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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: Melanie | July 18, 2015 | (64) Comments

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I’d firstly like to point out that Emmy & Oliver is a really misleading title. While the title screams a romance-dominated story, I would say it’s anything but that. Sure, there is a hella adorable romance… but at it’s core, Benway’s story is one about friendship, growing up, making your own path in life, and more importantly, family.  “Sometimes love isn’t something you say, it’s something you do.” At it’s surface, this book is about Oliver who is finally found 10 years later after being kidnapped […]

By: Celine | April 14, 2015 | (34) Comments

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Why Graffiti Moon isn’t more well-known I do not know, because it’s honestly fantastic. I picked this up on a lazy afternoon spent reading in the sun, thinking I might like it. I read it in one evening, completely absorbed by the story and characters. In a way, Graffiti Moon reminded me a bit of Melina Marchetta (she said, having read a grand total of two of Marchetta’s books). Not in terms of plot or even that heartbreak quality Marchetta seems to have, but because of […]

By: Melanie | March 6, 2015 | (74) Comments

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Thank you Allen and Unwin Australia for hosting this blog tour! This review is completely spoiler free for the series (and all spoilers are hidden in spoiler tags). Books like Every Move restore my faith in YA series enders. Why? Because I’ve just had the worst luck with series enders lately. *cough* Ashes to Ashes, In the Afterlight and Isla and the Happily Ever After *cough* But enough of complaining, let’s talk (or just ramble, in my case, as I’m experiencing a book […]

By: Larissa | February 26, 2015 | (40) Comments

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This is a  novel that came as a surprise to me, I didn’t except to love it as much as I did. It’s been a couple months and it’s inarguable that this achingly true to life tale has has wormed its way deep, deep, deeeeep into my heart. Even now, I can still remember details about the novel and recall that truly captivating pleasure I gained while reading Mosquitoland. Mosquitoland: the thorn in my side, the rock in my shoe, the poison […]

By: Celine | January 21, 2015 | (63) Comments

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Years ago, I walked into school and something was different. I was, as usual, a bit early for my classes (I like being on time) and slowly walked to the stairwell, my thoughts already with today’s lessons and my friends and the ridiculous amount of homework I still had to do. But the moment I left the lockers and walked into the hall, I knew something was different. There were only a few fellow students in that hall, and some teachers, wearing […]

By: Celine | January 2, 2015 | (40) Comments

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The Ghosts of Heaven was my very first Marcus Sedgwick book. I’d heard great things about his books, and I was happy to be able to read this one. How it went? Pretty well – I loved it. The story is divided into four quarters, and they are all so different I can’t review this as a whole, though the stories do fit together. So I’ll just review the stories individually! Quarter One: Whispers in the Dark The first story follows a girl […]

By: Melanie | November 29, 2014 | (30) Comments

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“There is no ending to this story because, as I’ve realised, stories don’t have endings, only beginnings.” Amy hasn’t had the easiest life. She lives with her superstitious single Chinese mother with barely enough money to feed themselves. Her ‘best friend’, Rebecca doesn’t exactly help either; her mood changes as rapidly as her hair colour. Rebecca seems to attract all the boys, and Amy has always just been that nameless girl who follows Rebecca around at school. Yet, when Amy finds and […]

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