Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta – Book Review (Spoiler Free)

Synopsis Debuting on the New York stage, Zara is unprepared — for Eli, the girl who makes the world glow; for Leopold, the director who wants perfection; or for death in the theater. Zara Evans has come to the Aurelia Theater, home to the visionary director Leopold Henneman, to play her dream role in Echo and Ariston, the Greek tragedy that taught her everything she knows about love. When the director asks Zara to promise that she will have no outside commitments, no distractions, it’s easy to say yes. But it’s hard not to be distracted when there’s a death … Continue reading Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta – Book Review (Spoiler Free)

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian – Book Review (Spoiler Free)

I absolutely love Ash Princess! I was instantly drawn in by the complexity of Theodosia’s character – her identity crisis and her internal conflict in this fantasy world conquered and colonised by the Kalovaxians and their king – the Kaiser. Continue reading Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian – Book Review (Spoiler Free)

A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg – Book Review (Spoiler Free)

Synopsis Rob has a huge crush on the new girl at school. But Rob is painfully shy and suffers severe panic attacks. How is her heart to be won? Another wonderful and heart-warming comedy drama from the award-winning author of My Life as an Alphabet. Good evening, Rob. Your first challenge follows. These challenges have nothing to do with impressing Destry Camberwick. They are all to do with Rob Fitzgerald impressing Rob Fitzgerald. Bear that in mind at all times. Challenge 1. You will enter the Milltown’s Got Talent competition. This gives you over a fortnight to polish your act … Continue reading A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg – Book Review (Spoiler Free)

The Build-Up Season by Megan Jacobson – Book Review (Spoiler Free)

Synopsis From the author of CBCA-shortlisted Yellow comes a powerful exploration of family and identity set against the humid build-up to the wet season in Darwin. He’s back. The monster. It’s the middle of the night and I’m awake, because even though I’m seventeen I still haven’t outgrown the childhood monster that haunts you in the dark. I haven’t outgrown it, because when I was a child, the monster was real. He was my father. But the thing is, the monster was the person I was closest to in the whole world, closer than I’ve been to anyone since. That … Continue reading The Build-Up Season by Megan Jacobson – Book Review (Spoiler Free)

The Truths and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr – Book Review (Spoiler Free)

Synopsis This second novel from Emily Barr is a race-against time thriller and a true coming-of-age story. It explores the highs and lows of first love, all set under a blazing Rio sun. Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen-year-olds would kill for . . . Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things. And realises her life has been a lie. Her mother and father aren’t hers at all. Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella … Continue reading The Truths and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr – Book Review (Spoiler Free)

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada – Book Review (Spoiler Free)

Synopsis A breathtaking debut about one girl’s quest for answers in a genetically and technologically advanced future. When a lone soldier, Cole, arrives with news of Lachlan Agatta’s death, all hope seems lost for Catarina. Her father was the world’s leading geneticist, and humanity’s best hope of beating a devastating virus. Then, hidden beneath Cole’s genehacked enhancements she finds a message of hope: Lachlan created a vaccine. Only she can find and decrypt it, if she can unravel the clues he left for her. The closer she gets, the more she finds herself at risk from Cartaxus, a shadowy organization … Continue reading This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada – Book Review (Spoiler Free)