Category: Reviews

Giveaway: Esme’s Gift, Elizabeth Foster

Giveaway: Esme’s Gift, Elizabeth Foster

Esme’s Wish is Elizabeth Foster’s debut novel, and it has been described as appealing to fans of Tamora Pierce and other friendship-based fantasies such as Lynette Noni’s Medoran Chronicles. I’m very pleased to be able to give away two finished copies of the book to residents of Australia. You can… Read more »

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Review: Godsgrave, Jay Kristoff

Review: Godsgrave, Jay Kristoff

Godsgrave is the much-anticipated sequel to Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight – one of my favourite books of 2016. I had loved the brutal world of the Red Church and of the wider world of Itreya, the twists, the lies and the deceit. I looked forward to getting back into it all…. Read more »

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Review: Beautiful Mess, Claire Christian

Review: Beautiful Mess, Claire Christian

Claire Christian’s Beautiful Mess was the winner of the Text Prize for 2016, and for good reason. This important book examines the issues of depression and anxiety, but also grief of those left behind after a suicide. It might sound like a grim start, and it is to a certain… Read more »

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Review: Heart of Mist, Helen Scheuerer

Review: Heart of Mist, Helen Scheuerer

Bleak is an orphan, making her living on the seas around Angove, plus whatever she can pickpocket. Most of it goes on drink, to try to shut out the voices that drive her mad most of the time. But when Kings Soldiers show up to collect her, she has no… Read more »

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Review: Vigil, Angela Slatter

Review: Vigil, Angela Slatter

Verity Fassbinder is half-human, half-Weyrd. From her unique position between two worlds, she keeps vigil over Brisbane, along with her boss and ex-boyfriend, Bela, and her friend and driver, Ziggi. Together, they investigate and deal with trouble that arises with the city’s Weyrd population. Most Weyrd live glamoured in plain… Read more »

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Review: Assassin’s Fate, Robin Hobb

Review: Assassin’s Fate, Robin Hobb

How do I even begin to review an 850-page trilogy-ender with fifteen books worth of story behind it? Robin Hobb is the master of not only building a beautiful, detailed world, but also layered and relatable characters for her readers to laugh and cry with. In the case of this… Read more »

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Review: A Monster Calls (film)

Review: A Monster Calls (film)

The film version of A Monster Calls will be released in Australia on July 27 (this coming Thursday!). A review of the book is already up on this site, as well as a Q and A with the author, Patrick Ness, but let’s talk about the film. A Monster Calls… Read more »

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Q&A and Giveaway: A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness

Q&A and Giveaway: A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls is a beautiful story about a young boy dealing with his mother’s illness and impending loss. The film, starring Sigourney Weaver, Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones, was originally released in other countries much earlier in the year, but here in Australia it’s finally getting a… Read more »

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Review: Heartstone, Elle Katherine White

Review: Heartstone, Elle Katherine White

Pride and Prejudice, with Dragons, you say? Where do I sign? I wanted to love this book so much. I mean, I’ve read quite a few P&P retellings now, and even watched one, but none of them really hold a candle to the original story, do they? But this… this… Read more »

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