• Review - Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron | SPOILERS

    **I received this book as part of Bloomsbury YA's Cinderella is Dead Australian bookstagram tour** Let's start with good points: I loved the whole fairy tale world but make it dark business that this book had going. I enjoyed how the author took elements of the original fairytale and wove them into her own narrative. The world-building was great - I fully felt the inhabitant's suffering and injustices, probably because so many were reflective of real world issues. It was fast-paced and generall…

  • Review - Heartstopper (Volumes 1 - 3) by Alice Oseman | Possible Spoilers!

    What can I say about this series (so far) but oh, my heart. I've not managed to read many graphic novels before but these ones seemed to have all the hype so I decided to give them a chance and boy, was I glad I did. Text wise, there is very little of it, which goes to show that if you can pull emotions from your readers with just your illustrations, then you're bloody good at what you do. Heartstopper follows Charlie and Nick, two highschool boys, Nick in 11th grade, Charlie in 10th. Charlie…

  • Review - The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper | Spoilers!

    Thank you to Bloomsbury YA for sending me an ARC of this book! This was such a cute read - I loved the LGBTQ representation, the writing style was easy and quick to read, and the subject matter of the story wasn't too heavy (which, if you know me, is not my thing. Give me light and fluffy escapism any day). Spoilers! The main character, Cal, was relatable, even if he was a bit of a hipster influencer from New York. It was interesting to see the effect his social media presence had on him,…

  • Review - Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee | No Spoilers

    This was a fun read. I picked this one up as a light book to break up the heavy and it was just that. It follows Loki through a series of mishaps when he's younger that leads to his eventual set-up as the villain in the current MCU. It brings to light the question of are villains made or born, and for the most part, Loki is most certainly a made villain. After all, if you continually tell someone they're bad, eventually they're going to believe it, which is what happens here. Despite the unfold…

  • Review - Invisible Boys by Holden Sheppard | Spoilers!

    Spoilers! How do I even begin? This book is *chefs kiss* magnificent. I feel like as someone who grew up in a rural Aussie town I really felt what it was like for these characters. I was hesitant going into this read - if you know me, you'll know I'm not one for heavy reads. I don't like reading anything that hits too close to reality. I'm all about the escapism. But like with many aussie contemps I've read over the years, this one didn't disappoint. First of all, the nostalgia is strong with …


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