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BOOK REVIEW: This Long Vigil (Short Story) by Rhett C. Bruno

BOOK REVIEW: This Long Vigil (Short Story) by Rhett C. Bruno

| 22 January 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: This Long Vigil (Short Story) by Rhett C. Bruno Pervino Corp. December 2015 ebook, .99c Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science Fiction 7/10 Aboard the Interstellar Arc, Hermes, Orion has spent the last twenty-five years being entertained and educated by Dan, the artificial intelligence that runs the ship and ensures the continued viability of its cargo, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

BOOK REVIEW: Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

| 22 January 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Faefever by Karen Marie Moning. Gollancz November 2011 Paperback, £7.99 GBP Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 8.5/10   “Who the fuck are you, Ms. Lane?” Rage filled me. Rage at what had been done to her. Rage at him for bringing it up. The thought that no one could see or judge me was […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

BOOK REVIEW: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

| 21 January 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning Gollancz August 2008 Paperback, £7.99 GBP Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 7.5/10   “What are you, Barrons?” “The one that will never let you die, and that’s more, Ms. Lane, than anyone in your life has been able to say to you. More than anyone else can do.” Okay, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Cress by Marissa Meyer

BOOK REVIEW: Cress by Marissa Meyer

| 20 January 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Cress by Marissa Meyer Puffin Books February 2014 Paperback, £7.99 Reviewed by Aly Locatelli “Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.” […]

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NEWS: Steph’s Best (and Worst) Reads of 2015

NEWS: Steph’s Best (and Worst) Reads of 2015

| 16 January 2016 | Reply

“The best books, they don’t talk about things you never thought about before. They talk about things you’d always thought about, but that you didn’t think anyone else had thought about. You read them, and suddenly you’re a little bit less alone in the world. You’re part of this cosmic community of people who’ve thought […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Boy 23 by Jim Carrington

BOOK REVIEW: Boy 23 by Jim Carrington

| 15 January 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Boy 23 by Jim Carrington Bloomsbury January 2016 Paperback, $15.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 4/10 Boy 23, or Jesper, has never seen another person before. His whole life has been spent in a controlled environment. His meals arrive on trays, The Voice gives him educational tasks to complete, and as a reward […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

BOOK REVIEW: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

| 14 January 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning Gollancz August 2008 Paperback, £7.99 GBP Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 7.5/10   You want to believe in black and white, good and evil, heroes that are truly heroic, villains that are just plain bad, but I’ve learned in the past year that things are rarely so simple. The […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos

BOOK REVIEW: The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos

| 13 January 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos Balzer + Bray January 2016 Hardcover, $17.99 USD Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 8/10   As long as you don’t turn the last page in a book, you get to believe whatever you want to believe. You can have faith the good guys will win, the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Beside Myself by Ann Morgan

BOOK REVIEW: Beside Myself by Ann Morgan

| 9 January 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Beside Myself by Ann Morgan  Bloomsbury Circus January 2016 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Psychological Thriller 5/10 Sometimes I think I have made it up. Days come where it feels like the whole thing is a story in my head and there was never any swap and any game and it is […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz

BOOK REVIEW: Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz

| 7 January 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz Harper Collins January 2016 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 6/10 Bibi Blair is a fierce, funny, dauntless young woman – whose doctor says she has one year to live. She replies, “We’ll see.” Suddenly a tingling filled the hand, the arm, not that vibratile numbness that followed […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Mug Cakes by Mima Sinclair

BOOK REVIEW: Mug Cakes by Mima Sinclair

| 31 December 2015 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Mug Cakes by Mima Sinclair  Kyle Books November 2014 Hardcover, $18.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 8/10 These days it’s all to easy to run out of time for things, and it’s far too easy to let baking become a lost art in the time crunch. Now, of course making mug cakes isn’t baking, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

BOOK REVIEW: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

| 30 December 2015 | 3 Replies

BOOK REVIEW: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach Simon & Schuster April 2015 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 8/10 “The best books, they don’t talk about things you never thought about before. They talk about things you’d always thought about, but that you didn’t think anyone else had thought about. You read them, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North

BOOK REVIEW: The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North

| 25 December 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North W&N/Orion December 2015 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 6/10 “It’s hard for me to talk about love. I think movies are the way I do that.” The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is a perfectly pleasant read, if one can really […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Adventures of Beekle The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

BOOK REVIEW: The Adventures of Beekle The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

| 20 December 2015 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Adventures of Beekle The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat Little, Brown and Company August 2014/January 2016 Hardcover, $24.99/Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 10/10 This is my favourite children’s book of the year. Of many years. Of all the years? Quite possibly. This is the story of Beekle, an Adiposian little imaginary friend. Oh, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: My Dead Bunny by Sigi Cohen, illustrated by James Foley

BOOK REVIEW: My Dead Bunny by Sigi Cohen, illustrated by James Foley

| 20 December 2015 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: My Dead Bunny by Sigi Cohen, illustrated by James Foley  Walker Books October 2015 Hardcover, $19.95 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 9/10 My dead bunny’s name is Brad;  His odour is extremely bad. He visits me when I’m in bed, But Bradley wasn’t always dead… It all began last holiday, When Stan and Billy came […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Visitors Book by Sophie Hannah

BOOK REVIEW: The Visitors Book by Sophie Hannah

| 18 December 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Visitors Book by Sophie Hannah Sort of Books December 2015 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 7/10 Within these pages you will find four stories, each with a slightly supernatural twist. Victoria Scase’s boyfriend has a visitors book in his small apartment. A visitors book that bothers her on a level she can’t […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Star Wars: Where’s the Wookiee? By Ulises Farinas

BOOK REVIEW: Star Wars: Where’s the Wookiee? By Ulises Farinas

| 16 December 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Star Wars: Where’s the Wookiee? By Ulises Farinas Hardie Grant October 2015 Hardback, $19.95 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Picture Book / Activity 9 /10 In the tradition of Where’s Wally comes this fun activity book for kids – and Star Wars obsessives of any age. Through a succession of scenes from the Star […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Nutcracker by Margrete Lamond, illustrated by Ritva Voutila

BOOK REVIEW: The Nutcracker by Margrete Lamond, illustrated by Ritva Voutila

| 16 December 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Nutcracker by Margrete Lamond, illustrated by Ritva Voutila Little Hare November 2015 Hardcover, $24.95 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 8/10 There once was a man called Mr Drosselmeier. He was famous for making toys that moved their arms and marched in circles, and for making clocks that ticked and chimed. But most of […]

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BOOK REVIEWS: Star Wars: When R2D2 Saved The Secret Plans and When Luke Skywalker Met Yoda

BOOK REVIEWS: Star Wars: When R2D2 Saved The Secret Plans and When Luke Skywalker Met Yoda

| 15 December 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEWS: Star Wars: When R2D2 Saved The Secret Plans and When Luke Skywalker Met Yoda Hardie Grant October 2015 Hardback, $17.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Picture Book 10/10 What better way to indoctrinate youngsters into the magical world of Star Wars than through these delightful Story-Time Saga books, which each take a small part […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey narrated by Finty Williams

BOOK REVIEW: The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey narrated by Finty Williams

| 15 December 2015 | 3 Replies

BOOK REVIEW: The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey narrated by Finty Williams Orbit/Hachette Audio July 2014 Paperback, $19.99 / Audio, $26.23 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell 10/10 Melanie is unlike any ten-year-old you’ve ever met. She spends each night in a cell, and of a morning she is strapped into a chair, hands […]

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