Thursday, May 31, 2012

Guilty Pleasures - An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Novel #1 (Laurell K. Hamilton )

Guilty Pleasures - An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Novel #1
Laurell K. Hamilton 

Blurb: My name is Anita Blake. Vampires call me the Executioner. What I call them isn't repeatable.

Ever since the Supreme Court granted the undead equal rights, most people think vampires are just ordinary folks with fangs. I know better. I've seen their victims. I carry the scars.

But now a serial killer is murdering vampires - and the most powerful bloodsucker in town wants me to find the killer.

ISBN: 9780753374816 (Paperback)
Year: 1993
Publisher: Headline
Pages: 327 (Fiction)


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Jatta (Jenny Hale)

Jenny Hale

Blurb: Jatta is a princess in the kingdom of Alteeda, but her life is no fairy tale. Her mother was slain by werewolves when Jatta was three years old, and the palace has been haunted by fear ever since.

Then Jatta wakes one morning, bruised and disoriented, soaked in sweat, to see her bedroom smeared with bloody paw prints...

ISBN: 9781741693126 (Paperback)
Year: 2009
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 464 (Fiction)


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Now - Once Series #3 (Morris Gleitzman)

Now (Once Series #3)
Morris Gleitzman

Blurb: Once I didn't know about my grandfather Felix's scary childhood.

Then I found out what the Nazis did to his best friend Zelda.

Now I understand why Felix does the things he does.

At least he's got me.
My name is Zelda too.
This is our story.

ISBN: 9780670074372 (Paperback)
Year: 2010
Publisher: Viking
Pages: 167 (Fiction)


Monday, May 28, 2012

The Playboy Interviews - They Played the Game (Edited by Stephen Randall)

The Playboy Interviews - They Played the Game
Edited by Stephen Randall

Blurb: In a magazine known for its photographs, the Playboy Interview stands out today as the best long-form interview in any magazine. The Interview is both incisive and entertaining, and important figures from all walks of life - many of whom honour no other interview requests - have given life - and career-altering interviews in the magazine's pages.

The Playboy Interviews: They Played the Game is the first in an ongoing series that will collect the most memorable interviews from the magazine's history. They Played the Game features some of the most revered - and reviled - American sports stars from the past six decades candidly discussing controversial issues including race, gender, drugs and sex. From Pete Rose's frank statements about gambling in sports to Mike Tyson's incendiary thoughts on the alleged rape that haunted his boxing career, from Billie Jean King's views of the changing role of women in professional sports to O.J. Simpson's raw and unsettling statements both before and after the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, there has never been a compilation of interviews quite like this one. More than simply jocks talking sports, these conversations are a fascinating reflection of the American psyche and our ever evolving cultural perceptions. 

ISBN: 9781595820464 (Hardback)
Year: 2006
Publisher: Milwaukie Press
Pages: 480 (Non-Fiction)


Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Making of Julia Gillard (Jacqueline Kent)

The Making of Julia Gillard
Jacqueline Kent

Blurb: Julia Gillard has always been an exceptional figure in Australian politics, widely admired by her adversaries as well as in the electorate. And now she is also an exceptional figure in Australian history: the first woman to be this country's Prime Minister.

The path to power has been far from smooth. Gilard's career has been marked by pitched battles with jealous rivals and powerful factions. But as she herself has observed, 'I am proof that a woman can thrive in an adversarial environment.'

Drawing on interviews with friends and foes - and with Julia Gillard herself - award-winning biographer Jacqueline Kent gives us the first thorough account of Gillard's career before she challenged for the top job. It describes her Adelaide childhood, her time as a fiery student activist, her battles to get into Parliament, and her relationships with the important men in her political life: Simon Crean, Kim Beazley, Mark Latham and Kevin Rudd.

The Making of Julia Gillard is an insightful and immensely readable account of this remarkable woman.

