Archive | January 2015

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Sixth Grade Style Queen (Not!)

Sixth Grade Style Queen by Sherryl Clark My rating: 5 of 5 stars This ‘verse’ novel is an absolute heartbreaker. Clark gets right inside the head of Dawn. Dawn is in grade 6 and her best and longest friend has joined the style queens (read bitches), her mum and dad are fighting, and school and […]

Barefoot Kids

Barefoot Kids by Steve Hawke My rating: 4 of 5 stars Although slightly too long (could have done with a bit of an edit) this is an enjoyable mystery adventure book, with a distinctively Australian voice. View all my reviews

Wisdom’s Kiss

Wisdom’s Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock My rating: 4 of 5 stars This novel is interesting on a number of levels. It is first and foremost an historical fantasy – the setting is pseudo-medieval – but the unusual construction of this work is its point of difference. The story is told in a series of […]

The Shiny Guys

The Shiny Guys by Doug MacLeod My rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow. Like. Wow.This book is just so unusual. It is the story of Colin Lapsley. The year is 1985. Colin sees things out the corner of his eyes. Shiny red guys, in leather jackets. As soon as he looks at them, they go, […]

Of Poseidon

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks My rating: 3 of 5 stars Of Poseidon seems that it may be just another novel in the para-normal romance genre that’s been sweeping the world. And on one level it is. Girl meets boy, they fall in love, he turns out to be something fantastic. Love blossoms. Etc. But […]

Year of Wonders

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a beautifully written historical novel of the Plague. Brooks’ storytelling is sublime, her characters strong, real and wonderful (some are wonderful in their hideousness). The setting is finely written and supports the story. Read it – for goodness sake!PS. Don’t let […]

Marly’s Ghost

Marly’s Ghost by David Levithan My rating: 4 of 5 stars Using Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as a starting point, Leviathan has re-written the story for a modern age. On Valentine’s Day, Ben cannot face the day without his beloved Marly by his side. Her death has become all to hard for him to cope […]