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

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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.

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#pleaseretweet by Emily Benet #review

 

Title:PleaseRetweet

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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Description
‘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

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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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BEHIND THE WALLS OF GOULBURN JAIL

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

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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.

 

Menagerie by Rachel Vincent #review

Title: Menagerie

Author: Rachel Vincent

Series: Menagerie 1

Publisher: Harlequin

Source: Supplied by publisher

Release Date: September 29 2015

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From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent comes a richly imagined, provocative new series set in the dark mythology of the Menagerie…

When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger’s Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus black-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah in her black swan burlesque costume is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she’s forced to “perform” in town after town.

But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival. Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other “attractions”—mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies—are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she’ll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed.

Renowned author Rachel Vincent weaves an intoxicating blend of carnival magic and startling humanity in this intricately woven and powerful tale

My Thoughts

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To me anything written by Rachel Vincent is pure gold, I have never read a book of hers that I did not thoroughly enjoy, I must admit I could not put this book down.

Delilah has a great life she has a wonderful mother, a good job, excellent boyfriend and a best friend that has been there for years, until the night her boyfriend decides to splash out on horribly expensive tickets to the travelling Menagerie, things go horribly wrong for Delilah when she sees a handler torturing a young werewolf child to  get her to perform, it flips a switch in Delilah and she strikes out with a power that she did not know she possessed.

Now instead of watching from the outside Delilah is watching from the inside as a Cryptid (mythical monster) while they determine what she is, with no idea how to turn on her powers and watching the other cryptids be humiliated and tortured day in and day out Delilah must find a way to not only protect herself but those around her.

The Menagerie world is so beautifully written you are transported to a world that has mythological beings, although these beings have been stripped of their rights and used and abused by humans, after an event that is slowly unravelled to us as the book progresses.  I would absolutely love a prequel to get more information about the history of the book.

This book is hard to put in a genre, fantasy yes, little bit dystopia and Adult literature, Ms Vincent has made a beautifully smooth transition between Y.A and Adult that makes this book so enjoyable.

I love that even though Delilah is being tortured, abused, beaten and starved she stays herself and doesn’t break, she is strong and powerful she just needs to find her voice.

I extremely recommend this book for anyone who is a Rachel Vincent fan and anyone in general that wants to take part of an amazing fantasy ride that will have you gripping the edge of your seat.

*It seems I made a embarrassing mistake in my review in mentioning that Rachel has just moved into adult writing, which is of course not true, silly me, sorry Rachel, I have removed this part of my review.

The New Wild by Holly Brasher Review

Title: The New Wild

Author: Holly Brasher

Series: Stand Alone

Publisher: Full Fathom Five

Source: Supplied by Publisher and Netgalley

Release Date: August 26 2015

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Mother Nature is pissed.

Few will survive.

Jackie is loving her last year of summer camp, despite new-guy Xander, jerk extraordinaire. That is, until disaster strikes on the senior backpacking trip. At first, it seems like a nightmare, but Jackie quickly realizes that the huge fire and resulting carnage around her are as real as real gets.

Miraculously (and infuriatingly, in Jackie’s opinion), Xander survives the burning, too, but that’s the least of her worries. Mother Nature has wiped out millions and burned cities to the ground, plants are growing at a crazy-rapid rate, and fairytale creatures are very real—and very dangerous.

Jackie and Xander must learn to survive sans food, shelter, and soap, and battle their way across the wild American landscape in search of their families—all without killing each other. Along the way, the duo learns that maybe the other isn’t so terrible after all, but going months with no toothpaste isn’t exactly a recipe for romance. Will the journey be too much for their growing relationship? Will it even be worth it at all? Or will their homes and families be burned to a crisp?

My Thoughts

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The New wild is a unique twist on the Apocalypse story.  Jackie is away at summer camp enjoying her last year as a camper with her friends, when everything changes.  During a sleep-out Jackie finds herself lifted in the air while watching everything and everyone around her burn to a crisp, Jackie survives due to her eco friendly habits.

Mother Earth is sick of everyone ways, anything that is not natural is destroyed,the only humans left standing are those that are environmentally friendly.

