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Great Series to Read!

Many readers love to sink their teeth into a great series….fantasy…action….adventure….science fiction…..relationships…paranormal

There is a great series out there waiting for you now!

Have you read any of these books?

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July 23, 2012 Posted by | Great series | Leave a comment

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

 

 

From the very popular author of the books Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns and The Fault in our Stars comes another laugh out loud funny and quirky book by John Green.

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun ? but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

“This book has so many things to love; a road trip, romance (in quirky sweet ways), interesting characters, an entertaining story and so much more. I think the real heart of the story is a boy trying to figure out how he matters in the world.” by Shannon@ Books Devoured

July 19, 2012 Posted by | Relationships, Romance | | Leave a comment

Broken by Elizabeth Pulford

A novel that blends, mystery, family life and the subconcious into an interesting story

Critically injured in a motorbike accident, Zara Wilson lies in a coma. She is caught between the world of her hospital room and that of her memories and a dream-like fantasy where she searches for her elusive brother Jem. Zara’s adventures in her subconscious unlock dark secrets and she must face up to her past in order to accept her future. Broken has graphic novel elements in a hard-edged graphic style reminiscent of 1950s’ comic book.

This novel for high school students is best described as a psycho drama but it is a quite a lot more than that.

Zara is in hospital in a coma,  she can hear what those around her are saying, but cannot respond. She was riding on the back of a Triumph motorcycle, having the best time ever, when her brother Jem swerved to avoid a toddler, crashed and was killed outright.

Jem was into comics and Zara was into drawing and this becomes a great part of the narrative. While going from one medical crisis to another, in her sub-conscious mind Zara goes looking for Jem in his comic world. The font size for these episodes is different and comic book illustrations tell of Zara’s search for Jem.

Angus Gomes illustrations are right on the nail supporting the written text beautifully.

A third aspect of plot, also in different font, tells of an episode in Zara’s past when she was 7 years old. She was abducted by a stranger and Zara has never let anybody except Jem into what went on.

While in a coma this incident is worked through also in Zara’s sub conscious mind.

It sounds complicated but Elizabeth Pulford has told it well. Whether it is psychologically kosher I have no idea but it certainly seemed real to me.

For something different yet classy have a crack at this excellent novel. Review by Bob Docherty ‘Bobs Book Blog’
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July 19, 2012 Posted by | Graphic Novels | , | Leave a comment