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Author Archive: Stephanie O'Connell

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BOOK REVIEW: Peach by Emma Glass

BOOK REVIEW: Peach by Emma Glass

| 8 March 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Peach by Emma Glass Bloomsbury Circus January 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Literary Fiction / Surrealism 5/10   ‘An immensely talented young writer’ – George Saunders Slip the pin through the skin. Start stitching. It doesn’t sting. It does bleed. White thread turns red. Red string. Going in. Going out. I […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein

BOOK REVIEW: Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein

| 5 March 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein Walker Books April 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Thriller / Mystery 6/10 We don’t pick and choose what to be afraid of. Our fears pick us. Tash Carmody has been traumatised since childhood, when she witnessed her gruesome imaginary friend Sparrow lure young […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Vox by Christina Dalcher

BOOK REVIEW: Vox by Christina Dalcher

| 4 March 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Vox by Christina Dalcher Harlequin August 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science Fiction / Dystopia / Feminism 8/10 Jean McClellan spends her time in almost complete silence, limited to just one hundred words a day. Any more, and a thousand volts of electricity will course through her veins. Maybe it’s a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

BOOK REVIEW: Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

| 1 March 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh Simon & Schuster March 2019 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science Fiction 7/10 We were taught that, for a while, the universe existed and not one person knew. Stars exploded, nebulae collapsed, atoms crashed together and formed planets, then quiet oceans where single-celled organisms […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Someone Like Me by M.R. Carey

BOOK REVIEW: Someone Like Me by M.R. Carey

| 28 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Someone Like Me by M.R. Carey Orbit UK November 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Thriller / Horror 7/10 Liz Kendall wouldn’t hurt a fly. She’s a gentle woman devoted to bringing up her kids in the right way, no matter how hard times get. But there’s another side to Liz—one which […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Little Whale by Jo Weaver

BOOK REVIEW: Little Whale by Jo Weaver

| 26 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Little Whale by Jo Weaver Hodder Children’s Books March 2018  Paperback, $15.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book  6/10 Told through the eyes of a whale and her calf, this mesmerisingly beautiful book is a story of migration, family, the strength of parental love and the wonders of nature. Little Whale has never seen […]

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BOOK REVIEW: White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock

BOOK REVIEW: White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock

| 25 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock Walker Books July 2018 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Mystery 8/10   Peter Blankman is afraid of everything and must confront unimaginable terror when his mother is attacked.  Seventeen-year-old Peter Blankman is a maths prodigy. He also suffers from severe panic attacks. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

BOOK REVIEW: Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

| 23 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Riverrun October 2018 Hardcover, $26.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Short Stories / Science Fiction 7/10   In the stories of Adjei-Brenyah’s debut, an amusement park lets players enter augmented reality to hunt terrorists or shoot intruders played by minority actors, a school shooting results in both the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

BOOK REVIEW: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

| 22 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker Scribner February 2019 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / Speculative Fiction 6/10 Whatever this is, it comes over them quietly: a sudden drowsiness, a closing of the eyes. Most of the victims are found in their beds. But there are some who will tell you […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

BOOK REVIEW: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

| 21 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor Hodder & Stoughton October 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Fantasy 8/10   If you have not read Strange the Dreamer, please stop reading and go check out the linked review/grab yourself a copy of the first book. — SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1 (Strange […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Highway Bodies by Alison Evans

BOOK REVIEW: Highway Bodies by Alison Evans

| 19 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Highway Bodies by Alison Evans Bonnier Echo February 2019 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / LGBTQ+ / Horror 9/10 ‘Do you know anything – at all, about what happened?’ The toddler tugs at Hasib’s hand but doesn’t say anything. I don’t know what to say. It’s something bad, and I […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble

BOOK REVIEW: The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble

| 18 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble Allen & Unwin February 2019 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Climate Fiction 7.5/10 ‘We’re gonna starve if we stay here,’ Emery said. ‘If we’re gonna go, best go now.’  And he said it like going was something easy. Like all we have to […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Afterwards by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett

BOOK REVIEW: The Afterwards by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett

| 17 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Afterwards by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett Bloomsbury Children’s Books November 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade 5/10 Its voice was kind, firm, honest, sharp, but reserved. A short distance away from being warm. ‘I know what you’re thinking,’ it said. ‘I can hear you across the town,’ […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Disasters by M.K. England

BOOK REVIEW: The Disasters by M.K. England

| 15 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Disasters by M.K. England Harper Teen December 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Science Fiction 8/10 Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices. So it’s not exactly a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Implausible Story of Olive Far Far Away by Tony Alexandra

BOOK REVIEW: The Implausible Story of Olive Far Far Away by Tony Alexandra

| 18 October 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Implausible Story of Olive Far Far Away by Tony Alexandra Harlequin Young Adult March 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 7/10   ‘Forget gypsy curses and invisibility. Forget stupid boys who are supposed to be my true love and then dump me. I’ve got one mission now – fun.’ […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Beast – A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen

BOOK REVIEW: Beast – A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen

| 10 October 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Beast – A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen Candlewick Press September 2018 Hardcover, $22.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Retelling / Fantasy / Young Adult 2/10 Filled with magic and fierce emotion, Lisa Jensen’s multilayered novel will make you question all you think you know about beauty, beastliness, and happily ever […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Disney Ideas Book by Elizabeth Dowsett

BOOK REVIEW: Disney Ideas Book by Elizabeth Dowsett

| 6 October 2018 | Reply

  BOOK REVIEW: Disney Ideas Book by Elizabeth Dowsett Dorling Kindersley October 2018 Hardcover, $39.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Activity Books / Arts & Craft / Media Tie-In 10/10   Bring your love of Disney to life with more than 100 amazing and creative projects and activities. Let your imagination run wild with Disney inspired […]

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BOOK REVIEW: And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Rovina Cai

BOOK REVIEW: And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Rovina Cai

| 24 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Rovina Cai  Walker Books September 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Fantasy / Retelling 6/10 We are proud, proud creatures of the ocean. We dominate it, conquer it, there is no creature in it that doesn’t flee before […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina

BOOK REVIEW: Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina

| 23 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina Allen & Unwin August 2019 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Paranormal / Cultural Australia 8/10   Nothing’s been the same for Beth Teller since she died. Her dad, a detective, is the only one who can see and hear her […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Mouth of the Dark by Tim Waggoner

BOOK REVIEW: The Mouth of the Dark by Tim Waggoner

| 16 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Mouth of the Dark by Tim Waggoner Flame Tree Press – Fiction Without Frontiers September 2018 Paperback, £9.95 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Horror / Dark Fantasy 5/10 Jayce’s twenty-year-old daughter Emory is missing, lost in a dark, dangerous realm called Shadow that exists alongside our own reality. An enigmatic woman named Nicola guides […]

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