Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O'Neill

Title: Reluctantly Charmed
Author: Ellie O'Neill
Source: Review copy kindly provided by Simon & Schuster Australia
Publication Date: October 1st 2014

Rating: 3.5 stars

Kate McDaid was rather shocked when she received a letter telling her she was the sole beneficiary of the will of Kate McDaid. After establishing that it wasn't her own will they were referring to, she discovers that her mystery benefactor was her great great grandaunt, the last woman born into her father's family.

In order to receive her inheritance, Kate must publish seven letters, one per week. The first is a message from the fairies to the Irish public, asking them to return to the old ways and to once again acknowledge the natural world around them.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Masquerade by Kylie Fornasier

MasqueradeMasquerade by Kylie Fornasier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: ARC courtesy of Penguin Australia

Masquerade is the masterful debut from Australian author Kylie Fornasier. It starts, Shakespeare style, with the list of characters, and the Shakespearean theme runs quite heavily through the book. Elements of The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew and others are present in the story. I loved picking out these elements, it felt like an inside joke between the author and me.

Masquerade follows the fate of a group of Venice's teenaged population, but starts with the recently orphaned Orelia as she arrives at the Venice palazzo of her Uncle. Forced to masquerade as his god-daughter, she is unable to reveal her true identity to anyone, even her cousins, Angelique and Veronica.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

An Evening with Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor is the very talented author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and a couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to hear her speak.

The event, organised by The Little Bookroom and Hachette Australia, and held in  the beautiful new library at the Docklands, attracted dozens of book lovers keen to hear what had inspired the fantastical story of Karou.

Photo Tweeted by @Little_Bookroom September 3, 2014

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

The Winter People by Rebekah L Purdy

The Winter PeopleThe Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher

The following review is also published at

As a child, Salome Montgomery fell into the frozen pond on her grandparents’ property and was narrowly saved from drowning. Convinced that there were terrifying creatures in the water who saved her, and left with a phobia of wintery conditions, Salome has endured years of therapy and medication.

Now 17, she is left in charge of her grandmother’s garden for the winter. The strange ritual of leaving gifts in the garden, and the need to ensure the gate is secured and threaded with pieces of rowan wood don’t ease Salome’s fears. The voices that haunted her childhood return and she finds herself fighting for her life against a mysterious evil.

Box Office: The Collected U.S Box Office Reports 2004 - 2014Box Office: The Collected U.S Box Office Reports 2004 - 2014 by Lane Myer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Purchased by reviewer

If you are interested in movies and the stories behind them, then this is a fascinating and informative read covering the major (and sometimes not so major) cinema releases of the past 10 years.

Every week, Lane Myer wrote a box office report detailing the week's releases and reporting on the top 10 movies in the US. As the years went by the reports got more and more detailed, some over 4,000 words long. The biggest franchises of the decade are analysed and Lane presents detailed background information about the making of the films. The Avengers, The Hobbit, the various Spiderman, Batman and Superman reboots are all here.

If you have any interest at all in how films are made and how they make money, then this is the book for you. As a collection of weekly columns, you can search for the films you're interested in and dip in and out as you please.

For the price, this is an absolute steal. And I'm not just saying that because I'm married to the author ;)