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Book Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is one of my absolute favourite authors, and it will never cease to amaze me how unique each piece of his work is. And this piece is definitely unique. “Not everyone has to be the Chosen One. Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world. Most people just have to live their lives the best they can, doing things that are great for them, having great friends, trying to make their lives better, loving people properly. All the while knowing that the world makes no sense but trying to find a way to be happy anyway.” What’s it about:  This book is set in a town where there are  Indie Kids. You know the type, tragically alternative, always the ones that the interesting (and dangerous things happen to). The Bella Swans and the Clary Frays. The ones who fall in love with vampires and fight ghosts. This story is not about them. This story is not about them. This story is about a group of non-chosen ones who just want to …

Book Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

I was sent this book by Bloombury Australia for review… but at the time I hadn’t actually read books two or three in the series. So I have been marathoning this series over the past couple of weeks and I have enjoyed it so so so much! You can see my reviews for Crown of Midnight here, and Heir of Fire here, and my Recom-Monday-Tions post about Throne of Glass here. This is now one of my absolute favourite series! It will be difficult to review this without spoiling anything in the series, but I will try. This series gets better with each consecutive book you read, and Queen of Shadows is by far my favourite. I absolutely couldn’t put it down. There was not a single moment where I felt bored or where my mind wandered to other things. It is just completely all-consuming. There are some new characters in this book who are absolutely delightful, and we finally meet Arrobyn, the King of Assassins that Celaena used to work for, for the first …

Book Review: The Looking Glass House by Vanessa Tait

Two things drew me to this book: 1) the GORGEOUS cover! and 2) the fact that it was written by Alice Liddell’s (the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland) great-granddaughter! Exciting! I expected this to be a rich, dark, whimsical tale with some magical realism about the writing of my favourite children’s book. The cover also seemed to hint at this sort of story, but that if definitely not what this story is about. At all. What’s it about:This is the story of the friendship between Lewis Carroll and young Alice Liddell, told through the eyes of the family’s governess, Mary. Mary is a fiercely ambitious woman who is strangely not fond of children at all, especially Alice, of whom she in intensely jealous. This is a book about the uptight standards of manners and propriety of the time and those things make people kind of insane. “If society was made up of people speaking the truth, civilization might come to an end. We need manners.” What I thought: Firstly, I was a bit disappointed that this …

Book Review: The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman

Where to start with The Lesser Dead, or as I like to call it The Babysitters Club: Hellish Vampire Edition.  “He gets away with it because he’s strong.’ ‘This is the story of mankind.’ What’s it about? Imagine being a 13 year old forever. That’s reality for Joey Peacock. Joey and his little family of vampires live in the underground tunnels of the New York subway, where they mostly keep to themselves, feeding without killing. His ‘life’ is pretty carefree, going to clubs, watching soap operas, but he finds himself struck with a whole lot of responsibility when he finds a group of murderous vampire children, and a parrot. What I thought? So in a nutshell. It’s fantastic. The back of the book says “As much F. Scott Fitzgerald as Dean Koontz.”  Well, I’ve never read Dean Koontz, but I reckon this is probably right. But there’s also something a bit Salinger-ish about it too. “Happiness is the province of those who ask few questions. I remember, even before this was visited upon me, how I …

My top books of 2015 (so far)

So we’ve reached the half-way point in the year. That wonderful time when we think “thank the stars that it’s half over” concomitant with “holy crap! how is it halfway through the year already!” I have to say I’m not particularly impressed with my progress with reading this year. I haven’t read anywhere near as many books as I wanted to by this point, but as I am in the final year of my PhD I will have to cut myself some slack. But here are my top five books of 2015 so far (in no particular order). 1. Golden Son by Pierce Brown I absolutely LOVED Red Rising and pre-ordered this one as soon as I could. Now while I know that I loved this book, I can’t really put my thoughts into any kind of logical thread. While I was reading it I was suffering from appendicitis/in hospital/recovering from surgery so I’m a wee bit scattered on it, but I know that I absolutely loved it! You can see my review of Red …

Book Review: Sabriel by Garth Nix

“Death and what came after death was no great mystery to Sabriel. She just wished it was.” When I picked up this book on a whim (it was on sale and the cover was so gorgeous) I wasn’t intending to read it right away. But then my husband decided to get a haircut and I started it while I was waiting, and then I couldn’t put it down. I’ve honestly been in a bit of a reading slump lately, and this book finally broke it. What’s it about: Sabriel’s father fails to arrive for a visit at her boarding school, and one of his monstrous dead servants arrives in his place, carrying a sack of her father’s necromancing tools. Sabriel knows this can only mean one thing – that her father is trapped somewhere within death and only she can find him. Taking up her father’s tools of a sword and set of bells, Sabriel must cross the magical wall into the Old Kingdom to find her father and learn what it means to be …

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan

I am so happy to be concluding the blog tour for Trudi Canavan’s book, Thief’s Magic (Book I in the Millenium’s Rule Trilogy). This is actually my first blog tour so it’s quite exciting. Thank you to Hachette Australia for inviting me to participate. What’s it about? This is a book of two completely different stories. The first is the story of Tyen, a sorcery student at the Academy, a powerful university that trains students in everything from History to Sorcery. While on a school trip, Tyen finds a magical book that used to be a person, a she to be exact. But rather than luring muggleborns to a giant snake monster, she reads the thoughts of anyone who touches it and stores that information to pass on to anyone who asks for it. I want one. When the Academy takes the book from Tyen and figure out what she can do (and that she’s read all their thoughts), they completely flip out and Tyen is forced to run from his home to save her. The …

The series taking over my life

So I am only just reading The Lord of the Rings for the first time. I have always loved the movies but I had avoided the books for so long because I was told that they are really hard to read. I am a fool of a took! I’m about halfway through The Two Towers now and they really aren’t difficult at all. Okay, so the prologue to The Fellowship is difficult to read, but once you get through the billion or so pages of history of the hobbits, they are really fun. And now they are talking over my life. All I want to do is read them.