The Moonlight Library (Nemo)

My name is Nemo. This is me on Goodreads

By day I work in IT, by night I turn into a vigilante kitten snuggler.

Is there anything better than a lap filled with kittens and shelves filled with books? I think not.

 

"A good book resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper." - David Quammen

Literally two people have entered this giveaway

I'm so embarrassed this will be the last giveaway I personally fund EVER.

 

http://moonlightlibrary.com/2015/07/02/3-year-blogiversary-giveaway/




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Unsure how to feel about this so far

Naked - Stacey Trombley

7%

I'm not sure I can feel sorry for Anna if she ran away because her parents were too strict.

 

13%

OK, so her dad's a bit of a dick, but it seems like Anna really needed boundaries and was too busy rebelling.

 

15%

It sure would suck to be a 16 year old freshman. She's so beyond them physically as well as mentally.

 

Mini rant:

I get it. You're broken and tarnished because you're a teenage prostitute. But there a loads of sexually active teens, and being a sex worker doesn't mean you're worthless. Gosh I hope this attitude changes. I can't imagine how a sex worker reading this book must be made to feel, beaten over the head with words like 'tarnished' and 'broken'.




I really hate to do this... But I need your help...

Last Thursday Lissa (my better half) and I adopted a new cat.

 

She is gorgeous, the sweetest little thing ever. She loves cuddles and is so squee she made my heart melt... And I'm not swayed easily. 

 

But when we got her home we noticed something was wrong, see she sneezed on Lissa and the discharge was streaked with blood and one of her hind legs didn't move properly... We took her to the vet. They ran blood tests and determined she had a cold like infection. They did X-rays and then we got some bad news.

 

This sweet, adorable little one year old cat had been living wild in the middle of nowhere in Australia. She has scarred little ears. She's skinny and small... And she was hit by a car. Her pelvis and leg had been broken and her hip had been dislocated. The fractures healed quite well, if not perfectly, but the dislocation didn't. The ball at the top of the femur is out of place and needs surgery to fix it.

 

The diagnosis cost us nearly $600. The surgery could cost us another 1500. We need help.

 

We have set up a GOfundme account to help raise $2000 to cover all the vets bills. 

 

gofundme.com/y7eg8b8

 

We want to make her life as happy and comfortable as we can. And we want her to be healthy...

 

Please help us.

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I really hate to do this... But I need your help...

Last Thursday Lissa (my better half) and I adopted a new cat.

 

She is gorgeous, the sweetest little thing ever. She loves cuddles and is so squee she made my heart melt... And I'm not swayed easily. 

 

But when we got her home we noticed something was wrong, see she sneezed on Lissa and the discharge was streaked with blood and one of her hind legs didn't move properly... We took her to the vet. They ran blood tests and determined she had a cold like infection. They did X-rays and then we got some bad news.

 

This sweet, adorable little one year old cat had been living wild in the middle of nowhere in Australia. She has scarred little ears. She's skinny and small... And she was hit by a car. Her pelvis and leg had been broken and her hip had been dislocated. The fractures healed quite well, if not perfectly, but the dislocation didn't. The ball at the top of the femur is out of place and needs surgery to fix it.

 

The diagnosis cost us nearly $600. The surgery could cost us another 1500. We need help.

 

We have set up a GOfundme account to help raise $2000 to cover all the vets bills. 

 

gofundme.com/y7eg8b8

 

We want to make her life as happy and comfortable as we can. And we want her to be healthy...

 

Please help us.

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How Clever are you feeling

The best advice I can give you is to write it in a  table, list all your parameters and tick off as you go. It reaches a stage where everything falls into place but it needs some concentration. Good luck :)

 

 

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Project Tomorrow: The NIght is for Hunting

The Night is For Hunting - John Marsden

Our teen heroes are forced to evacuate Stratton with a bunch of feral orphan children when the soldiers get too close. Upon returning to Hell, the children decide to abandon the teens, who now feel responsible for them. After being rescued, they then celebrate Christmas.

 

The plot doesn’t sound that interesting, but it really is. See, Ellie and Lee rescue the kids at gunpoint and fly out of Stratton with the other teens in a stolen truck. Upon abandoning the truck, it’s found one of the children has broken her arm. The teens force the kids to walk to tailor’s Stitch where they promptly lose them. During the hunt, which lasts several day, the teens lose one of the children to exposure but manage to save the other four.

 

Since it’s summer, Ellie and Fi decide to celebrate Christmas, so Ellie, Homer and Fi go out for a lamb and supplies at a nearby farmhouse, which just happens to be occupied by enemy soldiers. One of the children is captured as well, and after a daring escape the group manage to make it back to Hell to celebrate Christmas.

