Jan 04
Audiobook Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Audiobook Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Reviews 1 ★★★★★

My review of the paperback edition of this book begins: "This book will break your feelings. Shatter them, then stomp on the resulting little pieces. And you’ll love every moment of it." And this is still true of the audiobook version. There were times where I listened with tears in my eyes. Everything about this book is beautiful, exquisite, and agonising, and the audiobook version is even more so because Khristine Hvam is such a skilled narrator. Having only read Dreams of Gods and Monsters once before, there were quite a few things I'd forgotten or misremembered from the book....

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Jan 01
Best of 2015

Best of 2015

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It’s been a year of great books, and here are some of the highlights including my favourite début novels, series starters, sequels, and Australian reads.

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Nov 05
The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Kelsea, now firmly settled into her role as the Queen of the Tear, is now preparing for war with the neighbouring kingdom of Mortmesme. The Invasion of the Tearling begins with an incursion into the disputed territory between the two kingdoms and ends with a siege. But the invasion and the accompanying war is only one element in this complicated book, and I’ve loved how Johansen wove all the different threads together to create a masterpiece of a story.

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Oct 23
Audiobook Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Audiobook Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Reviews 3 ★★★★★

Again, I’ve been absolutely blown away by the experience. Khristine Hvam narrates this complex and beautiful take superbly. I loved the voices she gave the characters. Especially Zuzana. She captures the hurt and loss felt by both Karou and Akiva brilliantly. I feel like the really gets the story, the characters, and the world.

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Sep 07
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Reviews 2 ★★★★★

Reading The Raven Cycle is painful. But it’s a beautiful kind of pain that I, and many other readers, keep going back for. The lush world building, intriguing characters, and superb plotting suck people in and refuse to let them go. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is a masterpiece. It’s brilliant, evocative, vivid, and, above all, magical.

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Aug 24
Half a War by Joe Abercrombie

Half a War by Joe Abercrombie

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

Half the War concludes the journey we embarked on with Yarvi in Half a King, bringing his tale to its stunning conclusion and reminding us why we love to read Abercrombie’s stories so much. This novel encapsulates the best of Joe’s writing and world-building, and has left me awed and wanting more.

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Aug 05
The Last Place by Michael Adams

The Last Place by Michael Adams

Reviews 0 ★★★★

The Last Place is the fast-paced, intense, and thrilling conclusion to a spellbinding trilogy. Michael Adams has achieved what few authors can – a thoughtful and enthralling exploration of humanity and the human psyche in the face of an apocalyptic disaster.

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Jul 30
Fearless by Marianne Curley

Fearless by Marianne Curley

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Fearless, the last instalment in the Avena series, concludes Ebony and Nathaneal’s story admirably, and I enjoyed every moment of it immensely. I’ve loved this series since I read Hidden, and am sad to let these characters and their world go.

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