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RSSAuthor Archive for Stephanie O'Connell

BOOK REVIEW: Blankets by Craig Thompson

BOOK REVIEW: Blankets by Craig Thompson

BOOK REVIEW: Blankets by Craig Thompson Faber & Faber November 2017 Paperback, $39.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Graphic Novel / Coming of Age 8/10 Wrapped in the snowfall of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two young lovers. […]

BOOK REVIEW: Gary by Leila Rudge

BOOK REVIEW: Gary by Leila Rudge

BOOK REVIEW: Gary by Leila Rudge Walker Books November 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books / Adventure 7/10 Gary, a grounded racing pigeon, dreams of exploring the world—until the day he falls into an adventure of his very own. Most of the time, Gary is just like the other racing pigeons, eating […]

BOOK REVIEW: Things I Have Drawn at the Zoo by Dom, Al & Tom Curtis

BOOK REVIEW: Things I Have Drawn at the Zoo by Dom, Al & Tom Curtis

BOOK REVIEW: Things I Have Drawn at the Zoo by Dom, Al & Tom Curtis Trapeze December 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Humour / Photography / Animals 8/10 Hilarious and strange images from the global instagram sensation; the world brought to life through the eyes of a child. KIDS’ DRAWINGS HILARIOUSLY BROUGHT TO […]

BOOK REVIEW: Danger Dolan Countdown by Danger Dolan

BOOK REVIEW: Danger Dolan Countdown by Danger Dolan

BOOK REVIEW: Danger Dolan Countdown by Danger Dolan Pan Macmillan Australia November 2017 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Entertainment / Bizarre Facts / Kids & Teens Non-Fic 9/10 Danger Dolan is an Australian YouTube phenomenon, presenting intriguing, idiosyncratic facts in snappy countdown videos – and now, in an even snappier book! Discover the: * […]

BOOK REVIEW: Poe - Stories and Poems, a Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds

BOOK REVIEW: Poe – Stories and Poems, a Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds

BOOK REVIEW: Poe – Stories and Poems, a Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds Candlewick Press August 2017 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Graphic Novel / Classics / Poetry / Anthology 8/10 It is true that I am nervous. But why will you say that I am mad? In storied and poems written well […]

Steph's Best Reads of 2017

Steph’s Best Reads of 2017

Steph’s Best Reads of 2017 The age old question of whether art imitates life or vise versa is never so hard to figure out as in times of great tumult in the real world, and there’s no denying that 2017 was one of those years. As the real world grows stranger, fiction has to work […]

BOOK REVIEW: Stitch Head by Guy Bass

BOOK REVIEW: Stitch Head by Guy Bass

BOOK REVIEW: Stitch Head by Guy Bass Stripes January 2017 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade 8/10 In the maze-like dungeons of Castle Grotteskew, the frightfully insane Professor Erasmus conducts his bizarre experiments on living things. His very first creation has been long forgotten – a small, almost-human creature, known only as Stitch […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Memory Book by Lara Avery

BOOK REVIEW: The Memory Book by Lara Avery

BOOK REVIEW: The Memory Book by Lara Avery Quercus July 2016 Paperback, $17.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Contemporary / Personal & Social Issues 5/10 “They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I’ll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I’m writing […]

BOOK REVIEW: Happiness for Humans by P.Z. Reizin

BOOK REVIEW: Happiness for Humans by P.Z. Reizin

BOOK REVIEW: Happiness for Humans by P.Z. Reizin Sphere January 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell General Fiction / Romance / Humour / Speculative 7/10 Don’t tell anyone, but Jen is one of my favourite people.  (Machines aren’t supposed to have favourites. Don’t ask me how this has happened.) Jen is sad. Aiden wants […]

BOOK REVIEW: Nevermoor - The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

BOOK REVIEW: Nevermoor – The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

