The books I bought at Somerset 2018

A-Corner-of-White coverThe first book I bought at Somerset,

I’ve already read and reviewed and it’s on the Book Reviews Children’sYA-older tab:-

Jacklyn Moriarty bio black and white

A Corner of White by Author: Jaclyn Moriarty

The second book I bought was:-

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

cath crowley picBrief Goodreads review

This is a great YA book.

I love how Cath Crowley introduces imperfect characters in perfect ways. Their faults and frailties making them who they are, the guys may appear though, their exterior may be rough and ready, burly and bullish, but underneath they are poets and artists, while Graffiti Moon coverthe girls, maybe highly strung and intense, over the top and dizzy, but underneath creative and caring giving depth to all the characters.

The reader is drawn into the world of graffiti artists, out of control parties and a dark night in the park being attacked by some very bad people. Cath makes real the young people who are celebrating finishing year 12 complicated. Growing up is never easy.

The third book I bought was:-

Goodbye Mr Hitler by Jackie french coverGoodbye, Mr Hitler by Jackie French

brief Goodreads review

This was a moving and gruelling tale. The story shows howfrench-jackie-bio pic love can replace hate even after it has been ingrained by torture and mistreatment. I’ll have a full review shortly.

The Fourth book I bought was:

Friday Barnes Girl Detective coverFriday Barnes Girl Detective by R A Spratt

Goodreads brief review

I’ve just finished Friday Barnes Girl Detective and chortled R A Spratt bio picthrough it. As R A Spratt spoke to her audience at Somerset I knew I’d love it. Rachel Spratt is bold, loud and over the top, but Friday Barnes prefers to be ignored and to go unnoticed.

I’ll have a full review shortly but will happily recommend this book to any adventurous young adult.

Books I’ve bought and read since Somerset

girl saves boy by Steph Bowe

girl saves boy steph bowe novel coverWho would know that Nina doesn’t have a normal family? Why would Spencer even suspect Nina of being anything other than an enchanting new girl at school? This story revolves around how Nina and Spencer keep their daily lives secret.

Nina hates the life she has. She’s counting down the days until she reaches eighteen and can leave her family for good. She doesn’t want to keep doing what her crazy mother wants her to do. She doesn’t want her younger brother to be going through the same brainwashing. Her father is a good teacher and he loves teaching. Why does he let her mother call the shots? She literally wants them to continue to rob banks. She trains Nina and her brother to pickpocket and break and enter cars. Nina feels the strain of constantly moving towns when all she really wants to do is settle down into a normal house, with normal friends going to a normal school. She really does like Spencer but she always has to be on guard. No one can know that the family she is part of, is one step ahead of the law. She also knows they are only in this town for four months, so it’s no good getting too involved with anyone.
Steph Bowe bio pic 2
Spencer has a normal family, school and home. His gregarious and wild friend Bridie, sticks with him through thick and thin, except when they go out and Bridie goes for the latest Base guitarist in the band. His sister Monica hasn’t spoken a word in months only communicating through Conversation Hearts. His father is like a walking zombie. All happened after arguments between his mother and father and his mother leaving them to live in Fiji with a younger he-man. Then he meets Nina, and he thinks things are starting to look up. He’s shattered when she leaves one day out of the blue.

The collision course Nina and Spencer are on moves this story to the next level and makes it a real page-turner.

Steph is young herself and draws on her own experiences to write close to the bone adolescent feelings. I loved this book and will now go to read her other two books, Boy Saves Girl she wrote when she was fifteen, and Night Swimming her latest release in 2017

The next event I attended was a View Club Literary Luncheon with Josephine Moon and Jenny Old who wrote McAllister which has now been re-released as Back of Beyond.

I purchased The Beekeeper’s Secret by Josephine Moon as I’d already acquired a copy of McAllister at a Gold Coast Writers meeting. I’ve yet to read this.

Brief Goodreads review:-  The Beekeeper’s Secret by Josephine Moon

the beekeeper's secret josephine moonThis is a delightful book about family conflict, guilty secrets and appalling cover-up of sexual misconduct by Catholic Priests. The book reads like one best friend chatting to another.josephine moon bio pic Its charm and the comparison between bees and people a tangible cohesive layer to the story.

I’ll have a full review shortly and will endeavour to read all of Josephine Moon’s books.

About jillsmith

I am an author of SciFi Books 'Dual Visions' and it's follow up 'Vashla's world' now retitled Book 1 and Book 2 of the Ancient Alien Series, as I've written the third in the series currently titled Travellers. I also write book reviews, articles and short stories. As a member of The Ten Penners, I've written six short stories in a collaborative our anthology for children called Fan-tas-tic-al Tales (released 2009), and nine stories including a novella in Mystery, Mayhem & Magic (released 2017). They are both available in hard copy and on Amazon as ebooks. I also contributed to 'Spooktacular Stories' a Share Your Story anthology launched in October 2019. I blog to showcase my work. My book reviews appear in PIO (Pass It On) and e-Writeabout. I'm a happy Grandmother to two beautiful girls, wife of the ever tolerant Clive, mother of our son Simon and mum in law to Cassie. I lead a busy life.
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3 Responses to The books I bought at Somerset 2018

  1. Such a great selection 🙂

    • jillsmith says:

      Thanks Gretchen, the day was brilliant. The books great and naturally I’ve done an interview as well. I’m still paddling. The Penners have another school visit lined up so our mascot Plinko is going on another adventure!

  2. Looking forward to the interview, Jill. And, of course, go Plinko!

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