The Prophecy of Bees

R.S Pateman
Published 25th November 21014
Thank you to the publisher for
providing this book via Netgalley for 
an honest review. This did not influence
my review in any way.

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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Underneath my favourite reading tree!

Amy Tintera
Reboot Duology, #2
Allen and Unwin
Published 1st June 2014
Bought from Megalong Books, 
Leura, NSW

The exciting conclusion to the Reboot duology, Rebel doesn’t disappoint. We meet up with Callum and Wren moments after Reboot finished, standing in front of the entrance to the Reboot Reservation. They have escaped HARC and Wren particularly just wants to lay low for a while. She’s had enough of the hunting, the fighting, the killing. She couldn’t give a damn about what everyone else is doing, she just doesn’t want to be a part of any of it anymore. But when its revealed that the leader of the Reservation has a plan to take down all of the humans, Callum wants to stop him and protect the people. Wren wants to get out. The two are going to be at odds with each other while also struggling to work out what’s wrong and what’s right, in the middle of a war.

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The Woman I Wanted To Be

DVF inspired me to paint my nails hot pink

Diane von Furstenberg
Simon and Schuster AU
Published 1st November 2014

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providing this book in exchange
for an honest review. This did
not alter my review in any way.

I’ll be honest. I know nothing about fashion or make-up or beauty and I don’t really care about it either. But I requested The Woman I Wanted To Be because I was interested in the woman behind DVF, who she was and who she wanted to be and what got her there. She has had an extraordinary life, that’s for sure.

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Lessons I Never Learned At Meadowbrook Academy

I was very pleased I managed to get my tablet to rotate (normally goes the other way)

Liz Maccie
Diversion Books
Published 4th November 2014

Thank you to publisher and Netgalley for
providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
This did not influence my review in
any way.

I’ve never seen Stephen Chbosky blurb anything. Maybe he has and I just haven’t come across them. But when I saw his recommendation for Lessons I was encouraged by it and decided to request it on Netgalley. What I learned from this is just because I adore Stephen Chbosky’s book, that doesn’t mean we’re going to have the same reading tastes. I don’t know what else he likes to read, but we definitely don’t agree on this one.

Due to a series of misdemeanours and the influence of a bad friend at her local high school, Roberta Romano’s parents have pooled their resources to send their daughter to the elite Meadowbrook Academy where they hope she will get her act together. She does not want to go. Over the course of her first day, where she is surrounded by the kids of the wealthy, Roberta must handle her own insecurities about fitting in. Along the way she makes friends with Annie and Mervin, who each have their own problems. The whole story takes place over that first day.

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The Boys in the Boat

A beautiful day for reading outside

Daniel James Brown
Published 6th June 2013
Borrowed from my uncle.

I have never had any interest in rowing. But my uncle, whose recommendation I read this off, was a rower and is now a rowing coach. I can easily see why the story of the rowing crew from Washington, nine working class boys trying to work and study and live in the 1930s, whose big ambitions took them to Hitler’s 1936 Olympics in Berlin appealed to my uncle. I didn’t expect it to have such an affect on me.

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These photos just never turn out as good as paperback ones

Julie Kagawa
Harlequin Teen Australia
Published 1st November 2014

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley
for providing this egalley in exchange for an
honest review. This did not alter my review in
any way.

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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Wolf In White Van [with Audiobook Extract]

This cover’s a bit trippy but I like it.

John Darnielle
Published 28th October 2014

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providing this book in exchange
for an honest review. This did not
alter my review in any way.

Thank you to Macmillan Audio for providing
the audio clip at the bottom of this review.

scroll down for audiobook extract from ‘wolf of white van’

Wow. This book has just – surprised me. I just – wow. I’ve been reading so many good books and giving out such favourable reviews lately you guys are going to think I’m getting soft. But this one, it is really good.

It is also very different. It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, instead it was something much better, something intriguing, suspenseful and unlike anything else I have ever read. And it just left me wondering, trying to turn over such an unfathomable thing in my mind.

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The White Divers of Broome

Was going to take a cool photo of this book at the beach, but …. I forgot. So here it is framed by my laptop while I’m studying instead.

John Bailey
Pan Macmillan
Published 1st August 2002 (first published 2001)
Borrowed from my aunt.

I have a few people who I trade books and book recommendations with regularly, but not all of them have the same taste as I do. It’s good, because it means I read things I wouldn’t normally read or didn’t even know about. This was the case for The White Divers of Broome which landed in my hands while recently in Sydney visiting my aunt. Continue reading


The Afterworlds on a North Melbourne train platform

Scott Westerfeld
Published 24th September 2014
Bought from Megalong Books in Leura, NSW

Since hearing of its impending release all the way back in April at PTALive, I have been eagerly awaiting Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds.  Afterworlds is not just one story, but two – the story of Darcy Patel, a high school graduate who just sold the novel she wrote during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, for those not in the know) told alongside the story she wrote, titled Afterworlds.

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Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead

Yes Cooper is on a plane with me!

Rebecca James
Allen & Unwin
Published 1st October 2014
Gifted by my friend Tessa, via Allen & Unwin

It just so happened that my wonderful friend Tessa somehow ended up with two copies of Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead, which meant I ended up with an awesome advanced copy, which flew with me to Sydney. I’d had other books to read so it took me a few weeks to get around to it and I really wish I’d just listened to Tessa and started it as soon as I got it!

Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead is written in both present and past tense (‘then’ and ‘now’), from four perspectives (Cooper, Libby, Claire and Sebastian) in both first and third person. Doesn’t that just sound crazy and really ambitious? You just wouldn’t think it would work but here’s the thing – it totally does. I don’t know how she managed it, but through all the changes in tense and perspective, Cooper Bartholomew’s world comes alive.

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