RSSAuthor Archive for Stephanie O'Connell

BOOK REVIEW: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Film Tie-in) by Ransom Riggs

BOOK REVIEW: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Film Tie-in) by Ransom Riggs

BOOK REVIEW: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Film Tie-in) by Ransom Riggs Quirk August 2016 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 5/10 A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs. A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where […]

BOOK REVIEW: If I Had an Elephant by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones

BOOK REVIEW: If I Had an Elephant by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones

BOOK REVIEW: If I Had an Elephant by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones Scholastic New Zealand May 2017 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 10/10   If I had an elephant for a best friend, there’d be no stopping us! Wed get matching jackets. Wed build a time machine together. Wed have OUT […]

BOOK REVIEW: Killing Gravity by Corey J. White

BOOK REVIEW: Killing Gravity by Corey J. White

BOOK REVIEW: Killing Gravity by Corey J. White Tor Books June 2017 Paperback, $18.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science Fiction 7/10 Corey J. White begins the Voidwitch Saga with his space opera novella debut Killing Gravity, a butt-kicking, mind-expanding series that will delight fans of Firefly and Kameron Hurley’s God’s War. The main character is Mariam “Mars” Xi, a […]

BOOK REVIEW: Wolfie - An Unlikely Hero by Deborah Abela and Connah Brecon

BOOK REVIEW: Wolfie – An Unlikely Hero by Deborah Abela and Connah Brecon

BOOK REVIEW: Wolfie – An Unlikely Hero by Deborah Abela and Connah Brecon Random House Australia May 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 6/10 I, The Wolf, am sick of being the bad guy. I’m taking over this book. Dear Readers, Fairytales are nonsense. They’re full of wolves pestering pigs and picking […]

BOOK REVIEW: Paladero - Riders of the Thunder Realm by Steven Lochran

BOOK REVIEW: Paladero – Riders of the Thunder Realm by Steven Lochran

BOOK REVIEW: Paladero – Riders of the Thunder Realm by Steven Lochran Hardie Grant Egmont July 2016 Paperback, $18.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Speculative Fiction 7/10 Welcome to Thunder Realm, where cowboy-knights known as paladeros herd dinosaurs during peacetime, and take up arms during war. Joss, a young orphan, has always wanted to be […]

BOOK REVIEW: Vigilante by Kady Cross

BOOK REVIEW: Vigilante by Kady Cross

BOOK REVIEW: Vigilante by Kady Cross Harlequin Teen May 2017 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 4/10 Trigger warning: Rape   It’s senior year, and Hadley and her best friend, Magda, should be starting the year together. Instead, Magda is dead and Hadley is alone. Raped at a party the year before and […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Sloth Who Came to Stay by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Vivienne To

BOOK REVIEW: The Sloth Who Came to Stay by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Vivienne To

BOOK REVIEW: The Sloth Who Came to Stay by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Vivienne To Allen & Unwin July 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 9/10 Amy’s family is speedy! They are always in such a rush that there is no time to talk or play – until the afternoon Amy brings […]

BOOK REVIEW: Thirst by Benjamin Warner

BOOK REVIEW: Thirst by Benjamin Warner

BOOK REVIEW: Thirst by Benjamin Warner Bloomsbury July 2016 Paperback, $27.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Literary Thriller / Post Apocalypse 5/10 On a searing summer Friday, Eddie Gardner has been stuck for hours in a traffic jam. There are accidents along the highway, but ambulances and police are conspicuously absent. When he decides to abandon […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Prehistoric Times by Stella Gurney, illustrated by Neave Parker & Matthew Hodson

BOOK REVIEW: The Prehistoric Times by Stella Gurney, illustrated by Neave Parker & Matthew Hodson

BOOK REVIEW: The Prehistoric Times by Stella Gurney, illustrated by Neave Parker & Matthew Hodson Frances Lincoln Children’s Books June 2017 Paperback, $10.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Activity Book 7/10 A newspaper-style activity book for the discerning dinosaur, packed with paleo puzzles, fearsome facts and giganto games. Meet real-life reptiles and read fascinating features, which […]

