reviews

Kids & YA Fest – Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

2018-09-03T18:49:12+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Kate's review
I have always thought that Jaclyn Moriarty has one of the freshest and most original voices in Australian children’s literature and so was eager to read her latest children’s fantasy, beautifully presented as a hardback with whimsical illustrations by Kelly Canby. The book did not disappoint – it was a sparkling delight from beginning to end, with lots of unexpected discoveries, wondrous encounters and madcap adventures.

The Lace Weaver – Lauren Chater

2018-08-27T17:23:52+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Kate's review
A heart-wrenching novel of love, war and resistance set in Estonia in the 1940s, The Lace Weaver tells the story of two very different young women and their struggle to survive in a country caught between two of the greatest evils of the 20th century: Stalin’s Red Army and Hitler’s Third Reich. This is a novel of love and war, heartbreak and hope, and the bonds between women, delicate as lace and yet as unbreakable as steel.

The Beast’s Heart – Leife Shallcross

2018-08-27T17:17:05+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Kate's review
The Beast's Heart by debut Australian author Leife Shallcross is a retelling of the classic French fairy-tale ‘La Belle et la Bête’, told from the perspective of the Beast. Like many lovers of fairy-tales, it is one of my own personal favourites and I have drawn upon its symbols and structures in my own novel, The Beast’s Garden, which is set in Nazi Germany.

King of Ashes – Raymond E. Feist

2018-08-13T22:08:05+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Sarah's review
Fantasy fans have been awaiting Raymond E. Feist’s ‘King of Ashes’ the first novel of his new trilogy, The Firemane Saga, with keen interest. It is the first book Feist has written outside the universe of The Riftwar Cycle in more than 30 years, and few knew what to expect. The fantasy master wanted to break with tradition, and he has. In Garn, magic takes a back seat to politics and the social context, while human passions - the lust for power, love and revenge - take centre stage.

The Museum of Modern Love – Heather Rose

2018-08-14T08:13:13+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Kate's review
I love art in all its forms, and had heard so many wonderful reviews of The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose (which won the 2017 Stella Prize) that I had been wanting to read it for a long time. And I am so glad I did. It is definitely one of the best books I've read this year. Quite possibly, one of the best books I've read ever.