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Maroochydore’s Marvellous Reads

 

Today our Maroochydore team share with us some of their latest reads.
Some of these will give you #allthefeels!

 

Out Of My Mind by Sharon M Draper:

I have chosen to review Out of My Mind by Sharon M Draper not because it is my favourite book, but because it is a book I believe everybody needs to read.
It is about a ten-year-old school girl with severe cerebral palsy, enduring a childhood of being unable to express herself. Lacking the physical ability to walk, have basic movement, write and most importantly talk all Melody’s thoughts and feelings are left locked up inside her head. Growing up, Melody can’t tell her parents she loves them, she can’t cuddle the soft fur of her toy cat and she can’t show the teachers at school how smart she really is.
After years of sitting through the same learning cd’s and alphabet cards in the disabled class Melody is finally able to spend a few days in a mainstream class with the able-bodied kids her age. It’s from there that she begins to find her voice in the world through many physical and mental challenges, while the other children in her class embark on their own internal journey, learning to accept and befriend people with obvious differences.
What makes Out of My Mind so valuable is that it can be easily understood by a twelve-year-old but also delivers its strong message through engaging writing that adults and teenagers alike will get hooked on. This is a book that I would strongly recommend people of all ages to read. - Hazel

Delirium by Lauren Oliver:

Lena Haloway is only a few weeks off from having her procedure which is forced upon her and every other seventeen year old, called "the cure", which must be taken as soon as they are eighteen. She never questions the government or the way things are done, it is “normal”. Lena expresses that she feels relaxed in knowing her husband and career will be decided for her in the future. Nothing could get in her way of being “free” from pain, i.e. "cured".
Life takes a sudden turn, when one morning as Lena and her best friend take their usual run, they both meet a young boy named Alex. He flutters her heart with his luscious looks and smooth speech and even though he is "cured", in that moment there was nothing to stop the disease from growing inside her. As the book goes on and secrets are relived which stirs everything up, Lena discovers that Alex is not so innocent.
This book will most definitely have the heart racing with passion to find out what will happen next. It is addictive and will have you hooked. The only thing that is a let down, is that the very last words will have you ever so eager to buy the following book; it will leave you speechless. - Lilly

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon:

Mark Haddon’s stunning novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time shows the world from the perspective of Fifteen year old Christopher Boone; a boy with unfailing intellect and an irrational hatred of yellow food. However when he finds his neighbour's dog murdered, Christopher embarks upon a heart-wrenching journey to find the killer and uncovers the true answer to what happened when his mother died. Polarising and undeniably unique The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will leave you shell shocked for days. - Kale

Everything, Everything by Nicole Yoon:

I have read hundreds of books and within the first few chapters Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon was in my top ten. This book made me laugh then cry then blush then get butterflies then cry then laugh from the first word to the last. A classic YA romance story but the quirky format made it even more enjoyable. With strong characters and beautiful writing, I highly recommend reading this novel! - Chelsea

First, we make the beast beautiful: a new story about anxiety by Sarah Wilson:

I loved this book! Sarah Wilson vulnerably details her own journey with mental health, relating to any reader who decides to give it a read. I loved the idea of this book and was impressed with how candidly she spoke about mental health; her own and in general - bravo! It was honest and brave and the conversational manner when she discussed anxiety’s manifestations made it both entirely relevant and relatable. It was both inspirational and educational, I highly recommend this book to anyone even slightly intrigued. -Chelsea

Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward:

A bright and colourful cookbook packed with incredible recipes perfect for anyone. From a recipe on Chocolate Chia Cookies to Veggie Lasagne, there is plenty of treats, meals, and drinks. I really enjoy how the recipes are easy to follow and contain minimal ingredients. This book is a definite recommendation to all the plant-based eaters and vegetarians, and also to anyone wanting to try some amazing recipes. - Tariana

Spotlight on QBD Maroochydore

This week our Maroochydore team take us on a fantastical journey through their favourite reads!

9780575085305Graceling by Kristin Cashore:
A land where people with two different eye colours are graced with a certain skill, a mysterious king with ulterior motives and a female protagonist that doesn't need a man to defend her. A land where there are seven different kings of seven bordering kingdoms so there is always drama. Kristin Cashore's fantastic fantasy read will keep you hooked until the very last page.
A niece of one of the kings, Katsa, happens to be graced with killing and despite her best efforts is used as the King's personal thug to threaten his enemies. Little does he know, Katsa has recruited a secret council and is righteously helping those in all kingdoms who can't help themselves. Then in a dangerous race to figure out who is behind the kidnapping of a king's father, Katsa will have to defend the heir to one of the thrones with her life. With adventure, romance and a beautifully constructed fantasy world, you will no doubt fall in love with this book as much as I have. - Lauren

One for the money by Janet Evanovich:
One for the money is one of those great beach reads. Light, hilarious and a great quick read! Stephanie Plum is down on her luck. In a desperate attempt to make some money she begins working for her cousin Vinnie's bail bond company. Problem is she doesn't know a thing about being a recovery agent... - Maylee

