July 30, 2011

Winner of the Anna and the French Kiss Giveaway - Amanda!

Thank you to all of those who entered and became followers on various sites, thank you so much for your support - it means a lot to me !

Congratulations Amanda,

The Book Slooth

July 29, 2011

Anna and the French Kiss Giveaway Now Closed

Thank you and Good Luck to all those who entered, but this Giveaway is now closed.
The winner will be announced tomorrow, on SATURDAY JULY 20th, 2011.

Good Luck!

The Book Slooth

July 26, 2011

Blog of the Week - Inkcrush

The blog of the week is an something I have decided to do to acknowledge all the hard work that goes into blogging. All  the hours shackled to a desk, typing furiously to get that review just right, just working yourself to the bone in general. (you know what I mean.) Oh! and don't forget the long hours that the slave master forces you to read for...

This week I would like to acknowledge Nomes of Inkcrush for all of her hard work and fabulous reviews - I love reading your blog!

Congratulations, and all those who haven't visited Inkcrush before - check it out. And all those that have - (sinister mr movie voice overhead) Visit it again!!!

I present you, Nomes with a badge of honour! ( at least I think it is...)

P.S. I can't believe that Anne of Green Gables is one of your favourite movies - me too!
We must be kindred spirits! (te he he - {it's a book reference for those of you that haven't seen it and might think I'm mighty weird...} - )

July 24, 2011

REVIEW: Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres.

Burn Bright by Marianna de Pierres is the first book in her new Night Creatures series.

Retra lives in a world made up of mysterious and abundantly different realms. Retra and her family have lived somewhat happily in Grave, an oligarchic, corrupt society where the smallest infraction results in severe punishment. So when Retra's older brother Joel commits the biggest transgression of all; leaving Grave to live in the scandalous party kingdom of Ixion, the land of night; Retra is left without someone to talk to and a severe punishment that bends her will every day. Ostracized for being 'the girl who's brother left', Retra follows in her brother's infamous footsteps and make her way to Ixion in search of her brother. 
Upon her arrival in Ixion, Retra is confronted with a culture the complete opposite of Grave's. Where modesty is a scandal and you party till' you die, Retra must decide whether she can let go of her morals and be able to blend in, in order to find her brother and live a happy life. 
On her quest, Retra comes across an underlying darkness that seems to sugar coat Ixion, and a strange voice in her head is not helping the feeling of being too distinctly different to fit in. As the quest to find her brother draws Retra deeper into Ixion, she realises that there is a bone-chilling secret behind the oh-so glamorous party life...

Personally, I felt that the cover was too swamped with all the different elements that they wanted to incorporate that it distracted you. Don't be dissuaded by the cover or the semi confusing blurb, Burn Bright is a heck of a ride that pulls you into a complex fantasy world within pages that can at sometimes be confusing.
This book is one that you have to pay attention to and remember past details as it is always introducing new concepts that need prior knowledge for them to make sense.

Although, Burn Bright is definitely a novel that is an original read that is fast paced and told with the skill learned from experience that de Pierres obviously has crafted over time.
I found the inner dialogue of Retra to be accessible and allowed you to understand the complex workings of the world that de Pierres has created through child-like innocent eyes.

If you are interested in fantasy or adventure novels, Burn Bright is the perfect novel for you, combining all these elements, well.
I would recommend Burn Bright to girls aged 13-17, although, some guys might enjoy this.

Thank you to Random House Australia for this review copy.

July 22, 2011

123 Excited Week at BTL -- Take 2

Between The Lines' 123 Excited Week is back, with a second installment torturing us with juicy teasers from more books that are coming out soon...

Sunday July 17th 2011          
Froi of The Exiles by Melina Marchetta

Monday July 18th 2011            
Morganville Vampires book 11: Last Breath by Rachel Caine

Tuesday July 19th 2011          
The Caster Chronicles book 3: Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl       
Strange Angels book 5: Reckoning by Lili St. Crow

Wednesday July 20th 2011    
Matched Series book 2: Crossed by Allie Condie
Legend by Marie Lu

July 19, 2011

The Tales Compendium

Australian run and written, The Tales compendium is a YA blog that is run by Jess.
Filled with comprehensive reviews, exciting competitions and interesting author interviews.
Jess has also recently introduced a feature called In a Nutshell, where you get a few line description of what the book is about and if you will like it. This is a great addition to the blogging world, thanks Jess!

I suggest that you check out The Tales Compendium as soon as possible!

