ARC Book Review: League of Strays by L.B. Schulman

Publisher: Amulet Publishing Date: October 1 2012 Genre: YA, thriller, contemporary Format: e-ARC Page count: 288 (paperback) My rating: League of Strays delivers an interesting, twisted concept that leaves a distinct impression of distaste in one’s mouth all wrapped up in a nicely decorated book cover. The cover art is intensely accurate – from the pose of the two models, the uncertain, […]

ARC Book Review: Shift by Kim Curran

Publisher: Strange Chemistry Publishing Date: September 4 2012 Genre: YA, sci-fi Format: e-ARC Page count: 416 (paperback) My rating: Shift’s opening pages did not endear itself to me. I read the prologue, which was a huge hypothetical ‘have you ever wondered?’ and frankly said NO, I HAVE NOT. PISS OFF, BOOK. So I put it down for a few weeks. […]

Book Review: There’s A Bear in There (And He Wants Swedish) by Merridy Eastman

Publisher: Allen & Unwin Publishing Date: 2002 Genre: Memoir Format: Paperback Page count: 332 My rating:   I’ll admit, I didn’t recognise Merridy Eastman’s face or name prior to the end of this book where she reveals she got a job on the one TV show mentioned that I actually watched (Always Greener). Her stint on Playschool was before my […]

Book Review: Outside In by Maria V Snyder

Publisher:  Harlequin Release Date: 3 January 2011 Genre:  YA, sci-fi, dystopian Format:  Paperback Page Count:  326 Source: Purchased Links: Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads | Author website Rating: Outside In suffers from the same page-turning excitement The Hunger Games suffers from. I say ‘suffers’ because I suffered when I had to put it down to do normal things like eat […]

Book Review: Inside Out by Maria V Snyder

Publisher:  Harlequin Release Date: 1 April 2010 Genre:  YA, sci-fi, dystopian Format:  Paperback Page Count:  315 Source: Purchased Links: Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads | Author website Rating:   Inside Out is, first and foremost, a dystopian. However, it is not like the standard YA dystopian, The Hunger Games, to which it is often compared. It is similar to in […]

Book Review: Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry Books Release Date: 6 October 2009 Genre:  YA/New Adult, Paranormal Romance Format:  Paperback Page Count:  336 Source: Library Links: Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads | Author website Rating: This novel is based on a lesser-known Norwegian fairy tale, and though I’d never heard of the tale before, this retelling was wonderfully imagined. I can’t say how […]

Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Publisher:  Doubleday Release Date: 13 September 2011 Genre:  Fantasy, Magical Realism, Victorian Format:  Hardcover Page Count:  387 Source: Library Links: Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads | Author website Rating: Gah! What a supremely boring book. The prose is near perfect, and the descriptions are the best I’ve ever read. But good writing and beautiful descriptions does not a good book […]

Book Review: Preloved by Shirley Marr

Publisher:  Black Dog Books/Walker Books Release Date: 1 April 2012 Genre:  YA, Paranormal Romance Format:  Paperback Page Count:  272 Source: Owned Links: Goodreads | Book Depository | Author website Rating: Preloved has one of the coolest concepts on the block (a ghost from the Eighties? It was only the so-daggy-it’s-cool era), and add to that major bonus points for a YA heroine who’s Chinese. […]

Book Review: The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

My rating: In Twilight, Bella goes insane when her mother re-marries and ships her off to live with her absent father. In trying to cope with this, Bella imagines a world where she is the centre of attention from every boy in school, especially the hottest, most desirable Edward Cullen. But Edward isn’t just the most […]

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