Will Grayson, Will Grayson

John Green and David Levithan
Penguin Books UK
Published 10th July 2014 (this edition)
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in exchange for an honest review.
This did not influence my review 
in any way.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is the story of two Will Graysons who meet by chance one night in Chicago. Their lives collide in the most unexpected of ways and it leads to romantic turmoil, misunderstandings and one massive school musical. A collaboration between YA heavyweights John Green and David Leviathan, the two points of view alternate and are very easy to tell apart. But despite the title, this book is not about either of the two Will Graysons. It is about Tiny Cooper.

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Kidnap in Crete


Could not be further from Crete right now but
I respect and admire what they did for us,
so that we can enjoy the lives that we do now.
Wow that was a long one…

Rick Stroud
Bloomsbury
Published October 2014

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for an honest review. This did
not alter my review in any way.

I feel like when I read I am constantly learning something. This is even more true when I read historical non-fiction. I would consider myself pretty learned on World War 2, my dad being pretty much an amateur historian on the subject, but I didn’t know about Crete’s part in the war, how it was used as a German base and how the Cretan people fought back, built a resistance with the help of some dedicated Brits and then kidnapped a Nazi general from practically outside his house.

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An Outback Nurse


An Outback Nurse out the back of my house

Thea Hayes
Allen and Unwin
Published October 2014

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Thea Hayes’ An Outback Nurse is a fascinating account of her life as nurse on a cattle station in the Australian outback (title is a little explanatory, I suppose). Thea was a city girl, just home from travels in Europe and the U.S. when she applies for a job in the Northern Territory on a whim. When she accepts the position she couldn’t have known then what her life would have in store for her and she didn’t know a thing about the four million cattle station she would soon be calling home. She found love, life and a home in the middle of nowhere.

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This Shattered World


Enjoying an Aussie author over an Aussie breakfast

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
The Starbound Trilogy #2
Allen & Unwin
Published 19th November 2014
Bought from Dymocks Melbourne (who 
also got my copy signed for me when
I couldn't get to the signing, thank you!)

This Shattered World is everything I wanted These Broken Stars to be – and more. In the places that These Broken Stars didn’t deliver enough for me, This Shattered World far exceeded any expectations. One of those super big positives was that This Shattered World is not about Lilac and Tarver, though I was curious to know what had happened to them, I couldn’t deal with Lilac’s voice again. In This Shattered World we are on the planet Avon where we meet Captain Jubilee Chase, an absolute badass soldier leading her men to maintain the peace on Avon, which is far behind the other planets in terraforming and is also home to The Fury, which sends people crazy. When she crosses paths with Flynn Cormac, the leader of the peaceful rebellion known as the Fianna, he kidnaps her to find out about a secret facility that seems to have appeared overnight. Neither of them could have known what this would lead to, but it is just the beginning of a sequence of events that’s about to change the world they live on.

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Their Lips Talk Of Mischief

I should work in a bookstore.

Alan Warner
Faber/Allen & Unwin
Published October 2014
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review in any way.

I’m just going to state this straight up, no flowery sentences or beating around the bush: I really disliked these characters! Llewellyn and Cunningham, they’re only 21, but both are stuck up and pretentious, believing the world owes them everything though they have made no contribution to it whatsoever. They both live on government welfare, some of it ill begotten, along with Llewellyn’s young wife Aiofe and baby daughter Lily, the former who Cunningham is increasingly attracted to. They wax on and on about how they’re going to write the greatest novel of their time, yet all they do is drink beer or spirits or whatever they can find and talk about the great novels they’re going to write. They don’t work, they don’t help themselves. They are very easy to dislike.

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Half the World in Winter

I really need to paint that bookshelf don’t I?

Maggie Joel
Allen & Unwin
Published October 2014
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It is 1880s London, and the Jarmyn family are coming out of deep mourning for the youngest member of their household, nine-year-old Sofia, after a terrible accident. Each member of the family is struggling – head of the family Lucas, his wife Aurora, eldest son Bill at Oxford, newly eighteen year old Dinah, younger sons Gus and Jack who were left out of it all – and it seems only their housekeeper Mrs. Logan is able to keep them all together. Six months later, another nine-year-old girl has died and it’s on the railway that Lucas owns. Her father Thomas travels to London for explanation and justice and the future of the two families collides.

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The Prophecy of Bees

R.S Pateman
Hachette
Published 25th November 21014
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CREEPY ALERT. This was a fun read. I like to be creeped out. I like to be kept guessing and wondering, even if I end up second guessing everything I thought about the book in the end and then to have it all turned around. Then, listen for it, that shout of “I KNEW IT!” This is why you shouldn’t watch movies with me. If I’m like this when I read, just imagine what I’m like when I’m with other people (clue: can never shut up).

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