Australian Book of the Month Venom Doc by Bryan Grieg Fry #review and Interview


Venom DocTitle: Venom Doc

Author: Bryan Grieg Fry

Series: Stand Alone

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Source: Provided by Publisher

Release Date: August 25th 2015

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Meet US-born Australian venomologist Bryan Grieg Fry, the man with one of the most dangerous jobs in the world – working with the world’s deadliest creatures.

Welcome to the strange and dangerous world of Doctor Venom.

Imagine a three-week-long first date in Siberia catching venomous water shrews, and later a wedding attended by Eastern European prime ministers and their bodyguards wielding machine guns. Then a life spent living and working with snakes. Lots of very, very poisonous snakes and other venomous creatures … everything from the Malaysian king cobra to deadly scorpions.

Welcome to Bryan Grieg Fry’s world.

In this action-packed ride through Bryan’s life you’ll meet the man who’s worked with the world’s most venomous creatures in over 50 countries. He’s been bitten by 26 poisonous snakes and stung by three stingrays – and survived a near-fatal scorpion sting while deep in the Amazon jungle. He’s also broken 23 bones, including breaking his back in three places, and had to learn how to walk again. But when you only research the venom you’ve collected yourself – the adventures, and danger, will just keep coming …

Dividing his time between scientific research and teaching at the University of Queensland, and TV filming and collecting expeditions around the world, Bryan and danger are never far from one another.

My Thoughts


Venom Doc follows the amazing life of  U.S born Australian  Venomologist Dr Fry, who has travelled the world in search of all things venomous.

Dr Fry is able to tell his story in a way that keeps you highly entertained, from horrifying accounts of being bitten or stung by animals, sad accounts of friends and colleagues passing away from bites and occasional hilarious stories about friends chasing leprechauns through forests (you need to read it to believe it.)

You are able to learn amazing things from this book without realising it, I would never of guessed that so many modern medications come from venom, and that Dr Fry has studied his whole life to help make these life saving medications.

I have always had a fascination with reptiles, although I have never had a chance to actually own one. I was unfortunate to come across a brown snake once that killed my Great Dane dog in such a short time after being bit, it amazes me that Dr Fry could live through so many bites and get out there again and again. (have a read of the interview underneath to see how his family deal with this.) I have not been able to look at snakes the same way although they still fascinate me, I have a healthy understanding with them, leave me alone and I will leave you alone.

In summary this book is Amazing definitely put it on Christmas lists if you can wait that long, but do your self a favour and read this book.  I never knew animals could be so amazing with what their venom can do, and this is Dr Fry’s goal to let people know that without these amazing creatures we would not have so many life saving drugs available today.


Interview with Dr Bryan Grieg Fry.

I was very honoured to have a chance to interview Dr Fry and here are the results.


  1. Have you ever come across an animal you have been too afraid to handle?



  1. How do your mother and wife cope with your near death experiences and the fact that you go out to do it all again?

Needless to say, it is continuously stressful for them that I work with                        inherently dangerous animals in uncontrolled situations. The key is anticipation of potential outcomes and then developing contingency plans. While of course I do not deliberately put myself in hazard’s way, things do happen. It is therefore of paramount importance to have proper risk assessments, first aid plans and extraction procedures. Otherwise, this can lead to death. As has happened to friends of mine who were killed by venomous snakes.



  1. As a child you would often come home with reptiles in your school bag. What advice would you give children that want to follow in your footsteps? And for the parents, what is a good snake to start off with as a pet?

The advise I would give to children is to use the passion as fuel. Childhood interests of any type if nurtured can become the wellspring for the most satisfying of careers. Where work is not ‘work’. If I had millions of dollars, I would still be doing exactly what I am doing.


As for the parents, there are many snakes that make excellent pets. I certainly would not recommend giant pythons as a suitable pet for a child, but snakes such as some of the smaller pythons like carpet pythons can be excellent pets for children. Naturally there must be parental supervision to ensure that the animal is being cared for in the proper manner.



  1. You have a busy and full on life, how did you find time to write a book?

I have always been a note taker. So I already had a wealth of material to work with when I decided to write this book. This made my task much easier and the entire endeavour much more feasible.


