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Author Archive: Stephanie O'Connell

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BOOK REVIEW: The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold, Illustrated by Emily Gravett

BOOK REVIEW: The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold, Illustrated by Emily Gravett

| 24 October 2014 | 2 Replies

BOOK REVIEW: The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold, Illustrated by Emily Gravett Bloomsbury November 2014, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 10/10   ‘What is this?’ she said, her back to the wardrobe. ‘Oh,’ said Amanda. ‘That’s my coat.’ ‘And what’s it doing in there?’ ‘Hanging up?’ Amanda suggested cautiously. ‘But, darling,’ her mum said in a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

BOOK REVIEW: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

| 18 October 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll Faber & Faber August 2014, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 8/10 Through the Woods is a wonderfully creepy collection of five graphic stories about the sinister things that lurk in the darkness, between the trees, inside the people we know and love… The illustrations made the stories, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

BOOK REVIEW: Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

| 17 October 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer Simon and Schuster October 2014, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 7/10   If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing him in the library stacks. She certainly wouldn’t […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Mothers Grimm by Danielle Wood

BOOK REVIEW: Mothers Grimm by Danielle Wood

| 14 October 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Mothers Grimm by Danielle Wood  Allen & Unwin September 2014, $27.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 5/10 A sly, cheeky and blackly comic telling of mothering, heartache, heartbreak, desire, love and death. In the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm, Rapunzel’s mother trades her firstborn child for a handful of leafy greens, and Hansel’s step-mother […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Lock In by John Scalzi

BOOK REVIEW: Lock In by John Scalzi

| 11 October 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Lock In by John Scalzi Gollancz September 2014, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 9.5/10 Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. 4% suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And 1% find themselves ‘locked in’ – […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

BOOK REVIEW: Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

| 28 September 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge Pan Macmillan May 2014, $14.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 8/10 The first things to shift were the doll’s eyes, the beautiful grey-green glass eyes. Slowly they swivelled, until their gaze was resting on Triss’s face. Then the tiny mouth moved, opened to speak. ‘What are you doing here?’ […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Lost & Found by Brooke Davis

BOOK REVIEW: Lost & Found by Brooke Davis

| 14 September 2014 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Lost & Found by Brooke Davis Hachette July 2014, $26.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 7/10   Meet Millie. She’s seven years old, observant, and fascinated by Dead Things. She was fascinated by Dead Things even before her father became one. He was her twenty-ninth Dead Thing. She sees the world in a way […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

BOOK REVIEW: Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

| 7 September 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes  Harper Collins August 2014, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 7/10   He’s lying on his side, his legs pulled up, eyes closed, face serene. The Recovery Position. Only he’s never going to recover, and those aren’t his legs… Something happens when Lauren Beukes tells you a story. Something […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Cracked by Eliza Crewe

BOOK REVIEW: Cracked by Eliza Crewe

| 30 August 2014 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Cracked by Eliza Crewe Strange Chemistry November 2013, US $9.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 9.5/10 The only conversation between us is the tap of our feet. Pit-pat, mine say. Pit-thunk, hers reply. Pit-pat, mine insist. Pit-thunk, hers maintain. Pit-shuffle-shuffle. My little skip and slide earns a funny look from Jo. What? It’s tiresome […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Raising Stony Mayhall by Daryl Gregory

BOOK REVIEW: Raising Stony Mayhall by Daryl Gregory

| 28 August 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Raising Stony Mayhall by Daryl Gregory Del Rey June 2011, $21.95 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 8/10   In 1968, after the zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman’s arms is a baby, stone-cold, not breathing, and without […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

BOOK REVIEW: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

| 26 August 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen Bantam Press August 2014, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 2/10   Kelsea Glynn is the rightful heir to the throne, but no one knows where she is; she’s been in hiding her entire life. Today is her nineteenth birthday, and time for her to take […]

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BOOK REVIEW: What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

BOOK REVIEW: What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

| 16 August 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang Harper Teen September 2012, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 6/10 Every child is born with two souls, each soul is given a name, and one soul will cease to exist before the child turns ten. Or else.As Addie and Eva grew ever closer to that worrisome […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The 100 by Kass Morgan

BOOK REVIEW: The 100 by Kass Morgan

| 1 August 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The 100 by Kass Morgan Little, Brown Books September 2013, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 4/10   The premise had so much potential. I was picturing a cross between Earth 2 and Lord of the Flies. This book is so not that. Not even close. Basically, about three-hundred years before the novel starts, people evacuated […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth

BOOK REVIEW: Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth

| 29 July 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth Woolshed Press August 2014, $18.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 7/10 ‘Are you making a mountain out of a mould hill, Just Jeans?’ ‘No. Are you seeing me, Pez?’ ‘Yes, but I honestly think this is a mould hill.’ ‘It’s not.’ ‘A tiny little hill covered in […]

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BOOK REVIEW:  The Martian by Andy Weir

BOOK REVIEW: The Martian by Andy Weir

| 26 July 2014 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW:  The Martian by Andy Weir Random House March 2014, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 9/10   I’m stranded on Mars.I have no way to communicate with Earth.I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days.If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the […]

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