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RSSAuthor Archive for Stephanie O'Connell

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 […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Slime Book - All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Slime by Dorling Kindersley

BOOK REVIEW: The Slime Book – All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Slime by Dorling Kindersley

BOOK REVIEW: The Slime Book – All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Slime by Dorling Kindersley Dorling Kindersley November 2017 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Activities / Children’s Science 9/10   Over 30 gloopy, gooey, colourful diy slime recipes will mesmerise youngsters by showing them how to make slime. Play, poke, […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell

BOOK REVIEW: The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell

BOOK REVIEW: The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell Two Roads November 2017 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Short Stories / Myths and Legends / Speculative 8/10 ‘These days, you can find anything you need at the click of a button. That’s why I bought her heart […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Barrier by Shankari Chandran

BOOK REVIEW: The Barrier by Shankari Chandran

BOOK REVIEW: The Barrier by Shankari Chandran Pan Macmillan May 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Speculative Fiction / Action / Thriller 5/10 Twenty years ago an Ebola epidemic brought the world to the edge of oblivion. The West won the war, the East was isolated behind a wall, and a vaccine against Ebola […]

BOOK REVIEW: Greta Zargo and the Death Robots from Outer Space by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton

BOOK REVIEW: Greta Zargo and the Death Robots from Outer Space by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton

BOOK REVIEW: Greta Zargo and the Death Robots from Outer Space by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton Bloomsbury October 2017 Paperback, $12.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Humour / Mystery 9/10 Greta Zargo doesn’t know it, but she is the only one who can SAVE PLANET EARTH from the death robots coming […]

BOOK REVIEW: All Aboard the Discovery Express by Emily Hawkins and Tom Adams, illustrated by Tom Clohoshy-Cole

BOOK REVIEW: All Aboard the Discovery Express by Emily Hawkins and Tom Adams, illustrated by Tom Clohoshy-Cole

BOOK REVIEW: All Aboard the Discovery Express by Emily Hawkins and Tom Adams, illustrated by Tom Clohoshy-Cole Wide Eyed Editions September 2017 Hardcover, $27.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Activity Book / Puzzles and Brain Teasers / Children’s Non-Fiction 8.5/10 Welcome on board the Discovery Express! The year is 1937 and a conundrum is afoot: a […]

BOOK REVIEW: We See Everything by William Sutcliffe

BOOK REVIEW: We See Everything by William Sutcliffe

BOOK REVIEW: We See Everything by William Sutcliffe Bloomsbury November 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 6/10 Lex lives on The Strip – the overcrowded, closed-off, bombed-out shell of London. He’s used to the watchful enemy drones that buzz in the air above him.  Alan’s talent as a gamer has landed him […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Amazing Monster DetectoScope by Graeme Base

BOOK REVIEW: The Amazing Monster DetectoScope by Graeme Base

BOOK REVIEW: The Amazing Monster DetectoScope by Graeme Base Penguin|Viking October 2017 Hardcover/Special Format, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 9/10 When our young canine hero buys his very own Amazing Monster DetectoScope he discovers his house is infested with more monsters than he bargained for – until he finds the courage to confront […]

BOOK REVIEW: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

BOOK REVIEW: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

BOOK REVIEW: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green Penguin October 2017 Hardcover, $27.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Mental Health Issues 7/10 Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

BOOK REVIEW: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

BOOK REVIEW: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell Raven Books November 2017 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Historical Fiction / Gothic / Horror 8/10   Inspired by the work of Shirley Jackson and Susan Hill and set in a crumbling country mansion, The Silent Companions is an unsettling gothic ghost story to send a […]

BOOK REVIEW: Don't Spew in Your Spacesuit by Tim Miller and Matt Stanton

BOOK REVIEW: Don’t Spew in Your Spacesuit by Tim Miller and Matt Stanton

BOOK REVIEW: Don’t Spew in Your Spacesuit by Tim Miller and Matt Stanton ABC Books October 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books / Humour 3/10 In a galaxy of gastro not so far away … Is there life on Mars? One little spaceman is determined to find out. Only no one told […]

MERCHANDISE REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Newt Scamander's Case

MERCHANDISE REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Newt Scamander’s Case

MERCHANDISE REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Newt Scamander’s Case Running Press October 2017 Novelty Toy, $17.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Toy / Merchandise / Film tie-in 6/10   Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes fans to a new era in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half […]

BOOK REVIEW: Here We Are - Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

BOOK REVIEW: Here We Are – Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

BOOK REVIEW: Here We Are – Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers HarperCollins November 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books 10/10   Well, hello. And welcome to this Planet. We call it Earth. Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head […]

BOOK REVIEW: Artemis by Andy Weir

BOOK REVIEW: Artemis by Andy Weir

BOOK REVIEW: Artemis by Andy Weir Del Rey November 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science Fiction 6/10 Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional […]

BOOK REVIEW: All the Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler

BOOK REVIEW: All the Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler

BOOK REVIEW: All the Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler Bloomsbury October 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 4/10       Cole is a boy in high school. He runs cross country, he sketches in a sketchbook, he jokes around with friends. But none of this quite matters, next to the allure […]

Stationery Review: Harry Potter Pensieve Memory Set

Stationery Review: Harry Potter Pensieve Memory Set

Stationery Review: Harry Potter Pensieve Memory Set Running Press November 2017 Novelty Box, $49.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Stationery / Film Tie-In 10/10 What do you get the Harry Potter fan who already has everything? Something they’ll never forget, of course! Running press have always provided just the thing a good fan needs (and some […]

BOOK REVIEW: Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco with Lauren Oyler

BOOK REVIEW: Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco with Lauren Oyler

BOOK REVIEW: Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco with Lauren Oyler Little, Brown August 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Memoir/Self-Help/Humour 8/10   In HQ we occasionally had ideas that were a little campy or […]

BOOK REVIEW: Landscape with Invisible Hand by M. T. Anderson

BOOK REVIEW: Landscape with Invisible Hand by M. T. Anderson

BOOK REVIEW: Landscape with Invisible Hand by M. T. Anderson Candlewick Press November 2017 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Social Satire 8/10   When the vuvv first landed, it came as a surprise to aspiring artist Adam and the rest of planet Earth — but not necessarily an unwelcome one. Can […]

BOOK REVIEW: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

BOOK REVIEW: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

BOOK REVIEW: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody Harlequin Teen July 2017 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Fantasy 8/10 A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires. Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton

BOOK REVIEW: The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton

BOOK REVIEW: The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton Flying Eye Books July 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 8/10 Erin loves to lie on the jetty, looking for the weirdest fish in the sea – the weirder, the better! And she knows the best ones must be further out, where […]

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