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Spotlight on Morayfield 2018

Our Morayfield team have a bevy of great reads for you to add to your TBR this week!

The Secrets At Ocean's Edge by Kali Napier:

As a huge fan of historical fiction, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this new novel by Kali Napier. Set during the depression, this novel follows the challenges the Hass family face when the lose the family farm in the depression and have to relocate. The family opens a guesthouse on the ocean, and try to create a new life. However, their family secrets are not far behind; will they be able to keep their past from ruining their future?
This novel tackles important issues from the age, including PTSD in soldiers back from the war, the struggles of living through the depression and the darker side of Australia's history of racial segregation and discrimination.
I found that The Secrets at Ocean's Edge transported me into historical Australia in a way only the best writers can, opening my eyes to a world gone by. You can feel the tension in the strained marriage of Ernie and Lily, and the desire to create a new life by the ocean, the desperation of trying to make ends meet in the depression, and the views of a young girl when her world is changing.
This is a novel with characters full of depth and intrigue, a plot full of family drama and duty, hierarchical battles in society, and the traumas of a soldier home from the Great War. Napier tackles big issues, which she writes about with empathy and sensitivity, and draws your heart into feeling the journey with the family. I found myself completely engrossed from the first chapter, and have been recommending it madly to everyone I know.
If you liked The Light Between Oceans, if you like Sara Donati, if you like any Australian or historical fiction, then you will love this book! - Coreena

The Wicked and the Divine: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie:

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved, they are hated, and in two years they are dead. The graphic novel dream team of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods.

The first volume is told through the eyes of Pantheon super-fan Laura. There is a murder, for which one of the gods, Lucifer, is framed and sent to jail. Laura is enlisted by Lucifer to find out who framed her and prove her innocence.

The authors have done a wonderful job of creating a diverse cast of characters where each one is completely unique and with their own distinct personality. There are some you love, some you hate and some you love to hate. But what I like most about this graphic novel is the absolutely stunning art work. The line work is clean and full of beautiful detail while the colours are gorgeously vibrant, together they bring the story of the Pantheon to life. - Zoe

Force of Nature by Jane Harper:

This book is the newest one by Jane Harper, who has won many awards. All I can say is wow, what a great book this is! It is a gripping mystery crime novel that is full of many secrets.
Alice Russell has been working with Federal Agent Aaron Falk to bring down a potential fraud in the accountancy firm of Bailey Tennants. Alice joins four other colleges in the Bailey Tennants company and set off in the bush on a three-day hike as apart of a corporate team building exercise. However only four return. Has Alice blown her cover?
It will catch you completely off guard when you find out who was left responsible for the missing person. See if you can guess right.
The structure of this novel moves back and forth between Falk’s present day of the investigation and the story of the five girls during their hike. I found this very effective as it grabbed you in at the start and you won’t be able to put it down. - Danielle

Dresden Files 1: Storm Front by Jim Butcher:

The author Jim Butcher is a martial arts enthusiast with fifteen years of experience in various styles, he is also a skilled rider and also enjoys fencing, singing, bad science fiction movies, and live-action gaming.
But what Jim Butcher is actually known for is his urban fantasy series starring a wise cracking wizard detective and the Chicago Police Department, this series is known as The Dresden Files which all began with Storm Front.
This book series lead to the TV Adaption, The Dresden Files which aired in 2007.
Storm Front follows the wisecracking wizard detective Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, into the bowels of Chicago where magic is currently being used to terrify and murder people. Harry Dresden being the only practicing wizard detective is called in to check out a crime scene and from there everything starts to unfold page by page. Harry being unable to get a simple job from clients and being unable to pay for his rent, he is suddenly swamped by a Missing Person and a Murderous Wizard. Think of this book as a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter!
Before I conclude, I’ll leave you with this……..
Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things — and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a — well, whatever.
There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get… interesting. Magic. It can get a guy killed.
Thank you all for reading this, I hope to see you in store and point you in the right direction to this fantastic series! - Joshua

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Lee Dugard:

Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped at the age of 11 in Lake Tahoe, California and held captive for 18 years by Phillip Garrido who repeatedly raped her. Jaycee also had to bear two of his children. She was miraculously freed in 2009 at the age of 29.

