Thursday, November 28, 2013

I Hunt Killers

By: Barry Lyga
Location: FIC LYG
Genre: A dark psychological thriller

"I Hunt Killers is an out-of-control hearse with one busted headlight, blood on the grille, a madman at the wheel and laughter pouring out of the open windows. Climb in, buckle up and go for a ride."
Joe Hill

My father is America's most notoriuos serial killer. My biggest fear is that they think Im like him.
My second biggest fear is that I am...

I wont be reading this book- it is too gory, and scary, but some of you might want too!! I like me sleep to much, and it seems a bit real...

This book is based around the eternal arguement of nature vs nurture. Can you be different to how you are raised, or are the role models that shape you in your early years so infusive that you become what they create you to be.
This is Jazz's question, and this book makes him discover the answer!
Notorious serial killer Billy Dent,is  responsible for over 100 brutal murders, he knows his life will never be normal. Dear Old Dad educated his son in the ways of killers, and even though Billy is in prison now, he’s still always there in Jazz’s head, whispering. That’s why when new bodies begin turning up in his home town that are eerily similar to Billy’s kills, Jazz has to clear his name early – and what better way than to catch the copycat killer himself? With his friends’ help, and with the reluctant cooperation of the selfsame detective that caught his father, Jazz investigates the murders in order to prove his innocence. If only he felt as innocent as he appears . . . "Crowinator"

Friday, November 22, 2013

Darth Vader and son

By: Jeffrey Brown
Location: Probably all over the library
Genre: Star wars

I love StarWars, my sons made me watch it. Tell me- what is cuter than an Ewok, or wiser than Yoda, this tell me, I know not.
Jabberthehut is one of a kind and what kid did not want to be Luke Skywalker.. but would you want Darth for Dad, I mean really- I bet he snored real bad.
This book is fantastic, it is so good, I am smuggling it home cause my big boys are home this weekend and I want them to know I am a force still to be reckoned with!

Orphan Train

By: Christina Baker Kline
Location: FIC KLI
Genre: Family- or lack of it!

NewYork Times Best Seller:

I read Angela's Ashes- a story of hideous childhood poverty in Ireland, it was a book designed to wrench your guts out and buy any kid a pair of shoes that you saw down town that had none on!
I get the feeling this one is going to do the same- hope it is not as bad as Bridge across my Sorrows  that was a tissue box grabber and far to much liquid escaping my face!
But I think this book has more connection with Tomorrow their will be Apricots than any others. Both are about a relationship between  two woman who hurt, whose pasts have scarred them and together they journey for mutual healing and hope.

Vivian, has survived almost unimaginable losses over her life. Orphaned at age nine, she is given over to the Children's Aid Society in New York, and sent to the Midwest on a train with other orphaned and abandoned children, with the intention of finding adoptive families for them. What follows for Vivian is a less-than-perfect childhood, and an eventual life with a caring, but distant, couple.

Her life story is related as a flashback, told to a seventeen-year-old girl, Molly, who is helping Vivian clean out her attic as part of community service hours to avoid detention for having stolen a book from the library. Come on- at least she uses the library!
 Molly has spent many years in foster care, and the two women find in each other a kindred spirit of both loss and survival. As they work together in the attic, they each share parts of their story that have never been told before, and develop a trust and affection that only comes from shared understanding.
While much of this book is tragic, it is impossible to deny the joy and admiration felt for both Vivian and Molly as they draw upon each other's strength and experience.  The book has its roots in actual events: orphan trains were a reality for thousands of children in America for over 50 years.   This is about how experiences can result in a resilience that only comes from adversity greater than most of us will ever know.  Claire-

Friday, November 15, 2013

Assassins Creed, BLACK FLAG

By: Oliver Bowden
Location: FIC BOW
Genre: Game into book based on  real history.

I love Assassins Creed, I love the fact that books based on games based on history are getting you fellas to read and as you do- you are getting sucked into reading. It is so cool, so subtle and cunning, it makes me chuckle. Sucked in and perfect!
So what is this little tempter got in store for you then, it is number 6 in the series and it is all about pirates arrr.
As for me no pirate will ever be better than the Dread Pirate Roberts - why, because beneath his bravado, amazing sword swashbuckling skills, ability to kill rodents of unusual size- he was really a cute romantic- sold out on looove- as you wish!
Lets see if Edward Kenway, the pirate in this novel- topples him. Bet not, it would be inconceivable.

It's the Golden Age of Piracy - a time when greed, ambition and corruption overcome all loyalties - and a brash young captain, Edward Kenway, is making his name known for being one of the greatest pirates of his day. In the brilliant new novel, Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, discover the story of how Edward, a young privateer, became one of the world's most deadly pirates and was drawn into the centuries-old battle between the Templars and the Assassins.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Rules of summer

By: Shaun Tan
Location: Picture Book
Genre: Use your imagination and think!

