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BOOK REVIEW: The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

BOOK REVIEW: The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

BOOK REVIEW: The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy Little, Brown Book Group March 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Biography/Literary Autobiography 9/10 The John Lennon lyric, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans” is applicable to Ariel Levy’s book, The Rules Do Not Apply. The New Yorker writer […]

BOOK REVIEW: Poor Louie by Tony Fucile

BOOK REVIEW: Poor Louie by Tony Fucile

BOOK REVIEW: Poor Louie by Tony Fucile Walker Books May 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 9/10 From the illustrator of the Bink & Gollie series comes a funny, touching tale for big siblings. Louie has the life every Chihuahua dreams of. Walks with Mum and Dad, ice cream on Sundays and […]

BOOK REVIEW: Carnivalesque by Neil Jordan

BOOK REVIEW: Carnivalesque by Neil Jordan

BOOK REVIEW: Carnivalesque by Neil Jordan Bloomsbury April 2017 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Speculative Fiction / Young Adult / General Fiction 7.5/10 It looked like any other carnival, but of course it wasn’t. It had its own little backstreets, its alleyways of hanging bulbs and ghost trains and Punch and Judy stands . […]

BOOK REVIEW: HERE COMES TROUBLE by Simon Wroe

BOOK REVIEW: HERE COMES TROUBLE by Simon Wroe

BOOK REVIEW: HERE COMES TROUBLE by Simon Wroe Hachette Australia – rrp$29.99 May 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Here Comes Trouble straps you into the front seat of a runaway train as a fictitious European country lurches uncontrollably towards an anarchic revolution which threaten not only the lives of every citizen, but […]

BOOK REVIEW: Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts - Ten Tales from the Deep, Dark Woods by Craig Phillips

BOOK REVIEW: Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts – Ten Tales from the Deep, Dark Woods by Craig Phillips

BOOK REVIEW: Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts – Ten Tales from the Deep, Dark Woods by Craig Phillips Allen & Unwin May 2017 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Graphic Novel / Children’s Fiction / Myths and Fairytales 7/10   A cobbler girl tricks the Wawel Dragon, after all the king’s knights fail… The Polar Bear […]

BOOK REVIEW: Survivor - A Portrait of the Survivors of the Holocaust, by Harry Borden

BOOK REVIEW: Survivor – A Portrait of the Survivors of the Holocaust, by Harry Borden

BOOK REVIEW: Survivor – A Portrait of the Survivors of the Holocaust, by Harry Borden Cassell Illustrated April 2017 Hardcover, $49.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Portraits / The Holocaust 10/10 “something really to behold, a substantial project of some real depth and authority. By flicking through the pages you can sense the amount […]

BOOK REVIEW: Pumpkin - The Raccoon Who Thought She Was a Dog by Laura Young

BOOK REVIEW: Pumpkin – The Raccoon Who Thought She Was a Dog by Laura Young

BOOK REVIEW: Pumpkin – The Raccoon Who Thought She Was a Dog by Laura Young Boxtree October 2016 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction/Humour/Animals 8/10 As a baby, Pumpkin the raccoon was abandoned by her parents after falling out of a tree and breaking her leg. She was taken in by a family with […]

BOOK REVIEW: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

BOOK REVIEW: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

BOOK REVIEW: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt Hachette Australia March 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Historical Fiction 6/10 Lizzie Borden is forever immortalised and remembered as a woman implicated in one of America’s most famous unsolved murders. There is the famous rhyme: Lizzie Borden took an axe And gave her […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Periodic Table Book by Dorling Kindersley

BOOK REVIEW: The Periodic Table Book by Dorling Kindersley

BOOK REVIEW: The Periodic Table Book by Dorling Kindersley Dorling Kindersley April 2017 Hardcover, $35.00 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science / Juvenile Reference 8/10   The Periodic Table Book is the perfect visual guide to the chemical elements that make up our world. This eye-catching encyclopedia takes children on a visual tour of the 118 […]

BOOK REVIEW: Stop Fixing Women- Why Building Fairer Workplaces is Everyone's Business by Catherine Fox

BOOK REVIEW: Stop Fixing Women- Why Building Fairer Workplaces is Everyone’s Business by Catherine Fox

BOOK REVIEW: Stop Fixing Women- Why Building Fairer Workplaces is Everyone’s Business by Catherine Fox NewSouth Books April 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Society & Culture/Gender Studies 7/10 For years society’s “fingers” have been squarely pointed at women. We’ve been told what to do, what to avoid, to lean in, speak up, support […]

