Review: The Douglas Notebooks

The Douglas Notebooks by Christine Eddie Translated by Sheila Fischman Goose Lane 2013 (2007) Trade Paperback with Flaps 178 pages Fiction; Fable

I’ve read a scant handful of English-translated French novels, especially French-Canadian novels, and they have all had a distinctly, how can I describe it, dreamlike? quality to them. They’re less anchored by […]

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: The Mad Scientist's Daughter

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke Angry Robot 2013 Trade Paperback 391 pages Speculative Fiction; Science Fiction

I was looking forward to reading this novel, described as “A tale of love, loss and robots”, and wasn’t really sure, when I started, just what kind of book it is. If we want 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: […]

Review: Bound

Bound by Alan Baxter Alex Caine #1 Harper Voyager 2014 Trade Paperback 323 pages Urban Fantasy

Alex Caine grew up in foster homes and was a wild kid until he started learning martial arts; since then, he’s had focus, discipline and a means of earning a living in illegal cage fights. He always wins, […]

Review: Let the Land Speak

Let the Land Speak: A History of Our Nation by Jackie French HarperCollins 2013 Hardback 430 pages Non-fiction: History, Environment, Culture & Society, Agriculture, Aboriginal Relations, Economics

Jackie French is the Australian Children’s Laureate and a super-prolific writer of over 115 books: numerous children’s and teen novels and series, picture books (my favourite is […]

Review: Shadow's Claim

Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole The Dacians #1; Immortals After Dark #12.5 Pocket Books 2012 Mass Market Paperback 481 pages Paranormal Romance; Urban Fantasy

When young half-demon, half-sorceress Bettina is attacked and nearly killed by Vrekeners, who also steal her power, it is only a summoning medallion that saves her life, bringing her back […]

Review: The Wonders

The Wonders by Paddy O’Reilly Affirm Press 2014 Trade Paperback 301 pages Fiction; Speculative Fiction

The word ‘circus’ has many uses in today’s English: aside from the regular, traditional circus, featuring clowns and elephants, there is also the (arguably) metaphorical circus of the media, or politics. Coupled with the concept of a circus as […]