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Review: The Astrid Notes by Taryn Bashford

A story with a brilliant set of characters, that have their own plights, predominately set in Sydney, Australia.

I found this book was heart-breaking and heart-warming at the same time, and I loved all the dynamics between characters, which would be unlikely in other circumstances. I also love how the Con (the Sydney Music Consvertorium) was featured in this book- given I have a friend who studies there!

I loved the story, based on music (which there's not a lot of books out there for) and just how powerful this YA novel is, and it is definitely one of my favourites of 2019.

Rating: 4.5/5

Review: Hadmar - The House of Shudders by Jason K. Foster

CW: Rape, Bullying

A thought-provoking read based on true events that occured in The Holocaust- focusing on Ingrid, a girl of colour- who has been sent to Hadamar under the T-4 program.

The book follows Ingrid's plights during the course of her stay at Hadmar- including assault, sterilisation, bullying, and rape. This is written from a reflectional point of view, and as a result, I enjoy it as such- even though this type of book is typically not my type of read.

I feel like this book certainly does highlight some of the lesser covered horrible things that occured in Germany in World War 2.

Rating: 3.5/5

Thanks to Big Sky Publishing for a copy of this important book!

Review: Unleashed by Amy McCulloch

Coming back into the world of Monchaville where bakus are like phones was a breeze with the second installment in this series!

I loved the STEM-focused female protagonist, and I loved how the bakus take more of a role in Unleashed. I love how this develops into a corporate conspiracy when Lacey and friends find that everything in Monchaville is amiss!

What I really found to be the standout for me is that that this series didn't portray the bakus as killer robots, even though there was the potential to do so, and I loved this refreshing take on robots and their use in society.

Rating: 4.5/5

Review: Impostors by Scott Westerfeld

A fast-paced book, set in the world of UGLIES, it did not disappoint!

I enjoyed the fast-pacedness of the storyline, it was fast enough to keep me reading it, but also intense enough that I enjoyed all of it! It was kinda insta-lovey, but that's the only gripe I had with it, because I was so drawn in by the plot and the characters.

Fair to say that I have a soft spot for Col and Teo, but I loved concept behind why Frey and Rafi exist. I also was very delighted to see Tally references in there too. <3 p="">
That cliffhanger got me though. I'm glad I have a copy of the second book so I can get my answers soon!

Rating: 4.75/5

Aim: A blog tour post!

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Aim is the first book in the completed 'The Subjects' trilogy, and I had the pleasure of reading this for review, in order to celebrate the completion of the trilogy! To see more reviews from this tour- click here!
Here's a brief synopsis: The door opens, and Alish steps out of the lab for the first time ever …
Can she escape?
Outside, there’s nothing, nothing but a small herd of cows, and stretches and stretches of parched red desert in all directions …
She is still trapped.
Then a helicopter flies overhead …
Salvation at last or something more sinister?
Aim is the first book in the completed Subjects Trilogy, a young adult science fiction, set in NSW, Australia, about freedom and justice. If you like action packed adventures, psychological thrillers and mysteries then you will love Aim.

My review: To me, Aim was an easy to read YA sci-fi. I found that the story itself was paced nicely, where it was slow to start, and built up the world well. 

I enjoyed how characters Subje…

Review: The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil

This cute contemporary #LoveOzYA book did not disappoint me! I was lucky to receive a copy of this book in a goodie bag when I went to a session at the Melbourne Writer's Festival this year, which was pretty cool!

This is an adorable dual POV novel that features a 'nerd'- Sophia, and the 'shy guy'- Josh. I love how both were portrayed as outcasts in their Catholic secondary school environment, and how anxiety was a massive theme throughout the book.

I also adored the side characters- Elsie and Gilly, and they complement the main characters well, in this time of change for them, whilst they are finishing up their VCE (Victorian Certicate of Education)- I'm lead to believe that this was set in Melbourne, due to the mention of the University of Melbourne being a local university.

I found this book highly relatable, and I enjoyed reading this one!

Rating: 4/5

Review: Underdog, edited by Tobias Madden

A collection of deep, but short-and-sweet stories from debut authors. I throughly enjoyed how drawn into each story I was, even though they were short, and I love that it is Australia-centric, set both in near-future, and current times. The messages throughout were relevant to our current day and age.

Although I really loved all 12, I particularly loved Chemical Expression (Jes Layton), Meet and Great (Michael Earp), and Living Rose (Kaneanna May).

Rating: 4/5