Review: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

by - August 24th, 2016


Ann Patchett is fast becoming one of my all-time favourite authors. Her new novel takes her talent to a new level totally engrossing you in the lives of two families who themselves get tangled up over the years due to a few choices of fate. The novel opens in 1964 at a seemingly innocuous christening […]

Middle Eastern Inspired YA Fantasy Books

by - August 23rd, 2016


As a rabid devourer of fantasy, I’m always on the look out for exceptionally brilliant books! And I’ve absolutely fallen in love with epic YA fantasy books set in the Middle East, Persia, and India! I can’t get enough of the gorgeous settings, the complex culture, and the mythology. Plus diversity is always a win and […]

Marvellous midgrade reads – Reviewing Aussie Talent

by - August 22nd, 2016

Princess Parsley

Midgrade readers have to fulfil a variety of whims. They should appeal to the increasingly insatiable literary appetites of confident mid-primary aged readers. They must soar with excitement and be able to crack readers up at the mere mention of impending doom for any adults foolhardy enough to wander through the storyline. And they should […]

Everybody Loves Cheeky Animals in Picture Books

by - August 22nd, 2016


What is it about mischievous, strong-minded animals that make them so irresistible? Is it because they are so entertaining, or that we can see ourselves in them, or both? Here are some of the latest picture books that fit the bill in the ‘cheeky-animal’ category. Get your paws on them now! Heath McKenzie whets our […]

Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

by - August 18th, 2016


If you’re looking for an epically dark fantasy, with a dash of sass and plenty of stabbing — A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab is absolutely entirely for you. I actually procrastinated reading it for ages, despite 90001 people yelling at me to try it (I have really great friends who recommend books so […]

Curiously Good Books from Around the World

by - August 16th, 2016

Don't Cross

Gecko Press in New Zealand plays a phenomenal role in discovering, and then making accessible, outstanding children’s books from around the world. Their 2016 publications are from countries as diverse as Sweden, Mexico, Japan and Portugal. One of the most impressive books I’ve seen for a long time is Timeline: A Visual History of Our […]

Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

by - August 16th, 2016


Brace yourself, dear reader. You’re about to be assailed with praise and hyperbole for Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter, which, at this moment, is on track to be my favourite thriller of the year. Right now, I can’t imagine anything toppling Dark Matter from its throne. Dark Matter is an unabashed science fiction thriller. If the […]

Fun for Fathers – Picture books to share with Dad

by - August 15th, 2016

The Ballad of Henry Hoplingsea

One of the most joyful pleasures a child can enjoy is Daddy-time. There can never be too much of it. Here’s a new selection of picture books you can share with your special little someones on Father’s Day or indeed, at any time at all. The Ballad of Henry Hoplingsea by Julia Hubery Illustrated by […]

List of YA Books About Bookworms And Libraries

by - August 14th, 2016

There is one thing we bookworms will all agree on without argument: books are awesome. We all have different preferences on to what kind of books are the most awesome, obviously. But books themselves are just magical doorways into our favourite places of ever. Ergo, books about books are automatically a big win. (Also it’s like bookish-inception!) Today’s […]

Review: The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan

by - August 13th, 2016


On the surface this looks like a book about horse racing and the Kentucky derby but don’t let the cover or blurb fool you. The is an epic American novel on the scale of Philipp Meyer’s The Son. It is a story of family, money and race and the everlasting consequences each leaves upon subsequent […]

Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

by - August 12th, 2016


An absolute tour de force. A novel, unfortunately, that could not be more timely by a writer who doesn’t flinch at any stage. There is often arguments when it comes to historical fiction about accuracy. How much leeway should story get over truth? For me historical fiction is not primarily about recounting historical events but […]

5 Books for LEGO Lovers

by - August 11th, 2016

Brick History Lego Warren Elsmore

Are you an Adult Fan of Lego (AFOL)? I recently finished reading Brick History – Amazing Historical Scenes to Build from Lego by Warren Elsmore and thought I’d put together a short list of books for LEGO lovers, or AFOL (Adult Fans of LEGO) as I now know them. Brick History – Amazing Historical Scenes to Build […]

Review – On the River by Roland Harvey

by - August 11th, 2016


Roland Harvey is one of our most iconic children’s book creators that represents true Australiana throughout his work. From his The Wombats Go on Camp and The Wombats at the Zoo series, to his Big Book of Christmas, and the illustrations for the Bonnie and Sam titles. But it is the At the Beach series […]

This picture book is on FIRE!

by - August 10th, 2016


A small pile of review books arrived in the post today. I’m super busy with writing deadlines at the moment, so I went to put them aside… but a picture book caught my attention. I was familiar with the author, Adam Wallace, and the illustrator, Andrew Plant. So I thought I’d have a quick flick […]

