Monday, February 06, 2017

The Winner's Curse: Book Review by Nathalie

At first I was skeptical about this book by Marie Rutkoski. It wasn’t my normal favourite go to genre. I was wrong. This book is great.

It follows Kestrel, the daughter of a general in a vast army that revels in war. She has two choices in life; either join the army like her father, or marry. Neither of which Kestrel is interested in. Then along comes Arin. A slave that, for some unexplained reason, she feels drawn to and buys.

This story has a lot to offer. Danger, secrets, the attraction of two people from different class. I loved reading this book and it always kept me wanting to read ‘just one more page’. If you like books that keep you wondering what will happen next, then this is a book I would recommend.

It’s the first book in the trilogy and personally; I can’t wait to read the next one.

I’m giving this one 4 out of 5 stars.

Nathalie, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Vanishing Throne: Book Review by Nathalie

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May, is about Aileana Kameron, a Falconer and the last of her kind. After escaping from her Fae captors she must chose her path; live on the run, hiding from the Fae (who destroyed her world) or chose the path of coming into her powers.

I love this book. Set in the 1800’s, it’s filled with magic, adventure, a bit of romance, and a heroine who not only can fight the villains, but has weaknesses as well. But what I love is that it doesn’t stop her from trying to fight for what she wants, what she believes in.

This book grabbed me from the start and I loved every minute of reading it. The only small thing I can pick at with this was that it was a little slow in some parts, which I thought could have had something happened, or maybe a bit more information revealed. Apart from that, everything else was great.

I definitely recommend this if you love a mix of high society and Fae magic thrown together with a bit of steampunk for good measure.

I have to give this one 4.5 stars
by Nathalie, 2017

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Summer Review Club

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Monday, December 19, 2016

If I Stay: Film Review by Melanie

If I Stay: Film Review

If you were given the opportunity to live your life out, when those you love most are gone and everything you knew is turned upside down, what would you do? If you were able to make that choice between life and death when life without these people seems too hard, would you give up? If I Stay is a heartbreaking story about a young girl who is forced to make this painful decision, when her family is involved in a tragic car accident.

Caught in a vortex between life and death young Mia Hall, played by Chloe Grace Mortez, watches as the events following her family's accident unfold. Watches as the chaos unfolds, the tragedy, the heartbreak, the turmoil. As we watch Mia navigate this painful state in between life and death, we are also treated to flashbacks that give insight into the characters lives and who they each are. A close knit family, the flashbacks show how important Mia's family are to her. How they have shaped her, encouraged her, supported her and loved her, emphasising just how lost Mia will be without her family. Mortez does a wonderful job at portraying the distressing and panic stricken state that young Mia is in, watching as those she loves are ripped away, leaving her with little desire to continue fighting for her own life.

At the outset of the film, we are introduced to Mia's boyfriend Adam and just as the flashbacks give us insight into Mia's family, they also show how the teen's relationship unfolded. Although the flashbacks show their relationship at an impasse, we see the importance that Adam holds in Mia's life. So we watch as the tenuous threads holding Mia to this life are pulled and tested and strained. Is the love that is left enough to keep her here? Or is it just too much to ask of one person to carry on? As I often revisit this film, my favourite scene is the heartbreaking moment that Mia's grandfather tells her that it is okay to let go, that he knows how much pain she would be in if she chose to fight. For me, this scene is the epitome of love. Loving someone and knowing how much pain their loss would cause you, but allowing them the freedom to let go.

With my heart in my throat from the onset of this film, I felt the film was both a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and an acknowledgement of the relationships with our family and friends that bond and strengthen our hold on this world. I thought it was a story that was beautifully and delicately conveyed, mixing heartache with joy, tragedy with happiness. Films that are converted from books are not always able to capture the magic of the book or the essence of the author, but I felt that If I Stay was able to perfectly grasp the many elements of the story. Should you be more of a book enthusiast, you can check out the book version by Gayle Forman. Grab your copy of the book or the film at the Camden Libraries.

Melanie 2016