ISBN: 9780670073191 (Paperback)
Year: 2009
Publisher: Viking
Pages: 325 (Non-Fiction)


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Blood Promise - Vampire Academy #4 (Richelle Mead)

Blood Promise - Vampire Academy #4
Richelle Mead

Blurb: The recent attack on St. Vladimir's Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose's neck; a mark that says she's killed far too many Strigoi to count.

But only one victim matters... Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honouring her life's vow to protect Lissa - her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess - or dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She'll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?

Readers who fell in love with Rose, Lissa and Dimitri won't want to miss Blood Promise, the much-anticipated, epic fourth novel in Richelle Mead's enthralling Vampire Academy series.

ISBN: 9781921518898 (Paperback)
Year: 2009
Publisher: Razor Bill
Pages: 503 (Fiction)


Friday, May 25, 2012

Debt of Honour - Jack Ryan Series #8 (Tom Clancy)

Debt of Honour (Jack Ryan Series #8)
Tom Clancy

Blurb: Called out of retirement to serve as the new President's National Security Adviser, Jack Ryan quickly realises that that problems of peace are fully as complex as those of war. Enemies have become friends, friends, enemies, and even the form of conflict has changed. When one of those new enemies readies a strike not only at America's territory, but at the heart of her economy, it is Ryan who must somehow prepare an untested President to meet the challenge. For there is a debt of honour to be paid - and the price will be terrifyingly high.

ISBN: 9780007805877 (Paperback)
Year: 1994
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 900 (Fiction)


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Switched - Fear Street Series #31 (R.L. Stine)

Switched - Fear Street Series #31
R.L. Stine

Blurb: Nicole always thought her friend Lucy's life was so much better than hers. She had cooler parents, a cuter to her, Nicole felt like a loser. So when Lucy asked if she wanted to switch bodies, Nicole thought it sounded like a fun idea. Good for a laugh.

She didn't realise the switch would actually work. Or that Lucy's life might not be so sweet after all. Turns out, Lucy's got a few issues. And she's about to her her revenge - using Nicole's body!

ISBN: 9781416913757 (Paperback)
Year: 1992
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 150 (Fiction)


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Pay the Devil (Jack Higgins)

Pay the Devil

Jack Higgins

Blurb: At the end of the American Civil War, Confederate Colonel Clay Fitzgerald escapes to Ireland, where his uncle has left him an estate, only to find that Ireland is caught up in a civil war of its own. The struggle between the wealthy landlords and the impoverished tenant farmers is growing in intensity, and having just fought and lost a terrible war, Clay wants to avoid the coming conflict. But after witnessing the atrocities that the landowners visit upon the people, Clay is unable to stand by. Taking the guise of a legendary night-riding outlaw, he joins the fight against the landlords - and wages a rebellion of his own...

ISBN: 9780007841974 (Paperback)
Year: 1999
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 307 (Fiction)


It's our first birthday!

It's our first birthday!

That's right today marks our first year of blogging about books!

That means today is our 365th book! Over the past year we have shared many books, enough for every day of the year.

We would like to thank you all for your support over the past year, and look forward to another year and another 365 books for you to discover and love

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Dead in the Family- Sookie Stackhouse #10 (Charlaine Harris)

Dead in the Family - Sookie Stackhouse #10
Charlaine Harris

Blurb: If you think you relationships are complicated, think again: you haven't seen anything like the ones in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Sookie Stackhouse is dealing with a whole host of family problems, ranging from her own kin (a non-human fairy and a telepathic second cousin) demanding a place in her life, to her lover Eric's vampire sire, an ancient being who arrives with Eric's 'brother' in tow at a most inopportune moment. And Sookie's tracking down a distant relation of her ailing neighbour (and ex), Vampire Bill Compton.

In addition to the multitude of family issues complicating her life, the werewolf pack of Shreveport has asked Sookie for a special favour, and since Sookie is an obliging young woman, she agrees. But this favour for the wolves has dire results for Sookie, who is still recovering from the trauma of her abduction during the Fairy War.

