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Book Reviews
June 15, 2011 posted by Christina

Entangled – Cat Clarke

“17-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with a table, pens and paper – and no clue how she got here.

As Grace pours her tangled life onto the page, she is forced to remember everything she’s tried to forget. There’s falling hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Nat, and the unravelling of her relationship with her best friend Sal. But there’s something missing. As hard as she’s trying to remember, is there something she just can’t see?

Grace must face the most important question of all. Why is she here? ”


It goes without saying that waking up in a completely white room with just a table, pens and paper isn’t an everyday occurrence in Grace’s life. The only person she has contact with is Ethan, who brings her her meals and is keeping her prisoner. But if she’s been kidnapped why is he so nice yet infuriatingly cryptic? And what the heck is she doing there to begin with? The answer is there but it’s not till Grace starts putting her story to paper that she sees the truth.

When I first read the blurb for Entangled I was totally intrigued. A girl in a white room and she doesn’t know how or why? Tell me more! That plus a killer cover and plenty of positive reviews, I was very eager to get my hands on a copy. By the end of the story, I wish I didn’t get sucked into the trap of pretty covers.

Now, there are plenty of people who will disagree with me since Goodreads has page after page of glowing reviews, but I just wasn’t feeling it.

Grace is not the type of girl I’d ever be friends with. She’s the type I would’ve shied away from in school since her lifestyle is something I was always taught was not the way good girls should act. I might not always like the main character or what they do but a good story can make me forget that, Entangled just didn’t quite deliver for me.

Is it petty to dislike a character because she drinks like a sailor? Every few pages Grace was doing something that involved alcohol and usually plenty of it. Whether it was meeting up with a friend (usually at a bar or pub), hanging out at home or attempting suicide, alcohol was there and it just started to seem excessive in the story. Plus at only seventeen she seems to have had more than her fair share of casual sex, it’s not till Nat comes along that she sleeps with someone she actually cares about.

Grace has some personal issues as well. Since her father’s death, her relationship with her mother has been distant and strained. Rather than deal with her feelings on both issues she turns to self harming for release. At first you feel sympathy for how she must be feeling and that she doesn’t have someone to really help her deal with her problems (most try to just make her stop rather than address why she does it to begin with), but when you see Grace more or less emotionally blackmail people not to abandon her or she’ll harm herself you see that Grace has taken things one step too far.

The alternating perspective of the story from the present to the past was well done and flowed without a hitch but the major plot point was kind of predictable. It wasn’t completely obvious and at one point I thought maybe I was wrong, but in the end, it turned out exactly as I thought which was a shame. The story ends on a hopeful note but still leaves a few things hanging which left me wondering how things would’ve played out and generally a bit unsatisfied, especially about who exactly Ethan was.

Entangled had a lot of potential and deals with some heavy issues but I don’t feel it handled them as well as it could have. I wanted to like Grace or at least be able to sympathize with her, but in the end I just couldn’t find a reason to like her. The only character I liked in the end was Devon. For many Entangled was a hit, for me it’s a miss.

Pages: 375
Publication Date: January 2011
Publisher: Pan Macmillan/Quercus
Challenge: Debut Author
Rating: : ★★★☆☆

Teaser Quote: “The same questions whirl round and round in my head:
What does he want from me?
How could I have let this happen?

Book Bucket List
January 25, 2011 posted by Christina

Book Bucket List Challenge #1

I can officially cross the first item off my Book Bucket List! As part of our Book Bucket List Challenge, I’m aiming to read 12 books which aren’t part of my normal review pile that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while.

Book: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Pages: 360
Publication Date: July 2010
Publisher: Scholastic

Rating: : ★★★½☆

Why did you include it to your Book Bucket List?: When I first got the position as review for this site I had only just finished reading Shiver, and like everyone else, completely loved it. Linger was in one of the first boxes I received from publishers for review, only thing is, Nikki had already read, reviewed it and lined it up as our Book of the Month for July. So, there was no point in it being reviewed twice and I had plenty of books to get to so I put it off for months – till now!

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Was it worth it?: Yes

Brief Thoughts?: In general, I did really enjoy Linger but it didn’t have the same intensity as Shiver. The pace was a little slower and the love story wasn’t as prominent, which was what hooked me to begin with. 3.5 might seem like a low rating but when I think of it out of 10, a seven would be a fair score.

