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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: Afterworlds, Scott Westerfeld

Review: Afterworlds, Scott Westerfeld

I have never read a Scott Westerfeld novel before and with trepidation I began Afterworlds after reading a number of disappointing reviews from his legion of fans.  I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a Westerfeld virgin or if the subject matter of this book was just more to my… Read more »

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Review: Masquerade, Kylie Fornasier

Review: Masquerade, Kylie Fornasier

This is Philippa and Angelya’s joint audio review of Masquerade. It’s an excerpt from Episode 11 of the Tea in the Treetops podcast, recorded on August 5, 2014. To listen to the full episode, click here. If you are reading in a feed reader and cannot see the player below,… Read more »

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Review: Masquerade, Kylie Fornasier

Review: Masquerade, Kylie Fornasier

It’s just a mini review today as I promised Angelya we would do a proper review/discussion of this one in our podcast next week as she’s still reading it. Anyone who listens to our podcast will most likely know that ever since attending PTA Live Brisbane earlier in the year… Read more »

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Review: Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge

Review: Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge

I hadn’t read a crime novel in quite some time. When I was a teenager I gorged myself on James Patterson and it seemed to sate my ‘who-dunnit’ appetite for quite a long time. However, the plot of M.J. Arlidge’s Eeny Meeny seized my attention, and I found myself once… Read more »

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Review: Side Effects May Vary, Julie Murphy

Review: Side Effects May Vary, Julie Murphy

I really wanted to love this book. The premise appealed to me. A teenage girl gets diagnosed with terminal cancer and decides to complete a ‘bucket list’ to pack as many new experiences into her tragically short life as possible. So although it is a depressing subject, I expected the… Read more »

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Review: Gretel and the Dark, Eliza Granville

Review: Gretel and the Dark, Eliza Granville

“Yes, life is hard,” whispers Erika, “but knowing about other people, other civilisations, other ways of living, other places – that’s your escape route, a magical journey. Once you know about these things, no matter what happens, your mind can create stories to take you anywhere you want to go.”… Read more »

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Review: The One Plus One, Jojo Moyes

Review: The One Plus One, Jojo Moyes

I haven’t read a chick-lit book like this for a long time. I must be honest and say that I usually prefer a humorous take on romance (a-la-Bridget Jones) and steer clear of the soppy ‘you-are-the-love-of-my-life’ drivel (a-la-Danielle-Steele). I had never read a Jojo Moyes novel before, but had heard… Read more »

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Review: Prince of Shadows, Rachel Caine

Review: Prince of Shadows, Rachel Caine

Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays, especially with it being on the high school English curriculum in many schools and since the release of the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes in 1996. The tragic tale involves two wealthy families in renaissance Verona, Italy, and the long-standing… Read more »

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