Review: Revolver by Duane Swierczynski

by - August 10th, 2016


I’m a massive fan of Duane Swierczynski. His novels are usually almost out-of-control roller coaster rides where you have no idea where the story is headed next. While sometime his plots seem a little far fetched he always grounds them in a reality that makes you believe. With his new novel he has written a […]

Review: The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke

by - August 9th, 2016


I don’t read short story collections and I certainly never read biographies or memoirs. Maxine has now blown me away writing both. She has been described as “a powerful new voice in Australian literature”. I’d like to make a few adjustments to that quote. Maxine Beneba Clarke is the powerful voice of Australian literature. Reading […]

Review – Little Wing

by - August 8th, 2016

Little Wing

Author illustrator, Katherine Battersby has flown many miles in recent times, a bit like her latest picture book character, Little Wing. Little Wing catapults the connotation of taking a leap of faith into glowing picture book form that is a pure delight to read. Little Wing is the smartest animal in the world. He owes […]

Review: The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

by - August 8th, 2016


After absolutely adoring My Life Next Door, I was super excited to pick up Huntley Fitzpatrick’s companion novel: The Boy Most Likely To. Was it good? OH YES VERY MUCH SO. But before we dive into my (ah…flailing) review — I do think it’s important to read My Life Next Door first! While the companion […]

Lily the Elf – New Releases

by - August 4th, 2016


So utterly adorable and perfect for exploring deep emotions, friendships, problem solving, confidence and adventure are award-winning Anna Branford‘s Lily the Elf series for emergent readers. All with five short, steadily-paced chapters, enlarged font and sweet, detailed illustrations by Lisa Coutts throughout, these books are irresistibly readable. I read the latest two books with my six […]

Review – Noisy Nights – on tour with Fleur McDonald

by - August 2nd, 2016

Noisy Nights

If you like novels of the rolling outback variety with plenty of page-turning drama, a sprinkle of bucolic romance and a good dose of dust and hardship, then you are likely familiar with one of Australia’s leading rural writers, Fleur McDonald. Her litany of outback, female orientated sagas constitute engrossing adult reads. However, not content […]

Review: And I Darken by Kiersten White

by - August 2nd, 2016


If you’re looking for a deadly brutal YA historical fiction retelling…And I Darken by Kiersten White is calling your name. Practically screaming it in a bloodthirsty way, let’s be honest. This book is incredible. It’s dark and accurately portrays how vicious the world was back in the 1400s. It’s also a gender-bent retelling of Vlad the Impaler! […]

Review: The Things I Didn’t Say by Kylie Fornasier

by - July 29th, 2016


I was excited and nervous to dive into The Things I Didn’t Say by Kylie Fornaiser! Her debut novel, Masquerade (an Italian-based historical fiction!) was absolutely stupendous. And I was entirely curious to see how she’d go writing a contemporary dealing with social anxiety disorders. But this book is practically flawless. Honestly I’m so pleased with it! […]

Review: Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman

by - July 27th, 2016


I’ve reached the point now with Laura Lippman novels where I don’t even read the blurb anymore, I just know I’m going to love them no matter what. I vaguely knew this new book was about an attorney so I had it pegged as a possible legal thriller but of course with Laura Lippman it […]

Review: The Black Widow by Daniel Silva

by - July 26th, 2016

black widow

In his foreword, Daniel Silva notes that he began writing The Black Widowbefore the Paris attacks of 2015. That his latest thriller is published so soon after the devastating terrorist attack in Nice — a cruel coincidence — demonstrates just how prophetic these geopolitical thrillers can be. Daniel Silva writes smart, sophisticated, highly literate thrillers. […]

Mrs Whitlam

by - July 26th, 2016


Australian Indigenous authors are writing significant works of fiction, telling their own stories in their own voices. Writers for adults include Kim Scott, Alexis Wright, Melissa Lukashenko, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Larissa Behrendt and Tara June Winch. There are also prominent and emerging Indigenous authors writing for children and young adults, including inaugural Australian Children’s Laureate, […]

Double Dipping – Save our Trees!

by - July 25th, 2016

Barnaby and the Lost Treasure of Bunnyville

With National Tree Day just around the corner (28th to 31st July) what better way to celebrate the importance of sustaining and enriching our environment than by honouring earth’s life source, the tree. Here are two picture books that appeal to the younger end of the market. There are many more, that showcase the magnificence […]

Dreaming of Adventure with Alison Binks

by - July 25th, 2016


Be taken on a mysteriously wonderful midnight adventure with the captivating story, Caspar and the Night Sea, and the publishing journey of its creator; Alison Binks. Awoken by the sneaky light of the moon, the gentle breeze and the sounds of the waves gives Caspar the perfect opportunity to go ‘sailing’. Without a stir from […]

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 […]