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QBD Reviews: Withering By The Sea by Judith Rossell

WINNER ABIA BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR YOUNGER READERS

Stella Montgomery lives in the Hotel Majestic in the seaside town of Withering By Sea with her three awful aunts.

Stella stumbles apon a old man who is also a resident of the Hotel hiding a mysterious package in a urn. Intrigued as to what it is Stella decides to take a look one night but is interrupted by thieves who are also looking for this package. Stella manages to hide the package which is just a tiny bottle but something is lurking inside!

It's a nail biting adventure in which Stella has to overcome the perpetrator and his evil men that will do anything to get their hands on this little bottle!

I absolutely loved Withering By Sea, the setting was magical & enchanting, the book is beautifully illustrated throughout that left me wanting more with the turn of every page. I can't wait to read the second book to see what Stella gets up to next!

Wade, Blacktown QBD

QBD Reviews: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

From Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally bestselling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

What Our Readers Thought:

Typically a fantasy author, Sanderson's first sci-fi novel proves his credentials in this genre. Using a combination of mystery, intrigue, action and adversity, Sanderson weaves an exciting and engaging story that will leave you eager for more.

Cameron, Chatswood QBD

Branderson's most ambitious foray into YA yet! This breathtaking sci-fi novel tells the story of the human race clinging desperately to life, featuring a smart-talking sentient spaceship and a whole lot of action, this will leave you desperate for the next intsallment!

Jenna, Plenty Valley QBD

Having already proved his worth as a fantasy author both for his own creations and finishing the Wheel of Time series, Sanderson now proves he can write scifi too. Skyward is a story of following your dreams, overcoming your biases, and stepping out from the shadow of what people expect of you. Combined with masterfully crafted dogfights and his trademark twists, this is a book you cannot miss.

Matthew, Carousel QBD

The Strangers We Know by Pip Drysdale

Imagine seeing your loving husband on a dating app. Now imagine that’s the best thing that happens to you all week …

Charlie and Oliver have a storybook marriage… until Charlie sees her loving husband on a dating app. ⠀
Suddenly other signs of betrayal begin to add up and Charlie soon discovers that infidelity is the least of her problems. Nothing is as it seems and nobody is who she thinks they are in The Strangers We Know, QBD’s thrilling February Book of the Month.

What Our Readers Thought:

Charlie Carter has a fairytale life and a perfect husband who supports her acting ambitions. And then the week from hell begins, on a night out with friends she sees her husband on a dating app, and that is probably the high point of her week.
Pip Drysdale has crafted an engaging thriller that will keep you reading well into the morning. You'll want to binge this like your favourite TV show.

Jessica, Cairns QBD

Meet Charlie an inspiring actress who's perfect life begins to turn into something out a movie when she finds her husband Oliver's been keeping dangerous secrets from her. Secrets that make her a suspect in a murder!
Pip Drysdale has not failed to impress me once again this is a great example of a well written psychological thriller that encourages the reader to stay for that 'one more chapter'.

Ruby, Eastland QBD

I lost sleep along with this character trying to decipher the secrets of her partner and potential betrayal. Can you trust the one you love when everything is telling you not to? Charlie thought she finally found the perfect man, only to discover an online dating profile that he denies. Follow her down the rabbit hole as she plots to discover the truth!

Kaitlyn, Miranda QBD

Pip has written her second psychological thriller that would make a good film. When Charlie discovers her loving husbands photo on a dating site, her world begins to unravel as she learns he is not who he says he is. When she investigates further, she becomes involved in crimes she didn’t commit. This book will make you question whether the loved ones around you are who they say they are.

Mark, Tea Tree Plaza QBD

QBD Reviews: Serpent and Dove

Set in a world of powerful women, dark magic, and off-the-charts romance, Serpent and Dove is a tale of witchcraft and forbidden love, that will leave readers burning for more. The first book in a duology it is the perfect read for lovers of Sara Holland or Brigid Kemmerer.

"This is an intriguing debut novel from Shelby Mahurin and I cannot wait to see what else she has to bring. Serpent & Dove is a captivating fantasy novel that entwines magic in such an intriguing way. Combine that with a romance that is off the charts and you are in for a ride! Serpent & Dove is such a refreshing YA fantasy and I cannot wait for the next book."

Angelique, QBD

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QBD Reviews: Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

Meet our February Young Adult Book of the Month!

Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, bestselling author Adam Silvera’s Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making.

What our readers thought:

Adam Silvera is known for his young adults novels, now he delivers with this awesome fantasy story!
It's a fast paced blockbuster with elements of X-men and Harry Potter.
Silvera has created a unique world with characters you will become invested in.

Kylie, Woodgrove QBD

This urban fantasy is a war like no other. Silvera, traditionally a young adult romance author, has dabbled his foot into fantasy with this debut (in the genre). Twin brothers, Brighton and Emil, have always watched the battle between the Spell Walkers and Blood Casters from a far, but on their 18th birthday they have the chance for this to change. For me, the action, diverse characters and shocking twist made this un-put-downable.

Stephanie, Loganholme QBD