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Cat Out of Hell
3.63
From the woman that brought us "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" comes this perfectly gramatically correct tale of a feline with a dark past, and an even dark...more
Dec 10, 2013
Dec 09, 2013
 
The Girl With No Name: The Incredible True Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys
3.75
Some might say that this book cannot possibly be true, some might look at the release date and wonder if something else is up. But truth be told or no...more
Jul 25, 2013
Jul 25, 2013
 
Night of the Perigee Moon
3.50
This charming "middle grade" tale reminded me rather of Diana Wynne Jones - with its cast of quirky and out-of-this-world (although not literally) cha...more
Mar 12, 2014
Mar 12, 2014
 
Singing Home the Whale
5.00
Another wonderfully lyrical tale from one of New Zealand's most skilled and under-rated Young Adult authors.

Last year, Mandy Hagar captured my emotion...more
Sep 20, 2014
Sep 19, 2014
 
Rex and the City: True Tales of a Rescue Dog Who Rescued a Relationship
3.56
Despite a love of animals, I've always been a little scornful of the "cat/dog that changed my life" books. Everyone's pet has a story, I thought, that...more
Mar 11, 2012
Mar 12, 2012
 
The Island of Whispers
3.94
This was highly enjoyable animal novel in the spirit of Watership Down. It is not a cute-animal-story-for-children story - for the life of the rats is...more
Mar 30, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
 
Legacy of the Claw (Animas, #1)
3.50
Disclaimer: eARC received from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.


This was a fun read, although it took me a while to bec...more
Jun 22, 2014
Jun 22, 2014
 
Battle of the Birds
3.75
An entertaining and quick read, clearly written for children and will require substantial suspension of belief. As a bird enthusiast, I was quite intr...more
Jun 11, 2014
Jun 11, 2014
 
Magefable
4.14
This is a cute story, with simple but endearing illustrations. Alas, it seemed too heavily flavoured by Redwall to truly capture my full attention. Th...more
Jan 08, 2013
Jan 08, 2013
 
The Familiars (The Familiars, #1)
4.02
Entertaining enough for me to finish, but not an overly great read. The characters seemed a little one dimensional - brave feline, sly/brainy jay and...more
Oct 16, 2012
Oct 15, 2012
 
This Way of Life
3.14
A candid and easy read that gives an interesting insight into a way of life that most of us would consider if not reckless, than at least uncomfortabl...more
Oct 05, 2012
Oct 04, 2012
 
Pet Whisperer...er...rrr (Animals Talk Back, #1)
3.26
A short and fun story, introducing us to the characters of Wyatt and Jazmine. At around 100 pages long, I devoured it in one sitting, but it felt very...more
Jun 06, 2013
Jun 06, 2013
 
Trapped in Gondwana (Trapped in Gondwana #1)
3.78
This was a charming little adventure novel, aimed at a fairly young age group. So, I suppose my average rating is mostly due to the fact that I am an...more
Aug 20, 2012
Aug 20, 2012
 
The Katurran Odyssey
4.33
I was shaking with excitement when I first put my hands upon this wonderful book. Not only am I all but obsessed with lemurs, but I also have a fascin...more
Jan 2004
Apr 13, 2013
 
Call of the Kotuku
4.00
A childhood favourite, I recently picked up my copy of this once more as "research" for the novel I will be writing in November. It is a simple story...more
not set
Aug 04, 2013
 
The Princess and the Foal
4.27
A delightful story of equine friendship.

This is a fictional tale based on fact, the story of Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, the daughter of King Husse...more
Apr 28, 2014
Apr 28, 2014
 
The Dirty Bombers
3.00
As a lover of Watership Down and a writer of animal protagnoist novels, I jumped at the chance to read this title. Gulls have always held character to...more
Oct 09, 2013
Oct 08, 2013
 
Mind Bond (The Interspecies Telepaths #1)
3.25
There is something tremendously romantic about the thought of being able to psychically connect with a non-human animal and communicate via telepathy....more
Oct 06, 2013
Oct 04, 2013
 
Beak of the Moon
4.20
What more suitable place to read this novel than while on holiday in Fiordland? Whilst reclining in the beanbags in Milford Lodge, watching the rain s...more
Mar 17, 2013
Mar 18, 2013
 
Reflections
5.00
The Christchurch Writers' Guild are an informal group of like-minded individuals with a love of writing. Whilst many of the members tend towards fanta...more
Jun 14, 2014
Jun 16, 2014
 
Three Bags Full
3.60
It started promisingly enough - a sheep murder mystery, with a cast of woolly detectives and their farmer dead, a spade buried in his chest. After tha...more
Sep 06, 2013
Sep 05, 2013
 
Northwood
3.84
A delightful little story - the illustrations by Donovan Bixley are sublime and there are some very clever bits (I particularly liked the boy who used...more
Jan 21, 2013
Jan 21, 2013
 
Phantom of Terawhiti
4.25
I am quite a fan of Des Hunt, and have read all of his books to date. This is the latest, and it is set in the wilder parts of Wellington. Throughout...more
Mar 05, 2013
Mar 04, 2013
 
Velocitchy-Raptor
4.00
This was a delightfully gross little read - so gross in fact that parts of it made me feel a little nauseated! And when I say gross - I'm talking dino...more
Mar 31, 2013
Mar 31, 2013
 
A Howl in the Night
3.89
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It hooked me in from the start, and kept me entertained - and guessing, all the way to the end. I even laughed out lou...more
Apr 24, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
 
Quest for the Faradawn
3.76
I read this book a long time ago, so only have hazy recollections of what actually happened in the plot, but I do remember that there was one thing ab...more
not set
Aug 09, 2013
 
Diary of a Pukeko
4.67
What a delight! I loved the informative nature of this, and there were a few bits of slightly adult humour (pukekos are polygamists, and did anyone el...more
Mar 03, 2013
Mar 02, 2013
 
Wabi: A Hero's Tale
3.82
**spoiler alert** Whilst it got off to a promising start, the story quickly dimished into simplicity once Wabi transformed. The relationship between h...more
Aug 16, 2013
Aug 09, 2013
 
Dingo: The Dog Who Conquered a Continent
4.00
This delightful little book proved to be a quick and engrossing read. Its combination of survival and of the growing friendship and trust between man...more
Jul 06, 2012
Jul 07, 2012
 
Firewing (Silverwing, #3)
3.83
One of the things I enjoyed about this installment in the Silverwing saga was the fantastical nature of the plot. The earlier ones were just slightly...more
Dec 30, 2012
Dec 31, 2012
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