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Peacemaker by Marianne de Pierres

Peacemaker by Marianne de Pierres

May 9, 2014 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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The Last God Standing by Michael Boatman

The Last God Standing by Michael Boatman

March 19, 2014 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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The Seers by Julianna Scott

The Seers by Julianna Scott

February 27, 2014 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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Shadowplay by Laura Lam

Shadowplay by Laura Lam

February 17, 2014 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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The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig

The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig

January 6, 2014 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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Control by Kim Curran

Control by Kim Curran

December 26, 2013 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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The Corpse Rat King by Lee Battersby

The Corpse Rat King by Lee Battersby

October 31, 2013 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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Playing Tyler by T. L. Costa

Playing Tyler by T. L. Costa

October 24, 2013 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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Skulk by Rosie Best

Skulk by Rosie Best

October 14, 2013 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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Blog Tour: Skulk by Rosie Best – Guest Post

Blog Tour: Skulk by Rosie Best – Guest Post

September 10, 2013 Blog Tour 0

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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iD: The Second Machine Dynasty by Madeline Ashby

iD: The Second Machine Dynasty by Madeline Ashby

July 14, 2013 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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