Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Book Review ~ My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier


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What if the most terrifying person you'd ever met was your ten-year old sister? A spine-chilling psychological thriller from one of Australia's finest YA authors. 

'I promise,' said Rosa. 'I won't kill and I won't make anyone else kill.'

I can't see the loophole. Since the guinea pig there's been nothing. Months now without Rosa killing as much as a mosquito.

As far as I know.


Che Taylor has four items on his list: 1. He wants to spar, not just train in the boxing gym. 2. He wants a girlfriend. 3. He wants to go home. 4. He wants to keep Rosa under control.

Che's little sister Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and so good at deception that Che's convinced she must be a psychopath. She hasn't hurt anyone yet, but he's certain it's just a matter of time. And when their parents move them to New York City, Che longs to return to Sydney and his three best friends. But his first duty is to his sister Rosa, who is playing increasingly complex and disturbing games. Can he protect Rosa from the world - and the world from Rosa?

My Sister Rosa will have you on the edge of your seat from the very first page to the last.



How do I start? This book was WOW and then some.

Rosa; sweet psycho Rosa. What an interesting character to read. A little girl with no empathy, manipulating everyone. Some of the things she does is basically what everyone says or thinks to do, but never does.
We know it’s wrong to steal, cheat or kill, but Rosa doesn’t understand things completely. What she has in smarts, she lacks in common sense.

I love how it was in the point of view of Che, Rose’s brother. Your heart just breaks on what he has to deal with, and he feels like he needs to deal with a psychotic sister, making sure she doesn’t go too far.
Having parents like Sally and David, I can see why he took on the responsibility of parent. I did have a few choice words for the “parents” throughout the novel.

I’m proud this is by an Australian author. Che, Rosa and the parentals (what the kids call them), are originally from Australia who move around from country to country. This story is centred around them living in New York.
Being Australian as well, I understood the Australian lingo that Che said. A few things made me laugh, only to see the confusion from his American friends.

What a twist at the end. I’m happy to say I didn’t see that coming, even though I had a feeling this book was going to leave me wanting more, typical.


My star rating for My Sister Rosa is:

















Sunday, 29 May 2016

Days Of The Week Book Tag ~ Sunday


Days Of The Week

Sunday

Book Tag created by Tera @ Adventures Between Pages



Secret Book Sunday

A book or series you love but don't always share with others



The Godfather. I'm obsessed with the book and the movie.
My ringtone is the Godfather ringtone!!
If you haven't read the book, do it NOW.












Saturday, 28 May 2016

Days Of The Week Book Tag ~ Saturday


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Saturday

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Shelfie Saturday

Post a picture of your favourite shelf, shelves or whole bookcase





Just part of my bookshelves. It's hard to get them all in one picture.












Friday, 27 May 2016

Currently Reading ~ 27.05.16




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What if the most terrifying person you'd ever met was your ten-year old sister? A spine-chilling psychological thriller from one of Australia's finest YA authors. 

'I promise,' said Rosa. 'I won't kill and I won't make anyone else kill.'

I can't see the loophole. Since the guinea pig there's been nothing. Months now without Rosa killing as much as a mosquito.

As far as I know.


Che Taylor has four items on his list: 1. He wants to spar, not just train in the boxing gym. 2. He wants a girlfriend. 3. He wants to go home. 4. He wants to keep Rosa under control.

Che's little sister Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and so good at deception that Che's convinced she must be a psychopath. She hasn't hurt anyone yet, but he's certain it's just a matter of time. And when their parents move them to New York City, Che longs to return to Sydney and his three best friends. But his first duty is to his sister Rosa, who is playing increasingly complex and disturbing games. Can he protect Rosa from the world - and the world from Rosa?

My Sister Rosa will have you on the edge of your seat from the very first page to the last.





WOW! There is so much I want to say. Rosa is one psychotic 10-year-old little girl. It’s not that she has an evil streak, but she’s cunning.

If only she used her mind for good instead of evil….again, WOW!!

Okay, back to reading….
















Days Of The Week Book Tag ~ Friday


Days Of The Week

Friday

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Freak Book Friday

A book or book cover that freaks you out





I know what you're thinking, this isn't scary. And you're wrong.
Look at that cover, don't tell me you will be okay to read this in public. Seriously, what is with romance novels and cheesy covers.

