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Spotlight on QBD: Werribee

Our wonderful Werribee team have compiled a list of must-have books!
From cooking to romance, there's something in this list for everyone.

5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver:

I have always loved to watch Jamie cook, but unfortunately I have never shared his passion or talent for the task. For me it has always been another chore to be completed...this was until I received his 5 Ingredients – Quick & Easy food for Christmas.
A whole new world of delicious dinners which can be prepared after work has opened up to me.
From succulent lamb stew for dinner on Monday to garlic mushroom pasta on Tuesday....all made with just 5 ingredients, usually ingredients you have around the house, and on the table in 30 minutes or less.
This one cookbook that I own is a must to all the busy Mums out there, who want to serve their families hearty, delicious meals but have lost their spark in the kitchen. - Jodie

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken:

Not my typical read but 'The Darkest Minds' was a good choice. It starts out with a deadly virus wiping out majority of the kids in the United States and anyone exhibiting unnatural abilities is sent away. A good dystopian read although at times I felt the story was slow ins some parts, but if you persist like I did it was definitely worth it and I will definitely be going onto the next books.- Eden

The Nourishing Cook by Leah Itsines:

Leah takes you on a journey and explains some pretty important information about the foods we fuel ourselves with. Leah hasn't just made a cook book, but has also put the education into this book. Leah also shows you how to make a nutritional meal that is extremely yummy and when she says it takes 20 minutes it takes 20 minutes. I have cooked a variety of meals from this book, and let me just say you won't be let down, there is flavour everywhere. The BEST part is when I spilt some of the ingredients on the book, it simply wiped off and wasn't damaged at all. - Monique

Wool by Hugh Howey:

I don't normally read Science Fiction at all but I can absolutely recommend this trilogy. I loved it from the start. The story follows a dystopian society living in underground 'Silos'. No one can go outside except when sentenced to death. No one can talk about the outside or they will be sentenced to death. Those people who are sent outside have to 'clean' the cameras for those left on the inside.
A fantastic and well written story by Hugh Howey, followed by the books 'Shift' and 'Dust'. - Carla

Beautiful Messy Love by Tess Woods:

Beautiful messy love is a gripping story about love, relationships and cultural differences.It is really interesting to read a book from a different cultural perspective while still being set in Australia. Tess Woods has a magic way with words and I just couldn't put this book down. - Row

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan:

It is imperative that you start your journey in Galway with young Garda Cormac Reilly without knowing to much, so I will leave you with a brief word on the novel. Two neglected children, Maude and Jack await Cormac in a crumbling country house in Mayo, Ireland. Their mother lays cold and unmoving in her bed upstairs. Twenty years later Cormac is thrown back into the cold case that haunted his entire career, after a body surfaces in the dark icy waters of the River Corrib.
Two dead bodies, two decades apart, how many secrets?
Cormac has to navigate his way through the lingering ghosts of the past and the politics of the police department to uncover the truth.

The Ruin will command you to stay awake deep into the dark hours of the morning ravenously reading through the discovery of dead bodies, uncovering dangerous secrets, moral dilemmas, and finding corruption in the most unlikely of places. The Ruin is a fast paced, thoroughly plotted police procedural written by Dervla McTiernan. McTiernan's novel explores how a country's past can impact the present and its politics. Born in Ireland McTiernan moved to Australia in 2008. The Ruin is McTiernan’s debut novel, which is the beginning of a series that will feature detective sergeant Cormac Reilly. - Renne

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Spotlight on QBD Werribee 2016

Our Werribee team dazzle with their latest reads as they steal this week's QBD Spotlight !

