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Classics Carnival: Musical Moments: Song of the Month – September 2014 Chosen by Erin Butler

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It’s my pleasure to welcome Erin Butler to Book Angel Booktopia today to share her choice of song to go alongside the release of her new book Finding Mr Darcy: High School Edition. Dang it – I want my own Mr Darcy :)

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Release Day 16th September 2014

Finding Mr Darcy: High School Edition Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Liza Johnson takes fangirl to a whole new level of crazy when she decides to take dating advice from her literary hero: Jane Austen.

With the help of her best friends, Liza sheds her ancient-speak and complete Austen wardrobe for something a bit more modern in an attempt at finding her very own Mr. Darcy.

Enter Will, the new kid and Liza’s Darcy incarnate. Add her BFF’s ex to mix and the sexy Brit who kisses with an accent, and Liza is in trouble. 

So, what’s a girl to do? Without her mom to go to relationship advice, Liza turns to the only person she can truly trust with matters of the heart via her mother’s copy of COMPLETED WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN. 

It’s too bad Austen’s heroines have never played Spin the Bottle or Seven Minutes in Heaven. Liza’s determined to find her true Austen-esque happy ending, but if she can’t trust herself instead of books, she just might end up in her own tragic love story.

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To me, this song is all about those first crush feels and boy does Liza get them–several times. :) When she realizes who was perfect for her all along, she gets Boom Clap times a thousand! This song is just so much fun and it’s what I hope readers get out of Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition.

Review: Linked by Imogen Howson

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Title: Linked
Series: Linked #1
Author: Imogen Howson
Publisher: Quercus
Publication Date:
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5/5

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For years, Elissa has suffered nightmarish visions and unexplained bruises. Finally, she’s promised a cure, and an operation is scheduled. But on the eve of the procedure, Elissa discovers the truth: she’s seeing the world through another girl’s eyes. A world filled with wires, machines and pain. Elissa follows her visions, only to find a battered, broken girl. A girl who looks exactly like her. A twin she never knew existed. Elissa and her twin Lin go on the run, but even after changing their looks and clothes, they’re barely a step ahead of the government agents who are ruthlessly tracking them down. For Lin and Elissa are too valuable to let go, and the dark truth at the heart of it all is too shocking to risk exposing..

REVIEW BY SARAH – YEAR 8

This is by far the best book I have ever read. The genre of this book is thriller with elements of sci-fi and romance. We follow the story of a teenage girl who is suffering extreme nightmares and bears scars from them. We find out how these affect her life and how she resolves the terrible position she is in.

What first attracted me to this book were the intriguing front cover.

Elissa wakes each morning, having suffers terrible nightmares which she is physically scarred from and finds herself on a mission to find out why this is happening to her. This book thoroughly intrigued me, the tense moments in the story gripped me and kept me on the edge of my seat.

Born a twin Elissa’s identical sister was given away at birth as a spare. Elissa was unaware of this until her nightmares worsened. Her twin is being tortured for experiments in a space programme. Her fate would be to follow all the other ‘spares’ in the world ie unwanted children.

Elissa’s brother and his friend Cadan are on a space training programme and assist Elissa in her mission to save her and her twin from a deadly fate.

The hint of romance in this story kept me intrigued. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the sequel ‘UNRAVEL

Tantalising Trailers: Half Bad by Sally Green

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Title: Half Bad
Series: Half Life #1
Author: Sally Green
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: March 2014

Synopsis from Goodreads

Half Bad by Sally Green is a breathtaking debut novel about one boy’s struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches.

You can’t read, can’t write, but you heal fast, even for a witch.

You get sick if you stay indoors after dark.

You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one.

You’ve been kept in a cage since you were fourteen.

All you’ve got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday.

Easy.

 

A boy centred witch book – an amazing addition to the school library especially when running a Witches Reading Theme :)

Review: Constable and Toop by Gareth P Jones

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Title: Constable and Toop
Author: Gareth P Jones
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: Oct 2012
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Sam Toop lives in a funeral parlour, blessed (or cursed) with an unusual gift. While his father buries the dead, Sam is haunted by their constant demands for attention. Trouble is afoot on the ‘other side’ – there is a horrible disease that is mysteriously imprisoning ghosts into empty houses in the world of the living. And Sam is caught in the middle – will he be able to bring himself to help?

