Review: I’m Thinking Of Ending Things by Iain Reid

by - July 24th, 2016


I’m Thinking of Ending Things is the kind of novel you’ll read with your stomach clenched, mouth dry, heart pounding in your chest. It’s compulsive, unnerving, and downright unputdownable. It’s by far the most tense, atmospheric, and suspenseful book I’ve read this year – and also one of the best. Seriously, just thinking about it now, that […]

List of YA Peter Pan Retellings

by - July 24th, 2016


Do you find yourself mildly terrified of being an adult? I think you and I need to have a talk about Peter Pan. YES! The immortal, ageless classic fairy-child created by J.M. Barrie in the 1900s. And considering Peter Pan is still popular even to this day, I think he’s successfully achieved that “ageless” genius. […]

Empowering Inspiration – Picture Book Reviews

by - July 21st, 2016


The following picture books possess special qualities in their ability to address difficult topics, but in most sensitive and inspiring ways. From the team at publishing company, Empowering Resources, here are three valuable resources that can literally change the lives of many dealing with tough life circumstances. The courageous and talented Naomi Hunter, founder of […]

Stephenie Meyer’s first thriller, THE CHEMIST, to be published in November

by - July 20th, 2016


Big news, book lovers! Bestselling author Stephenie Meyer’s first thriller, The Chemist, will be published worldwide on November 15, 2016. According to Meyer, “The Chemist is the love child created from the union of my romantic sensibilities and my obsession with Jason Bourne/Aaron Cross. I very much enjoyed spending time with a different kind of action hero, one […]

Review: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

by - July 19th, 2016


If you’re looking for an incredible YA fantasy that features delicious things like spooky destroyed countries, medieval vigilantes, princesses-in-disguise, and various sharp knives — then The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows is calling to you. Practically screaming your name. You want it, just trust me on this, yes?   WHAT’S IT ABOUT: An epic fantasy […]

Feeling Good and Fitting In – Inspiring Picture Books

by - July 18th, 2016

Stick and Stone

Self-assuredness, making wise life choices, strong self-esteem, and a kind heart – all positive attributes we wish for our offspring but not always easy to foster. The beautiful subtly of picture books can help reinforce and encourage these traits in children. Here are some inspiring examples. Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry Illustrated by Tom […]

Review: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

by - July 17th, 2016


Truly Madly Guilty mightn’t boast the edginess or outright boldness of Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret, but don’t be fooled into thinking Liane Moriarty’s latest is anything short of compulsive. No other writer — I repeat, no other writer — is as capable of thrusting readers on such an emotional, exhilarating roller-coaster ride. In Truly Madly Guilty, Moriarty […]

Review: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

by - July 14th, 2016


I had a very severe suspicion that I would absolutely adore The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye. Now why is that? Well, it contains all the greatest things in life including (A) beginning in a bakery, (B) Russian fantasy! and (C) magician duels! What could be better?!? And thankfully the book did not disappoint at all! WHAT’S […]

Review: A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming

by - July 13th, 2016

Divided Spy

Relentlessly fascinating, taut, atmospheric and immersive — get out your thesaurus and start looking for new superlatives. Charles Cumming’s A Divided Spy deserves them all. Quite simply, spy thrillers don’t get much better than this. While I hate revealing my ignorance, I must admit I was not familiar with the work of Charles Cumming prior to grabbing […]

Guest Post by L.A. Larkin, author of ‘Devour’

by - July 12th, 2016

Devour front cover

Thank you to Boomerang Books for inviting me to write a blog post to celebrate the launch of my latest action and conspiracy thriller, Devour. I’d like to share with you a little about the inspiration for Devour, which is primarily set in Antarctica. ‘Three kilometres beneath the camp, subglacial Lake Ellsworth, and whatever secret […]

A Pair of Bear Books – Picture Book Reviews

by - July 12th, 2016


I’ve found the perfect ‘snuggle-up-and-settle-down-for-bed’ books! My three and a half year old just adores them and although they’ve been on repeat every night, the fun surprises at the end never lose their novelty. Tuck in for a good night’s sleep with these two adorable ‘bear’ books to help with the bedtime routine. Where is […]

Review: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

by - July 9th, 2016


The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is such a heartwarming WWII story! My cold dead heart warmed like a whole 3 degrees and that is amazing. I loved the visual writing and the copious amounts of scones (!!!) and the adorable protagonist, Ada. British books are always delightfully pleasant. And I do see […]

Raised in a World of Picture Book Goodness

by - July 7th, 2016


It is so important, particularly today, that our future generations are brought up as genuinely kind and caring people with peace and prosperity in heart and mind. It is our duty to continue to empower and raise our children as strong, tolerant and protective members of our society and environment. I love these following picture […]

Review: The Good Lieutenant by Whitney Terrell

by - July 6th, 2016


Whitney Terrell delivers one of the most original war novels in recent years and the most moving war novel I’ve read since Kevin Power’s The Yellow Birds. In many ways this novel is a classic war story. A platoon that comes together during training, forges a bond, only for it to all fall apart under the […]

