Saturday, December 9, 2017

Review: The Dream Walker by Victoria Carless


The Dream WalkerTitle: The Dream Walker
Author: Victoria Carless
Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary
Publisher: Lothian (Imprint of Hachette Australia)
Publication Date: 27th June 2017
ISBN: 9780734417473
Stand Alone/Series: Stand Alone
Pages: 266
First Lines: People around here say my father killed my mum.

Synopsis: 
The weight of a secret can drag you under . . .

Sixteen-year-old Lucy Hart has been counting the days till she can get the hell out of Digger's Landing - a small Queensland fishing hamlet home to fifteen families, a posse of mongrel dogs, and Parkers Corner Store (no apostrophe and nowhere near a corner).

But just like the tides, Lucy's luck is on the turn, and as graduation nears her escape plans begin to falter; her best friend, Polly, is dropping out of school to help pay the bills, and Tom has been shipped off to boarding school, away from the flotsam of this place. And then there's Lucy's nightlife, which is filled with dreams that just don't seem to belong to her at all . . .

When the fish stop biting, like they did when her mum was still around, Lucy realises she isn't the only one with a secret.

My Thoughts: 
Its been a while since I've reviewed anything for a while so I may be a bit rusty.  Hachette has sent me quite a few books the second half of this year, but because I've been in a reading funk, this is the first one I've actually read.

The Dream Walker is distinctly Australian.  From it's terminology, to it's characters, it's setting and atmosphere.  I do love reading anything from Aussie Authors because it paints Australia in a light I may not have seen before.

This book for me was really hard to get into though.  I'm not quite sure I can exactly point my finger on what but I think it was Lucy to be honest.  She didn't grab me in a way other characters do.  It wasn't until about halfway through that I felt the pull to her as a character and it was only when issues in Diggers Landing were heating up more that I felt completely invested in what would happen to her.  I think I felt more attached to her dog Glen and that could be why I pushed through.

Lucy lives in a fishing town and from what I can work out, probably Northern Queensland with the appearance of Artie the Croc.  When Lucy tells her story and describes the people around her, it's clear that the town is barely surviving on the small catch the river provides.  Descriptions such as "His rotting front tooth pressed against the pane lika a rat's.", are throughout the book and it subtly describes the town's struggles.  That particular description is of an older boy, at the cusp of adulthood who feels that Lucy is behind all the bad luck in Diggers Landing.   He's a constant threat in the back of her mind.  The town bully/bad egg if you like.

Overall, though I struggled to get into this book, I really did enjoy this from about halfway to the end.  Give it a go.. and if you struggle to relate to Lucy try to persevere, I have found that it does grab you and take hold.

Book received from:  Hachette Australia

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Book Trailer: Booke of the Hidden by Jeri Westerson

Booke of the HiddenSynopsis
After a relationship gone bad in California, Kylie Strange moves to rural Maine for a fresh start. But she gets more than she bargained for when she finds a supernatural book bricked into the wall of her new tea shop, Strange Herbs and Teas. As soon as she opens the Booke of the Hidden, the quiet town of Moody Bog suddenly becomes a lot more interesting.

First the mysterious and handsome Erasmus Dark shows up unannounced, claiming to be a demon and warning Kylie of untold destruction. She waves him off, until a museum proprietor turns up dead, and the sheriff targets Kylie as a suspect. With the help of Erasmus and a ragtag group of local Wiccans, Kylie unravels the Booke's secrets, and they begin to believe the culprit is someone--or something--much more sinister than a run-of-the mill human murderer.
Award-winning author Jeri Westerson crafts a tale of magic, murder, and romance, drawing us into the mystical world that surrounds Strange Herbs and Teas.


Watch the trailer:





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Sunday, October 22, 2017

In My Mailbox (173) Very overdue post!


The Taste of Blue Light by Lydia Ruffles (For Review: Hachette)
One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (For Review: Pan Macmillan)
The True Colour of Forever by Carrie Firestone (For Review: Hachette)
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (For review: Lothian Children's Books)
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green


Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
The Dream Walker by Victoria Carless (For Review: Lothian Children's Books)
Writing Monsters by Phillip Athans
How to be a Writer by John Birmingham
Fierce on the Page by Sage Cohen
The Hatching by Ezekial Boone

Tricky People by Andrew Fuller
Stranger Thingies by John Birmingham
The Spy by James Phelan
How to Write Your First Novel by Sophie King
Writing Irresistible Kidlit by Mary Kole
Ink by Alice Broadway
Writing New Adult Fiction by Debora Halverson

Written in Blood
 Written in Blood by Layton Green (For Review)


So as you can tell I've been buying and receiving loads of books.  So much so that my bookshelves are exploding.  I am working my way through the reviews so you should expect some soon.As you can also tell, there is a trend of writing books.  Spellbound By Books has been neglected a little over the past few years but hopefully one day I'll be on someone else's In My Mailbox :)  One could dream!!