  1. Do you have a favourite book?

Voyage of the Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl, about his voyage across the Pacific Ocean on a raft made using indigenous techniques. As a child this book fascinated me beyond measure. My mother was born and raised in Norway, which is where Thor also was from. This gave me a personal link to the book. I also noted that Thor Heyerdahl was a member of the elite society the Explorers Club. It was a life long goal of mine to achieve feats of exploration worthy of my inclusion in this august society. I was inducted into it earlier this year. An accomplishment that was deeply satisfying.

  1. What is your favourite species and why?

It would be a tie between komodo dragons and king cobras. Komodo dragons are the largest living lizard and king cobras are the largest venomous snake to have ever lived. Both are extremely intelligent and, if they are not feeling threatened, they can actually be quite curious. Interacting with a calm specimen can be a magical experience.


  1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

I see myself in 5 years time doing exactly what I am doing: studying the world’s most dangerous animals to show that they are not the creatures of nightmare but are magnificent creatures who’s venom contains lifesaving drugs.


Venoms and toxins are a rich source of unexplored compounds which could be used in drug discovery and development. Reptile venoms have been used to develop drugs such as Captopril, which is used to treat high blood pressure, and Byetta, which is used to treat diabetes and has off-label effectiveness as an anti-obesity drug.


Captopril was derived from the venom of the lancehead viper from Brazil. This drug and its derivatives have an annual market of $10 billion. It reinforces the value of conservation, for if the habitats are wiped out, the animals will be extinct before we can study them. When people ask me what the best argument is to convince people of the value of conservation, I say that their weakest argument is to talk about how magnificent and wonderful the animals are. The only people who will appreciate that will be the ones who already think that way – it’s very much a case of preaching to the choir. Rather, they should stress the value of conservation through commercialisation, pointing out that destroying a stand of forest is no different than nuking mineral deposits. There is no way to predict where the next wonder drug will come from, so we need to conserve all of nature.


  1. What has been your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement has been that komodo dragons do not kill with bacteria but are in fact venomous. This breakthrough came because the whole idea of bacteria just never made any sense to me. There is a simple philosophy in science that ‘extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence’. Bacteria being used as a weapon is as extraordinary of a claim as could be made. However, the evidence was sorely lacking.


At every opportunity we have gone to great pains to stress that anguimorph lizards are  of but of trivial direct medical importance to humans (with the exception of helodermatids and of course the  komodo dragon). As per this report


The anguimorphs have a combined arsenal system employing teeth and venom.  Helodermatids are one extreme, relying just on the venom for prey capture, with the deeply grooved gracile teeth restricted to a venom delivering role.  In contrast, komodos have the large serrated teeth as the primary weapon, using a grip-and-rip strategy to inflict deep parallel wounds.  Mechanical damage that in some cases results in very rapid death from blood loss (eg slicing the femoral artery).  The role of the venom is to exaggerate the blood loss and shock inducing mechanical damage caused by the bite.  We have identified two main actions common to all anguimorph venoms: anticoagulation and hypotension.  Enough loss of blood would lead to a drop in blood pressure sufficient to induce shock or unconsciousness.  So anticoagulant toxins facilitate a steady march  in this direction.  Similarly,hypotensive toxins accelerate the unconscious endpoint.


Komodos evolved not in Indonesia but in Australia, and were not the biggest to have roamed, at least two larger varanids existed to predate on megafauna.  The second largest radiated to Timor while komodo radiated to Flores and nearby islands.  The modern day situation is that   the komodos have three mammalian potential prey choices.  All of which are feral.  The introduced pigs and deer are within the natural prey size (40-50 kg) while the buffalo are dramatically larger than would have been a reasonable size for  komodos to kill and also occupy an ecology unlike anything in Australia.


These collective differences are starkly reflected in attack success. Attacks on pigs and deer are extremely successful.  About  three quarters bleed out  within the first thirty minutes and another approximately fifteen percent succumb within three or four hours.  Repeated attacks by the same or other komodos is  not uncommon. In dramatic contrast is the outcome of attacks on water buffalo.  Which invariably get away, with deep wounds to the legs.  Upon which they go and stand in feces filled watering holes.  Creating a perfect scenario for dramatic infections.  Not from the dragons mouth, but rather having an environmental source.  Deep wounds in feces laden water is a  perfect scenario for the flourishing of bacteria, particularly the  nasty anaerobic types.  Thus, the sampling of  komodo mouths that purported to show them harbouring pathogenic bacteria neglected to sample  the real source of any infection to the water buffalo: the faeces filled waiting hole the dragons recently drank from.  It has been a man made artificial  scenario all along that has nothing to do with the evolution of the predatory ecology of komodos.


