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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 […]

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 […]

BOOK REVIEW: Brothers from a Different Mother by Philip Gwynne and Marjorie Crosby-Fairall

BOOK REVIEW: Brothers from a Different Mother by Philip Gwynne and Marjorie Crosby-Fairall

BOOK REVIEW: Brothers from a Different Mother by Philip Gwynne and Marjorie Crosby-Fairall Penguin | Viking April 2017 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 6/10 Tapir lives in the jungle. Pig lives in the village. But when they meet at the waterhole, they discover they are the same in so many ways. They […]

BOOK REVIEW: Such Small Hands by Andrés Barba

BOOK REVIEW: Such Small Hands by Andrés Barba

BOOK REVIEW: Such Small Hands by Andrés Barba Portobello Books September 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / Literary Fiction / Translated 6.5/10 A dark uncanny jolt of literary perfection. Her father died instantly, her mother in the hospital. She has learned to say this flatly and without emotion, the way she says […]

BOOK REVIEW: Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

BOOK REVIEW: Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

BOOK REVIEW: Moonrise by Sarah Crossan Bloomsbury September 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Poetry/ Contemporary 10/10   Joe hasn’t seen his brother for ten years, and it’s for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row. But now Ed’s execution date has been set, and this might be […]

BOOK REVIEW: DR BOOGALOO & THE GIRL WHO LOST HER LAUGHTER by LISA NICOL

BOOK REVIEW: DR BOOGALOO & THE GIRL WHO LOST HER LAUGHTER by LISA NICOL

BOOK REVIEW: DR BOOGALOO & THE GIRL WHO LOST HER LAUGHTER by LISA NICOL Random House, Children’s – rrp$19.99 October 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 There’s only one place that can help little Blue cure her lack of laughter – not her mother, who is only concerned about herself and her vacuous, […]

BOOK REVIEW: DANNY DAVINCI – THE SECRET OF THE MONA LISA by Rosie Smith & Bruce Whatley

BOOK REVIEW: DANNY DAVINCI – THE SECRET OF THE MONA LISA by Rosie Smith & Bruce Whatley

BOOK REVIEW: DANNY DAVINCI – THE SECRET OF THE MONA LISA by Rosie Smith & Bruce Whatley ABC Books, Children’s – rrp$24.99 July 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 This little treasure is the story of how young Danny DaVinci and Mick Angelo (and their weird dog Picasso) painted the stunning smile on […]

BOOK REVIEW: DETOURS by Tim Rogers

BOOK REVIEW: DETOURS by Tim Rogers

BOOK REVIEW: DETOURS by Tim Rogers Harper Collins – Hardcover rrp$35.00 1st September, 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9 ½ /10 Detours, Tim Rogers’ debut book, is a memoir of the You Am I frontman’s storied life, but not a biography, per se. More than a mere hagiography, Detours reads like a collection of self-deprecating […]

BOOK REVIEW: Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp

BOOK REVIEW: Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp

BOOK REVIEW: Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp Old Barn Books September 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books 8.5/10   Madeline Finn DOES NOT like to read. Not books. Not magazines. Not even the menu on the ice cream truck. “Keep trying, Madeline Finn,” my teacher says. But sometimes […]

BOOK REVIEW: Peas and Quiet by Gabrielle Tozer, illustrated by Sue deGennaro

BOOK REVIEW: Peas and Quiet by Gabrielle Tozer, illustrated by Sue deGennaro

BOOK REVIEW: Peas and Quiet by Gabrielle Tozer, illustrated by Sue deGennaro Angus & Robertson June 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books 7/10 Best friends Pip and Pop live in a peapod, but sometimes it can get a little too cosy – especially because they are so different! Pip loves to sing, […]

BOOK REVIEW: Final Girls by Riley Sager

BOOK REVIEW: Final Girls by Riley Sager

BOOK REVIEW: Final Girls by Riley Sager Ebury Press July 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Crime/Thriller 5/10 Final Girl is film-geek speak for the last woman standing at the end of a horror movie. At least, that’s what I’ve been told. Even before Pine Cottage, I never liked to watch scary movies because […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Little Theatre by the Sea by Rosanna Ley

BOOK REVIEW: The Little Theatre by the Sea by Rosanna Ley

BOOK REVIEW: The Little Theatre by the Sea by Rosanna Ley Quercus Books March 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Modern & Contemporary Fiction 6/10 On paper, a book like The Little Theatre by the Sea has the ingredients for a fabulous, summer read. It has an interesting-enough premise, it’s set in a fine, […]

BOOK REVIEW: Singing My Sister Down and Other Stories by Margo Lanagan

BOOK REVIEW: Singing My Sister Down and Other Stories by Margo Lanagan

BOOK REVIEW: Singing My Sister Down and Other Stories by Margo Lanagan Allen & Unwin May 2017 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Short Story Collection / Young Adult 7/10 ‘We all went down to the tar-pit, with mats to spread our weight.’ So begins ‘Singing My Sister Down’, Margo Lanagan’s internationally acclaimed, award-winning short […]

BOOK REVIEW: Robert Ludlam’s The Bourne Initiative by Eric Van Lustbader

BOOK REVIEW: Robert Ludlam’s The Bourne Initiative by Eric Van Lustbader

BOOK REVIEW: Robert Ludlam’s The Bourne Initiative by Eric Van Lustbader HarperCollins Australia June 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7.5 /10 The late Robert Ludlam’s most enduring creation, Jason Bourne, has had one hell of a life. An action adventure field agent more programmed and engineered than trained by the mysterious Treadstone covert agency […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Lost City of Z by David Grann

BOOK REVIEW: The Lost City of Z by David Grann

BOOK REVIEW: The Lost City of Z by David Grann Simon & Schuster  April 2017 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7.5/10 David Grann, a staff writer at The New Yorker and best-selling author, delves deep into the fascinating story of explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett and his fanciful attempts to discover the mystical lost city of […]

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