SpineOut : August 14
ELLEN Age 15 Brigidine College Sydney NSW Rating: epic!!! Good for book clubs THE YEAR IT ALL ENDED Kirsty Murray Fgjbdbdfg (My reaction after reading The Year It All Ended by Kirsty Murray). Don’t be fooled by the stereotype of boring educational war stories. This book literally made me feel a part of the main character Tiney Flynn’s life even though we are complete opposites. The book started off a little slow and I worried I wouldn’t finish it on time, but suddenly at 3am on a school night, I found myself awake and on the last page of the book. I was completely devastated by the awful things happening to Tiney and her family while celebrations for the end of the war echoed around them, and just as everything had gotten better ... Bam!!! Plot twist! But don’t worry, this story isn’t all sad. Although I’m not a massive fan of romance novels myself, I found the romantic ending absolutely adorable. In fact, I can’t think of anything I hated about this book (except for the fact that it ended). It’s a must read! You can’t miss it! I hope they make a movie ... THE WINNER’S CURSE Marie Rutkoski The Winner’s Curse is a book written from the viewpoint of a 17-year-old girl living in an empire which has enslaved the natives whom they conquered. Kestrel has two choices being the daughter of a general; get married or join the military. When she meets Arin, a young slave boy, her values change. But what is Arin not telling Kestrel? This book is a good, simple but in-depth story where one mistake can change everything. As the title suggests everyone is at stake. This book has romance, action, and an excellent storyline, which keeps the reader captivated. At times it may get a bit slow but sticking with it makes the ending worthwhile. The book is the first in a trilogy and as this book is an excellent read, I am looking forward to the release of the others. THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS Michelle Madow Oh boy! Basically it’s about three sisters, Savannah, Peyton and Courtney, who go to live with their father, Adrian Diamond, some ‘big shot’ millionaire in Las Vegas. What could go wrong? What indeed. So if you like a book with no depth or substance, lame parties, shallow, severely underdeveloped characters, then this is for you. I found the book as a whole irritating because the storyline wasn’t original and quite predictable. The characters weren’t unique, they were just... typical. For me, the Diamond sisters were boring, except for Peyton who was the most bearable of the three. Madison embodied the stereotype of the jealous and horrible antagonist. Damien and Oliver are in pursuit of the Diamond sisters, because for some reason that’s supposed to make a riveting and engaging subplot. Overall, the story lacked any real plot twists or climaxes and was very, very dull. LAURA Age 16 Catholic Ladies College Eltham Vic Rating: epic! story LARA Age 17 Santa Maria College Northcote Vic Rating: meh Whichdiamondsisterareyou?Takethequiz!