Meant To Be…AWESOME!

Our QBD Elizabeth store had the most fabulous visitor this week- Fiona McCallum!

She currently has a brand new title in store 'Meant To Be' and even signed a few copies!  The final title in the Button jar series, it is the inspiring conclusion to Emily's story.

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Emily Oliphant's life finally seems to be settling down. Her new boyfriend Jake has joined her on the farm, they are looking forward to starting their life together, and her financial security seems safe and sound.

They both love the peace and tranquillity of the setting of Emily's beloved old cottage which had been reduced to rubble by her deceased husband. Jake suggests they rebuild it - it will be a big job, but a good project for them: a potential business for Emily, and a good advertisement for his building company.

Their plans and the building progress well. But where Emily is involved, life doesn't tend to run smoothly for long. This time it is her two best friends who face a personal crisis and Emily finally gets the chance to repay them for the kindness and support they gave her when she needed it. But now she has a new dilemma. How will she and Jake announce their news to Barbara and David? And what will happen to their friendship when they do?

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(Fiona McCallum with staff member Ash and her brand new book!)

Reviewsday: Mockingjay

A whole new game has begun...

mockinjayMockingjay, the final book of the supercharged Hunger Games trilogy, is a book on springs. You won't be able to put it down. Darker even than it's predecessors, Mockingjay reads like a gritty war novel as Katniss works with the rebellion to overthrow the Capitol and President Snow. Becoming the iconic 'Mockingjay', Katniss acts as a symbol of hope and strength for the rebellion, going into battle once again- but this time it's no game.

In a world filled with hidden agendas, can Katniss trust even her closest friends and allies?

Katniss is one of the strongest female heroines in recent literature. She has inspired a whole generation of readers, to the point where the Nerf toy gun company now has a best-selling 'Rebelle' bow and arrow set. There's no escaping the Hunger Games, and there's a very good reason why: these books are phenomenal.

If you haven't read the series yet, you can purchase all the titles  in a gorgeous box set here. And just to feed your imagination that little bit more we've included the trailer for the movie released in Australia November 21!

Reviewsday: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

At QBD we love our authors and our Brisbane City store staff were lucky enough to be surprised by a visit by Graeme Simsion in the past week!

Not only was he "super nice" (exact quote right there) but he signed a few copies of his new book The Rosie Effect. He even posed for a photo with them! To celebrate we have dedicated this Reviewsday post to The Rosie Project- the book preceding The Rosie Effect.

 

(L-R: Geoff, Kimberley, Graeme Simsion, Lindsay & Gloria)

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

This book made me laugh. Not many books can do that. This was a truly delightful book to read and I would never ask for a minute of the time spent reading it back.  Made all the more amazing by the fact that it is the first novel of Melbourne writer Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project will rank highly amongst my favourite reads.

Written from a unique perspective, this is one of the few, if not the only, romantic comedies with a male protagonist. And not only male, but autistic.  Don Tillman is a brilliant scientist, but a hapless socialist (I mean that with no political leanings, Don literally sucks at being social.)  Rosie is beautiful, smart and nowhere close to what Don sees as a perfect life partner.

This book is one of those rare gems that most people could relate to on some level. Does he love me? Does she love me? Can two people really be destined for one another? Is mankind meant for monogamy? Can anyone really love?

Written with a one of a kind voice, you experience all of Don's ups and downs as he over-analyses, fears and then embraces change and eventually learns how to love.

This is a beautiful love story.

-Samantha from Northland QBD

Contest this!

m reillyGuys, can we talk about Matthew Reilly?

I know you've heard of him - Australian guy, writes crazy/brilliant/thrilling action-adventures, owns a Delorean (!). Chances are, you've even picked up a copy of blockbusters Ice Station or Seven Ancient Wonders and been sucked in by their fast-paced, heart-pounding action. There's no denying that Matthew Reilly is one of Australia's best-loved and well known authors, and in this blog I'm taking you back to where it all began - with a little novel called Contest.

Picture this: every millenia, a champion is chosen from each planet in the universe to compete in the ultimate Contest - a fight to the death between all the contestants taking place in a huge labyrinth, the last man (or woman, or non-gender specific alien) standing is crowned champion. BUT, not only does each contestant have to out-wit and out-survive the others, they also must get past -contest the Karanadon - a terrifying beast that lurks in the labyrinth. Sounds simple enough, yeah? This time the Contest is to be held on Earth, in the formiddable New York State Library, and unwitting Doctor Stephen Swain and his daughter have just been thrown into what is quite literally the fight of their lives.

His first novel, written when he was just 19, Contest still stands as one of Reilly's best - creative, thrilling, page-turning, and original (and in case you couldn't tell, one of this bloggers favourite books). If you're not a scifi nut, don't let the alien factor put you off - the scifi element only enhances the action, and is not so complicated that it gets in the way of the story flow. It's fast-paced, funny, and generally just a cracking read! If you've never read Reilly, pick up Contest and you'll wonder why it's taken you so long. If you've read Reilly and you haven't read Contest - I actually can't believe you, what are you doing?!

-Sarah xxx

P.S. Keep an eye out for Matthew Reilly's new book The Great Zoo of China, coming to a QBD near you in November 2014!