• 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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

  • 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…

  • Illuminae Files #2: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

    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…

  • 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……

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • The Lunar Chronicles #1: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Enchantment by Orson Scott Card

    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.…

  • 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…

  • Night Study

    Night Study – Maria V Snyder

    Release date: 26 January 2016 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Night Study (Study series #5; Soulfinder series #2; Chronicles of Ixia #8) blurb: Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s life has been fraught with peril.  But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before.  As…

  • Shadow Study

    Shadow Study – Maria V Snyder

    Release date: December 2014 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Shadow Study (Study series #4; Soulfinder series #1; Chronicles of Ixia #7) blurb: Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler.  But she’d survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.  Now she uses her…

  • Spy Glass

    Spy Glass – Maria V Snyder

    Release date: 1 September 2010 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Spy Glass (Glass series #3; Chronicles of Ixia #6) blurb: Opal Cowan had been willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her friends and rid the world of blood magic.  Though she survives, she is forever changed… Opal has lost her powers.  More than that, she…

  • Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

    Release date: 27 September 2011 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Daughter of Smoke and Bone (DOSAB trilogy #1) blurb: ERRAND REQUIRING IMMEDIATE ATTENTION.  COME. The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it.  Karou read the message.  “He never says please”, she sighed, but she gathered up her things. When Brimstone…

  • Sea Glass

    Sea Glass – Maria V Snyder

    Release date: 1 September 2009 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Sea Glass (Glass series #2; Chronicles of Ixia #5) blurb: Glass Magician Opal Cowan’s newfound ability to steal a magician’s powers has made her too powerful in the eyes of the Council.  Despite being under house arrest, Opal travels to the Moon Clan’s lands in search of…

  • Storm Glass

    Storm Glass – Maria V Snyder

    Release date: 1 May 2009 Rating: ★★★★★★ – 6/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Storm Glass (Glass series #1; Chronicles of Ixia #4) blurb: As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowan understands trial by fire.  Now it’s time to test hr mettle.  Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan, killing their most powerful magicians.  The Stormdancers – particularly the mysterious and…