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I am 36 years old and I live in Glasgow. I love reading, listening to music, going to the cinema and socialising

Far to Go by Alison Pick

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The Story ~

‘Far to Go’ is the story of the Bauer family, Pavel, Anneliese and their six year old son Pepik, along with Pepik’s governess, Marta, they live a quiet life in Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia. Their lives are changed forever with the arrival of Adolf Hitler and his government in 1939, the Bauer family, who are Jewish but chose not to practice their religion believe they will be safe because of this. Pavel is outraged by the fall of the Sudetenland and the fall of the government but he still believes his family will be safe but as the situation becomes more frightening and Pavel’s own views changing, he realises he must flee with this family while he still can but its too late for Pavel and Anneliese but not too late for their beloved Pepik, his parents and governess must be prepared to let him go on the Kindertransport, to go to Great Britain where he will be safe until he can return home.

What I thought of ‘Far to go’ ~

I was very lucky to be able to read ‘Far to Go’ before its release on the 12th May 2011 and I recommend it highly.

The story is told from the point of view of Marta, Pepik’s beloved governess, who stands by the Bauer family for different reasons but ultimately she stays because she loves the family. Marta’s point of view is full of emotion, there is sadness, happiness, strength and love, emotions that are shown so well that you are immersed in the story from the first page. Marta is a well written and realistic character, she is a young girl, who at times is confused and makes wrong decisions.

Pavel and Anneliese are also well written characters, their fear as people and parents are heartbreaking to read, their frustrations and sadness, what they are facing, what they sacrifice to ensure their son’s safety. Pepik is a lovely character, you can visualise a sweet, gentle little boy who does not understand the harshness of the world but quickly learns, which was sad to read because you want him to be happy.

The story interweaves between the past and the future, the aftermath of the Kindertransport and what it meant for so many children, some who were lucky enough to see their parents again and the children who did not see them again.

I enjoyed ‘Far to Go’, it was a powerful story and you can see the love and commitment that went into telling the story by Alison Pick, a story which is part of her own family history.

Highly recommended.  

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I am Number Four (Lorien Legacies) by Pittacus Lore


The Story ~

‘I am Number Four’ is the first book in the Lorien Legacies series by Pittacus Lore (a Loric Elder, from the Planet Lorien, which is three hundred million miles away. He is approximately ten thousand years old. He has been to earth hundreds of times, and he is here now ~ according to amazon).

John Smith is 15 years old and may seem like an average teenager but he is not, he is an alien from the Planet Lorien, a planet he left with 8 other children at an early age and their guardians following an attack by the Mogadorians, another race of aliens, who have used all of their planet’s resources and Lorien now has been left the same way. The children wait for the time when they can return home. All of the children have powers, including telekinesis and as they get older more powers will appear, these are their legacies.

Before the children left Lorien they were protected with a charm which only allows them to be killed in a set order, numbers 1,2 and 3 have already perished at the hands of the Mogadorians, John is next, the remaining 6 children (including John) are in hiding over the world. John and Henri (his guardian) have been running since they arrived on Earth but John has now found a place he can called home and he is not leaving without a fight.

What I thought of ‘I am Number Four’ ~

‘I am Number Four’ was enjoyable in parts and the story has a great premise with potential, the characters are good, Number Six was definitely my favourite, it was just a pity she did appear until later in the book. John and Henri were also good characters but John did complain despite knowing how much danger he was in (but he is a teenager). Its a fun read. The second book, ‘The Power of Six’ is due for release in August and I will read it because the book kept me interested enough to want to find out what happens to the rest of the children.

A fun read with a great idea for a story.

Rating ~ 6/10

Reviewed by Weave (Paula Mc)


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Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian

‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ tells the story of 8 year old Willie Beech, a evacuee from London, who has been sent for his safety to Little Weirwold, its September 1939 and Great Britain is on the brink of the Second War World. Willie is housed somewhat reluctantly by Tom Oakley, a widower following the untimely death of his wife and son from scarlet fever 40 years before. Tom is known in the village as being rude and not being part of the community, so his life is changed when Willie arrives, a small, terrified, undernourished boy, who thanks to his abusive mother has a very low opinion of himself and believes the lies his mother has told him about people in general.

