August 31, 2012

Point 4 #2

1.4 (One.Four)
by Mike Lancaster


The Straker Tapes were recorded nearly a thousand years ago and although the record has survived, although there are those who believe in these events with increasing numbers, the sad truth is that this is nothing more then a hoax, a dream with no scientific proof to back up these claims. This is what Peter Vincent believes because it is what his father has taught him to believe. But what if everything he believed was a lie?

The Link has existed for as long as anyone can remember. It connects us all to each other with little more then a thought, it stores our memories, records our thoughts, contains our history, it defines who we are and the world we live in. But the Link is not limitless, not infallible, and not unable to be hacked. Memories can be altered, thoughts can be stolen and history can be rewritten. When who we are can change in an instant, all we can do is tell our story and hope we are remembered.

1.4 is an upgrade from the Straker Tapes to the Vincent Files. Although set in the future where the people are different, the story is essentially the same. The frightening truth behind our very existence, behind the evolution of humans and the next stage to come is as thought provoking and compelling to learn as it was the first time around. An exceptional science fiction story every bit as extraordinary as 0.4.
On sale: 01 June 2012
Price (AU): $16.95
ISBN: 9781405258180
Recommended age: 14+
In a word: Strakerites
Re-read it: yes
Recommend: yes
Star rating: five out of five

August 27, 2012

Throne Of Glass #1

Throne Of Glass
by Sarah J. Maas

"Her Past And Future Were Seated On A Glass Throne"


As Adarlan's greatest assassin she was the best, no one got near her, no one could stop her, no one - save a select few sworn to secrecy on pain of death - knew who she really was. Then her world was shattered, she was betrayed, captured and had spent the last year in the death camp otherwise known as the Endovier Salt Mines. The last thing she ever expected was to be rescued from hell by the son of the man who had sent her there to rot.

The King was holding a contest to find a Champion. With the entrants put forth by the courts council little more then thieves and assassins, what better way for Crown Prince Dorian to get back at his father then to enter the one person his father loathed, the girl Celaena Sardothien, better known as Adarlan's Assassin. But in doing so he would start a chain of events that will forevermore shape the future of his kingdom.

Throne Of Glass is a position of power in a kingdom that is broken, defiled and subjugated. As a powerful king seeks only more power, an assassin will be the only hope for a land in turmoil, for a people enslaved, for friend in need. In this addictive world of murder, magic, politics and secrets is an engaging story of an unlikely heroine. The first in a thrilling new series.
On sale: 01 August 2012
Price (AU): $16.98
ISBN: 9781408832332
Recommended age: 14+
In a word: Celaena
Re-read it: yes
Recommend: yes
Star rating: four out of five

August 23, 2012

The Tribe Book 1

The Interrogation Of Ashala Wolf
by Ambelin Kwaymullina

"Ashala Wolf Has Been Betrayed, Captured
And Is Now To Be Interrogated"


When Ashala first ran away to the Firstwood she never expected to find a place to call home, people to call family. This was her Tribe, and she would do anything to protect them. But when one of her own is a traitor, out to turn her and her new family into the government to be locked up simply for being born different, she refuses to stand by and do nothing.

Now Ashala finds herself a prisoner in the detention centre the government has set up for people like her, people who are different, and her betrayer stands by her side, as her guard. With the lives of her Tribe at stake, Ashala is helpless as the interrogation draws from her everything she remembers. But even as she is forced to reveal all, she cant help feeling there is something she's forgotten.

The Interrogation Of Ashala Wolf takes place in a time after the Reckoning, after the end of the world, where the survivors no longer live enslaved to technology but in balance with nature. During this time there are those who are born with gifts, abilities that the government believes is not in balance with the world. This dystopian tale is an engrossing and enlightening beginning to a unique new series.
On sale: 01 July 2012
Price (US): $19.95
ISBN: 9781921720086
Recommended age: 14+
In a word: Thee Trib
Re-read it: yes
Recommend: yes
Star rating: four out of five

August 22, 2012

Blog Tour & Giveaway - The Interrogation Of Ashala Wolf


Blog Tour - The Interrogation Of Ashala Wolf

About Ashala Wolf (The Book)


"There will come a day when a thousand Illegals descend on your detention centres. Boomers will breach the walls. Skychangers will send lightning to strike you all down from above, and Rumblers will open the earth to swallow you up from below ... And when that day comes, Justin Connor, think of me."