 

The One Who Got Away by Caroline Overington:

9780732299743Caroline Overington is a local girl but the book is based in a fictional town Bienveneda in America. Bienveneda is divided by a river and the sides are referred to as the High side and the Low side. Loren and her step sister Molly grew up on the Low side. Their relationship had always been strained as Loren was resentful that her Dad left her Mum and her to live with Molly and her Mum.
Loren moves to Brooklyn for work were she meets David who coincidentally is also from Bienveneda but he is High side. Loren falls head over heels for the handsome and successful David so when he ends the relationship and moves back to Bienveneda she starts on a plan to win him back. Her plan works and she and David are married in a lavish ceremony and move into a beautiful house on the High side where they start a family with lovely twin girls. On the surface they have everything, but David's lies and betrayal threaten to tear everything apart.
To try and save their marriage Loren and David plan a second honeymoon on a luxury cruise line. Loren disappears from the cruise and all fingers point to David.
When I started it I didn't think I was going to enjoy it but once I got into it I actually did. It is quite fast paced with majority of the story told after the fact. The chapters are all told from a different character, which I enjoy as it gives different perspectives without the need for lots of dialog. There are many twists and turns and even a few "OMG" moments. Keeps you intrigued with what is going to happen next right up the the last page! - Fiona (Store Manager)

The Disclaimer by Renee Knight:

Imagine waking up and finding a book on your bedside table.
Imagine curling up with this book only to realise the main character is based on you.
Imagine if page after page your deepest darkest secrets are being revealed for everyone to see.....this is what happened to Catherine. The disclaimer at the start of the book reads “ Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental” has a neat red line ruled though it!
An addictive read which switches from the view point of Catherine as she battles her demons which are coming to life with every page she reads and Stephen who is a retired widower with has a story to tell. I bought this book as a holiday read and admit I spent a lot of time by the pool because I couldn't put it down. Very cleverly written, by the time you get to the end everything you thought you knew about the characters changes. - Jodie (Store 2IC)

Fallen by Lauren Kate:

9780552561730Although I have seen some bad reviews of this book, I still wanted to read it, I'm glad I did because I enjoyed it.
It was a pretty easy read, I finished it in a day, The storyline was completely different to anything I have ever read before.
Fallen is a story about Lucinda who is sent to Sword & Cross reform school after an incident at summer camp. At reform school she meets handsome Daniel who she is instantly drawn to, and can't explain why but feels she has met him before. This is because Daniel is a fallen angel and in each of his life times he meets and falls in love with Lucinda only for their love to be torn apart time after time. I felt that sometimes she fell in love with him too quickly. I realise it was inevitable but it lost some of the magic of those first moments of new love.
Cam, who is also a fallen angel is another love interest of Lucinda's, it was funny to have Daniel pop up whenever Luce was with Cam try to rescue her from the situation. As much as Daniel tries to fight off his feeling for Lucinda, he can't, they are destined to be together.
The ending was pretty cool, leaving me with lots of questions such as why is Cam so interested in Luce even though he knows about her and Daniel and why Molly hates her so much. Hopefully these will be answered in the next book. - Eden

A Series Of Unfortunate Events 01: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket:

This book is about the 3 Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus and Sunny. The story starts with the children receiving some very devastating news that their parents have just died in a fire that has also destroyed their house. These children who are now orphans have temporarily been taken under the care of a banker called Mr Poe, who is in charge of their enormous fortune and finding a them a guardian. He places them into the care of Count Olaf who is their only living relative and is the most awful, horrible person anyone could ever meet.
Olaf's house is filthy and covered in weird eye images and has a tower which the Baudelaires are forbidden from entering. Count Olaf is unpleasant, easily angered and forces the children to perform many chores. Count Olaf has a hidden agenda as to why he wants the children and tries to kill them by locking them in the car on the train tracks but the children being smart manage to rescue themselves and are safe.
Olaf creates a play and gives the children roles to play, in which Violet will marry Olaf. The children realise something is not right so they use Justice Strauss' library to research law. Klaus learns that the marriage in the play will be legally binding and that Olaf can inherit their fortune from it. He confronts Olaf, who gets one of his colleague to put Sunny in a bird cage, dangling from outside the window of his tower. He threatens to kill her if Klaus and Violet do not follow his plan. Violet constructs a makeshift grappling hook and uses it to climb up the tower. She finds the hook-handed man waiting to capture her. Klaus is brought up to the tower and they are locked together in the room until the play begins.
After Violet signs the marriage document in the play, Olaf interrupts to tell the audience that their wedding was legally binding. Justice Strauss and Mr. Poe both object, but accept that the law requires them to hand over the Baudelaire fortune to Olaf. Violet interrupts to dispute that the marriage was not legally binding, as she signed with her left hand despite being right-handed. Justice Strauss agrees that this invalidates the marriage. Before Olaf can be arrested for locking up Sunny, one of his colleague turns the lights in the theatre off and he is able to escape. Justice Strauss tells the Baudelaire children that she is happy to adopt them; however, Mr. Poe says that this would go against their parents' will and takes them back to his household until he can find another guardian for them. I really liked this book because it has a great mixture of suspense, mystery and some humour. I especially loved reading this to my 6yr old daughter. - Fab

