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The Third Day, The Frost by John Marsden – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Third Day, The Frost
Author: 
John Marsden
Series: Tomorrow #3
Genre: 
YA War Fiction
Publication Date: April 26th, 2012 (first published in 1995)
Pages: 278 (Paperback)
Publishers: Quercus
Rating:
4 and a half star

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Ellie and her friends have achieved more than they ever thought possible as an unarmed bunch of amateur teenage fighters. But it’s not enough. The war wages on, their families are in captivity and their country is on its knees. Hiding back in Hell, the friends face a big question: what to do next?

The gang have another success when they manage to rescue Kevin. He returns to them equipped with a new knowledge of explosives. Suddenly the question of what to do next becomes clear – launch an attack on the major enemy target of Cobblers’ Bay.

Can Ellie, Homer, Fi, Robin, Lee and Kevin really stage a major military attack on the enemy? And in their attempt to pull it off, what will they have to sacrifice? They have already lost Corrie and Chris; who else will the group have to lose in their desperation to defend their country?

The Third Day, The Frost, draws the reader deeper into the struggle of these ordinary teens attempting to survive in extraordinary times. A tense and moving read that will stay with you forever.

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Click the title to see my spoiler free review of Tomorrow When the War Began & The Dead of the Night

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I don’t really understand this cover. I just don’t get the shell or pearl. But I do prefer these editions visually than the other covers, hence why I choose these. But I don’t understand!

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I love the writing of these books! The writing is really unique! The book is written as if the main character has written it after the events of the book. So you get what happened, Ellie’s thoughts while the things happened and also her thoughts while writing the story. I love this method of writing and John Marsden does it amazingly!

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These books are action-packed and extreme in every way! Even when there isn’t much going on it still feels kinda full because we are getting Ellie’s thoughts. But also they skip over the parts that would be really dull as this is Ellie telling the story of what actually went on and all the action, so that is good. It makes for quick and gripping reads.

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I love all the characters in one way or another. Ellie feels like the most realistic character I have ever read. Even though she is appearing brave and in charge to the others, she is falling apart inside and it’s good to see that. Even though she is struggling she gets in and does what she needs to do and will always do anything to protect the group.

I felt like in this book the other characters were slightly more distant than in previous books. They do spend a majority of their time together but as they are all so broken and most of the time they just want to sit in the quiet alone, there isn’t as much connection between Ellie and the other characters. However, I didn’t mind it. I love reading from Ellie’s POV and they still got altogether when they were planning stuff and doing big things, so it didn’t feel like they were completely absent.

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Overall, I love this series. It gripped me when I read the very first book in high school for English class and it only gets more intense. It is kind of a scary book in a way as this is the most realistic dystopian type book I have ever read. It’s the closest to what could actually happen and that is terrifying and also it’s set in Aus. So it feels way too close to home for me.
Also, there is something that happened in the last couple pages of this book that killed me. I don’t remember if I have cried in either of the last 2 books, but I did in this one.



HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON IT?!

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The Dead of the Night by John Marsden – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Dead of the Night
Author: 
John Marsden
Series: Tomorrow
Genre: 
YA Dystopian
Publication Date: Jan 5th, 2012
Pages: 271 (Paperback)
Publisher: Quercus
Rating:
4 and a half stars

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Australia has been invaded and nothing is as it was. Six teenagers are living a nightmare in the sanctuary of a hidden valley where nothing and no-one is safe.

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You can find my review for book 1, Tomorrow When the War Began, HERE!

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I still really enjoy the writing for this. The book is written from Ellie’s memory. So it’s a combination of what happened, her thoughts when it was happening and also her thoughts while writing it. Which is really different and interesting. The only thing I wish that was different, is I wish there was a map in the book as it’s hard to visualise the tower and where it is compared to Cobbler’s Bay and the other towns & Hell.

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I love how action packed these books are. As it’s from memory the boring, sitting around is just skipped over and they concentrate on either when they are planning or when they are actually doing something. So the plot is always really enjoyable and most of the time fast paced. It makes for really quick reading!

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I really enjoy all the characters. The only character I didn’t like in the first book was Kevin and he wasn’t in this one. So that was good. I really like Fi & Homer the most. They are all so different, personality wise.

The only character I kinda liked in the other group they run into is Olive. I liked that she was honest & didn’t just treat them like kids, like everyone else did from that group.

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I really like this book and this series so far! I’m so happy to have finally continued with this series after first reading it in about 2011 or 2012 for school! They are action packed and extreme books and also a little scary. This is the most realistic dystopian type book that I have ever read. It’s also really close to home as it’s based in NSW, Aus. It’s also 100% possible that something like this could happen so that just makes it a little scary. But they are still amazing books and I can’t wait to continue the series!



I have just ordered the next 2 books, but I can’t get the last 3 in the matching editions so I will have to wait until I can find the matching ones. And I don’t want to buy the eBooks as they are 10 each and the physical books are between $10-$12, so I don’t see the point in wasting my money.

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Tomorrow When The War Began (Tomorrow #1) by John Marsden – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Tomorrow When The War Began
Author: 
John Marsden
Series Name: Tomorrow
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publication Date: March 1st, 2011
Pages: 284 (Paperback)
Publishers: Quercus
Rating:
4 and a half Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

Australia has been invaded and nothing is as it was. Seven teenagers are camping in a remote area of the Bush and when they return home everything has changed: their families are missing and their animals are dead.