Having gotten septicaemia in Flores from deep lacerations resulting from a boating mishap in Flores harbour (water that is  pretty disgusting) I can attest to how quickly such environmental sources can produce life threatening infections.  As a consequence of the Flores doctor doing a shockingly inept job of cleaning up the wounds before stitching them up, I  ended up delirious and near unconscious in the Bali International  SOS clinic 36 hours getting emergency IV antibiotics.


There is nothing special about komodos.  They are simply the largest extant species of a clade that  had two extinct larger species and  has two extant  species (V. varius and V. salvadorii), all of which share the unique large,blade like serrated teeth. None of which have ever had the slightest whiff of using bacteria as a weapon.


  1. What has been your favourite country to visit?

My favourite place to visit so far has been Antarctica. It was like a religious experience.  Icebergs of all colours cruised by – green, blue, red, hard white and all variations in between. All a result of the varying mineral content of the water. Some were truly ethereal.


  1. Do you have any future plans for T.V or books?

I am regularly filming nature documentaries to educate about how important the natural world is in general, and venomous animals in particular. I am also now writing a new book, about the damage to the male hormone system caused by medications, recreational drugs or pollutants. It will draw upon my personal experience this regard as a consequence of months of intravenous pain medication when I was in the hospital with a very badly broken back that required major surgery to fix, which I discuss in VENOM DOC, but also using my PhD in Biochemistry to dig into the medical literature and digest it into a format that any man can understand. The title will be ‘Mojo mayhem: male hormones and the chemicals that hate them’.


Living Well with Chronic Illness #review


Title: Living Well with Chronic Illness

Author: Joanna J. Charnas

Series: Stand alone

Publisher: MSI Press

Source: Netgalley

Release Date:  August 25 2015

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Living Well with Chronic Illness is a self-help guide for anyone who has a chronic illness or who knows and cares about someone else who does. The 20 chapters concisely address a comprehensive range of issues including daily routines, relationships, medical and legal services, a joyful life, and much more. In our hectic, information-laden world where the Internet places billions of contradictory facts at our fingertips, the straightforward content of this book is an alternative resource for people who want to feel better and don’t want to spend hours searching for answers. The tools inside, presented with compassion, humor, and a wealth of knowledge, are for those who want to apply and enjoy new health-promoting ideas immediately. Living Well with Chronic Illness evolved from the author’s personal experience with chronic illness and 26 years as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

My Thoughts



I really enjoyed this book, it wasn’t boring like a lot of self-help books, everything that Joanna writes is from experience. with lots of practical advice and tips, I really found most of the content useful and hopefully apply it to my life to help manage my chronic illness.

Joanna doesn’t write in a technical and garbled way which I really enjoyed because you get some books about chronic illness that just tire you out more than the illness itself, the chapters are easy to follow and read and extremely informative.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is struggling with a chronic illness for one to get an honest look at how someone with chronic illness lives and two to help apply some great information to your life.


The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong #review


Title: The Masked Truth

Author: Kelley  Armstrong

Series: Stand Alone

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Source: Netgalley

Release Date: October 13th 2015

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In this heart-stopping suspense thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong proves herself to be a master of terror and suspense.

Riley Vasquez is haunted by the brutal murder of the couple she was babysitting for.

Max Cross is suffering under the shadow of a life-altering diagnosis he doesn’t dare reveal.

The last thing either of them wants is to spend a weekend away at a therapy camp alongside five other teens with “issues.” But that’s exactly where they are when three masked men burst in to take the group hostage.

The building has no windows. The exits are sealed shut. Their phones are gone. And their captors are on a killing spree.

Riley and Max know that if they can’t get out, they’ll be next—but they’re about to discover that even escape doesn’t equal freedom.

My Thoughts




This book is a huge step away from the usual paranormal Y.A that I usually read, in fact this is the first Thriller Y.A I have read for a while, but being Kelley Armstrong that has written it I had to pick it up. Boy was I glad.

The Masked Truth really is a action packed, unpredictable thrill ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Riley was babysitting when the unthinkable happens, men break in and murder the parents in cold blood while Riley hides under the bed with the child. haunted by this Riley attends group therapy.

