Review – Life Or Death by Michael Robotham

by - July 29th, 2014


The advanced reading copy bills this as “the best novel yet from Michael Robotham” which is a big call considering his previous nine novels. While I’m not a fan of the Joe O’Loughlin novels that has nothing to do with Robotham’s writing just the fact I don’t like psychological thrillers. But what all Robotham’s books […]

All the Birds, Singing

by - July 29th, 2014

All the birds singing

Evie’s Wyld’s brooding novel, All the Birds, Singing is hard to let go of. A damp menace clings to the story from the very first line and draws the reader in as the main character Jake Whyte attempts to discover who or what is mutilating her sheep. At the same time we are sucked backwards […]

What Were Girls Like?

by - July 28th, 2014

I am Juliet

Three recent YA historical fiction novels by Australian women (all published by HarperCollins/ABC Books) inhabit times when girls had to bend to the influence of men and were comparatively powerless. The Raven’s Wing is Frances Watts’s first novel for teens. It is set in Ancient Rome where fifteen year-old Claudia is strategically offered in marriage […]

Player Profile: Michael Robotham, author of Life Or Death

by - July 28th, 2014


Michael Robotham, author of Life Or Death Tell us about your latest creation:  LIFE OR DEATH is a love story and a thriller and a story of redemption. It’s a standalone novel that introduces Audie Palmer, a man who has spent a decade in prison for armed robbery, but escapes the day before he’s due to be released. For ten […]

Doodles and Drafts – Roses are Blue Blog Tour with Sally Murphy

by - July 28th, 2014

I promised myself I wouldn’t cry. Well, maybe a few tears towards the end might be acceptable, but of course, I was dealing with another verse novel by Sally Murphy, so dry eyes were definitely no guarantee. It’s not just the subject matter of Roses are Blue that tugs at ones heartstrings. Murphy is simply […]

The Book Brief: The Very Best New Release Books in August

by - July 28th, 2014


Each month we bring you the best new release books in our Book Brief Fiction Books Life or Death by Michael Robotham Audie Palmer has spent the last ten years in prison for an armed robbery that netted 7 million dollars. Money that has never been recovered. Everybody wants to know where the money is; […]

Aussie New Releases To Look Forward To

by - July 25th, 2014

Matthew Reilly book cover The Great Zoo of China

There are several books by Australian authors being published in the last six months of the year that I’m really looking forward to, so I thought I’d share them with you. The first is already out, and it’s Kate Forsyth‘s Dancing With Knives.  Set on a farm outside Narooma in NSW, Dancing With Knives is a rural murder mystery […]

I Shall Not Hate

by - July 24th, 2014

I Shall Not Hate

It’s admittedly sh%tty that it takes a horrific and ongoing event in a region to make me finally pick up a book about it. But the ever-escalating Israel–Palestine conflict finally made me move Izzeldin Abuelaish’s I Shall Not Hate from the black hole that is the to-be-read-at-some-stage list to the I-need-to-read-this-right-now one. Like Desert Flower, […]

Player Profile: Alafair Burke, author of All Day And A Night

by - July 24th, 2014

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Alafair Burke, author of All Day And A Night Tell us about your latest creation: ALL DAY AND A NIGHTA murder case with ties to a convicted serial killer leads a young defense lawyer and an NYPD homicide detective into parallel investigations with explosive and deadly results in this superb mystery from “one of the finest young crime writers […]

Review – Once a Creepy Crocodile

by - July 24th, 2014

Once a Creepy Crocodile

Picture books featuring native Australian flora and fauna aren’t new. Picture books including natty little extras like accompanying CDs aren’t exactly ground breaking either. However, picture books told with the kind of original verve and swagger like Once a Creepy Crocodile is will have you and the kids laughing and applauding with fresh wild abandon. […]

What will win YA Book of the Year?

by - July 23rd, 2014

Sky so Heavy

  The CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) winning and honour books will be announced on Friday 15th August. One of the most eagerly awaited categories (especially for bloggers) is the Book of the Year: Older Readers.  A surprise outcome in the OR category of this year’s shortlist is the appearance of FOUR debut […]

Author Interview with Wanda Wiltshire and giveaway of Betrothed and Allegiance

by - July 23rd, 2014

Wanda Wiltshire holding her latest release Allegiance.

