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Reviewsday: Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

Explosive from the first kindling down to the last ember. Krysten Ritter has a detailed imagination and, in her debut novel, she weaves a mysterious web.

Protagonist Abby Williams returns to her small county hometown of Barrens to investigate a case of corporate pollution in the reservoir. This case burns a little too bright and hits a little too close to home for Abby, and the fire begins to entrance her, leading her on a downward spiral towards the truth. She didn't really come home for the case, she came home in search of her missing school friend turned tormentor- Kaycee. And she'll walk through fire to find out what happened to her. Did she simply walk away from their hometown of Barrens? Or is there a dark secret waiting to be uncovered?

- Erin Glover

 

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Meet our Broadmeadows team as they go under our QBD Spotlight for the first time!

 

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll:

This story began with a well-to-do, ambitious, self absorbed character that I absolutely could not relate to. I was into the first chapter and almost put the book down... But there was just something intriguing about TiFani FaNelli and I needed to know why was she this way.

As I read further, I found her personality and behaviour in everyday life revolved completely around how others perceived her, she would say something to someone just to illicit a particular reaction, then smile at someone, or be rude to someone, or dress a particular way to get another specific reaction. Ani (as she had re-named herself) was a complete lie, a facade, someone she had invented so no one could she was anything except exactly what she wanted them to. For someone who wants to have complete control of every little facet of her life, she really has lost all sense of self.

How did she become like this?
Why Has she changed her name and made her whole life a performance?
What will happen when the truth comes out?
-Sam-Maree

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig:

“Reasons To Stay Alive” is my favourite book of all time. Matt Haig’s writing style is rare. He has been through the battlefield of mental illness, stigma and criticism. Instead of being a typical Depression selfhelp book, Matt has told his story with a comedic voice to make it relatable. You will be laughing and crying at the truthfulness found in this masterpiece. By the last page you will have an alternative thought process to living well with a mental illness. I cannot recommed it enough for anyone suffering from Chronic Illness, Depression or Anxiety. - Cassandra

Pokemon Deluxe Essential Handbook:

This is a decent starting point for anyone looking to just start getting into Pokémon but it is lacking some details. For each Pokémon up to 6th Generation (out of 7) it has Pokédex entries, their typing, which region they're from, and some moves it can learn but lack Pokédex numbers, stats and abilities of Pokémon, and doesn't explain how the typings interact. It does have the pronunciation of Pokémon's names though which can be a point of conjecture.
All in all, a decent first step but will find lacking at any step afterwards except for pronunciations. - Nathan

Grimm's Complete Fairy Talesby Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm:

These classic fairy tales are short and sweet. The perfect short distraction or before bed read. As the foundation for many of our entertaining stories today, these tales are bound to entertain and creep you out, just a little. A beautiful story, with a life lesson and a touch of evil. Definitely worth a read. - Sam-Maree

Queens Of Geekby Jen Wilde:

I loved Queens of Geek. It’s a fun but emotional read that is for every pop cultural fan. It explores the notion of friendship and relationships. It’s about falling in love and letting yourself love. It’s about stepping out of that bubble and letting yourself be free. With beautiful friendships and romance, this book is one for everyone. - Angelique

The Hate U Giveby Angie Thomas:

The Hate U Give is a brilliant and powerful story. It’s heartbreaking, poignant and so so true. It’s a book that everyone should read, and understand. The Hate U Give explores family, friendship and what is right. I wanted to cry, scream and hurt. So I beg you please pick up this book, read it, take it in and understand. - Angelique

Everything, Everythingby Nicola Yoon:

Nicola Yoon takes people on a crazy and emotional rollercoaster with her first novel Everything, Everything. Yoon's novel isn't just your ordinary forbidden love story with the predicable "sick teen" plot. Everything, Everything is a beautiful love story that you will make you unable to put down, and will leave you smiling, chuckling to then crying and massive shock. - Stacey

Wombat Stewby Marcia K Vaughan:

With fun and engaging rhythm, rhyme and repetition, Wombat Stew is an Aussie classic that will have you and your little wombats giggling and singing along as all the clever Aussie animals work together to save the wombat from the cooking pot, and make sure the sly old dingo gets what's coming to him! - Jessica

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Reviewsday: 16th Seduction by James Patterson

James Patterson novels are like a rollercoaster - thrilling, heart stopping action with a brief moment of relief to twist a mystery into your brain.

This the 16th Murder Women's Club book co-written with Maxine Paetro is as good as the first and every bit as entertaining. It follows a group of professional women that have become friends while solving murders and foiling evil plots together. Lindsay the Detective, Claire the Medical Examiner, Yuki the Lawyer and Cindy the Reporter all collaborate (or not!) to unravel and expose multiple surprising threads of revenge and betrayal. I loved the interaction between the women as it rings true for me and the mystery brilliantly strings you along.

James Patterson and his women never disappoint!
~Gillian, Australia Fair QBD

Just What I Needed…Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

I finished this in a matter of hours, though I spread my reading out over a day and a bit.
Filled with illustrations and diagrams and IM logs, this was a good read that I absolutely powered through. It had a lot of positives but also a bunch of negatives.

PLUS:
* I felt like the development of Olly and Maddy's relationship was normal, and relatable considering their almost unrelatable situation.
* Maddy is a great bookish character and I feel like YA books need more bookish girls
* Maddy's nurse is AWESOME.

MINUS:
* Maddy says she isn't reckless: gets a credit card, buys 2 lots of flights, a hotel room and I assume a whole bunch of other practical stuff like food and taxi fare, as well as clothes and nearly $300 worth of clothes on her mother's credit card... not reckless?
* Olly seems to give up pretty easily
* The whole running off to Hawaii thing was a bit much for me.

I disliked Maddy's mum from the start, but I loved pretty much everyone else. Olly is a complex character and a great romantic interest.

Though this was an incredibly easy read, it has reignited my passion for reading. It wasn't a substantial book, but it definitely gave me those butterflies that a good YA romance does.

I am looking forward to reading Nicola Yoon's other book The Sun Is Also a Star as it sounds just as interesting and light as this one does. Normally, that would be something that I would put a book back on the shelf for, but I guess it was just what I needed right now.

~Sam

QBD Reviews: A Discovery of Witches

“It begins with absence and desire, it begins with blood and fear, it begins with a discovery of witches”

Deborah Harkness’ debut novel ‘A Discovery of Witches’ is a wonderfully created blend of history meets the paranormal. Diana Bishop is a young scholar with an interest in alchemy and comes from a long line of powerful witches, though she herself has no interest in the sorcery and shuns anything to do with magic. During her endeavors at Oxford’s Bodleian Library she stumbles on a bewitched manuscript, wanting nothing to do with it she sends the manuscript back to the stacks, not realizing that she is the only person capable of breaking its spell. Her discovery turns the paranormal world on its head and causes all manner of vampires, daemons and even other witches to cross her path. A Discovery of Witches is a novel that has you asking yourself if these creatures really did exist what role could they have had on the history we know?

- Jess, Australia Fair