What are the rules of summer?
  • No blokes are allowed to wear speedo's
  • Icecreams need to be double scooped
  • Books are to be read and stolen by no-one else
  • The beach is for swimming in and  not just sitting on
  • All food is prepared by all people all day, I am reading or swimming!
  • Steak and fish should be eaten, with nice salads. The steak should be medium rear, burning the steak breaks the rules. Strawberries need icing sugar.
  • Music should be loud and happy
  • A new adventure of unknown outcomes should be embarked apon
  • Work shall not enter your mind, other things matter more
  • Lastly- sun loving is acceptable, those who have a morbid fear of the sun should immigrate to Iceland or Scotland or the Yukon!
Shaun Tan has his "Rules of Summer"- different to mine and very 'Tan"- did you like that!!!
But one thing they have in common with mine- sharing summer with a good mate is what matters most!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake

By: Jenny Wingfield
Location: FIC WIN
Genre: Family Drama's

A PK. It means "Preachers Kid." That is something close to my world. Its a tough job being a PK. That is what Swan is, she is the daughter of Samuel Lake a fiery Methodist preacher from the south of the USA. Think -"The Help", think  - "Fried Green Tomatoes", - think "To Kill a Mockingbird". High praise- but that is what this book is getting!
This family loved God, but when someone close commits suicide, you are found jobless, your father-in-law runs a pub called "Moses never Closes" and Swan meets a lad who is abused and afraid,  the jealousy's, loves and hates of a close knit rural community, then what you think  about God is put to the test.
Is fiery preaching livable in action, does being a PK mean you cant explore the pain of a broken world for yourself?
Funny thing really, I grew up is a very Christian rural part of New Zealand, and we had a family enter our community that was not Christian, was not rural and was not  'one of us'. As a 10 year old girl, I also like Swan fought for the justice and acceptance of John, the outsider boy the same age as me. Maybe there is more of Swan in me than I dare to think- maybe that is a good thing!
This book is full of love, it is also smeared by hate. It is full of good ol southern drawl and a few well placed 'Amens'!

Set in rural Arkansas in the 1950s it is the story of one large extended family, the Moses/Lake clan. As the book opens the family has come together for their annual reunion at the homestead in Arkansas. Preacher Samuel Lake and his wife Willadee come with their three children, bullied Noble, rowdy Swan and bookish Bienville. In the middle of the reunion tragedy strikes. But it is just the first in a string of horrors that befall the family and which encompass joblessness, homelessness, murder, rape and child abuse. Set in a small community and tackling the subjects of poverty, faith, family dynamics and the fight between good and evil it is a great story ( Andrea from

Here it comes- Catching Fire

If it is a competetion- who will win. Hobbit- desolution of Smaug OR Hunger Games- Catching Fire!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Grim Company

By: Luke Scull
Genre: Fantasy
Location: FIC SCU

The world is desperately in need of heroes. But what they get instead are a ragtag band of old warriors, a crippled Halfmage, two orphans and an oddly capable manservant: the Grim Company...

Yes the world needs heros', what is a hero?  Is is a knight in shining armour who welds his swords and disposes of evilness that permits to root itself in society? Is a hero a whistle blower that reveals to the world all the deeds of corruption that undermine a safe secure world? Is a hero a sportsman who scores points in the dying stages of a gladiatorial game that determines national identity. Is a hero a soldier that rips open gunfire on men and woman to take precious land in the defence of liberty?
What is a hero?
The blab on this book says the world needs them because, The Gods are dead. The Magelord Salazar and his magically enhanced troops, the Augmentors, crush any dissent they find in the minds of the populace. On the other side of the Broken Sea, the White Lady plots the liberation of Dorminia, with her spymistresses, the Pale Women. Demons and abominations plague the Highlands. This sounds like a setup for hero's- The Grim Company.
Maybe this bunch of misfits can define what a hero is and does. Maybe what our world needs now are heroes like this- the news tells me it is a sad enough world for a few good heroes!

Of course, battles and adventures abound. There is horror with zombies, tentacled killers, and horrible dragons. There is mining magic from the corpses of the gods. There are old scores settled among highlanders. Feasts, looting and treachery abound.
This is stuff of the Game of Thrones, and Tolkien and what a name for a fantasy author- Scull!
I reckon this trilogy will run hot in 2014, so come and get in first!

Friday, November 8, 2013


By: Brandon Sanderson
Location: FIC SAN
Genre: Sanderson

Never has an author caused so much dispute in the library. Students fighting over books as they come in, vicious rock, paper, scissors competitions. After school meetings to discuss Sanderson's worlds with expert sons coming in to facilitate, students begging on knees to take it before it has been processed. Students from the  Chiefs- Waikato country pledging eternal allegiance to the Crusaders from Canterbury. Love that!
This book had them going and anything with the name Sanderson in it, a now automatic purchase!
Steelheart is his latest, only complaint from those who have vied to get this book is that it was too short- just like me!

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning - and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience. He's seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Playing TYLER- When a game is not a game!