For me, this is beyond scary.













Thursday, 26 May 2016

Days Of The Week Book Tag ~ Thursday


Days Of The Week

Thursday

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Throw-Back Book Thursday

A book that brings back memories from the past





These were not only what made me love reading, but what got me into collecting books; books that also matched.
Also books that creeped me out.













Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Days Of The Week Book Tag ~ Wednesday


Days Of The Week

Wednesday
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Wackey Wednesday

Wachiest book or book cover



All Roald Dahl books have their own unique wackiness to them.
That's why we love them so much.













Top 5 ~ Children's TV Show



Children’s TV Show


I’m not ashamed as a nearly 30-year-old (nearly, I’m not 30 till next week), to love children’s TV shows.
With a 4-and-a-half-year-old boy and a 9-month-old girl, all I watch nowadays is the kids channel. As a mother, what my children watch is important to me…..that and I love cartoons.

So here are my top 5 children’s TV shows that I love to watch with my kids.



I don’t know one child that doesn’t love Peppa Pig. Even though my son doesn’t love it as much as he used to, he still watches it.
But now my daughter is glued to the TV as soon as it’s on. Simple drawings with solid colours, perfect for a young child’s brain.




 Octonauts is my sons favourite show. I’m not kidding on how many toys he has. He is obsessed with this show as much as I love books….yep, that’s a lot of love.
A group of animals who help the creatures under the sea while teaching us. My son, and myself, have learned about certain creatures that I didn’t even know existed.



My sons favourite character is Tweak.

A rabbit engineer who builds the Gups (they can move under sea, see pic below).







No talking, all animal noises, and you can still understand what is going on. And it’s bloody funny. Everyone needs to watch this show, young and old.




This is nostalgic for me, I was little when the Wiggles started and fell in love with them. I watched all their shows and knew their songs. I ate fruit salad because of them.
Now I’m a mother (what the hell!!), and he not only watches them, but is also sings along with them.

The picture above is the new Wiggles my sons know, but the picture below is the ones I grew up with.
I love there is a female in the group, actually she is my son’s favourite. He even wanted to name his sister after her….but we didn’t due to nosy people (no comment).





This is a cute show; I think I love it more than my son.
It’s a fun show and they also teach you maths. Fun and educational, something every mother wants their kids to watch.













Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Days Of The Week Book Tag ~ Tuesday


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Tuesday
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Trilogy Tuesday

Post a picture of your favourite trilogy.


I talk about this trilogy a lot, and why not, it’s AMAZING!!
I have been in love with King Arthurs story for as long as I can remember, so reading M.K. Hume’s perspective on his life. From his youth to his last breath, I could not put these books down.

I really need to get more of her books.













Blog Tour ~ Withering Rose by Kaitlyn Davis




What if Beauty was cursed, and the Beast was the only one who could save her? Don't miss WITHERING ROSE, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Beauty & The Beast.

"As the heat finally disappeared, I felt the bloom blossom in the very core of my soul, a rose just like my name--a ticking clock hidden behind a façade of beauty. From that moment on, my life would become a countdown, and all I could do was wait and watch as the petals of time slowly started to fall."

Omorose Bouchene has a secret--magic. There's only one problem. At the age of seven, an earthquake struck, catapulting her into a new world. A land made of skyscrapers and cell phones. Fast cars and fluorescent lights. A land where magic isn't supposed to exist and anyone who wields it is the enemy.

But after ten years of hiding, she's desperate to find a place where she can be free. Because all magic comes with a curse, and her curse is time--every ounce of power she uses strips days off of her life. The clock is winding down, and the only option left is to escape to the realm of the Beast. But the king of monsters isn't what he seems. And the more Omorose opens her heart, the more she comes to realize that the only person she may need to fear is herself.

*This is the second book in Once Upon A Curse, a series of interconnected stand-alone novels all set in the same fantasy universe.




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About the Author

Bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. 


Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she's not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found indulging in some puppy videos, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her--about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general--you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com


To stay up-to-date with all of Kaitlyn's new releases, sign up for her new release newsletter here: TinyLetter.com/KaitlynDavisBooks.


Don’t forget books one, Gathering Frost.
Just click on the covers to take you to their Goodreads page.


Gathering Frost    Withering Rose



Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours for letting me read this book....


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