Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

A investigation kicks off after the body of a single mother is found in the water.

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When the body of a single mother turns up at the local river, infamously named ‘The Drowning Pool’, it sparks an investigation with the local community; this is not the first girl to be found dead in this situation. Jules may not be mourning her late sister, but she is dragged back to a place she had once escaped before to care for the orphaned child and uncover some old memories.

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Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

The true-life experiences of Matt Haig’s battle with depression is highlighted in this compelling book ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’

Book Review/Discussion

Essentially, I aimed for this to just be a review piece on the book. But that was before I got to reading Reasons to Stay Alive. My decision was drastically altered as I discovered I had so much more to discuss, thus forming a review-discussion combination that may be a bit out-there when my writing is considered. My predominant intention for this book was to read through it during a time in my life in which I believed it would benefit me most. I do think I’ve achieved that, seeing as I have so much to discuss due to reading it.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Book Review

Ari doesn’t know who he is as a person. Forever questioning the mysteries and unpredicatablities of his surroundings, along with the inner enveavours to interpret his own emotions and mental fiends. Dante doen’t share many similarites with Ari. Finding solace in tranquil leisurely activities such as drawing and reading for the sheer fun of it, Dante appears to have life interpreted. Despite their obvious variances, after meeting at the swimming pool, the pair develop a unique and important friendship. Pushed to limits first unforseen, the companions are tested against obstacles established by the undefinable universe and the entanglements of growing up.

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Collective Graphic Novel Reviews

Graphic novels are a interesting and diverse way of telling a narrative. There are so many themes, stories and genres that can be presented through beautiful illustrations and aesthetics that differ across various artists visions. Christmas brought me a vast amount of new graphic novels ranging from humorous fantasy to thrilling manga. Easily readable and compelling, here are some short reviews on five exceptional graphic novels I recently read and thoroughly enjoyed.

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Top 15 Books of 2015

It’s been a pretty decent year of reading. A lot of very good books accompanied alongside some other not so good. I’ve managed to compile my final list of 15 favourites that I read this year. Some are new releases, some are YA and there are also a fair amount of graphic novels included in there too. All, in my opinion were brilliant in their own way. Happy New Year, let’s hope 2016 brings a lot more reading. Continue reading “Top 15 Books of 2015”

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

A teenager finds love close by and faces perils of family, friends and growing up in ‘My Life Next Door’

Book Review

Samantha Reed has spent years watching her neighbours from her window. The Garretts are a diverse household of contrasting personalities, alluring Sam away from her seemingly ordinary and fortunate lifestyle. The day Jase Garrett appears at her bedroom window changes everything for her, and she is enlightened by his extraordinary presence. Living in the shadow of her high profile political mother, family problems never seem to be far away for Sam, startling events cause disrupt for her and the people closest to her. Faced with tough judgements, Sam must decide between what she thinks is right and what is best for her loved ones.

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

The fantasy world of Simon Snow is magically brought to life in Rainbow Rowell’s ‘Carry On’

Book Review

“The Greatest Mage. The Chosen One. The Power of Powers. It still feels strange believing that that bloke’s supposed to be me. But I can’t deny it either.”

Simon Snow is the Chosen One. Orphaned and forced to spend summer with the ‘normals’, he relishes in the time he gets to return to the magical Watford School of Magicks. In addition to his studies towards his final year, Simon also has the burdens resulted from prophecies; declaring he is the one to end wars and defeat the malevolent Insidious Humdrum. A perfectly typical Rainbow Rowell-esque story of love, friendships, wizardry and discovering yourself.

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