Sunday, 6 May 2012

Stacking The Shelves #2

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews that is all about sharing what books we've added to our shelves lately. 

So I picked up more books at the library this week, but I haven't even got started on my haul from last week. I can't wait for things to quiet down at Uni so that I can get back to reading more. In the mean time I just stare longingly at my pretty pile of books sitting on my desk. 

The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder 
Stay by Deb Caletti 
Spellbound by Cara Lynn Schultz
Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3) by Rachel Hawkins 

Such a weird coincidence that I have two books with the same title. Well, almost the same. On another slightly related note, I wish that they did all the covers of Sarah Dessen's books in Australia with the black background.

What do you think? They are both pretty cool, but I just like the look of the black more. 

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Book Review: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Title: Graffiti Moon
Author: Cath Crowley
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Released: August 2010 

It’s the end of Year 12. Lucy’s looking for Shadow, the graffiti artist everyone talks about.
His work is all over the city, but he is nowhere.
Ed, the last guy she wants to see at the moment, says he knows where to find him. He takes Lucy on an all-night search to places where Shadow’s thoughts about heartbreak and escape echo around the city walls.
But the one thing Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.  - Goodreads. 

My Review: 

Graffiti Moon is a fast paced ride through one night in the lives of teenagers Lucy, Ed, and Leo. It’s a night where anything could happen and is possible, a night of chasing dreams and of being reckless. Crowley captures those teenage feelings of vulnerability, rebellion, invincibility, and of believing nothing will ever be as important as it did when you’re a teenager. 

Lucy is chasing a dream and the idea of a boy, while struggling to understand her parents new relationship wants to see a world of only beautiful things, like the glass she blows. Shadow is a boy who says little about himself out loud but expresses himself through his graffiti of ghosts trapped in jars and yellow birds lying feet up. Poet, who unlike Ed, has a way with words, a broken heart and broken family. Each of the characters are dealing with their own issues on the last night of Year 12 when the possibilities of what lies after high school is both frightening and exhilarating. Crowley interweaves the points of view of the three characters flawlessly and while I sometimes find that changes in point of view can be jarring and hard to follow Crowley executes the changes well and the characters each have a distinct voice. 

The thing that sets Graffiti Moon apart from other YA stories about mistaken identity, romance and broken families is Crowley’s lyrical style of writing. The intrinsic artistic nature of all three characters is represented on the page through the language used by Crowley. I loved these characters so much that I kept flicking through the last pages of the book hoping that there would be more.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #4

Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill
November 13th 2012 by Delacorte 

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that's also why she's chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB ("meant to be").

But this spring break, Julia's rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she's partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be. 

I really love this cover. The colours are so pretty. A cool cover is normally enough to get me interested in a book, but the summary for this is equally as attention grabbing. A geeky, uptight protagonist who is forced to pair up with her nemesis/class clown sounds like a recipe for lots of laughs. And it all takes place in London! 

What are you waiting on this week? 

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