July 17, 2011

I want to read Memoirs of A Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

In her imaginative second novel, an unusual love story, the highly acclaimed author of Elsewhere offers a unique exploration of teenage identity and self-discovery. The heroine, a teen who is forced to re-invent herself and reconstruct her life after she suffers a head injury that leaves her with a four-year memory loss, grapples with many issues teens will find familiar: romance, changing friendships, and a dysfunctional family. But this teen s amnesia gives her the perspective to see herself and others clearly for the very first time. At times funny and always thought provoking, this tale effectively touches upon themes of chance, loss, and choice, in a moving story readers won't soon forget.

This sounds really good. I guess part of that is me loving the cover... te he he. 

July 16, 2011

123 Excited Week at Between the Lines

I'm loving reading about these books coming out soon from Penguin!

Check out the posts from this week so far here:
123 Excited Week is about giving three reasons why the team at BTL is so excited about the upcoming releases of these books. Besides the fact that they want to tease us.

123 Excited Week
Sunday July 10th                    The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore
Monday July 11th                   Days like this by Allison Stewart  &  Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Tuesday July 12th                   The Fear by Charlie Higosn  &  Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen
Wednesday July 13th              Beautiful Days (BYT #2) by Anna Godbersen
Thursday July 14th                 Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Friday 15th July                     Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe

July 15, 2011

Anna and the French Kiss Giveaway - Sharing the Love!

Because I  love Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins so much, I have decided to giveaway a copy away.
To enter, simply fill out the form below for your chance to win. 

Every time you join The Book Slooth on other sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads AND/OR spread the word on your blog, facebook, twitter, goodreads or myspace etc, you get one extra entry into the competition.

To find The Book Slooth in different places, go to the sidebar.

July 13, 2011

Holiday Fever

Dear readers,

I would like to apologise for not posting the last week and a half or so, I believe that I have come down with something that has symptoms of staying up too late, watching too many movies, not cleaning my room and dancing like a nutbag when a certain song comes on. I do believe the adults call it 'holiday fever'.
Yes, I am excited about my holidays, and so,  as a product of all my new found time, I have decided to post everyday for the next week...

Look forward to seeing some interesting reviews, teasers, more amazing libraries,  just a little bit of book nerd news and maybe, a giveaway!

Adios Amigos!

The Book Slooth

July 04, 2011

Smells Like Teen Spirit... High School Novels !

We all love the good light and fluffy, nothing serious yet still highly entertaining high school novel, so, without further a du...
Bring out the high school novels...

Have you read any of these books??
If so, tell me what you think...

July 03, 2011

The Hunger Games Movie

Set to be out next year, THE HUNGER GAMES movie is written by Suzanne Collins (author of the novel) and the screenplay is to be written by Gary Ross, whose works include Seabiscuit, Big and Pleasantville.

I found the reported cast at YA reads and I am really excited about seeing this movie. Here is the cast of the major characters!

To learn more about the cast, go to imdb here.
To hear all the latest gossip and news, visit the unofficial Hunger Games website here or the Entertainment Weekly Hunger Games central here.

July 02, 2011

REVIEW: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E Lockhart

The first thing that I am going to say about this book is that it is definitely high on my list of favourites, and that it makes the top 15 favourite for the year. The second thing that I am going to say is that is hilarious.

Frankie, or should I say Frances, has always been her father's 'bunny rabbit'. But after a summer of change, jaws are dropping and Frankie is back and badder that ever.
Attending the prestigious Alabaster boarding school, Frankie has always flown under her sister's shadow and under the radar; and she liked it that way. 
Things are changing, and the most popular boy is school is now paying wanted attention to her. But the elite crowd of Alabaster Prep have a secret, one that Frankie wants to be a part of at almost any cost...

The Disreputable history of Frankie Landau-Banks is the first book that I have read by E Lockhart and I have to say, I'm hooked.

The Plot is fabulous, an original spin on secret societies/ clubs. I loved the completely outrageous things that Lockhart came up with - they were hysterical.

Lockhart uses real language and situations but puts a comedic twist on them, this makes you feel comfortable in the situation, yet laughing at Frankie's adventures.

The main character Frankie is definitely one of my favourite characters out of all the books that I have read. Inquisitive, genuine, down to earth and just plain hilarious, The disreputable history of Frankie Landau Banks captures your attention and holds it until long after the sadness of the book ending.

I would love for Lockhart to continue Frankie's story in another series or companion novel, but all around, The disreputable history is definitely a novel on the top of the charts.

Girls 13-16 would enjoy this. It's a light read that will have your eyes glued to the page. Read It. Right Now!

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