In her book, Jaycee opens up about what she experienced including how she feels now a year later. It is an honest telling of what those 18 years were like for Jaycee Dugard. It is brilliant that she allowed us to read this story in her own words and not the smooth edited version by a ghost writer. In my opinion, the simple language she used enhanced this book as you can really feel the presence of that young, scared girl. - Katherine

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare:

A delicious mixture of all the fantasy books you can conjure up, Cassandra Clare’s, the mortal instruments brings life a vivid journey you can’t help but be drawn in to. Clary Fray is just your average, angst filled teen yet on her 16th birthday she finds herself thrust in to the dark heart of a world that exists all around her. Yet she’d never known was there. A society where flamboyant warlocks meet level headed werewolves, and at the center are the shadowhunters. A race that’s blessed by angels, sanctioned to protect the human race, and Clary may just be one of them.

While following her journey of self-discovery, it also forces you to consider your own. As, although it may seem like your average fantasy/romance book it encases a plethora of battles every teen must fight to become who they are. The mortal instruments series will sweep you off your feet and play on your mind long after you’ve turned the last page. - Jade

If I Am Missing Or Dead by Janine Latus:

Janine Latus’s enthralling book If I am missing or dead is a compelling story from start to finish. It is about the author’s own sister, whose body was found strangled and bound near her then-boyfriend’s home in Knoxville. This title covers topics that are very present in today’s society, for example the physical and mental abuse both sisters suffered from not only in their childhood, but well into their adulthood too, and the sexualisation both sisters suffered. This book is in Janine Latus’ point of view; highlighting the close relationship she had with her sister Amy, telling both of their stories, from the joy of having a child to the devastation of a dead loved one. This title is great for young adults and although it has some dark undertones, the plot-line is very fascinating and captivating. - Micah

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Spotlight on Morayfield


Our Morayfield team tell us all about their most shelf-worthy reads this week!


Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult:

One of my absolute favourite Picoult novels, Small Great Things is emotionally charged, confronting, and will have you hooked from the first page to the last.
This book will have you laughing, crying, and you will feel yourself the strong emotions of characters who have lost a child; who are discriminated against for their race; and those who have had their ideals and views of the world challenged.

Picoult has confronted one of the most heavily avoided societal issues; racism, alongside the emotions of loss, love, frustration and hatred. It delves into justice, privilege, and does not shy away from tackling a society's conversation about racism. As with all of her novels, Small Great Things has characters with a story line that will make you question your preconceived morals and in this case; ideas about race, discrimination and family. It also has a twist at the end that you will never see coming which ends the book perfectly, and gives the reader something to hold on to long after they read the last page.

For any fans of a good drama that will grip you, make you question everything you ever thought you knew, and stick with you long after you put it down.
Small Great Things is one of the best novels I have ever read, and I would highly recommend it! -Coreena

Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts:

If you're looking for a book with a little bit of everything, go no further than Nora Roberts' Stars of Fortune. It's jam packed with everything you could ever want: magic, adventure, romance, action, friendship, lovable characters and a beautiful setting.

Stars of Fortune is a classic tale of good vs evil. It follows six heroes drawn together by fate, each with their own supernatural powers, to defeat a dark goddess. Their goal: to retrieve three fallen stars and return them to the sky before their nemesis finds them and uses them for her own nefarious purposes.

Nora Roberts is a wonderfully gifted storyteller. I fell in love with each and every one of her characters, they had their own voices and I enjoyed how their relationships with each other grew. One of my favourite aspects of the book was the location - Corfu, an island is Greece. Roberts described the setting so vividly I had no trouble visualising the beautiful island.

