Category: Reviews

Review: The Copper Gauntlet, Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

Review: The Copper Gauntlet, Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

Callum Hunt and his Chaos-ridden wolf Havoc are about to head back to the Magisterium school for his second year. This time, Call is harbouring a terrible secret about himself, and throughout this book Call struggles to come to terms with his feelings about, well, pretty much everything. With proper fourteen-year-old… Read more »

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Review: How To Be Happy, David Burton

Review: How To Be Happy, David Burton

I’ve lied to you already. I don’t know how to be happy. Yeah, sorry. Awkward. Okay, let me rephrase. I don’t know how to make you happy. But I have a pretty good idea about what would help. As you may have heard already, I spent the last weekend at… Read more »

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Review: A Crucible of Souls, Mitchell Hogan

Review: A Crucible of Souls, Mitchell Hogan

If you’d like to listen to a short clip of the audiobook version of Crucible of Souls, you can listen here on Soundcloud. The audiobook is available via Audible. Caldan is an orphan, living at an island-bound monastery and learning with privileged rich children. Nearing the end of his schooling… Read more »

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Review: Queen of Shadows, Sarah J Maas

Review: Queen of Shadows, Sarah J Maas

  Where to begin with this review? There is so much to say about this book! Philippa and I had a chat soon after she finished it to try and put together a joint review, since we have both re-read the whole series over the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately… Read more »

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Review: Cloudwish by Fiona Wood

Review: Cloudwish by Fiona Wood

Cloudwish is a simply brilliant book and one that I feel should be read by all Australian high school students and, dare I say it adults.  It’s a refreshing take and perspective on what life is like as a child of people who immigrated via boat to Australia in the… Read more »

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Review: Ink and Bone, Rachel Caine

Review: Ink and Bone, Rachel Caine

This is Philippa and Angelya’s joint audio review for Rachel Caine’s new fantasy book, Ink and Bone. The review is an extract from episode 30 of Tea in the Treetops Podcast, originally recorded on August 20, 2015. You can find links to all our podcast episodes on the main podcast page…. Read more »

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Review: Talk Under Water by Kathryn Lomer

Review: Talk Under Water by Kathryn Lomer

A simple refreshing contemporary novel that takes part at sea and on the coastal shores of Hobart Australia. This story sets itself apart and also adds itself to a great list of diverse YA novels coming out recently by introducing the reader to the concept of life without hearing and… Read more »

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Review: The Beast’s Garden, Kate Forsyth

Review: The Beast’s Garden, Kate Forsyth

You can listen to an interview with Kate Forsyth, talking about The Beast’s Garden in episode 32 of Tea in the Treetops podcast! The Beast’s Garden is a retelling of the Grimm’s The Singing Springing Lark, an early (and more complicated) version of the much loved Beauty and the Beast…. Read more »

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Review: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Review: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

I went into this book with trepidation.  While I know that many people loved her debut novel Side Effects May Vary, I personally couldn’t gel with the characters and found that I struggled to relate or identify with the protagonist or the situation even though the flow of writing was… Read more »

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Review: Doctor Who: The Drosten’s Curse by AL Kennedy

Review: Doctor Who: The Drosten’s Curse by AL Kennedy

The Drosten’s Curse is an enjoyable romp with the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker. It is written very much in the style of Douglas Adams, who actually wrote a few serials for Tom Baker’s era. It’s delightfully silly, and captures the Fourth Doctor’s lanky, grinning, egocentric self in glorious form…. Read more »

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