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By: Melanie | November 27, 2014 | (28) Comments

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I went from start to finish with a grin on my face when reading this. Yep, The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl (gosh that’s a mouthful) is one of those feel good contemporary reads. If that hasn’t sold you, I know exactly what will: IT’S AUSSIE YA! Clearly you need to read it now, yes? And to all of those who are going ‘nope’ because they think they’re oh-so-fabulous (but deep down have already got their money out ready to buy a copy), let me […]

By: Melanie | August 16, 2014 | (23) Comments

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Back from my hiatus but alas, the first book I read just had to be a disappointing read .-. I think it’s quite apparent that I am a black sheep for Michael Grant’s latest novel. I haven’t actually read anything by this guy before, so I wasn’t absolutely sure what to expect–what I knew was that his Gone series is crazy popular–so I hoped that this one would be just as amazing. Perhaps, it is just as amazing as his Gone series but clearly this book […]

By: Melanie | May 15, 2014 | (27) Comments

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The Truth About Alice is smartly-crafted tale that I have definitely come to appreciate as the story progressed. While I didn’t find myself loving it as I had hoped, it’s definitely worth reading as it addresses some serious topics that need closer attention in the real world. What caught my eye on this book was certainly the synopsis. Alice Franklin, one of the popular girls at school, was said to have slept with two guys in one night at a party. Soon […]

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

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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 […]

By: Melanie | December 15, 2013 | (27) Comments

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I don’t normally review books the same day I read them. Especially not one hour after I’ve read them. But Rose Under Fire is a certain exception because I fear that if I wait any longer, I won’t be able connect words to form coherent and meaningful sentences. Rose Under Fire is an imperative read, certainly emotionally draining and brutal and is practically scintillating in its own brilliance. Hope is treacherous, but how can you live without it? Rose Justice is a […]

By: Melanie | October 31, 2013 | (24) Comments

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There seemed to be an endless supply of completely mixed reviews for Wild Awake so I went in with low expectations and then got swept right off my feet. I see where this book could have gone upside down for some, however this madness? I loved every bit of it. Kiri has always believed that her sister, Sukey died in a car crash five years ago. That’s what her family told her and she never questioned upon it. Yet when she gets […]

By: Melanie | October 7, 2013 | (26) Comments

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What if one small decision could change your life forever? What if you chose the wrong one? And what if, both choices have their own pros and cons? I have really enjoyed Cat Patrick’s novels in the past, so when I saw this on pop up on Goodreads, I immediately took up the opportunity to read this, hoping for another fun, sci-fi type contemporary. However that wasn’t really the case. Caroline’s grandmother has just been taken to hospital, and the entire family […]

By: Melanie | August 17, 2013 | (10) Comments

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“I think I would give up movies for this feeling.” Life in Outer Space was a very average read for me. I can see why people love this- but in the end, I was looking for something a little… more. Life in Outer Space is a quirky read filled with perfect geeky nerdiness, humour and relationships. I felt a little bored at times- something that is a major fault in contemporaries- nonetheless relished the friendships that knitted this novel together the tightest […]

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