Spotlight on QBD Charlestown

Our team at QBD Charlestown are always ready with a book suggestion!
This week they've shared with us what they're currently enjoying,
perfect to add to your New Year's reading list!

9781849833271Bridge of Spies by Giles Whittell:
This is a true story of 3 extraordinary men involved in the most legendary prisoner exchange in history. The thing I like about this book is that although it’s a true story of the Cold War … it reads like a novel. You really get the feel and taste of the heightened political tensions that brought the United States and Russia so very close to the brink of nuclear war in the 1960’s. An amazing story of a piece of history I knew nothing about. - Steve (Store Manager)

The Revenant by Michael Punke: 
The Revenant is based on the true story of the trapper Hugh Glass when he is attacked by a grizzly bear. His companions abandon him, taking all of his equipment, not to mention his favourite rifle.
A fantastic story of determination, survival and a man bent on revenge. I thought it was a fantastic book, and I cannot wait to see the movie. - Daniel

9780732292676Timekeeper 01: Dreaming of Zhou Gong by Traci Harding:
Dreaming of Zhou Gong is a fantasy novel set in ancient China during a time where common folk are suffering under the rule of the bloodthirsty Shang empire. The Ji brothers set out with noble intentions to overthrow the emperor and his enchantress and bring peace for the land and it's people, uniting with the Wu, a mysterious community hidden away on the sacred mountain of Li Shan, rumoured to be gifted with the magical blessings of Heaven. This, however, is only the very basics of Dreaming of Zhou Gong, a book layered with twists and turns. It has magic, action, romance, mystery; a little bit of everything you could need in a great story but the real highlight for me was the vast and interesting cast of characters and their dynamic that made for an enjoyable and amusing read. - Megan

Michael Jordan- The Life by Roland Lazenby:
This a book I'm very passionate about. Not only does Ronald Lazenby bring you into the life of Michael but also his history, where he comes from and the people around that shaped and guided him. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves basketball or sports. It's inspiring to me and educational towards learning effort and commitment to be the best at what you do. - Carter

9780143004615Jessica by Bryce Courtnenay:
Grab a box of tissues because this is Courtenay at his best. This book is about everything we, as human beings hold dear....love, family, pride, friendship and the basic need of survival.
An Australian classic set in the New South Wales outback, spanning from the outbreak of World War One through to the Depression, this book will evoke emotions you didn’t think you had.
It follows the life of Jessica, a young girl in the bush who must keep her head held high and fight for truth, justice and the true meaning of love.
Uplifting and heart breaking all mixed into one must read novel. - Belinda

The New 52- Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello: 
The New 52 is a delightful re-imagining of the DC Comics universe, bringing life back to some of the oldest and most famous comic characters. The New Wonder Woman puts us in a god and gore-filled world of mystic powers, other realms and most importantly, Super Heroes! This graphic novel series is excellent, whether you've been reading DC Comics for years or if you are just catching the Super Hero Fever after watching the movies. - Mitchell

9780992334468The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham:
Tilly Dunnage returns to the town in which she grew up to look after her mad old mother. Tilly tries to be accepted by the townspeople who drove her away, but they are relentless in their dislike. However the women commission her to make them couture dresses. Tilly slowly plans her revenge on these unforgiving locals. Ultimately her revenge comes to fruition and she boards the next train out of town.
This book is filled with many fascinating characters whose lives intertwine. The descriptive writing style makes it hard to put the book down. The unexpected plot keeps the readers guessing and hanging on for the ending. Ham's first novel is a great read. - Remy

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas:
A book series in four parts, throne of glass introduces us to Celaena Sardothien, the world's youngest and most notorious assassin. At a tender age of eighteen Celaena is whisked away to fight for the king, a cruel tyrant determined to dominate all of the kingdom. This first novel combines magic and mythology, intertwined with traditional medieval castles and knights, and at its centre a very powerful female lead. Throne of glass is a fantastic novel that draws readers in from the first page. - Amorette

9781401248192Watchmen by Alan Moore: 
Described as the “comic book that changed all comic books”, Watchmen is a groundbreaking graphic novel written by acclaimed author Alan Moore. Starting out as a murder mystery, Watchmen progresses into a story about retired heroes as they unravel a dark conspiracy that could or could not alter the fate of the world.
Watchmen was one of the first graphic novels I ever read and I believe it was an excellent introduction into the medium. Watchmen takes a new approach to the super hero genre and explores a world in which the presence of costumed heroes has altered American history.
Watchmen is excellently written, containing complex characters as well as a sophisticated plot. I enjoyed Alan Moore’s exploration of morality and the human condition. What distinguishes Watchmen from most other comic book superheroes is Moore’s choice to explore the weaknesses of his characters, because at the end of the day his characters were just ordinary people who made an extraordinary decision to put on a costume and fight crime. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Comics and Graphic Novels. - Camille

