Review: The Better Son

The Better Son by Katherine Johnson Ventura Press 2016 Large format paperback 273 pages Fiction

In 2002, after being away for much of his life, Kip returns alone to his family’s farm in Mole Creek, Tasmania. His mother is dead, his father – suffering from dementia – living in a nursing home, and his […]

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 […]

Mini-Reviews: Recent-ish Reads

While I haven’t been able to read much this year, I’ve had even less time to post reviews of what I’ve read. Here are some mini-reviews, so I can finally re-shelve some books!

Worldshaker by Richard Harland Allen & Unwin 2009 Trade Paperback 366 pages YA Speculative Fiction; Post-Apocalyptic Fiction; Alternate History; Dystopian Fiction; Steampunk […]

Mini Reviews: 2014 mid-year bundle

For the sake of my sanity, my memory and my goal of reviewing every book I read, I am doing a bunch of mini reviews today in order to clear my backlog (and my desk) before I totally forget what I thought of them. These books are ones I read as far back as February […]

Review: Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell St Martin’s Griffin 2013 Hardback 435 pages YA Fiction

Summary from Goodreads: Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced […]

Review: Deadly Unna?

Deadly Unna? by Phillip Gwynne Penguin Books 2013 (1998) Trade Paperback 273 pages YA Fiction

Fifteen-year-old Gary Black is one of the numerous Black clan. His dad is an abusive alcoholic who styles himself a fisherman but doesn’t know how to fish. His mum is worn out raising seven kids and doing the laundry; […]

Review: This is What Happy Looks Like

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith Poppy 2013 Hardback 407 pages YA Fiction/Romance

Ellie O’Neill is seventeen and living with her mum in the small coastal town of Henley, Maine. It’s the summer holidays and she’s working two jobs to save money for a poetry class at Harvard that she’s […]

Review: A Really Awesome Mess

A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook & Brendan Halpin Egmont USA 2013 E-galley 288 pages YA Fiction

When Emmy arrives at Heartland Academy, a school-slash-mental institute for teens struggling with a wide range of mental health issues, she thinks her parents are happy to have finally found a way to get rid of […]