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Author Archive: Stephanie O'Connell

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BOOK REVIEW: Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

BOOK REVIEW: Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

| 25 October 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Moonrise by Sarah Crossan Bloomsbury September 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Poetry/ Contemporary 10/10   Joe hasn’t seen his brother for ten years, and it’s for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row. But now Ed’s execution date has been set, and this might be […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp

BOOK REVIEW: Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp

| 18 October 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp Old Barn Books September 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books 8.5/10   Madeline Finn DOES NOT like to read. Not books. Not magazines. Not even the menu on the ice cream truck. “Keep trying, Madeline Finn,” my teacher says. But sometimes […]

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SERIES REVIEW: Mindhunter

SERIES REVIEW: Mindhunter

| 17 October 2017 | Reply

SERIES REVIEW: Mindhunter Available on: Netflix Release Date: 13th of October, 2017 Number of Episodes: 10   As long as serial killers have been known to exist, there has been a certain level of fascination with them in the public eye. There’s a kind of terror, a kind of disgust, as well as the curiosity about what […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Peas and Quiet by Gabrielle Tozer, illustrated by Sue deGennaro

BOOK REVIEW: Peas and Quiet by Gabrielle Tozer, illustrated by Sue deGennaro

| 16 October 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Peas and Quiet by Gabrielle Tozer, illustrated by Sue deGennaro Angus & Robertson June 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books 7/10 Best friends Pip and Pop live in a peapod, but sometimes it can get a little too cosy – especially because they are so different! Pip loves to sing, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Final Girls by Riley Sager

BOOK REVIEW: Final Girls by Riley Sager

| 14 October 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Final Girls by Riley Sager Ebury Press July 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Crime/Thriller 4/10 Final Girl is film-geek speak for the last woman standing at the end of a horror movie. At least, that’s what I’ve been told. Even before Pine Cottage, I never liked to watch scary movies because […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Singing My Sister Down and Other Stories by Margo Lanagan

BOOK REVIEW: Singing My Sister Down and Other Stories by Margo Lanagan

| 10 October 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Singing My Sister Down and Other Stories by Margo Lanagan Allen & Unwin May 2017 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Short Story Collection / Young Adult 7/10 ‘We all went down to the tar-pit, with mats to spread our weight.’ So begins ‘Singing My Sister Down’, Margo Lanagan’s internationally acclaimed, award-winning short […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Curiosity, The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum

BOOK REVIEW: Curiosity, The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum

| 9 October 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Curiosity, The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum Walker Studio October 2017 Hardcover, $27.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books / Illustrated Non-Fiction / Children’s Science 10/10 Meet Curiosity, a Mars rover that has rolled across the deserts of the red planet searching for clue to one of science’s greatest mysteries: […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Broadcast by Liam Brown

BOOK REVIEW: Broadcast by Liam Brown

| 6 October 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Broadcast by Liam Brown Bantam Australia September 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science Fiction/Contemporary Fiction 6/10 The idea behind MindCast is simple. We insert a small chip into your skull and then every thought, every feeling, every memory is streamed live, twenty-four hours a day. Trust me – within a few […]

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BOOK REVIEW: When Planet Earth Was New by James Gladstone

BOOK REVIEW: When Planet Earth Was New by James Gladstone

| 15 September 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: When Planet Earth Was New by James Gladstone OwlKids Books September 2017 Hardcover, $18.95 (USD) Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Children’s Non-Fiction / Science 7/10   It has taken billions of years for Earth to become the planet it is today. When Planet Earth Was New looks back to the very beginning, using a poetic approach […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed

BOOK REVIEW: Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed

| 30 August 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed Tinder Press July 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction 8/10 Never Let Me Go meets The Giver in this haunting debut about a cult on an isolated island, where nothing is as it seems. Years ago, just before the country was incinerated to wasteland, ten men and their […]

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BOOK REVIEW: All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

BOOK REVIEW: All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

| 29 August 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis Harlequin Young Adult August 2017 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Science Fiction / Dystopia 6/10 Every word is Trademarked™, Restricted® or Copyrighted©. The companies and people who own these rights let people use them, but once you turn fifteen, you have to […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

BOOK REVIEW: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

| 28 August 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James Walker Books September 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Science Fiction 8/10   Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away? Romy Silvers is the only surviving […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade by Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Holgate

BOOK REVIEW: The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade by Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Holgate

| 27 August 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade by Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Holgate Hardie Grant Egmont October 2016 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade 7/10 The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade is the second book in the Last Kids on Earth Series. You should read […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray-Browne

BOOK REVIEW: The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray-Browne

| 6 August 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray-Browne Picador July 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction 6/10 Eleanor and Richard have stretched themselves to the limit to buy the perfect home – a tall Victorian townhouse with enough room for their growing family. But the cracks are already starting to show. Eleanor is […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

BOOK REVIEW: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

| 1 August 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire Tor July 2017 Hardcover, $26.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult/Speculative 9/10 This is the second book released in the series. While it is a prequel and takes place chronologically before the first book, it is highly recommended you read that book first. There […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Film Tie-in) by Ransom Riggs

BOOK REVIEW: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Film Tie-in) by Ransom Riggs

| 16 July 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Film Tie-in) by Ransom Riggs Quirk August 2016 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 5/10 A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs. A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where […]

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BOOK REVIEW: If I Had an Elephant by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones

BOOK REVIEW: If I Had an Elephant by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones

| 14 July 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: If I Had an Elephant by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones Scholastic New Zealand May 2017 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 10/10   If I had an elephant for a best friend, there’d be no stopping us! Wed get matching jackets. Wed build a time machine together. Wed have OUT […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Killing Gravity by Corey J. White

BOOK REVIEW: Killing Gravity by Corey J. White

| 13 July 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Killing Gravity by Corey J. White Tor Books June 2017 Paperback, $18.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science Fiction 7/10 Corey J. White begins the Voidwitch Saga with his space opera novella debut Killing Gravity, a butt-kicking, mind-expanding series that will delight fans of Firefly and Kameron Hurley’s God’s War. The main character is Mariam “Mars” Xi, a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Wolfie – An Unlikely Hero by Deborah Abela and Connah Brecon

BOOK REVIEW: Wolfie – An Unlikely Hero by Deborah Abela and Connah Brecon

| 12 July 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Wolfie – An Unlikely Hero by Deborah Abela and Connah Brecon Random House Australia May 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 6/10 I, The Wolf, am sick of being the bad guy. I’m taking over this book. Dear Readers, Fairytales are nonsense. They’re full of wolves pestering pigs and picking […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Paladero – Riders of the Thunder Realm by Steven Lochran

BOOK REVIEW: Paladero – Riders of the Thunder Realm by Steven Lochran

| 11 July 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Paladero – Riders of the Thunder Realm by Steven Lochran Hardie Grant Egmont July 2016 Paperback, $18.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Speculative Fiction 7/10 Welcome to Thunder Realm, where cowboy-knights known as paladeros herd dinosaurs during peacetime, and take up arms during war. Joss, a young orphan, has always wanted to be […]

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