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Book review: Every Breath by Ellie Marney

Book review: Every Breath by Ellie Marney

Title: Every Breath Author: Ellie Marney Publisher: Allen & Unwin About the book James Mycroft is an eccentric genius with a passion for forensics. Rachel Watts has just moved to Melbourne from the country. When Mycroft needs help investigating a murder, Rachel...

What I’m reading this school holidays

What I’m reading this school holidays

The school holidays are finally here and I can't wait to get some reading in! I'm going to take a break for the next few weeks, but thought I would leave you with a list of what's on my To Be Read pile in the holidays. As you will see below, I jump around a bit with...

Find a new book: what to try next

Find a new book: what to try next

I thought I might try something a bit different this week. Sometimes it's hard to find your next read, so I've made a list of related books - if you like the first one, you might like the second one. I've linked to reviews where I have them, or the link on each title...

Book review: Bro by Helen Chebatte

Book review: Bro by Helen Chebatte

Title: Bro Author: Helen Chebatte Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont About the book: In a school divided into racial gangs, there are three unspoken rules: Stick with your own kind Don't dob on your mates (or your enemies) Respect the family. But fight clubs, violence and...

Book review: The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub

Book review: The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub

Title: The Yearbook Committee Author: Sarah Ayoub Publisher: HarperCollins Australia About the book: Five teenagers from different walks of life are thrown together in their final year of high school to work on the school yearbook. There's Matty, a loner; Ryan, the...

Book review: Paper Towns by John Green

Book review: Paper Towns by John Green

Title: Paper Towns Author: John Green Publisher: HarperCollins Australia About the book: Quentin is a nerd in his last year of high school. Nine years ago, he and his friend Margo discovered a dead body together, but since then have drifted apart. Now she is edgy and...

Book review: Everything is Changed by Nova Weetman

Book review: Everything is Changed by Nova Weetman

Title: Everything Is Changed Author: Nova Weetman Publisher: UQP About the book: Alex and Jake, both teenagers, do something terrible one night and have to try to conceal it. This book is told in reverse, starting at the end, and leading up towards the climax, which...

Book review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Book review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Title: The 5th Wave Author: Rick Yancey Publisher: Penguin Books About the book: Sixteen-year-old Cassie is living through an alien invasion. So far there have been four waves of attacks, killing over four billion people. Now she's on her own, and facing the fifth...

Book review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Book review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Title: The Maze Runner Author: James Dashner Publisher: Random House About the book: I thought I would review this book because 'The Fever Code', a second prequel to the original series, has just been released.  When Thomas wakes up in a strange maze, the only thing...

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