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Author Archive: Stephanie O'Connell

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BOOK REVIEW: Rachel’s War by Mark Wilson

BOOK REVIEW: Rachel’s War by Mark Wilson

| 15 August 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Rachel’s War by Mark Wilson Lothian May 2021 Hardcover, $26.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Children’s Picture Books / Historical 85% Rocking   Growing up on a farm in country Victoria, all Rachel wants is to help people. When war comes, she travels to distant Europe and the Middle East, working tirelessly […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Storm is Upon Us by Mike Rothschild

BOOK REVIEW: The Storm is Upon Us by Mike Rothschild

| 14 August 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Storm is Upon Us by Mike Rothschild Monoray | Hachette Australia June 2021 Paperback $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Politics / Internet Culture 95% Rocking   In 2017, President Trump made a cryptic remark at a gathering of military officials, describing it as ‘the calm before the storm’-then refused to […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Nelson 2 – Broccoli and Spies by Andrew Levins, illustrated by Katie Kear

BOOK REVIEW: Nelson 2 – Broccoli and Spies by Andrew Levins, illustrated by Katie Kear

| 14 August 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Nelson 2 – Broccoli and Spies by Andrew Levins, illustrated by Katie Kear Puffin BooksJanuary 2021Paperback, $12.99Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Humour 68% Rocking The second book in the totally outrageous adventures of Nelson Hunter – the boy who hates vegetables. Featuring a serious spy mystery and an epic broccoli-fuelled battle! […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Backyard Birdies by Andy Geppert

BOOK REVIEW: Backyard Birdies by Andy Geppert

| 12 August 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Backyard Birdies by Andy Geppert Lothian Children’s Books August 2021 Hardcover $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Children’s Picture Books / Humour 90% Rocking   An extraordinarily good looking and somewhat factual illustrated introduction to the birds of Australia from the award-winning author of MEEP. This is a common pigeon. Common because it’s almost […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Fully Human by Steve Biddulph

BOOK REVIEW: Fully Human by Steve Biddulph

| 10 August 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Fully Human by Steve Biddulph Pan Macmillan Australia May 2021 Paperback $34.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Motivation / Self-Help 90% Rocking A mother of small children trusts her ‘gut feeling’ and it saves her life. A young dad is able to grieve for his lost baby – using a song. What […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Weekend With Oscar by Robyn Bavati

BOOK REVIEW: A Weekend With Oscar by Robyn Bavati

| 25 July 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Weekend With Oscar by Robyn Bavati Walker Books July 2021 Paperback $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Fiction 75% Rocking A moving #LoveOzYA novel about loss, first love and being there for your family, no matter what. “It’s only a weekend. Don’t you want quality time with Selena?” We both […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Billie Eilish by Billie Eilish

BOOK REVIEW: Billie Eilish by Billie Eilish

| 24 July 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Billie Eilish by Billie Eilish Wren & Rook May 2021 Hardcover $45.00  Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Photography / Celebrities / Music & Entertainment 25% Rocking Legendary recording artist Billie Eilish shares an intimate inside look at her life and career—both on and off the stage—in this stunning, photo-filled book. Billie Eilish […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Annie Stanley, All At Sea by Sue Teddern

BOOK REVIEW: Annie Stanley, All At Sea by Sue Teddern

| 22 July 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Annie Stanley, All At Sea by Sue Teddern Mantle | Pan Macmillan July 2021 Paperback $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / General Fiction 70% Rocking Before we leave, I go to the loo. Before I go to the loo, I go to the dresser, take the urn of Dad’s ashes and cram […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Ghost Species by James Bradley

BOOK REVIEW: Ghost Species by James Bradley

| 18 June 2020 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Ghost Species by James Bradley Penguin | Hamish Hamilton April 2020 Paperback $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / Speculative Fiction / Climate Fiction 80% Rocking An exquisitely beautiful and deeply affecting exploration of connection and loss in an age of planetary trauma. In the night, she wakes. Something has woken her but […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Warlow Experiment by Alix Nathan

