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BOOK REVIEW: When Planet Earth Was New by James Gladstone

BOOK REVIEW: When Planet Earth Was New by James Gladstone

BOOK REVIEW: When Planet Earth Was New by James Gladstone OwlKids Books September 2017 Hardcover, $18.95 (USD) Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Children’s Non-Fiction / Science 7/10   It has taken billions of years for Earth to become the planet it is today. When Planet Earth Was New looks back to the very beginning, using a poetic approach […]

BOOK REVIEW: Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed

BOOK REVIEW: Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed

BOOK REVIEW: Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed Tinder Press July 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction 8/10 Never Let Me Go meets The Giver in this haunting debut about a cult on an isolated island, where nothing is as it seems. Years ago, just before the country was incinerated to wasteland, ten men and their […]

BOOK REVIEW: All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

BOOK REVIEW: All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

BOOK REVIEW: All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis Harlequin Young Adult August 2017 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Science Fiction / Dystopia 6/10 Every word is Trademarked™, Restricted® or Copyrighted©. The companies and people who own these rights let people use them, but once you turn fifteen, you have to […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

BOOK REVIEW: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

BOOK REVIEW: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James Walker Books September 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Science Fiction 8/10   Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away? Romy Silvers is the only surviving […]

BOOK REVIEW: An Uncommon Woman by Nicole Alexander

BOOK REVIEW: An Uncommon Woman by Nicole Alexander

BOOK REVIEW: An Uncommon Woman by Nicole Alexander Transworld Publishers July 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Historical Fiction 6/10 Nicole Alexander’s eighth novel, An Uncommon Woman is about a determined and ambitious girl who defies the conventions of her time. Alexander in good company because the idea of an independent woman living and […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade by Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Holgate

BOOK REVIEW: The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade by Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Holgate

BOOK REVIEW: The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade by Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Holgate Hardie Grant Egmont October 2016 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade 7/10 The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade is the second book in the Last Kids on Earth Series. You should read […]

BOOK REVIEW: Hairy Maclary and Friends Little Library by Lynley Dodd

BOOK REVIEW: Hairy Maclary and Friends Little Library by Lynley Dodd

BOOK REVIEW: Hairy Maclary and Friends Little Library by Lynley Dodd Penguin Group (NZ) July 2017 Hardback, $12.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children & Teenagers/Picture Books/Baby Books 7.5/10 Hairy Maclary is a classic character from children’s books. The stories were always wonderful reads in that the language was simplistic but extremely well-crafted. The text featured […]

BOOK REVIEW: PINK FLOYD: THEIR MORTAL REMAINS by Victoria Broackes and Anna Landreth Strong

BOOK REVIEW: PINK FLOYD: THEIR MORTAL REMAINS by Victoria Broackes and Anna Landreth Strong

BOOK REVIEW: PINK FLOYD: THEIR MORTAL REMAINS by Victoria Broackes and Anna Landreth Strong Allen & Unwin – hardcover – rrp$74.99 July 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 This collection of photographic artifacts and essays documenting the career of Pink Floyd is a work of no small beauty. From its lenticular Dark Side Of The […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE NAKED WITCH by Fiona Horne

BOOK REVIEW: THE NAKED WITCH by Fiona Horne

BOOK REVIEW: THE NAKED WITCH by Fiona Horne Rockpool Publishing – rrp$29.99 July 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 As frontwoman of electro-rock pioneers Def FX, Fiona Horne became a role model empowering women that they could mix it with the blokes at a time when sexism was still rife in the Australian music industry. […]

BOOK REVIEW: Good Thinking - A Teenager's Guide to Managing Stress and Emotion Using CBT by Sarah Edelman and Louise Rémond

BOOK REVIEW: Good Thinking – A Teenager’s Guide to Managing Stress and Emotion Using CBT by Sarah Edelman and Louise Rémond

BOOK REVIEW: Good Thinking – A Teenager’s Guide to Managing Stress and Emotion Using CBT by Sarah Edelman and Louise Rémond ABC Books June 2017 Softback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Self-Help & Personal Development 8.5/10 If we want to change how we feel we need to start with changing how we think. This is […]

BOOK REVIEW: WILD ANIMALS OF THE SOUTH by Dieter Braun

BOOK REVIEW: WILD ANIMALS OF THE SOUTH by Dieter Braun

BOOK REVIEW: WILD ANIMALS OF THE SOUTH by Dieter Braun Walker Books – rrp$39.99 June 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 For this simply beautiful book, Dieter Braun has created gorgeously evocative artworks featuring many animals, birds and reptiles of the southern hemisphere, and paired them to some interesting facts, such as the giraffe’s scientific […]

