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Author Archive: Stephanie O'Connell

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

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

| 12 December 2014 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Walking Dead – Book One by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn Image Comics July 2006, $49.95 AUD Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 7/10   Over the next ten weeks, I will be reviewing one Walking Dead book per week, to try and stave off the hunger for more episodes of […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

BOOK REVIEW: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

| 8 December 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris  Penguin – Viking November 2014, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 7/10 Tired of memoirs that only tell you what really happened? Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “autobiography”? Then look no further […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes

BOOK REVIEW: The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes

| 30 November 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes Penguin – Michael Joseph November 2014, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 7/10 Stella Sweeney is back in Dublin. After living the dream in New York for a year – touring her self-help book, appearing on talk shows all over the USA and living it […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti

BOOK REVIEW: Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti

| 21 November 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti Bloomsbury November 2014, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 5/10 The enduring story of the children, the breadcrumb trail and the gingerbread house is brought to life by master storyteller, Neil Gaiman. Who better to retell the Brothers Grimm’s greatest, and perhaps darkest, fairy […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Working Stiff by Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell

BOOK REVIEW: Working Stiff by Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell

| 20 November 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Working Stiff by Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell  Allen & Unwin November 2014, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 9/10     The fearless memoir of a young forensic pathologist’s rookie season as a NYC medical examiner, and the cases, hair-raising and heartbreaking and impossibly complex, that shaped her as both a physician and a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly

BOOK REVIEW: The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly

| 9 November 2014 | 9 Replies

BOOK REVIEW: The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly Macmillan November 2014, $39.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 6/10 It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for forty years. They have found a species of animal no one believed even existed. It will amaze the world. Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed. A small group of […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss

BOOK REVIEW: The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss

| 8 November 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss Simon and Schuster May 2014, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 9/10 Pearl’s baby sister is The Rat. She’s the reason Pearl’s mum died, the reason everything has changed forever, and Pearl can’t forgive her for that. Because losing her mum is the hardest thing Pearl […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Chris Riddell

BOOK REVIEW: The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Chris Riddell

| 31 October 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Chris Riddell Bloomsbury November 2014,  $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 5/10 A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a […]

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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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