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Plot Inconsistencies in your favourite novels!

Right, if you want your favourite novels and series to remain pristine in your mind, cover your ears and start going, ‘lalalalalalalalalala’ right now! The Reading Room blog has uncovered some fairly gaping plot holes in some of the most popular books we love to read. I guess the question is: do we really care? Still, it’s a fun discussion topic!!

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The wait is almost over…

Ok, so this is happening on 27th May…

I know a lot of students who are pretty excited about the release of this book! This is it, the final novel in the series. I’m predicting some serious post-series blues from many people (myself included).

Want to know more about what happens in the grand finale? Check out this interview with Cassandra Clare.  She gives away a few little juicy details about City of Heavenly Fire, and the article includes a brief excerpt to whet your appetite!

The countdown is on…

Happy Waiting!
Ms White 🙂

Book Review: Wonder by R. J Palacio

“My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”

August was born with a syndrome that makes him look a bit different. Actually, a LOT different. So different that people stare at him. All the time. August is about to start a new school, which is nerve wracking for most people. But when you’ve never been to school before in your life and you look different, it’s terrifying. Not all kids are nice. But not all kids are nasty.

Wonder is a really interesting book. It’s divided into sections and each section tells the story from the point of view of a different character. As the story unfolds, the reader gets to see a range of perspectives; characters that you thought you had figured out at the beginning of the book are not always what they seem by the end.

This is a story about survival, but also about being true to yourself and being kind to others. August’s deformity is never going to change, there is no hope for a ‘grand cure’ in the end. What does change, however, is the way people see August and how they treat him. It will make you both laugh and cry at the same time.

If you like books by John Green or enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, you would probably enjoy Wonder. I recommend it for Year 7 and up.

After reading this book, you might want to sign the pledge and ‘Choose Kind’. Just one act of kindness can make all the difference. Check it out:

http://choosekind.tumblr.com
http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/choose-kind/pledge.php

Happy Reading!
Ms White 🙂

Book Review – Lucien

I think I’ve mentioned before that I have a love/hate relationship with trilogies. I love them because when the story’s good, I want it to go on and on, but I hate them because when the story becomes a little murky, reading can feel like a chore.

The Silvermay series, by James Moloney, is a series I love. The third and final book – Lucien – was a fantastic read and a thrilling finale to one of the best paced trilogies I have read in a while.

The story begins where Tamlyn left off – with Silvermay, Tamlyn, Lucien and Ryall travelling to Erebis Felan, in an attempt to rid both Tamlyn and Lucien of their Wyrdborn magic. After seeing the horrifying mosaics of a bloody and destructive future caused by Lucien’s power, Silvermay is determined to imbue her little one with human compassion and love in the hope of changing his fate. But it is Lucien’s changing love for her that becomes the hinge upon which everyone’s fate rests.

As I said before, I really enjoyed the pace of this book. Moloney dives straight into the action and doesn’t let up until the very end; I found this book to be quite a thrilling read.  I particularly enjoyed the changing relationships between the main characters. Many readers found the change in the relationship between Lucien and Silvermay a little distasteful, but I found it to be a natural progression that fitted the direction in which Moloney wanted to take his characters. Tamlyn’s developing humanity was lovely, and I enjoyed the way the romantic tension between he and Silvermay was stretched right to the very end. Unlike other novels of this kind, the romantic stuff didn’t get in the way of the action, but was always there in a more subtle way.

For anyone who hasn’t read much in the way of fantasy and is interested in starting with something that is thrilling without being too heavy, I would highly recommend the Silvermay series. Suitable for Year 7 and above.

Would you believe I’m bored?

Right. I know I said there would be no posts over the summer holidays, but I just can’t help myself! I’m so relaxed it’s not funny and I’ve been reading a stack of books, so I thought I’d start reviewing them before I forget them!!  First up? The Reluctant Hallelujah by Gabrielle Williams…

I initially picked up Gabrielle Williams’ novel for a few reasons. Firstly, it was shortlisted for the Gold Inky in 2012; secondly, because the cover/tagline was ambiguous/incongruous enough to hook me; and thirdly, because the novel’s protagonist is named Dorothy – which I think is a cool name.

Let me say right now that I’m not sure I’m happy I picked this book up. My hallelujah was reluctant, at best.

When Dodie (short for Dorothy)’s  parents go missing just before her Year 12 exams, she is thrown headlong into a secret that her parents have kept for years – and finds herself driving unlicensed to Sydney with her sister, a guy from school she never speaks to, and a couple of random dudes she’s never met. Oh, and I should mention that there are bad guys on her tail who seem to be ready to kill her.

I wish I could tell you more about this novel, but it’s all based around a plot revelation early on that drives (pardon the pun) the action. I don’t want to spoil it, but I will say that it was probably THE most unexpected plot twists I have ever read. Totes bizarro, as they say.

I like the concept behind this book – it’s kooky and ridiculous and majorly out there. But I’m afraid Ms Williams just doesn’t make it work. The plot is resolved in a most unsatisfactory and disappointing  manner, and she’s not quite able to suspend her readers’ disbelief enough to make this story work.  It’s like putting cream cheese on a chocolate chip muffin, a little NQR. Unless, of course, you like cream cheese on a chocolate chip muffin. I hear it’s good on bagels. But I digress…

I’d say if you’re reading this, you’re probably intrigued, even though I’ve basically given the book the thumbs down.  Another reviewer has described it as Weekend at Bernie’s meets The Da Vinci Code, meets teenage road trip – and I’d say this sums it up perfectly. The Reluctant Hallelujah is a quick and easy read, so even if it’s not your favourite book, it’s certainly an experience.