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BOOK REVIEW: F*cked – Being Sexually Explorative and Self-Confident in a World That’s Screwed by Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson

BOOK REVIEW: F*cked – Being Sexually Explorative and Self-Confident in a World That’s Screwed by Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson

| 10 January 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: F*cked – Being Sexually Explorative and Self-Confident in a World That’s Screwed by Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson Little, Brown Book Group October 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Family & Health / Family & Relationships / Sex & Sexuality 9/10 We live in a world where sex is ubiquitous, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Nevermoor – The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

BOOK REVIEW: Nevermoor – The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

| 8 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Nevermoor – The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend Lothian Children’s Books October 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Fantasy / Adventure 7/10   A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world–but […]

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BOOK REVIEW: #single by Lost the Plot

BOOK REVIEW: #single by Lost the Plot

| 3 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: #single by Lost the Plot Lost the Plot November 2017 Hardcover, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Humour / Non-Fiction 7/10 A collection of online dating conversations. From bad pick-up lines to death threats and awkward sex-capades #single is a hilarious snapshot of some of the most ridiculous real-life online dating conversations. “Definitely giving […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Build the Dragon by Dugald Steer, illustrated by Douglas Carrel and John Woodward

BOOK REVIEW: Build the Dragon by Dugald Steer, illustrated by Douglas Carrel and John Woodward

| 2 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Build the Dragon by Dugald Steer, illustrated by Douglas Carrel and John Woodward Walker Books November 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Children / Activity Books / Reference 9/10 This interactive guide features dragons from around the globe. It comes with a tuck box containing precut pieces to build a beautifully artworked […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

BOOK REVIEW: Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

| 31 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich Corsair November 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Literary Fiction / Speculative 3/10 The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Timeline of Australian Food – From Mutton to MasterChef by Jan O’Connell

BOOK REVIEW: A Timeline of Australian Food – From Mutton to MasterChef by Jan O’Connell

| 26 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Timeline of Australian Food – From Mutton to MasterChef by Jan O’Connell NewSouth Publishing December 2017 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / History / Regional & National History / Australasian & Pacific History 7/10 Australians all let us rejoice for we live in a foodie paradise. On any given day […]

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BOOK REVIEW: 100 Nasty Women of History – Brilliant, Badass and Completely Fearless Women Everyone Should Know by Hannah Jewell

BOOK REVIEW: 100 Nasty Women of History – Brilliant, Badass and Completely Fearless Women Everyone Should Know by Hannah Jewell

| 25 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: 100 Nasty Women of History – Brilliant, Badass and Completely Fearless Women Everyone Should Know by Hannah Jewell Hodder & Stoughton November 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / History / General & World History / Feminism 7/10 Hannah Jewell is a former BuzzFeed writer you might know from such viral […]

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COOKBOOK REVIEW: THE LITTLE LIBRARY COOKBOOK by Kate Young

COOKBOOK REVIEW: THE LITTLE LIBRARY COOKBOOK by Kate Young

| 20 December 2017 | Reply

COOKBOOK REVIEW: THE LITTLE LIBRARY COOKBOOK by Kate Young Head Of Zeus/Harper Collins Australia 1 October 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 All fans of books – which should include everyone, alright – will relish the sensation of reading about a meal enjoyed or prepared by the characters that are so engaging them […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Treat! by Christian Vieler

BOOK REVIEW: Treat! by Christian Vieler

| 17 December 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Treat! by Christian Vieler Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers October 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Photography / Animal Photography / Humour 10/10 Who’s a good dog? In the tradition of bestselling photography books like Underwater Dogs and Shake comes an adorable and hilarious collection of dog photographs capturing our best friends at one of their […]

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BOOK REVIEW: One Christmas Wish by Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Emily Sutton

BOOK REVIEW: One Christmas Wish by Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Emily Sutton

| 16 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: One Christmas Wish by Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Emily Sutton Bloomsbury November 2017 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books / Christmas 8/10 When you wish you have to wish with every inch of your heart. It’s Christmas Eve and Theo, left at home with a babysitter, sees an odd-looking star out […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Bullet It! A Notebook for Planning Your Days, Chronicling Your Life, and Creating Beauty by Nicole Lara

