Blog Tour: Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell and Fiona Wood

3 amazing women collaborate on 1 amazing book.. This is a must read for all teens!!! It’s the ultimate Aussie Contemporary YA of 2017!!!

Take Three Girls follows 3 students: Kate, a quiet boarder, making some risky choices to pursue the experimental music she loves. Clem, shrugging off her old swim team persona, exploring her first sexual relationship, and trying to keep her annoying twin, Iris, at arm’s length.  Ady, grappling with a chaotic family, and wondering who her real friends are, she’s not the confident A-lister she appears to be. When their private boarding school, St Hilda’s, establishes a Year 10 Wellness Program in response to the era of cyberbullying, the three girls are thrown together and an unlikely friendship is sparked. One thing they have in common, each is targeted by PSST, a site devoted to gossip and slander that must have a source within St Hilda’s.

Who can you trust when rumour is the new truth?

While I was reading this book, I couldn’t help but feel thankful that I’m not a 16 year old in today’s world.. This book covered many issues teens face in today’s world but one issue that resonated with me was the aspect of cyber bullying and social media trolling. When I was in high school, yes bullying existed in the school yard which was bad enough but that’s where it stayed – in the school yard. In today’s world it creeps into cyber space where it effects the home environment and it’s also immortalised. Even if you were to pack up and move away for a fresh start, cyberbullying can follow you.
I felt this book is relevant, important and sends positive messages to all teens through a raw and funny means of reading about deep themes that need to be discussed – effects of cyberbullying, the sense of identity, friendship and even feminism. I loved the format of the book as I was reading journals and a story narrative. The dialogue was intelligent and humorous and I loved the friendship between Kate, Clem and Ady and regardless of how diverse they were in social status, background or current issues, the wellness program brings them together and it was just great to read about.
  A great book… A fantastic collaboration of 3 female Australian authors.. I would have to say this is the ultimate Aussie YA Contemporary of 2017!!!
Special thanks to Pan Macmillan Publishers for inviting me to be part of this Blog Tour and for sending me an Advanced Review Copy in exchange for my honest review.
-Annie

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2016… that’s a wrap!!!

Read3r’z Re-Vu: what an epic 2016 season!!!

This was the year Read3r’z Re-Vu celebrated their 7th successful year!! In reflecting and celebrating the network’s achievements, Read3r’z Re-Vu hosted their Black and White party in April with special guest authors: Will Kostakis (author of The First Third and The Sidekicks) and Queenie Chan (author of Fabled Kingdom). An epic night of reminiscence and new memories. The sessions got better and better as we had even more authors join our sessions as special guests this season – special thanks to authors Maria Lewis (author of Who’s Afraid?), Mitchell Hogan (author of Crucible of the Souls), Melina Marchetta (author of Looking for Alibrandi, Saving Francesca, Finnikin of the Rock and On the Jelicoe Road), Shivaun Plozza (author of Frankie), Helen Thurloe (author of Promising Azra), Tamar Chnorkian (author of The Diet Starts on Monday), Tara Eglington (author of How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You, How to Convince a Boy to Kiss You and My Bestfriend is a Goddess) and Kirsty Eagar (author of Summer Skin). Your time in joining us and sharing your experience with us is greatly appreciated and we cherish the friendships we formed and hope to keep in touch with you.

When Read3r’z Re-Vu were not hosting sessions, the network was busy leaving their mark on the history books from attending enlightening Publisher events that get us photographed on their publications to attending exclusive blogger night and book launch events. We also had the pleasure of hosting high tea with some great authors – international author Maria V. Snyder (author of the Poison Study series) who, while touring Australia from The U.S, spent exclusive time with us and Australian Authors Fiona Wood (author of Cloudwish and Wildlife) and Alison Goodman (author of Eon, Eona and Lady Helen and The Dark Days Club). It was such an amazing and unique experience for Read3r’z Re-Vu to have this quality time with our favourite authors.

October was yet another memorable month – having hosted our very first, impromptu Read3r’z Re-Vu Mini Conference in the Sydney CBD. In light of the sudden cancellation of the Book Expo, The Read3r’z Re-Vu Committee reached out to bloggers, readers and authors from far and wide who travelled in for the Expo to come together for a Conference. It was a day of epic proportions. Many thanks to Pantera Press Publishers who brought Wanda Wiltshire (author of the Betrothed Series) and Baz Michael Radburn (author of Blackwater Moon and Taylor Bridges Series) to join us as special guests for our panel. Also special thanks to Queenie Chan (author of Fabled Kingdom) and Cathy A. Wilson and Cathy T. Wilson (authors of the Lions and Lilies Series) who also joined us as special guests. We also held a segment about Bloggers VS Vloggers which was enlightening and played some fun games for light entertainment. In light of this mini conference’s success, Read3r’z Re-Vu are planning to host a conference towards the end of 2017. The conference was followed by an epic Q&A with panel of talented authors from Cohesion Press at Galaxy Bookshop.

