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The blue salt road / Joanne M Harris ; illustrated by Bonnie Hawkins.
Author: Harris, Joanne, 1964-, author. -- Hawkins, Bonnie Helen, illustrator.
Publisher: London : Gollancz, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group, 2018.
Review by: Azaelia  on: 28/10/2020 3:43:41 PM
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A short, fairy tale-like story that sweeps you up into a tale of love, deception, and sorrow. The gorgeous cover matches the spellbinding story and detailed drawings inside. I like how Harris writes about the sea, and the connection the fisherman have to it. The imagery and descriptions are beautiful, and even in such a short story, Harris is able to explore the intricacies of human nature. Recommended if you want a quick escape into a magical story.
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Just like you / Nick Hornby.
Author: Hornby, Nick, author.
Publisher: London : Viking, 2020. -- ©2020
Review by: bookgirl76  on: 21/10/2020 3:30:50 PM
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Nick Hornby is one of my favourite authors. I love the way he does dialogue, the witty back and forth had me giggling throughout, so be warned if you decide to read this on the bus or train. I found it was quite a fast paced book, although the middle section did drag on a bit.
The action focuses on two main characters who are very different, but are drawn to each other. As well as being the story of a relationship, it explores issues of identity, class and Brexit. This may sound a bit heavy, but it is not!
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Abyss [electronic resource] / Greig Beck ; read by Sean Mangan.
Author: Beck, Greig. -- Mangan, Sean.
Publisher: [Melbourne, Vic.] : Bolinda audio, 2018.
Review by: buckethead  on: 12/10/2020 11:52:03 AM
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Seismic blasting the deepest depths of the ocean in the name of petroleum exploration releases nightmares from Cate Grangers past. A prehistoric giant that should have been gone 1.5 million years ago has responded and is furious! Megalodon meaning big tooth, a giant shark that makes jaws look like an angry tadpole is wreaking havoc, sinking boats, harassing submarines , and eating everyone who stands in its path and Its up to Cate and a ragtag bunch of scientists to ensure the threat is gone for good! The Book is read by Sean Mangan who does a really good job of keeping you on the edge of your seat, but makes the female voices sound far too masculine it must be his deep baritone voice.

Fast pace and action packed this story is also very well researched. The last 30 odd minutes is entirely made up of the author explaining the research that went into making the novel.

Its a solid 3.5 stars out of five from me.
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Arlo Finch in the valley of fire / John August.
Author: August, John, author.
Publisher: New York, NY : Roaring Brook Press, 2018. -- ©2018.
Review by: Azaelia  on: 7/10/2020 4:31:43 PM
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Fantastic! I absolutely loved reading this book. The story is exciting and written well, and the setting of the Colorado Mountains is beautiful. It is a mixture of fantasy and mystery, so and while it can be a little slow at times, the mystery element keeps you interested. The characters are cute, too. Arlos friends are adorable, and really care about each other. I also think the development of Arlos character is meaningful, and explores some relevant issues. In the end, he learns to face his fears, believe in himself and trust his friends. I recommend this to readers of all ages, and is a great story for parents to read together with their kids.
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The Storm Keeper's Island / Catherine Doyle.
Author: Doyle, Catherine, (Paranormal fiction writer), author.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2018. -- ©2018.
Review by: Azaelia  on: 28/09/2020 11:06:04 AM
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I loved this book! I really enjoyed reading it, and thought the idea of the story unique and interesting. The writing is wonderful and the story moves along at a steady pace. The magic is beautiful, too who doesnt love magic candles? I also loved the relationship between Fionn and his grandfather, and how Fionns character grows and changes throughout the story, learning to face his fears in the end. It was just a really beautiful read that I think anyone can enjoy.
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Goodbye, things : on minimalist living / Fumio Sasaki ; translated by Eriko Sugita.
Author: Sasaki, Fumio, 1979-, author. -- Sugita, Eriko, translator.
Publisher: London Penguin Books, 2017. -- ©2017.
Review by: de Sa Araujo, Ana Miss  on: 24/09/2020 12:28:22 PM
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If you have ever thought about becoming a Minimalist, then this is the book for you. It's an easy read, divided into manageable 'chunks'.
I have been 'trying' to go minimalist for a long time, in my heart I am, and this book has absolutely set me on that path now.
The best book I have ever read on the subject. If you have ever even so slightly thought about it, well then this book will point you in the right direction.
10/10
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Dune / Frank Herbert.
Author: Herbert, Frank, author.
Publisher: London Hodder, 2015 -- ©1965
Review by: Azaelia  on: 14/09/2020 2:16:28 PM
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Honestly, I didnt enjoy this book. I know it's a classic of the sci-fi genre, but I think I prefer more modern novels. I found the writing quite clunky, and the dialogue wasnt well-crafted either. It just seemed so formal and stiff. It is a very character-driven story, but the characters arent that interesting. And I think the story overlooks some great action scenes because of this, which is really disappointing. It can be atmospheric at times, and I really enjoyed reading about the world of Dune and its people, but it just didnt live up to the hype for me. Having said this, I will be looking forward to the new movie coming out in December, the trailer looks to be everything the book isnt.
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Crown of feathers / Nicki Pau Preto.
Author: Pau Preto, Nicki, author.
Publisher: : New South Books, 2019 -- Edinburgh, United Kingdom : Ink Road, 2019. -- ©2019.
Review by: Azaelia  on: 24/08/2020 4:07:27 PM
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An enjoyable story, with great characters and an interesting world. I liked learning about the world and the folklore. And the phoenixes were cool. It was quite slow sometimes, but I think that was needed to develop the characters and their relationships. They were surprisingly complex, and I thought the book explored multiple themes and issues well. Yes there were tropes, but I didnt find them annoying. The romance was sweet but nothing ever really developed from it. The story is told through the eyes of three characters, one girl and two boys, so I think anyone could read it and find some connection to it. I loved the reveal at the end which caught me totally by surprise it was worth the wait. I will definitely read the second book as I think there is still so much more to explain and explore.
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Red rising / Pierce Brown.
Author: Brown, Pierce, 1988-, author.
Publisher: : Hachette Australia, 2014 -- London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2014. -- ©2014.
Review by: Azaelia  on: 17/08/2020 9:33:54 AM
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This is one of my favourite reads of the year. I couldnt put it down, and when I did, I wanted to pick it straight up again. Im not sure exactly what it was, the writing style, the plot, the characters, but I was quite invested in this story. I found the descriptions of the world and the writing style rich and beautiful, but some may find it a little tedious, especially at the start. Its been compared to The Hunger Games as it has teenagers and a survival games type setting with brutal scenes, but I think Brown got his inspiration more from ancient Roman society and gladiators as there is a theme of Roman deity and social status, which the world is based on. I also thought there were great examples of friendship and loyalty, and banding together for a greater purpose. This is definitely a book that will stick with me.
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Night flights / Philip Reeve ; illustrated by Ian McQue.
Author: Reeve, Philip, author. -- McQue, Ian, illustrator.
Publisher: Lindfield, NSW : Scholastic Australia, 2018. -- ©2018
Review by: Azaelia  on: 3/08/2020 8:55:16 AM
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3.5 stars. This is the backstory of Anna Fang, my favourite character from the Mortal Engines Quartet and the movie!. I enjoyed seeing how Anna started out, as she is sort of an enigma in the first book. Its a quick read, so theres not much world building, but still worth the read to see Anna in action again. I also liked the style of the artwork scattered throughout the book. Even though this is technically book 0.5, I do recommend reading it at least after book 1 as you already know the character and the world shes in.
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