The Wrong Girl by Zoe Foster:

9780143572411The wrong girl follows Lily a producer of a successful cooking segment on a morning show program whose work life used to be boring until new chef Jack is hired to work in the segment. Jack and Lily immediately hit it off only problem is Lily and her flatmate Simone had each agreed to take a break from men... However it does not take Simone long to deviate from this pact and begin dating someone she met at her local whole-food shop who turns out to be Jack.. And so a twisted love triangle begins. The Wrong Girl is currently being made into a television series for Channel 10 with an expected mid year release. - Emma

Study 01: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder:

Poison Study by Maria V Snyder revolves around a young woman, Yelena, who is given a split second choice: be executed for committing murder, or become a poison tester and risk death with every meal. Choosing to live, Yelena is thrown into an uncertain future, while under constant attack from the powerful father of the man she killed. But her life becomes even more complicated when she develops magical abilities that would lead to a definite execution if discovered.
Poison study, the first book in the 'Study' series, is an awesome read for anyone interested in the fantasy or paranormal genre. With such a unique concept, this book is fast paced and filled with an amazing world. Not to forget the plot twists that leave you shocked and epic characters. It's definitely a series worth giving a go. - Brianna

Guild Hunter 01: Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh:

9780575095724One word. Perfection.
Elena Deveraux is a Guild Hunter, a bounty hunter who tracks down wayward vampires who skip out on their service to their masters and creators, the Archangels.
Hired by the dangerously beautiful Raphael, the Archangel of New York. Elena's new job will pit her against an Archangel gone bad and enter into a killing spree like no other. Elena knows that failure is not an option. Especially since Raphael might not let her live win or lose.
If love your paranormal romance intense and sexy, The Guild Hunter Series by the insurmountably talented Nalini Singh should be added to your 'To Be Read' pile. - Tiffany

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes:

What started out as a simple want to finish the book before the movie came out I suddenly found myself in a non-stop reading experience. Easily drawn in by the lovable characters and emotive story this one is a must read in my opinion.
Louisa Clark lived in a small town and had a small town life, that is until a 6 month job contract as a carer introduces her to a man who will change her outlook on life and challenge her to live life to its fullest.
Will was in an accident that left him a permanently disabled. His life was dull, stagnant and joyless until his new carer came along and brightened his days with her zealous chatter and colourful clothing.
A deeply beautiful story that will have you laughing and crying for these very relatable characters. - Caitlyn

Ice Station by Matthew Reilly:

9781742611747A discovery under the ice shelf of Antarctica has a handful of survivors battling unknown elements and enemies in a non-stop action packed adventure.
Shane Schofield also known as Scarecrow, is the leader of a marine force re-con team, he is lightly armoured and trained to make the fast and hard decisions. His skills in action result in the loyalty of all those under his command and he heading off with a small team to try and help.
This book is about the ultimate challenge of good versus evil with a whole lot of action, shock and changeability throughout.
This book has everything. Nasty Frenchman, even nastier British, Hovercraft chases, killer whales....people being fed to killer whales, secret government agencies, a nuclear reactor, monsters and invisibility.
I've bought every book Matthew Reilly has ever written and the Scarecrow series has now grown into 4 books plus a novella. If you have not read it I cannot recommend it highly enough. - Sam

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Spotlight on QBD Werribee

Say hello to the staff at one of our newest stores this week- QBD Werribee!
They gave us a sneak peek into what they are reading...check it out:

