Home About Reviews Policies Library Contact

A Quick Update

Wow, it's been nearly a month since my last post! Sorry about that. It's been pretty hectic my neck of the woods, what with work and visiting family and reading lots and lots of books. Also …
Read More

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce - Review

Title: Alanna: The First Adventure
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: Song of the Lioness
Genre: YA Fantasy Adventure, Junior Fiction
Publisher: Scholastic Point
Release Date: 1983
Format: Paperback
Pages: 216
Rating:
Purchase: Booktopia, Book Depository, Angus & Robertson

From now on I'm Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I'll be a knight.

And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Thom heads for the convent to learn magic; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page.

But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies.

Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna's first adventure begins - one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land.

I've always considered Tamora Pierce to be one of my favourite authors, but funnily enough I can only remember reading three of her books: Tricksters Choice, Tricksters Queen and Terrier. I don't …
Read More

Starters by Lissa Price

Title: Starters
Author: Lissa Price
Series: Starters (#1)
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Dystopia
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Release Date: 05/04/2012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Rating:
Purchase: Booktopia, Book Depository, Angus & Robertson

First, Callie lost her parents.

Then she lost her home.

And, finally, she lost her body.

But she will stop at nothing to get it back...

Starters follows the story of Callie, an unclaimed minor living in a semi post-apocalyptic America where only starters (20ish and younger) and elders have survived.  It is told in first …
Read More

Storm Front (Dresden Files #1)

Title: Storm Front
Author: Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Buzzy Multimedia
Release Date: 10/06/2009 (first published 01/04/2000)
Format: Audiobook
Rating:
Purchase: Audible, Booktopia, Book Depository, Angus & Robertson

Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he's the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the "everyday" world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a—well, whatever.

There's just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry's seeing dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry's name. And that's when things start to get interesting.

Magic. It can get a guy killed.

Storm Front is an adult urban fantasy that's light on the lore without skimping on important details, and focuses more on friendship than romance. I listened to the 8 hour audio book narrated by …
Read More