If you have been to the cinema this month,(Valentines date or escape?) you will have noticed the mass of trailers that seem vaguely familiar as a book lover..
Here is the low down on books you may have read or want to read once everyone is talking about the film:
The first book in the Caster Chronicles Series. This hit USA book is written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and is a typical, boy meets magical girl teen novel.
Nicholas Sparks does romance, but this book has the twist of suspense instead of heartbreak as we find out the dark past of the main character.
The Great Gatsby
We love when classics are made into films and have been excited about this for months. The great Jay Gatsby holds extravagant parties, but who is he? and what tales can unfold of the ‘roaring 20s’.
- we have copies from £2.59!
Let us know if any of the films inspire you to read the book or books inspire you to watch the films.
We are delighted to announce the winner of our Ipad Mini competition was Rebecca Smith! Thanks to all who took part.
We caught up with Rebecca Smith after her win.
- Where are you from, and what do you do?
- I’m from Hertfordshire & I am a retail sales assistant.
- Have you ordered from AwesomeBooks in the past and if so, what do you like about shopping with us?
- I have ordered via Ebay and Amazon and find AwesomeBooks to be one of the best book retailers out there – you can always guarantee what you’re getting is a great deal
- What are you currently reading?
- Lullaby by Amanda Hocking
- What is next on your ‘to read’ list?
- The Farm by Emily McKay
- If you could recommend a book to anyone, what would it be and why?
- One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest – such a powerful and emotive story.
- If you could be a character from a book, who would you be and why?
- Becky Bloomwood from Sophie Kinsella’s shopaholic series, only without the mountains of credit card bills!
Thanks and congratulations Rebecca– it has been great to reach out to a fellow book lover, we hope someone can prise the iPad out of your hands long enough to replace it with an Awesome tome… If you missed out, don’t worry we run competitions all the time.
|After reading some books by Gail Carson Levine (Fairest, Ella Enchanted, etc) one expects a certain quality standard on fairytale retellings that only she can give and I say this because Levine is the only author I know that while weaving a tale of love (and for young teens) adds a religious questions to it. One has to have the courage to give such a leap of faith, I mean this book is not that complicated (it’s not supposed to be since it’s for younger readers), the story itself doesn’t have layers of characters and events but at the same time it has layers of doubt and wonder.
We follow Kezi a girl who is about to tempt fate and her beloved, the god of winds Olus, who is about to tempt fate with her for if they succeed they can be together. To do so however, Kezi will have to question everything she believes to be true about her religion and this, dearest reads, is the cherry on the top of this beautiful cake. Although the subjected is handed more or less lightly (again I remember you this is a book for young readers not adults) one has to think that teen books that go into the shady area of religion have brave authors writing them. It couldn’t be any other way, but even so one has to know when enough is enough and when we step from the believable to the impossible (even in books about gods).
Kezi, the main character, has believed all her life that there’s only a god and that his name is Admat. She has been taught he is the only one, the one god and when she finds herself in love with Olus, who is also a god, proving her that the god she believed to be unique in fact is not one can only imagine the shock she must have faced and one might think Levine would leave it there, that Kezi would believe that she had been wrong all her life and that in the fact there are others gods but she doesn’t. Kezi actually wants to know if the god she believes in, Admat, exists, she asks Olus about him, she asks the other gods and I find it amazing how Levine can both answer and not answer the question “Is Admat real?” during the whole book. I truly believe that sometimes it’s better to have a simple story that can make one think and wonder than to have a very complex plot and no wonder at all. A good story should make you think and this book does the job wonderfully. A good book to give young readers and to discuss with them when they finish reading it.
Thanks to Catarina Lima from Sintra, Portugal for this review of
Gail Carson Levine
ISBN 10: 0061229644
ISBN 13: 9780061229640
Check out her blog here:
So we may have been a little cryptic about the world tour so far – its all about the anticipation!
AwesomeBooks will be chronicling several books from around the world at the moment our categories are:
- The Far East
- The Middle East
- South America
- Home – The UK
Okay, so we are not actually going to go to these places and pick up the books from the markets (but an online store can dream right?)
Let us know if you think of anywhere else and any books you would like to reccomend.
Happy New Year from AwesomeBooks! We had a great 2012 and delivered more books to more countries than ever before. Our daily resolution is to keep doing this and keep gaining new and interesting fans. Here is a round up of books to help you with some popular resolutions (if it’s uncommon let us know and we will try and find a book to suit) – and they are on sale now!
- Or our favourite, find more time to read, whether you want to read 100 books or just finish the one you started in 2012. We have lots of exciting news to announce this year so keep checking back!
With this years Christmas number 1s being announced (already!) and Jamie Oliver being
able to boast more Christmas No1s than Cliff Richard, we thought we would take a look at what has been going on in the book world on Christmas each year; could these books make you as nostalgic as the Christmas number 1 song?Let us know if any of these have made your Christmas throughout the years.
A Dip in The Ocean: A review by Matthew McLarty,
If you enjoy maritime adventure stories the slightly less mainstream sub-genre of Ocean Rowing is a great topic to venture into. Sarah Outen’s “A Dip in the Ocean” is my favourite of all the books regarding this subject. Sarah weave’s all of the technical details of such an undertaking into a lyrical narrative of how and why she became and ocean rower, the sunny highs and the ocean deep lows of the trip and of the kindred souls she found along the way.
This is a beautiful story of an amazing undertaking where the journey is worth more than the destination.
Reading this book along with Rob Hamill’s slightly more technical “The Naked Rower (about the inaugural 1997 trans-Atlantic race), Sally Kettle’s somewhat quirkier “Sally’s Odd at Sea” account of her Atlantic crossing with her mother and Debra Veale/Searle’s unexpected solo crossing gives the reader a fascinating and broad understanding of a more than somewhat extreme sport.