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May 09
Peacemaker by Marianne de Pierres

Peacemaker by Marianne de Pierres

Reviews 6 ★★★★½

Wow. Just ... wow.

Peacemaker is an exciting and creative narrative that skilfully combines elements of westerns, science fiction, fantasy and crime to create one of the most engaging books you'll read this year.

The book is set in a future Australia unlike any other I've read: one where overpopulation has created a mega-city spanning the entire east coast and Australia's desert is the only natural landscape left. It has been preserved as a national park, and Virgin Jackson is the senior park ranger. Moreover, the natural park has been turned into 'Wild-West' themed tourist attraction, where folk can roam...

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Mar 19
The Last God Standing by Michael Boatman

The Last God Standing by Michael Boatman

Reviews 0 ★★★

The Last God Standing caught my eye because of its intriguing premise – God tries out life as a mortal (a comedian to boot), but his plans to make it big and impress his girlfriend’s father keep getting derailed because older, now defunct Gods are trying to kill him. Honestly…

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Feb 27
The Seers by Julianna Scott

The Seers by Julianna Scott

Reviews 0 ★★★

Having absolutely loved every aspect of The Holders, I am surprised that I didn’t enjoy The Seers as much. A lot of this comes from my disappointment at the narrating protagonist, Becca. It’s been established that Becca is super-special and is the most powerful Holder ever. Her coming was even…

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Feb 17
Shadowplay by Laura Lam

Shadowplay by Laura Lam

Reviews 0 ★★★½

Shadowplay is the sequel to Pantomime, a 2013 début that followed a run-away child who joined a circus. Although I enjoyed this book on many levels, I ultimately feel that it failed to engage me in the way that I wanted. One of the things that contribute to this feeling…

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Jan 06
The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig

The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Miriam’s back, b*tches! And she’s out for blood. I have loved this series from the moment I picked up Blackbirds, but I somehow always manage to convince myself that Chuck’s books aren’t as raw as I remember them. I say to myself, surely you didn’t actually cringe when that person…

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Dec 26
Control by Kim Curran

Control by Kim Curran

Reviews 0

Control is an amazing adventure and a great followup to Curran’s début, Shift. I loved continuing Scott and Aubery’s journey and finding out more about their powers. My favourite aspect of the book is the intricate plot. I never knew what was going to happen and l loved it. There’s something…

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Oct 31
The Corpse Rat King by Lee Battersby

The Corpse Rat King by Lee Battersby

Reviews 1 ★★★★

Gritty, filled with black humour and bordering on heretic, The Corpse Rat King isn’t a book for the faint hearted. It’s titular character is dead, and he looks and smells it. There’s an almost sick fascination with excrement and waste of any kind throughout. The whole book is dirty, filthy,…

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Oct 24
Playing Tyler by T. L. Costa

Playing Tyler by T. L. Costa

Reviews 0

Playing Tyler is T. L. Costa’s début novel, a unique, humourous and daring story about two genius teenages navigating the dark secrets behind a new flight simulator. The characters and deep issues examined in the book took me by surprise, but the slow plotting in the first half left me…

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Oct 14
Skulk by Rosie Best

Skulk by Rosie Best

Reviews 1 ★★★

Skulk is a début YA novel about shapeshifters, but there are no werewolves here 😀 In this urban London there are foxes, ravens, rats, spiders and butterflies. Yup, butterflies. I think Skulk is a daring novel, pushing the boundaries of what is usually offered to YA readers, but I wonder…

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Sep 10
Blog Tour: Skulk by Rosie Best – Guest Post

Blog Tour: Skulk by Rosie Best – Guest Post

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Hey guys! Rosie Best, whose début novel Skulk will be published next month through Strange Chemistry, is joining us today for a guest post. She’ll be telling us a few things that we wouldn’t otherwise know about her protagonist, Meg. But first, a little bit about her book! Five Things…

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Jul 14
iD: The Second Machine Dynasty by Madeline Ashby

iD: The Second Machine Dynasty by Madeline Ashby

Reviews 0 ★★★

Taking up close to where vN left off, iD follows Javier’s journey to set things right after everything goes wrong on Amy’s island. Although I liked the book well enough, I feel that some of the magic was missing, and I’m not convinced that Javier is as compelling a protagonist…

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