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Book Review – Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil

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Title: Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil

Author: Melina Marchetta

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Length: 405

Rating: 4 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Bashir “Bish” Ortley is a London desk cop. Almost over it. Still not dealing with the death of his son years ago, as well as the break-up of his marriage.

Across the channel, a summer bus tour, carrying a group of English teenagers is subject to a deadly bomb attack, killing four of the passengers and injuring a handful of others. Bish’s daughter is one of those on board.

The suspect is 17 year old Violette LeBrac whose grandfather was responsible for a bombing that claimed the lives of dozens of people fourteen years ago; and whose mother, Noor, has been serving a life sentence for the part she was supposed to have played in the attack.

As Bish is dragged into the search for the missing Violette, he finds himself reluctantly working with Noor LeBrac and her younger brother, Jimmy Sarraf.

And the more he delves into the lives of the family he helped put away, the more Bish realizes that they may have got it wrong all those years ago, and that truth wears many colours. Especially when it comes to the teenagers on board the recent bus bombing. Including his daughter.

Tell the truth. Shame the devil. Bish can’t get Violette LeBrac’s words out of his head. But what he may get is some sort of peace with his own past as the worlds of those involved in two bombings, years apart, collide into the journey of his life.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I would like to thank Penguin Australia for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. Sorry it took so long to publish!

I am going to apologise straight off the bat if anyone finds this review lacking depth. I am reviewing this a while after I read it and I find thriller books hard enough to review the day after I have read them. I held off writing a review for this book because I found it hard to come up with words for it and its not any easier for me now.

This book is very different from everything Marchetta has written before, but you can still feel that it is her writing the words. She is there in the way that the story unfolds, that she is more interested in the way terrorism or racial profiling affects certain families more than people on a grand scale (even though she does touch on this).

I really enjoyed the plot of this story despite the fact it is not something I am normally interested in reading, there is enough of this kind of thing just happening in our world for me to read about. I liked the different perspectives that we were given and the way we are made to question just about everything, In saying all that though I do feel like a few things were shoved down my throat more than what I would have expected from Marchetta’s writing style.

I also really liked the characters. I liked Bish the most even though I think he was a little bit hopeless at times. Marchetta is great at crafting just real characters who you can relate to and like despite how flawed they are. One small thing that I found annoying with the characters in this book though was just how many of them there were. There were a lot and each of them basically had there own plot/backstory being weaved into the main plot line and at times it became a little confusing or hard to keep up with them all.

And I think that is where I will leave the review for today. If you like Marchetta and thriller books or political stories then you would like this book and I suggest you read it. If you have not read Marchetta before and are just looking for another thriller then you may want to read some more reviews before picking it up. She has a certain style about her and if it had not been her writing it I don’t think I would have liked this book as much.

 

Till Next Time. . .

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Brisbane Writers Festival 2016

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So this weekend I went to Brisbane Writers Festival! This isnt an even that I would normally consider going to as I went to the Byron Bay Writers Festival and the things I went to see where just not things I am interested in and I struggled not to fall asleep.

But then Melina Marchetta posted that she was going to be at BWF and my world stopped. I had a mini breakdown and went on a hunt to see who, when and where. I had it all worked out except on the 10th I also had a baby shower to attend so I made my friend push it back by half an hour so that I could do all the things and not be too late for that :D

So on the 10th I got up bright and early to go make sure I got a park and I could look around and make sure I got a good spot in Melina’s book talk for the book Tell The Truth Shame The Devil which the publishers were kind enough to send to me so I had managed to read it before the talk. I had all this extra time up my sleeve because I had read someones ‘guide to surviving BWS 2015’ and they had said rock up super early because there was a line for carparks and what not. Well thank god I didn’t mind being early because this was not the case. I don’t know if it just wasn’t as busy this year or if that person was talking about the weekday events but it was rather quiet on the weekend.

I loved every moment of the talk and I can now proudly say that my favourite book is signed. It feels soo good. I just wish I had had the guts to ask her for a picture, but she was so serious and composed the entire time. I was just so flustered!

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Then after Melna’s talk I went to a booktalk with Jay Kristoff for his book Nevernight. Holly hell that man is tall! He came in like a dark lord towering above us all but was super happy and friendly the whole time. Again I really really enjoyed this talk despite the fact that I have yet to actually read this book. I do have a copy, just haven’t gotten to it yet with my schedule :( I think in terms of talks I liked this one even more because Jay told us a few different stories about a few other books as well, and he was just so damn happy and enthusiastic the entire time.

This super friendly attitude was sort of my downfall here though. I was like the 5th person in line, but he was so friendly to everyone that it took like 20 minutes for him to get to me and by then I am freaking out because I was already going to be late for the shower and everyone was taking pictures so I wanted a picture too but then I freaked and sort of invaded his personal space and bhfiebkjrkjbrjkbf. I was very embarrassed for myself. I look spastic in the picture too!