Willie and Tom (or ‘Mister Tom’ as Willie calls him) connect and learn from each other, Willie learns that there are people that care for him as he develops friendships within the village and finds acceptance at school and his talent for drawing is nurtured and encouraged, Tom learns to open his heart again as he accepts Willie (or ‘William’ or ‘Will’ as he is now called) into his life, and becomes part of the community and somewhat cautiously begins to ask for help in his care of Willie.

What I thought of ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ ~

I first read ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ when I was teenager and I decided to read it again when I recently watched the tv adaptation of ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ with John Thaw as Mr Tom, which I enjoyed. I also enjoyed the book the second time as much as I did the first time, this time around, I am older (and hopefully wiser) and the book meant more to me, especially the development of Willie from a frightened young boy to a happy, healthy and contented boy who has found the love he deserves and sees himself for what he is worth. Tom Oakley is a brilliant character, as with Willie, you see a change, Tom finds himself when Willie enters his life, he has not been responsible for anyone apart from his himself and then his beloved dog, Sam for 40 years but with Willie he becomes the father he never had the chance to be to his own son (who was also named William). A incredibly powerful read about family, friendships, loss and love, a book that shows that strength can be shown in different ways.

A joy to read, highly recommended.

Rating ~ 10/10

Reviewed by Weave (Paula Mc)

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Wonderful Fool by Shusaku Endo

‘Wonderful Fool’ is the story of Gaston Bonaparte, a man like no other who is about to arrive from France (via various stops) by boat to Japan where his pen~friend Takamori and his sister, Tomoe are waiting for him. From the minute they meet him, their lives are changed forever, Gaston Bonaparte makes an impression wherever he goes.

What I thought of ‘Wonderful Fool’ ~

I have had ‘Wonderful Fool’ on my to be read pile for a few months and I am sorry I did not read it sooner, what an amazing book!, it is told in a straightforward way and at the start of the book you do wonder if there is an actual point but halfway through, you see the point.

Despite the book being 50 years old, Japan is showed in such a way that you would not know when it is set, which was great to read but frustrating at the same time for me because I like to know everything but it did not take away any of the enjoyment I got from reading the book.

The book had a nice flow to it, the characters are well written, Takamori, a young man who does not have serious aspirations in life but does take pride in his work, Tomoe, his younger sister, who is more career minded, loves her family and has no plan to marry and if she ever does marry, it will not be for love, and finally Gaston, the wonderful fool of the tale, Gaston’s outlook of the world is simplistic, he sees goodness and love in everything and takes the greatest pleasure in the smallest of things, despite being surrounded by the beauty of Japan, he is more interested in the people, stray dogs, much to the horror of Tomoe. Gaston is just a wonderful character and a pleasure to read, a man who changes the world in small ways.

Shusaku Endo’s own catholic faith is shown in the book which for me was lovely to read, it was in no way forced, which was refreshing.

I highly recommend this book, a definite feel good read and I am looking forward to reading more books by Shusaku Endo.

Rating ~ 10/10

Reviewed by Weave (Paula Mc)

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Room by Emma Donoghue

‘Room’ is the story of Jack and his Ma, and where they live, a place called Room, Jack was born there and does not know anything else, his Ma is his whole world and Jack is his Ma’s whole world. Ma tries to make things as normal as possible for Jack, he plays with his friends, who are cartoon characters on TV, he learns from his cartoon friends and his Ma and every night he sleeps in Wardrobe waiting for the door to Room to go ‘beep beep’ and open with the arrival of Old Nick, who Jack has never see up close because his Ma forbids it. Jack’s world changes when his Ma tells Jack about ‘Outside’, what he can see when he looks out of ‘Skylight’ and Ma’s plan to leave ‘Room’ forever.

