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Author Archive: Stephanie O'Connell

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BOOK REVIEW: Rapunzel Stories Around the World by Cari Meister

BOOK REVIEW: Rapunzel Stories Around the World by Cari Meister

| 8 February 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Rapunzel Stories Around the World by Cari Meister   Picture Window Books February 2015 Hardcover, $16.95 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 6/10   What is a Fairy Tale? Once upon a time, before the age of books, people gathered to tell stories. They told tales of fairies and magic, princes and witches. Ideas of love, jealousy, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Soulprint by Megan Miranda

BOOK REVIEW: Soulprint by Megan Miranda

| 7 February 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Soulprint by Megan Miranda  Bloomsbury February 2015 Paperback, $15.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 6.5/10   She looks out over the edge. “This is where you jump,” she says. I look down, but I shouldn’t have. The waves crash against the rock, and the sea swirls and foams. This is the edge of my […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Cinderella Stories Around the World by Cari Meister

BOOK REVIEW: Cinderella Stories Around the World by Cari Meister

| 6 February 2015 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Cinderella Stories Around the World by Cari Meister  Picture Window Books February 2015 Hardcover, $16.95 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 8/10   What is a Fairy Tale? Once upon a time, before the age of books, people gathered to tell stories. They told tales of fairies and magic, princes and witches. Ideas of love, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Flywheel by Erin Gough

BOOK REVIEW: The Flywheel by Erin Gough

| 1 February 2015 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Flywheel by Erin Gough  Hardie Grant Egmont February 2015 Paperback, $19.95 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 9/10 Seventeen-year-old Delilah’s crazy life is about to get crazier. Ever since her father took off overseas, she’s been struggling to run the family’s cafe without him and survive high school.  But after a misjudged crush on […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean – edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar and Anita Roy

BOOK REVIEW: Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean – edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar and Anita Roy

| 29 January 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean – edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar and Anita Roy Allen & Unwin January 2015 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 7/10 Short story anthologies are a wonderful creation; the reader either follows their favourite authors to an anthology, or they’re drawn in by the theme, but they inevitably […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell

BOOK REVIEW: A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell

| 28 January 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell Allen & Unwin January 2015 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 6/10 Rose didn’t tell anyone about it. She wondered if it showed. She looked at herself in the mirror and turned this way and then that way. She stood as close to the mirror as she […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Walking Dead – Book Three by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn

BOOK REVIEW: The Walking Dead – Book Three by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn

| 27 January 2015 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Walking Dead Book 3 by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn Image Comics December 2007 Hardback, $49.95 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 7.5/10 This was supposed to be one Walking Dead book per week to try and stave off the hunger for more episodes of the show, but then Christmas and a lot of […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Clade by James Bradley

BOOK REVIEW: Clade by James Bradley

| 26 January 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Clade by James Bradley  Penguin – Hamish Hamilton January 2015 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 7/10 Clade is the story of one family in a radically changing world, a place of loss and wonder where the extraordinary mingles with the everyday. Haunting, lyrical and  unexpectedly hopeful, it is the work of a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Nanny Confidential by Philippa Christian

BOOK REVIEW: Nanny Confidential by Philippa Christian

| 22 January 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Nanny Confidential by Philippa Christian Allen & Unwin December 2014 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 5/10 A little about this reviewer, on the nannying/childcare front: I once worked in a childcare centre with a little girl who would throw massive tantrums the moment there was the slightest hint things might not go […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

BOOK REVIEW: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

| 18 January 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins  Doubleday January 2015 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 8/10  Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

BOOK REVIEW: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

| 17 January 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares Hodder January 2015 Paperback, $15.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 4/10 Seventeen-year-old Prenna James emigrated to New York when she was twelve. But Prenna didn’t come from a different country, she came from a different time – a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

BOOK REVIEW: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

| 13 January 2015 | 2 Replies

BOOK REVIEW: Unwind by Neal Shusterman Simon and Schuster December 2012 Paperback, $17.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 10/10 UnWind is book 1 in the UnWind series. BOOK REVIEW: UnWholly (Book 2)   You remember what it was like when you and your parents used to spend time together, when you saw eye to eye, really understood […]

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BOOK REVIEW: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

BOOK REVIEW: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

| 10 January 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake  Bloomsbury January 2015 Paperback, $19.99 7/10   Gym Rat doesn’t say, You feel like hooking up? but he does say, You feel like hanging out? so I was close. I shake my head as I walk past, and I see his mouth say, Bitch, silently. So […]

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Steph’s Top Reads for 2014

Steph’s Top Reads for 2014

| 5 January 2015 | Reply

The right book can inspire you to dream a little bigger, make you more observant of the world around you, or send you running for the safety under the covers. Sometimes it will do all three. The right book will draw the reader in and won’t let them go until they turn the last page. Sometimes […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The 100 Society by Carla Spradbery

BOOK REVIEW: The 100 Society by Carla Spradbery

| 3 January 2015 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The 100 Society by Carla Spradbery Hodder Childrens November 2014 Paperback, $15.99 AUD Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 3/10 For sixth-form student Grace Becker, The 100 Society is more than just a game; it’s an obsession. Having convinced her five friends at Clifton Academy to see it through to the end, Grace will stop […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Year of Mistaken Discoveries by Eileen Cook

BOOK REVIEW: Year of Mistaken Discoveries by Eileen Cook

| 25 December 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Year of Mistaken Discoveries by Eileen Cook Simon Pulse March 2014 Hardcover, $18.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell  6.5/10   When I met Nora in first grade, I desperately wanted to be best friends with her, partly because she said she was going to be a mermaid when she grew up, but mostly because […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Walking Dead – Book Two by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn

BOOK REVIEW: The Walking Dead – Book Two by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn

| 19 December 2014 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Walking Dead – Book Two by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn Image Comics May 2007, $49.95 AUD Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 6/10 Over the next eight weeks, I will be reviewing one Walking Dead book per week, to try and stave off the hunger for more episodes of the show. I will […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst

BOOK REVIEW: The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst

| 16 December 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst  Harlequin Mira May 2014, $21.95 AUD Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 9/10 THIS is what a quirky, dry humoured character SHOULD be. Plot: Lauren Chase didn’t make plans to travel into the desert, she just decided not to turn at the traffic lights on her way to work […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

BOOK REVIEW: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

| 15 December 2014 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Bird Box by Josh Malerman Harper Voyager April 2014, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell (This title has also been reviewed by Shane, but I’m adding my own review as this was one of my top reads for 2014. – Shane’s review can be found here: http://magazine.100percentrock.com/reviews/book-reviews/201404/51257 ) 8/10 Do you remember what outside looked like […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Prophecy of Bees by R.S. Pateman

BOOK REVIEW: The Prophecy of Bees by R.S. Pateman

| 14 December 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Prophecy of Bees by R.S. Pateman Orion Books December 2014, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 8/10   ‘What do we do?’ ‘Just tell them your name and who you are,’ Howard said. ‘You’re joking me,’ I said. ‘Just say it. Come on. For Cedric’s sake.’ ‘I’m Isabella,’ I said in a poor […]

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