By: T L Costa
Location: FIC COS
Genre: Gaming turned into fiction

Ok I confess, it was the name on the cover that got me. I know a Tyler and boy they sound similar!
 So many reviews of this book say Tyler has "a huge heart" , "endearing"  " a likeable character", "virtous", "high intelligence and a kind heart makes him a lovely soul", "smart and caring", " a fighter", ... and he  has ADHD and Dyslexia.
Hmmm!! Some of you will know where I am going with this!
This book has a hero in it called Tyler, the Tyler I know is also a  genuine hero to me for several of the same reasons- but not all of them, his mum has not checked out mentally, not last time I noticed anyway!

When is a game not a game?

Tyler MacCandless can’t focus, even when he takes his medication. He can’t focus on school, on his future, on a book, on much of anything other than taking care of his older brother, Brandon, who’s in rehab for heroin abuse… again.

Tyler’s dad is dead and his mom has mentally checked out. The only person he can really count on is his Civilian Air Patrol Mentor, Rick. The one thing in life it seems he doesn’t suck at is playing video games and, well, thats probably not going to get him into college.

Just when it seems like his future is on a collision course with a life sentence at McDonald’s, Rick asks him to test a video game. If his score’s high enough, it could earn him a place in flight school and win him the future he was certain that he could never have. And when he falls in love with the game’s designer, the legendary gamer Ani, Tyler thinks his life might finally be turning around.

That is, until Brandon goes MIA from rehab and Tyler and Ani discover that the game is more than it seems. Now Tyler will have to figure out what’s really going on in time to save his brother… and prevent his own future from going down in flames

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

I am Malala

By: Malala Yousafzai and Christina lamb
Location: NF 920 YOU
Genre: Heroines of the world who did real stuff with guts and courage!

Ok this blog will get me going.. It is about education and it is about the power of education that changes lives and worlds, it is about the threat of education and knowing that knowledge empowers, and that empowering then can minimise the control forced over us by the powerful.
Education destroys regimes and the regime knows it.
Then- along comes a girl, a courageous young woman called Malala, who refused to allow to her her right to education be stopped by the Taliban, she stood tall, and she refused to be made to submit- she knew education and knowledge were the keys to her freedom, her creativity, and her future ability to provide for herself. She knew education allowed her to think, to ponder, to learn, to then use that to reach her potential, she knew education was a gift that would help her change her world.  She paid the ultimate price, the taliban shot her in the head at point blank range while on the bus riding home from school.
Malala did not die, she fought back, and with her fight comes this story.
This story is how a young woman from a remote Pakistani village is the youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, loved by her parents fiercely in a world that prizes only sons, and it will make you believe in the Power of One, to truly make a difference.
I have seen with my own eyes in the third world, the power and passion of education, the extremes to which people go to sacrifice so their children can learn, I have seen the depth in the eyes of a man talking, determined to make sure his children will be educated, Malala has helped them- she has added voice to their, she has legitimised their determinations in a global way.
Malala- if I had a dinner party and I could invite 4 guests, you would be on my list, I want to hear your story and what it is in your heart and mind that drives you- in the mean time this book will suffice!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Hobbit

Ohhh can't wait!!!
I know the book is the always the winner , and I was not allowed to marry until I had read The Hobbit. I know my imagination of what Smaug is like is my own wee minds version, and I know that I have painted Bilbo in the canvas of my mind and so why let a movie minimise the power of the word?
Because it is going to be sooo good and if anyone can translate this classic to the big screen, then Peter Jackson can. The only problem I have being a New Zealander is reminding myself that the scenery is not where I went on holiday in 1995- but then again maybe it was...
Bring this movie on- shatter my preconcieved ideas and let me fly with new ones!
If you arent convinced check out this lattest trailer- and oh- read the book first!!!

Our Year 13's have pranked the library!

It has been a great year with our Year 13's and I have to say I am a proud they chose the library as their prank for the year! You did a great job.
As you know I am really intentional about this blog being about books- but for this, I will break the rules and share with my blogging world your awesomeness!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Rose Under Fire

By: Elizabeth Wein
Location: FIC WEI
Genre: War and Poetry!

“Five years of destruction and mayhem, lives lost everywhere, shortages of food and fuel and clothing - and the insane mind behind it just urges us all on and on to more destruction. And we all keep playing.”

'Hope is the most treacherous thing in the world. It lifts you and lets you plummet. But as long as you're being lifted, you don't worry about plummeting."

I like to write, I find writing  something that allows my being to figure out what I am, and what I think and what I am discovering. It kind of settles me, and discovers me. When I travel to places where I see stories in front of me, stories that hurt, stories I cant control- then it is writing that helps me make sense, or forever not make sense of what i feel and observe. Writing are the glasses into my soul.
If I had to go to war- it would be the power of writing that would help me unravel the journey enforced on me. Rose had to go to war, and she had to stop writing! That is a double killer!
While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women's concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that’s in store for her?
Elizabeth Wein, author of Code Name Verity, delivers another stunning WWII thriller. The unforgettable story of Rose Justice is forged from heart-wrenching courage, resolve, and the slim, bright chance of survival.