Jackie now needs to make her way across the country back home by foot to see if her family and best friend are survivors.

Holly creates a terrifying and amazing  world  in The New Wild with Mother nature creating new creatures to occupy the world along with the survivors including a possessive and violent unicorn.  I saw it as a new beginning the way the ice age wiped out the dinosaurs, the fire wiped out humans and their technology.

The mix of magic, terror and perseverance on Jackie’s part truly makes this book stand out in the all ready overworked genre, There is some graphic violence written but to me it doesn’t distract from the story at all if only to emphasise the wildness of their new world.

Jackie learns to survive in a horrifying dangerous world and risks everything to get home, but one thing I really loved is that fellow humans that Jackie meets along the way are kind and caring and willing to share what they have, unlike other Apocalyptic stories where human kind is the monster at the end of the world.

I highly recommend this story to anyone who likes fantasy, horror or apocalyptic stories, The New Wild is sure to thrill.

Relentless Liberation by L.J. Fine #review

 

Title: Relentless Liberation

Author: L.J. Fine

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

Source: provided by publisher and Netgalley

Release Date: March 5 2014

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Being stalked from town to town by an unstable ex-boyfriend means demure bookworm Mina Roper is used to keeping a low profile. But after a coworker brings her to an underground boxing competition, shy Mina falls deeply in lust with gorgeous fighter Tyler Serano. The problem? She’s convinced he’s hopelessly out of her league.

Tyler knows his matches are brutally violent, so why does this sweet, subdued beauty keep showing up to watch them week after week? Despite his overwhelming fear of commitment, Tyler’s innocent curiosity evolves into a hot, all-consuming attraction.

Just when it looks like happily ever after might be possible, Mina’s past catches up to her and she’s forced to make a tough choice. Follow her usual escape strategy—or risk it all for a new kind of life with Tyler.

Inside Scoop: Mina’s past includes a nonconsensual sexual encounter and brief violence, which could be triggering for some readers.

My Thoughts

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This is a huge Opposites attract affair, Tyler being a rough sexy fighter is intrigued with the soft, bookworm beauty that keeps showing up at his fights, she doesn’t seem the type and is instantly attracted to her.

Mina is a quiet girl who is used to moving regularly due to an unstable ex boyfriend who keeps stalking her from town to town, her friend Chloe drags her to the fights where she instantly is attracted to the bad boy Tyler.

Tyler and Mina have an unusual relationship, at first they are just friends which I found nice, Tyler helps Mina to gain back her confidence slowly which is great character development in watching her grow. Tyler is rough, confident and possessive, but sensitive to Mina.

considering this is a short book, I was expecting the usually meet and explosive sex and love scenes with some fighting put in for show, but it really isn’t like that.  I really enjoyed this one and give it four stars,  a longer novel with these characters would really be great.

 

Hard Charger by Meghan March #review

 

 

Author: Meghan March

Series: Flash Bang #2

Publisher: Independent

Source: Kindly provided for review by Publisher and Netgalley

Release Date: August 6 2015

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Lia has known true darkness—and not just because of the power grid failure nine months ago. She has faced evil and emerged a survivor. Now if she could just make the two men she wants see her as whole and not broken … maybe she’d have a chance at the future she’s determined to claim.

Cam and Travis have been brothers-in-arms since their days as Force Recon Marines, and there’s nothing Cam wouldn’t do for his best friend—except let him have the woman Cam’s been patiently waiting for. But when Lia shocks him by saying she wants them both, he has the decision of a lifetime to make. Lose the girl, or lose his best friend.

In a world where nothing is certain, can three people find their way to love?

*Warning: This book includes two sexy as hell Marines, one strong woman determined to have them both, and a whole lot of sex—the dirty kind. Proceed at your own risk.

Note: HARD CHARGER is a novella set in the FLASH BANG world.

My Thoughts

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I would love for this book to be a full book, as a novella it was excellent it had everything action, romance, sex and the end of the world.

Cam and Travis find Lia held captive by bandits after the world goes dark, they save her and bring her back to their self sufficient farm, where after months she starts to find her confidence again especially thanks to Cam and Travis.

