Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Blog Tour: Interview with Gayle Forman

As part of an exciting opportunity with Simon & Schuster Australia, some of us Aussie bloggers were given the chance to interview the fabulous Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay, Just One Day, and most recently I Was Here.

I Was Here was a book that I enjoyed very much, in fact, it has been my favourite book of Forman's so far, and I was pretty excited about being able to interview the author of such a gem!

We all got to ask Gayle one question; these questions will be revealed throughout the week and the full interview with all the questions will be posted on the Aussie YA Bloggers blog on March 8th (link to that will be below).

Without further ado, here's my question! Thanks to Kelly @ Diva Booknerd for making all the lovely graphics!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Review: Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Title: Since You've Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

The Pre-Sloane Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.

But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.

Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…
Review by Nara

Monday, March 2, 2015

Reading Compatibility Test 2: Contemporary Edition

Basically, I'm going to give you a list of statements that you have to agree or disagree with. If you have any idea what book/series they're referring to, it means that you've probably read some of the books that I've read, i.e. our reading tastes are somewhat compatible. I thought it'd be more interesting doing this in quiz form than me just listing off some of the books that I enjoy. Really, this feature is going to be a series of disguised recommendation posts!

In honour of Contemporary Conversations, this edition of the Reading Compatibility Test will be on some my favourite contemporary novels!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

It's Time for Contemporary Conversations

I can't believe it's already March! The start of the year went by ridiculously quickly...
But since it is March, it's the start of a new bookish event: Contemporary Conversations. Basically this is an event hosted by Kayla @ The Thousand Lives (a.k.a. beloved book twinnie) and Veronica @ Talking Bookworm that lasts for the entire month of March and is to celebrate the contemporary genre.

I'm actually a massive fan of contemporary novels, especially in the way that they can really make you empathise with the characters. Often your main characters are in situations where you can easily imagine yourself being in. They're not in some fantasy world, they're not trying to take down a government. They could be the girl who lives down the street or the boy who works at your nearby grocery store, or your sibling, or your best friend. There's just something very real about the contemporary protagonist.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Review: The Memory Key by Liana Liu

Title: The Memory Key
Author: Liana Liu
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Release Date: 3 March, 2015
Source: HarperTeen via Edelweiss

In a five-minutes-into-the-future world, a bereaved daughter must choose between losing memories of her mother to the haze of time and the reality-distorting, visceral pain of complete, perfect recall.

Lora Mint is determined not to forget.

Though her mother’s been dead for five years, Lora struggles to remember every detail about her—most importantly, the specific events that occurred the night she sped off in her car, never to return.

But in a world ravaged by Vergets disease, a viral form of Alzheimer’s, that isn’t easy. Usually Lora is aided by her memory key, a standard-issue chip embedded in her brain that preserves memories just the way a human brain would. Then a minor accident damages Lora’s key, and her memories go haywire. Suddenly Lora remembers a moment from the night of her mother’s disappearance that indicates her death was no accident. Can she trust these formerly forgotten memories? Or is her ability to remember every painful part of her past driving her slowly mad—burying the truth forever?

Lora’s longing for her lost mother and journey to patch up her broken memories is filled with authentic and poignant emotion. Her race to uncover the truth is a twisty ride. In the end, Liana Liu’s story will spark topical conversations about memory and privacy in a world that is reliant on increasingly invasive forms of technology.
Review by Nara

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Review: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

Title: A Wicked Thing
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy
Release Date: 24 February, 2015
Source: HarperTeen via Edelweiss

Rhiannon Thomas's dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and what happens after happily ever after.

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

Her family is long dead. Her "true love" is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.
Review by Nara

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Love Triangles That Actually....Work

The love triangle.
One of the most used tropes in YA today, and among one of the most hated.

You know, recently I came to the conclusion that I actually don't mind love triangles. That is, I don't mind them when they're done well. Of course, if it's some stupid triangle where we have instalove on both sides, or where it's completely clear that the protagonist prefers one person over the other, no one is going to like that. But there are some books which do the love triangle so damn well that we honestly have no idea who we should choose to ship the protagonist with, or where both love interests are so awesome that we're left flip flopping from one to the other.

These are those love triangles.