December 31, 2011

2011 Challenges - The Results

 2010 was such a good year for me challenge wise that for 2011 I decided to aim a little higher.
For most of the year I seemed to be doing quite well, unfortunately towards the end life seemed to get in the way some and as a result I managed to fail every challenge I set myself in 2011, as you can see below.
At least there is always next year...

100+ Challenge

98/100 books read. 98%done!

Aussie Author Challenge

16/24 books read. 67%done!

Short Story Challenge

2/6 books read. 33%done!

December 8, 2011

Nemesis - Book 2

Nemesis and the Troll King
by Ashley Du Toit

Seeking Redemption To Save A Life!

Yarg, the Troll King, was shocked one day to discover that be had a brother, a brother who was human, and that he too was human. As a proud Troll, Yarg had trouble believing that he could be human, but deep down he thought it must be so. So he set of to find Nemesis, the one dragon who could tell him once and for all if it could be true, that he could be human.

With one thoughtless act of cruelty, Yarg was responsible for a fairy becoming lost, frozen in time, and as punishment was stripped of his memories and turned into a troll. Now with only seven day remaining, Yarg must remember all the harm he has caused and find redemption for himself if he is to save a fairies life, and return to his human form.

Nemesis and the Troll King returns to the magical realms where amazing beings call home. A dangerous and fun filled adventure that is full of werewolves, witches, centaurs and nuffins. This charming story will delight and entertain all children, and although it is not necessary to have read Nemesis and the Fairy of Pure Heart to understand this book, children will find it just as enchanting as this exciting tale.
On sale: 01 June 2009
Price (AU): $19.95
ISBN: 9780980611236
Recommended age: 5-11
In a word: Rescue Mission
Re-read it: possibly
Recommend: to children
Star rating: three out of five

December 4, 2011


Shift by Em Bailey

A Friendship You'll Die To Have!

Ever since the incident, and since her father left, Olive has looked at the world differently and has not liked what she saw, especially about herself. Cutting herself off from her former friends, from Alison, and throwing out everything about her old self, her old life, she has replaced it all. From new friends to a new wardrobe and a bedroom makeover, she has finally found a new version of herself that she is happy with. Unfortunately so has someone else.

When she first discovered the shapeshifter she feared no one would believe her until it was too late. But when her life was shattered and her perceptions changed she realised that believing in shapshifters was something only a crazy girl would do, and she was not crazy, at least not anymore. So when the so called 'shapeshifter' befriends her she no longer holds the crazy fear of losing her identity or her life. However she may be crazy not to fear.

Shift mingles together all aspects of friendship from loyalty, acceptance and encouragement to misunderstandings, manipulation and malaise. Not all friendships are healthy, and while some are only fleeting and created out of need, others can be down right dangerous. However it is a true friend who will stand by you when you need them most. A genuinely engaging story that surprises and leaves you wondering.
On sale: 01 September 2011
Price (AU): $22.95
ISBN: 9781921564390
Recommended age: 14+
In a word: Shifters
Re-read it: yes
Recommend: yes
Star rating: four out of five