Laurinda


My cat has photobombed this review…

Alice Pung
Black Inc. Books
Published November 2014

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

I’ve had some trouble writing this review. I just really loved this book, and that makes them so much harder to review. I will try but chances are I won’t even be coherent…

Laurinda is the funny and insightful story of Lucy Lam, who is given a scholarship place at the exclusive Laurinda Ladies College. This is no ordinary school. Academics is not enough – the young ladies of Laurinda must be passionate, proud and representative of their school. Embodying all of these qualities – and more – is a trio of girls known as the Cabinet, more powerful than the other students and even some of their teachers. Lucy observes the Cabinet and their ways, and as they take her under their wing, Lucy’s identity and integrity is at stake as she struggles through the new world of privilege and wealth.

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Wolf In White Van [with Audiobook Extract]


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

John Darnielle
Scribe
Published 28th October 2014

Thank you to the publisher for
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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Unite Me

Unite Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: The Juliette Chronicles, Books 1.5 & 2.5
Publisher: Harper Collins
Star Rating: 3/5
Date Read: July 28th, 2013
Read Count: 1
Review:
This is not going to be a full blown review but more me throwing my two cents into the discussion. Unite Me contains Destroy Me, a novella from Warner’s point of view, and Fracture Me, from Adam’s point of view. It’s been almost a year since I read Shatter Me for the first time but I think I remember it pretty well, same with Unravel Me and you can find my reviews for those books linked below.

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The Wars Of Heaven

Author: Richard Currey
Publisher: Santa Fe Writer’s Project
Star Rating: 3.5/5
Date Read: May 26th, 2014
Review:
Thank you to LibraryThing and the author for providing me with a copy of this book.

The Wars of Heaven is a book of short stories and also the novella ‘The Love of a Good Woman’, in which Currey paints a picture of working class America in the twenties and thirties. He tells the story of the every day – the marriage of a train engineer to a younger woman, the life and loss of coal miners, the wanderings of an epileptic man, a young boy whose birth robs his father of the love of his life, a robber who finds himself in a snowballing misunderstanding and finally in ‘The Love of a Good Woman’ we meet Delbert Keene, who could have been given his own novel. These people live, love a bit and they suffer too much as they work their way through life.

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