Max also attends group therapy but for a mental illness that will never be cured only managed that he keeps to himself.

Max and Riley are forced to spend a weekend in group therapy with other kids they don’t know each with their own problems. Things go bad when shortly after arriving men in masks arrive to kidnap the teens and councillors for money.

What I love about this book is the twists and turns, in the plot you are literally on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next and trying to piece together the facts before the protagonists do. The fact that I could not work out what will happen next or even if it really is happening after all we are dealing with numerous disturbed teens here.  I found this to be a refreshing change from other thriller books that can be predictable, just as you think you have it worked out you get another curve ball.

I highly recommend this book, pre order is available now on Amazon, I am not affiliated but it is just that good.


Otherworld Nights by Kelly Armstrong #review


Title: Otherworld Nights

Author: Kelly Armstrong

Series: Otherworld

Publisher: Penguin group Plume

Source: kindly provided by Netgalley and Publisher for review

Release Date: October 28 2015

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This short story collection includes one brand-new tale, one story previously available only at Kelley Armstrong’s website, and re-prints some hard-to-find stories from various anthologies as well as the entire novella Hidden.

Demonology” – Adam’s mother discovers what he is

“Twilight” – a Cassandra & Aaron story from Many Bloody Returns

“Stalked” – Clay & Elena’s honeymoon story from My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon

“Chivalrous” – Reese’s backstory from SubPress’s long sold-out Tales of Dark Fantasy 2

“Lucifer’s Daughter” – Hope & Karl story from Blood Lite II: Overbite

Hidden — reprinted from SubPress chapbook

“From Russia with Love” – The Pack bonus story included with hardcover of Thirteen

“Vanishing Act” – brand-new Savannah & Adam novella set after Thirteen

From the back of the paperback cover:

For every fan of the women of the Otherworld who is longing for more, a suspenseful and sexy new collection of stories and novellas by Kelley Armstrong.

In Otherworld Nights, Armstrong brings together some of her favourite love matches, taking us on honeymoon with her werewolves, Elena and Clay; showing us how her vampires, Cassandra and Aaron, express their unique bond; revealing how Karl proposed to Hope; and illustrating how the young Australian werewolf, Reese, learned the dangers of infatuation, among other stories. By popular demand, shes also included her fan-favourite novella, Hidden.

As an exciting conclusion, Armstrong has written a brand-new novella that takes us beyond the end of 13 to show us what happens after Savannah and Adam save the Otherworld–and realize they do love each other. The trouble is whether they know what love really means–coupled with the little wrinkle of having to figure that out while they battle demons. The kind from hell

My Thoughts





I have always loved Clay and Elena, and it has been years since I first picked up these books, but for some reason I could never get into the women of the otherworld books, only the werewolf books interested me, and I could not get enough of Clay and Elena.

Otherworld is an anthology of short stories and novella’s based in the Other world, world. I especially loved Clay and Elena and the twins, the interactions between them and the pack with the children was heartwarming.

I must admit I got a bit lost in the other stories as I have not read the witches stories only the wolves. As they were all short anyway I still was able to  understand what was happening and I picked up pretty quick the storylines.

I really enjoyed getting a bit extra with these short stories, they are great just to read and get more involved and depth from the characters you have loved for so many years, it is like being thrown a little treat.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves the otherworld books, I would however make sure you read at least one of the books in the series before jumping into this one.

Books under $5 to Feed your reader this week.

After 2 weeks of posting freebies, I have decided to branch out a bit and promote some great specials under $5 at time of posting. enjoy and if you have read one of these books please let us know in the comments what you thought.

America Mason, a sassy undergrad at Eastern State University, is in love with a Maddox–Shepley Maddox. Unlike his cousins, Shepley is more lover than fighter, but a road trip to her parents’ home in Wichita, Kansas could mean the next step, or the end of everything.



It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets to the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder – would they be better off staying in this place forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

I can’t remember the night that changed my life. The night I went from popular girl to loner freak. And my family are determined to keep it that way.

They said therapy was supposed to help.

They didn’t expect Noah.

Noah is the dangerous boy my parents warned me about. But he’s the only one who’ll listen. The only one who’ll help me find the truth.

I know every kiss, every promise, every touch is forbidden.

But what if finding your destiny means breaking all the rules?