Please welcome Australian author Wanda Wiltshire to Boomerang Books. Thanks so much for joining us Wanda. Congratulations on the launch of your YA novel Allegiance, the second in the Betrothed series. For those who haven’t read Betrothed, can you tell us a little bit about this fantasy series? Thanks Tracey, it’s a pretty exciting time! […]

Review – Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre

by - July 22nd, 2014

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A remarkable piece of fiction following proudly in the footsteps of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, The Yellow Birds and Redeployment. Wars never truly end for everyone involved and this is the territory Michael Pitre explores in his impressive debut novel. On the eve on the Arab Spring in Tunisia three men are grappling with their futures now that […]

Review: The Fever by Megan Abbott

by - July 19th, 2014


I have been meaning to ready Megan Abbott for ages. I’ve only heard good things, in particular her latest books, so thought I’d begin with her brand new novel. Abbott’s last few novels have all been set in the world of teenage girls, a world she has been exploring because ‘Noir suits a 13-year-old girl’s […]

The Books Of Orange Is The New Black

by - July 19th, 2014

Orange Is The New Black

Fictionalised women’s prison series Orange is the New Black (OTNB) has become a firm favourite for many of us. The first season was a breakout success, with the second, recently released season topping the first and cementing the show as one that simply must be binge-watched on the day of its Netflix release. Which means […]

The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet

by - July 18th, 2014

The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet

Two months ago you’d have drawn a blank look from me if you mentioned a FODMAP. Or rather, the FODMAP acronym. Today, it seems to be integral to my eating life. After some seven years of turning up to various doctors complaining of an assortment of annoying but arguably not life-threatening symptoms, it looks like […]

The Secret Life of Bees

by - July 18th, 2014

The Secret Life of Bees

During my intervals as a bookseller, there were a few books whose covers really stuck in my mind. The books were consistent sellers with memorable covers, but that I for some reason never quite got round to reading. Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees was one such title. Pale yellow—an arguably unusual colour […]

What is the Eve Pownall Award?

by - July 17th, 2014

Meet Capt Cook

The CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) shortlist is Australia’s most important award for children’s and YA literature. These books are celebrated in Book Week. The CBCA shortlist generates most sales of awarded books – for children’s books, although perhaps not for YA books – in Australia. The shortlist is used as a buying guide […]

Hong Kong for beginners

by - July 17th, 2014

Countefeit Love by Julie Fison

From the outside Hong Kong is a shimmering enclave of mirrored high-rise towers, a former British outpost and a gateway to China – the ultimate fusion of East and West. But beyond the swanky shopping malls and five-star hotels, the city is a heady mix of contradictions – of urban cacophony and tranquil country parks, […]

Continuum X post-con report

by - July 15th, 2014


In June this year I excitedly went off to attend Continuum X, the 10th in a series of Melbourne-based science fiction and pop culture conventions. But this year was special. This year, Continuum doubled as the 53rd Australian National Science Fiction Convention. International Guest of Honour was Jim C Hines, author of, amongst other books, […]

Review: The Sun is God by Adrian McKinty

by - July 15th, 2014


This is a seemingly dramatic departure from Adrian McKinty’s usual books but he pulls it off marvelously. Based on a true story McKinty heads to the South Pacific circa 1906 to tell a tale of mad Germans, sun worship and possible murder. Will Prior, is an ex-English lieutenant who finds himself in German New Guinea […]

Backyard Bees: A Guide for the Beginner Beekeeper

by - July 14th, 2014

Backyard Bees

Anyone who follows my social media feeds (or this blog, as I’ve written about it here) would be aware I’ve been learning beekeeping. It’s an admittedly strange thing for a vegan to be doing, but my reasons are not honey-related, but purely environmental—I’m deeply concerned about bees’ and the environment’s health and feel we’re not […]

Desert Flower

by - July 13th, 2014

Desert Flower

There’s a certain fate books face when they make it to your bookshelf rather than immediately being read upon purchase: that of being relegated to the dust-gathering, guilt-inducing, probably-never-going-be-read pile. Waris Dirie’s Desert Flower fell into that category for me. Bought on a whim among a pile of books (as any bibliophile will attest, you […]

What Is It? Genre Part II

by - July 11th, 2014

The Hunter by Julia Leigh is an example of Tasmanian gothic literature

Hopefully you enjoyed What Is It? Genre Part I, it’s now time to delve a little deeper. Let’s take a look at the differences between: biography, autobiography and memoir? Often confusing, are they all the same? A biography is the life story of a person written by someone else. An autobiography is the life story of […]

Meet Suzy Zail, author of Alexander Altmann A10567

by - July 11th, 2014

Alexander Altmann

Thanks for speaking to Boomerang Books, Suzy. Your second novel for young adults, Alexander Altmann A10567 Black Dog Books (Walker Books)  is a candid account of a Hungarian boy’s experience in the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau. In spite of the horrific events, you have crafted a story of human indomitability and hope. Was this a […]

Review – The Magicians by Lev Grossman

by - July 11th, 2014


I have been meaning to get round to this book for a while (thanks mainly to the Bookrageous podcast) and with the final book in the trilogy due out in August I thought it was about time I got started. My first impression of the book was that this was Harry Potter for adults. Instead of […]