Double Dipping – Terrific reads for Tweens & Teens

by - July 4th, 2016

The Pain, My Mother, Sir Tiffy, Cyber Boy and Me

As children shrug off their tween years and enter the tribulation-ridden terrain of teenage hood, the art of telling stories for them becomes more exact and tenuous. Tales still need to entertain yet they must also strike such firm and resounding accord with their intended audience that for readers to abandon them would be like […]

Review: This Savage Song by VE Schwab

by - July 2nd, 2016


This Savage Song by VE Schwab was a monstrously pleasing read. I’m beginning to think VE Schwab can do no wrong with her other incredible books like A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, and Vicious. This was my first try of a YA book by her and it was absolute perfection! Dark and […]

Review: A Hero in France by Alan Furst

by - June 29th, 2016


No other writer of historical espionage fiction is as capable of capturing the sights sounds, and tensions of the time as Alan Furst. Not only does he saturate the reader in the fine details, but his characters always resonate – even when they are distinct archetypes – and his plots are always complex and rollicking.  […]

YA 2016 June And July Releases To Watch Out For

by - June 29th, 2016


Keeping on top of the new releases is always hard when it comes to Young Adult books. Why? Because there are so many! And they all seem so epic! How does one even know what to choose?! Luckily for you, I am here to point you in the direction of upcoming epicness and keep your to-be-read piles taller […]

Review – Dragonfly Song

by - June 28th, 2016

Dragonfly Song

Wendy Orr’s latest novel has the sweeping majesty of an epic novel and the thrill of a mid-grade fantasy that will win leagues of young new fans. Powerful, eloquent and moving, Dragonfly Song is a story you will never want to leave. At first glance, Dragonfly Song is not for the faint hearted, weighing in […]

DOODLES AND DRAFTS with Wendy Orr on the inspiration behind Dragonfly Song

by - June 28th, 2016

Orr Wendy, preferred author photo, credit Roger Gould

Hang onto to your bronze daggers as you are in for ‘a riveting, mythic Bronze Age adventure’ –  we have the remarkable Wendy Orr at the draft table today, escorting us on her Blog Tour for her stunning new novel, Dragonfly Song. And like all terrific stories, there is usually an even more fascinating story […]

Review: Black Teeth by Zane Lovitt

by - June 27th, 2016


The Midnight Promise announced Zane Lovitt as a great new talent in Australian crime fiction. His new novel is even more incredible. Lovitt takes a wicked sense of humour and clever plotting to once again brilliantly subvert the crime genre. The novel opens with a piece of classic noir. A man opens his door to […]

Review: The Girl in Green by Derek B. Miller

by - June 24th, 2016

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Norwegian By Night was one of my books of the year when it was published in 2012 and we loved it so much in the shop it was our bestselling book of that year (it even outsold Fifty Shades that year!). It was a literary thriller like no other that had a deep emotional resonance. […]

YA Books About The Afterlife

by - June 22nd, 2016


Death and the afterlife are huge questions most humans ponder upon. So naturally there are YA books that ask the same questions! Which leads these books to be about (excuse me while I aptly quote The Princess Bride) characters who seem only mostly dead. Life ain’t over for these folks! And the afterlife speculations vary from Egyptian folklore […]

Being You is Best – Picture book reviews about Self

by - June 21st, 2016

Introducing Teddy

It is sheer coincidence that the following picture books lie on my desk at a time when the tenets of tolerance, acceptance and being yourself are being so brutally questioned again, (when are they not). However, it is heartening to know that equally powerful positive messages are available and as accessible as picking up one […]

Discovering Adventure with Leila Rudge’s Picture Books

by - June 20th, 2016


Her indelibly gentle style, warming tones, infallible use of mixed media, energetic and always gorgeous characters bounce from her pictures every time. Including titles such as Ted and Mum Goes to Work, illustrator Leila Rudge knows just how to capture the heart, soul and spirit of her characters in all of her books. Here are a […]

Who is Oliver Phommavanh’s The Other Christy?

by - June 20th, 2016

Other Christy

Oliver Phommavanh’s new novel for children, The Other Christy has just been published by Penguin Random House. It has a very appealing storyline and characters, voices some important issues with a light touch, and is told with the author’s trademark big heart and humour. Thanks for speaking with Boomerang Books, Oliver. No worries Joy. Where […]

Review: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

by - June 17th, 2016


Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke was delightfully messed up. It’s a whimsical YA contemporary with a fairy tale vibe that nearly makes it seem magical realism. And it’s basically populated by slightly psychotic characters. But don’t fret! They’re adorable psychos. (Ahem.) After finishing my brain basically just spun with emotions and I feel like I did paddle in […]

