Books We Love: Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein

We don't pick and choose what to be afraid of. Our fears pick us.

Everyone knows that Tash Carmody has issues - she's claustrophobic and paranoid and once, she made up a lie to get attention, a lie that had long consequences for young Mallory Fisher.

Everyone in Port Bellamy has grown up now, and Tash is looking forward to going away to university and leaving the past behind her, but Mallory and her older brother Morgan are back in town and Tash feels the past coming back to haunt her.

What did she see that day at the carnival and why does no one believe her about her mysterious and mean imaginary friend? Why is Aunty Ally so desperate to get her to come back to the house that made her afraid? And who will believe her this time when she doesn't even believe herself?

A brilliant crime debut that teens and adults alike will love, Small Spaces will leave you unsettled within the first few pages, and make you claustrophobic way past the ending. It touches on contemporary Australian issues and the hardship of being a teen with mental health issues in a way that is both brutally honest and compassionate. Well worth a read!

~Shannon, QBD Mandurah

Interested? Get your copy in store or online here. 

Reviewsday: Whisper by Lynette Noni

One Word Can Change Your World...

Lynette Noni shines with the first book in a new Young Adult series that I just couldn't put down. I needed to read the whole thing, needed to finish it as quickly as possible. This was also the first book of hers that I have read and I loved it.

Jane has been in Lengard for two and a half years now. A secret government facility that have been testing on her-- the only problem is she won't speak a single word. They don't know her name and call her only Jane Doe and treated as just another inmate. But things aren't always as they seem.

With just one word-- the first she has spoken in almost three years-- Jane learns about just what she is and what she can do. They tell her that she is special and that they can help her to control her powers, but can these people really be trusted?

This book had me on the edge of my seat as I read through it, I needed to know and every twist and turn just kept me even more engaged. This book felt like a few smaller stories weaved into one and done well, so if you're like me and you enjoy a book that doesn't feel like it drags... this is the book for you.

Fall in love with the strong female characters in this book, from Camelot "Cami" Ward-- a girl who has been through so much and still maintains her heart of gold, to Keeda-- the tough girl who you can't help but smile at. To Jane herself as she learns that it's not the past that defines us, and powers aren't what make us strong-- but how we use them.

All in all if you're looking for a new series that will keep you engaged and leave you will all kinds of emotions at the end, Whisper is for you. The only issue... that book number two isn't out yet.

5 stars!

~ Jordanna, QBD Chadstone

What We Read: Mia’s Favourite Cookbooks For Winter!

Winter makes me hungry...

With the onset of colder weather and the new MasterChef series airing on TV, I have been inspired to get in the kitchen and keep warm by cooking yummy meals and treats. There are a great range of cookbooks available that are perfect for looking through while curled up on the couch, your favorite cooks and culinary icons have done the hard work for you and compiled great recipes, that make it easy to find your next favourite dish.

Here are some of my favourite cookbooks at the moment:

At My Table by Nigella Lawson:
This book, like all of Nigella's is just amazing! From the basics of creating the perfect sweet potato fries and hummus to the perfect roast duck. My favorite recipe would have to be Nigella's Lemon Tendercake with Blueberry Compote, it has a marvelous texture almost like a super fluffy pancake! Its perfect to make when you have
friends and family over for dinner.

The Masters at Home - Recipes, Stories and Photographs from the MasterChef Kitchen:
This book is a great collection of recipes and anthologies is quite inspiring with its in depth background stories and photographs. Huge names in the culinary world share what they like to cook in their own time, in their home kitchen. The recipes range from exotic and skillful to simple and comforting, perfect for anyone who is willing to try new recipes and put their cooking skills to the test!

Basics to Brilliance Kids by Donna Hay:
This book is a new edition of Donna Hay's original Basics To Brilliance, this time letting the kids in on the fun. I'd seriously consider picking up a copy before the next lot of school holidays as it will keep the little ones entertained for hours, while providing tasty treats for the whole family to enjoy. The dishes are quite easy
and quick to prepare, just image the scent of choc-coconut popcorn wafting throughout the house as you relax while the kids take care of the snacks. A must have
for all families this winter school holidays!

Yummy, Easy, Quick by Matt Preston:
This is a great collection of 127 dinners that only take 30 minutes or less to prepare, from everyone's favorite MasterChef Judge Matt Preston.
The meals are hearty and scrumptious, with out a doubt crowd pleasers! The wide range of recipes include 20 minute Sweet and Sour Pork Meatballs, 15 minute
Slow-Cooked Ocean Trout and 20 minute Teriyaki Salmon Bowl with Salmon Crackling, all modern classics that you'll love cooking and sharing with friends.

- Mia, Shellharbour QBD

The Children of Blood and Bone sequel has been announced!

We're so excited the Afrofuturist fantasy about Zélie, Amari, and Inan we've all read and adored, Children of Blood and Bone, will have a sequel AND the title, release date, and official synopsis have been set free! The sequel is titled Children of Virtue and Vengeance, hitting shelves in March 2019.