“Complex, emotional and gripping. The internal and external conflicts McGarry’s
characters face will keep you enthralled, and the growth they experience throughout the
novel takes real talent — I can’t wait for McGarry’s next book.”
RT Book Reviews ‘Top

The international runaway bestseller is now a Major Television Event from executive producer M. Night Shyamalan, starring Matt Dillon Thursdays on FOX or catch up on Amazon Instant Video.

Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact—he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

2013 International Thriller Award Nominee

Through the eyes of a killer…

Rachel de Luca has found incredible success writing self-help books. But her own blindness and the fact that her troubled brother has gone missing have convinced her that positive thinking is nothing but bull.

Her cynicism wavers when a cornea transplant restores her sight. The new eyes seem to give her new life, until they prove too good to be true and she starts seeing terrifying visions of brutal murders — crimes she soon learns are all too real.

Detective Mason Brown’s own brother recently died, leaving behind a horrific secret. In atonement, Mason donated his brother’s organs, though he’s kept the fact quiet. Now he wants to help Rachel find her brother, but when he discovers the shocking connection between her visions and his own brother, Mason suddenly has to do everything in his power to save her from a predator who is somehow still hunting from beyond the grave.


‘Shayne’s talent for dark, gripping, supernatural stories combines with two unconventional leads and powerful sexual chemistry, making for a page-turning tale that will keep you up all night’ — RT Book Reviews





The life changing magic of tidying by marie kondo #review


Title: The life-changing magic of tidying

Author: Marie Kondo

Series: Stand alone

Publisher: Ebury Digital

Source: Brought

Release Date:  December 27th 2010

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Transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space with the incredible KonMari Method. Japan’s expert declutterer and professional cleaner Marie Kondo will help you tidy your rooms once and for all with her inspirational step-by-step method.
The key to successful tidying is to tackle your home in the correct order, to keep only the things you really love and to do it all at once – and quickly. After that for the rest of your life you only need to choose what to keep and what to discard.
The KonMari Method will not just transform your space. Once you have your house in order you will find that your whole life will change. You can feel more confident, you can become more successful, and you can have the energy and motivation to create the life you want. You will also have the courage to move on from the negative aspects of your life: you can recognise and finish a bad relationship; you can stop feeling anxious; you can finally lose weight.
Marie Kondo’s method is based on a ‘once-cleaned, never-messy-again’ approach. If you think that such a thing is impossible then you should definitely read this compelling book.

My Thoughts


I am such a clutter bug, and so far this book has been great in getting me motivated to get rid of my clutter, basically Marie Kondo has one question does this make you happy? every Item you pick up you need to ask yourself this question if the answer is no, then let it go.

I have always been a clutter bug and disorganised so I am always looking for that book that will tell me how to change my life, I have heard so many things from this book and their are so many you tube video’s dedicated to this book that it is amazing.  I found the book to  be informative, easy to read and yes sometimes amusing, probably not for the reasons it should be.

I highly recommend anyone who struggles to find balance in their life to check this book out, So far I have lost so much junk from my house and I am starting to feel free. Check out some of the you tube videos available too.


Mulga’s Magical Colouring book #review


Title: Mulga’s Magical Colouring Book

Author: Joel Moore

Series: Stand alone

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Source: kindly provided by Publisher for Review

Release Date: 25 August 2015

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Crazy about colouring in? Looking for mindfulness, stress relief or a creative outlet? Lose yourself in this colouring book from one of Australia’s favourite artists.

Mulga’s colourful art can be found all over the country – in shops and cafes, on t-shirts and soft drink bottles, in ads, laneways and galleries – and now, for the first time, you can colour it in yourself in this gorgeous 80-page colouring book.Mulga’s work is full of intricate line work and patterns, making it perfect for meditative colouring. There are zombies with beards, toucans in baseball caps, gorillas with facial piercings and all your favourite Mulga creatures ready to be given the rainbow treatment. So, grab your textas or pencils and get to it!

My Thoughts


I have seen the Mulga art work around before it is full of colour and personality, I was a bit conflicted with this book as I am a pretty bland colourer, and this book has really made me colour outside the box, because I feel like I really should keep with the bright out there colours that the Mulga brand is known for.  I really have been enjoying colouring in this book after a long day and just relaxing I highly recommend it for anyone who is getting sick of colouring patterns and flowers, pick up this book and give it a go.