9780749954161Naked in Death by JD Robb:
If I had to pick my most beloved series of all time, JD Robb’s In Death series would most definitely be in the top 5. Her debut novel Naked in Death combines murder and passion, fast-paced dialogue and the most intriguing story dynamics I have had the pleasure of reading.
Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. And she's going against her instincts telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire--and a suspect in Eve's murder investigation.
With over 40 books in the series so far, the iconic characters Detective Eve Dallas and her handsome hubby Roarke show no signs of ever slowing down. - Fiona (Store Manager)

9781501102035Overruled by Emma Chase:
If you are addicted to anything Sylvia Day or Chantal Fernando, don't go past Overrulled by Emma Chase.
Stanton Shaw is a Defence Attorney in Washington DC. With his southern drawl, disarming smile, and captivating green eyes, he’s a hard man to say no to.
But his legendary composure is put to the test when he receives an invitation to the wedding of his high school sweetheart, the mother of his beloved ten-year-old daughter.
To save face he begs his 'friend with benefits', Sofia Santos to be his date.
Stanton has a choice to make. Beg the the woman from his past to give him another chance or finally realise the sharp tongued Sofia is his happily ever after.
Full of sassy dialogue, humour and the saucy chemistry between Sofia and Stanton made this book a winner for me . Loved it. Great book to start the series. Looking forward to reading the sequel 'Sustained.' - Tiffany

9780143204244Playing the Field By Zoe Foster:
When Jean Bennett an aspiring jewellery designer met star footballer Josh Fox at a bar in her new home Sydney she had no clue how much her life was about to change. Once a Gold Coast local clueless about all things football, Jean is thrown false eyelashes first into the dramatic world of the infamous WAGS.
As Jean tries to navigate the world of the WAGs on the arm of Josh she discovers the harsh realities of life under a spotlight, between jealous ex-girlfriends, cheating scandals and the constant pressure to look completely perfect Jean begins to crack under pressure and wonders who she has become and if loving Josh is worth all of this drama ?
Zoe Foster-Blake's writing is captivating and honest as always as she writes about a world she was once very familiar with. Playing the Field's author Zoe Foster-Blake writing is captivating and honest in her second novel and will keep you laughing until the very end. - Emma

9781743535592Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts:
Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts is the second instalment to the terrific Shantaram, which takes place two years after the events in Shantaram. In Mountain Shadow Lin must learn to survive in an ever changing Bombay, dealing with lost loves, new friends and turbulent gang wars at every corner.
By the first page you can tell that Roberts puts his heart and soul into every word. As an atheist reading his books, I am in awe of how Roberts expresses religion through science, linking them so perfectly that you realise that you can't have one without the other; that there is a God or some higher power, and we all have a chance to become spiritually enlightened. Science is the product of mankind trying to understand God, and God is just mankind's way of understanding science. Through this concept, Roberts accommodates readers from all spiritual backgrounds. - Samantha

9781408857861A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas:
A court of thorns and roses is a twist on the classic love story of beauty and the beast.
There is action, romance and of course magic throughout this paranormal tale.
Our heroine Feyre is a young woman fighting to survive with her penniless father and sisters when she suddenly finds herself on the wrong side of a centuries old treaty between humans and faerie. This thrusts her into a life as a captive to Tamlin, a high court fae whose nature she is supposed to distrust and hate but is all as she believed? Is he more than he immediately seems?
When Feyre goes from struggling to feed her family to struggling to save the one she loves you are truly on the edge of your seat devouring every word.
Turns out this heroine is going to have to fight to get her happily ever after.
The ending leads comfortably to the oncoming sequel being released next year which I will definitely be reading! - Caitlyn

9780062357694A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray:
Intrigued by the beautiful book cover, I found myself reading the entire book in one day! “A Thousand Pieces of You” has just about everything; death, deceit, love, dimension travelling and so much more.
A Thousand Pieces of You revolves around Marguerite and her quest for revenge over her father’s murder. But the only way she can catch the person believed responsible is to travel through alternate dimensions, using her academically acclaimed parents’ invention. On her search for the murderer, Marguerite is exposed to love, loss and the truth to what really happened to her farther.
This book will leave you desperate for the answers about who actually killed Marguerite’s father… and who she is truly able to trust. Totally worth the read! - Brianna

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