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Then I raced down to the shower and proceeded to get drenched helping her get presents inside the house when the shower was over.

Moving on to the day to, the very first thing I did was see that David Levithan was about to come out for his signing, and while I have yet to read any of his works, some of them where for sale there so I thought why the hell not and picked up a few of his works and had him sign them for me. It was a bit awkward because I couldn’t comment on anything of his so I just asked him how his day was going haha.

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I then went straight to Meg Rosoff’s book talk on her latest book Johnathan Unleashed, which I have not read because I have not heard very good things but I had just got given and read How I Live Now so I was interested in listening to what she had to say. She had a very different kind of way about how she did the interview. It was very serious but also funny in a serious kind of way, sort of a sarcastic funny. She at one point said how she wished she got asked or compliment more on other works besides How I Live Now and was sort of sick about hearing about it so this lead to me awkwardly apologising for not having a more original  book for her to sign as I was the first person in line XD

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Then I had Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman talking about Illuminae. This was just as fun as the Nevernight talk. This talk had the same host and she was really good at asking the right questions and keeping everything fun. Jay and Amie are just the funniest thing together they get along so well. I am a bit ashamed to admit that I didn’t realise they were Australian authors that had just gotten then works published in the US first because it was a bigger market. I just assumed they were from the US because thats where the books were first happening.

Again I got a photo with these two. I wasn’t going to because no one before me and the girl I was in line with had gotten pictures, but then the girl asked me to take a picture and I just said only if you don’y mind taking one for me as well! You can see if this picture I was very conscious not to invade anyones space haha.   I also had the guts to asked a question during the panel about whether or not they felt pressure for writing the third book because of the success of the first two and they said that it was already written and they try not to look at reviews as to keep true to what they wanted to write. This is probably a good way of doing things. But yes, just two of the most friendly people in the world.

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And then of course no literature day is complete without getting hold of some stationary.

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And that all I have for you guys today, sadly there will be no TTT this week as I do not have time, but for the first time in a very long time I might have the weekend off so I hope I can get some posts in there somewhere.

 

Till Next Time…

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Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Bucket List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Things On My Bookisk Bucket List

  1. First on me list would have to be meeting and getting authors to sign some of my favourite books of all time! In first place for this I think I will have to give it to Melina Marchetta for her book On The Jellicoe Road. For a tie in second we have Veronica Roth for her Divergent series, and Stephenie Meyer for her book The Host.
  2. I would love to go to The Australian Book Expo one year and I would even love to go to one in another country more! But the chances of the second one happening are much lower.
  3. I would love to get 100 followers for me blog! I am currently sitting n 78. So close! I love you all <3
  4. Complete my Goodreads challenge of reading 80 books this year.
  5. Buy a proper large, wooden, and ‘fancy’ bookcase rather than the cheap and dodgy ones from kmart. My books are beautiful so they deserve something stunning to live on.
  6. Discover and read at least 12 Debut authors for the Debut Author Challenge.
  7. Read more books by Australian authors!!! I need to encourage those close to home :)
  8. Read at least one other George R.R. Martin book this year. The size of them are just scary!
  9. Read the bloody Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling because I have never read it before. Whats wrong with me…
  10. Own a stunning boxset/collection of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and actually read them all.

Now I have kind of touched on my reading goals before so if you would like to see all the reading challenges I have placed upon myself this year check out my 2014 Reading and Blogging Resolutions.

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – On The Jellicoe Road

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Title: On The Jellicoe Road

Author: Melina Marchetta

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery

Length: 289

Rating: 5 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

I’m dreaming of the boy in the tree. I tell him stories. About the Jellicoe School and the Townies and the Cadets from a school in Sydney. I tell him about the war between us for territory. And I tell him about Hannah, who lives in the unfinished house by the river. Hannah, who is too young to be hiding away from the world. Hannah, who found me on the Jellicoe Road six years ago.

Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs – the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again.

And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor’s only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago. She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother – who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Ahh. I just don’t have the right words to explain how I feel about this book. I have read it so many times yet when I go to tell people they should read it, I can never find the words that will make them understand just how I feel about this book.

This is one of a few books that has made me cry my eyes out. Multiple times.

This is one of two books that once I finished it I found I wasn’t ready to stop yet and immediately turned back to the start and read it again.

Forget about the description, it doesn’t prepare you for what is hidden within this book. But I don’t know if I should try and explain it to you or not. I think perhaps you should go in blind and come out with new eyes.

All of this being said however I can see where some people might hate this book.Its depressing and there are very few happy moments, and so there is a lot of teen agnst. The structure might also annoy some, know the first time you read this you might be confused by its structure.

None of those things affected me though.

