Review: A Waltz for Matilda

A Waltz for Matilda by Jackie French The Matilda Saga #1 Angus & Robertson 2010 479 pages YA Historical Fiction

1894. Matilda is just twelve, pretending to be fourteen so she can work in the nearby jam factory while her mother is ill and bedridden. She continues to write to the father she’s never […]

Review: The Road to Gundagai

The Road to Gundagai by Jackie French The Matilda Saga #3 Angus & Robertson 2013 Trade Paperback 434 pages YA Historical Fiction

Victoria, 1932. On her sixteenth birthday, Bluebell “Blue” Laurence looks in the mirror of her bedroom in her aunt’s rented house in Willow Creek, and sees a monster. The scars from the […]

Review: Playing Beatie Bow

Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park Puffin Books 1982 (1980) Mass Market Paperback 196 pages Children’s Speculative Fiction; Historical Fiction; Time Travel

Fourteen year old Abigail Kirk lives with her divorced mother in a high-rise apartment in one of Sydney’s oldest suburbs, The Rocks, right below the giant Harbour Bridge and near the Opera […]

Review: Into That Forest

Into That Forest by Louis Nowra Illustrations by Joe McLaren Egmont 2013 (2012) Hardback 232 pages Children’s/YA Historical Fiction

Now seventy-six years old, Hannah O’Brien puts pen to paper to tell the story of her unique childhood: when she was just six years old, a tragedy leaves her and a friend, seven-year-old Becky, lost […]

Review: Etiquette & Espionage

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger Finishing School #1 Little, Brown & Company 2013 ARC (paperback) 307 pages YA Urban Fantasy; Steampunk; Historical Paranormal Mystery

Only fourteen years old, Sophronia Temminnick is well established as the troublesome child in her family. She likes to take the mechanicals apart to see how they work, and […]

Review: Wildthorn

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland Young Picador 2009 Trade Paperback 360 pages YA Historical Fiction

Louisa Cosgrove has always looked up to her father, a well-respected physician. Only he understands her and her scientific mind, her interest in medicine, which shocks her mother, angers her older brother Tom, and bewilders her favourite cousin, Grace. But when […]

Review: Behemoth

Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld Illustrated by Keith Thompson Leviathan #2 Simon Pulse 2010 Hardcover 481 pages YA Steampunk; Alternate History

Without a doubt, Westerfeld’s Leviathan was one of my favourite books from last year, so when the second book came out I ordered it straight away – I just had to get it in my […]

Review: Leviathan

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld Illustrated by Keith Thompson Leviathan Trilogy #1 Simon Pulse 2010 (2009) Trade Paperback 434 pages YA Steampunk; Science Fiction; Historical Fiction; Adventure Fiction; Alternate History

I just had to include a REALLY BIG cover image for this one because look, isn’t it GORGEOUS?! I absolutely love it. It’s so rich, with […]