Yes, we know, we're waiting like:


In the meantime, join us in reading (and re-reading, analysing and hypothesising about) the synopsis!

After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.

Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari's right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy's wrath.

With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.


What some of our readers have been saying about Children of Blood And Bone: 

Children of Blood and Bone encapsulates everything that I love about YA fantasy. The world is amazing, the characters are so real feeling, the writing is perfect, the action is abundant, the romances are beautiful, the topics are important. This was such a fantastic read, I have no doubts that Children of Blood and Bone will make my best of 2018 list. 5 stars. - Melanie, QBD Doncaster

Blessed are the Brave. Set in the beautiful world of Orisha, you follow the story of handful of teenagers trying to write the wrongs of the past.Years after magic was taken from the diviners and all maji murdered Zelie grows up in the harsh lifestyle of being a diviner without Magic.
With the help of Amari and Tzain now is time to fight back, now is the time to rise and take back what was theirs. 3.5 stars.- David, QBD Mandurah

This book is amazing. With brilliantly fleshed out characters and excellent workd building Children of Blodd and Bone is a must read for fans of fantasy. It follows the story of Zelie as her world is burnt to ashes and she has to flea everything she has ever known to embark on a journey to save her people.
This book contains tragic backstories, intricately crafted magical lore, first love, betrayal, adventure, heart break, sword fights, magical duels, naval battles, mercenaries and it's all wrapped up in a captivating tale with more twists and heart-stirring moments than you would expect in a YA novel. Cannot wait for the next book in the series! 5 stars. - Rina, QBD Belconnen

QBD Spotlight: Mt Druitt’s Latest Reads

Say hello to our team at Mt Druitt! This week they tell us all about what they've been reading...

Wind Dragons 01: Dragon's Lair by Chantal Fernando:

"Never Judge a Book By Its Cover!"
I kept putting this book aside because the cover didn't grab me BUT how silly was I! It was a great read, for romance, I could not put it down and read it in a day. I ended up buying the rest of the series the next day!
When you catch your man cheating you think a night out is just what you need. That's what Faye does and ends up getting sweet revenge with Eric's brother, who also turns out to be in a motorcycle gang. Faye and Dex had a one night stand but that quickly turns into a lot more than what they both bargained for...

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick:

I have never been one for reading non fiction but this book is absolutely phenomenal. The way Nathaniel Philbrick retells this historical tale really transports you to the frightening situations that occurred on the Essex and just how the crew survived their terrible ordeal. In the Heart of the Sea truly is a must read for anyone who wants to be completely immersed in a true story. - Naomi

Ottilie Colter and The Narroway Hunt by Rhiannon Williams:

Even though this can be classed as a childrens fiction book, anyone is bound to enjoy this book of daring adventure, timeless friendships and terrifying monsters. In the middle of the night Ottilie's brother is whisked away from her, scared and alone Ottilie packs her things to follow and find him, while stumbling onto a secret operation that fights against a hidden evil that threatens the very life she knows. Thrown into a recruitment process to train as a huntsman while keeping her true identity secret, Ottilie must master abilities that she never even thought about, as well as keeping the world her nerve, her brother and her secret safe. From swamps, caves and mossgrass; to stone castle strongholds, unforgettable friends and adventure. This book puts you in the middle of the action, and will have you on edge waiting in anticipation for the next in the Narroway Trilogy! - Kim C

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry:

“A must read for those who love action, mystery and romance!”

Katy McGarry is a brilliant author and this book is no exception to her brilliance. The story follows the story of Emily who quickly finds herself upended from her normal life of safety and routine, into a world of the motorcycle club 'the Reign of Terror' run by her biological father. Spending a summer there seems like an impossible task for Emily, one filled with secrets and closed doors. That is until she meets Oz, a prospective member who is assigned to protect her from a rival gang. Oz is everything she never thought she wanted and yet can't help but be drawn in by him. Can she survive the summer, discover secrets which may be best uncovered, and keep her heart intact? Only time will tell. This book is a wonderful read which keeps you up all night turning pages, desperate to find out how it ends! I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who is a sucker for a good love story with a fantastic cast of interesting and fascinating characters. It is a book that you never want to end, and luckily for us, it doesn't as the series continues in 'Walk the Edge' with a new set of main protagonists!
- Naomi

Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth:

Enemies since birth, separate fated families living on either side of the divide. When Akos is forced to serve Cyra. The daughter of the family who have been his families enemies since he was born the tension is clear. But as they both independently fight for survival, that recognise that together they can create more than just political turmoil. This story is mystical, magical, enchanting and ACTION PACKED. 4 stars/5. - Courtney

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo:

When a gang can make the impossible possible you know they are not to be messed with. Kaz Brekker and his gang of Dregs are tasked with breaking into the Ice Court to retrieve a scientist who can alter the fate of the Grisha as they know it. This book is action packed, fill with character depth and a unique story in a unique universe. This book was so good I didn't want it to end. Savour every page. Remember, no mourners, no funerals. 5/5 stars.
- Courtney

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