Having launched our blog in February, followed by growing social media platforms, the network reached out to many readers, bloggers and publishing houses across Australia and around the world – making new friendships that no doubt will last a lifetime. With it, the network also continued their selfless charity work by sending donations to troubled areas around the world to assist with immediate relief as well as donating gifts to the K-Mart wishing tree for disadvantaged children. The network continues to grow and the committee continue to work together to bring members exciting sessions and events that keeps everyone passionate about reading. 2017 proves to be an epic year ahead with epic themes and special guest authors lined up for the sessions as well as book publisher show cases, book launches and bookstore crawls planned for the first 2 months of the year!!! community charity work projects are also on the cards and the committee are working on potentially hosting a conference towards the end of the year.

With all the fun events Read3r’z Re-Vu took part in, there was always time to pick up a great book to read.. here are some of the titles that really made it to our favourites this year!!! (in no order of preference)

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

The Things I Didn’t Say by Kylie Fornasier

Illuminae/Gemina by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Who’s Afraid by Maria Lewis

The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

The Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye

Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey

Small Things by Meg Treggonning

Mechanica: A beginners Guide by Lance Balchin

Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Kushiel’s Scion by Jacqueline Carey

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Yukarism (Manga) by China Shiomi

Fire Boy by Sami Shah

Nona and Me by Clare Atkins

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Unrivaled by Alyson Noel

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

When Michael met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah

The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub

Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar

Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz

Valentine by Jodi McAlister

Black Jade by Kylie Chan

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by JK Rowling (screenplay)

From a fantastic year of 2016 to an even bigger year of 2017, Read3r’z Re-Vu would love to thank all members and followers for a great season and we wish you all the best for the new year ahead!!! May it be a great one filled with awesome new reads, happiness and accomplishments.. make it count and make it yours…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934 by Anaïs Nin, Gunther Stuhlmann (editor)

“We once admired those who did not compromise, who destroyed themselves. We will come to admire those who fight the enemies of life.” – Anaïs Nin

“I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing… The romantic submits to life, the classicist dominates it.” – Anaïs Nin

5 stars – A reflective, poignant journal of Anaïs Nin’s internal surreal world

Reading The Diary of Anaïs Nin is like diving into an ocean of poetic feelings and nuanced perspectives written with artistry, eloquence and surrealism. It makes you want to swim in her sea of words and discover who she really is (beyond the essayist and writer). The Diary volume 1 is a interesting (but expurgated) account of Anaïs Nin’s life aged 28-31 years old. Anaïs is a complex woman; she is unafraid to explore her psyche and desperate need for love. She writes about all the roles that she must play in life for others – the artist, writer, patient, lover, daughter and friend.

Anaïs is an eloquent writer and a progressive thinker of her time. Her intimate diary accounts self-reflections on her relationships, art, being a woman, life, love, passion, writing, surrealism, seduction, feminism & femininity, psychoanalysis, compassion, honesty and her relationship with her father. I enjoyed reading her unique view of the world, which is truthful, perceptive and deeply poignant. She writes thoughtful and observant points about life and people. Near the end, I was shocked by her experiences and touched by her revelations. It’s no small thing to be able to describe feelings so accurately like she did. In my view, her diary is about self-discovery and individualism; it’s about her coming to terms with her own choices and her relationships. It’s also an intriguing read about her neurotic, artistic friends and lovers. Anaïs’ diary however does contain [spoiler alert] undertones of her incestuous relationship with her estranged father (you have been warned), this in no way detracts from her potent and expressive sophisticated writing. Recommended for readers that enjoy reading different perspectives on life and self-reflection, and readers who like eloquent, poetic writing and a provocative read. I will be getting the internationally acclaimed volume 2 soon!

– NJ

Other interesting quotes from the book:

“For my life is slowed up by thought and the need to understand what I am living.”

“He overlooked the deeper cravings of an artist, for whom deep love is the only possible form, no simmering life but a boiling one, no small compromise with reality.”

“Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvellous.”

“I thought of my difficulties with writing, my struggles to articulate feelings not easily expressed. Of my struggles to find a language for intuition, feelings, instincts which are, in themselves, elusive, subtle, and wordless.”

“You cannot possess without loving.”

