Monthly Archives: June 2010

No and Me by Delphine de Vigan Giveaway!

Win a copy of No and Me

by Delphine de Vigan

Lou Bertignac has an IQ of 160 and a good friend called Lucas who gets her through the school day. At home her father cries in secret in the bathroom and her mother hasn’t been out of the house properly for years. But Lou is about to change her life – and that of her parents – for good, all because of a school project she decides to do about the homeless. Through the project Lou meets No, a teenage girl living on the streets. As their friendship grows, Lou cannot bear that No is still on the streets when she goes back home – even if it is to a home that is saddened and desolate. So she asks her parents if No can come to live with them. To her astonishment, her parents – eventually – agree. No’s presence forces Lou and her parents to finally face the sadness that has enveloped them. But No has disruptive as well as positive effects. Can this shaky, newfound family continue to live together? A tense, brilliant novel tackling the true meaning of home and homelessness.

Welcome to my second giveaway here at Magic Bean Review! I received a PAPERBACK copy of No and Me today in the post from Bloomsbury, and seeing as I have already got a Hardback copy, and already reviewed it, I decided to give it away!

I have review No and Me, HERE, and gave it 5 Stars!

The rules are simple.. This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL, and you just need to fill in a form!

INTERNATIONAL

FILL IN THIS FORM!

Ends: 1st August

Good luck!

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In My Mailbox #5

IN MY MAILBOX #5

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren!

I was going to do a vlog, because as always, I have been rubbish in posting my IMM posts. But I didn’t have the time, so I just made the normal 🙂 All synopsis’ from Amazon.co.uk!

From Walker, I received:

And Baby Makes Two by Dyan Sheldon

Lana Spiggs is fed up with everyone telling her what to do. If it isn’t her mother nagging and shouting, it’s her teachers nagging and shouting. What Lana wants is to be grown-up. She wants her own flat, her own husband and her own children – and then no one will be able to boss her around any more. When Lana meets Les on her fifteenth birthday, she knows he is The One. And when she gets pregnant without even trying, she knows it’s her ticket to freedom – even though everyone else calls it a prison sentence. But can her dream of Happy Families stand up to reality?

Also from Walker:

I’m Not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti

he hottest summer of the twentieth century. A tiny community of five houses in the middle of wheat fields. While the adults shelter indoors, six children venture out on their bikes across the scorched, deserted countryside.

In the midst of that sea of golden wheat, nine year-old Michele Amitrano discovers a secret so momentous, so terrible, that he daren’t tell anyone about it. To come to terms with it he will have to draw strength from his own imagination and sense of humanity. The reader witnesses a dual story: the one that is seen through Michele’s eyes, and the tragedy involving the adults of this isolated hamlet.

From Bloomsbury:

Forest Born by Shannon Hale

Rin, Razo’s little sister, is haunted by the forest she has always loved. When Razo invites her back to the city to be one of Queen Ani’s waiting women, she happily accepts…only to end up on the adventure of her lifetime, following the queen, Enna, and Dasha into the countryside in search of a fire-starting enemy that no one can see. As she learns more about the three women’s magical talents, she finds her own strength comes from places both expected the forest and unexpected the sound of her own voice. A brilliant addition to the “Books of Bayern’, this book is a treat for fans of this series, and stands alone for readers who might be discovering the joys of Shannon Hale’s writing for the first time.

PastWorld by Ian Beck

(previously posted the awesome trailer on FB!)

Pastworld. A city within a city. A city for excursions and outings. Pastworld is a theme park with a difference, where travellers can journey back in time for a brush with an authentic Victorian past. But what if the Jack the Ripper figure stopped play-acting and really started killing people? For Caleb, a tourist from the present day, his visit goes terribly wrong when his father is kidnapped and he finds himself accused of murder. Then Caleb meets Eve, a Pastworld inhabitant who has no idea the modern world exists. Both Caleb and Eve have roles to play in the murderer’s diabolical plans – roles that reveal disturbing truths about their origins.

From author:

Shamra Divided by Barry Hoffman

She is a young Shamra girl who, after her peaceful country is invaded, defies the patriarchal and oppressive rules of her society and leads a ragtag resistance in the hopes of defeating their conquer ors. Although she is criticized for being outspoken, “different”, and wild she never gives in to the pressure to conform. She eventually gains the respect of her people, and demonstrates to them how being true to one’s self is the greatest honor one can achieve in life. Shamra Divided continues Dara’s adventures, as she sets off to faraway lands to learn more about her heritage, why she was the one who was meant to lead her people to freedom, and what future challenges are in store for her that she must mentally, emotionally, and spiritually prepare for.

From book launch:

Dead Boy Talking by Linda Strachan

Josh has 25 minutes left to live. Lying alone in a pool of blood, Josh has not much time to think. Yesterday he stabbed his best mate, and now it has happened to him. But there are questions he cannot get out of his head. Like, how did he get into this mess? Will anyone find him in time? Will his girlfriend forgive him, and what really happened to his older brother? As his life slips away, the events of the last 24 hours start to look very different.

