I wasn’t sure whether to call this an August or a September recap… Technically we’ve only had three days of September, so I’m going with August! I moved back in with my parents, which means I have a horrendous commute again, but weirdly, I didn’t actually read all that much. Still getting used to the early mornings maybe? There was a lot of napping on the train. My favourite read this week was All the Birds in the Sky. READ IT! SO GOOD!
Heart – Johannes Hinrich von Borstel (2 stars)
I really really loved Giulia Enders’ Gut and I had assumed that this would be similar, a funny, but informative account of the workings of the heart. However, this book focussed primarily on the author’s own journey into medicine and why he himself was interested in the heart. The moments when he did talk about the workings of the organ used a fair amount of jargon, and I was disinterested. Not a fun science book by any means…
Strings – David Estes (3 stars) Read more
Definitely messed up my weekly count this month! Six books again this week! My favourites were This Mortal Coil, Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic and The Magic Misfits. My least favourite was A Shadow Bright and Burning – soooo slow! But there were way more wins than losses!
This Mortal Coil – Emily Suvada (Australian author) (4 stars)
The twists, the turns! Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She is skilled at hacking into the body tech every human wears to enhance their DNA. And her dad is the top geneticist in the world. This is SUPER interesting – I love anything to do with genetics. There is a killer disease which is literally causing people to EXPLODE, and infect everyone in the radius of the blast. The biggest corporation in the world decides to snatch Catarina’s dad, leaving her to fend for herself in the craziness of the world. But then a boy comes to find her, a super-soldier. He tells her that she is the key to unlocking a vaccine to this dreadful disease, and convinces her to join him. But who can she trust? And what has her father been keeping from her? This book gripped me completely, and I couldn’t predict any of the amazing twists and turns! YAY!
Whimsy & Woe – Rebecca McRitchie, illustrated by Sonia Kretschmar (Australian authors) (3 stars) Read more
Six books this week! And I moved to Sydney, so I had a whole day out of action. Plus the hours spent packing during the week. Whichwood was a definite favourite, as was The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I also FINALLY jumped onto the Hamilton bandwagon. Let me know what your recent favourites have been in the comments at the bottom! 🙂
Genuine Fraud – E. Lockhart (3 stars)
I am really intrigued by books that work backwards in time, as this one does. Jule is on the run, and makes the mistake of befriending a police officer in the glamorous hotel she is holed up in. That’s when the story begins to turn back time, to show how Jule got to where she is and the sinister events which occurred. It was an interesting story, but I was incredibly disappointed in the ending. I wanted to know more about where Jule came from and why she ended up the way she did – I was just left dissatisfied…
The Map of Bones – Francesca Haig (Australian author) (3 stars) Read more
Five books this week – looks like this is becoming the regular number; I suppose that makes 20 books a month, so not bad overall. 🙂 I read only fiction this week, but a nice mix between fantasy and contemporary. I really must get back into short stories and non-fiction though… Loved the absolute wackiness of The Last Dragonslayer – think this might finally inspire me to finish the Thursday Next series! I also adored Literally – it was a very fun, easy read.
Literally – Lucy Keating (4 stars)
Annabelle’s life has always been pretty perfect. But then she meets world-famous young adult author Lucy Keating and everything goes pear-shaped. Her parents are getting a divorce, and selling the house Annabelle grew up in, and then she meets a boy who can only have been written for her – it has to have been manufactured. Just when she thinks her theory that Lucy Keating is writing her life is too bizarre for words, she finds herself in a love triangle (typical), and the fight between author and character is ON! I loved that Keating spoofed and applauded the stereotypes of YA literature, while creating a vivid story which encapsulated some of the struggles which come with the writing process.
It Looks Like This – Rafi Mittledehldt (4 stars) Read more
Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology – Edited by Danielle Binks
24th April 2017, HarperCollins Publishers Australia
336 pages, 5/5 stars
This is an incredible selection of Australia’s best young adult authors. I loved each and every one of these short stories, all from authors I am familiar with except for Danielle Binks herself, Melissa Keil, and Ellie Marney. I think that a few lines on each story might be the best way to review this book, so see below…
One Small Step – Amie Kaufman
The main character in this short story, Zaida, is the first child born on Mars. Earth loves her; her public status has opened many doors. Her parents want her to study medicine back on the home planet. But who does Zaida actually want to be? If there were no outside influences, what would she choose to do with her life? A scary incident brings these questions to the surface. What a fabulous little story about identity, and especially about that tricky moment between high school and university where there are endless opportunities, but you only get to pick one… (Just for the record, I love Amie’s visions of space habitats; she writes space very, very well – see Illuminae.)
I Can See the Ending – Will Kostakis Read more
Another slack week… Must do better if I’m to defeat the TBR! Five books, and one of those was a Little Black Classic! It was a good mix though – a non-fiction, an anthology, a middle-grade, and a YA. And I enjoyed these reads a lot more than I did last week’s! Sadly, I didn’t include any Aussie authors… Will have to change that for next week. Grab a copy of any of these options for yourselves from Booktopia. 🙂
The Rose & the Dagger – Renée Ahdieh (3.5 stars)
I think I liked this more than the first one! It was really a really great sequel, with some really intriguing characters, and some massive heartache. I loved that Ahdieh wasn’t afraid to kill some of her darlings, even if it hurt my soul…
A Hippo Banquet – Mary Kingsley (2.5 stars) Read more
Frogkisser! – Garth Nix
22nd February 2017, Allen&Unwin
336 pages, 5/5 stars
I want to scream from the rooftops about this book. I need EVERYONE to buy a copy and devour it as many times as possible so that I can discuss it with everyone I meet. It is absolutely adorable, funny, and probably MY FAVOURITE BOOK OF 2017. (Yes, I’m calling it this early.)
Princess Anya is in a pickle. Her sister’s prince has been turned into a frog by their step-stepfather. But Morven doesn’t want to fix her own messes. So Anya steps up, and takes on a quest to find the ingredients for a magic lip-balm which will restore the prince to his human form. Together with Ardent, one of the talking palace dogs, Anya’s hijinks begin.
Frogkisser is a truly marvellous, rollicking, twisted fairytale with giggles galore. Princess Anya is plucky and funny, and treats her adventures with a perfect level of scepticism – this princess isn’t a damsel in distress. Plus, there is no romance plot which is incredibly refreshing. Read more