Lia has fallen in love with both our sexy heroes and she can’t choose which man she wants so she decides to have them both, if only they are all willing.

Hard Charger is only a novella but puts so much in that it is exciting I jumped in late with this book, but I found it easy to read as a stand alone, now I am going back to buy the 1st in the series, and I hope that their will be more.

 

 

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon #review

 

Title: Outlander

Author: Diana Gabaldon

Series: Outlander #1

Publisher: Random House Australia

Source: Kindly given to me by Publisher and Netgalley

Release Date: August 1 2014

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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life . . . and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire . . . and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

My Thoughts

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Outlander was a bit different to what I usually read, Two books I don’t do are Historical romances and High fantasy, well I was drawn into reading this book, one because I love, love the T.V series and Two I kept hearing a lot about it.  Any way being such a long book It has taken me nearly a year to read, but it is so worth it.

Claire Randall is on her second honeymoon in Scotland after being separated from her husband for years during the war.  Her husband is a history buff that takes Claire to a ancient druid stone henge type area and when she touches the stone she is transported to 1743.

The only reason I am not giving this book 5 stars is because, like a lot of historical novels, at times it was long winded, this is another reason it took me so long to read, because although Ms Gabaldon is fantastic with her world building and amazing with her writing skills at time if felt like a scene lasted forever with endless jibber jabber, but don’t let this put you off!  once you get to the good parts, you are left breathless and on the edge of you seat, full of extremely swoon worthy romance and exciting fight scenes you are in for  an amazing ride.

Although it took me a  year to read, (don’t forget not my usual genre), I found the book to be brilliant, and I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series.

Australian Feature Book of the Month Risk by Fleur Ferris #review

Title: Risk

Author: Fleur Ferris

Series: Stand Alone

Publisher: Random House Australia

Source: Kindly provided by Publisher and Netgalley

Release Date:July 1  2015

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Taylor and Sierra have been best friends for their whole lives. But Taylor’s fed up. Why does Sierra always get what – and who – she wants? From kissing Taylor’s crush to stealing the guy they both met online for herself, Sierra doesn’t seem to notice when she hurts her friends.

So when Sierra says Jacob Jones is the one and asks her friends to cover for her while she goes to meet him for the first time, Taylor rolls her eyes.

But Sierra doesn’t come back when she said she would.

One day. Two days. Three . . .

What if Taylor’s worrying for nothing? What if Sierra’s just being Sierra, forgetting about everyone else to spend time with her new guy?

When Taylor finally tells Sierra’s mum that her daughter is missing, Taylor and her friends are thrown into a dark world they never even knew existed.

Can Taylor find Sierra’s abductor in time? Or should she be looking for a killer?

My Thoughts

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This would have to be the best book I have read all year, which if you follow my blog you would probably see that this is out of character for me.  Risk is a hauntingly beautiful, scary and harrowing. Risk is the story of Sierra and Taylor, best friends forever even their mothers are best friends.

Sierra and Taylor are messing around on chat rooms which we all end up doing in teenage years at one time or another, when Sierra meets a guy that she really likes, she gives this guy Taylor’s email address and goes home.

Taylor starts getting emails from this guy Jacob and they chat on line for hours with Taylor falling head over heals with him. The next time at school Taylor is about to tell Sierra her news when Sierra gets in first, she has fallen in love with Jacob herself and has organised to meet him on Friday for a quick date in the city. Embarrassed and upset  Taylor refuses to go with her but still covers for her with their parents.

Sierra is never seen again.  Taylor starts a website called Risk to teach other people the dangers of the Internet, hoping that it never happens again.

Risk is all about the dangers of the Internet particular for those who don’t understand how easy it is for you to be untraceable.  It is scary how easy Sierra and Taylor fall for this guys grooming techniques and it is explained in the book without taking away for the story how he does it.

You will need tissues for this book, not only do Sierra’s friends have to deal with her murder they we also get a front seat view on how they deal with their guilt and grief in dealing with their own issues from the murder.

I could not recommend this book enough, especially for teens who think this could never happen to them. In the age of Internet, sexting and chat rooms. You never know who you are going to meet.