Epic Storytelling in Empire of the Vampire | Book Review

【 EMPIRE OF THE VAMPIRE 】 ★★★★★ Genre: FantasyAuthor: Jay KristoffPublished: September 2021Publisher: Harper VoyagerPages: 736 (paperback) QUICK THOUGHTSI may need a week to recover from severe heart palpitations this beautiful monstrosity of a book gave me. I am exhausted and amazed. This mammoth of a read tackles vampires in a gorey and brilliant way. … Continue reading Epic Storytelling in Empire of the Vampire | Book Review

Welcoming the Night in Slow Down… and Sleep Tight | Picture Book Review

【 SLOW DOWN... AND SLEEP TIGHT 】 ★★★★★ Genre: Children's FictionAuthor: Rachel Williams, Freya Hartas (Illustrator)Published: September 2021Publisher: Magic Cat PublishingPages: 32 (hardback) Thank you to Walker Books Australia for providing me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review Review This book is one of my favourite children's picture books I've read thanks … Continue reading Welcoming the Night in Slow Down… and Sleep Tight | Picture Book Review

Magical Training in Eldest | Book Review

【 ELDEST 】 ★★★★★ Genre: FantasyAuthor: Christopher PaoliniPublished: March 2007Publisher: Knopf BooksPages: 704 (paperback) First thoughts I can't get over how much more I loved this than Eragon, not that Eragon was bad. But wow! The story really sky-rocketed into another realm of awesome. I've been wanting to read this second instalment for so long, … Continue reading Magical Training in Eldest | Book Review

Sand-filled Dramas in The City of Zirdai | Book Review

【 THE CITY OF ZIRDAI】 ★★★★★ book two in The Archives of the Invisible Sword Genre: Young Adult, FantasyAuthor: Maria V. SnyderPublished: June 2021Publisher: Harlequin TeenPages: 512 (paperback) Thanks to Harlequin for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review What it's about AN ADDICTIVE SEQUEL THAT'S FILLED WITH ADVENTURE, MAGIC AND SAND. … Continue reading Sand-filled Dramas in The City of Zirdai | Book Review

Baby Owls in Happy | Board Book Review

【 HAPPY 】 ★★★★★ Genre: Children's Fiction (board book)Author: Emma DoddPublished: August 2021Publisher: Allen & UnwinPages: 24 (board book) Thank you so much for Allen & Unwin for a copy of this beautiful edition for review Review! Happy is a sweet board book that will warm the cockles of your heart. This is a book … Continue reading Baby Owls in Happy | Board Book Review

Learning to Listen in After Story | Book Review

【 AFTER STORY 】 ★★★★★ Genre: Fiction (First Nations)Author: Larissa BehrendtPublished: July 2021Publisher: University of Queensland PressPages: 360 (paperback) Content warning (click to see) alcohol * child death * sexaul assault * murder * racism * colonialisation First thoughts After Story is a beautiful narrative between mother and daughter that will break your heart and … Continue reading Learning to Listen in After Story | Book Review

A Passion for Food in Last Shot | Book Review

【 LAST SHOT 】 ★★★★★ Genre: Non-fiction, MemoirAuthor: Jock ZonfrilloPublished: July 2021Publisher: Simon & SchusterPages: 336 (hardback) Content warning (click to see) drugs * difficult pregnancy * addiction Thanks to Simon & Schuster for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review First thoughts This book is an inspiration in tenacity. I could … Continue reading A Passion for Food in Last Shot | Book Review

Wombats and Wars in Underground | Graphic Novel Review

【 UNDERGROUND 】 ★★★★★ Genre: Graphic Novel, Historical FictionAuthor: Mirranda BurtonPublished: August 2021Publisher: A & U ChildrenPages: 272 (paperback) Thanks to Allen & Unwin for sending me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review First thoughts This was a brilliant book that opened my eyes to some courageous humanitarian efforts by some … Continue reading Wombats and Wars in Underground | Graphic Novel Review

Conquering Anxiety in The Other Side of Beautiful | Book Review

【 THE OTHER SIDE OF BEAUTIFUL 】 ★★★★★ Genre: ContemporaryAuthor: Kim LockPublished: July 2021Publisher: HarlequinPages: 368 [paperback] Thanks to Harlequin Australia for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review First thoughts This was a really lovely story that surprised me with how much I enjoyed it! It's a great lesson in overcoming … Continue reading Conquering Anxiety in The Other Side of Beautiful | Book Review

Queer Indigenous YA in The Boy from the Mish | Book Review

【 THE BOY FROM THE MISH 】 ★★★★★ Genre: ContemporaryAuthor: Gary LonesboroughPublished: February 2021Publisher: Allen & UnwinPages: 288 [paperback] First thoughts This was really good! I'd heard some great reviews for this queer First Nations story so I knew I have to pick it up. This lived up to the hype and I'm so glad … Continue reading Queer Indigenous YA in The Boy from the Mish | Book Review