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Reviewsday: The Survivors by Kate Furnivall

The Survivors was one of the most complex, gripping historical thrillers I have read. This is the first novel I have read of Kate Furnivall's, and I was thoroughly engrossed from the first page.

Following a story line not common of novels set in the Second World War, The Survivors is not a story of concentration camps or war scenes, but the aftermath of war and the long lasting effects on civilians who have lost everything. The shadow of war lingers heavily over the characters of this novel. Klara and her daughter Alicja suffered through a long and almost deathly journey to get to the Graufeld Displaced Persons Camp after being reunited after the war. After losing Klara's hubsand, Alicja's father during the war, their home was bombed, leaving them with nothing. Far from finding the safety and security they expect at the camp, Klara discovers that a mysterious figure from her past has arrived at the camp, and she fears for both her life and her daughters'.
Who is this man, and what events of her past have led her to fear him so much? And what did Klara do to fear his revenge?

The Survivors shows the depths of a mother's love, and the lengths she will go to in order to protect her child. A story of love and loss, of hope and of despair, it will keep you hooked from the first page. It kept me on the edge of my seat through the intense war scenes, the thrilling journey to freedom, and a fight for survival. The twist at the end had tears streaming down my face, and I wanted to read this book all over again.

I highly recommend The Survivors for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Love That I Have, and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, or just for any fans of well written and researched historical fiction.

~ Coreena, QBD Morayfield

Reviewsday: Impostors by Scott Westerfeld

Master storyteller Scott Westerfeld returns with a brilliant new series set in the world of his bestselling Uglies series.

The first thing that had me hooked with this novel was how refreshing it was to be back in Tally Youngblood’s universe. I somehow skipped over this little fact – which is handily supplied in the blurb, who knew? - due to my uncontainable excitement over the novel's existence. Diving headfirst back into it all these years later was like coming home.

As I’m sure we all know at this point Westerfeld writes some mind-blowing characters, but Frey has knocked everyone else off their pedestal and claimed her rightful place as my favourite. Despite basically being a walking, talking, ticking time bomb, she’s an insanely complex character with an unexpected vulnerability to her that had me firmly in her corner from the first chapter.

Westerfeld’s world building is superbly on point as always and the changes wrought by Tally’s hand in the Uglies series (which I wholeheartedly recommend reading if you haven’t already!) essentially lay the foundation for the plot of Impostors. I won’t say too much because untangling Westerfeld's intricate web is an experience not to be missed, but there are enough heavy smatterings of action, intrigue and good ole plot twists to keep you engrossed until the last page. With a cliff-hanger ending that is so deviously twisted I barely registered how shocked I was because I was so damn impressed, Impostors is not a novel to be missed.

~ Karen, Tweed Heads QBD


About the book: 

Frey was raised to take a bullet.

She's the body double for her twin sister Rafia - the precious heir of the first family of Shreve - and her existence is a closely guarded secret. So while Rafi was schooled in poise and diplomacy, Frey was drilled in weapons and combat. Her purpose: to protect her sister from their tyrannical father's many enemies.

When Frey is sent in Rafi's place as collateral in a precarious business deal, she becomes the perfect impostor - as elegant and charming as her sister. But Col Palafox, the son of a rival leader, is getting close enough to spot the killer inside her. As layers of deceit peel away, can Frey become her own person, and risk everything in a rebellion?

Reviewsday: Jane Doe And The Cradle Of All Worlds by Jeremy Lachlan

Can't get enough Harry Potter? Waiting for Wundersmith?  

Never fear, we have found your next great magical read!

Introducing the Jane Doe Chronicles! A cursed child, a magical realm, and an epic quest.

It's all our reading hopes and dreams come true!


When a fierce quake strikes the remote island of Bluehaven, and her father disappears, Jane Doe is thrown headfirst into an epic quest to bring him home.

But this ain't no ordinary rescue mission. Her father is lost in a place between worlds; a dangerous labyrinth of shifting rooms, infernal booby traps and secret gateways. And Jane has to find him fast, because someone else is searching for him, too. A man who knows her father's secrets. A man who has an army.

With a pyromaniac named Violet and the enigmatic Hickory by her side, Jane is about to discover that this adventure is even bigger on the inside than it looks ...


"I was captivated from page one. There is action, adventure and mystery around every sentence.
Jane started with a possessed, mute father and had to care for him from a young age in a basement of a family who despised, but also feared them. Jane forged a secret forbidden relationship with Violet, the daughter of the family she was staying with. Violet was a risk taker and enjoyed sneaking around helping Jane. Little did she know that this friendship would mean helping save the world in the future.
The pressure is on when Jane discovers that the entire universe is depending on her to save it. Every world and every dimension will die if she does not find the keys and restore the Manor to it's original state. She finds the most unlikely accomplice who can barely be trusted but is her only chance of completing her mission and surviving the ever internally changing Manor which seems to have a life and mind of it's own.
In searching for the cure for the Manor, she discovers the truth about her past and who she really is. Her entire world changes and her future becomes uncertain. She has abilities she doesn't understand and needs to uncover before it's too late. Gripping, adventurous, fantastical, magical and mysterious. Be prepared to be gripped." ~ Taryn, QBD Chadstone 

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. 

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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