#pleaseretweet by Emily Benet #review



Author: Emily Benet

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Harper Collins UK

Source: provided by Netgalley and Publisher for review

Release Date: August 4 2015

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‘A funny and frantic cautionary tale for the digital generation…Highly recommended’ – Chick Lit Love

How to mess up your life in 140 characters

Social media whizz kid, May Sparks has landed her dream job. Well, not quite, but the salary is great and all May has to do is handle the online profiles of Z C – list celebrities who have the tendency to say inappropriate things. Easy, right? #wrong

May’s clients include an ex big brother star (who she’s definitely not going to sleep with #neversaynever), a disgraced TV presenter (who wants May to sort out his marriage as well as his Twitter account), and a woman who once flashed her boobs on X-factor. They’re all relying on her to turn them into stars. But they’re not going to make her job easy.

As May is sucked further and further into her job she begins to lose her grip on real life. Her friends don’t ‘like’ her Facebook posts anymore and even her gorgeous neighbour, who once seemed to be on the same wavelength, criticises her career choice. Worse, May’s clients start getting trolled by an annoying tweep, who May happens to agree with.

Then May’s secret online identity is leaked, causing her to start trending on Twitter. It looks like the status update is over. Unless May can leave the superficial social media word behind and find her own voice again…

My Thoughts


May’s life is a chaotic mess, she is just starting a new business as a social media agent, where she manages the tweets of her famous clients to keep them out of trouble, except the more she tries to do for them the more her life descends into chaos.

I found May to be a likeable character although she is addicted to the high she gets from social media interaction, she is still a loveable girl that is trying to get her life together.  It took a little bit for me to get use to the style of writing I found it to be a bit chaotic like the character herself and since I do not read a lot of Chick lit I had to concentrate to read until I was use to it.

I loved all the characters, they were all warm and personable and trying to accommodate May and her job even when they were fed up with her and May realised that they were pulling away from her.

Please retweet is a fun story about the pitfalls of twitter and social media, and one girls struggle to find balance in her life.

I gave this book 5 stars totally enjoyable and a light read to get you giggling.


Australia’s Most Murderous prison by James Phelps #review


Title: Australia’s Most Murderous Prison

Author: James Phelps

Series:Stand alone

Publisher: Random House Australia

Source: provided by Publisher and Netgalley for review

Release Date: July 16 2015

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An unprecedented spate of murders in the 1990s – seven in just three years – earned Goulburn Jail the ominous name of ‘The Killing Fields’. Inmates who were sentenced or transferred to the 130-year-old towering sandstone menace declared they had been given a death sentence.

Gang alliances, power plays, contracted hits, the ice trade, the colour of your skin – even mistaken identity – any number of things could seal your fate.

The worst race war in the history of Australian prisons saw several groups – Aboriginal, Lebanese, Asian, Islander and Anglo – wage a vicious and uncontrollable battle for power. Every day there were stabbings. Every day there were bashings. And then there was murder

A controversial policy known as ‘racial clustering’ might have put an end to the Killing Fields, but soon something far scarier would arise, something called Supermax . . . Within the stark white walls, clinical halls and solitary confinement, it is where Australia’s most evil men are locked away. It is home to serial killer Ivan Milat; the ‘Terror Five’, militants who plotted attacks across Sydney in 2005; Brothers 4 Life founder Bassam Hamzy and gang rapist Bilal Skaf, to name a few.

Murderers, terrorists, serial killers, gangsters and rapists – soon you will meet them all inside Australia’s most murderous prison.

My Thoughts


Australia’s Most Murderous Prison is a compelling story surrounding the history of Australia’s Goulburn Jail.  I wasn’t sure how I would like this book as I easily get nightmares from true crime stories, and with this based in Australia makes it really creepy. But the way James narrates isn’t terrifying it is more the insight into monsters lives after they have been caught which is more pathetic and sad than scary.

The narration by James is spot on he describes the life of inmates in wonderful detail and at times he is extremely humorous.

The History of Goulburn Jail is an amazing one from racial segregation, the killing fields where the most murders happened, to how Australia’s most evil men such as Ivan Milat live now craving attention in the Supermax prison.

This is a great book looking into the history of Australian prisons and I would love more books on others around Australia, I highly recommend this book for any history and true crime buffs but as well anyone who would like an insight into the lifestyles of Australian criminals after they have been caught.