From Bookbabblers:

Rocking Horse War by Lari Don

One sunny morning the triplets disappear, leaving only a few mysterious clues behind: an open upstairs window, three missing rocking horses and some strangely shaped marks on the lawn outside. Could they be hoofprints? Used to their silly pranks, older sister Pearl sets out to find them. At the garden gate she encounters Thomas, the snooty grandson of a local earl, who warns her that the moors aren’t safe today. But who is he to boss Pearl around? As she searches for the triplets and tries to outwit Thomas, Pearl’s journey through the rugged Scottish hills unfolds into an incredible and perilous adventure. Pearl strives to outwit living, breathing rocking horses and several powerful land magicians, who turn the very rocks of the mountains against her. But can she trust the mysterious Thomas? And can she save her brother and sisters from the unknown fate that lies ahead? This is a tale of dark magic and destiny set in the 1920s Scottish Highlands.

From Bloomsbury:

No and Me by Delphine de Vigan (Paperback)

Lou Bertignac has an IQ of 160 and a good friend called Lucas who gets her through the school day. At home her father cries in secret in the bathroom and her mother hasn’t been out of the house properly for years. But Lou is about to change her life – and that of her parents – for good, all because of a school project she decides to do about the homeless. Through the project Lou meets No, a teenage girl living on the streets. As their friendship grows, Lou cannot bear that No is still on the streets when she goes back home – even if it is to a home that is saddened and desolate. So she asks her parents if No can come to live with them. To her astonishment, her parents – eventually – agree. No’s presence forces Lou and her parents to finally face the sadness that has enveloped them. But No has disruptive as well as positive effects. Can this shaky, newfound family continue to live together? A tense, brilliant novel tackling the true meaning of home and homelessness.

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In other news…

Reviews coming up..

  • The Worst of me by Kate le Vann
  • Blonde Bombshell by Tom Holt
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
  • And Baby Makes Two by Dyan Sheldon

Look out for a giveaway for the chance to win one in 10 copies of Captivate by Carrie Jones!

Hopefully I will also be giving away a brand new copy of No and Me by Delphine de Vigan!

-Jean x

ARC: Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

Title: Low Red Moon
Author: Ivy Devlin
Published: September 2010
Format: Paperback
Pages: 196 (excluding about author, title page, etc.)
RRP: $16.99 (ÂŁ6.99 to preorder on Amazon UK)

Rating: 13+

Low Red Moon is about Avery Hood, who is reeling from the loss of her parents–and the fact that she can’t remember what happened to them even though she was there.

She’s struggling to adjust to life without them, and to living with her grandmother, when she meets Ben, who isn’t like any guy she’s ever met before.

It turns out there’s a reason why, and Ben’s secret may hold the key to Avery finding out what happened to her parents…

But what if that secret changes everything she knows about–and feels for–Ben?

I have to admit, upon reading the blurb of my Low Red Moon ARC, I thought it wasn’t going to be that amazing. Oh gee, not another paranormal romance! But I was surprised! The intriguing mystery part, for a while, seemed pointless – I thought there was not much mystery.. I thought I had it sussed! But I was – yet again – surprised.

Ivy Devlin has managed to inject some new material into the YA paranormal genre – rather than the usual vampire/werewolf boy coming along and wooing a normal girl – there is more depth to this book, and even though this injection didn’t show itself at first – upon finishing the novel I was quite content!

The characters were, I thought, pretty well developed. Not as much as some other non-paranormal YA books, but a lot better than most other paras’. Avery’s parents’, when they were described (by Avery thinking or talking to her grandmother, Renee) I thought they seemed very nice people, and I started to feel for Avery and Renee, and their losses. This is a mark of a good book, when I start feeling emotional towards the characters!

Avery, the main character, at times she was self centred, but she was centred towards sadness and grief for her parents. Renee and Avery’s relationship seemed realistic – they hadn’t been close for a long time, so had trouble relating to each other and being emotional. I thought their feelings towards each other were written well and true to life.

Ben.. Ben, Ben. What can I say? Devlin managed to write about Ben in a way that his looks weren’t described every page. When he was, however, he looked hot. He was also very charming and gentleman like – something not found much nowadays – but a breath of fresh air.

Ben and Avery’s relationship is not one you would come across in real life, not a bond like theirs. Unfortunately, I thought at some points I thought their relationship was nearly too… unreal, it was hard to believe. It was well written though, so it is quite easy to ignore!

The mystery was the best bit – I thought I had it sussed, but there were real twists and turns, going back, forwards, every which way!

I give Low Red Moon.. 4 Stars

For a paranormal romance, it had slightly different elements than the norm. However, I felt sometimes not attracted to the book for sometimes Avery was very self centred towards herself, not caring much for Renee, who would also be hurting for her parents deaths too.

Sometimes the book failed to captivate my imagination, with some normal paranormal sections, but with the interesting writing style, good characters and the mystery element, it deserves those stars!

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Thanks to Sarah from Sarah’s Reviews for the opportunity of the Low Red Moon UK Book Tour! xxx

-Jean