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Halloween Is Not A Verb

(Belladonna University #4)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Young Aussie witches Hebe and Holly Hallow are bringing their friends home to meet their mums for Halloween! What terrible life choices will Sage and Jules make around the bonfire? Why is Ferd flipping out about poetry? What’s with all the butternut pumpkins?
Epic friendship and festive shenanigans with the magical students from Belladonna University.

Published October 31st 2018 by Tansy Rayner Roberts
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Ju Transcendancing
Let me count the ways I love these characters: eleventy infinity. They are the best, run don't walk to the first in the series 'Fake Geek Girl' so that you can enjoy all the adventures of these wonderful characters. Antics, and fun and magical philosophy ahead, and a minotaur. Because apparently Halloween isn't complete without a minotaur? Also, this kind of Halloween celebration is something I could absolutely get behind.
Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun story totally appropriate for the season. I particularly enjoyed the Australian expression of Halloween and the unexpected bonding between Holly and Ferd.
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved listening to Tansy Rayner Roberts' podcast Sheep Might Fly where you too can listen to lots of her short stories! ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya
The gang goes home to Holly & Hebe's 3 magical mums' house. Sage and Jules Nightshade drunkspell a scary maze out of straw bales as a final project for Viola's magic class, trapping everyone in it. Once upon a time when Ferd was the most promising shadowmancer of his generation, he could have fixed the problem with a snap of his fingers. But that was before the accident in the lab that stole all his powers. What will they do now? ...more
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The latest in the Belladonna U series, which still delivers every time. I love this quirky little series, not least because it's so interesting to have an Australian take on fantasy. These characters are so lovely and supportive of each other, and recognise each others' talents. They work great as a team. I'll be interested to see what happens next now that several of the characters are about to graduate.
Miss Susan
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
more of a short story than a novella. the belladonna u crew goes to the twins' house to celebrate halloween. i liked it but it took a bit for me to get my feet under me, there are a lot of characters and it's been long enough since i read the last books that i needed awhile to remember who was who

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Kaia Landelius
This is the most Tansy story.
Needs editing (misspells, weird/incorrect sentence structures etc).

Still fun. Really starting to wish for Sage to grow up a little.
Overall, still love the gang.
Iona Sharma
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Much as I love this series, this isn't my favourite in it. Unlike the others, it feels like a causal installment in a vague serial novel, as opposed to being a complete story in itself.
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020, shorts
Pretty sure I read this when it came out but never finished; re-read now, and loved it so much.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Delightful work as always.
Viv Smythe
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Mel (booksandsundry)
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How are you not reading everything Tansy writes? Do yourself a favour, this crew of uni students, set in Australia and some have magic are so much fun to read about. Get to it!!

Or listen to the podcast “Sheep Might Fly”, however you like to consume.
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Tsana Dolichva
Halloween is Not a Verb by Tansy Rayner Roberts is the latest novella in the Fake Geek Girl universe. It seems to be set later than other other existing stories and, as is probably obvious from the title, is Halloween themed.

Credit where credit’s due, Halloween is Not a Verb does include several discussions in how impractical Halloween traditions are when transposed to the Southern Hemisphere and the middle of spring. That said, it’s also a book about witches that embraces the tradition with the
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Tansy Rayner Roberts is a fantasy and science fiction author who lives in southern Tasmania, somewhere between the tall mountain with snow on it, and the beach that points towards Antarctica.

Tansy has a PhD in Classics (with a special interest in poisonous Roman ladies), an obsession with Musketeers, and is raising two superhero daughters who are going to rule the world someday.

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