Australian authors I have loved.

I originally posted this in 2018 and I wanted to update it a little to add some other Australian authors that I have since discovered and thoroughly enjoyed. It’s going to make it a chonky post so I hope you make it all the way through.

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John Marsden – born in Victoria in 1950, he had an interest in writing from a young age. He was a teacher and has written many books, he is successful internationally as well as at home.

The Tomorrow when the War Began series was my favourite series as a young teen. A group of kids go camping for a weekend and when they get back they discover that their area/country has been invaded. Their loved ones are held captive, so they do the only thing they can do – Guerrilla warfare. Ellie and her friends are a diverse bunch with many skills, they use these country kid skills to cause mayhem for the invading forces. I absolutely loved the idea of kids kicking arse and taking it to the bad guys. The relationships between the kids were complex and well written. John Marsden didn’t skim over the details, he handled the mental challenges the kids faced really well, the fallout for them. It’s not all sunshine and lollipops, these kids go through hell and their mental health reflects this. I still reread this series every couple of years. I cannot wait for my daughter to read this series. There are seven books in the series and I just discovered a follow-up series called the Ellie Chronicles that I have yet to read.

(2021 update – My daughter was not a fan of this and didn’t even make it through the first book… Does this mean I failed as a mum? lol)


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2018 wrap up

A few of my favourite things

pexels-photo.jpgIt’s here, the end of 2018. Politically the year has been a total shit-show, but my goodness, the books have been good. I have read 72 books as I write this, with the hopes of finishing one or two more before the end of the year. Although in all honesty I might leave a page in each book and then finish them New Years Day, that way I can pat myself on the back for being an awesome reader. Continue reading “2018 wrap up”

Child of a Mad God by R.A. Salvatore

A review

When Aoleyn loses her parents, she is left to fend for herself among a tribe of vicious barbarians. Bound by rigid traditions, she dreams of escaping to the world beyond her mountain home. The only hope for achieving the kind of freedom she searches for is to learn how to wield the mysterious power used by the tribe’s coven known as the Song of Usgar. Thankfully, Aoleyn may be the strongest witch to have ever lived, but magic comes at price. Not only has her abilities caught the eye of the brutish warlord that leads the tribe, but the demon of the mountain hunts all who wield the Coven’s power, and Aoleyn’s talent has made her a beacon in the night.

I received this from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Child of a Mad God is a character driven fantasy. It’s set in a small part of a much larger world. We have two main points of view throughout the book and through them get an insight into the finer details of the cultures and people. Continue reading “Child of a Mad God by R.A. Salvatore”

Book of Souls by Nadine Nightingale

Book Review

If death wants you, he’ll get you. Some cross his path sooner, others later. But we all rendezvous with the reaper at some point. He’s rarely as handsome as Joe Black, yet always as insidious as Michael Myers.

 

Nisha Blake doesn’t fit in, the locals call her the Angel of Death. Little do they know how close they are to being right. Death finds those close to Nisha. The friendly store clerk, her teacher, her friends, her neighbour, they all died in her presence. Not even her parents were safe. Continue reading “Book of Souls by Nadine Nightingale”

Queen Corona by Ester Hazy

A book review

 

I received this e-book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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This story jumps right into the action, we have our 18 year old Roza on her way to Poland after a protest at her graduation went awfully wrong. Someone was hurt and we don’t know why or who. Continue reading “Queen Corona by Ester Hazy”

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Book review

I received this e-book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Partial synopsis from Goodreads – Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. Continue reading “The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton”

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

A quick review

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.                – Steve Jobs.

Ok, that title tells you exactly what is going to happen. Major spoiler alert!! One might think because you know how it ends that the story would lose some of its emotion, its spontaneity, Well let me tell you as someone who sobbed her way through 80% of this book and straight up bawled my eyes out for a decent chunk, the emotion is still there. Continue reading “They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera”

Book mail is the best mail.

My books have arrived!!!

 

I said in an earlier post that I’m not going to be a crazy book buyer this year and while this looks bad, I promise its not. I will admit though that I’m really looking forward to my birthday in April and I’m already planning what books I want to get. Until then here are my newest babies. They may have recently arrived but they aren’t 2018 purchases, so I still haven’t bought a book this year, I’ve kept to my game plan. That’s a pretty epic feat. Continue reading “Book mail is the best mail.”

Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Space pirates, could it get any better?

I received this arc e-book from the publishers via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Space pirates, an all female crew, gallivanting across the stars, lots of kicking arse, this book sounded amazing. I was pretty excited, it was my first NetGalley and I expected to enjoy it..

Andi aka the Bloody Baroness, is the captain of the Marauder. Her and her all girl crew of mercenaries fly from planet to planet, thieving, killing, making money and a name for themselves. When they are caught by a bounty hunter, who just happens to be her ex boyfriend, she doesn’t think it can get any worse, until the Govenor of her home planet gives them a job in exchange for a clean record. They have to sneak into a top-notch prison and rescue his son who has been missing for two years. The premise promises lots of action, intrigue and excitement.

Ok, where to start? Lets start with the characters and see where they take us. Androma aka Andi aka the Bloody Baroness. She is the ruthless, feared Merc who has been running from her past since she was 16. She has blood on her hands and the only thing she cares about are her girls and her ship. Andi is a complicated woman, she is a total badass and kills indiscriminately, but when she gets home she keeps a tally so she can brood over  it later. She has trouble sleeping because of events from her past, and of course she wears a skin-tight leather bodysuit.

Androma’s pale, ghostlike hair was now streaked with purple, and hung out from beneath a black hood, which was pulled low. He could barely make out her grey eyes, and the smooth metallic plates on her cheekbones. But he could make out the rest of her: perfect curves beneath a sleek, skin-tight leather bodysuit, the hilt of a knife sticking out from her black boots. And of course, outside of the hooded cape, her trademark glowing katanas strapped across her back like an X of death. Continue reading “Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings”