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Spotlight on QBD: Head Office Edition!

Spotlight on QBD is back for 2018, and we thought we'd give you a glimpse into what our online, marketing & buying departments are reading right now!

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff:

Trust me. You're welcome. - Nicole, QBD Purchasing Department

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence:

If you love dark stories and corrupt characters then The Prince Of Thorns by Mark Lawrence is right up your gritty alley. Filled with pillaging and violence, this story follows a teenage boy and his band of road brothers as they go on a hunt for revenge, and for some, to sate their blood lust. Even though I can't recommend this book highly enough with its incredible writing and fascinating characters you can't help but cheer for, this isn't a read for the faint-hearted. Prepare yourself to delve into the mind of a boy who has been twisted by death and the truly horrifying events that take place right before his eyes. This is fantasy at it's darkest. - Chelsea, QBD Purchasing Department

Mythos by Stephen Fry:

No one does tragedy, triumph, comedy, seduction and betrayal quite like the Greek Gods. These myths and tales have inspired and influenced us in modern and ancient times alike. With iconic imagery of beauty, deception, trickery, rage and cunning, the stories of the primal pantheon of Gods and Goddesses are sure to keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Stephen Fry retells and re imagines the classic misadventures with typical Fry style, injecting his own wit, wisdom and historical accounts of the people of the time. Like a bolt from the hand of Zeus, once you start this book, you will crackle through the pages with anticipation of what will come next. - Lewis, QBD Online Store

The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth:

Sally Hepworth is by far my favourite author. Her upcoming anticipicated release The Family Next Door, that is due at the end of this month, is incredible. It is filled with lies and deceit and reveals shocking secrets. I particularly love that you can never pick the ending of Sally's books, you think you know what is going to happen but it turns around into something you never expect.
I wondered if I could love this novel as much as I loved her first one- The Secrets of Midwives and I did!
I highly recommend any of Sally's books, she doesn't disappoint. - Haylee, QBD Online Store

Artemis by Andy Weir:

Despite being very different from Weir's first book, The Martian, I loved Artemis. Full of wise-cracking humour, it features a kick-butt female lead and it's set on the Moon!
Jazz, a lunar porter and part time smuggler, is given an opportunity she can't resist - to earn a lot of money by blowing a few things up. It sounds too good to be true, and it is, with plans going awry and Jazz having a very close encounter with death.
I found Jazz completely relatable and I really hope she features in more books! She's flawed; she makes bad choices and deals with them the best way she knows how - shortcuts! (which often land her in more trouble). It definitely makes for an exciting adventure.
If you are looking for a science fiction novel that is just plain fun to read, you can't go past this book. - Shannon, QBD Marketing Department

You Do You by Sarah Knight:

This book is all about accepting your strengths and flaws and I can honestly say this book motivated me to be myself with a much healthier attitude. Not only is this book motivating, but it will give you a laugh too. This book will encourage you to improve on yourself without changing who you are. The author describes her life situations and how she dealt with it.
Only YOU will decide your pathway and journey on how you proceed life after reading this book.
Throughout the book the author will speak her mind and encourage you how to be yourself, but by putting your self first in everyday living.
If you are in need for motivation or just for a good laugh? This book is the one for you! - Brianna, QBD Online Store

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland:

We’ve already seen so many amazing new Australian authors publish books this year and this is the one I’m most excited for!
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is due for release on the 19th of March and will feature as QBD’s April Book Of The Month.
This is such a beautiful and bittersweet novel that pulled me in so completely with its characters, tragedies and vivid landscapes.
I absolutely loved it! - Kate, QBD Purchasing Department

Rebel Of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton:

“The world makes things for each place. Fish for the sea, Rocs for the mountain skies, and girls with sun in their skin and perfect aim for a desert that doesn't let weakness live.”

Amani Al-Hiza is a daughter of the desert. In Dustwalk, a dead-end town in the middle of nowhere, folk are intolerant of the poor, orphaned, and female – and unfortunately Amani is all three. She longs for escape – and the chance presents itself when a foreigner with no name and a traitor’s smile blows like a sandstorm through Dustwalk, sweeping Amani up with him on a thrilling race through the desert.

But the desert is full of danger and magic, and the foreigner is not what he seems. Amani gets way more than she bargained for as she’s swept up in a fiery rebellion… and the truth about her own heritage is revealed.

Rebel of the Sands is a highly original, enjoyable beginning to what I think will be a cracking series. It’s big fun, and has all the hallmarks of an excellent fantasy novel – danger, magic, intrigue, and a little romance. Amani is a fierce, whip-smart, and tough – fans of Sarah J Maas or Victoria Aveyard will enjoy her ability to cut down her foes with either a well-aimed bullet or a sarcastic remark. Pick it up if you enjoyed desert-themed fantasies like The Golem And The Djinni or City of Brass. - Sarah, QBD Purchasing Department

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Darwin’s Hot Reads!


Today our Darwin team pick out some of their favourite reads.

These books are hot, hot, hot!

9780749955229Dark Lover by J.R. Ward:

The first book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is Dark Lover. Following the characters Wrath and Beth you are taken a journey that starts us off in a world with a new take on vampires and it makes you want to know what will happen to them. After the death of a close friend and trusted warrior , Wrath finds that he must protect the warrior's orphaned daughter. One catch - she has no idea that her father just died or that she is a half-breed of the undead vampire race. How will he protect this woman? How will Beth deal with all this new information that has come her way? For those who love paranormal books and romance, Ward is an author that will captivate you in her dark and compelling world of vampires and the Lessening Society. - Cassie

9781460751312The Fifth Letter
by Nicola Moriarty:

The Fifth Letter has themes of friendship, relationships and family life with twists to keep you entertained. It was an interesting read that sucked you in within the first few chapters. Nicola Moriarty started this story off with Joni in a confession, quite an interesting start that got me to hooked on reading this book. It was an interesting read to see longtime friendship between four women began to slowly unravel piece by piece. I must say that the ending was very different to what I was expecting. The blurb in the back hinted at dark tones though when reading I found that is was also quite light-hearted. - Cassie

9780143004615Jessica by Bryce Courtenay:

This book is set in the time period of World War One, where there is a rivalry between two sisters over the love of a young soldier. Jessica, the main character, is the pride and joy of her father, as she helps the family by working together with him on their struggling family farm. There is a murder within the community and it is up to Jessica to help the convicted killer. Are they innocent or are they guilty? It is definitely a book that leaves you hanging for answers. As you turn page after page, you won't be able to put it down. - Jessica

9780732299750The One Who Got Away
by Caroline Overington:

Loren is the girl who has it all. She married into the town's wealthiest family, landing herself a handsome husband, a magnificent house, fancy cars and two beautiful children. To any outside observer, Loren's life is perfect. That is until a fellow parent at school hands Loren a note that will shake her to the core. The very foundation her life is built on falls apart with the discovery of an underbelly of lies and betrayals. I am a massive fan of pyschological thrillers that keep you enthralled and turning the pages late into the night. Caroline Overington's new novel did not disappoint me. I read it on a long car trip in around four hours and I don't think I looked up once the whole time. If you are looking for your next fix after Gone Girl or Girl On The Train this is it. I wanted to re-read the book to see how I missed the clues to the scandalous ending. - Ellie


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Brisbane City’s Current Reads

Today our Brisbane City team share with us what they are currently reading!

9780593074794My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella:

Although I just started this book, I'm absolutely loving it! It's the first Sophie Kinsella book I've read, and it definitely won't be the last. It's the laugh-a-minute story of Katie Brenner, an ex farm girl turned city dweller with big dreams for an Instagram-worthy life. When it all comes crashing down around her though, Katie realises that sometimes a seemingly picture-perfect life isn't all it's cracked up to be. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves a cute, funny summer read! - Emily

Silent Scream by Lynda La Plante:

I have been reading Lynda La Plante's book series on DI Anna Travis, so far I am up to number 5 in this series and I'm giving it two thumbs up! I would highly recommend for anyone who loves a well written crime thriller. - Yvonne

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas:

After receiving this book for Christmas I couldn't wait to start reading it and it certainly didn't disappoint. The story follows Calaena Sardothien, a young, beautiful and deadly assassin held prisoner in the salt mines of Endovier. When an opportunity arises to win her freedom in a competition against other assassins, thieves and criminals alike, she has no choice but to take it. But Calaena soon discovers that evil and danger lurk behind every corner. Who is killing all the other competitors and what are the strange wyrd symbols that keep appearing under her bed? Filled with mystery, humour, magic and romance, fans of YA fantasy will love this. - Bec

9780141037479My Family and Other Animals
by Gerald Durrell:

A delightful, comical account of the Durrell family's five year long sojourn on Corfu after escaping the dreary and overbearing English climate in 1935. In later life Gerald Durrell was a celebrated conservationist, zookeeper and naturalist but it was his time in Corfu as a young boy which delighted and inspired his love of nature and wild life. Intended as a light-hearted recounting of the flora and fauna of Corfu during his time there in the late 30's this book soon became a loving and hilarious portrait of his family. There is much to enjoy and relate too in this fantastic book whether its the struggles of his mother to maintain a sense of order in their disordered lives, the pain of first love for his sister Margo, the competitiveness between his exceptionally different brothers, or just the awe and wonder with which young Gerald embraces the world around him. This is a great book for people who love David Attenborough or just a light, funny read! - Bronte

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick:

If you're down for a laugh-out-loud read by one of Hollywood's most hilarious underdogs, then look no further. Anna Kendrick presents to you, Scrappy Little Nobody. Undoubtedly, one of the funniest books I have read in the last year, this book presents a refreshing look at what it's like to grow up a little different, and to learn to enjoy your own oddities. A collection of humorous autobiographical essays that will keep you laughing, guessing, and cheering for this wonderful Scrappy Little Nobody. - Georgia

The Thousand Names by Django Wexler:

A fun combination of magic and muskets in the first book in the series from the fantasy author with the best name in the business. Think Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series meets Robin Hobb's Rain wild series! A new commanding officer for the Vordani Old Colonials takes over after a disastrous retreat. The new colonel has no intention of retreating back home and takes the fight to all and sundry. Magic, strange creatures and body parts go flying as the Colonials, in a very unhappy fashion, have to actually fight someone before they can get home. Secrets lie thicker than desert sands and somewhere behind it all is the answer to the question, "What is the Thousand Names?" - Geoff

9780857503572Black Holes: The BBC Reith Lectures by Stephen Hawking:

Stephen Hawking's Black Holes is an intriguing look into the ever expanding field of space sciences. It follows on from Hawking's talks during the BBC Reith Lectures in which the world renowned scientist was able to put in short his lifetime of work and knowledge of one of the most fascinating aspects of the universe that exists even if we cannot see it; Black Holes. This book captures even those with little knowledge on the subject and included is an introduction and helpful notes on the topics that are covered.
On the first page it reads, “It is said that fact is sometimes stranger than fiction, and nowhere is that more true than in the case of Black Holes. Black Holes are stranger than anything dreamed up by science fiction writers but they are firmly matters of science fact”. It is for this reason this book is something great to recommend, for what is better than an gripping story than one that turns out to be true? - Rae

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