Saturday, July 25, 2009

Finding Cassie Crazy

Title: finding Cassie crazy
Aurthur: Jaclyn Moriarty
first published: 2003-pan Macmillan Australia
* * * * */5

this is my second review for the DBR b-day challenge for the chick-lit category. at first i thought the book was just ok, then at actually started to dislike it, it seem negative and like nothing was going to happen, yet i was compelled to keep reading. this is an addictive book about best friends, Cassie, Lydia and Emily and they're pen pals from brookfeild. these school already have a rivalry so how is it why in their own way ended up writing and writing all the time to each other? what up with Cassie why won't she share her secrets or letters? and how come no one has heard of her pen pal? for a story i thought needed more events it sure proved me wrong. the humor and character understanding was great, the characters develop, change and behave just as real people do, as i was reading i didn't even notice how different the characters were ending up. the format of letters, diaries and other personal documents is great, though it can be a little confusing because the story is from the point of view of 5 people and only one person can think at a time.

as my grandpa always says this has a sting in the tail meaning their are crazy twists and turns, which as the book progresses get better and better, though some weird people might find it a little dull at first it is well worst sticking with. this is so realistic, except for the going to the movies in double maths, my school does the roll every lesson. the book has everything from what it's like to to be thinking about a career even though it seems so far away and humor to deep questions. the least of which would be 'is Cassie crazy?

Sunny Side Up

Title: Sunny Side Up

Author: Marion Roberts

Type: Children/Teen Fiction

First Published: January 2008

Suitable For Ages: 8-13

Publisher: Allen & Unwin


Sunny Hathaway is a normal, happy 11-year-old living in Melbourne with her Mum on weekdays and her Dad and step-mum on weekends. She's not one of the girly, giggly girls who go gaga over lipstick and Zac Efron. She's just a dog-loving Aussie gal running a pizza-making business with her best friend, Claud. Or she was.

All that ended, or maybe everything started, when Sunny's mum invited her boyfriend Carl and his two kids over to decorate the Christmas tree, Sunny's grandma (who her mum hasn't talked to for years) sending presents and wanting to meet up, Claud falling for Sunny's enemy, Buster, and developing a fake laugh, Carl moving in, not to mention the heat-wave going on. Suddenly Sunny is stuck in a whirl-wind of secrets, lies, growing up, and pizza ingredients. Will life ever go back to being sunny side up?

I loved this book because the author made everything so believable, and it's set in Melbourne which is where I used to live. Sunny is a smart, imaginative list-making character who you'll fall in love with by the end of the book.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mr Monday

title: mister Monday-book 1/7 keys to the kingdom series
Aurthur: Garth Nix
first published
in Australia 2003 by Allen and Unwin
pages: 328
Mr Monday is the first of seven books, 6 of which have been written. this is an adventure, mild fantasy type book about Arthur Penhaligon young orphan of loving adopted parents. on his first day at a new school Arthur briefly meets Mr Monday and is forced to save the other world from certain doom. he with the power of the key has to untangle the secrets and defeat the guardians, Mr Monday, grim Tuesday, drowned Wednesday, sir Thursday, lady Friday, superior Saturday and Lord Sunday who are suppose to guard, protect and help make prosper their regions of this world. arthur's world is relying on him to stop the devastation of the magic world spreading to his while managing his life at home. how long can he keep it from his parent?
i loved this series especially the first book. their is two series websites, one Australia and one British. the english versions have different covers.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Hi! Hi! Hi!

G'day everyone! CherryDiva here. So, Anna's already told you about the blog, but I guess I'll do it again. Just for fun.

So, if our names sound familiar (how can you forget a name like Anna Banana or CherryDiva?) it's because we already have our own personal blogs!
Mine's here.
And Anna's is here.

Go check 'em out. Seriously. So anyway, like Anna said, we have joined forces (that is hilarious! I totally cracked up when I read that! Well done, Anna!) and created this Aussie book reviewing blog, as we think that Australian literature doesn't get as much praise as it deserves these days (well I think so anyway). We'll cover different books, which we enjoyed reading. I hope y'all have a fun time reading this!

Oh, I almost forgot. If you are an author/publisher and want us to review your book, be more than welcome to leave a comment! Actually anyone should, and must leave a comment as I LOVE comments! It's one of the best things about running a blog! Other that followers, of course.

Well, the first review should be up soon so visit again soon!


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Hello and Welcome!

Welcome to Cherry Banana Split run by Cherry Diva and Anna Banana. We have joined forces to introduce you to the world of Aussie literature and show you even more books. Now a lot of you know this has been a long time in the making so please now where here and here to stay visit us a spread the word that Cherry Banana Split is open for business!

Details and still being worked out so bear with us as we get set up. We both love comments so feel free to leave your opinion or a question. Now we will be having a compition (oooo! exicting) so keep watching this space and enjoy all we have to offer.