BOOK REVIEW: The Warlow Experiment by Alix Nathan

| 9 May 2020 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Warlow Experiment by Alix Nathan Serpents Tail August 2019 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / Historical Fiction 30% What kind of person keeps a man underground for seven years? And who would agree to be part of such an experiment? The year is 1792 and Herbert Powyss is set on […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

BOOK REVIEW: The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

| 20 April 2020 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave Picador January 2020 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / Historical Fiction 100% After a storm has killed off all the island’s men, two women in a 1600s Norwegian coastal village struggle to survive against both natural forces and the men who have been sent to […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Nelson – Pumpkins and Aliens by Andrew Levins, illustrated by Katie Kear

BOOK REVIEW: Nelson – Pumpkins and Aliens by Andrew Levins, illustrated by Katie Kear

| 18 April 2020 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Nelson – Pumpkins and Aliens by Andrew Levins, illustrated by Katie Kear Puffin Books March 2020 Paperback, $12.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Humour 65% Rocking   Meet Nelson . . . he’s an ordinary kid, just like you. Everyone thinks he’s shy but, really, he’s just bored. Nelson hates vegetables. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel

BOOK REVIEW: The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel

| 16 April 2020 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel Hodder & Stoughton March 2020 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Crime / Mystery / Fiction 95% Rocking From the bestselling author of The Roanoke Girls comes a new novel with the same incredible atmosphere, strong sense of place and dark heart. The Familiar Dark will blow […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Providence by Max Barry

BOOK REVIEW: Providence by Max Barry

| 15 April 2020 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Providence by Max Barry Hachette Australia March 2020 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science-Fiction / Thriller 75% Rocking An inventive, speculative adventure and the intimate tale of four people facing their most desperate hour – alone, together, at the edge of the universe. The video changed everything. Before that, we could believe […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Escape from Earth: A Secret History of the Space Rocket by Fraser MacDonald

BOOK REVIEW: Escape from Earth: A Secret History of the Space Rocket by Fraser MacDonald

| 10 October 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Escape from Earth: A Secret History of the Space Rocket by Fraser MacDonald Profile Books August 2019 Hardcover, $39.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Space / Science / History 60% ESCAPE FROM EARTH is the untold story of the engineers, dreamers and rebels who started the American space programme. In particular, it […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

BOOK REVIEW: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

| 19 September 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Allen & Unwin May 2019 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Science Fiction 60% From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure. The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Last by Hanna Jameson

BOOK REVIEW: The Last by Hanna Jameson

| 29 August 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Last by Hanna Jameson Penguin | Viking February 2019 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / Mystery / Dystopia 65% Rocking For fans of high-concept thrillers such as Annihilation and The Girl with All the Gifts, this breathtaking dystopian psychological thriller follows an American academic stranded at a Swiss hotel as the world descends […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Emily Eternal by M.G. Wheaton

BOOK REVIEW: Emily Eternal by M.G. Wheaton

| 23 August 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Emily Eternal by M.G. Wheaton Hodder & Stoughton April 2019 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science Fiction / Artificial Intelligence / Oncoming Apocalypse 80% Rocking Meet Emily – she can solve advanced mathematical problems, unlock the mind’s deepest secrets and even fix your truck’s air con, but unfortunately, she can’t restart the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Need by Helen Phillips

BOOK REVIEW: The Need by Helen Phillips

| 21 August 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Need by Helen Phillips Penguin | Viking July 2019 Paperback, $29.99 AUD Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / Thriller / Speculative 80% Rocking Molly is exhausted, anxious, losing her grip on reality. Her husband is away and she is running between her children and her job, where things are unravelling. She’s a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Haunted Heart of America by Logan Corelli

BOOK REVIEW: The Haunted Heart of America by Logan Corelli

| 19 August 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Haunted Heart of America by Logan Corelli Llewellyn Publications April 2018 Paperback, $16.99 USD Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Hauntings / Ghosts / Paranormal Investigations 60% Rocking IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATIONS OF THE VILLISCA AX MURDER HOUSE, MYRTLES PLANTATION & OTHER FRIGHTFUL SITES Experience the Heartland’s Most Memorable and Thrilling Paranormal Cases You […]

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