BOOK REVIEW: Nevermoor – The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend Lothian Children’s Books October 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Fantasy / Adventure 7/10   A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world–but […]

BOOK REVIEW: #single by Lost the Plot

BOOK REVIEW: #single by Lost the Plot

BOOK REVIEW: #single by Lost the Plot Lost the Plot November 2017 Hardcover, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Humour / Non-Fiction 7/10 A collection of online dating conversations. From bad pick-up lines to death threats and awkward sex-capades #single is a hilarious snapshot of some of the most ridiculous real-life online dating conversations. “Definitely giving […]

BOOK REVIEW: Build the Dragon by Dugald Steer, illustrated by Douglas Carrel and John Woodward

BOOK REVIEW: Build the Dragon by Dugald Steer, illustrated by Douglas Carrel and John Woodward

BOOK REVIEW: Build the Dragon by Dugald Steer, illustrated by Douglas Carrel and John Woodward Walker Books November 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Children / Activity Books / Reference 9/10 This interactive guide features dragons from around the globe. It comes with a tuck box containing precut pieces to build a beautifully artworked […]

BOOK REVIEW: Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

BOOK REVIEW: Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

BOOK REVIEW: Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich Corsair November 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Literary Fiction / Speculative 3/10 The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman […]

BOOK REVIEW: Treat! by Christian Vieler

BOOK REVIEW: Treat! by Christian Vieler

BOOK REVIEW: Treat! by Christian Vieler Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers October 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Photography / Animal Photography / Humour 10/10 Who’s a good dog? In the tradition of bestselling photography books like Underwater Dogs and Shake comes an adorable and hilarious collection of dog photographs capturing our best friends at one of their […]

BOOK REVIEW: One Christmas Wish by Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Emily Sutton

BOOK REVIEW: One Christmas Wish by Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Emily Sutton

BOOK REVIEW: One Christmas Wish by Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Emily Sutton Bloomsbury November 2017 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books / Christmas 8/10 When you wish you have to wish with every inch of your heart. It’s Christmas Eve and Theo, left at home with a babysitter, sees an odd-looking star out […]

2017 GIFT GUIDE by 100% Rock Magazine's Book Reviewers

2017 GIFT GUIDE by 100% Rock Magazine’s Book Reviewers

So it’s December again already, and we all know that panic of trying to find gifts for friends, family, and even colleagues before Christmas has come and gone for another year. How do you know what they might enjoy? How do you know what they already have? Well, you can never know for sure unless […]

BOOK REVIEW: Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Leila Rudge

BOOK REVIEW: Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Leila Rudge

BOOK REVIEW: Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Leila Rudge Walker Books September 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book/Adventure 7/10 Once, there was a small rhinoceros who wanted to see the big world. So she built a boat. And sailed away …  From the duo behind award-winning picture […]

BOOK REVIEW: Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth

BOOK REVIEW: Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth

BOOK REVIEW: Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth Orion Children’s Books June 2017 Paperback, $15.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Adventure 7/10 Rule Number One: Don’t Run in Front of a Soldier. Rule Number Two: Never Look at a Soldier. Rule Number Three: Say as Little as Possible Rule […]

BOOK REVIEW: Only Dead on the Inside by James Breakwell

BOOK REVIEW: Only Dead on the Inside by James Breakwell

BOOK REVIEW: Only Dead on the Inside by James Breakwell Atlantic Books November 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Humour / Non-Fiction / Survival Guide 8/10     The Twitter sensation with 900K followers provides the perfect Christmas gift for parents. Raising kids can sometimes feel like society has ended, so why not go […]

BOOK REVIEW: All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon

BOOK REVIEW: All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon

BOOK REVIEW: All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon Hodder & Stoughton March 2017 Paperback, $22.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction  5/10 Caitlin’s life is a mess. Her marriage to a man everyone else thinks is perfect has collapsed, along with her self-esteem, and breaking free seems the only option. Nancy, her four-year-old daughter, used […]

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