Reviewsday: Emergence by John Birmingham

When Dave Hooper boarded the chopper out to the Longreach rig, he was feeling pretty sorry for himself. Hungover, he was feeling the pressure from his bosses and the squeeze from his soon-to-be ex-wife. Still, he was good at his job, and his men had just finished drilling the deepest hole in history. Celebrations were in order (and boy, did he celebrate).

9781742614045On their approach Dave was shocked to see flames from the rig. Concerned for his people, he made the fastest landing possible. But that was not the worst of it. Far from it. A humongous orc-like monster was snacking on one of his best friends. That's right. Monster.

In that moment, Dave's rage at every lousy deal that life had handed him took over. Grabbing his dead friend's splitting maul and letting out what might resemble a war cry he attacked. He wanted to hurt it. Badly.

For once luck was on Dave's side. The vile creature was dead.

What he didn't anticipate was what would happen next. No longer was he the pudgy, bald, beaten down safety inspector- he was Super Dave- hero of the Longreach. And things were only about to get weirder...


'Emergence' reads like an action movie. Personally, every time I imagine Dave Hooper I see Bruce Willis from Die Hard in my head. (Go ahead. Try it. It totally fits).

A little bit fantasy, a little bit action-adventure, this novel is one monster of a good read.

(And better yet- the sequel 'Resistance' was just released! That means no pesky waiting!)

Beautiful Baby Gifts

Babies are adorable- so they deserve adorable books!

We've compiled a list of books for babies and toddlers that never go out of style- just perfect for gift giving!

Let's start with the classics- the stories that are passed down through generations, because they are just that good.

The Winnie-the-Pooh Story Treasury: Read all the about huggable hundred acre wood characters!

The Original Veleveteen Rabbit: A toy rabbit made real by the love of a little boy. Who couldn't love this book?

The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie: One of Australia's best loved children's books, follow the adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie in the Australian bush.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit: Read all about mischevious Peter Rabbit's escape from Mr McGregor's garden.

babygiftspic2Then there are the modern classics- the ones that you may have read as a child (or had read to you!)

Guess How Much I Love You:  Little and Big Nutbrown Hare love each other. How much? You'll have to get this book to find out!

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes: As everyone knows, nothing is sweeter than tiny baby fingers and chubby baby toes . . .

Each Peach Pear Plum: A poem on each page gives the clue as to what is hiding in the picture opposite, so young children can follow the rhymes.

The Alfie Treasury:  Follow Alfie on his adventures as he learns all those important things preschoolers should know!

Dear ZooWhen a small boy writes to the zoo to ask for a pet he's in for many surprises. A delightful, funny flap-book for the very young.

Diary of a Wombat: She sleeps. She eats. She scratches. She is training humans to become better pets. She is Mothball- a wombat with attitude.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar: This cute box contains a mini-hardback edition of Eric Carle's classic picture book, with a cute and cuddly caterpillar toy.

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Book of the Month: Second Life

It begins with a photograph. An innocent enough object. Innocuous even.

But pictures can say a thousand words...

Julia Plummer has a wonderful life- she's married to a surgeon with a teenage son and a small photography business on the side. She's the picture of happiness.

That happiness is short-lived.

9781922079251She returns home from visiting an art gallery to be informed that her estranged sister, Kate,  has been murdered in Paris.  A violent and senseless act. Struggling to cope with her loss, Julia embarks on a mission to find out who killed her sister...and why. It's a journey that forces her to look into the deepest parts of her soul, dragging her innermost secrets into the harsh light of day.

In an effort to stay connected to her sister in some way, Julia reaches out to Kate's room-mate Anna, who becomes a close friend and sounding board for her theories about Kate's death and who is responsible. After Anna confesses Kate frequented online dating sites, Julia embarks on a dangerous game of cat and mouse, jeopardising not only her own safety but that of her family.

Deliciously dark  and gritty, Julia's self-destructive downward spiral and obsession with solving her sister's murder is riveting reading.  S. J. Watson has crafted a masterful modern thriller that twists in and around itself right up until the very end.

The Feels Presents: ‘I Was Here’

All. The. Feels. 

9781471124396Cody and Meg are inseparable. They have their whole lives planned out together, filled with adventure in Seattle when they go away to college, first loves experienced side-by-side, and a long life filled with friendship. All would have gone exactly to plan, if Meg was still here. But after her shocking suicide, Cody is left without her best friend, or any idea how to continue life without her...

From the bestselling author of “If I Stay” comes an emotionally raw novel about the controversial subject of teen suicide. The book however, does not simply explore the feelings of those who plan to commit suicide, but more so of those who are left behind when the decision has already been made...

I Was Here focuses on the devastating aftermath of death, forcing the reader to face emotional heartbreak in both the main character's life and those around her. It would be easy to only read this book from Cody's perspective, however Foreman has done an excellent job in exploring less pivotal character's dealings with Meg's death. Her parents, her college friends, room-mates, ex-boyfriends, even the local diner worker's are allowed to grieve through the expertly crafted narrative, showing just how far the wave of pain can travel.

Foreman's narrative is easy to follow, and maintains a steady build until the final page, leaving the reader's feeling as though they have healed right along side Cody, in the face of devastating loss. An emotional read for sure - have your tissues ready!

- Amelia

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Spotlight on QBD Kawana

We have some serious readers at Kawana QBD! The team have shared what they are reading with us this week- including some awesome pictures from their recent book extravaganza.

9781743317211Leaving time by Jodi Picoult: Jodi Picoult is back!  Leaving Time touches the heart, mind and soul.  As soon as I finished it I had to read it again.  I was blown away by the mega twist - how did I miss all the signs? One of her best- Jan (Store Manager)

 The Dark Tower series by Stephen King: Written in true Stephen King style:  dark, fragmented and creepy.  This is a refreshing take on fantasy and I loved the entire series.  Each book just gets better! - Teila

9780330508537The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy by Douglas Adams: It's an ordinary Thursday until Arthur's house is demolished, followed shortly by the entire Earth!   This book is absolutely brilliant.  It's hilarious, imaginative and like nothing you've ever read before.  One of my favourites books ever - Abbey

The Sea Breeze series by Abbi Glines: This series is seriously sexy and lots of fun!   A great weekend or holiday read.  I fell in love with the characters and loved all their dramas and romantic entanglements - Crystal

 zoellaGirl Online by Zoe Sugg (aka blogger Zoella): Penny is a clutzy accident prone teenager who feels she can only truly be herself in her online blog.   When she meets the gorgeous Noah her world unravels. Girl online is a fun, feel-good read that had me laughing and left me smiling - Hannah

Lion of Macedon by David Gemmell: A thrilling and addictive read.  It takes a fictional twist on Parmenion, one of the most distinguished generals of Alexander the Great.  Filled with action, romance, adventure, Spartans and Greek Mythology, this book is a journey into mystical realms and leaves you wanting more - Morgan

9781407130224Northern Lights (#1 in the His Dark Materials series) by Philip Pullman: Adapted into the the film The Golden Compass, this book had me hooked from the start.  Superbly written with great characters and set in an alternative universe.  This book is a fantastic read for any young adult or adult reader looking for something action packed and meaningful. - Jordan

The Left Hand of God series by Paul Hoffman: The sanctuary of the redeemers is no sanctuary and no redemption is to be found there.  Boys from far and wide are stolen and brought to this dark school to be trained as assassins, if they survive.   A wickedly exciting must read series for any fantasy addict.  Maddie

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