I am late on this one, but I have book 2 (Ok ok I book 3 is out) but I am so excited to sink my teeth into it!  So here goes – a whirlwind adventure awaits me!


About the Author


Holly Black is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Spiderwick Chronicles series and other contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children. Her latest work is the graphic novel series The Good Neighbours. Holly lives in a Tudor Revival house in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, and an ever-expanding collection of books. For more information about her, please visit www.blackholly.com



How great are the covers!!



Monday, January 16, 2012

Tempest by Julie Cross

About the Book

The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there are no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.
That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveller. Recruit… or kill him.
Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

Review

How many times do I have to eat my words about gushy Young Adult novels that seem to hold the same old formula that authors like Francine Pascal, Roald Dahl, Judy Blume, Enid Blyton and J.K Rowling have done with far more flair and ease.  Julie Cross is one to add to the timeless ranks of these imaginative authors.

Up until now it has been all zombies, vampires, angels, wizards and family legends so with a stifled yawn; I roll my eyes at lines on blogs saying “The Next Rowling!” – In bold curvy letters emblazoned in a sickly pink (usually in a flash of glitter) – about a girl-meets-boy-story-boy-is-an-angsty-glittery-vampire.  Ok enough of my rantings, back to the review.  Firstly (let me quote a line from the book):

Erase everything you’ve ever heard about time travel, because it will just confuse you.”

I would be as bold to say this is a “Time Traveller’s Wife” for teens, but Time Traveller’s Wife wasn’t read in one sitting nor did it have me gnawing my nails in suspense (don’t get me wrong I loved Time Traveller’s Wife).




Time Jumper – that is what Jackson Meyer is.  A genetics experiment conducted in lab (insert Frankenstein laughing) created this young man and his twin sister.  This book pretty much has it all: Jackson the hot male lead and narrator (about time!), A family so wrapped up in secrets it would make the Godfather cringe, a lead female character that throws shoes (Oh YES! Bring on the feisty female who can stand up for herself) and a great deal of time-travelling. 

I was afraid that the worlds would collide and I would get wrapped up in times, dates and the complicated genetics terms; fear not reader! Julie Cross sets it out diary style so, you the reader, know the exact time and date you (and Jackson) are.  I fear I am gushing about this book and oh did I search for the flaws and I thought I had found one but instead Julie Cross wins you over with Jackson’s need to save the girl he loves (Insert sigh) and his realisation that no matter when and where he time travels, Jackson cannot fix everything.  This realisation brings on an ending that had me, the cynic, wide-eyed with grief.  WHAT A GREAT ENDING!

So please ignore my frantic protests for book two and grab this one for yourself – go on!




About Julie Cross

Julie Cross lives in Champaign, Illinois, United States with her husband and three children. Julie is a YMCA Gymnastics Program Director, which means she works with lots of teenagers, who help to inspire the characters she creates. The Tempest is her first novel for young adults. 


Happy Reading All!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

BLOG TOUR: Tempest by Julie Cross

We are kicking 2012 off with a bang!

Welcome to It's a Book Thing's very first blog tour.  Hold back the applause and streamers because this is a real treat; so feast your eyes and kick up your legs (grab a cup of tea) as My Kinda Book presents Tempest by Julie Cross Blog Tour.


Without further adieu, I give you the Behind the Scenes Interactive Trailer of Julie Cross's Tempest.

Julie Cross said this about the trailer:
The trailer is so awesome! It's cool and creepy and very original. I got major goosbumps

Go Back in Time Trailer

Don't Go Back in Time Trailer

 

Tempest Trailer Storyboboard 

See the behind-the-scenes photos


Find out more about Tempest and about Julie Cross at My Kinda Book
 
For more awesome snip-bits and interviews check out the platter of hosts on the Tempest blog tour.  Happy Hopping!

 


What did you think of the Trailer?

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