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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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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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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review. This did not influence my 
review in any way.

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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Talon


These photos just never turn out as good as paperback ones

Julie Kagawa
Harlequin Teen Australia
Published 1st November 2014

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Fantasy meets the contemporary world in Julie Kagawa’s latest series, Talon, telling the story of the dragons who live in secret among us, having Shifted into human forms. Ember and Dante Hill are rare brother and sister hatchlings who have finished their training at Talon, the organisation that keeps tabs on dragons and what they do, and are learning to assimilate into human society – a Californian beach town where they learn to make friends, surf and live as ordinary teenagers. But there is trouble brewing (isn’t there always), with the posting of soldiers of the Order of St. George, the only humans who know of the dragons’ existence, right nearby. As their training continues, Ember is faced with difficult questions about who she is and the organisation she is a part of, aided by Riley, a dragon gone rogue trying to convince her to do the same. But going rogue is dangerous and she could jeopardise everything – including her developing relationship with a human boy who has secrets of his own.

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Sandy Feet

Nikki Buick
University of Queensland Press
Published 24th September 2014
 
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 my review in any way.

Hunter James is on the roadtrip from hell. His mother has dragged him out of his school in Brisbane, away from his friends, his Xbox and Facebook, up the Queensland coast with his ten-year-old sister who has Down syndrome, his new stepfather ‘Step’ and the new baby. Still dealing with the fall out of his parents’ divorce and emotionally recovering from an accident that changed his family, Hunter could not think of anything worse. His mum likes to pretend they’re such a happy family but Hunter knows better. After a while he realises it’s not all bad – he parties with backpackers on the beach, gets up close with some wild animals and meets a girl who might actually understand him – but eventually he will have to face the reality of why his mum decided to undertake this journey in the first place.

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Trust In Me


 Author: Sophie Mckenzie
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Star Rating: 3.5/5
Date Read: September 22nd, 2014
Read Count: 1
Review:
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It’s been a while since I’ve read a good keep-you-up-at-night psychological thriller. I love to be tripped out and tripped up and kept guessing and have my head spinning from all the twists and turns. Makes for a great, exciting read, although in this case I had this one finished before it got too late into the night because I just had to know.

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Multiversum

Multiversum

Author: Leonardo Patrignani
Series: Multiversum, #1
Publisher: Scribe
Star Rating: 3.5/5
Date Read: July 7th to 9th, 2014
Read Count: 1
Review:
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Multiversum is the exciting, fast-paced story of teenagers Alex and Jenny, who live on opposite sides of the world and share a telepathic communication which has grown stronger over time. But when, after four years, they finally manage to arrange a meeting, they find that they exist in different dimensions, parallel universes. As Earth’s end looms closer and all existences threaten to cease, the two of them need to work out how to control their gifts and save themselves. When it seems like everything and everyone is working against them, except for Alex’s brilliant friend Marco, they have only each other – and the future of Earth is at stake.

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