“As an ordinary woman I might have been serenely happy with such a miniature life, but I am not that woman.”

“I want the key, the key to the lies” [Henry] “Passion and violence never opened a human being.” [Anais] “What opens human beings?” “Compassion.”

“You have no gratitude because you have no love. To be grateful, one must first know how to love.”

“Proofs of love and friendship are what I give to others all the time. And everyone seems to need them.”

“I want to give him life and adventure, but I cannot convey to him that it is the mood, not the places, the relationships which can light up shabby hotel rooms, stained cafe tables, brimming  noisy streets, sour wine.”

“Create a world, your world. Alone. Stand alone. Create. And then love will come to you.”

“I wondered whether he was right that it was the rituals we had lost, or whether it was that people had lost the power to feel, and that no ritual would give it to them.”

“For the absolute, one dies if one wants the absolute.” 

“The neurotic is the modern romantic who refuses to die because of his illusions and fantasies prevent him from living. He enters a combat to live. We once admired those who did not compromise, who destroyed themselves. We will come to admire those who fight the enemies of life.”

“When others asked the truth of me, I was convinced it was not the truth they wanted, but an illusion they could bear to live with. I was convinced of people’s need of illusion.”

“It is the woman who has to speak. And it is not only the woman Anais who has to speak, but I who have to speak for many women. As I discover myself, I feel I am merely one of many, a symbol. I begin to understand June, Jeanne, and many others…, women of yesterday and today. The mute ones of the past, the inarticulate, who took refuge behind wordless intuitions; and the women of today, all action, and copies of men. And I, in between… My life has been one long series of efforts, self-discipline, will. Here I can sketch, improvise, be free, and myself.”

“We love best those who are, or act for us, a self we do not wish to be or act out.”

“The struggle to live by my own truth is so difficult, so weary… I am like the adventurer who leaves all those he loves, and returns with his arms full of gold; and then they are happy and they forget how they tried to keep this adventurer from exploring, from his voyage and his search.”

“Poetic vision is not the outcome of blindness but of a force which can transcend the ugliest face of reality, swallow and dissolve it by its strength, not evasion.” 

Click here for the book blurb on Goodreads.

The Wave in the Mind: Talks & Essays on the Writer, the Reader & the Imagination by Ursula K. Le Guin

 5 stars!  A book that changes the way you think.

“We will not know our own injustice if we cannot imagine justice. We will not be free if we do not imagine freedom. We cannot demand that anyone try to attain justice and freedom who has not had a chance to imagine them as attainable.” – Le Guin

Thoughtful, profound and inspiring. I found Le Guin’s voice to be refreshing, present and ever so relevant in today’s society for authors and readers alike. Topics explored include (but not limited to): imagination, family life, beauty, society, oppression, feminism, reading and writing. Le Guin’s progressive and well thought-out perspectives and critiques are insightful, honest, delightful and empowering to read. I absolutely loved “Being taken for granite”, “Unquestioned assumptions”, “The question I get asked most often”, “My libraries” and “All happy families.” Highly recommended if you’re after an interesting, inspiring and provocative read.

Another interesting quote:

“…And why? In order to imply that happiness is easy, shallow, ordinary; a common thing not worth writing a novel about? Whereas unhappiness is complex, deep, difficult to attain, usual; unique indeed; and so a worthy subject for a great, a unique novelist? Surely that’s a silly idea. But silly or not, it has been imposingly influential among novelists and critics for decades.” – Le Guin

Click here for the book blurb on Goodreads.

– NJ

 

The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer

What I liked to call “The Aussie Devil Wears Prada..” I rated this debut novel: 5 Stars!!!

I was going through a bit of a rough patch so I picked up this book for a light hearted, humorous read… It really helped me escape reality and brought me a lot of giggles!!!

If you liked “Devil Wears Prada” or if you remember being a fresh uni graduate on the fast track of your career, this read is for you!!! Cheeky.. Smart.. Funny.. this story has the underlying message: “all that glitters is not gold” and “if at first you don’t succeed.. dust yourself off and try again” like all newbies in the real world trying to make it, you get knocked around a bit but perseverance will achieve your goal..

A fast paced story, I remember it only took me about 2 days to read this and it really lifted my spirits.. I also had the pleasure of meeting the author, Gabby as she joined our Read3r’z Re-Vu session not long after I’d read the book, it was very interesting to hear about her journey in writing her debut novel..

Recommended to all fans of YA or those who really need to smile..

For book blurb details, log on to: The Intern on Goodreads.com

 

faking it
Keep an eye out for this 5 star sequel!!!

-Annie