Friday, 22 August 2014

Giveaway: Win one of two copies of Belzhar

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Belzhar is available in Australia, October 2014
With thanks to Simon and Schuster Australia

If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be  at home in New Jersey with her sweet British  boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching  old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing  him in the library stacks. 

She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English.

But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.
Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.
Look out for my retweet to win giveaway for a bonus copy on Twitter.

With thanks to Simon and Schuster Australia, win one of two copies of Belzhar, the breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance by New York Times best selling author Meg Wolitzer.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel by Neil Gaiman

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The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel (Book One)
Written by Neil Gaiman
Adapted and illustrated by P. Craig Russell
Graphic Novel, Paranormal
Published in Australia August 2014
188 Pages
Thank you to Bloomsbury Australia
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An irresistibly brilliant graphic novel adaptation of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, adapted by award winning illustrator P. Craig Russell. This is the first of two volumes.

Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard. But it's in the land of the living that the real danger lurks, for it is there that the man Jack lives, and he has already killed Bod's family.

Each chapter is illustrated by a different artist, with contributions from P. Craig Russell, Kevin Nowlan, Tony Harris and Scott Hamptom, Galen Showman, Jill Thompson and Stephen B. Scott.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Jeann's Guest Review: Roomies by Sara Zarr

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Roomies
Written by Sara Zarr, Tara Altebrando
Contemporary, New Adult
Published December 24th 2014
279 Pages
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It's time to meet your new roomie.

When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman year roommate assignment, she shoots off an email to coordinate the basics: Television, microwave, mini fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of emails that alters the landscape of each girl's summer, and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.

As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives... And each other. Even though they've never met.

National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr and acclaimed author Tara Altebrando join forces for a novel about growing up, leaving home, and getting that one fateful email that assigns your college roommate.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

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Afterworlds
Written by Scott Westerfeld
Contemporary, Paranormal
Expected publication September 23rd 2014
608 Pages
Thank you to Edelweiss and Simon Pulse
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Darcy Patel has put college on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. With a contract in hand, she arrives in New York City with no apartment, no friends, and all the wrong clothes. But lucky for Darcy, she’s taken under the wings of other seasoned and fledgling writers who help her navigate the city and the world of writing and publishing. Over the course of a year, Darcy finishes her book, faces critique, and falls in love.

Woven into Darcy's personal story is her novel, Afterworlds, a suspenseful thriller about a teen who slips into the 'Afterworld' to survive a terrorist attack. The Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead, and where many unsolved, and terrifying, stories need to be reconciled. Like Darcy, Lizzie too falls in love… Until a new threat resurfaces, and her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she cares about most.