What I thought of ‘Room’ ~

There has been endless positive reviews about ‘Room’ and I am going to add to them with another positive review, ‘Room’ is nothing short of brilliance, Emma Donoghue’s has created one of the most insightful, whimsical, intelligent and endearing characters in five year old Jack. ‘Room’ is told from his point of view, everything in his world has order, he understands it, he has his Ma with him and that is all he needs. The character of Jack’s Ma is well written, a woman raising her son in the strangest of circumstances, keeping his safe, teaching him as much as she can, her concerns as Jack gets older and what she should do to make sure they both get the lives they deserve, Jack and his Ma’ strength as a family unit shines through, they are fiercely protective of each other.

Jack’s individual look at the world shines through too, which will make you laugh and cry, you will feel for Jack and Ma, their fight to have normality in their lives is inspirational.

‘Room’ is well researched and without giving too much away, it explores all aspects of what Ma and Jack go through, you feel for both of them because they do not deserve their past and you feel positive for them for their future.

I started ‘Room’ last Friday but did not get a chance to have a straight run of reading it until yesterday and I finished the book this morning, I could not put the book down.

‘Room’ is a book that will stay with you, I guarantee Jack and his Ma will be in your thoughts from time to time.

Highly recommended.

Rating ~ 10/10

Reviewed by Weave (Paula Mc)

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Midnight Cowboy by James Leo Herlihy

‘Midnight Cowboy’ is the story of Joe Buck, handsome, naïve and about to leave his current home of Houston, Texas to go to the bright lights of New York, to become a hustler to all the wealthy women of New York. Joe’s naivety quickly becomes the target of con man Rizzo ‘Ratso’ (his real name is Enrico Salvatore Rizzo) but despite their troublesome beginning, Joe and Ratso find a friend in each other, and work towards Ratso’s dream of going to Florida, a subject that Ratso is incredibly knowledgeable about, now all they have to do is survive New York and make the money to start a new life in Florida.

What I thought of ‘Midnight Cowboy’ ~

I have never seen the film of ‘Midnight Cowboy’ and I was happy that I had not seen the film when I started reading the book, I could see the characters as I would see them as opposed to two actors on a screen. ‘Midnight Cowboy’ is the story of two very different but ultimately lonely men who become to depend on each other, both Joe and Rizzo grew up in families where they were forgotten, so they are both looking for something, Joe, for someone to love and someone to love him, Rizzo to be accepted, he has always survived on his wits and shows Joe all the tricks of the trade, and Joe shows Rizzo friendship and compassion.

The book is also about a ever changing America and what the America dream is for both characters, a sad book in so many ways but also funny at times especially the bickering between Joe and Rizzo. Joe’s naiveness and personality shines through the book and you can not help but like him and Rizzo too, they are characters you will care about.

Read it if you get the chance.

Rating ~ 7/10

Reviewed by Weave (Paula Mc)

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The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

‘The Body Finder’ is the first book in ‘The Body Finder’.

‘The Body Finder’ begins with 8 year old Violet Ambrose, the main character of the story walking in the woods with her father. As father and daughter walk through the woods, Violet feels an echo, a feeling, which she goes to investigate and unfortunately finds the dead body of a murdered girl buried. Violet has a power which she has inherited from her grandmother, the power to find dead bodies, human or animal and now at the age of 16 she needs her power more than ever a as serial killer is murdering young girls, Violet must find the killer before its too late.

What I thought of ‘The Body Finder’ ~

I enjoyed ‘The Body Finder’, it was a easy and interesting read, Violet is an easy character to identify with and her developing relationship with best friend Jay is predictable but it flows nicely. ‘The Body Finder’ did remind me of the Harper Connelly series by Charlaine Harris, which I enjoyed (and miss), so its good to read a series similar to it.

There is enough suspense to keep you entertained and I am planning on reading the sequel, ‘Desires of the Dead’ when its released next month.

Rating ~ 7/10

Reviewed by Weave (Paula Mc)

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Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

‘Shades of Grey’ is the story of Edward Russett who lives in a future society called ‘Chromatacia’,created after the collapse of our own future society, which is known as ‘The Previous’, all life is run by ‘The Rules’ which were laid down by Munsell, the man who founded Chromatacia’. The ability to see colour is of the up most of importance in Chromatacia, which can be limited in most people to different degrees of colour, Red or at most two colours. People who do not have the ability to see colour are known as Greys and are the lowest in the social order, which is known as Colourtocracy. Everyone at the age 20 must complete their Ishihara (the test for colour blindness) to find out what percentage of colour they can see, once the Ishihara completed, the individual is now part of the collective of Chromatacia.

