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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

Fiona’s Favourite Things – February Edition

Next month I turn sixty. Impossible! How has this happened? Who is that stranger in the mirror? I demand to know who that person is who doesn’t hop out of bed but instead takes her time, not wanting to wake up her unwelcome bedfellow – Vertigo – or its companion, Arthritis.

‘Never get old,’ my darling Dad used to quip. He’s right…it can be humbling especially as I watch my children who once needed me for everything become vexed at how I tap out a text message with one finger rather than a double jointed thumb, or pause while trying to work out how to flick to Netflix, or at how I can’t remember the myriad of passwords I keep changing because I keep forgetting them!

However, one way that I’ve managed to uphold the glass half full approach to life no matter my age, is setting myself a major challenge for each decade. I began this innocently in my teens when I couldn’t wait to become older and reach twenty. Now this special goal per decade has become the glimmering gold thread in the tapestry of my life.

Turning twenty, I set myself two major goals. Travel the world and get into business for myself. Glad to know I achieved both…and fitted in finding love and marriage.

Turning thirty, I wanted to have children. I was blessed to have twins and the rest of the decade was spent raising them, travelling the world and running our business.

Turning forty, I wanted to change my career. I was keen to remain self-employed, but I had a fire in my belly to do something selfish, something creative, something that allowed me total flexibility and autonomy. Directly after my fortieth birthday I sold three books to the biggest publisher in the world at the time. My new career path beckoned.

Turning fifty, I set several major goals. It had been gnawing at me to take a leap of faith in myself, out of the pool of genre fiction and into the ocean of general adult fiction. I wanted to write some non-fiction and the biggest goal of all, I wanted to run some writing courses for beginners and help them to avoid some of the potholes. I changed publishers aged 50, I changed to writing historical fiction the following year and I set up my first masterclass, aged 53.

So…turning sixty. What’s ahead? I am keen to see if I can either write a screenplay based on one of my books…or better still, convince TV producers to take one or more of my books on for the small screen. It’s a huge dream as I’ve been lost to excellent drama on the big and small screens for all my life, so to see even one of my stories unfolding through moving pictures…well, that would be a very big day. It’s not impossible; literary content has never been more in demand than now as a hungry worldwide audience devours streaming TV and movies. Producers are hunting fabulous tales that convert well to commercial viewing. I’m going to try and catch that wave…wish me luck.

Anyway, for anyone out there feeling unsettled at how fast the years are speeding by and blurring, maybe you too might feel more anchored, less dismayed, if you set yourself a major goal for each decade or even set one every five years.

Maybe writing that book that’s been burning inside, for instance  Do it!

Finally, to all you fellow boomers, use this older, wiser time to do your utmost to embarrass your children. It’s a marvellous sport, designed for the mature person, that I personally take great delight in.

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