BOOK REVIEW: Dr First – Dr Twelfth by Adam Hargreaves

BOOK REVIEW: Dr First – Dr Twelfth by Adam Hargreaves

BOOK REVIEW: Dr First – Dr Twelfth by Adam Hargreaves Penguin Random House Australia – softcover – rrp$9.99 each May 2017 onwards Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 Dr Who fans will find nothing not to like about these cute adaptations of their hero(es) into Mr Men form. Sure the likenesses are flimsy at the best […]

BOOK REVIEW: Rethink Your Career - In your 40s, 50s and 60s by Joanna Maxwell

BOOK REVIEW: Rethink Your Career – In your 40s, 50s and 60s by Joanna Maxwell

BOOK REVIEW: Rethink Your Career – In your 40s, 50s and 60s by Joanna Maxwell ABC Books 1 June 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Self-Help & Personal Development 8/10 The pension age continues to rise and the idea of one job for life no longer exists. This means that we need to get […]

BOOK REVIEW: FROM CRADLE TO STAGE by Virginia Grohl

BOOK REVIEW: FROM CRADLE TO STAGE by Virginia Grohl

BOOK REVIEW: FROM CRADLE TO STAGE by Virginia Grohl Hachette Australia – rrp$32.99 May 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 “Grohl” y’say? Yep – Grohl. As in, Virginia, as in Mother-Of-Foo-Fighters’-Dave – Grohl. Over the course of the past few years Virginia befriended mothers of other global rock and pop and country stars, […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray-Browne

BOOK REVIEW: The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray-Browne

BOOK REVIEW: The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray-Browne Picador July 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction 6/10 Eleanor and Richard have stretched themselves to the limit to buy the perfect home – a tall Victorian townhouse with enough room for their growing family. But the cracks are already starting to show. Eleanor is […]

BOOK REVIEW: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

BOOK REVIEW: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

BOOK REVIEW: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire Tor July 2017 Hardcover, $26.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult/Speculative 9/10 This is the second book released in the series. While it is a prequel and takes place chronologically before the first book, it is highly recommended you read that book first. There […]

COOKBOOK REVIEW: FRESS by Emma Spitzer

COOKBOOK REVIEW: FRESS by Emma Spitzer

COOKBOOK REVIEW: FRESS by Emma Spitzer Hachette Australia – rrp$39.99 April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6 ½ /10 A 2015 UK Masterchef finalist, Emma Spitzer brings the experience of her mother’s Jewish culinary knowledge, and her mother-in-law’s Algerian upbringing, not to mention her travels in North Africa, Egypt and further afield, in Fress (from […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE GARDEN APOTHECARY by Reece Carter

BOOK REVIEW: THE GARDEN APOTHECARY by Reece Carter

BOOK REVIEW: THE GARDEN APOTHECARY by Reece Carter Harlequin – rrp$39.99 July 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Ahhh the modern world is an unforgiving slave trader, bombarding us almost every minute of the day with fast food, fast living, fast diets, fast entertainment, and ever faster ways of making us forget what is important. […]

COOKBOOK REVIEW: SLOW COOKER CENTRAL – SUPER SAVERS by Paulene Christie

COOKBOOK REVIEW: SLOW COOKER CENTRAL – SUPER SAVERS by Paulene Christie

COOKBOOK REVIEW: SLOW COOKER CENTRAL – SUPER SAVERS by Paulene Christie ABC Books/HarperCollins Australia rrp$24.99 May 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 With 200 new recipes divided into budgetary chapters – under $5, $10, $15, $20 and $25 – Paulene Christie has assembled a great collection of family-friendly meals which include traditional favourites, and more […]

COOKBOOK REVIEW: TUCK IN – Good Hearty Food Any Time by Ross Dobson

COOKBOOK REVIEW: TUCK IN – Good Hearty Food Any Time by Ross Dobson

COOKBOOK REVIEW: TUCK IN – Good Hearty Food Any Time by Ross Dobson Murdoch Books – rrp$39.99 July 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Ross Dobson’s recipes pack a punch – at their best they take some simple idea and add pizazz, style, and never without an accessible approach that most home cooks with access […]

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