Friday, 11 May 2012

Another Outstanding 5 Star Review

Billy's an Absolute Legend!
5 Star Review by Jack Scribble

I really loved Billy and his adventures. I can't remember when I last read a story with such an original and likeable character. Billy is tribal but contemporary, he's funny but seriously determined. Billy is all about outwitting his brothers with some hilarious pranks, and he's all about saving his tribe by heading off to the big unknown city to find some girls.
I laughed with Billy, I cheered him on and I learnt so much about indigenous Australian culture and survival. After reading the first three books in the Urban Hunters series, I have a whole new appreciation for the Australian bush and Billy's tribe.
This writer has done something rare - he's come up with something so original that I can't even compare it to other books. It stands alone. And his humour is really sensational - just when I think I can't laugh anymore, he twists the tale just another little bit and notches the hilarity up even further.
Can't wait for the next book in this series - hurry up Gary Taaffe, get it uploaded!
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Monday, 7 May 2012

Donna Nailed It!

What I really liked about Donna’s 5 star review was how she got the story’s big picture.

The one thing that stood out in the story to me was how Gary Taaffe beautifully illustrated boys are boys, no matter where they are. Three young brothers engage in a game of who is the better prankster as do many boys the world over.’

I really wanted to convey how we are all the same no matter who we are or where we are from. We all feel the same things and behave in much the same way. Some do it in the city in 2012, some in the bush from 100,000 years ago. The Urban Hunters series is about Billy, with his ancient culture and Amber, a modern new age girl both being presented with finding a new future for themselves, together.

Of course this would all be boring if it wasn’t fun, ‘hysterically funny in parts’. And readers from all over the world are loving the fact that the series is set in Australia, making it new and interesting.

Four Small Stones and Tribal Scarring (#2 in the Urban Hunters series), sets up Billy’s culture shock, before he sets foot into a modern new Australia where he meets a modern teenage girl, Amber, who finds herself in a similar situation to Billy.

Thank you, Donna for your wonderful review. 

Donna is the author of some wonderful Young Adults books. Drop in on her website here

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Saturday, 5 May 2012

Simply Delightful - Another 5 Star Review :))

Donna R. Wood's (@ButterflyPhinx) 5 Star review of Four Small Stones

I love stories about different cultures around the world. I have some knowledge of the Aboriginal people, but not a lot. Four Small Stones was an adventure into the lives of three brothers. The one thing that stood out in the story to me was how Gary Taaffe beautifully illustrated boys are boys, no matter where they are. Three young brothers engage in a game of who is the better prankster as do many boys the world over. Set in the Australian bush, Mr. Taaffe takes us through an engaging tale of coming of age, rites of passage among brothers, and familial bonds that cannot be broken. Overall the story was interesting and kept me reading to the very end.

Due to some of the language and adult humor in the book, I would not recommend the book for younger readers. For young and older adults it is simply a delightful read. It is thought provoking about the plight of the Aborigines, hysterically funny in parts, and gives a unique view of the beauty of the Australian bush. Best Blogger Tips

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

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About books 1 to 3 of the URBAN HUNTERS series

Where it all begins ...

‘Great Young Adult book!’ Dannie, USA

‘Really exciting!’ Holly, USA

Action Adventure #5 UK, #10 USA Amazon

The URBAN HUNTERS series follows the adventures and misadventures of Billy, an Aboriginal boy from the bush and Amber, a white girl from the back alleys of Sydney as they search for a new future.

‘Love your Aussie setting.’ Linda, USA

Could a kangaroo foil Billy’s older brother’s attempts to turn him into a galah? Well, not alone it couldn’t, but add a blanket of bats, a mouthful of maggots and a crystal cave to the mix, and he just might stand a chance. Time to unleash the warrior within and grow up.

‘I was cracking up laughing. It’s really good!!’ Kris, Australia

The spirit of Billy’s mother wants him to go walkabout through the whitefella culture, to find some girls and a future for his clan. He doesn’t want to go. She can’t be ignored. Now he’s faced with the fight of his life against wildlife and a torturous initiation.

Billy’s search for girls begins, if only he knew what one looked like and he had a decent pair of pants to wear.

Could life get anymore difficult? Why yes it could, he could fall in love ... 

‘Love your writing. Vivid and visual. Every word created a picture in my mind and it was a joy to read.’ Jessica, USA 

‘Truly enjoyable! I can’t wait to check out the next in the series ...’ Cassie, USA
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