Stars of Fortune is a fun, easy read where the author has perfectly balanced drama and romance with action and adventure. When you finish it you will no doubt be immediately reaching for the next one in the series, I know I was!! -Zoe

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein:

“Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and their freedoms.” – LT. Col. Jean V. Dubious (Ret.) and Student, Chapter 2 p.32

Starship Troopers is one of Robert A. Heinlein’s most controversial bestsellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe and into battle with the Terran Mobile Infantry against mankind’s most alarming enemy. This book lead to the production of the 1997 Starship Troopers film, sequels and adaptions.

Starship Troopers follows the main protagonist known as Juan ‘Jonnie’ Rico, on a raid against the ‘Skinnies’ an alien race who have allied themselves with the main collective antagonist referred as the Arachnids or Bugs. The Bugs have gone from Human Colony to Colony and wiped out all existence on them. To become a citizen in this universe you have to do one thing, join the good fight against the bugs for the federation. This book will have you on the edge of your seat through to the very end. - Joshua

The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers:

I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed this book. Several friends and online groups recommended it to me and as a fan of "Hard Sci-Fi" I didn't need much convincing. LWTASAP is a very modern take on long-haul space travel and familiar sci-fi tropes such as subspace travel and quantum tunnelling. It can easily be compared with the TV series "Firefly" as it stars a cast of oddballs who work very well together despite a variety of quirks. A character of particular interest is the ship's A.I., who despite their bodiless existence has very human motivations, morals and personality, a fact which is unusual and discussed within the story.

This book, despite its misleading cover (reminiscent of an introspective teen romance), creates a very logical multi-species sapient culture and addresses varied issues such as gender pronouns, space-travel fuel and diets, social disorders and behaviours and the thought processes of distinctly non-human sentient life.
I recommend it to anyone looking for a entirely likeable and, for lack of a better word, "human" emotional tale with a wonderful cast of misfits, or anyone who needs a trip outside this solar system. The drama and morals that drive each of these extremely well-written characters is beautiful, and often powerfully touching. I can't wait to get a hold of the sequel and I'm sure you'll feel the same. - Aaron

The Dry by Jane Harper:

Who really killed the Hadler family?

Tensions in the farming community of Kiewarra become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are discovered shot dead on their property. Everyone assumes Luke Hadler committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son. When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to the town for the funerals, his investigative skills are called on, and the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge. As Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds start bleeding into fresh ones - for Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret.

The Dry by Jane Harper is excellent, the pacing was quick with fully fleshed characters, and the ending was satisfying without being too cut and dry. Half the fun of this story is, even if you guess at the who, you probably won't guess the why until it's revealed. This was a perfect example of a book being extremely dark and terrifying without being overly graphic for the shock value. - Katherine

The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do:

Sometimes there are books that touch your soul and open your eyes to the joys of reading about the lives of other people. The Happiest Refugee is a biography which transports you from life after the Vietnam War to the busy bright lights of life in Australia.

Anh’s journey is an inspirational story which highlights his love of family, friends and having a go. It is a read where you both cry and laugh at the same time all the while making you feel happy and lucky that we all get to live in this amazing country. This uplifting biography is one that shouldn’t be passed over and is the one biography that I would recommend to any reader.- Ashleigh

The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty:

The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty is a fast read that will get you caught within the first few pages. She creates characters that you will love and very much so dislike.
The main character Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist who works out of a beachfront home which she inherited from her grandparents. When Ellen meets Patrick she is caught and shortly falls in love. However Ellen soon learns that Patrick doesn’t come alone. He has a stalker, which Ellen becomes intrigued by and would love to meet.
Ellen doesn’t know it, but she already has. -Danielle

Feed by Mira Grant:

Feed is a dystopian novel set on Earth in the 2040's. The cure for the common cold and cancer merge to create a deadly disease that turns you into mindless zombies with one command: FEED.
Shaun and Georgia Mason are bloggers during the apocalypse, covering the presidential campaign, but they uncover a truth they may not be able to handle.
Feed is jam packed with twists and thrills to create a novel that can't be put down.This book is for a lover of action thrillers. -August

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Spotlight on QBD Morayfield 2016

Our Morayfield team have sent us a  "Special Delivery" this weekend -
Reviews of titles they've ordered in and loved!

