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Jess’ Reviews: Paper Towns by John Green

Today I’m reviewing an oldie, but a goodie. John Green is a bestselling author, winner of multiple Michael L. Printz Awards and two of his novels are now major motion pictures. That sounds all well and good, but does he really live up to the hype? Well, my answer is most definitely “yes”. From the outside, Paper Towns seems like a superficial, cliché example of teenage first love, the kind that makes you want to…

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Jess’ Reviews: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

I have to admit, I was pretty sceptical when I heard Cecelia Ahern was debuting her first Young Adult fiction novel. Despite her popularity and success with her previous books, two of which have become equally popular movies, I was never drawn to Cecelia’s style of writing. I almost put down “Love, Rosie” on multiple occasions because I was so frustrated with the stubborn-headedness of the characters and monotony of the plot, but preserved because…

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Jess’ Reviews: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

‘‘You are not Silver. Your parents are Red, you are Red, and your blood is red,’’ the queen murmurs, prowling before the bars of my cage. ‘‘You are a miracle, Mare Barrow, an impossibility. Something even I can’t understand, and I have seen all of you.’’ Although this book was released in February last year, the sequel was released this month, so I thought this would be a great time to introduce you to Victoria…

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The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel The Storytelling is exquisite Without previously reading The Life of Pi, the booker prize winning novel by Yann Martel, I had no idea what I was getting myself in for. The metaphors of life, the experience with animals, the exquisite story telling. Yann Martel has a lovely way of explaining in depth topics by drawing pictures with words. The explanations provide vivid descriptions of detailed topics you’re…

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Jess’ Reviews: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Last week, I found myself book-less at an airport. I had been tossing up whether or not to buy “Rebel of the Sands” for a few weeks prior, and after seeing it in the airport newsagent, I decided to grab it. The cover, very promising blurb and intriguing tagline, “A new dawn. A new desert”, drew me in immediately, and after devouring the first 100 pages during the flight, I was hooked. “Rebel of the Sands” is the…

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Katherine Howard by Josephine Wilkinson

Contributed by Emily Nixon, Kay’s Mother in law Due in store 12 April 2016 Katherine Howard is an amazing story. Having previously read lots of books on the Tudors, Howard has always seemed trivialised. Hers was a sad, short reign, and this book is a whole new concept of the lady. Beautifully written, this is an in-depth look. After serving the reigning Queen Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s fourth Queen, Katherine was noticed by Henry­;…

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The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths

Contributed by Emily Nixon, Kay’s Mother in law I really liked the way this book sets up a murder in the historical town of Walsingham, a magical place with a wonderful history, famed for its religious shrines to the Virgin Mary. It includes references to many famous people and their pilgrimages there for cures and favours (such as producing a son or curing an illness). They walked the long journey together, peasants and kings alike,…

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Book Review: Mercy Street By Tess Evans

I read this book as our February New Release Book Club book. It was only released in January and it’s selling fast. I think you need to get to know Tess, the author first to better understand the subjects she tackled in this novel. Tess worked in TAFE for many years managing the programs for long term unemployed. This gave Tess a unique insight into disadvantaged young people and what they are encountering and dealing…

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Review of Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

I’m half way through reading Jasper Jones. It’s my book club read for this month. Oh boy how my heart yearns for the boys in this story. I wonder how a small town in Australia in the 1960’s could hold so much hate and pain. Does this still exist in today’s small towns? What brought about such destructive behaviours? I can only hope we have moved on from where this town lies. But thinking about…

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