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Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017

January 4, 2017 Reviews 0

Hi!

I love the Australian Women Writers Challenge because it introduces me to new authors and encourages me to seek out books that would otherwise be outside my comfort zone. I've been a huge supporter of it and think it's a wonderful initiative.

I read 7 books by amazing Aussie women in 2016, which was short of my goal of 20 but still amazing given that I read 33 books last year. I'm setting myself a goal of 20 again this year!

As usual, the only change I'm making is that I want to read an equal number of books...

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Those Below by Daniel Polansky

Those Below by Daniel Polansky

December 31, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★

I love this world, I love these characters, and I’m sad that it’s over. A fresh take on some old tropes, The Empty Throne duology is perfect for readers who are looking for something new in the genre.

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

December 12, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

This is the kind of urban fantasy I love – gritty, dark, a little gory, and based on amazing characters whom I couldn’t help but love. This Savage Song highlights the best of Schwab’s writing — awesome story-craft and kick-ass worldbuilding — and introduces us to a world I won’t…

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The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon

The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon

December 8, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

The Pale Dreamer gives us a glimpse of Paige’s life before we met her in The Bone Season, taking us on an adventure through London after some poltergeists. It’s an excellent entry point for readers who are interested in The Bone Season series and want to give it a try….

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Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley

Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley

November 22, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★

I enjoyed Aerie a lot. It’s different enough from Magonia that it doesn’t suffer from second-book syndrome but keeps true to the things I loved about the first instalment. I’ll be back for more (if there is more!) and recommend it to those who enjoyed Magonia or like Neil Gaiman’s works.

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Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter by Marissa Meyer

November 14, 2016 Reviews 3 ★★★★★

I’ve had a wonderful, wonderful time with Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Winter, and I’m sad to let them go … but I do have the novellas in Stars Above to look forward to! The idea of blending science fiction, fairy tales, and Sailor Moon may sound odd (I was sceptical at first), but I urge readers to give the series a chance. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

July 24, 2016 Reviews 1 ★★★★★

The first book in The Nevernight Chronicle, Nevernight is the kind of book you line up for. It’s a superbly crafted story that had me hooked from the very first chapter.

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Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

June 24, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★½

Cruel Crown is a bind of two novellas set in the world of Red Queen. These novellas open up the world and allow us a glimpse into two fascinating characters – Queen Coriane (Cal’s mother) and Farley.

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Thorne by Charlotte McConaghy

Thorne by Charlotte McConaghy

June 17, 2016 Reviews 1 ★★★★★

I loved Thorne. This story world has grown on me and I’ve come to respect McConaghy’s storytelling. I love her characters and her prose, and am looking forward to reading Isadora in August.

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Waer by Meg Caddy

Waer by Meg Caddy

April 8, 2016 Reviews 3 ★★★★

Waer by Meg Caddy is an accomplished début that takes readers into a fantasy land where legends roam alongside humans and werewolves. A rarity of its kind – a standalone – Waer is an great example of a well-crafted YA fantasy.

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A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty

A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty

March 28, 2016 Reviews 1 ★★★★★

Coming to the end of any series is a bittersweet experience, but reading A Tangle of Gold – the concluding volume in the spellbinding The Colours of Madeleine series – was especially emotional for me. It’s hard to believe that my adventure with Madeleine and Elliot, and my time in Cello and Cambridge, is over.

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