BOOK REVIEW: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

BOOK REVIEW: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

BOOK REVIEW: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory Riverrun June 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Contemporary Fiction / Speculative Fiction 8/10 Meet Matthias Telemachus, Teddy Telemachus, Maureen Telemachus, Irene Telemachus, Frankie Telemachus and Buddy Telemachus! They were the Amazing Telemachus Family, who in the mid-1970s achieved widespread fame for their magic and mind reading act. […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield, illustrated by The Fan Brothers

BOOK REVIEW: The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield, illustrated by The Fan Brothers

BOOK REVIEW: The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield, illustrated by The Fan Brothers Macmillan May 2017 Paperback, $14.99 Picture Book 7.5/10 Young Chris is an astronaut. A very busy astronaut. Saving the planet from aliens is much more important than taking baths or going to bed. Because at bedtime the worst sort of alien appears […]

BOOK REVIEW: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

BOOK REVIEW: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

BOOK REVIEW: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus Penguin Teen May 2017 Paperback, $17.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Mystery 5/10   On Thursday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Impossible Story of Olive in Love by Tonya Alexandra

BOOK REVIEW: The Impossible Story of Olive in Love by Tonya Alexandra

BOOK REVIEW: The Impossible Story of Olive in Love by Tonya Alexandra Harlequin April 2017 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 7.5/10   I get that I’m impossible. I get that I’m mad and rude — perhaps even a drama queen at times. But you’d be impossible if you lived my life … […]

BOOK REVIEW: How to Bee by Bren MacDibble

BOOK REVIEW: How to Bee by Bren MacDibble

BOOK REVIEW: How to Bee by Bren MacDibble Allen & Unwin May 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Climate Fiction 9/10 A story about family, loyalty, kindness and bravery, set against an all-too-possible future where climate change has forever changed the way we live. Peony lives with her sister and grandfather […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Answers by Catherine Lacey

BOOK REVIEW: The Answers by Catherine Lacey

BOOK REVIEW: The Answers by Catherine Lacey Granta Books July 2017 Paperback, $27.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / Social Commentary 4/10 Mary is out of options. Estranged from her Evangelist family, plagued by debt collectors and beset by chronic pain, Mary signs up for a mysterious job advertised as ‘The Girlfriend Experiment’ (or, The […]

BOOK REVIEW: Nanna's Button Tin by Dianne Wolfer & Heather Potter

BOOK REVIEW: Nanna’s Button Tin by Dianne Wolfer & Heather Potter

BOOK REVIEW: Nanna’s Button Tin by Dianne Wolfer & Heather Potter Walker Books June 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 9/10 Nanna’s button tin is very special. It has buttons of all shapes and sizes and they all have a different story to tell. But today, one button in particular is needed. […]

BOOK REVIEW: Double Take! A New Look at Opposites by Susan Hood, illustrated by Jay Fleck

BOOK REVIEW: Double Take! A New Look at Opposites by Susan Hood, illustrated by Jay Fleck

BOOK REVIEW: Double Take! A New Look at Opposites by Susan Hood, illustrated by Jay Fleck Walker Studio June 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 9/10 When it comes to opposites, it s all a matter of perspective! Lively text and fun retro art engage kids in the finer points of a […]

BOOK REVIEW: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

BOOK REVIEW: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

BOOK REVIEW: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk Corgi Childrens May 2017 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell  Middle Grade / Historical 6/10     Set in 1925, among the Elizabeth Islands off Massachusetts, Beyond the Bright Sea is a look at identity, family, and the attempt to discover who you are when firm answers are […]

BOOK REVIEW: Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin, illustrated by Samantha Cotterill

BOOK REVIEW: Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin, illustrated by Samantha Cotterill

BOOK REVIEW: Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin, illustrated by Samantha Cotterill Random House Australia April 2017 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Stephanie O’Connell Picture Book 8/10 The pet you want isn’t always the pet you get. When Charlotte asked her parents for a pet, a rock wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. […]

BOOK REVIEW: Release by Patrick Ness

BOOK REVIEW: Release by Patrick Ness

BOOK REVIEW: Release by Patrick Ness Walker Books May 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 7/10 A startling and tender novel about how to let yourself love and set yourself free by Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. Today will change Adam Thorn’s life. Between his religious […]

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