By the end of the book I LOVED Cole, which was a surprise, but I also found myself liking Sam less. He always seemed to be sad about something, first he was sad about being a werewolf, now he’s sad he’s not one since all his ‘family’ is, then he was sad about Grace, sad about Beck choosing Cole to be a wolf…just a lot of sadness. I found myself really agreeing with Isabel who tried to shake him out of it, saying he needed to step up.

Grace showed plenty of strength in this book when she faced quite a few obstacles, including her parents, but she faced them all boldly which was great to see. Isabel was as haughty as ever but let her guard down at times and developed even further as a character and a person becoming someone you could definitely sympathize with and really like.

Would you recommend it?: Yes – the second book in the series sets us up for the excitement of the last book, Forever, which is due out later this year.


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Grace – Morris Gleitzman
Book Reviews
August 11, 2009 posted by Nikki

Grace – Morris Gleitzman

In the beginning there was me and Mum and Dad and the twins. And talk about happy families, we were bountiful . But it came to pass. And then I started doing sins. And lo, that’s when all our problems began.

I know I’m stating the obvious here, but this is the new book by Morris Gleitzman. Although Morris isn’t technically Australian, he emigrated here when he was young, so I think its safe for us to claim him as our own now, and at the moment I’m feeling kind of proud to do so. For those of you that don’t know who Morris is, I feel the need to ask what kind of rock you’ve been living under for the last, oh, I don’t know, forever? (Especially if you’re Australian). I used to read him when I was young and I’m incredibly happy that I decided to read his new book, Grace. Although I’d argue it’s targeted at an audience that is slightly younger than we usually cater for, I reckon this is the kind of book that all readers will be able to get into.

Meet Grace: daughter, sister, inquisitive student, and completely devoted to God. So devoted to God it’s not even funny. After being inside her head for just a few pages, I realised that this story was going to be loaded with religious values/ideals/blah blah blah – and that is not something I really enjoy reading about. But thankfully, I persisted, and I learned a whole lot from Grace.

When Grace’s father is expelled from their cult/church (referred to by Grace herself as a “special” kind of Christianity) Grace thinks it’s her fault. I mean, she did get off the school bus to check and see if the people in the van they hit were okay, she did ask too many questions, and she did interrupt prayer at school. Maybe if she hadn’t done these things, he’d still be allowed to live with them. After setting out on a mission to find her dad and bring him home, Grace begins to realise that her father’s expulsion really wasn’t her fault. She starts to see that the men of her church, particularly her grandfather, might be manipulating the situation more than she first understood.

Will Grace be able to show her mother the truth, prove her father’s innocence and save her family? Sounds like a helluva burden for such a small kid to carry, but everyone knows that sometimes, adults can be total morons and only the genius of the child mind can save a the day.

If you’re into seriously fanatical religion, then I’d stay away from this book, especially if your breed of fanaticism dances in Christianity’s court. I think the only reason I was able to stomach all the religious fodder in this story was because it totally demonised it. Having said that, I think its safe to admit that I totally loved this book! Grace is an awesome character whose initiative, dedication, and inquisitive mind set her up as a noble heroine worthy of admiration by all. For someone who has spent her entire life in a brainwashed bubble of Christian poo, Grace accepts the truth about her circumstances with the maturity of someone much older than her years. If it were me, I’d be in all kinds of denial. But she was believable in every single way; I never once found myself thinking that her choices or her thoughts were unrealistic.

What really scared me about this story was just how impressionable the human mind can be. The community members that are part of Grace’s church are brainwashed beyond anything I can possibly comprehend. A scenario like that seems like total fiction to me, because I just can’t get my head around how someone (or a whole group of someone’s) can succumb to something like that without question. But the truth is, it’s not fiction. There are cults just like this one functioning in real life. I think a story like this is definitely appropriate for a pre-adolescent (or early adolescent) audience because it demonstrates that sometimes, just because everyone else is doing it, doesn’t necessarily make it a right, or a good thing. It’s good to ask questions, and knowledge is always, always power.

This is a very easy book to read and I knocked it over in two hours flat (including time allocated for a coffee and toilet break). Morris Gleitzman has totally outdone himself this time and this book (unexpectedly) knocked my freaking socks off! Two extremely enthusiastic yaReads thumbs up for Grace.

Rating:: ★★★★★