Gold and Mutiny in Treasure Island | Book Review

【 TREASURE ISLAND 】 ★★★★ Genre: Classic, Fiction, AdventureAuthor: Robert Louis StevensonPublished: 1883Pages: 183 (paperback) First thoughtsI'm so glad I've finally read this, Robert Louis Stevenson never disappoints. This is a swashbuckling adventure if ever there was one. Once you wrap your head around the older English used by Stevenson, it's a fun story full … Continue reading Gold and Mutiny in Treasure Island | Book Review

Sassy Spaceships in Skyward | Book Review

【 SKYWARD 】 The pinnacle of YA Sci-fi, and you can't tell me otherwise. ★★★★★ Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fiAuthor: Brandon SandersonPublished: November 2018Publisher: GollanczPages: 513 (paperback) Quick thoughtsEveryone said this was amazing and that Sanderson is a god of a writer. I am pleased to report that everyone was right. WOW. This was ridiculously fun … Continue reading Sassy Spaceships in Skyward | Book Review

Shapeshifting in Forestborn | Book Review

【 FORESTBORN 】 ★★ Genre: Young Adult, FantasyAuthor: Elayne Audrey BeckerPublished: August 2021Publisher: Tor TeenPages: 368 (hardback) Huge thank you to Tor Teen for sending me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review The potential was there, I nearly loved it, but alas, I did not. Quick thoughtsIt is with a tragic … Continue reading Shapeshifting in Forestborn | Book Review

Hedgehugs in The Longer the Wait, the Bigger the Hug | Picture Book Review

【 THE LONGER THE WAIT, THE BIGGER THE HUG 】 ★★★★★ Genre: Children's Fiction, Picture BooksAuthor: by Eoin McLaughlin, Polly Dunbar Published: September 2021 (Australia)Publisher: Allen & Unwin (Australia)Pages: 32 (hardback) Thank you Allen & Unwin for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review Brightly coloured pictures and an adorable hedgehog wanting a hug, … Continue reading Hedgehugs in The Longer the Wait, the Bigger the Hug | Picture Book Review

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

Okapis in What You Can See From Here | Book Review

【 WHAT YOU CAN SEE FROM HERE 】 ★★★★ Genre: ContemporaryAuthor: Mariana Leky, Tess Lewis (Translator)Published: July 2021 (in English)Publisher: Bloomsbury (in English)Pages: 336 (paperback) Thanks to Bloomsbury for a copy of this for review QUICK THOUGHTSA humble plod through a story that jolts you awake with the occasional shocking twist. This was quite the unusual story … Continue reading Okapis in What You Can See From Here | Book Review

Courageous Dolls in The Dollmaker of Krakow | Book Review

【 THE DOLLMAKER OF KRAKOW 】 ★★★★★ Genre: Historical FictionAuthor: R. M. RomeroPublished: September 2017Publisher: WalkerPages: 288 (hardback) Content warning (click to see) Holocaust * war * violence * grief QUICK THOUGHTSAhhh my heart, my feels, what a tragic and beautiful story! This was gorgeous from page one - not to mention the hardback edition … Continue reading Courageous Dolls in The Dollmaker of Krakow | Book Review

Apples and Orchards in The Last of the Apple Blossom | Book Review

【 THE LAST OF THE APPLE BLOSSOM 】 ★★★★ Genre: Historical FictionAuthor: Mary-Lou StephensPublished: July 2021Publisher: HarlequinPages: 464 (paperback) Thanks to Harlequin for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review QUICK THOUGHTS A quintessentially Australian story of secrets, friendships, fires and love. This book made me feel all the feels. From … Continue reading Apples and Orchards in The Last of the Apple Blossom | Book Review

Wartime Codebreaking in The Rose Code | Book Review

【 THE ROSE CODE 】 ★★★★★ Genre: Historical FictionAuthor: Kate QuinnPublished: March 2021Publisher: William Morrow PaperbacksPages: 624 (paperback) Quick thoughts Brilliantly British characters will sweep you away into a world of fraught friendships and code breaking. MMM! SO much love for this book, I can't even. I loved every second of it and the audio … Continue reading Wartime Codebreaking in The Rose Code | 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