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Dragon's Green / Scarlett Thomas.
Author: Thomas, Scarlett, author.
Publisher: Edinburgh, Scotland Canongate, 2017. -- ©2017.
Review by: Azaelia  on: 19/05/2020 3:51:13 PM
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I really enjoyed this book. It is a fantastic, well-written read with an absorbing plot. I enjoyed Thomas sense of humour and imagination, which pokes fun at the ways of the modern world, and presents a fun and exciting idea of fantasy. I also appreciated the love of books she shows in her story the power you can receive from reading a book and the act of burning a book as darkening your soul a little highlighted this. The characters are lovable and work well together, each playing to their strengths and learning and growing together. About a third of the way in there is a sudden change in plot which had me thinking What is going on here? but it all made perfect sense in the end, and was actually quite a smart plot device to use. The worldbuilding was decent, but I still have questions about certain things, which I think will be fleshed out in the next books in the series. Overall it was an exciting and engaging read, and I will definitely get straight to the next book as soon as I can!
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Scorch dragons / by Amie Kaufman.
Author: Kaufman, Amie, author.
Publisher: Sydney, NSW : HarperCollins Children's Books, 2019. -- ©2019.
Review by: Azaelia  on: 10/05/2020 11:54:53 AM
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3.5 stars. This sequel picks up right after Ice Wolves, with Anders and Lisabet stuck in enemy territory. The story arc in this series is fantastic, well thought out and planned, and Im anticipating the next book to see how the story continues. I couldnt help but see the underlying themes in this book from a misunderstanding that started a war ten years ago, the adult wolves and dragons hostility and hatred towards each other blinds them to seeing the truth and allowing forgiveness. Also, the idea of a pack consisting of people who are exactly like you is turned on its head as Anders and Rayna and their wolf and dragon friends band together in a great time of need, showing that true friendship doesnt depend on where youre from or what you look like.
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Ice wolves / by Amie Kaufman.
Author: Kaufman, Amie, author.
Publisher: Sydney, NSW : HarperCollins Children's Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, 2018. -- ©2018.
Review by: Azaelia  on: 10/05/2020 11:09:56 AM
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3.5 stars. A well-written and interesting read. I loved the world that Kaufman created, giving off germanic/viking vibes, and the shape-shifting element was cool too. Even though there are lots of characters, the story is told from Anders' point of view. I enjoyed his character, seeing his worries and fears, and how he conquers them in the end. I thought his growth throughout the story was insightful and realistic. There is some action, especially towards the end, but this is mainly a character-driven story, characters that kids can identify with, and learn from - that it's ok to be scared and worried and insecure as long as you don't let that hold you back from who you are meant to be, and how important it is to have friends, and how sometimes you have to find things out for yourself.
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Calamity / Brandon Sanderson.
Author: Sanderson, Brandon, author.
Publisher: London Gollancz, 2016. -- ©2016
Review by: Azaelia  on: 7/05/2020 11:53:47 AM
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Fantastic! Such an epic forgive the pun ending. I did not see that coming at all. Again we move to a new city and new Epics, which keeps interest high. I would have liked to see more background about the other characters though, we mainly just get an insight into David and Megan's characters, but then I think that would have slowed the pace of the story. Anyway, it was an adrenaline filled exciting read. I am sad this series is over, and I hope some day in the future Sanderson will revist it. I can definitely see myself re-reading this series. I would recommend this series to anyone who would listen
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Author: Sanderson, Brandon, author
Publisher: London : Gollancz, c2015
Review by: Azaelia  on: 7/05/2020 11:43:59 AM
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The second installment of the Reckoners series. It does suffer a little from 'middle-book' syndrome for the first half, but then that ending - explosive! I couldn't read it fast enough. I enjoyed seeing a new location in this world, and another host of Epics, especially one that communicated to David through fortune cookies growing from a tree. The wondrous strangeness of it all is testament to Sanderson's amazing imagination, and I loved every minute of being in this world.
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Mitosis : a Reckoners story
Author: Sanderson, Brandon, author
Publisher: London : Gollancz, c2013
Review by: Azaelia  on: 7/05/2020 11:37:00 AM
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A short story of how the Reckoners take down another Epic. A quick and fun read, focusing on David and his terrible metaphors - which I absolutely love!
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Heartless / Marissa Meyer.
Author: Meyer, Marissa, author.
Publisher: Sydney, New South Wales Pan Macmillan Australia, 2016. -- ©2016
Review by: Azaelia  on: 7/05/2020 11:30:37 AM
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I think this book is done extremely well. Meyer manages to capture, and even run with, the whimsy and nonsense of Wonderland marvellously. It is such a fantastic element of this book, and the origin of the Queen of Hearts is woven seamlessly into Carroll's Wonderland. I really warmed to the characters, and felt the frustration of Cath, and the mystery of Jest. I feel it dragged a bit in places, but I think that was necessary to show Cath's progression of character. The ending completely broke my heart because I was so invested in the characters and in Cath's dream. It is a very believable origin to the Queen of Hearts we see in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but even if you haven't read Alice's Adventures, it is still an enjoyable story.
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Elizabeth is missing
Author: Healey, Emma
Publisher: London : Viking, c2014
Review by: mldrumm  on: 20/04/2020 9:54:54 AM
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Maud is dealing with the increasing confusion of dementia. Memories of her sister, Sukie, who went missing in 1946 just after the war and of her friend Elizabeth are jumbled together and she is constantly scribbling notes to herself to keep track of what she needs to do or where to go. Maud is unsure about many things but knows that Elizabeth is missing. This book is really well written and far better than it sounds or I can describe. A humorous, touching story with a mystery.
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The secret runners of New York [electronic resource] / Matthew Reilly ; read by Jacqui Duncan.
Author: Reilly, Matthew. -- Duncan, Jacqui.
Publisher: [Victoria] : Bolinda/Macmillan Australia, 2019.
Review by: buckethead  on: 17/04/2020 10:54:37 AM
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Its lifestyles of the rich and famous and time travel and so much more! Set in New York current day well 2018 anyhow, Secret runners is a pre-apocalyptic novel where the privileged the 1 get to live the upcoming apocalypse. Fast-paced and scary it asks all sorts of moral questions... what would you do if you knew everyone in the world was going to die?
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Happy death day.
Author: Landon, Christopher, 1975-, film director. -- Lobdell, Scott, screenwriter. -- Blum, Jason, film producer. -- Rothe, Jessica, actor. -- Broussard, Israel, actor. -- Modine, Ruby, actor. -- Matthews, Rachel, (Actor), actor. -- Aitken, Charles, 1979-, actor
Publisher: [Australia] Distributed by Universal Pictures (Australasia) Pty Ltd, [2018] -- ©2017
Review by: buckethead  on: 6/04/2020 1:45:35 PM
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You know Groundhog day, right? Now imagine Bill Murray instead of just going to bed and waking up and its the same day again, that he just keeps on dying over and over and over... Well that's Happy Death Day in a nut shell but without Bill Murray. The movie is well executed pun intended and moves at a medium fast pace to its conclusion. A good one for horror buffs.
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