• Book review: Hawk by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

    Hawk – James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

    Release date: 6 July 2020 Goodreads link Book Depository link Aussie purchase links Rating Hawk (Hawk #1) blurb: Where is Maximum Ride? Maximum Ride lost her fight to save the world. But from the ashes of the old world a phoenix has risen… She calls herself Hawk. Hawk doesn’t know her real name. She doesn’t know who her parents are, or where they went. The only thing she remembers is that she was told to wait on a street corner until they came back for her. That was ten years…

  • Sorting my bookshelves: a labour of love or a sucker for punishment?

    Good morning bookworms! Well, we haven’t had a proper discussion post for a while, so I thought it was time for me to uhhh, waffle at you all for a bit. (I would say ‘You’re welcome’, but I’m not really sure if you should be happy about this or not?!!) I don’t know about you guys, but I never feel like I have enough space on my bookshelves. So to try and combat this predicament, I tend to rearrange my shelves a fair bit. And due to this, my shelves…

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    Top 5… U, V, W, X, Y and Z

    Good morning bookworms! Today’s Top 5 Tuesday post is ‘U, V, W, X, Y and Z’! This is the final post in the mini alphabet spree! My A-E post is HERE, the F-J post is HERE, the K-O post is HERE, and the P-T post is HERE. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics that are coming up! We’re getting to the obscure books now…

  • Book review: No Fences in Alaska, Save Me, and Hush Hush series

    Mini reviews: No Fences in Alaska, Save Me & Hush, Hush series

    Good morning bookworms! So, as you may know, I’m not really a DNF’er. I like the concept, but I usually feel like I owe it to the book to finish what I have started. However, there are some exceptions to the rule! So, this is my mini reviews: the DNF edition! NO FENCES IN ALASKA – GLEN SOBEY Release date: 4 July 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating No Fences in Alaska blurb: Their worlds are about to come crashing down… At sixteen years old, Harper Lyon’s life is…

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    Top 5… books set in space

    Good morning bookworms! Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is ‘books set in space’. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics we have coming up! So, weird as this might be, I don’t really read a lot of science fiction… and mostly what I do read I haven’t super enjoyed. With the exception of like (hopefully) 5 books. So, I may not get to an entire…

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    Liebster Award #2

    Good morning bookworms! I’m pretty happy today*. I am finally ON HOLIDAYS FOR SIX WEEKS!! Yup, SIX WEEKS!! And do you know what I’m going to do for six weeks? (I’m guessing you probably do…) Yah, I’m going to read and blog and read and lie in the sunshine and read and go swimming and read and lie on the sand at the beach and read. Oh, did I say I was going to read? I’m going to read at the beach and in the hammock in my backyard and…

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    Top 5… science fiction!

    This Top 5 Tuesday post is ‘science fiction’, and is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm, and you can check out her page here (please do, she’s amazing). Also, I know this is the third post today; however, my scheduled posts didn’t post when they were supposed to, so now you’re being inundated (and you can also learn that I had a stupid crazy month because I didn’t actually check my blog in between to notice that this happened… I just assumed no one liked my posts……

  • Obsidio

    Obsidio – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

    Release date: 14 March 2018 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link (this is the Aussie paperback version with the mirrored cover) Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3) blurb: Asha Grant came to Kerenza to escape her past. Too bad he caught up with her. Asha survived BeiTech’s initial assault and has been working undercover with the hopelessly outmatched resistance ever since. That, and figuring out what to do with the secret she’s stashed in the crawlspace. The last thing she expected to worry about was her ex-boyfriend, but Rhys Lindstrom…

  • Gemina

    Gemina – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

    Release date: 18 October 2016 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ – 10/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2) blurb: Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed. The saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the space station Heimdall. Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter, Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. Little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia…

  • Winter

    Winter – Marissa Meyer

    Release date: 10 November 2015 Rating: ★★★★★★★ – 7/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) blurb: This is not the fairy tale you remember, but it’s one you won’t forget. Winter is admired for her grace, kindness and beauty, despite the scars on her face. She’s said to be even more breathtaking than her step-mother, Queen Levana… When Winter develops feelings for the handsome palace guard, Jacin, she fears the evil Queen will crush their romance before it has a chance to begin. But there are stirrings…

  • Cress – Marissa Meyer

    Release date: 4 February 2014 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link These books are getting serious (and long)!  I just pulled Winter off my shelf and it’s over 800 pages.  There’s something about a crazy long book that I equally dread and love.  I have this “it’s going to take me forever to read” conversation in my head, but equally “this is going to be epic otherwise it would have been edited down to nothing”. Anyway, back to Cress. So we pick up pretty much exactly at the…

  • Illuminae

    Illuminae – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

    Release date: 1 November 2015 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ – 10/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) blurb: The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, exes Kady and Ezra – who are barely even talking to each other – are forced to fight their way onto the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship hot…

  • Scarlet

    Scarlet – Marissa Meyer

    Release date: 5 February 2013 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Scarlet is the fairytale retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, and is book two of the Lunar Chronicles series.  I definitely enjoyed this book more than Cinder.  Don’t get me wrong, Cinder was a good adaptation, but (just in case you missed my review) REALLY predictable.  This one less so, which was nice. The storyline was well crafted, again better than in Cinder, with more plot twists.  We start the book hours after the end of Cinder, with…

  • Cinder

    Cinder – Marissa Meyer

    Release date: 3 January 2012 Rating: ★★★★★★★ – 7/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) blurb: Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg.  She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness.  But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation. Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal.  Now she must uncover secrets…

  • Silverthorn

    Silverthorn – Raymond E Feist

    Release date: 7 May 1985 Rating: ★★★★★★★ – 7/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Silverthorn (Riftwar Saga #3) blurb: With the Kingdom of the Isles at peace, Prince Arutha can at last look forward to marrying the Princess Anita in the city of Krondor. But the capital in the west harbours many shadows.  When Jimmy the Hand, a young thief in the Guild of Mockers, upsets an assassination attempt on Arutha, a sinister plot is uncovered. As the dead rise and assassins stalk the darkness, Arutha must rally the Kingdom forces…

  • Magician

    Magician – Raymond E Feist

    Release date: 1 October 1982 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Magician (The Riftwar Saga #1-2) blurb: The world had changed even before I discovered the foreign ship wrecked on the shore below Crydee Castle, but it was the harbinger of the chaos and death that was coming to our door. War had come to the Kingdom of the Isles, and in the years that followed it would scatter my friends across the world.  I longed to train as a warrior and fight alongside the Duke like my…

  • Enchantment

    Enchantment – Orson Scott Card

    Release date: 1 January 1999 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ – 10/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Enchantment blurb: The moment young Ivan stumbled upon a clearing in the dense Carpathian forest, his life was forever changed.  Atop a pedestal encircled by fallen leaves, the beautiful princess Katerina lay as still as death – while a malevolent presence stirred in the hidden depths below. Now, years later, Ivan is compelled to return.  He finds the clearing just as he left it.  This time he does not run… Before I get into my review of…

  • Comfort books

    So, when I’m not feeling well I tend to throw out whatever new release ‘to be read’ pile I have accumulated and there is a handful of books that I always fall back on.  They either invoke a feeling of comfort, or they remind me of a good time from my past (which is basically the same thing as invoking comfort…). I wouldn’t call it a long or a short list – kind of medium sized and just right to ensure there is always a book that the mood calls…