• Book event: There’s Bug Guts on my Shoe by Deb Pak

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Permalink
    Book event: There’s Bug Guts on my Shoe by Deb PakThere's Bug Guts on my Shoe!
    by Deb Pak
    Published by Ocean Reeve Publishing
    on November 26th 2018
    Genres: Children's
    ISBN: B07KWKQ8ZT
    Goodreads

    Where's that sneaky bug now?
    After finding bug guts on his shoe a boys obsession with insects sees his imagination run wild...

    Life passes by way too fast. We've got to slow down and enjoy it. I know myself that spending quality time with my kids is hard because of daily pressures and responsibilities. All this running around can sometimes suck the FUN out of life! When you read 'There's Bug Guts on my Shoe' it forces you to slow down, connect and spend quality time with your kids where learning is actually disguised as fun! Sneaky huh?

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  • Book review: Gone By Midnight by Candice Fox

    Monday, January 21, 2019 Permalink

    It has to be said up front… THIS IS MY FAVOURITE BOOK (YET) IN THIS SERIES. Which is saying something as I’ve enjoyed both others (though loved the first  Crimson Lake a tad more than the second, Redemption Point).

    This has absolutely everything. Fox’s writing is intelligent but easily devoured. I’ve seen/heard her speak and she’s got that ability to spin a yarn in a way that sucks you in; and before you know it you’re enchanted, not just by the story but by the way she tells it. By the words she uses and phrases she shapes into an addictive version of reality from which you have no desire to escape.

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    five-stars
  • Book review: Flight Risk by Michael McGuire

    Saturday, January 19, 2019 Permalink

    I wasn’t sure about this book. I mentioned the fact on Instagram. Although I’m accustomed to reading about psychopaths and serial killers and the like there are certain things I don’t want floating around in my head. Like the possibility of a plane crash for example. Or being eaten by sharks.

    After 9/11 and losing a couple of former work colleagues in plane crashes (when I worked for the Oz Government) I was one of those people who’d look around as I boarded a plane and wonder which one of us the TV movie would focus on… if the plane was to go down. You know… whose backstory would they share? (And I know I’m not alone in that weirdness by the way!)

    I must admit there are (eventually) some scenes-I-won’t-forget-quickly, but thankfully Flight Risk doesn’t feed the paranoid tendencies too much.

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    three-half-stars
  • Book review: Ruin Beach by Kate Rhodes

    Friday, January 11, 2019 Permalink

    For the third or fourth time in just a couple of weeks I find myself coming upon a series part-way through. But thankfully – once again – it was certainly not a problem. And I enjoyed this a lot, so have already added this book’s predecessor (cos there is only one) to my ‘must borrow or buy’ list.

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    four-stars
  • Book review: The Promised Land by Barry Maitland

    Sunday, January 6, 2019 Permalink

    I’ve talked again and again here (and in my most recent crime fiction / thriller reviews just last week) about the challenges of discovering a series part-way through. I prefer to start at the beginning. Cos I’ve heard it’s a very good place to start. You apparently begin with ABC and… oops #sorrynotsorry… couldn’t help myself.

    Anyhoo, upon receiving this book (which I’d requested cos the plot sounded interesting) I discovered it was part of a series. And then I opened it to discover it was number 13!!! So I worried – how on earth would I have any idea who anyone was etc?

    Thankfully it wasn’t at all a problem (it’s easily able to be read as a stand-alone) and I was intrigued enough by the series lead characters, our temporary cast and crew and the plot itself that I read it in one night.

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    four-stars
  • Book review: The Truth and Triumphs of Grace Atherton by Anstey Harris

    Saturday, January 5, 2019 Permalink

    The publicity surrounding The Truth and Triumphs of Grace Atherton suggests it would be popular with fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman – my favourite book of 2017, so I happily moved away from my crime fiction and thrillers to dip my toes into the quirky world of Grace Atherton.

    It has to be said however, that Grace and Eleanor have little in common. And that’s not a bad thing. Anstey Harris’s Grace is very different to the prickly Eleanor (who readers couldn’t help but love) however this grabbed me from the first sentence…

    We were staying at David’s apartment in Paris the night the woman fell onto the Metro tracks.

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    four-half-stars
  • Book review: The Boy by Tami Hoag

    Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Permalink

    Bizarrely I’ve not read many books by the v.popular and talented Tami Hoag. I’m not sure why as those I’ve read I’ve enjoyed.

    In my last review (Lucifer Falls by Colin Falconer) I commented on the fact I prefer discovering a series as it launches so I don’t drop in part-way through. I was worried, as this was the second in Hoag’s latest series, but it didn’t matter. I’ve certainly missed some context – I’m not sure if the first was set directly before this or several years before when our two lead characters meet / marry for example – but it had me riveted all the same. 

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    four-stars
  • Book review: Lucifer Falls by Colin Falconer

    Monday, December 31, 2018 Permalink

    I’ve talked before about the fact I prefer to read a series of books in chronological order. I mean, logic kinda requires it… but it doesn’t always happen if you discover a new author or series belatedly. Arriving late to the party means you’re either really confused – if enough backstory / context isn’t provided; or renders earlier books (in the series) redundant if too much backstory is provided.

    So it’s a very good thing that Lucifer Falls by Colin Falconer is the first in a new series by the English-born Australian writer. 

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    four-stars
  • Book review: Call Me Evie by JP Pomare

    Thursday, December 27, 2018 Permalink

    This debut novel (set in New Zealand and Australia) by JP Pomare is meant to keep readers guessing. It’s meant to have us doubting ourselves and our perceptions of the book’s characters; and it certainly does that. Indeed, even when things become clear(er) I still wasn’t sure who to believe.

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    three-half-stars