Reviews: Adult & Young Adult Fantasy

When stressed, I tend to gravitate towards popular fiction – literary and non-fiction books become too much like work, as they do the opposite of helping me switch my brain off: they make me think too much. They make me think too much about work, especially. Not at all restful, and it’s been a hellish […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Books in Discussion - Round 1

I’m a slow reader of late, and an even slower reviewer, but I still hold to my goal of reviewing each book I read (with the exception of the giant piles of picture books we borrow from the library and read over and over every two weeks!), and the reading experience now feels eerily unfinished […]

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 […]

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 […]