Review: Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil

Chief Inspector Bish Ortley of the London Met, divorced, grieving his son, has been drowning his anger in Scotch. Across the channel, a bus tour, carrying a group of English teenagers is bombed, killing four of the passengers and injuring a handful of others. Bish’s daughter is one of those on board.

Also on the bus is Violette LeBrac. Violette has a troubled background, thirteen years ago her grandfather bombed a London supermarket, killing dozens of people. Her mother, Noor, is serving a life sentence in connection with the incident. But before Violette’s part in the French tragedy can be established, she disappears.

Bish, who was involved in Noor LeBrac’s arrest, is now compelled to question everything that happened back then and he realises that truth wears many colours.

Let’s be honest guys when I hear that Melina Marchetta has a new novel out I’m going to read it regardless of what genre it is. Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil is no exception. I don’t normally read thrillers, or mysteries or crime fiction. I love those types of stories at TV shows or films, but I’ve never really read any as books, especially not adult books so before I even started I knew this was going to be a stretch for me.

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Review: Elegy

In a small Australian town, the most epic love story in history is unfolding . . . again.

Everybody knows everyone in Kincasey, and nothing ever happens. That’s until  Jenny meets the mysterious Michael Webster. Long-held resentments simmer to the surface, loyalties are tested, and Jenny finds herself the centre of attention. Her situation isn’t helped by a deepening friendship with Michael’s stepbrother, Gabe, or her jealousy of Gabe’s beautiful but aloof sister, Caitlin.

Caitlin is the only one who knows the terrible truth: this isn’t the first life she and Michael have lived. They have a destiny to fulfil – and it’s time for Michael’s powers to awaken. But what use is power if it can’t give you what you most desire?

I’ve read a few different versions of the story already and seen movies versions too. Reincarnated lovers forced to spend eternity trying to find each other, until death inevitably separates them and then they do it all over again, and frankly that story can get a bit old.

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Review: The Every Series

Rachel Watts has just moved to Melbourne from the country, but the city is the last place she wants to be. James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old who’s also a genius with a passion for forensics.

Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. When Rachel and Mycroft follows the murderer’s trail, they find themselves in the lion’s den – literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again…

The Every Series is so well known in Australian YA that it’s amazing I hadn’t read it until now. Trust me I felt the pressure and how not reading these books left me out of the conversation. Well all that’s changed now!

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Review: The Natural Way Of Things

IMG_3173.jpgTwo women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in an abandoned property in the middle of a desert. Strangers to each other, they have no idea where they are or how they came to be there with eight other girls, forced to wear strange uniforms, their heads shaved, guarded by two inept yet vicious armed jailers and a ‘nurse’. The girls all have something in common, but what is it? What crime has brought them here from the city? Who is the mysterious security company responsible for this desolate place with its brutal rules, its total isolation from the contemporary world? 

In a story of two friends, sisterly love and courage – a gripping, starkly imaginatve exploration of contemporary misogyny and corporate control, and of what it means to hunt and be hunted.

This book is everywhere right now. You almost can’t escape hearing about this book and for good reason. It’s a book that has been nominated for nearly every Australian book award, won quite a few and been shortlisted for even more.

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From My Library To Yours: Chick Lit

The next book I’d recommend is what you might call “Chick Lit”, it’s not something I read often because its hard to find stories that stand out. But Techbitch is one of them.

Techbitch was a book I’ve had on my TBR pile after hearing a lot of good praise online and when I finally got around to reading it I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it

This story is all about feeling out-dated and old-fashioned in a fast paced technology driven world. Imogen the main character has just returned to her job as magazine editor after sick leave and finds her old assistant has taken over her work and turned it into a scary and foreign place. Struggling to cope, Imogen tries her best to compete and fight for her place in the company against her techbitch.

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Review: The Special Ones

He keeps us here because we’re special.

Esther is one of the Special Ones – four teens who live under his protection in a remote farmhouse. The Special Ones are not allowed to leave, but why would they want to? Here, they are safe from toxic modern life, safe from a meaningless existence, safe in their endless work. He watches them every moment of every day, ready to punish them if they forget who they are – all while broadcasting their lives to eager followers on the outside.

Esther knows he will renew her if she stops being Special. And yet she also knows she’s a fake. She has no ancient wisdom, no genuine advice to offer her followers. But like an actor caught up in an endless play, she must keep up the performance if she wants to survive long enough to escape.

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Review: Frankie

27193294Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend or her aunt who’s tired of giving second chances…When a kid shows up claiming to be Frankie’s half-brother, it opens the door to a past she doesn’t want to remember. And when that kid goes missing, the only person willing to help is a boy with stupidly blue eyes … and secrets of his own. Frankie’s search for the truth might change her life, or cost her everything.

If you read my previous post on the #YASquad Event you’ll already know why I picked up a copy of Frankie at the event. It was all due to listening to the author, Shivaun Plozza, talk about her book and her characters.

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The Intern

So you all know by now how much I love blogging about books (after all this is a blog devoted to just that) so when I heard about the opportunity to write more book reviews I jumped at the chance.

Check out the review I wrote for The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer over at The Nest.  The Intern is an Australian YA novel about a young girl interning at a fashion magazine and all the challenges she has to face.

The Nest is the blog for the magazine, littleWren. It’s an amazing site where women can share their stories, adventures, or just things they are loving. They even have a Nest Book Club that you should have a look at. Both the site and magazine are designed for young artistic women, so if that sounds like you go check it out! You won’t be disappointed. You can follow littleWren on Twitter or have a look at their website.

Thanks again to The Nest for publishing my review!

The Fault in Our Stars

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now. 
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

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