9781780621746The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black:

This is Black's latest venture into the realm of faerie. I always enjoy Black's spiky heroines, and Hazel here is no exception: small town social angst aside, she is living in the shadow of a childhood promise made to the faerie folk, to give them seven years of her life. She is not the only one in Fairfold with a debt to pay: her brother Ben has a musical gift that he refuses to use, and their friend Jack is a changeling withheld from his magical kin. Then there is the faerie prince sleeping in a casket in the woods. When the prince is woken, other dark creatures stir, and Hazel finds that her dream come true is nothing at all like she imagined...
I love how Black mixes modern America with folklore and fantasy, as well as her fast-paced and tangled plots. And how can you go past that gorgeous cover? Be sure to check out The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, too. - Amy (Store Manager)

Mister Memory by Marcus Sedgwick:

In Paris, in the year 1899, Marcel Despres is arrested for the murder of his wife and transferred to the famous Salpetriere asylum. There, the doctor assigned to his care realises he is no ordinary patient: Marcel Despres is Mister Memory, the man who cannot forget, the man cursed to remember his whole life in intimate detail. And the detective investigating Ondine Despres' murder realises that this was no ordinary crime: why else would Marcel have been hurried off to hospital, and why are his superiors so keen for the whole affair to be closed? This murder involves something bigger and far stranger than a lover's fight - something with links to the highest and lowest establishments in France. The doctor and the detective together must unravel the mystery, but the answers lie in Marcel's head - and how can he tell what is significant when he remembers every moment of his entire life? Mister Memory is full of conspiracy, corruption and debauchery while being thought-provoking and surprisingly philosophical. An unforgettable read perfect for lovers of historical fiction and murder mysteries. - Zoe

9781616559458Fight Club 2 by Chuck Palahniuk:

Our intrepid narrator returns!
Ten years after the events of Fight Club the protagonist has settled down into the horrors of suburban life. He has a house, furniture, medication, things that tie him down. The nightmares of his past are long gone... Until Tyler Durden, the maniacal messiah of mayhem, comes knocking. Project Mayhem hasn't given up, and a new wave has risen to threaten the world. Tyler Lives!
By popular demand and amidst a resurgence in interest in the author, Chuck Palahniuk revisits his most beloved characters, this time in a gorgeously illustrated hardcover graphic novel, replete with dark humour and Palahniuk's brand of nihilistic cynicism. What are you waiting for? This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time. - Aaron

The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye:

To anyone who enjoys novels set in wonderful historic settings and loves the mystery of magic The Crown's Game just might be the next book you need in your life. This one takes place in the beautifully opulent world of Imperial Russia, so I knew it would be a book I needed to add to my collection. The lives that Vika Andreyeva and Nikolai Karimov envisaged for themselves change forever when the Tsar calls for a Crown's Game. For them, this ancient duel will come down to one thing: who will survive? In Russia there is only room for one Imperial Enchanter, and both Vika and Nikolai want to fulfill their own ambitions and win. But they will have to wade through long-hidden secrets, the feelings that threaten their very existence, and the expectation that only one of them will stand next to the Tsar. I can't wait to sit down and really get into this novel. It combines the history, magic and suspense that are just must-haves for a great read! - Ashleigh

9781473616110Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein:

In one of Heinlein’s most controversial bestsellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe and into battle with the Terran Mobile Infantry against mankind’s most alarming enemy.
This book lead to the production of the 1997 Starship Troopers film. It follows Juan ‘Jonnie’ Rico on a raid against the ‘Skinnies’, an alien race who have allied themselves with the main collective antagonist known as the Arachnids, or 'Bugs'. The Bugs have spread from Human Colony to Human Colony, wiping out civilisation. To become a citizen in this universe you have to do one thing: join the good fight against the Bugs. This book will have you on the edge of your seat through to the very end. I’ll leave you with this, from Jonnie… ‘I always get the shakes before a drop. I’ve had the injections, of course, and hypnotic preparation, and it stands to reason that I can’t really be afraid. The Ship’s psychiatrist has checked my brain waves and asked me silly questions while I was asleep and he tells me that it isn’t fear, it isn’t anything important – it’s just like the trembling of an eager race horse in the starting gate. I couldn’t say about that; I’ve never been a race horse.’
If you want to find out more be sure to visit us and ask about the book. - Josh

