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review 2017-06-24 10:34
When Rosie Met Jim and Shoeboxes - Melina Marchetta,Kathryn Barker



And I'm happy, so so happy because (and I'm combining Pacey Witter and Adam Wilde quotes here) the simple act of knowing that he's somewhere out there, alive, is enough for me right now. So I don't care how long it takes for MM to write the full book because I will wait until the end of time (although I'm sure I'll be tweeting otherwise at 1am sometime in the near future).


Also, Shoeboxes was creepy as fuck. Please read In The Skin Of A Monster if you haven't already kthanksbye.

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text 2017-03-12 03:11
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

'Once upon a time there was a hazel-eyed boy with dimples. I called him Khalil. The world called him a thug.
He lived, but not nearly long enough, and for the rest of my life I'll remember how he died.'

I'm not saying anything that many other people haven't already said... but get your hands on a copy of this book and read it. Now. Heartbreaking and relevant and funny and true, it absolutely deserves all the love and praise.


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text 2016-11-26 07:42
Truthwitch - Susan Dennard

I did notice a bit of a ..... lack of information when it came to some of the back-ground details. Such as: Does everyone have powers? or just some people? If some people don't have powers what is their role in the universe, common folk? and how do they feel about it?


I also wanted to say that while yes there are boats and sea monsters I personally wouldn't recommended (or compare) this book/series to Robin Hobb fans. It's a completely different flavour and the main components are different (e.g. There's no conscious boats for one, which is a massive part of Robin Hobb books). It's like saying Vegemite and Promite are the same.

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text 2016-01-12 17:58
Judging a Book by its Cover - My Five Favourite Front Covers in 2015

I was brought up not to judge a book by its cover. Okay, so this was very rarely related to actual books, but it has left me wondering how many people do judge a book by its cover?


I’ve read claims by readers that they don’t judge a book by its cover, but is that even possible? Obviously, I’m not saying that someone reads a great story, then decides it is rubbish because they didn’t like the front cover. What I’m interested in is how many of you have clicked on a link to a book based on being attracted by the cover, or have decided not to click on the link because the cover wasn’t appealing?


I’ve always been a very visual person. I have a photographic memory, love crafting, decorating, and generally rearranging the garden until I’m satisfied with the colour mix and position of plants and flowers. So I have to admit that I do have a weakness for pretty book covers. If I fall in love with a cover, I’m often tempted to buy the paperback instead of the Kindle version, just so I can have it on my bookshelf and look at it longingly. Although I probably don’t do this consciously, I suspect I’m also guilty of not buying a paperback, as I wasn’t too keen on the cover. Naughty, I know, but I’m only human.


How important is the front cover to you?


If you’re like me and love a good cover, what is your idea of a perfect front cover?


I would love to know some of your favourite covers for books you read in 2015.


On that note, here are my Five Favourite Front Covers read in 2015.


I’ve placed my star rating next to the titles. The rating is for the story not the cover, but as you can see, I didn’t do too bad when judging a book by its cover, as there are some great reads below that I may not have read if I hadn’t been lured in by their beautiful covers.



The Secret Life of Winnie Cox: Slavery, forbidden love and tragedy, by Sharon Maas (5 stars)


This is absolutely a book I clicked on based on its cover. I find the cover very emotive, and just knew I would love the story within.


Winnie Cox




Amazon UK



The Thing about Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin (5 stars)


I find this cute and quirky, and love the way the jellyfish looks like a kite or spaceship.


The Thing about Jellyfish




Amazon UK



A Sister’s Promise, by Renita D’Silva (5 stars)


I love the colour combination and depth on this one. The colour of the title and the background colours remind me of the colours of felt tips I would have chosen for colouring in pictures as a child. I loved colouring in, and was very particular about my colour combinations.


A Sister's Promise




Amazon UK



The Summer of Secrets, by Sarah Jasmon (4 stars)


I remember discussing this front cover with the author when the cover was first revealed. It is very nostalgic for me, as it reminds me of my summers as a young teenager running through the farmers' fields with my childhood friends where I grew up. I love the colours too.


The Summer of secrets




Amazon UK



The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, by Katarina Bivald (3 stars)


Very simple. I love the curly font, the blue wooden background and the little pile of books. It makes me think of reading outside in summer.


Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend




Amazon UK

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text 2015-09-24 14:56
The Movie
Tomorrow, When the War Began - John Marsden

I was a pretty big fan when this movie first came out and couldn't understand why no one else seem to appreciate it. Tonight i watched it again and clearly understood. Australia i love you but you have some shitty actors, lol. << this i have always known, except for a few special people aussies' are not known for their acting skills, we tend to over dramatise it, plus the accent can be cringe-worthy. But even with all that held against it i still managed to tear up during the movie and now i realise why i loved it so much in the first place - it transfer's me back into the emotion when i was reading the books, in the movie you can't understand how difficult it was for Robin to pick up that gun and kill people, but in the books we get that loud and clear, that she had to not only sacrifice a big part of her belief, self values and morals but also a part of her soul to save her friends - i know how far she's willing to go for them as well (it is heartbreaking) and with Corrie, i know that she doesnt survive that gun shot, that her friends will never see her again, but the movie can't express all this, can't express the emotions the book beats you with until you can't handle anymore.
But what it does is a rather fantastic job of putting me back into that frame of mind, to help me remember how i felt while reading, and thats its own kind of special. Still while i adore the actors, i kind of wish they had chosen better quality ones, so everyone who didnt read the books can realise how spectacular this story truly is.

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