Reviews: Books and Magazines

 

A skillful warrior

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A Skillful Warrior is the sequel to A Necklace of Souls by R.L. Stedman. I loved A Necklace of Souls, so much so that when I met R Stedman socially I found myself acting like a fanboy asking when the sequel would be out.

I was provided with an electronic copy of A Skillful Warrior which I enjoyed, however, I have to say that I subsequently received a paper copy and I still prefer having a physical copy.

The story continues with Dana, Will, Jed, and N’tombe travelling together. During this journey, Dana becomes more familiar with the guardians and the skills she is developing.

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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

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I’ve already read “We were liars” by E Lockhart which I really enjoyed so I started reading the disreputable history with a lot of expectation. And I wasn’t disappointed, it is beautifully written and totally engaging. Despite being teen fiction (and me not being a teen) I enjoyed it.

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Rosie’s Radical Rescue Ride

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A follow up to “Rosie to the Rescue“, Rosie’s Radical Rescue Ride is another DairyNZ book to educate children on the workings of dairy farms. Filled with familiar NZ scenes, this is the tale of Rosie saving the day once again – this time by helping out with the hay that needs to be baled quickly despite the fact that the tractor has broken down.

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Atlas of Adventures

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Set your spirit of adventure free with this lavishly illustrated trip around the world. Explore seven continent maps, packed with hundred of activities and challenges to inspire armchair travellers of any age. Whether you’re visiting the penguins of Antarctica, joining the Carnival in Brazil or a canoe safari down the Zambezi River, this book brings together epic adventures from the remotest corners of the globe and discoveries to made on your own doorstep. Follow one boy and one girl as they travel to over 30 destinations and discover hundreds of things to spot and facts to learn on every page.

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Inner Fire

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Inner Fire is Rachel Stedman’s second novel. It is about a teenage girl Corinne who, in addition to all the normal challenges of adolescence, can’t get angry! When she does things and people around her catch fire. After one particularly nasty incident her grandmother comes to take her away and train her about her abilities.

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Imagine a City

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Imagine a City tells the story of two children travelling with their mother by train to a fantastical city and the things that they do and see while there.

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The New Patrol

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The New Patrol by Andy McNab is a thriller set in Afghanistan. The central character is returning for a second tour to Afghanistan, but his previous experiences don’t carry a lot of weight given the rules have changed.

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A God in Ruins – Kate Atkinson

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Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again.

In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula’s beloved younger brother Teddy – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.

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How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

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How to Build a Girl” is Caitlin Moran’s first novel for adults. If you’ve read her books “How to be a Woman” or “Moranthology” you probably know whether you’ll like this or not. If you haven’t read her thoughts before, this is could be a good book for anyone who grew up in the 1990s, especially if you were a teenage girl who spent hours in her room listening to The Happy Mondays or The Smashing Pumpkins. Be warned! As Moran says in her acknowledgements, “I’ve written *another* book full of wanking and shagging.”

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A court of thorns and roses

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Feyre is a hunter and lives on the edge of starvation as she tries to provide for her family. However, while out hunting she kills a fairy who had taken the form of a wolf. As a punishment she has to be imprisoned in an enchanted fairy court. But from childhood she has been taught that fairies are evil and fears both for herself and her family that she’s forced to leave behind.

I’ve read and enjoyed a couple of Sarah J Maas’ books and so was quite excited to have the opportunity to read A Court of Thorns and Roses too.

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