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Hi, it's Shirley here, author of this book. I've been thinking for a while what I should do to "fill up" this space meant for a review. I'm going to d...more
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Nov 14, 2010
What did you think? asks Goodreads. I'm the author! I wrote this book! It's as awesome as this book...

I lie.

Nothing can be more awesome than that boo...more
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Jan 01, 2012
The Reluctant Hallelujah
I have this theory that Gabby Williams wrote this novel while she was watching Weekend at Bernies, while reading The Da Vinci Code, in the backseat of...more
Apr 05, 2012
Dec 14, 2011
Cinnamon Rain
To be honest with you, I wasn't that keen to read Cinnamon Rain, a new Aussie YA title from debut author Emma Cameron. For starters, I found the title...more
Mar 16, 2012
Jan 02, 2012
Jasper Jones
I'm jumping on a plane tonight to go on holidays for 2 weeks (so farewell for 2 weeks, will you die without me?), so before I go, this is going to be...more
Feb 02, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
All I Ever Wanted
You know the old adage "It's not you, it's me?" I would love to use that sentiment to describe my feelings, but honestly, I don't think I can. I think...more
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Aug 14, 2011
Queen of the Night (This is Shyness, #2)
I really liked Leanne Hall's debut novel This is Shyness . The world that Hall created was phenomenal - a perpetually night-bound suburb called Shynes...more
Mar 2012
Nov 13, 2011
When Dogs Cry
The Book Thief ASIDE, I have read the two other "Underdogs" books and now this third and final one. I am ready to take a bullet for Markus Zusak. That...more
May 10, 2011
Apr 24, 2011
Bridge of Clay
Okay, this space is just going to become a dumping ground of stuff I learn about Bridge of Clay until the book actually comes out and I read it, die a...more
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Apr 30, 2011
The Howling Boy
Why can't I find any info at this book at all???

All I can find is this on Cath Crowley's blog:

"It's a mystery. And it's partly about the things that g...more
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Jul 14, 2011
The endorsements on the back of this novel should have actually gone like this:

"Chock full of sass" - Leanne Hall

"Penny Drummond is smart and funny, v...more
Apr 29, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
Beatle Meets Destiny
If you asked me what I thought this novel was trying to do, I would say that Beatle Meets Destiny is your classic Boy Meets Girl story that the author...more
Oct 23, 2011
Jul 02, 2011
Pan's Whisper
I was staring through the leaves at the only patch of blue in the sky, when this memory drops out of nowhere and smashes me right between the eyes...

Nov 21, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
Beautiful Malice
I log into Facebook one day to find a friend request from Rebecca James. The Rebecca James? Beautiful Malice Rebecca James? Wants to be friends with m...more
Dec 28, 2010
Dec 26, 2010
Losing It
To be honest, the idea of this book did not initially set my pants on fire. A virginity pact novel? What? Is this going to be like American Pie? Maybe...more
Mar 28, 2012
Dec 15, 2011
The Life and Times of Gracie Faltrain (Gracie Faltrain, #1)
So here we have it – Cath Crowley’s first novel, The Life and Times of Gracie Faltrain, published in 2004. This is where the magic began! This is what...more
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Jun 03, 2012
Love Notes From Vinegar House
Love Notes from Vinegar House is a book I just HAD to read because of:

a) The title. This has to be one of the oddest titles of the year. And I'm not t...more
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Mar 20, 2012
A Pocketful of Eyes
Lili Wilkinson is a plucky, gutsy author! She decides to single-handedly bring sexy-back to old school detective stories by bringing it into YA fictio...more
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Jun 20, 2011
Thyla (Thyla, #1)
Warning: Split-personality review ahead! I have scored this novel 3 stars, but as opposed to merely 'liking' the whole novel, I really adored the firs...more
Nov 2011
Oct 27, 2011
I'll Tell You Mine
When I first took notice of this book, the name of the author struck me as familiar even though Pip Harry was a debut YA author.

Then I saw her profile...more
Apr 27, 2012
Mar 01, 2012
Raw Blue
Nineteen year old Carly has decided to let go of her life, her uni degree and her family, to work joyless nights at a daggy cafe in Manly (that's Sydn...more
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May 10, 2011
Black Painted Fingernails
In this instance, my three star rating means exactly that: for me this was an average book.

And I don't mean that as a bad thing. It's not a bad book....more
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May 18, 2011
Six Impossible Things
Six Impossible Things is about the Top 6 List that Dan Cereill (that's surreal and not cereal) has started inside his diary since his dad turned gay a...more
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Sep 15, 2011
Night Beach
Dear Penguin Australia, thank you for giving me a chance to read Night Beach, I am very grateful. I am not in this to Win Famous Friends or Unintentio...more
Mar 10, 2012
Feb 02, 2012
I was attracted to this book by its dreamy cover and the endorsement from Rebecca James on the front that read 'Utterly compelling and unputdownable'!...more
Jun 22, 2011
Jun 19, 2011
Only Ever Always
This is a story about two girls - first there is Claire, who early on in the novel suffers a trauma in her otherwise ordinary world and she disappears...more
Aug 09, 2011
May 25, 2011
Chasing Charlie Duskin
When I first got this book, I showed the blurb to my sister to see what she thought. "Charlie Duskin is about to have the best summer of her life. She...more
Jul 08, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
The Bridge
The Bridge is the 2011 winner of The Text Prize, an annual X-Factor contest of the Australian publishing world where the prize is a publishing contrac...more
Nov 29, 2011
Nov 24, 2011
The Underdog
Like others, I also chose to read this primarily as it is Markus Zusak's first novel. It's written in his trademark existentialist, charmingly goofy a...more
Apr 30, 2011
Apr 30, 2011
Dress Rehearsal
The boards bounce beneath us, and the stars, the air, his smile, my heart vibrate in tune. The set ends in a guitar solo that unzips the night and rup...more
Jan 11, 2012
Jan 04, 2012
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