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BOOK REVIEW: The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

BOOK REVIEW: The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

| 21 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz Walker Books February 2016 Hardcover, $27.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 7/10 Today Miss Chandler gave me this beautiful book. I vow that I will never forget her kindness to me, and I will use this book as she told me to—that I will write […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Desert Flame by Janine Grey

BOOK REVIEW: Desert Flame by Janine Grey

| 20 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Desert Flame by Janine Grey Penguin|Michael Joseph January 2016 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Rural Romance 6/10 When her beloved father dies, Eliza Mayberry’s privileged world comes crashing down around her ears. On the verge of losing the business that has been in her family for generations, she has no option but […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

BOOK REVIEW: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

| 20 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton February 2016 Faber Children’s Paperback, £7.99 GBP Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 9.5/10   And then all I could see was the sand and I forgot about everything. About fear. About bombs. About Jin. The desert reached out for us all with huge open arms. The churning […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Jinny & Cooper – My Teacher’s Big Bad Secret by Tania Ingram

BOOK REVIEW: Jinny & Cooper – My Teacher’s Big Bad Secret by Tania Ingram

| 14 February 2016 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Jinny & Cooper – My Teacher’s Big Bad Secret by Tania Ingram  Puffin Books February 2016 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Junior Fiction 6.5/10 Jinny has wanted a guinea pig for as long as she can remember. A golden guinea pig with soft, shiny fur and a pink nose. For years she has begged […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Tinder by Sally Gardner, illustrated by David Roberts

BOOK REVIEW: Tinder by Sally Gardner, illustrated by David Roberts

| 13 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Tinder by Sally Gardner, illustrated by David Roberts Indigo December 2015 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 8/10 A young soldier, a captive princess, witches, wolves and Death walk hand in hand in Costa Award winner Sally Gardner’s exquisitely written new novel inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, The […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Yellow by Megan Jacobson

BOOK REVIEW: Yellow by Megan Jacobson

| 12 February 2016 | 2 Replies

BOOK REVIEW: Yellow by Megan Jacobson Penguin Teen February 2016 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 8.5/10 The Setting: A small Australian town near Mount Warning, mid to late nineties. The Plot: Kirra’s life is going downhill fast. She’s just had a talking to by her friends at school; they don’t like the way she walks, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Bumper Book of Peanuts by Charles M Schulz

BOOK REVIEW: The Bumper Book of Peanuts by Charles M Schulz

| 10 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Bumper Book of Peanuts by Charles M Schulz Canongate October 2015 Hardback, $35.00 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Comic Strip 10/10 There’s nothing to say about Charles M Schulz’s wonderful life’s work of Peanuts comic strips that hasn’t already been said: he tapped perfectly into the modern human condition by depicting the world through […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Siren by Kiera Cass

BOOK REVIEW: The Siren by Kiera Cass

| 10 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Siren by Kiera Cass Harper Collins February 2016 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 6/10 For eighty years Kahlen has served the Ocean, singing people to a watery grave. Throughout her time as a siren she will remain a beautiful nineteen year old, impervious to age and injury, and is not […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

BOOK REVIEW: Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

| 7 February 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh  Macmillan February 2016 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult/Science Fiction 8/10 When the spheres had first appeared, it sent shock waves around the world. On TV, experts and pundits had debated where they came from all day. As the years went by, though, and no solid […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Eleanor by Jason Gurley

BOOK REVIEW: Eleanor by Jason Gurley

| 7 February 2016 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Eleanor by Jason Gurley Harper Voyager January 2016 Paperback, $27.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction/Speculative Fiction 8/10 “Shortness of breath?” the doctor had asked her. “Muscle tension? Mental distraction?” She looked down at her hands and nodded. Yes, to each of those things. Hearing them described so simply should have robbed them of […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

BOOK REVIEW: Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

| 31 January 2016 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom  Harper Collins January 2016 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 8.5/10 I know it was an accident. Oxycodone for your back, then some more when it didn’t work along with some ibuprofen for swelling, plus some Xanax, and then a couple beers […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Reluctant Jillaroo by Kaz Delaney

BOOK REVIEW: The Reluctant Jillaroo by Kaz Delaney

| 30 January 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Reluctant Jillaroo by Kaz Delaney  Allen & Unwin January 2016 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 4/10 Identical twin sisters Heidi and Harper couldn’t be more different. Heidi is all about sun, skating and waves; while Harper prefers spending time on a farm, milking cows and caring for horses and sheep. There […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

BOOK REVIEW: The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

| 29 January 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff Allen & Unwin December 2015 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction 5/10 In the opening pages of this story, the reader is witness to the first time that Einar Wegener is asked to model for his wife’s painting. The subject of her painting, an opera singer […]

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BOOK REVIEW: eyE Marty by Marty Feldman

BOOK REVIEW: eyE Marty by Marty Feldman

| 24 January 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: eyE Marty by Marty Feldman Hachette Australia November 2015 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Entertainment Biography 8.5/10 English comedian Marty Feldman’s long lost autobiography is a joy to read – although tinged, of course, with the sadness that his far-too-young passing dictates. A wonderfully influential comic who was yet to reach his full […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

BOOK REVIEW: The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

| 23 January 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth  Macmillan Australia January 2016 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction 7/10 Anna Forster, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease at only thirty-eight years of age, is checking into Rosalind House. It’s the best way to make ensure that she gets the proper care when she […]

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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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