BOOK REVIEW: Bullet It! A Notebook for Planning Your Days, Chronicling Your Life, and Creating Beauty by Nicole Lara

| 12 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Bullet It! A Notebook for Planning Your Days, Chronicling Your Life, and Creating Beauty by Nicole Lara Pan Macmillan Australia September 2017 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Self-Help & Personal Development 7.5/10 The bullet journal or BuJo is a planning system that was created by designer, Ryder Carroll. It’s one that allows […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Stranger Thingies – From Felafel to now by John Birmingham

BOOK REVIEW: Stranger Thingies – From Felafel to now by John Birmingham

| 10 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Stranger Thingies – From Felafel to Now by John Birmingham NewSouth Books September 2017 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies / True Stories 9/10 John Birmingham is a satirist, newspaper columnist, writer and blogger. He’s also a man who knows how to find the funny in most situations. The cover […]

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2017 GIFT GUIDE by 100% Rock Magazine’s Book Reviewers

2017 GIFT GUIDE by 100% Rock Magazine’s Book Reviewers

| 9 December 2017 | Reply

So it’s December again already, and we all know that panic of trying to find gifts for friends, family, and even colleagues before Christmas has come and gone for another year. How do you know what they might enjoy? How do you know what they already have? Well, you can never know for sure unless […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Leila Rudge

BOOK REVIEW: Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Leila Rudge

| 6 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Leila Rudge Walker Books September 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book/Adventure 7/10 Once, there was a small rhinoceros who wanted to see the big world. So she built a boat. And sailed away …  From the duo behind award-winning picture […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Koala Bare by Jackie French and illustrated by Matt Shanks

BOOK REVIEW: Koala Bare by Jackie French and illustrated by Matt Shanks

| 6 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Koala Bare by Jackie French and illustrated by Matt Shanks HarperCollins Australia September 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children/Picture Books/Early Learning 10/10   Jackie French has entertained us before with her Diary of a Wombat. The legendary author of some 150 books once again draws inspiration from Australian wildlife, except that […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Making of Christina by Meredith Jaffé

BOOK REVIEW: The Making of Christina by Meredith Jaffé

| 6 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Making of Christina by Meredith Jaffé Pan Macmillan Australia July 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Modern & Contemporary Fiction 8/10 In her debut novel The Fence, Meredith Jaffé crafted a domestic drama about two feuding neighbours and a story that could have featured on a nightly current affairs show. Her […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth

BOOK REVIEW: Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth

| 4 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth Orion Children’s Books June 2017 Paperback, $15.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Adventure 7/10 Rule Number One: Don’t Run in Front of a Soldier. Rule Number Two: Never Look at a Soldier. Rule Number Three: Say as Little as Possible Rule […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Only Dead on the Inside by James Breakwell

BOOK REVIEW: Only Dead on the Inside by James Breakwell

| 3 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Only Dead on the Inside by James Breakwell Atlantic Books November 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Humour / Non-Fiction / Survival Guide 8/10     The Twitter sensation with 900K followers provides the perfect Christmas gift for parents. Raising kids can sometimes feel like society has ended, so why not go […]

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BOOK REVIEW: We Are Arrested – A Journalist’s Notes from a Turkish Prison by Can Dündar

BOOK REVIEW: We Are Arrested – A Journalist’s Notes from a Turkish Prison by Can Dündar

| 3 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: We Are Arrested – A Journalist’s Notes from a Turkish Prison by Can Dündar Biteback December 2016 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Politics & Government/Human Rights/Freedom of Information & Freedom of Speech 7/10 When Turkish journalist, Can Dündar was imprisoned in November 2015 he could have remained silent. But instead he used […]

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BOOK REVIEW: All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon

BOOK REVIEW: All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon

| 2 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon Hodder & Stoughton March 2017 Paperback, $22.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction  5/10 Caitlin’s life is a mess. Her marriage to a man everyone else thinks is perfect has collapsed, along with her self-esteem, and breaking free seems the only option. Nancy, her four-year-old daughter, used […]

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