ISBN: 9780575089334 (Paperback)
Year: 2010
Publisher: Gollancz
Pages: 311 (Fiction)


Monday, May 21, 2012

Storm Warning - The 39 Clues #9 (Linda Sue Park)

Storm Warning - The 39 Clues #9
Linda Sue Park

Blurb: The shadow of a man in black has followed fourteen-year-old Amy Cahill and her brother, Dan, on their worldwide search for 39 Clues that lead to a great power. Amy and Dan know the man in black has tried to kill them. They know he is a Madrigal, a member of the most secretive and terrifying group hunting the Clues. And they know something else, a secret they would rather forget - their parents were Madrigals, too. Amy and Dan have run hard and fast, but they can't escape the man following them. And now, in the wake of a terrible tragedy, he's ready to step out of the darkness for their final confrontation.

ISBN: 9780545152952 (Hardback)
Year: 2010
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 190 (Fiction)


Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Galactic Enforcers + Ultimate Weapon - Ben 10 Storybooks #4 (Various)

The Galactic Enforcers + Ultimate Weapon - Ben 10 Storybooks #4

Blurb: This brilliant storybook contains not one but two exciting adventure stories!

Discover what happens when Ben joins a trio of aliens in a bad to stop a deadly bomb in The Galactic Enforcers, then in Ultimate Weapon see if Ben can save the world by kicking some ancient alien butt!

ISBN: 9781445409641 (Paperback)
Year: 2010
Publisher: Parragon
Pages: 125 (Fiction)


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Chasers: Alone #1 (James Phelan)

Chasers: Alone #1
James Phelan

Blurb: Four teenagers. One destroyed city. Thousands of infected predators.

Jesse is on a UN Youth Ambassadors camp in New York when his subway carriage is rocked by an explosion. Jesse and his three friends, Dave, Mini and Anna, crawl out from under the wreckage to discover a city in chaos.

Streets are deserted. Buildings are in ruins. Worse, the only other survivors seem to be infected with a virus that turns them into horrifying predators...

Outnumbered. No sign of life. Just them. And you...ALONE.

ISBN: 9780733624797 (Paperback)
Year: 2010
Publisher: Lothian
Pages: 247 (Fiction)


Friday, May 18, 2012

Kouta (Anthony Koutoufides with Tony De Bolfo)

Anthony Koutoufides with Tony De Bolfo

Blurb: I can, I will, just watch me.

Carlton fans adored him for his ability to win games off his own boot; opponents admired him for his seemingly superhuman feats. And today, AFL coaches still scour the fields for rookies of his ilk. But there's only one Anthony Koutofides.

For sixteen years, Kouta's name echoed throughout the stands and for good reason - his speed, strength, skill and aerial ability epitomised the modern game. His one-handed pick-up brought him to the attention of his coach, but his strong mark, beautiful kick and sheer athleticism won over all the fans. A premiership player and twice All-Australia, Kouta certainly found success but his career hasn't always been a fairytale. Chronic injuries restricted his game, personal tragedy left him reeling and when he was made captain, he had to lead the club through some of its darkest days.

As he farewells the game, Kouta tells all - the pressures of mounting expectation, club politics, drug allegations and the changing face of football. He recounts his journey from the early days in Lalor (when all you needed was a game of kick-to-kick in the street) to the big lights and pay packets of a national league, where controversy pops up at the slightest provocation. Insightful and entertaining, Kouta is a candid look at out beloved game from perhaps the greatest player of his era.

ISBN: 9781740665407 (Hardback)
Year: 2007
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
Pages: 232 (Non-Fiction)


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Two Weeks with the Queen (Morris Gleitzman)

Two Weeks with the Queen
Morris Gleitzman

Blurb: Dear Your Majesty the Queen

I need to speak to you urgently about my brother Luke. He's got cancer and the doctors in Australia are being really slack. If I could borrow your top doctor for a few days I know he/she would fix things up in no time.

