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QBD Reviews: The Fate of the Tearling

Loyalties are tested, hearts are broken and a

Queen stands ready to sacrifice it all for her people.

tearling-fate-ofThe day the guards came and took her from her from her quiet cottage life was the day she was exposed to assassins, betrayal, magic and death.
The day she freed the Tearling from slavery to a neighboring kingdom was the day she doomed them with war.
The day she saved the Tearling from war was the day she doomed herself...

On her way to the enemy nation of Mortmesne, Kelsea comes to grips with the reality that she is at the whim of the Red Queen. The woman who enslaved the New world, one kingdom at a time, the woman who wields power such as no one has ever seen, and the woman who has made a pact with the dark.
Can Kelsea overcome the fear and uncertainty to escape from the feared dungeons of the Red Queen?

The Mace guards the Tearling against a revolt, the church at the heart of the problems. Slowly the corrupt are taking the city for their own and betrayal is happening at every turn. The Queen's Guard is all that is stopping complete chaos and the end of the Tearling way, but they will need much more than smarts and swords to save the Kingdom, they will need The Marked Queen, The Glynn Queen, The True Queen.

Wow. This truly is the end we all needed to this epic Trilogy.

The Fate of the Tearling was long awaited, I was practically on the edge of my seat the week before it came out! Erika Johansen transports me every time, whether it be my first reading or my fifth. The words blur and before me is the story playing out. One of the greatest things about this series are the characters. They are so believable. Kelsea is anyone I could meet, someone I went to school with, maybe someone I work with. She is an amazing, inspirational, ordinary person. She is shaped by the fate set out before her and because of this she became extraordinary. And it doesn't stop with Kelsea! Read on and find out about the Red Queen, the Mace, Penn and people from a distant past.

~ Hayley, QBD Hornsby

Spotlight on QBD Brisbane City – Christmas Edition!

 

Our Brisbane City team have the holly jolly Christmas spirit this week!
Check out their great gift ideas...

 

Leatherbound Classics
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These beautiful leather bound classic novels are a special gift to give to any classic novel lover this Christmas. - Portia

 

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams:
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a classic science fiction comedy space opera, and the best trilogy in four parts ever written. This is a book I'd be more than happy to receive as a gift, even though I already own multiple copies. You haven't had the worst day ever until you are the only one who survives the Earth being destroyed to make way for an intergalactic motorway, and surviving the escape as a stowaway on an alien's ship. - Gabrielle

 

9780751563139On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher:
“On The Other Side” by Carrie Hope Fletcher is a gorgeous bittersweet story in which the protagonist, Evie Snow, finds herself stuck in purgatory after her death. She finds herself unable to cross into the other side until she fixes three mistakes she made during her life on earth- but will she find the strength to finally tell her family about the secrets she's kept hidden for 60 years? Recommended for fans of Carrie's Youtube channel, Emily Rodda and Sarah Dessen - Emily

 

The Happy Cookbook and Lola Berry's Little Book of Smoothies Juices by Lola Berry:
Made by Australia's favourite nutritionist, Lola Berry, these two books would be a great gift for anyone who wants to add a little Zing to their life! - Yvonne

 

9781743369197Sweet! Celebrations: A My Cupcake Addiction Cookbook by Elise Strachan:
Great gift for mum or anyone who loves baking. Elise Strachan's 'Sweet! Celebrations' is the perfect present for anyone who likes trying new recipes that are interesting and fun to create! - Debora

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Catalyst for Excitement: Review of a Rogue One Novel

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As we count down the days until Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is released into the cinemas, what more could one want but to be already immersed in the very story that will be shown? Star Wars Catalyst: A Rogue One Story is the prequel book for the upcoming movie and it makes sure readers are well aware of the stakes as it takes its readers to the corners of the galaxy. The book places us nicely in the timeline, as readers see the Clone Wars ends and the Empire rise, and have the curtain raised as they witness the birth of the Death Star. Star Wars Catalyst: A Rogue One Story covers and gives a background to all the characters we expect to see on the big screen, including appearances from a young Jyn, and even making Grand Moff Tarkin an important part of the story.

The story does not follow the movie cast, instead it sets the stage for both Rogue One and for Star Wars IV. This novel applies layers of conflict and is a wonderful appetizer for the movie. The plot is very much character driven, focusing on the tension between Jyn's father, Galen, and Republic Lieutenant Commander Orson Krennic. A fantastic read, wonderfully woven and full of many Star Wars moments, this is an amazing read for all Star Wars fans and while it does not spoil the upcoming movie, it is a definite must for all who are excited it.

QBD Reviews: There May Be A Castle by Piers Torday

9781848668621A heartwarming middle grade story, There May be a Castle is full of adventure with knights, wizards, dragons, dinosaurs, a castle and a quest. A very enjoyable read, I loved it!

There May be a Castle focuses on eleven year old Mouse. Teased by family and friends for being so small, he was christened “Mouse” at a young age and the name stuck.

This novel takes place on Christmas Eve. It’s a white Christmas and Mouse’s mother has to drive through a blizzard to get Mouse and his two sisters to their grandparents’ house. An accident on the way sets Mouse off on an adventure to rescue his family.

Even though he is small Mouse proves himself to be very brave. Due to the trauma of the accident after being thrown clear of the car, Mouse keeps forgetting things and people. He knows something happened to him but can’t remember what or who was with him.

I loved how we had just enough information from alternate chapters to know what was happening to Mouse. We know that in previous years the family walked to their Grandparents’ house and what landmarks appeared on the way. Mouse uses these memories to help him find his way to the castle, even though he doesn’t remember clearly. He knows there’s a haunted forest, a dragon’s lair, a church graveyard and cairns to mark the way. The special toys he brought with him in the car keep him company and grow in his imagination to become real. In Mouse’s reality he is a knight travelling through a forest on his trusty steed Nonky, accompanied by Bar (the sheep that woke him) and Trex – chased by a fearsome nemesis The Pink Knight, a character from his favourite iPad app “Junior Joust”.

It is amazing what the human body can go through to survive and protect loved ones, also how our brains work to help in extreme situations. This reminded me a little of Gayle Forman’s young adult book If I Stay. Mouse physically goes on a journey to save himself and his family yet his mind plays tricks on him. A very emotional ending for both books, I was engaged all the way through.

~ Kerryn, QBD Northland

You’re A Wizard… Android Users!

You're a Wizard Android Device Users!

(and fellow iPhone users are still muggles)

Ever wanted to be a witch or wizard? You're in luck! If you own an Android device,you've got access to magic - right in the palm of your hand.

Thanks to Google, you can cast THREE spells from JK Rowling's Wizarding World. All users have to do is talk to Android’s voice activated assistant and say “Okay Google, Lumos” to turn on the phone’s flashlight, and “Okay Google, Nox” to turn it off. You can also say “Okay Google, Silencio” to turn off the phone’s volume.

It really works (and we can't stop doing it!)

Don't worry non-magic folk, you can still have some fun!

You can use Google Street View to explore the 1926 streets of New York from the movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as well as investigate MACUSA (Magical Congress of the USA) headquarters.

AND there's a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them game! Called Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World it allows you to solve mysteries and discover incredible beasts!

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