Review: Avery

Avery by Charlotte McConaghy The Chronicles of Kaya #1 Bantam 2015 (2013) Large format paperback 373 pages YA Fantasy

Ava and Avery are a bonded couple from Kaya, a land where ancient magic ensures that, once bonded, one cannot live without the other. So when Avery is killed while on a mission to assassinate […]

Books in Discussion - Round 2

I have a couple of spare hours and will endeavour to cover more of my backlog: books read over the past twelve months that I never had time to review. It’ll be so nice to clear away another pile of books off my desk!

The Tribe trilogy has to be one of the best Young […]

Review: The Red Queen

The Red Queen by Isobelle Carmody The Obernewtyn Chronicles #7 Penguin/Viking 2015 Large Format Paperback 1108 pages Fantasy; Post-Apocalyptic Speculative Fiction

Well, it’s done. It’s over. Finito. I think, after all this time, there was a part of me that never expected this series to actually end, and a part of me is in […]

Mini-Reviews: Australian Women Writers

Each of these books deserves a proper, full review, but since they cover a long time period – the first one I read back in March – my memory of each is just not strong or clear enough to do so. So, apologies all ’round. I’m grouping them together for reviewing purposes based on the […]

Review: Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar & Anita Roy Allen & Unwin 2015 Trade Paperback 200 pages Short Story Anthology; Fantasy; Dystopian; Post-apocalyptic; Speculative Fiction; Young Adult

The best speculative fiction – if not, by its very nature, all speculative fiction – explores issues of social justice and […]

Review: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina The Tribe #1 Walker Books 2012 Trade Paperback 395 pages YA Fantasy; Dystopian Fiction; Speculative Fiction

If, like me, you have a childhood steeped in fantasy and folklore; a love of the natural world and a soul-deep recognition of its greater importance in the scheme of […]

Review: Enchanted

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis Woodcutter Sisters #1 Graphia 2012 Trade Paperback 305 pages YA Fantasy

Book Blurb:

It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to […]

Review: Defiance

Defiance by CJ Redwine The Courier’s Daughter #1 Balzer + Bray 2012 Trade Paperback 403 pages YA Fantasy; Post-apocalyptic Dystopian

Within the walled community of Baalboden, Rachel is a rare sort of girl. Trained by her father, a courier, in the arts of self-defence and tracking, she’s nothing like what she’s meant to be: […]