REVIEW: The Summer of Secrets by Barbara Hannay

In brief: When Chloe find out her boyfriend is not the man she thought, she leaves Sydney for the small Queensland town of Burralea. Working on a small town newspaper with ex-foreign correspondent Finn turns out to be a lot more interesting than she first thought… The good: A delightful book of mystery, friendship and... Continue Reading →

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REVIEW: How to Be Famous by Caitlin Moran

In brief: The further adventures of Johanna Morrigan (aka Dolly Wilde) as a 19 year old music journalist in London. It's all about the music, friends and finding your way in a world that can be rather cruel. The good: The number of Oasis references in the first 30 pages and Jo/Dolly's wild, carefree attitude.... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

In brief: Kit used to be friends with Diane until Diane's confession ripped them apart. Now so close to the top of her profession, the last thing Kit needs is Diane to reappear in her life… The good: It's bold, raw, honest and utterly addictive. The not-so-good: Some of the reactions of the characters aren't... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

In brief: Sarah and Eddie meet in a small village and immediately go on to have the best week of their lives. But then Eddie doesn't call. Or text. Or email. Why is he ghosting Sarah? She's determined to find out. The good: A really interesting setup and big, big feels in this novel. The... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

In brief: Stella Lane is great at algorithms and her work, but thanks to her Asperger's, she sucks in the dating department. So the most logical thing to do is make a lesson plan and hire an escort to teach her. The good: Fun, sexy and sweet with great leading characters. The not-so-good: Umm…really can't... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: True Blue by Sasha Wasley

In brief: The second book in the Paterson Girls series focuses on Free, an artist, as she negotiates her first job teaching art to teenagers and falling in love. The good: Free really grew on me as a character. The not-so-good: Beth, you need redemption from your (presumably well-meaning) bossiness. Why I chose it: Loved... Continue Reading →

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