 

You really feel the tension in this novel. I don’t really understand why Ellie and others felt so responsible for the children, especially since after they saved their lives and fed them they just abandoned them. I would have gone, “Fuck it, let them wander off into the bush and die!” But then again, I haven’t lived in a war zone, so I have no idea what kind of empathy and other emotions the teens felt towards the kids. The book is basically about babysitting the ragamuffins and showing the horror of war on children even younger than our guerrilla group.

 

But you really feel like they’re on edge because the enemy is desperate to find them after the airfield attack, and traipsing around the farmlands around Hell looking for food to feed five hungry teens and four orphan feral children is getting really dangerous. There’s a group of camping soldiers out looking for them which ends in a spectacularly awesome gun battle.

 

It ends on a cliffhanger, which is probably a really good idea because the next book is the final in the series.




Publisher's Weekly EVISCERATES 'mediocre' cash cow

Grey - E.L. James

In this mediocre erotic romance that lacks both passion and intimacy, the events of Fifty Shades of Grey are retold from Christian Grey's perspective, allowing readers to see inside the mind of the enigmatic, domineering businessman as he seduces and falls for college student Anastasia Steele. It's a perfect portrayal of an unhealthy relationship, as Grey, here shown to be an immature, self-loathing sadist with mother issues, attempts to lure a sexually inexperienced young woman into an ill-considered, unconvincing BDSM arrangement for which she's not suited. Furthermore, in switching vantage points, James sadly demonstrates a glaring inability to depict a convincing male perspective. Grey's inner voice shows him to be obsessive, possessive, insecure, and needy, with a tendency to treat and view Ana like a child rather than an adult potential lover. This version mirrors the source material so well that it adds very little to the story, merely filtering the events through a less sympathetic lens. "Yeah, yeah, baby, it's just a face and it's only skin deep. I need to dispel that admiring look from those eyes, but let's have some fun in the process!" thinks Grey upon first meeting Ana, and it's all downhill from there.




The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

 

BJ Novak is the best.




Rosie's Growing Up

No More Confessions - Louise Rozett

I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

SUMMARY

Rose’s junior year is off to a rocky start when someone posts a video of her dad getting blown up in Iraq on the internet where the world can see. It continues to spiral out of control as she tries to push Jamie into believing in himself.

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Emotionally Traumatised by a Work of Fiction

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness

I received this book for free from Walker Books Australia in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

SUMMARY

Conor’s been having the nightmare ever since his mum got sick, but when the monster shows up, it’s not the one he’s expecting, and it wants something he’s not willing to give…

 

CHARACTER

I don’t read many books by male authors, but Conor is one of the more believable boy characters I’ve read. He’s angry and sullen and doesn’t communicate very well, in denial and unwilling to talk about certain things.

 

My main issue is that he’s supposed to be thirteen years old yet the adults around him all treat him like he’s much younger. This isn’t an issue in the book, but it seems like he’s supposed to be ‘independent’ when he makes his own breakfast or sees himself off to school, like if his mum wasn’t sick she’d be doing that for him. Mollycoddling him like that makes him seem a lot younger than thirteen, which is almost grown-up – more like eight or nine.

 

RELATIONSHIPS

Conor’s relationship with the monster is one of the strongest in the book. The monster’s there to help Conor, but he doesn’t see it that way. His relationship with his mother is really beautiful too, and it’s the strength of that and of their love for each other that left me weeping with all the feels. He doesn’t get along with his grandmother at all, which makes their interactions painful, but the fact that everyone treats him as much younger than thirteen doesn’t help.

 

Including his father, everyone walks on tip-toe around Conor, treating him like he’s fragile or invisible, and forcing him to go to school when he’d be better off spending time with his sick mum. I get the feeling that they do care for him, but his relationship with his dad is made pretty clear when his dad flies back to America because the new wife is freaking out of the baby being sick and leaves Conor, despite his asking if he can come live in America with his father.

 

 OVERALL

emotionally crippled

Does that pretty much sum it up? I was shattered. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect – I’d expected a book on sexual assault, not a sick mother. It sucker-punched me and moved me greatly, and the writing was fantastic, as well as the creepy yet beautiful illustrations that accompanied it. I told my husband he HAS to read it (he doesn’t read YA) and I strongly recommend everyone to read this book.




Hello new followers!

Things you should know about me:

  • I'm Australian.
  • I'm in my 20s.
  • I was married last year.
  • My husband is English.
  • Shortly after the wedding my husband decided he'd like to be treated for his depression.
  • Earlier this year he was given the wrong meds, turned suicidal, was subsequently diagnosed with PTSD and is now in recovery.
  • I'm his carer and I'm finding it REALLY HARD.
  • But he's doing REALLY WELL now which is great.
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Notes

No More Confessions - Louise Rozett

06/19
54.0% "I adore the way Rosie is portrayed as average surrounded by above average friends without being all woe-is-me or secretly some kind of Mary Sue. It's so realistic and easy to identify with."