BOOK REVIEW: Beauty and the Very Beastly Beast by Mark Sperring, illustrated by Barbara Bongini

BOOK REVIEW: Beauty and the Very Beastly Beast by Mark Sperring, illustrated by Barbara Bongini

BOOK REVIEW: Beauty and the Very Beastly Beast by Mark Sperring, illustrated by Barbara Bongini Scholastic UK April 2017 Paperback, $15.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book / Fairytale Retelling 6/10 Beauty and the Very Beastly Beast is a particularly hard book to review. As one who was raised on the Disney version of the […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

BOOK REVIEW: The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

BOOK REVIEW: The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury Puffin April 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 6/10 Rabbit was hopping home one day when he heard a loud voice coming from inside his burrow. “I’m the GIANT JUMPEREE and I’m scary as can be!” Rabbit’s friends Cat, Bear […]

BOOK REVIEW: This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

BOOK REVIEW: This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

BOOK REVIEW: This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel Headline Review January 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction 9/10 Rosie and Penn always wanted a daughter. Four sons later, they decide to try one last time – and their beautiful little boy Claude is born. Life continues happily for this big, […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Motherless Oven by Rob Davis

BOOK REVIEW: The Motherless Oven by Rob Davis

BOOK REVIEW: The Motherless Oven by Rob Davis Self Made Hero October 2014 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Graphic Novel 8/10   In Scarper Lee’s world, parents don’t make children— children make parents. Scarper’s father is a wind-powered brass construction whilst his mother is a bakelite hairdryer. It’s also a world without birthdays, only […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

BOOK REVIEW: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

BOOK REVIEW: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict Sourcebooks Landmark January 2017 Hardcover, $37.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Historical Fiction 7/10 What secrets may have lurked in the shadows of Albert Einstein’s fame? His first wife, Mileva “Mitza” Marić, was more than the devoted mother of their three children—she was also a brilliant physicist in […]

BOOK REVIEW: What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold

BOOK REVIEW: What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold

BOOK REVIEW: What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold Carolrhoda LAB April 2017 Hardcover, $27.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Contemporary 4/10   When Nina Faye is 14, her mother tells her that there is no such thing as unconditional love. This warps Nina’s understanding of what girls are good for, […]

BOOK REVIEW: Valiant for Truth - The Life of Chester Wilmot, War Correspondent by Neil McDonald with Peter Brune

BOOK REVIEW: Valiant for Truth – The Life of Chester Wilmot, War Correspondent by Neil McDonald with Peter Brune

BOOK REVIEW: Valiant for Truth – The Life of Chester Wilmot, War Correspondent by Neil McDonald with Peter Brune NewSouth Books January 2017 Hardback, $49.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Biographies & True Stories/True War & Combat Stories 8.5/10   Valiant for Truth is the first complete biography of Australian war correspondent, Reginald William Winchester (“Chester”) Wilmot. It’s […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

BOOK REVIEW: The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

BOOK REVIEW: The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone Orion Books February 2017 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Speculative Thriller 6/10   Deep in the jungle of Peru, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist party whole. FBI agent Mike Rich investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns […]

BOOK REVIEW: Simply Styling - Fresh & Easy Ways to Personalize Your Home by Kirsten Grove & Paige French (Photographer)

BOOK REVIEW: Simply Styling – Fresh & Easy Ways to Personalize Your Home by Kirsten Grove & Paige French (Photographer)

BOOK REVIEW: Simply Styling- Fresh & Easy Ways to Personalize Your Home by Kirsten Grove & Paige French (Photographer) Sterling Publishing Co Inc December 2016 Hardback, $37.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Lifestyle & Fashion/Interior Design 7.5/10   Simply Styling is the first book by stylist, interior designer and editor of the Simply Grove blog, Kirsten Grove. The […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Forensic Records Society by Magnus Mills

BOOK REVIEW: The Forensic Records Society by Magnus Mills

BOOK REVIEW: The Forensic Records Society by Magnus Mills Bloomsbury May 2017 Paperback,  $19.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Booker and Goldsmith Prize shortlisted author Magnus Mills has a reputation for thinking outside of the box, and he demonstrates his thoughtfulness and dark humour in managing to make The Forensic Records Society simultaneously charming and iconoclastic. […]

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