Goodbye, Old Friends

July 18, 2011 at 7:00 am (Uncategorized)

I’ve been thinking about this for some time, and I feel I must act on it. I’m abandoning this blog, in favour of a pretty new blog over at BlogSpot. Mainly so that I can have that Google Friends Connect thing, and show how many delicious followers I have.

If you wish to visit me, I will now be found over at http://booksfrommars.blogspot.com/

Add it to your RSS feeds, or Google Friends Connect me, or whatever it is that people do over at BlogSpot.

I’ll sure miss you guys, but I’ve added all the awesome people on my RSS feed, so I can keep up with you.

So, I say farewell. It was great while it lasted. 🙂

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Once Upon a Read-a-thon Update 3

July 13, 2011 at 5:35 am (Read-a-thon)

It’s 5:30 AM Wednesday morning here in Australia. I’m awake, thanks to a nap that had sneaked up on me several hours ago. I’ve gotten a lot of reading done since then, the most reading I’d done since this read-a-thon had started, actually, which is a bit sad. Anyways, stats:

Currently Reading: Mortal Kiss – Alice Moss
Last Book Read: The Mean Seasons – Bill Willingham
Next to Read:  Don’t know yet!
Total Books Read: 4
Total Pages Read: 872
Books Read Since Last Update: 2
Pages Read Since Last Update: 463
Total Time Read: 10 hours

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Once Upon a Read-a-thon Update #2

July 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm (Uncategorized)

Bleh, it’s 4:30 PM Tuesday, I’m halfway through the read-a-thon, and haven’t been doing much reading lately. Today, I’ve been busy with sleeping (I’m sick, so sleep is important, right?), going to an important meeting and then grocery shopping. I’m hoping to get a lot more reading done this afternoon and before I go to sleep. NO DISTRACTIONS!

Currently Reading: M is for Magic – Neil Gaiman (pg 105 of 249)
Last Book Read: The Adoration of Jenna Fox – Mary E. Pearson
Next to Read: The Mean Seasons – Bill Willingham; Mortal Kiss – Alice Moss
Total Books Read: 2
Total Pages Read: 369
Books Read Since Last Update: 1
Pages Read Since Last Update: 220
Total Time Read: 5ish hours

 

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Review: Daughter of the Forest

July 11, 2011 at 9:54 pm (5 stars, Australian, review) (, , , , , , )

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

Pages: 552, paperback

ISBN: 9780330424417

Publisher: Pan Australia

Date Released: November 1st, 2008 (first published 1999)

Genre: adult/ fantasy/ romance / retelling / historical

Source:  library

Premise:

A beautiful retelling of the Celtic “Swans” myth, Daughter of the Forest is a mixture of history and fantasy, myth and magic, legend and love… To reclaim the lives of her brothers, Sorcha leaves the only safe place she has ever known and embarks on a journey filled with pain, loss and terror. When she is kidnapped by enemy forces and taken to a foreign land, it seems that there will be no way for Sorcha to break the spell that condemns all that she loves. But magic knows no boundaries, and Sorcha will have to choose between the live she has always known and a love that comes only once.

(Taken from Goodreads)

Buy it from: The Book Depository / Amazon

It was about time that I started this book. I’d heard nothing but stellar reviews about this book. The fact that Marillier lives in Australia (albeit the Western part, which is literally desert)and being born in New Zealand made this even more irresistible.

When I first started this, I sort of really disliked it. My thoughts were “WTF is this? It’s so slow, nothing’s happening! I don’t care about her family! How do you pronounce that?” It takes some getting used to, because the writing is so thick and verbose. This is not a quick read. This is the kind of book you slowly savour, reading it and relishing in the beauty of the words. Everything comes to like around you, the smells and sounds of the forest, the hardships that Sorcha had to deal with, everything. By the end of the first chapter (which is 30 pages long, but feels like 300), I was loving it. I loved how the reader got to know every detail about Sorcha’s family, no matter how grizzly and dark it may be. I loved the relationships between Sorcha and her brothers, how they all felt real and different from each other, which I think is quite a feat when too many characters are introduced at once. You really get to know all the characters in such a way that they become important to you, and not only do you see a growth in Sorcha,  but in everyone else.

Sorcha is a very strong young woman; despite her gift for storytelling, she keeps silent, even when it costs her her life. She does all she can to break the spell that the Lady Oonagh cast on her brothers. She lives through her hardships, seemingly by herself, but she had Red to help her, and her brothers, who believe in her persistence and patience.

The story, based on the Celtic Swans myth, adds so much depth to such a fairytale. I absolutely love fairytales, and this one is one of the best that I’ve read so far. It still retains the magical properties of a fairytale, while having its own element.

This is a novel that doesn’t shy away from the hard stuff. There is rape, abuse, torture. It really feels like a kick in the gut. So why read it, then, if it’s so heavy? Well, there are also moments of hope and love–both romantic love and familial love.

Cover Art: 3
Plot: 4
Characters: 5
Writing: 5
Level of Interest: 5

Total Rating: 5/5 stars

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Once Upon a Read-a-thon Update 1

July 11, 2011 at 5:39 pm (Read-a-thon) (, , , , )

Well, I’m back, like I promised, and here are a few quick stats about the last few hours. I woke up with a sore throat and a migraine today, so I’m a bit loopy on cold and flu medication, which is making reading a bit of a challenge. BUT I WILL PERSEVERE! I need to make a dent in my library book pile so that I can actually manage to read books for review and books that I own.

Also, I might post a few reviews later on so that you’re not bombarded with boring updates.

If you want, you can follow me on Twitter (button in the side column) and follow my progress. Alternatively, you can follow the #OUreadathon hashtag for mine and other peoples progress.

Currently Reading:
Last Book Read:

Next to Read: 
Total Books Read: 1
Total Pages Read: 147
Books Read Since Last Update: 1
Pages Read since last update: 147
Total time read: 3 hours, on and off

Well, happy reading! I’ll be back in a few more hours with another update just before bed. 🙂

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Once Upon a Read-a-thon

July 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm (Read-a-thon) (, , , )

Hello fellow book-lovers. I know I haven’t been doing much updating, but I’m hoping to remedy that with this nifty little read-a-thon.

Once Upon a Read-a-ThonThe Once Upon a Rea-a-thon is hosted by Lori at Pure Imagination, Candace at Candace’s Book Blog, and Angela at Reading Angel, and runs from 12:01 AM on July 11 to 11:59 PM on July 13th.
I’m starting a bit late (it’s12:09 PM July 11th as of writing this), but oh well. I’m sure I’ll catch up. I’ll try to update every 2-3 hours (except for when I’m sleeping, of course) with reading stats.

Right now, I’m reading The Goblin Wood, and have about 20 pages left of it. Afterwards, I’m hoping to dive into The Adoration of Jenna Fox. As for after that, who knows. I’m not sure how many books I’m aiming for in these next three days. Perhaps 6-8. I’ll probably also be reading a few graphic novels to ease the pressure and stop me from getting too bored. I don’t think that’s cheating? I hope. 😛

I’ll see you all in a few hours with updates. 🙂

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