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I first happened across M.T. Anderson‘s work after hearing rave reviews of The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, which is a quite frankly marvello...more
Mar 23, 2010
Jul 03, 2010
Dark Dude
3.5 stars

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When I was in year eight I had an English teacher who would have us write ess...more
Nov 24, 2012
Nov 26, 2012
Heading Out to Wonderful
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“I learned how to slaughter the animals,” says Charlie Beal. “Learned to walk up to th...more
Aug 20, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
The People of Sparks (Book of Ember, #2)
The guide and I entered by that hidden path, to return to the clear world: and, not caring to rest, we climbed up, he first, and I second, until, thro...more
Jan 13, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
The Ruins of Lace
2.5 stars

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Yesterday I looked at Sarah Waters’ The Night Watch, in which a reverse chron...more
Oct 23, 2012
Oct 25, 2012
Thirteen Reasons Why
13 Reasons Why opens with main character Clay receiving a box of cassette tapes. It seems innocuous enough, although it does bring to mind scenes from...more
Apr 13, 2010
Jul 03, 2010
One for the Books
3.5 stars

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If books are an escapist tool, then surely books about books are a tool of so...more
Nov 23, 2012
Nov 27, 2012
The Victory Dance Murder
Set in 1941, just after the Pearl Harbour attacks, M T Jefferson’s The Victory Dance Murder couples a small-town setting with life during wartime. Pro...more
May 08, 2012
May 09, 2012
The Self-Preservation Society
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As we speak my mother-in-law is planning for the apocalypse. Or, at least, three days’...more
Nov 17, 2012
Nov 19, 2012
Garden Spells
While I must admit to picking up Sarah Addison Allen's debut novel, Garden Spells, based on its stunning cover, I can honestly say that I'm glad I did...more
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Jun 30, 2010
The Guys' Guy's Guide to Love
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My husband has a friend who appears to have internalised every word of The Game, and t...more
Jul 28, 2012
Jul 29, 2012
Midnight Magic: Be Careful What You Wish For!
2.5 stars (not bad)

Midnight Magic is the sort of classic teen horsy story I loved as a child: it’s all about overcoming adversity through random acts...more
Dec 05, 2011
Dec 06, 2011
An American Family
3.5 stars

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“Mazeltov!” cried the new guy in the office when I returned from my honeymoon...more
Jun 19, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
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I'm always surprised to read that readers find it easier to get into the head of a fir...more
Dec 16, 2012
Dec 16, 2012
The Sea of Trolls (Sea of Trolls, #1)
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“In my opinion you aren’t a total waste of time,” says the town’s visiting Bard to ele...more
Sep 28, 2012
Oct 04, 2012
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Though Daisy Appleby is surely the world record holder for Most Times Deceased and Revived...more
May 19, 2012
May 21, 2012
Getting Caught
Jess Hill and Peyton Brentwood are at war. Although they were once the very best of friends, things have changed, and now the two spend their days fig...more
Apr 10, 2012
May 02, 2012
January First: A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her
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Although I read January First late last year, it’s probably apt that it’s my first rev...more
Dec 29, 2013
Jan 03, 2013
My Sweet Saga
3.5 stars.

What would you do if your estranged, Hawaiian shirt-wearing, Powerball jackpot-winning father, the man who told you that you’d never see a c...more
Nov 15, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
Empire Day
3.5 stars

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When walking home from dinner one night, my husband and I were hounded by a g...more
Jul 07, 2012
Jul 09, 2012
Little White Lies
Little White Lies is Bernadette Strachan’s fourth novel, and while it’s presented as fluffy and whimsical, it’s a novel that actually has quite a lot...more
May 24, 2010
Jun 26, 2010
Equinox (The Rosie Black Chronicles, #2)
Lara Morgan’s Genesis, the first in her dystopian YA trilogy The Rosie Black Chronicles, was a blistering read. Its sequel certainly continues in a si...more
Nov 18, 2011
Nov 24, 2011
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In my experience, tins and fingers don't go well together. A few years back I found my...more
Feb 05, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
Silent to the Bone
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EL Konigsburg’s Silent to the Bone is the third book I’ve read recently involving a ch...more
Feb 2013
Feb 06, 2013
This Is Not a Drill
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Dear This is Not a Drill,

This is a tough letter to write, and I’m sorry not to be doin...more
Nov 02, 2012
Nov 08, 2012
Before She Dies
At a crime writing convention I went to last year, there was a good deal of discussion on one panel about why it is that the victims in crime novels a...more
Feb 08, 2012
Feb 09, 2012
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From Year 9 through to Year 12 I attended the Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School, a smal...more
Jul 24, 2012
Jul 24, 2012
White Fang
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Jun 10, 2011
Jul 05, 2011
Peril At End House (Agatha Christie Collection)
Agatha Christie is a writer for whom many readers will have a soft spot. Along with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, she’s perhaps one of the best known myster...more
Feb 07, 2010
Jul 08, 2010
Burn Mark (Burn Mark, #1)
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Laura Powell’s recently released Burn Mark is a book that seems to tick all the right bo...more
Oct 06, 2012
Oct 07, 2012