Ashala Wolf has been captured by Chief Administrator Neville Rose. A man who is intent on destroying Ashala s Tribe - the runaway Illegals hiding in the Firstwood. Injured and vulnerable and with her Sleepwalker ability blocked, Ashala is forced to succumb to the machine that will pull secrets from her mind. And right beside her is Justin Connor, her betrayer, watching her every move. Will the Tribe survive the interrogation of Ashala Wolf?

About Ambelin Kwaymullina (The Author)


1. Who is your favourite author and why?

Oh, that’s hard – I have so many favourite authors!  But in the world of fantasy, my favourite author is Michelle Sagara West. I read anything she writes, and love everything she writes, for a thousand reasons – the depth and complexity of the worlds she creates, the strength of her characters, and the beauty of her writing. Her books are ones I go back to time and again, and read over and over. Each time I pick them up I discover something new, and find myself reflecting on a different passage, or thinking about a character in a way I hadn’t before. They’re like old friends who never let me down.

2. What are the books/stories that have influenced your writing style and choice of genre?

I’ve always read science fiction and fantasy, and I’ve always loved the way sci fi/fantasy books explore possibilities, both the dreams and the nightmares of what human beings could be. I think the dystopian field attracted me because it captures both my worst fears and my greatest hopes. In a dystopia, the world has ended, in war or environmental cataclysm or nuclear Armageddon. But humanity, somehow, has survived. Life has triumphed, despite humanity’s worst qualities, and at least some of those who remain are trying to make a better world than the one that was lost.

One of my favourite writers is Lois McMaster Bujold, and most especially anything she writes about that manic genius, Miles Vorkosigan. In one of Lois Bujold’s stories, Miles talks about expanding borders to infinity. To me, sci fi and fantasy is the genre that lets us expand our borders – as writers, readers, and human beings, showing us the possibilities we could never imagined if we’d stayed within the boundaries of the world-that-is.

3. From where do you draw your inspiration to write?

From my characters. They are real, to me; they have stories that demand to be told, and I can’t let them down. I have to write about them, to do my best to accurately convey who they are, how they feel, and the world that they live in.

4. Without giving too much away to those who have yet to read The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, what scene was your favourite part to write about and why?

Huh. That’s hard to pick an absolute favourite! But I think probably anything involving Jaz. Because I always knew, at any given moment, what Jaz thought and felt, and what he would say. That made it a joy to write scenes with him in them, because I didn’t have to spend a lot of time trying to figure him out. He just leapt onto the page, generally taking over any portion of the novel he appeared in, and I could carry on with the story.

 The Interrogation Of Ashala Wolf

Want to read this engrosing tale yourself?
Simply send an email to larissabookgirl(at)gmail(dot)com.
One entrant will be chosen at random to win a copy of this new book.
Be sure to include your name and postage details.
Open to Australia and NewZealand only.

Thanks so much to Peta at Walker Books Australia for all your hard work in putting together this blog tour, and thanks to Ambelin Kwaymullina for taking the time to answer my questions.

For the next stop on the The Interrogation Of Ashala Wolf Blog Tour
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August 3, 2012

The Traitors

The Traitors by Tom Becker

"Think Twice Before You Betray Your Best Friend"


The radio message could have been a fluke, even the letter could be taken for a joke, but a giant zeppelin on an abandoned beach can not be ignored. When a stupid mistake, a thoughtless act breaks apart a friendship, the traitor must be punished, and the only way for a traitor to learn their lesson is imprisonment on the Dial.

No one on the Dial is innocent, all have betrayed someone, been a traitor to someone, and all are paying for their actions. Life on the Dial is slow, existing outside of time, and a sentence on the Dial will last years, hundreds of years in fact. But as long as there are those who are traitors there will be the Dial to punish them, with no chance of escape.

The Traitors on the Dial are all children who have committed acts of betrayal against family and friends. With the majority of betrays being petty acts and thoughtless mistakes, here there is no allowance for the young to learn by their mistakes, only a harsh punishment for actions regretted. The idea behind this story is quite intriguing however the execution is a little standard. Still, this is a prison story young boys will enjoy.
On sale: 01 August 2012
Price (AU): $16.99
ISBN: 9781407109527
Recommended age: 12+
In a word: Dial
Re-read it: possibly
Recommend: to boys
Star rating: two out of five