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Unearthed / Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.
Author: Kaufman, Amie, author. -- Spooner, Meagan, author.
Publisher: Crows Nest, New South Wales Allen & Unwin 2017 -- ©2017
Review by: Azaelia  on: 5/07/2018 2:12:38 PM
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A fun and exciting read, fast-paced with a good twist at the end. Kaufman and Spooner write really well together, each picking up where the other left off, keeping the flow of the story smooth and steady. I enjoyed the interaction between the two main characters, Jules and Amelia, and the riddles they must solve together. The book does bring up questions of social structure and judging others based on this, which I think adds a little more depth to the story. An enjoyable read.
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Nevermoor : the trials of Morrigan Crow / Jessica Townsend.
Author: Townsend, Jessica, author.
Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Hachette Australia, 2017. -- ©2017.
Review by: Azaelia  on: 26/06/2018 4:36:28 PM
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What a fun read! I loved the magic and enchantment, reminiscent of the Harry Potter series, but still holding its own place. The world of Nevermoor and its magic is described so wonderfully you can't help wanting to be there. I also loved the characters, with their different personalities and quirks, and their strong bond of friendship. Throughout this book Morrigan learns to face her fears and not allow them to hold her back, and that family is more than just who she is related to - it's her friends as well. Even though the main character is a girl, I think boys will like this too - and adults!
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Anne of Green Gables / L.M. Montgomery ; introduced by Lauren Child.
Author: Montgomery, L. M. (Lucy Maud), 1874-1942. -- Child, Lauren.
Publisher: London : Puffin, 2008.
Review by: Azaelia  on: 29/05/2018 10:54:16 AM
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Poor Anne! I really do feel for her in her struggles. She is such a lively, loyal and passionate character who dreams big and doesnt let fear hold her back. I loved seeing her mature into a bright young woman, and the often comedic situations she went through. It does read like a TV series, with each chapter an episode of the trials and tribulations of Annes life and the lessons she learns from them. I also loved the descriptions of the little village of Avonlea, Montgomery has a talent for painting a beautiful setting you want to escape into. Even though the language is quite old fashioned I feel it adds to the romance of the story and doesnt impede the message of Anne staying true to herself but also learning from her mistakes.
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Disruption / Jessica Shirvington.
Author: Shirvington, Jessica, author.
Publisher: Sydney, NSW : HarperCollins Publishers, 2016. -- ©2014.
Review by: Azaelia  on: 21/05/2018 5:38:28 PM
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I actually liked this more than I thought I would. It has a few tropes which you need to push through to get to the message of the book - how much should we allow technology to control our lives, our choices, our hearts? The technology that governs people's love lives seems quite believable, and the main characters are all different but work well together. It isn't always action-packed, but there's enough going on in each chapter to keep you turning the pages. I also liked the idea that the main character is tough and not completely innocent, but still struggles with herself when she makes an immoral desicion. And a twist at the end, too!
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Percy Jackson and the lightning thief / Rick Riordan.
Author: Riordan, Rick.
Publisher: London : Puffin, 2010, c2005.
Review by: Azaelia  on: 15/05/2018 2:47:32 PM
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Action-packed and witty, this book would appeal to young kids, boy or girl, who want a fun adventure and unique characters. And a great introduction to Greek mythology! I also loved the sarcastic quips between the main characters, so funny. Will definitely be continuing the series.
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Star Wars made easy / written by Christian Blauvelt.
Author: Blauvelt, Christian, author.
Publisher: London Dorling Kindersley Limited, 2017. -- ©2017
Review by: Azaelia  on: 15/05/2018 10:34:12 AM
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Awesome and funny book! The author explains clearly the whole Star Wars world and why the movies have become so popular, giving character info and movie plot lines in a simple, only-what-you-need-to-know way. There is also a pronunciation guide and suggested order to watch the movies. It really is Star Wars made easy.
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Jesus : a pilgrimage / James Martin, SJ.
Author: Martin, James, 1960-, author.
Publisher: : Harper, 2016 -- New York, NY HarperOne, 2014 -- ©2014
Review by: O'connor, Maureen Mrs  on: 21/02/2018 2:06:04 PM
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In the book A Pilgrimage James Martin brings to life to the reader a wonderful account of Jesus's life as related in the gospels. An amazing read.
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The red wind / Isobelle Carmody.
Author: Carmody, Isobelle, 1958-
Publisher: Hawthorn, Vic. : Penguin, 2010.
Review by: Azaelia  on: 16/01/2018 11:44:39 AM
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I am a little biased as I love any work done by Isobelle Carmody, but this truly deserves 5 stars. Carmody is a master of words, giving rich descriptions and heartfelt imaginings in a flowing, graceful style. This story is very character-driven, and strongly conveys through the characters the message of facing your fears, believing in yourself, and being generous and helping others even if it costs you something.
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George's marvellous medicine.
Author: Dahl, Roald, 1916-, author.
Publisher: London : Puffin, 2001
Review by: Azaelia  on: 16/01/2018 11:29:30 AM
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I had so much fun reading this book! You should definitely heed the warning NOT to try this at home! The medicine he makes is quite disgusting. Dahl's fantastic imagination and quirkiness come across so well in this book, and the language is playful and comical. A great read for any age.
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The one-in-a-million boy / Monica Wood.
Author: Wood, Monica, author.
Publisher: London Headline Review, 2016.
Review by: Pilottos, Jennifer Mrs  on: 14/01/2018 5:43:26 PM
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A beautiful story that unwraps the complexities of human relationships with gentle humour and heartbreaking clarity because of the friendship of one young boy and an elderly lady.
Heartbreak and hope are woven together in such a way as to balance both these cravings of the readers heart.
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