Sunday, 14 June 2015

Blog Tour and give away: Thief's Magic

I am so pleased to be part of the Blog Tour to celebrate the paperback release of Thief's Magic by Trudi Canavan. I'm not quite sure why Australia produces such great, female fantasy writers, but Trudi is certainly one of them.

The lovely people at Hachette sent me a copy to review, and having loved the Black Magician trilogy, the Traitor Spy trilogy and The Magician's Apprentice, I was more than happy to give this one a go.

The format for this review is a little different, but make sure you scroll to the end for the give away link and to see the other stops on the tour.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Risk by Fleur Ferris

Title: Risk
Author: Fleur Ferris
Publisher: Random House Australia
Date of Publication: July 1st 2015
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher via Netgalley


Taylor and Sierra have been best friends for their whole lives. But Taylor's fed up. Why does Sierra always get what – and who – she wants? From kissing Taylor's crush to stealing the guy they both met online for herself, Sierra doesn't seem to notice when she hurts her friends.

So when Sierra says Jacob Jones is the one and asks her friends to cover for her while she goes to meet him for the first time, Taylor rolls her eyes.

But Sierra doesn't come back when she said she would.

One day. Two days. Three . . .

What if Taylor's worrying for nothing? What if Sierra's just being Sierra, forgetting about everyone else to spend time with her new guy?

When Taylor finally tells Sierra's mum that her daughter is missing, Taylor and her friends are thrown into a dark world they never even knew existed.

Can Taylor find Sierra's abductor in time? Or should she be looking for a killer? 


I'm going to say this straight up - everyone needs to read this book. Whether you're a teenager, a parent, or a teacher, you need to get your hands on this book. It is so important that stories like these are heard and that parents and young people have an understanding of what's possible on the internet, and how to protect yourself from it.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Lullaby by Bernard Beckett

Title: Lullaby
Author: Bernard Beckett
Publisher: Text Publishing
Date of Publication: May 27th 2015
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher


Rene’s twin brother Theo lies unconscious in hospital after a freak accident left him with massively disrupted brain function. There is hope, though. An experimental procedure—risky, scientifically exciting and ethically questionable—could allow him to gain a new life.

But what life, and at what cost?

Only Rene can give the required consent. And now he must face that difficult choice.

But first there is the question of Rene’s capacity to make that decision. And this is where the real story begins.

Bernard Beckett's Lullaby is a confronting story of love, loyalty and identity.

This is definitely a case of not judging a book by its cover. I found the synopsis really interesting and was very excited when the lovely people at Text Publishing sent me a review copy. I sat down and read this book from start to finish in 3 hours. It's not a long read, but it is fairly psychologically intense.

As the story starts, Rene is speaking to a hospital psychologist in order to establish whether he can give consent for an experimental procedure which may save the life of his brother, Theo, who is in a coma with no conventional chance of recovery.