Book Review: The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta

Rating: StarStarStarStar

Thomas Mackee wants oblivion. Wants to forget parents who leave and friends he used to care about and a string of one-night stands, and favourite uncles being blown to smithereens on their way to work on the other side of the world.

But when his flatmates turn him out of the house, Tom moves in with his single, pregnant aunt, Georgie. And starts working at the Union pub with his former friends. And winds up living with his grieving father again. And remembers how he abandoned Tara Finke two years ago, after his uncle’s death.

And in a year when everything’s broken, Tom realises that his family and friends need him to help put the pieces back together as much as he needs them.

Literary Awards: New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards Nominee for Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature (2011), Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards Nominee for Older Readers Book of the Year (2011), Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Nominee for Young Adult Fiction (2011), Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards Nominee for Young Adult Book Award (2010)



The Piper’s Son burned me out a number of times (with its ever down-in-the-dumps atmosphere) but Marchetta always brought me alive again with the hopefulness of Tom’s story. This is not my fave among Marchetta’s works, but Tom is definitely on my top 10 book boyfriend list. 🙂 His character is that good.

Tom is lost and he’s pretty much in deep sh*t. As much as i hate what became of him after Year Eleven, i couldn’t help but hope that things would work out for him. It’s like life is out to get him, given his circumstances. But what I love about Marchetta’s writing is how she still managed to make me laugh and fall in love despite Tom’s family drama. His correspondence with Tara is what I craved the most. It’s antagonistic, funny, and swoon-worthy at the same time. I remembered Tom saying ‘What. A. B*tch.’ after Tara emailed him back, not to reply to his email, but to ask him to tell Frankie and Justine that she’s out of phone credits. 😀 Payback! There’s also this idea there about Tom and Frankie that caught me off-guard, and i was like, what the..?!! But if you ask me, I will choose Thomas Finch Mackee anytime of the day over Will Trombal. That’s a fact.

The Piper’s Son is a laborious read for me. It was good, but the drama was too depressing. Still, if I ever wanna hook up with Tom’s one-and-a-half night stand story, I would find myself reading this book again. =)



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Book Review: The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

RATING: StarStarStar

(The Faerie Ring #1)

The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.

Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.

Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…



The Faerie Ring is historical fiction tinged with a faint urban fantasy theme. It has the goods, don’t get me wrong, but the fey touch was so subtle, short. The coming books in the series could be great, but I just liked (not loved) this first book.

Tiki has the heroine complex when it comes to orphans (she being one herself). She’s likeable enough, and her resolve to sold the ring so her new family can rise from poverty is venerable. However, her clashing with Rieker isnot I what i had in mind. Oh, they are quite a pair. The stubborness from her is just a little irritating. Rieker is… mysterious! I love his aloof character. I wanna see Hamilton develop him fully in the series.

I had problems with Hamilton’s writing style. The story has a London setting, but I noticed (without meaning to) that it was written by an American author. The English (European?) terms/connotations/idioms/expressions barely registered. Did you get my drift? It was difficult to remember London when most of what I encountered are words I’d normally read in an american setting. Oh, well. Maybe that’s just me.

The Faerie Ring is an okay read. The fey element only bursts through in the last pages. I expected more fantasy, but what I got is a story from Victorian era.

Publisher: Macmillan

Imprint: Tor Teen

Pub Date: 09/27/2011

Many Thanks to Kai and Precious of Pinoy Book Tours for the chance to read their ARC copy!



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Random Act of Kindness (RAK), October Closing – November Wishlist

Click on the image to know what RAK is all about.

This post is way overdue so my apologies… AGAIN!

I got a RAK last October – my birthday month!

October Closing

Thank you very much, Monique @ Asian Cocoa’s Secret Garden!

Enjoy this book, Lisa @ Lisa Loves Literature!

November Wishlist

How about you click [here] to know which books I absolutely would love to have right now?

To give you an idea of what kind of books i usually read, below are my top 3 most coveted.

*winks* Thank you!


Note: Lets’s keep our International bloggers in mind and in our hearts.
Remember, there’s always the Book Depository and they offer FREE shipping!

Thank you to Isalys and Vanessa for hosting this wonderful feature!

Did you join RAK this month?

If yes, leave a comment with your wishlist link so i can check it out! 😀



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Forgive me Reader, for I have sinned…

It’s been two weeks since my last blog entry.

That’s because i’ve been too sleepy to read and write reviews. =(

Why? Because hubby and I went to Singapore!

Books Actually, Singapore

Thank you Tricia, for pointing out this bookstore to me!

It was a fun-filled week 🙂 and I can’t imagine I did not read for 5 WHOLE days.

Such blasphemy!

bought these pencils as souvenirs

But fun’s over. I have reviews to write. 😉

The Faerie Ring, Kiki Hamilton – 3 stars

The Piper’s Son, Melina Marchetta – 4 stars

Did you have a great time these past weeks?

I know i did!



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”