Everything’s Archie

by - June 15th, 2016


Last year I picked up and read a copy of Afterlife with Archie. It was unexpected, surprisingly intelligent and utterly BRILLIANT! And it reminded me of how I loved reading Archie comics as a kid. So I hopped online and ordered a selection of Archie graphic novels. Did they meet my expectations? Were they all […]

Review – Disastrously Daring! by Adam Wallace

by - June 15th, 2016


Disastrously Daring!, Adam Wallace (author), James Hart (illus.), Krueger Wallace Press, 2016 (the year of the ninja). On par with it predecessors, Accidentally Awesome! (review) and Blunderingly Brilliant!, Disastrously Daring! knows laughter is the best medicine. However, we all know that Jackson Payne’s recipe is so often one for disaster rather than a cure! Adam […]

Review: The Lost And Found by Katrina Leno

by - June 14th, 2016


The Lost And Found by Katrina Leno is a precious little bookish creature built for anxious people with internet friendships. It’s so very relatable! I immediately felt at home with the teens who confessed it’s easier to make friends online sometimes. (YES IT IS.) Although, be ye warned: It’s actually contemporary with a slight dose of magical realism. […]

Review – One Would Think the Deep

by - June 13th, 2016

One Would Think the Deep

If you thought Claire Zorn’s first two YA novels, The Sky So Heavy and The Protected, were brilliant, you’re going to need double tinted Ray Burns for her latest masterpiece, One Would Think the Deep. Zorn manages to mould rough edged, grit-encrusted reality into exquisite accomplished prose with the mere flick of her fingers. One […]

Quirks, Quandaries and Quips – Picture Book Reviews  

by - June 9th, 2016


I love coming across books that allow the freedom to ‘think outside the square‘, so to speak. Books that play ‘chasey‘ with your imagination and let you run wild. And books that at the end of a chaotic day leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling in your heart. The following three picture books […]

Review: Starflight by Melissa Sanders

by - June 9th, 2016


Starflight by Melissa Sanders was an incredibly fun surprise! I didn’t have very high expectations because the author’s previous book, Alienated, was cute but a bit unimpressive for me. Yet Starflight?!? IT WAS AMAZING. It was like Cinder meets Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and it was stuffed with action and hilarious dialogue. This is the kind of quality intergalactic space […]

The 2016 CBCA Early Childhood Picture Books

by - June 8th, 2016


Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey (Scholastic Press) begins, ‘Hey there, guys. Would you like a banana?  What’s wrong, Brian? You’re a piranha. Well, how about some silverbeet? Are you serious Brian? We eat feet. Or would you rather a bowl of peas? Stop it Brian. We eat knees. Well, I bet you’d like […]

Curious Concepts – Concept picture book reviews

by - June 6th, 2016

What Could it Be

Concept picture books play a huge part in shaping a young person’s perceptions. They are capable of unlocking an inquisitiveness that hopefully sticks around for life and are crucial for developing critical thinking, reasoning, and logic. However, important educational concepts need not be strictly didactic and dull as these entertaining picture books clearly display. Garden […]

YA Books With Super Long Titles

by - June 4th, 2016


Giving books titles is really hard. We can’t all have short punchy ones like “Power” and “Blood”, I suppose, so it makes sense that some titles get…lengthy. Super lengthy. Some titles end up as entire sentences, honestly. And while it takes us half an hour to recall and spit out the book’s title, at least we […]

War and the CBCA 2016 Shortlisted Picture Books

by - June 3rd, 2016

Flight 2

War is a recurring theme in the 2016 CBCA shortlisted books and dominates the picture book category. Ride Ricardo Ride by Phil Cummings, illustrated by Shane Devries (Omnibus Books, Scholastic Australia) has an Italian war setting, where the soldiers are portrayed as menacing shadows. It particularly looks at the relationship between Ricardo and his father, who […]

Janeen Brian’s Hunger for Stories Leaves us Wanting More

by - June 2nd, 2016


Janeen Brian is the much-loved, award-winning author of over 90 books for children, many of which have been translated and distributed around the world. Some of her most popular titles include I’m a Dirty Dinosaur, I’m a Hungry Dinosaur, Where does Thursday go?, That Boy, Jack, I Spy Mum!, Hoosh! Camels in Australia, Silly Squid! and Pilawuk- When […]

YA, NA and MG Fiction Defined With Recommendations

by - June 1st, 2016

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Most readers will be familiar with the genre of books referred to as YA, but what about NA and MG? Young Adult (YA) YA fiction generally contains novels written for readers aged in their teens, or more specifically between the ages of 13 and 20. The stories feature teenage protagonists and often explore themes of identity […]

Spinning Tales – Cricket inspired Young Fiction

by - June 1st, 2016

Glen Maxwell

I realise it’s brass-monkey weather already and for many a young sportsperson, rugby jerseys are in preference to baggy greens. However, the warming image of red leather cracking against willow against a burnished summer sky is one I am in dire need of right now. Therefore, here are a few of some recent favourite cricket […]