Monday, September 29, 2014

Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear

Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear
Virginia Wolf
by Kyo Maclear
illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Picture Book
March 2012 

Book Jacket Summary
When Virginia wakes up feeling "wolfish," her sister, Vanessa, tries to cheer her up. After treats, funny faces and other efforts fail, Vanessa begins to paint a glorious mural depicting the world of the sisters' imagination. Will it help lift Virginia from her doldrums?

My Thoughts
A broken alarm clock is lying on the ground and is a sign of things to come in Virginia Wolf. Virginia wakes up "wolfish" with growls and grumpy behavior according to her sister Vanessa. Everything annoys Virginia; friends, family, birds, and paintings. Vanessa is trying to cheer her out of the doldrums but nothing seems to help. Until Vanessa learns of the place called Bloomsberry where everything is perfect. She paints the walls to match Virginia's description of blossoms and gardens.

This was an amazing book because it has many layers. At first it is a little girl trying to cheer up her sister but on further reading it is about depression and how it affects those around us. The real relationship between Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell is depicted in this story. You can see Virginia as the blacked out wolf on the cover and in the book she is the same. The pictures become duller as Virginia bosses and yells as Vanessa but become brighter as Vanessa paints a new world. It pulls Virginia out enough to turn her back into a real girl. Gone is her wolfish snout and tail. What remains is a bow that used to be ears and a smile. Arsenault uses such imagery to show Virginia's depressive state with howling and hiding under blankets. 

This is a very interesting book and I am glad I picked it up. The cover was intriguing and I wanted to know if it was indeed about Virginia Woolf despite the different spelling. I highly recommend it and going to the authors webpage to read her personal note.

Book Pairings
Julia, Child by Kyo Maclear
Migrant by Maxine Trottier
Jan, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cover Reveal: Blood Island by Samantha Coville

Blood Island  
(The Secret of the Halflings #2)

by Samantha Coville

Release Date: 2015

Cover Designed by: Najla Qamber Designs

Summary from Goodreads:


With Elizabeth on the loose and Byron free to roam the halls of headquarters,
the Siren community is on edge, waiting for the impending first strike.
And it comes when three Elders are found dead after they go out for their
monthly hunt.
Now, for the protection of the soon to be heir to the throne, Raya and her
friends are sent to an unmarked island where Sirens walk in the sunlight
without fear. It's their island.
And it might just be the key to a dark plan.

Sequel to:

(cover linked to Goodreads)

Available from:

 * Smashwords

About the Author

Samantha Coville is an editor and literary critic at her website, Sammy the Bookworm. She’s been writing short stories for six years and has appeared in magazines, both in print and online. When she’s not doing something book related, she is singing in her church choir or enjoying one of the theme parks in her home state of Florida.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cover Reveal: One Wish Away by Kelley Lynn

One Wish Away

Release Date: 11/11/14

Bloomsbury Spark

Book Summary:

Be careful what you wish for…

Lyra has always been ahead of the curve. Top of her class in school, a budding
astronomer, and with a best friend like Darren she barely has time to miss the
mother who abandoned her family years ago. She's too busy planning to follow in
her father's footsteps, and to become the youngest astronomer at Space
Exploration and Discovery.

When a star goes missing Lyra is determined to get to the bottom of it
only to discover her braniac dad is the mastermind of a top-secret
government experiment. They promise to build a perfect world, one galaxy at a
time, but with every tweak of the present, a bit more of the future starts to

Lyra has to go undercover to reveal the truth and let humanity decide if
the consequences are worth more than wishing on a star.

About the Author
Eventually the day came when the voices in Kelley Lynn’s head were more
insistent then her engineering professor’s. So instead of turning to her
Thermodynamics book, Kelley brought up a blank page on her computer screen and wrote. Somewhere along the way she became a Young Adult author.

Kelley was born and raised a Midwestern girl. She’s not afraid to sweat and
fills her free time with softball, soccer and volleyball. (Though you probably don’t want her on your volleyball team.) She occasionally makes guest appearances as a female vocalist for area bands. Music plays a large role in her writing process as well as the characters and plot lines within her stories.

You can find Kelley hanging out at her blog, titled in her name, as well as the
group blog she shares with her fellow critique partners, Falling for Fiction.
Kelley is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.

Author Links:

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