Bancks and Bongers

by - July 10th, 2014

two wolves

Two authors from the creative arc which encompasses northern NSW and SE Qld have had YA novels published recently. Tristan Bancks’ Two Wolves (Random House Australia) and Christine Bongers’ Intruder (Woolshed Press, Random House) both look at teens who have family problems and are struggling because of their parents and yet are able to work […]

Historical Fiction with Goldie Alexander

by - July 8th, 2014


Writing historical fiction requires more than just authorly talent and an interest in the past. It requires a love of research and, even more importantly, the ability to turn that research into a story that will be relevant to current readers. It’s not an easy task, but there are writers out there who do it […]

A Journey into Graphic Novels

by - July 8th, 2014


I consider myself a big nerd and comics seem to go hand in hand with the social status. I never really got into comics (or graphic novels) and when I did attempt I never knew where to start. There are millions of reboots and story arcs for the thousands of different superheroes out there but […]

Player Profile: Stav Sherez, author of Eleven Days

by - July 8th, 2014


Stav Sherez, author of Eleven Days Tell us about your latest creation: Eleven Days - 11 Days before Christmas and a small convent in West London is burning. When the detectives get there they find ten dead nuns and one unexplained body. The case stretches back to South American and the upsurge of Liberation Theology in the 1970s. I always wanted to […]

A Snapshot of Australian YA and Fiction in the USA

by - July 7th, 2014

The Book Thief

I’ve just returned from visiting some major cities in the USA. It was illuminating to see which Australian literature is stocked in their (mostly) indie bookstores. This is anecdotal but shows which Australian books browsers are seeing, raising the profile of our literature. Marcus Zusak’s The Book Thief was the most prominent Australian book. I […]

Player Profile: Alan Baxter, author of Bound

by - July 4th, 2014


Alan Baxter, author of Bound Tell us about your latest creation: Bound (The Alex Caine Series, Book 1)Alex Caine, a fighter by trade, is drawn into a world he never knew existed— a world he wishes he’d never found.Alex Caine is a martial artist fighting in illegal cage matches. His powerful secret weapon is an unnatural vision […]

Doodles and Drafts – On a Quest with Rosanne Hawke

by - July 2nd, 2014

Rosanne Hawke

Tales of aid working in disaster-ravaged lands may not be the first thing young readers reach for. However, Rosanne Hawke’s junior novel, Kelsey and the Quest of the Porcelain Doll is a captivating mixture of enchantment and adventure with the added bonus of being rich in cultural awareness and humanity, attributes Hawke is well known […]

Player Profile: Nicholas J. Johnson, author of Chasing the Ace

by - July 2nd, 2014


Nicholas J. Johnson, author of Chasing the Ace Tell us about your latest creation: Joel Fitch has watched every twist-happy movie there is about con men, and he thinks he knows it all. He thinks he is going to be a master con artist.Richard Mordecai is a real-life swindler. But, at the end of a long career of lies […]

What Is It? Genre, Part I

by - July 1st, 2014


In this What Is It? article we’re going to take a look at genre.  Identifying a genre of books you love can be exciting and rewarding, but readers can become lost in the terminology; so let’s look at the very basics of genre. Fiction & Non Fiction All books can be separated into either fiction […]

Review – Silence Once Begun by Jesse Bell

by - July 1st, 2014


This is one of those great novels that blends up truth and imagination so well that the lines between fact and fiction are so blurred you don’t even know where to begin trying to unravel it. It also doubles the intrigue especially the way Jesse Ball structures the story to unfurl piece by piece, layer […]

The Book Brief: The Very Best New Release Books in July

by - June 30th, 2014


Each month we bring you the best new release books in our Book Brief Fiction Books The Lie by Kestin Hesh A complex political thriller full of suspense, set within the Israel security organisation. A rescue operation that will have you on the edge of your seats. So many lies, so many rationalisations for twisting […]

Stuart Neville 3-for-2 offer

by - June 30th, 2014


  The Twelve I almost missed reading this book. Published in 2009 it has only just been releases here. I was reluctant to pick it up because “debut thriller of the year” gets thrown around a far bit and I am very skeptical. However in the case of THE TWELVE it is not marketing or […]

Review – The Damned Utd by David Peace

by - June 28th, 2014


I have tried and failed at reading David Peace before. I’ve have always wanted to get into his books in particular The Red Riding Quartet (which I cheated and watched the films instead, which were superb). For some reason I have never been able to get into the rhythm of his writing and with a writer like […]

Double Dipping – Living with Dodos and Alice – Picture book reviews

by - June 27th, 2014

Edward and the Great Discovery

In a world of dwindling attention spans and narrowing fields of vision, it may be argued that the gaps between past and present are so expansive there is no reason to traverse them anymore let alone acknowledge past discoveries or other people’s situations. New Frontier Publishing ignores this argument, offering two new courageous storylines within […]