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Book Review: FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK by Melina Marchetta

Book Review: FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK by Melina Marchetta

Posted January 28, 2015 by jenniferstrand in book review, Uncategorized / 1 Comment

FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK by Melina Marchetta Release date: September 29, 2008 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Publisher: Viking Australia Pages: 416 Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive. Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir. As they journey together, Finnikin is affected by her arrogance . . . and her […]

Book Review: JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta

Book Review: JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta

Posted May 30, 2013 by jenniferstrand in book review, Uncategorized / 1 Comment

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta Release date: April 9, 2010 Publisher: Harper Teen Format:  Paperback Source:  Personal Collection In this lyrical, absorbing, award-winning novel, nothing is as it seems, and every clue leads to more questions. At age eleven, Taylor Markham was abandoned by her mother. At fourteen, she ran away from boarding school, only to be tracked down and brought back by a mysterious stranger. Now seventeen, Taylor’s the reluctant leader of her school’s underground community, whose annual territory war with the Townies and visiting Cadets has just begun. This year, though, the Cadets are led by Jonah Griggs, and Taylor can’t avoid his intense gaze for long. To make matters worse, Hannah, the one adult Taylor trusts, […]

Top Ten Books to Look Forward to in 2013

Top Ten Books to Look Forward to in 2013

Posted December 28, 2012 by jenniferstrand in Uncategorized / 7 Comments

We are happy to be participating in the “TOP 10 of 2012 A week of looking back… and looking forward” feature, hosted by Jessica @ Confessions of a Bookaholic, Mindy @ Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, Rachel @ Fiktshun & Jaime @ Two Chicks on Books.  Top Ten Books to Look Forward to in 2013! There are SO many books I am looking forward to in 2013!  All of these are from authors I have read before, and I’m sure there are a ton of new authors with awesome debut books that I don’t know about yet.  But for the books I DO know about, here are the ones I am looking forward to the MOST, by order of release date:  (Note: Some […]

Top Ten COUPLES of 2012

Top Ten COUPLES of 2012

Posted December 26, 2012 by jenniferstrand in Uncategorized / 11 Comments

We are happy to be participating in the “TOP 10 of 2012 A week of looking back… and looking forward” feature, hosted by Jessica @ Confessions of a Bookaholic, Mindy @ Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, Rachel @ Fiktshun & Jaime @ Two Chicks on Books.  Top Ten COUPLES of 2012 Today, the category was blogger’s choice, and I am so very excited to list my very favorite couples from books I read in 2012.  Did I miss your favorite?  Chime in at the comments below! Before I begin, I have to give a huge shout out to a couple not on this list.  Zachary Moore and Aura Salvatore are not listed because, frankly, they are in a class of their own.  The […]

Waiting on Wednesday: QUINTANA OF CHARYN by Melina Marchetta

Waiting on Wednesday: QUINTANA OF CHARYN by Melina Marchetta

At Fictitious Delicious, this week’s most-anticipated read is… Quintana of Charyn  (Lumatere Chronicles #3) by Melina Marchetta Publisher: Candlewick (US) Expected Release Date: March 12, 2013 There’s a babe in my belly that whispers the valley, Froi. I follow the whispers and come to the road . . . Separated from the girl he loves and has sworn to protect, Froi must travel through Charyn to search for Quintana, the mother of Charyn’s unborn king, and protect her against those who will do anything to gain power. But what happens when loyalty to family and country conflict? When the forces marshalled in Charyn’s war gather and threaten to involve the whole of the land, including Lumatere, only Froi […]

Book Review: FROI OF THE EXILES by Melina Marchetta

Book Review: FROI OF THE EXILES by Melina Marchetta

Posted March 21, 2012 by jenniferstrand in book review, Uncategorized / 2 Comments

Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles #2) by Melina Marchetta Release Date: March 13th, 2012 (US) Publisher: Candlewick (US) Format: ARC/Galley Source: Netgalley (I LOVE YOU, NETGALLEY!) Blood sings to blood, Froi . . . Those born last will make the first . . . For Charyn will be barren no more. Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home… Or so he believes… Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been trained roughly and lovingly by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper. But when he is sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn, nothing could […]

Top 10 Books to Look Forward to in 2012

Top 10 Books to Look Forward to in 2012

Posted December 30, 2011 by jenniferstrand in Uncategorized / 10 Comments

We are happy to be participating in the “TOP 10 of 2011 A week of looking back… and looking forward” feature, hosted by Jessica @ Confessions of a Bookaholic, Lisa @ A Life Bound By Books, Rachel @ Fiktshun & Jaime & Patricia @ Two Chicks on Books.  Today the topic is… eepp!  Books to look forward to!! There is nothing quite like waiting for a book you are DYING to read.  It’s like Christmas!!  Only with Christmas, sometimes waiting and planning are more fun than the actual day.  NOT SO, my friends, with book releases!  They are the gifts that keep on giving!   Some books on my list are a given, but I HAVE to mention them.  Others are books […]

Waiting on Wednesday: FROI OF THE EXILES by Melina Marchetta

Waiting on Wednesday: FROI OF THE EXILES by Melina Marchetta

 “Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. At Fictitious Delicious, this week’s most-anticipated read is… FROI OF THE EXILES (Lumatere Chronicles #2) by Melina Marchetta Published by: Viking Australia Expected (Australian) Release Date: October 3, 2011 I got talking about my love affair with Melina Marchetta, especially her books FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK and JELLICOE ROAD (click on each to read our review), this last weekend, and it reminded me once again how excited I am for the companion novel to FINNIKIN, entitled FROI OF THE EXILES.  I’ve edited the following summary (from Goodreads) for spoilers, so it is safe to read on: Blood sings […]

Book Review: JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta

Book Review: JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta

Posted July 28, 2011 by jenniferstrand in book review, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta Release date: Sept. 1, 2008 Publisher: Harper Teen (First published in Australia in 2006) Format:  Hardcover Source:  Library Read a summary on Goodreads! Fictitious Delicious Rating: 5+ Okay, all you book lovers out there, listen up, cause I’m only going to say this once: I LOVE THIS BOOK.  For those of you who know me, this review will be old news, but I had to rewrite it for the blog because I have to share its brilliance with the world!  (Or at least with you 181 followers…)  (: There is something so incredibly unique about JELLICOE ROAD.  There are some books that I just can’t sum up in words.  This is one […]

Book Review: FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK by Melina Marchetta

Book Review: FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK by Melina Marchetta

Posted June 21, 2011 by jenniferstrand in book review, Uncategorized / 5 Comments

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta Release date: February 9, 2010 Publisher: Candlewick Press (*Originally published by Viking Australia, Sept 29, 2008) Format:  Audiobook Source:  Library Read a summary on Goodreads! Fictitious Delicious Rating:  5+ A little background information first:  Melina Marchetta is the author of one of my all-time favorite books, JELLICOE ROAD, which won the Printz Award for Young Adult Literature in 2009.  For more information on the Printz Award, click here. Someday I will blog an official review for that one, but for now, let’s just say I’ve never read a book more worthy of the Printz than JELLICOE ROAD. And then I heard she also wrote a YA fantasy title.  That was […]