The Red Dahlia by Lynda La Plante:

Lynda La Plante is an amazing crime fiction author. Reading The Red Dahlia made me want to read more of the series. The main character, Anna Travis, is working on a murder case that quickly escalates from one victim to another. With the sudden deaths of two young girls, it becomes evident that the killer is copying the infamous 1940s Los Angeles murders, the work of The Black Dahlia. Then the body of another young woman, Louise Pennal, is found dumped on a London riverbank. Forensics is shocked to find all of Louise's blood drained, and her face covered with cuts. Louise's killer then torments the team by sending in letters with newspaper cut outs for each word. Anna faces a race against time to put an end to the killings.
People with a love of mystery and crime, this book is perfect for you. - Danielle

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with us in this edition of Spotlight on QBD!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling:
9781408834961Although I am always reading, I had never read the Harry Potter books. My daughter Amy has constantly urged me to read them and I decided to take the plunge. I found this book be an easy read that kept you wanting more. J. K. Rowling's background in Classics and childhood writing fantasy stories shines through! Her descriptive powers are very good, thus when I saw the movie I had a distinct dislike for the Dursley family; on reading the book I found myself wanting to do unpleasant things to them! I really felt for poor young Harry and his horrible living situation. I am eager to go on and read the rest of the books. - Cameron (Store Manager)

Gossip Girl: the Carlyles by Cecily von Ziegesar:
9780755393893Gossip Girl: the Carlyles is one of the spin off series to the super-popular Gossip Girl book series. It follows a whole fresh crowd of entitled, fabulous upper east siders, jam-packed with all the drama from the original Gossip Girl series. If you're a lover of the Gossip Girl TV series, and like me you're having withdrawals from Constance and St Jude's, then these are the books for you! - Mia

Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman:
9781447247845If you want to read where George R.R Martin got his inspiration for Game of Thrones look no further than this epic written about the War of the Roses. Penman does a fantastic job of immersing the reader in the lives of the power players of medieval England. The book centres on the life of Richard III, and gives the reader a look at what his life and times were really like. This book is a must read for anyone who loves history and enjoys fantastic historical fiction. - Ashleigh

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson:
9780008132521When a catastrophic event brings Earth to the brink of destruction, the race is on to ensure the continuation of the human race. The only viable option for survival is to get as many people to the only safe place: space.
The first two thirds of the book are devoted to the evacuation of Earth and the establishment of an orbiting colony. Stephenson intersperses the story with complex scientific theories, the finer details of space travel and the realities of living in space yet the fantastic writing makes the complicated aspects easy and enjoyable to read. The hard sci fi aspects are perfectly contrasted against careful attention to the emotional side of the annihilation of Earth and a wide range of characters, some heroic, others sympathetic and some just awful.
The third part of the book fast forwards 5000 years later to the descendants of the survivors and focuses on the rehabilitation of an unrecognisable Earth. Seveneves is a must read for any sci fi fan, a wonderful mix of science and heart that you won't want to end. - Zoe

Broken Empire 01: Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence:
9780007423637From the mud and grit of the mercenary road walks Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath. Heir to the throne, he has instead chosen to lead a band of monsters in human skin on a rampage of revenge. Follow the exploits of this battle-hardened psychopath as he topples kings and attempts to unite the war-torn lands, even if he has to cut the throats of everyone who stands in his way. Fans of “The Painted Man” and “Way of Shadows” or the works of Joe Abercrombie will love this trilogy. Violent fantasy at its best, with a great and merciless anti-hero to boot! - Aaron

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