Something that puzzled me all year was why, why, was there two Snow White movies coming out?
Was there some sort of great need for Snow White movies? Perhaps a Snow White crisis of some description? Did I miss the memo on that?
But then I asked Google just that, and found this random article which explained that the Julia Roberts version is the child version, and the Charlize Theron version is the adult version.
Got it! That makes sense.
Well, more sense than it did before. Still, two Snow White movies in one year...?
Anywhoo, I was dragged off - somewhat kicking and screaming - to Snow White and the Huntsman - last week.
Let's pop up some disclaimers, shall we?
I don't like fantasy books or fantasy movies, I don't like Kristen Stewart, I love Julia Roberts, I love Disney. I was also resentful of ...
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a book unbounded by genre but located at a magical crossroads where The Passage meets Philip Pullman and Twilight meets Pan's Labyrinth.
Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.
The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. 'He never says please', she sighed, but she gathered up her things.
When Brimstone called, she always came.
In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in 'Elsewhere', she has never understood Brimstone's dark work - buying teeth from hunters and murderers - nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret ...
Thanks to Pan Macmillan, I have not one but two Alyson Noël books to give away!
The fourth book in the moving and uplifting Riley Bloom series, exploring one girl's adventures in the afterlife – from the bestselling author of The Immortals.
Riley Bloom died, aged twelve, in a car crash with her parents and her beloved dog Buttercup. Her sister Ever survived – but that's another story. Riley must let go of Ever and all the things that tied her to life – and discover what she's meant to be in the afterlife. Riley is a soul catcher. That means helping the unhappy lost souls who stick around in the human realm to move on – and find their own place, over the bridge, in the great hereafter. With her spirit guide, Bodhi, and Buttercup by her side, Riley embarks on ...
Great to be a guest here at Literary Life. Thanks for hosting me, Megan. Today I am going to answer the question...
Why Write about Dragons?
I don't know. Why do some people play football? Why do others make patchwork quilts? It's what I like. They are beautiful to behold, and they have powers such as shape-shifting and humans have been telling stories about them for thousands of years. I haven't always been obsessed with dragons. It is a love that came to me as an adult when I wrote my first dragon story.
My First Dragon
I have to confess that my first dragon story wasn't my original idea. I stole it from my husband. It was a bedtime tale he had made up to tell our daughter [author Lili Wilkinson]. I developed the idea into a movie script and that first dragon ...
A chilling, edge-of-your seat thriller. Alien meets Moon.
Three teenagers are going on the trip of a lifetime. Only one is coming back.
It's been more than forty years since NASA sent the first men to the moon and to grab some much-needed funding and attention, they decide to launch an historic international lottery in which three lucky teenagers can win a week-long trip to moon base DARLAH 2 - a place that no one but top government officials even knew existed until now. The three winners, Antoine, Midori and Mia, come from all over the world.
But just before the scheduled launch, the teenagers each experience strange, inexplicable events. Little do they know that there was a reason NASA never sent anyone back there until now - a sinister reason. But the countdown has already begun...
Thanks to Hachette Australia, I have one ...
…And so welcomes the third installment of mini reviews for 2012!
After starting them last year in an excercise of brevity (as I'm known to be quite the rambler!) (and, let’s be honest, to help me out time-wise!) I’ve decided to bring them back! Hooray!
You can refer to them for tiny bite-sized morsels of good reading:)
Today's bite-sized reviews comes with a special competition - scroll down for your chance to win a copy of Night School by CJ Daugherty!
Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
This modern fable will delight lovers of Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne, (and it also reminded me of Lemony Snicket, whom I love) but more so anyone just wanting a fantastic read. Be warned, however, that although Oliver's strong, lyrical writing is there, take note that it's a very different style to her other books, and ...
I've done this a few times before, and I wanted to do it again today as I felt the two blurbs are so different, and give different views to the book.
So, blurb one from Walker Books:
A sassy ghost story with a Chinese twist.
Amy is always the support act to the beautiful and glamorous Rebecca. When they find a locket during an 80s dress-up day, Rebecca does not want anything to do with it as she thinks it is ugly. Using wisdom borrowed from Tolkien, Amy is able to open the locket and when she does she releases the ghost inside. Logan, the handsome teenager - obviously meant to haunt Rebecca, but stuck with Amy.
And blurb two, from Shirley's website:
If you had a second chance at love, would you do it all over again?
Amy has enough to deal with for one ...
Thanks for having me on your blog today Megan! I was a teen of the 90s, but the 80s are very special to me because those were the years I spent my childhood. 1988 in particular is significant as it was the year my family emigrated to Perth, Australia. It's also the same year that features in Preloved as a catalyst of a very traumatic chain of events that reverberate right into the present that my MC, Amy, lives in. I think it slipped in there semi-consciously which is interesting, so today I'm going to talk about me, the great brown nation and the late 80s! As my novel is called Preloved, I will wear my heart on my sleeve a little bit today!
Shirley Marr: bubblegum pink rah rah skirtI was born on Christmas ...
A Thousand Tiny Truths is the third novel by Toronto author Kyo Maclear. And what better day to win a copy but on a public holiday!
Born of an adulterous affair, ethnically ambiguous and growing up in the racially charged 1960s, life was never going to be kind to Marcel. Living with his white surrogate father, Oliver, Marcel clings to the piecemeal memories of his mother, desperate to know who his real parents are.
But the world is changing: coups, revolutions, the end of colonialism. When Oliver leaves Marcel to pursue his dream as a foreign correspondent, Marcel is set adrift in swinging London, a city of magic, of possibilities – and of devastating realities. When Marcel joins Oliver in Vietnam, and discovers the truth about his mother, his world is shattered.
Years later, when Marcel is asked to take care of eleven-year-old ...
This week has been a-crazy!
1) My housemate and I re-arranged my desk area in my bedroom. It took us over five hours to clean, move and finally re-assemble everything.
Here's the finished picture:
There's a printer behind the television, that's crushed pineapple in the bowl and the red thing on top of the monitor is my childhood alarm clock! I was so excited to find that (buried under piles of crap :P).
(Don't judge my Taylor Swift poster - focus on all the book things! :P)
I decided earlier that day that I missed using the huge desk I got from the side of the road, because that's in the study and not in my room. So I decided to move it!
The jumbled mess of cords under my old, small desk was an electrical hazard: there was three power boards on top of ...