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller:
Set 10 years after The Batman was last seen, crime and violence has driven Gotham City to the brink of self destruction. An ageing Bruce Wayne decides that it's time to rid the City of it's disease. And with the return of The Batman, Villians like Harvey Dent and The Joker come back to battle with the Bat one last time. Also, witness one of the best battles in Comic Book History between The Batman and Superman. It's awesome!
Frank Miller's take on The Dark Knight breathed fresh air into Batman in an era of the Campy Adam West Batman TV Show. Dark, gritty and violent, The Dark Knight Returns set the standard for Batman, as well as Graphic Novels, and was a major inspiration for the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy. Definitely essential reading for any Comic Book fan. 10 out of 10 Batarangs to the face.- Jason

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Reviewsday: Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Halo comes the start of a beautiful and powerful new series.

After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted as her a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother’s country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…

Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander’s past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.

To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever… and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.

After reading the Halo series, I had high hopes for Alexandra’s next series. And I have to say that Ghost House didn’t disappoint. I was unable to put it down. It was a story full of suspense. Ghost House is the beautiful love story readers have been waiting for. It can only be described as a poignant love story with a ghostly twist and an ending that will leave you hanging onto the edge of your seat, craving more

~ Steph, QBD Strathpine

Book of the Month: All The Light We Cannot See

y648Forget falling in love with a valentine this February! Fall in love with Anthony Doerr's award winning novel 'All the Light We Cannot See' instead!

Filled with love, betrayal, fear and an unmistakable determination to survive the war, Doerr's book is certain to become your new favourite story.

This book is told from two different perspectives – fifteen year old German orphan turned soldier , Werner, and a brave, yet blind, young Parisian, Marie Laure. At its simplest, this book is a story of two young, innocent souls trying to survive and fight in a war which is not theirs.

Doerr shows us scenes of unimaginable desperation and lost childhoods, as he reminds us of the importance of family, and how even the most evil of people fear death.

'All the Light We Cannot See' is a book that will remain with you long after you finish the last page. Doerr's work casts a long, dark shadow over 'The Book Thief'. I wish every book was as enjoyable and addictive as this one!

It will definitely make you fall in love with reading again!
- Jacqueline, QBD Epping

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We have a Winner!

The winner of our Alice-Miranda competition has been drawn!

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The winner is ... Ariana Lossie with her entry: Alice Miranda should visit the 7 Natural Wonders of the World and help someone in each place.

Congratulations Ariana- we hope you really love your prize!

We were so impressed with the places everyone suggested Alice-Miranda should visit, that we had to list them all! The most popular entry was Australia, followed closely by Uluru and an African Safari. We can only hope she adventures to some of these places soon!

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QBD Reviews: Discount Armageddon

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Aspiring to be a professional ballroom dancer is not an easy dream; just ask Verity Price. Not only does she have to juggle her ambitions to fit in with her part-time waitressing job, the family business is one that can’t be ignored no matter how hard she tries. Trained from birth to be a cryptozoologist, her limited free time is spent dealing with talking mice, telepathic mathematicians, legendary gorgons and her family’s arch-nemesis, the Covenant of St George.

Accosted (see: strung up by her ankles) on a rooftop one night by a looming, mysterious figure who reveals himself to be an agent of the Covenant, Verity knows her desire to dance the tango is about to be thrown out the window. What she isn’t expecting is to find that her so-called enemy is slightly agreeable and doesn’t want to kill her on sight, with the condition that they work together to figure out why the city’s cryptids are disappearing without a trace. Calling in assistance from a myriad of creatures (some friendly, some deadly) and her highly trained family members, the puzzle slowly begins to unwind, but not before Mr. Self-Righteous Demon Slayer (aka Dominic) manages to put his foot in his mouth and nearly blow the whole operation. Facing lethal creatures that haven’t been seen in centuries on her own, Verity is in for one hell of a ride and as long as she makes it out alive, she may just consider leaving the Covenant agent’s head on his shoulders.

Witty, tough and down to earth, Verity is sort of character you’d want on your side. Throughout the novels twists and turns, she manages to exude grace and sarcasm in equally astounding measures and her finesse at handling her problems is as unique as it is entertaining. If you’re looking for something that’s a little on the wild side, this is the book for you.