I love each and everyone of the characters, even the ones I hate I love. The angst doesn’t bother me at all. If I had been through the lives of some of characters within the book I would be angry or depressed too. I would find it unrealistic and less enjoyable if they were still so upbeat. However, the connection and love that develops between them all is just so beautiful and touching. It is probably wrong to say this, I would never want my life to be anywhere near as tragic as the ones they live, but I wish I could join in. I want to be part of that circle of friendship and family so badly, I kind of feel like I am though because of how I feel about them.

The structure and plot of the story is presented both in the present and the past, with the past story being presented to us in random segments. Part of the thing I loved about the structure was that I had to work out in what order those past events happened and understand how it relates to what we are living through in the present.

The writing is beautiful. Some of my favourite quotes of all time come from this book. If I was ever to get any tattoo, which I am so against, it would be a quote from this book. It is firmly placed in the top of my favourite books list. I am so glad I noticed the cover when it was on sale at Big W years ago. I don’t like to think about if I had of kept walking and decided I didn’t have enough money. It has gotten me through sad times despite its own sadness.

I will continue reading this book until the day I die. Its part of me.

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From Book to Movie – Looking For Alibrandi

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Title: Looking For Alibrandi

Genre: Drama, Coming of Age, Young Adult, Australia

Rating: 2 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

A teenage Australian girl deals with the traumas of everyday life. These include her difficult relationship with her single mother, the unexpected return of her long-lost father, the disapproving nuns at her strict Catholic school, the acceptance of her schoolmates,and romantic dilemmas over two very different boys.

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This movie kind of went by without me noticing much about what was happening. This is the reason why it got such a low rating, that and the fact that I don’t think I will watch it again. I’m not saying It was all that bad, I’m sure some people would love it if they liked the book more than I did.

The casting choices in the movie I thought were very good ones. The only one that I really had an issue with was Kick Gurry as Jacob Coote. Compared to all the other kids in the movie he just looked so much older than all of them and it was just weird.

I liked her Nonna and her father much more in this time round. They came off less harsh and mean. I still didn’t like her Nonna though.

In terms of plot they did leave out a few things, but that’s to be expected. I didn’t even notice they had left out certain scenes until I was sitting here writing this review so clearly they didn’t matter all that much.

The only thing that really bothered me about the movie was the fact I feel like they downplayed John Baton’s death a bit. I don’t feel they played up all the signs of distress and sadness he expressed to Josie before he committed suicide. I think they also downplayed everyones reaction to his death. I really connected with Josie in the book at this section, but here I didn’t so much. I think they also skipped over her section with Carly after his death, where they kind of connect, and that made me a bit sad.

So yes, I don’t think this was a bad movie. Those who love the book will probably love this movie. But like the book this movie was just not for me. If I had of been doing my HSC when I first saw this movie I think I would have liked it alot more. My own preference is why the rating is low, not because I don’t think people will enjoy it.

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Book Review – Looking For Alibrandi

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Title: Looking For Alibrandi

Author: Melina Marchetta

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Coming of Age

Length: 261

Rating: 3 Star

Movie Review

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Description/Synopsis:

For as long as Josephine Alibrandi can remember, its just been her, her mum, and her grandmother. Now its her final year at a wealthy Catholic high school. The nuns couldnt be any stricter but that doesnt seem to stop all kinds of men from coming into her life.

Caught between the old-world values of her Italian grandmother, the no nonsense wisdom of her mum, and the boys who continue to mystify her, Josephine is on the ride of her life. This will be the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family’s past and the year she sets herself free.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

While reading this book I got flashback of school and I kind of try to avoid those at all times, but because this book is based on Australian school system it kind of held a place in my heart because it was relatable in that way. Oh HSC, you will forever have a stain upon my mind.

I kind of hated our main character Jose, but I think this was more of personal reason than she was a bad character. For the story she was telling, the time in her life, and the events that are going on I think her personality and character are spot on to how most if not all teenagers are. I think this is why I hate her so much, I know I acted like that at times and might still do Im sad to say. She points out the bad parts of me and the troubles that we have to go through.

Now it really wouldn’t be a teen coming of age HSC story if there wasn’t a suicide. Though I don’t think highly of it at all and have strong views which I wont mention because I will get hate mail. That being said I did tear up when I was reading about her feelings on the suicide. Its those feelings that I have such… negative opinions.

The rest of the characters were pretty full on except for the mother. I hated her Nonna for being such a cow, I thought her boyfriend Jacob was a tool, and I couldn’t believe on a totally that might happen to some people how her father treated her in the beginning. Why does everyone act like such… meanies? But remembering back then I often thought people were being intentionally mean when sometimes they weren’t, but the people in her life just seem nasty.

So anyway this was a very realistic portrayal of a teenage life in Australia, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I was actually that age, a bit younger, or just out of school.