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By: Celine | January 18, 2016 | (21) Comments

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I read the first book in the series, These Broken Stars, some time ago – long enough that I don’t remember details, but I do remember parts of the plot and also that I was impressed. I will admit that I fully believe that some of the love for this book was influenced by the massive hype surrounding TBS at the time. However, I did also love the book itself: I was a fan of the writing, the mindfuckery (you can wake me up for […]

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: Melanie | December 18, 2015 | (26) Comments

Lady Helen tour

Thanks to the lovely people at HarperCollins Australia for organising this tour! Hey guys! Today I’m here with a super awesome author – she wrote award-winning duology Eon and Eona, and publising in January next year is Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club. (But for us Australians, it was already published on the 14th of December – whoop!) Her newest novel is set in the 19th century London with a paranormal twist; trust me guys, it’s super fabulous. So anyway, on […]

By: Melanie | October 3, 2015 | (63) Comments

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*This review is spoiler-free* Rick Riordan’s books were some of the first novels I read as a reader, and throughout these past years, his books have always remained my all time favourites. Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, Kane Chronicles, and now you can add Magnus Chase to that list of awesome. Why? BECAUSE THE SWORD OF SUMMER WAS FANTABULOUS. In fact, I loved this book so much that I bookmarked all the funny bits + my favourite parts… which was basically the […]

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 | August 31, 2015 | (8) Comments

Cloudwish interview q

Hey guys! I have a super duper special author on the blog today – she’s one of my favourite Aussie authors of ever, and her name is Fiona Wood. She has written Six Impossible Things and Wildlife, and coming out on September 1st (TOMORROW!!) is Cloudwish. She writes the best contemporary novels that are just so raw and honest and real – and if you haven’t picked up one of her books, YOU ARE INSANE. GET YOURSELF TOGETHER AND GO AND GRAB A […]

By: Celine | August 24, 2015 | (10) Comments

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What is the point of a book? Most books, when you finish reading them, leave some kind of mark on you. You know what it was about; you have a feeling about the theme(s). Whether you liked it or not, you usually take something away from a book. A lesson of some kind, even if you disagree with it. But with Don’t Ever Change I just didn’t get that. I closed the book and thought, what was the point? Don’t Ever Change follows Eva, a […]

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