By: Celine | April 3, 2015 | (21) Comments


Discussion review by Celine and Larissa *this review is spoiler-free* Larissa: I was so pleased to receive and read this book from a giveaway at the Midnight Garden. I had high expectations and for the first time in awhile all of them were met. I can say in utter and complete honesty that Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda truly was a brilliant and emotional read that I’d recommend to anybody. Celine: I was really excited for this one, because I looove LGBT books. […]

By: Celine | February 17, 2015 | (50) Comments


If you’re looking for a diverse book, look no further. Not Otherwise Specified is the picture of diversity, including a black bisexual main character, gay side characters, an asian, lesbian former best friend, religious side characters, and eating disorders. Etta, our main character, feels like she doesn’t really belong anywhere. Due to a recent relationship with a boy, her former group of lesbian friends has cast her out. She once was bulimic, but is well on the way to recovery, in contrast […]

By: Melanie | February 13, 2015 | (50) Comments


With it’s witty humour and cuteness in general, I can definitely see why Erin Gough’s YA debut, The Flywheel, won The Ampersand Project. Just as some general knowledge, Melissa Keil’s Life in Outer Space was the winner from a previous year that Hardie Grant Egmont Australia picked up, so if you trust their tastes, then you should most certainly check this one out as well! I mean, seriously, who can go wrong with Aussie YA? 4 Reasons Why You Should Read The Flywheel 1. It’s a LGBTQ+ themed Aussie […]

By: Celine | September 17, 2014 | (15) Comments


Different. Diverse. Amazing. Just three words I’d use to describe Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel, hereafter known as Tell Me Again because that title is way too long to type out every time. The basic concept of this book isn’t exactly unique: high school girl falls in love. Except that in this book, “high school girl” is of Persian descent and the person she falls in love with is also a girl. Two simple twists to an even simpler concept and you’ve […]

By: Celine | July 19, 2014 | (20) Comments


No One Needs to Know is a cute and fluffy read, but it’s not much more than that. I still thoroughly enjoyed it, though. Its premise immediately grabbed me, because I’m a sucker for LGBT books. This was just too good to pass up. Just look at that synopsis! And it really did deliver on that front, which made me happy. Told in dual POVs, No One Needs to Know tells the story of Olivia and Zoey, whose lives are somewhat of […]

By: Melanie | March 13, 2014 | (22) Comments


I’m feeling rather conflicted on how I feel about The Summer I Wasn’t Me. You see, throughout the entire time I was reading this, I was a ball of rage. Yet at the same time, I found it interesting to take a look at a perspective that I find absolutely foul. The book opens up with Lexi and her mum on their way to a heavily religious influenced de-gaying camp. After her father died, Lexi’s mother discovered Lexi’s secret and immediately took […]

By: Melanie | February 12, 2014 | (20) Comments

~Thank you Allen and Unwin Australia for hosting this tour!~ I have Brigid Kemmerer on the blog with an interview! Click here for my review of Secret. If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be? What’s funny is that I’m already doing it: I work in finance full time by day. I love working with people and numbers and I have a great day job. If you could trade places with any other writer for a week, famous […]

By: Melanie | January 30, 2014 | (26) Comments


So. How to put this? Grasshopper Jungle was weird. Weird, for me falls into three categories. There’s good weird, where you just love the quirkiness and originality, WTF weird, which literally makes you think: “What the fuck was that?” and Mel weird–where you act like me. Total psycho and creepy all at once. Grasshopper Jungle falls into all these categories. So yes, I guess the only word fitting for this book is weird. You’d think this book and I would be a […]

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