Blue Peter Award winner Gareth P. Jones has woven a darkly comic story, a wonderfully funny adventure that roams the grimy streets of Victorian London.

REVIEW BY CONOR - YEAR 8

Constable and Toop is set in 1884 when Queen Victoria was half way through her reign. There is a horrible disease that is mysteriously imprisoning ghosts into empty houses in the world of the living.

Constable and Toop, an undertaker’s in Honour Oak on the outskirts of London, is home to Sam Toop, one of the main characters. Sam helps his father and Mr Constable with the funerals, acting as the ‘mute’ who walks wordlessly with the procession. But Sam has a secret. Walking with him, all too often, is the ghost of the dead person, who stares mournfully at those he’s left behind. These restless ghosts sometimes ask Sam to do them a favour. Sam doesn’t mind the ghosts so much. Its favours for the living, like his creepy Uncle Jack, he can’t abide…

The living and dead must work together if they intend on overcoming the horrible disease known as the Black-Rot before it destroys both ghost and human worlds. Will they be able to survive?

I would say this book is good for people who like non-horror ghost stories. All the delightful characters, the history, the genuine sorrow and the fantastic world-building make an excellent story.

Review: Rival by Penelope Douglas

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Title: Rival
Series: Fall Away #2
Author: Penelope Douglas 
Publisher: Piatkus Books
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Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war . . . 

She’s back.

For the three years she’s been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door open for me at night.

I was stupid then, but now I’m ready to beat her at her own game . . .

I’m back.

Three years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he’s better than me.

But I won’t be scared away. Or pushed down. I’ll call his bluff and fight back. That’s what he wants, right? As long as I keep my guard up, he’ll never know how much he affects me . . .

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REVIEW 

OMG! I don’t know where to start with this book. Dude, it’s seriously messed up; don’t go into it expecting a hearts and flowers romance ‘cos you aren’t going to get it. More like soul crushing, heart breaking, fall to the floor mass of emotion romance here. It’s addictive, compulsive and unbelievably twisted yet true love.

The main characters, Fallon and Madoc, are deeply flawed; they lash out with pent-up emotions fueled by deception and misunderstandings. Although, you can’t help but root for them all the way through. Their relationship tests the boundaries of all the things I’d want in a romance YET I couldn’t help but be completely invested in both them as individuals and their relationship.

Nothing is conventional about them. Fallon for all her rebellious behaviour/appearance while complementing her personality also provides a barrier to hide behind. She craves acceptance and love, something she has only been able to get fully from one person. Can you guess who that person is ;) While Madoc plays is part of rich douche to perfection, maintaining his expected role. All the while craving the same things as Fallon, knowing she was the only person to give him what he craved.

Add in the fact that they are step-siblings nothing about their story is conventional. Forced apart 2 years previously by their parents, deliberately told heart-wrenching reports from the people who were supposed to protect them, Fallon and Madoc are fuelled by tangled emotions, anger, hurt and betrayal at the forefront. Intent on revenge their actions and words cut like daggers. You can feel their pain pouring through the narrative.

I have to be honest, there were times when I literally wanted to strangle both of them OR knock their heads together. Rival certainly draws out strong emotions within the reader. It’s a credit to Penelope Douglas’s writing that she can capture the head and heart of the reader to that extent.

As the story develops, revelations fuel the tension in more ways than one ;) Their family dynamic adds fuel to the fire. The character development both as individuals and a couple is phenomenal – especially in Madoc’s case. Although the idiot took long enough about it ;) I felt that he had never really lived his life for himself and therefore, didn’t really know who he was until Fallon :)

There is some seriously f’d up crapolla going on within the plot. Honestly, I think I had to pick my jaw up off the floor on more than one occasion. I have to say I cannot wait for Jax’s story, OMG that ending – just WOW (I know I’m a tease)

Rival proves that soul mates do exist. A love of a lifetime may not be pretty, in fact it may shred you to tiny pieces along the way BUT ultimately that depth of love will shine through.