Edward Russett is a Red, his parents were Reds and he can see Red but it has not been confirmed how much and is about to take his Ishihara to find out when he sent to East Carmine to complete a chair census, a punishment for playing a practical joke on a prefect’s son. Edward and his father Holden, go to East Carmine as Holden is also the holiday relief Swatchman (instead of treating his patients with medication, he treats them with swatches of colour). What begins as a chair census turns into something entirely different when Edward meets Jane, a Grey, with a cute nose and a fierce temper, who is more aware of the world than Edward has ever been, and the more time that Edward spends with Jane and in East Carmine, the more he finds out, everything is not as straightforward as Edward originally thought.

What I thought of  ‘Shades of Grey’ ~

I love The Thursday Next series also by Jasper Fforde, it was with some trepidation when I began reading ‘Shades of Grey’, I was very used to Thursday and her world and I did not know what to expect with ‘Shades of Grey’. I am glad to say that I loved Edward’s world as much as Thursday’s, ‘Shades of Grey’ has more of a scientific approach and a very different take on the dystopia genre, which I found refreshing and I think other readers will too.

As always, Jasper Fforde sense of humour runs through the book and there is many laugh out moments, all of the characters are written well and have strong personalities, they have their own quirks and ideas of the world, and Edward’s reaction to them goes from bemusement to outright hilarity, which I loved reading.

A definite must read for Jasper Fforde fans and for any new fans out there.

I am looking forward to Book 2 of the series ~ ‘Shades of Grey: Painting by Numbers’.

Rating ~ 10/10

Reviewed by Weave (Paula Mc)

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The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide by J.R.Ward

‘The Black Dagger Brotherhood’ series now has 10 books (including ‘An Insider’s Guide), the stories of the brothers of the Black Dagger Brotherhood are great to read, fantastic stories and excellent characters and I am patiently waiting for the next book, ‘Lover Unleashed’, which is due for release on the 29th March 2011. ‘An Insider’s Guide’ has everything you need to know about the brothers, their lives and their Shellans (Wives), there is also a new short story called ‘Father Mine’ which tells the story of Zsadist and Bella, and their newborn daughter, Nalla.

What I thought of ‘The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide’~

‘An Insider’s Guide’ is a definite must have for all BDB fans, J.R. Ward has created this amazing world which you can tell she has put her whole heart into. You learn more about the brothers and how the books were written, how the characters were created, where their names derived from, everything you need to know, and what I also love about J.R. Ward is how much respect she shows to her fans and how she encourages people to write, a pleasure to read, it made me want to re~read all the books again! (and you know what? I think I will).

Rating ~ 10/10

Reviewed by Weave (Paula Mc)

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The Behaviour of Moths by Poppy Adams

‘The Behaviour of Moths’ tells the story of two sisters, Ginny and Vivien, raised in a mansion in the countryside by their community driven Mother, Maude and their Father, Clive an lepidopterist (a person who specialises in the study of moths), their childhood is idyllic, with Ginny sharing her father’s passion for the study of moths. As the girls grow up, Vivien view of her home life changes and she leaves home, leaving Ginny to look after her parents, Vivien’s visits are few and far behind over the years until she writes and tells Ginny she is coming home for good, upsetting Ginny’s ordered life and wondering why Vivien is coming home.

What I thought of ‘The Behaviour of Moths’ ~

I am in two minds about ‘The Behaviour of Moths’, I did not hate it but I did not like it, I was in between because there was certain aspects of the story that are well done but other parts that make little sense (well to me they did not make sense), there is a definite theme running through the book that Ginny may have Aspergers or be autistic but it has been undiagnosed, that did not confuse me, it was the actual story, its very open to interpretation but there is not much to help you reach that interpretation.

Rating ~ 5/10

Reviewed by Weave (Paula Mc)

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