Of course, Mum and Dad would pay his/her fares even if it meant selling the car or getting a loan. Please contact me at the above address urgently.

Yours sincerely
Colin Mudford

PS. This is not a hoax. Ring the above number and Aunty Iris will tell you. Hang up if a man answers.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Our First President (Michael Thornton)

Our First President
Michael Thornton

Blurb: It's early 1995. An ambitious Liberal wants to be Australia's Prime Minister, a Labor Minister wants to restore his party to its true values, and a newspaper editor sees the National Party as giving him the top job.

Each to further his own aims, the three men plot to put a woman in the Lodge - temporarily. Yet out first woman PM surprises everyone with her skills.

Our First President is about the shape of Australian politics in 1995: GATT, the GST, rorts, the republic, from Western Victoria to the wheat fields of Western Australia, from London to Los Angeles.

Most of all, Our First President is Australian.

ISBN: 0959662448 (Paperback)
Year: 1994
Publisher: Escape Books
Pages: 360 (Fiction)


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

June - Conspiracy 365 (Gabrielle Lord)

June - Conspiracy 365
Gabrielle Lord

Blurb: With seconds to spare, Cal escapes from the burning wreck of the Orca. Helicopters search from the sky, while Oriana's thugs chase on foot. There's no time to think about his dead great-uncle - Cal must dodge the cops and crims, and return to his pursuit of the Ormond Jewel.

Convinced Sligo has the Jewel, Cal embarks on a dangerous break-in mission to retrieve it. He hopes it will give him the answers he needs, but what if it reveals another menacing mystery? Stealing from his enemies could prove to be a fatal mistake...

The clock is ticking. Any second could be his last.

Callum Ormond has been warned. He has 214 days. The countdown continues... 12 books. 12 months.

ISBN: 9781741690385 (Paperback)
Year: 2010
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 181 (Fiction)


Monday, May 14, 2012

City of Lost Souls - The Mortal Instruments Book Five (Cassandra Clare)

City of Lost Souls - The Mortal Instruments Book Five
Cassandra Clare

Blurb: Jace is now a servant of evil, bound for all eternity to Sebastian. Only a small band of Shadowhunters believe he can be saved. To do this they must defy the Clave. And they must act without Clary. For Clary is playing a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace's soul.

Clary is willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

What price is too high to pay, even for love?

ISBN: 9781406339147 (Paperback)
Year: 2012
Publisher: Walker Books
Pages: 540 (Fiction)


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Prospect Park West (Amy Sohn)

Prospect Park West
Amy Sohn

Blurb: Brooklyn's famed Park Slope neighbourhood has it all: majestic Prospect Park, acclaimed public schools, historic brownstones, and progressive values. Among bohemian bourgeois breeders, claiming a stake in Park Slope is a competitive sport.

In Amy Sohn's smart, sexy, satirical peek into the bedrooms and hearts of Prospect Park West, the lives of four women come together during one long, hot Brooklyn summer. Frustrated Oscar-winning actress Melora Leigh, eager to relieve the pressures of raising her adopted toddler, feels the seductive pull of kleptomania; Rebecca Rose, missing her formerly robust sex life, begins a dangerous flirtation with a handsome neighbourhood celebrity; Lizzie O'Donnell, a former lesbian (or 'hasbian'), wonders what draws her to women despite her sexy husband and adorable baby; and Karen Bryan Shapiro consumes herself with a powerful obsession - snagging the ultimate three-bedroom apartment in a well-maintained, P.S. 321-zoned co-op building. As the women's paths intertwine (and sometimes collide), each must struggle to keep her man, her sanity...and her playdates.

ISBN: 9781416577652 (Paperback)
Year: 2009
Publisher: Downtown Press
Pages: 379 (Fiction)