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So I have actually started this book before. This book was one I was meant to read for English in Highschool, I think it was about Year 10! I’m pretty sure I never actually finished the whole thing. For the assignment we had I really didn’t need to read the whole thing, I read about half I think, that where in the book it started getting unfamiliar, but I have seen the movie, so I still knew what was going on as the movie stays pretty close to accurate for this book!


Cover Art:

Well honestly I have no idea what the bird it for, maybe the innocence that Ellie said they lost on the day they returned from”Hell” I don’t know. But it’s still an alright cover! I actually prefer the Scholastic one, below, it just fits the story better with the jets over the showgrounds scene.

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Writing:

I enjoyed the writing in this book, I liked that it was written from Ellie’s memory rather than it actually happening. It made it interesting as Ellie’s thoughts at the time she was writing it and the thoughts going through her head as the things happened both showed! I really enjoyed that!

Plot:

I started enjoying the plot the first time I read this and now reading it and finishing it I still really like it. I enjoy reading books related to war, whether it be historical fiction or books like this. So this was right down my alley. There really isn’t an end to this book, this isn’t a book that you can read and not even think about picking up the next book in the series. When finishing this book, you just know there is more and that this isn’t over and you just want to pick up the next one and keep going (but unfortunately I don’t own the other atm or I would read the whole series now)! I also like that this book doesn’t really end on a good note, majority of books end that way and it’s just nice to read one that doesn’t. Like it ends kind of good and then the last chapter it goes to crap again.

Characters:

I enjoyed all of them except Kevin, I still enjoy him as a character in this book and the part he plays but I honestly think that if I knew him in really life we would argue regularly and it would probably end in a punch in the nose, but oh well. I like Ellie, Corrie & Fi, they are all strong characters in there own way and I love seeing them develop! I also really liked Homer and Lee, I also love seeing them develop, especially Homer! Chris is the only other main one and I still don’t know about him, he hasn’t been there since the start so I still haven’t figured him out except that he is a stoner.

Overall:

I really enjoyed this book, it was such a quick book and I think I actually finished it in under 24 hours, I just don’t remember exactly what time I started it yesterday to know if that it 100% true or not. I really wish I had the rest of the series as they are such quick and easy reads and I want to know what happens next! I can’t even go watch the movie as they only made the first one and stopped, they made a trailer and that was it, which sucks because I liked that movie!


Well that is all for today! I promise! This is post 4 for today and now I’m going to lay in bed and start Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie and then sleep!

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March 2017 Wrap-Up

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I listened to a lot of Audiobooks in March! I’m happy with how much I read and listened to in March and I hope I can do just as good this month! And yes I have started listening to the Harry Potter series on Audiobook AGAIN, straight after finishing it. Not even mad!


Books Read

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Firstlife by Gena Showalter – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Lifeblood by Gena Showalter – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Also, while listening to the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Audiobook I read along with both the old edition and the new edition of the book so that I could see the changes and write my review about it.

Audiobooks Listened To

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling & Narrated by Eddie Redmayne – AUDIOBOOK & NEW EDITION REVIEW

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

TV Shows Watched

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Orange is the New Black on Netflix

I started rewatching this on Netflix as I was bored and couldn’t decide what to start watching.

Currently Reading

Well I actually finished reading Traitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton this morning, so I’m not currently reading anything until I start another book tonight. I’m considering starting Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden though. I read it when i was in Year 9 or 10 in High School, but I don’t remember if I read the entire thing, but I know I really liked it and I want to read the whole series! It’s a pretty short book, so this should only take me a couple days.

Currently Listening

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And that is all! I don’t think I watched any new movies in March.

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April 2017 TBR

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So most of these books will be the same as March’s TBR! I had planned to read all of those books, and then I got approved for 2 eGalley books. So I read them instead and the first book in the Everlife series so that I could actually read Lifeblood and know what was going on. I’m not requesting any eGalleys for a while as quite simply there isn’t anything interesting to request that is available to Australians that I have seen. So I will try and stay on this months TBR!!


Currently Reading

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Traitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Currently Listening

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling & Narrated by Stephen Fry

Yes I am relistening to the Harry Potter Series AGAIN! 

What I Want To Read In April

I did have The Diabolic on last months TBR, but I also want to read more books that can go towards the Beat The Backlist challenge which is to read books that weren’t released this year, so instead I have put A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas instead. 

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Tomorrow, When The War Began by John Marsden

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

What I Want To Listen To In April

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The Return Of The King by J.R.R. Tolkien

Don’t know if I will get to it this month as I am relistening to the Harry Potter series again, but I might listen to it at some point. 


Well that is all! Now I’m going to go and read more of Traitor To The Throne! It’s been raining for the last 2 days as the leftovers of Cyclone Debbie heads towards South East Queensland. I don’t know if any of my followers are fellow Queenslanders, but if you are I hope everyone is okay and be careful as the flash flooding in Brisbane, Toowoomba, etc is getting pretty dangerous. Thank goodness we live in a small town that is on a hill. Our creek may flood, but it never actually comes into town! Stay safe everyone!

What’s on your TBR for April??

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