9780752883304The Passage by Justin Cronin:
An absolute must read for all Stephen King fans, and lovers of post-apocalyptic fiction.
The Passage provides a different approach on the usual zombie, post-apocalyptic world that we often see in books and media.
It follows the story of a young girl, Amy, abandoned by her mother at a young age, who is saved from the grips of a government experiment from the special agent who was sent sent to capture her.The experiment fails, and the world crumbles around them, leaving a world of uncertainty, horror, and violence, in which the survivors must fight to save the human race.
It in an intense, heart-stopping novel, which will grip you from the first page, haunt your dreams, leave you craving more at the end. - Coreena

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor:
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a truly enthralling read. Laini Taylor produces a wonderfully written book that has elements of mystery and darkness. Daughter of Smoke and Bone tells the tale of forbidden love mixed in with mythology, angels, and demons. Think you know angels and demons? Well think again! Laini plays a twist on these common ideas to truly make this series unlike any other in the Young Adult genre. I would highly recommend this book if you are after something that is bound to captivate you! - Tariana

9780340980903Before I fall by Lauren Oliver:
This story follows the life of Sam - an egotistical mean girl in high school. When Sam is thrown into a crazy journey of self-discovery, she also uncovers the importance of humanity. Lauren Oliver beautifully details the importance treasuring loved ones, and staying true to yourself. This story was so heart-wrenching, yet so beautiful, eloquent and honest. I am not embarrassed about the amount of conflicting emotions I felt within, or the amount of tears shed over this story. If I had to rate this book out of ten, it would be at least an eleven. - Chelsea

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch:
Biggest plus of the series – it’s genuinely funny, with some great witty dialogue and banter. I fell in love with the characters, and was equally delighted with how they managed to get out of whatever scrape they found themselves in, and with the satisfying revenge that they usually managed to impart upon the antagonist before they went. Full of cons and rogues and delightful twists, it’s fresh and smart, and it makes you truly care about what happens to the characters. My favourite fantasy series to date. - Krystal

Our favourite reads!

Our favourite reads!

Spotlight on QBD Maroochydore

This week our Spotlight lights up the Sunshine Coast as the team at Maroochydore fill us in the books they've lost their heads over!

9781743517024Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier:
Dreamer's Pool brings the pages to life, with vivid depictions of the Forest of Dalriada; dark forest magic; romance and mystery. Strong willed, skilled healer Blackthorn, must put aside her desperation for revenge against the man who murdered her family, partnering up with her strong but silent prison mate Grim, to uncover the mystery of what dark secrets the Dreamer’s Pool hide in its’ depths, to save the once lovely Lady Flidais from a terrible fate.
A wonderful story that combines magic, courage, and a curious and diverse array of complex characters and settings to bring us the first in one of the most absorbing and enchanting series I have read in years. - Coreena

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold:
A truly fascinating and haunting read. It follows the story of Susie Salmon and her family in the wake of a tragic event. An unusual read and definitely for those who love a complex family story. - Morgan

9780553824568Vanish by Tess Gerritsen:
"My name is Mila, and this is my journey. "
Take a fast paced trip into the hellish world of human trafficking. This book leaves you feeling so many emotions and has you gripped from the first page. Vanish was the first book of Tess Gerristen's that I read and I have loved every book of hers since. - Maylee

Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle:
Let it snow is a captivating novel composed of three short stories, written by three different authors. These romantic tales all connect into a compelling yet humorous holiday tale. - Belinda

9781846558351Hear the Wind Sing by Haruki Murakami:
Hear the Wind Sing is Haruki Murakami’s first novel, now translated into English for the first time. It follows the unnamed narrator and his friend, the Rat, as they spend their summer drinking and playing pinball in their local bar. As a loyal reader of Murakami’s books, this short novel definitely did not disappoint. It has the same feeling that all of his books seem to – humdrum, day-to-day events with a hint of the surreal – which I can never put my finger on. I would recommend anything Murakami has written until the cows come home, but this was an especially enjoyable read! - Sam

The Gunslinger by Stephen King:
I decided to read this novel with high expectations, as over the years I've received far too many recommendations from Sci Fi and Fantasy readers. This novel is not what I expected, but I was riveted by the intense plot, incredible character development, and unforgettably dark imagery. Stephen King does not disappoint and I am excited to continue the series. - Marijah

9780857073631The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is an eerily fantastic YA book, completely unique to anything else already in this genre. Such a dark and captivating story that makes your mind explode, yet still filled with humour and wit. You will not want to put this book down at all! - Tariana

Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan:
This was a sparkling novel which was extremely creative and obsessively hilarious. I love this multi-perspective read by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan as it gives such an intriguing insight into the lives of the witty characters while still allowing your imagination to run wild. This fabulous young-adult read was very light-hearted and entertaining… definitely one of my new favourites! - Chelsea

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