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Author Archive: Stephanie O'Connell

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BOOK REVIEW: The Bus On Thursday by Shirley Barrett

BOOK REVIEW: The Bus On Thursday by Shirley Barrett

| 1 October 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Bus On Thursday by Shirley Barrett Allen & Unwin September 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / Magical Realism 7/10   That’s when I literally had thoughts of becoming a nun, because I thought, Well, I’m never going to have sex again. If I become a nun, I would at […]

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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, $19.99 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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BOOK REVIEW: Creature by Hunter Shea

BOOK REVIEW: Creature by Hunter Shea

| 14 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Creature by Hunter Shea Flame Tree Press – Fiction Without Frontiers September 2018 Paperback, £9.95 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Horror / Supernatural 8/10 She had been in worse shape before. Much worse. Last rites and funeral arrangements kind of shape. Kate had come out of it like a modern-day Lazarus. But she was tired. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

BOOK REVIEW: The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

| 13 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas Head of Zeus August 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell General Fiction / Speculative Fiction 8/10   1967: Four female scientists invent a time-travel machine. They are on the cusp of fame: the pioneers who opened the world to new possibilities. But then one […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Fairytales for Feisty Girls by Susannah McFarlane

BOOK REVIEW: Fairytales for Feisty Girls by Susannah McFarlane

| 8 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Fairytales for Feisty Girls by Susannah McFarlane Allen & Unwin August 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fairytales / Short Stories / Picture Book 6/10 Renowned girl hero and feisty author Susannah McFarlane presents an illustrated collection of ’tilted’ fairytales featuring girls with smarts. Feisty: typically describes one who is relatively small, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

BOOK REVIEW: Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

| 30 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff Allen & Unwin May 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Science Fiction 6/10 The Three Laws of Robotics 1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. YOUR BODY IS NOT YOUR OWN. 2. A robot […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The After Wife by Cass Hunter

BOOK REVIEW: The After Wife by Cass Hunter

| 22 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The After Wife by Cass Hunter Orion March 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / Contemporary 7/10 A surprising and emotional story starring an unforgettable heroine, for fans of Together, The Lovely Bones and The Time Traveller’s Wife When Rachel and Aidan fell in love, they thought it was forever. She was a brilliant, high-flying […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Consent by Leo Benedictus

BOOK REVIEW: Consent by Leo Benedictus

| 20 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Consent by Leo Benedictus Faber & Faber February 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Crime / Thriller 2/10 Note: This cover does NOT have a black border… but it disappeared in the white background of the page.   This book is an experiment. We’re experimenting together. You are part of the experiment, if […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Mulberry Tree by Allison Rushby

BOOK REVIEW: The Mulberry Tree by Allison Rushby

| 18 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Mulberry Tree by Allison Rushby Walker Books July 2018 Paperback, $17.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Mystery / Supernatural 6/10 Do naught wrong by the mulberry tree, or she’ll take your daughters … one, two, three. Ten-year-old Immy and her family run away from their storm cloud of problems to […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Alone by Christophe Chabouté

BOOK REVIEW: Alone by Christophe Chabouté

| 18 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Alone by Christophe Chabouté Faber & Faber July 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Graphic Novel / Translated 9/10 Available in English for the first time—the internationally bestselling graphic novel and an Official Selection at France’s prestigious Angoulême Internaional Comics Festival by master illustrator-storyteller Chabouté (Park Bench, Moby-Dick). On a tiny lighthouse island […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Ponti by Sharlene Teo

BOOK REVIEW: Ponti by Sharlene Teo

| 16 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Ponti by Sharlene Teo Picador April 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / Contemporary / Literary 6/10 One day I will learn to be as expertly cruel as she is. She finds the weakness she wants behind the eyes, tucked within crow’s feet and worry lines, all that fear and blind […]

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BOOK REVIEW: One Way by S. J. Morden

BOOK REVIEW: One Way by S. J. Morden

| 14 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: One Way by S. J. Morden Gollancz April 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science Fiction / Mystery 8/10 “This isn’t a pardon. You’ll remain guilty of second-degree murder. This isn’t commuting your sentence. You’ll serve the rest of your hundred and twenty years. This isn’t parole. You’ll be at all times […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Book Ninja by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus

BOOK REVIEW: The Book Ninja by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus

| 12 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Book Ninja by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus Simon & Schuster Australia June 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell General Fiction / Romance / Contemporary 7.5/10 Sometimes love means having to broaden your literary horizons. Frankie Rose is desperate for love. Or a relationship. Or just a date with a semi-normal […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Rory Branagan, Detective by Andrew Clover and Ralph Lazar

BOOK REVIEW: Rory Branagan, Detective by Andrew Clover and Ralph Lazar

| 10 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Rory Branagan, Detective by Andrew Clover and Ralph Lazar HarperCollins March 2018 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Mystery 3/10 ‘I’d like to know,’ I tell her, ‘WHERE my dad went. He disappeared when I was three. And I’d just like someone to tell me WHY.’ She comes so close […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Hive by A.J. Betts

BOOK REVIEW: Hive by A.J. Betts

| 8 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Hive by A.J. Betts Pan Macmillan June 2018 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Science Fiction / Dystopia 6/10 All I can tell you is what I remember, in the words that I have. Hayley tends to her bees and follows the rules in the only world she has ever […]

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BOOK REVIEW: After the Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson

BOOK REVIEW: After the Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson

| 5 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: After the Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson Allen & Unwin July 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Contemporary / Speculative 7/10 Seventeen-year-old Pru Palmer lives with her twin sisters, Grace and Blythe, and their father, Rick, on the outskirts of an isolated mining community. The Palmers are doomsday […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Biggerers by Amy Lilwall

BOOK REVIEW: The Biggerers by Amy Lilwall

| 4 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Biggerers by Amy Lilwall Point Blank August 2018 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Speculative Fiction / Dystopia / Satire 9/10 Everybody became a bit mean. A bit individual. Units. That’s all humanity could say for itself – well, it couldn’t actually, because it was made up of too many, um, units. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Chalk Boy by Margaret Wild & Mandy Ord

BOOK REVIEW: Chalk Boy by Margaret Wild & Mandy Ord

| 6 July 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Chalk Boy by Margaret Wild & Mandy Ord Allen & Unwin June 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book / Australian / Art 8/10 A soulful and heartwarming story about what happens when a pavement artist’s drawing comes to life. Barnaby is a pavement artist. This morning he started drawing me. […]

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