So what did you get in your mailbox??






Monday, September 25, 2017

Giveaway: Signed copy of The Spy by James Phelan


Hi all.

Its giveaway time again!

I have one signed copy of The Spy by James Phelan to giveaway!

Here's a little bit about it:

The Spy (Jed Walker, #1)Synopsis:

'Jed Walker is right there in Reacher's rear-view mirror.' Lee Child, international bestselling author. Jed Walker is the man you want watching your back.

A sinister group code-named Zodiac has launched devastating global attacks. Twelve targets across the world, twelve code-named missions.

Operating distinct sleeper cells, they are the ultimate terrorist organisation, watching and waiting for a precise attack to activate the next group. It is a frightening and deadly efficient way to stay one step ahead. And cause the most chaos.

For ex-CIA operative Jed Walker, chaos is his profession. On the outer, burned by his former agency, he is determined to clear his name. Stopping Zodiac is the only way. Desperate to catch the killers and find the mastermind, he can t afford to lose the next lead, but that means that sometimes the terrorists have to win.

Ultimately, it all comes down to Walker: he s the only one who can break the chain and put the group to sleep . . . permanently. It s exactly eighty-one hours until deadline.


For your chance to win this copy, All you need to do is comment below on which is your favourite Thriller of all time.  If thrillers aren't your scene any genre will be fine.

Open to International! 
Giveaway ends  8th October 2017 11:59pm AEST and the winner will be posted on the blog!

 Thanks everyone and I look forward to your responses :)

Monday, September 11, 2017

BWF- The Art of Story workshop



Every year when the Brisbane Writer's Festival is on, I try to go to at least one workshop.  It's an amazing atmosphere to attend, writers and readers mingling over books, and it's the number one event I have booked in every year without fail.
This year I went to The Art of Story by James Phelan (I also learnt I've been pronouncing his last name wrong the whole time- Pee-lan not Pel-lan.  Who'd have thought?)  Anyways, to date, I think this is by far one of the most informative workshops I've been to.  I'd read the Alone trilogy about a boy surviving in a YA post apocalyptic world doing his best to survive against other humans who've been infected.  So yes, very compelling writing and definitely someone I'd want to learn from to improve my own.

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James covered quite a lot about story in the short 3 hours that we had.  What I enjoyed the most was that we weren't sitting there writing and critiquing our own work.  I know what you're thinking, why go to a workshop for then?  But my point is, how many times do you get to spend a few hours with a famous Author? Plus, a part of me still feels anxious about sharing anything I've written so this was pretty awesome.

If I could give any other Author any kind of feedback on workshops, it would be this:  Take the same approach as James Phelan.  Hand out pamphlets or notes, anything that can be taken away and worked on after the workshop is over.  Use that time going over the journey that got you there and always answer questions!!  It will make the whole experience more memorable and give the attendee something they can always go back to, other than the notes they take, to make the whole workshop worthwhile.
The Spy (Jed Walker, #1) 
I met some very interesting people while there, each person with their own very unusual background.  There were architects, accountants, other writers and most importantly dudes in shorts :). If anyone else was thinking of going to a workshop and had James Phelan as an option to go see, I recommend it!! His workshop was funny, informative and well worth the money!!

In the next week or so, keep an eye out as I'll be doing a giveaway for a signed copy of The Spy, the first Jed Walker book!!

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Brisbane Writers Festival 2017


Hi all,

So it's that time of year again.  The Brisbane Writers Festival.  Exciting!!
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From the 6th to 10th September you'll find everything Writerish!  From Lectures to book launches, workshops and panels.

Every year this time comes around, I've always made sure to take off Wednesday through to Friday for this.  This year I'm booked in for a workshop with James Phelan called The Art of Story.  I'm super excited for this one!

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So don't miss out.  You'll have authors in the YA genre like Jay Kristoff who has written Nevernight and James Phelan who has written the Alone Trilogy and The Last Thirteen series.
You will also see John Safran an author, documentary maker, satirist and radio personality who's been on tv with controversial shows such as Race Relations and John Saffran vs God.  He's written two books to date, Murder in Mississippi and What do you mean by Extremist.  
So you will definitely find a wide range of authors for everyone's tastes!

Who knows, you might even see me there! 

Hope you all have a great week!!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Book Trailer: Release by Patrick Ness

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ReleaseSynopsis
Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume's Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It's a big day. Things go wrong. It's intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches...

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It's a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won't come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.







Patrick Ness on his book Release

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