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By: Melanie | January 5, 2016 | (50) Comments

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Last year in January (2015) I made a plan to read one short story per month from this anthology/collection/book-thingy (seeing as there were 12 stories and I thought that would be cool (it’s really not)) And, like most of my other plans, it totally failed. So here I am in January 2016 reading my way through the last bunch of stories all in one go because damn, this book has been sitting on my bedside table for long enough. Anyway, I ended […]

By: Celine | September 7, 2015 | (19) Comments

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When I first heard of Dumplin’, I was really excited. Self-proclaimed fat girl enters beauty pageant? Uhm, how about yes, please. It seemed like the ultimate eff-you to beauty standards and generally awesome. And, well, I must admit I did love that aspect of the book, but I wasn’t completely smitten with it as a whole. My main problem with Dumplin’ is that I just didn’t really click with it. The story is good, the characters are solid, but I just felt this sort of detachment […]

By: Melanie | September 2, 2015 | (6) Comments

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Heeeeeeello people of the book nerd community! Thanks to the awesome people at Walker Books Aus, I am apart of the Stray blog tour! I have an exciting guest post for you guys by Rachael Craw and you know what’s awesome? SHE LOVES ANNE FROM ANNE OF GREEN GABLES TOO. Well… who doesn’t, really? Influence and Inspiration: A nod to my (fictional) heroes by Rachael Craw When I look back at the novels that impacted me in childhood it’s not hard to see how […]

By: Melanie | July 27, 2015 | (39) Comments

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Thanks to Kismet Book Touring for hosting this tour! Hi everyone! I am so very excited to share this super fun guest post by Adi Alsaid, who is the author of Let’s Get Lost and upcoming Never Always Sometimes. His upcoming book features two teenage best friends, Julia and Dave, who are reaching their last months of high school that are planning to do all the things on their ‘Never’ list. Rules for reading Never Always Sometimes and any other book by Adi Alsaid […]

By: Melanie | July 11, 2015 | (63) Comments

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Thanks Xpresso Book Tours for hosting this tour! Click here for the rest of the tour. Miranda Kenneally’s Hundred Oaks is one of those super cute, swoon-worthy contemporaries that you can pick up at any point in the series, and love them just as much as the next person. For me, I started reading her books since Racing Savannah (book 4) and this book, Jesse’s Girl is undoubtedly my favourite one up to date. While the first 5 books have all been about sports, this one is different […]

By: Melanie | June 23, 2015 | (66) Comments

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Fangirl Discussion Review by Mel and Celine *This is a spoiler-free review* Celine: Can I just say how much I loved this one?! Mel: Yes omg I cannot get over how brilliant this one is. Buying myself a hardcover for sure! Celine: I loved pretty much everything about this. Its uniqueness, the voice, the amazing characters, the bonds different characters have, the fantastic ship, the twisty revelations… This book just has it all. Mel: Yes girl!! That pretty much sums up all of […]

By: Larissa | June 20, 2015 | (48) Comments

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This novel had quite the premise, it appealed to me on every level. I mean come on, historical fiction coupled up with a complex blackmail scenario? Sign me up. Unfortunately with Tangled Webs I found myself simply unable to finish it. I ended up marking it as DNF at 30 percent just because I was so, so, so detached and bored out of my mind. The biggest issue for me was definitely the writing in this one. It just read as so bland and typical, […]

By: Melanie | June 16, 2015 | (42) Comments

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The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is one of those laugh out loud, quirky contemporaries with fantastic underlying messages that every contemporary junkie needs to read. It’s definitely a book that I enjoyed, and apparently a spider agrees with me (it’s now dead though). Oh yes, I went to the bathroom the other day and when I came back to my desk, there was a huge ugly spider resting on my book. The horrors. I legit screamed and spent the next […]

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