06/21
80.0% "Why does she have the ability to touch me so deeply over something I can't possibly identify with? Here I am, weeping in the staff room during my lunch break. Stop breaking my heart!"

06/21
85.0% "This is how intimacy should be written for teens - half on page, half off page, and all about the emotions, the emotions, no erotica."




DNF at 39%

Siren's Fury (The Storm Siren Trilogy) - Mary Weber

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

DNF at 39%

 

I hate to do this because I absolutely LOVED Storm Siren and even pre-ordered Siren’s Fury in hardcover because I was so sure I was going to love it, but I have to DNF.

 

I’ve been reading this book for two and a half weeks and I’ve only reached between one-third and one half way through.

 

And in the story, literally nothing has happened except Nym’s lost her powers and stowed away on a ship to the enemy territory.

 

It’s the first part of the above sentence that is signing this book’s death warrant. I want to love this book because Storm Siren was so great, but taking away the one thing that made Nym interesting – her power – is really the biggest issue with this book. Without her power, or even her still struggling to control it, or her mastering it and using it in petty ways, that’s ruined the entire book. I’m just not interested in a storm siren with no storm to siren. I don’t care about Nym doing normal person stuff – I want to see her using the power she learned to control to wreak havoc and kick ass.

 

I’m really sad that it’s the actual plot of the book that’s boring me to death, but I have other books I’ve fallen behind on reading because I thought this would be a quick one and it’s taking me forever.

 

Farewell, Siren’s Fury at 39%, and may we meet again someday when I can love you like you deserve.




Getting to Know You

1. Are you named after anyone?

 

My middle name is the same as my great-great grandmother's, but it's not specifically named after her. My middle name was supposed to be my first name but my mother threw a tantrum after word got around her family when I was due to be born and what my name would be if I was a girl, so she and her doctor conspired to get me born earlier and she changed my first name to my middle name and gave me a new first name. Just to spite her family.

2. When was the last time you cried?

 

Last night watching Game of Thrones. Or possibly when my husband shared a 'rescued cat/dog' story with me. Or that time we were watching a cooking show and the chef threw a live crab in boiling water. It doesn't take much to trigger me, I'm very emotional. 

3. Do you have kids? 

 

Not yet, but hopefully in the future.

4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

 

I'd like to think so, but neither of us could 'break the ice' so someone else would have to introduce us.


5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?

 

Not very often. I'm too serious.


6. Will you ever bungee-jump?

No, because I'd shut my eyes the whole time and that would be a waste of an experience.


7. What’s your favorite cereal?

Cornflakes with honey drizzled over.

8. What’s the first thing you notice about people?

How tall they are.

9. What is your eye colour?

 

Blueish-green with a hazel ring around the pupil. Yesterday my husband tried to say they're a bit greyish too, but I just think he's just jealous that he's got grey eyes and I have this colour you can't really define.

10. Scary movie or happy endings?

I HATE SCARY MOVIES so I'll go with happy endings.

11. Favorite smells?

Outside after a rainstorm, lemon, vanilla, my cat's belly after she's been sleeping, snug and warm.

12. Summer or winter? 

 

I used to be a real winter girl but lately I'm starting to favour summer - maybe because we got air conditioning?

13. Computer or television?

 

Computer to watch TV!


14. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

 

I lived on the complete opposite side of the world for a few years. It took over 30 hours of travelling. A NIGHTMARE. I HATE travelling, but it was for my husband, so it was worth it.

 

15. Do you have any special talents?

 

I'm actually quite a talented classically trained singer, but since I lived in England my voice was damaged beyond repair by indoor smoking and sickness, and never quite recovered, so I don't sing in public anymore.


16. Where were you born?

 

The Literal Middle of Nowhere, Australia.

17. What are your hobbies?

 

Reading, blogging, knitting, video games. I will kick your ass at MarioKart and I am a Pokemon Master several times over.

18. Do you have any pets?

 

Two furbabies in the forms of a big tuxedo tomcat and a slightly smaller fluffy queen who is my total BFF (she of the sweet-smelling belly fur).

19. Favorite movie?

 

The Lion King, even though it doesn't pass the Bechdel Test, because Mufasa is the most amazing father figure ever and his ghost in the clouds scene is the most incredible piece of cinema in the history of the world ever.

20. Do you have any siblings?

 

An older brother who I used to completely idolise before I realised he was a dweeb, and a dead brother I always wanted to idolise.

21. What do you want to be when you grow up?

 

Happy.

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