Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

Crashing down by Kate McCaffrey reviewed by Jill Smith

Lucy is in year 12 and getting ready for her final exams. Party time, she is waiting for her boyfriend Carl to pick her up. Everything in her life is going well. She is certain she’ll get the grades she wants so she can go to Uni. Carl is a bit smothering and she thinks […]

Butterflies by Susanne Gervay reviewed by Jill Smith

http://www.sgervay.com Katherine is nearly eighteen and just wants to be like everyone else. She was severely burnt at age 3 and has undergone many operations to get her to where she is. Will she ever be able to wear her hair up? Should she put her head in a bag as one boy said in […]

Destroying Avalon by Kate McCaffrey reviewed by Jill Smith

http://www.katemccaffrey.com This is a book that gets to the heart of cyber bullying. Like the screech of nails down a blackboard (an old school analogy I know) the feeling of alienation, abuse and anxiety Avalon felt was palpable. I was worried from the first sentence, and screamed early on, ‘tell someone’. Her parents are teachers, […]

Upbeat-long February 24

Upbeat program

Upbeat is a new City Libraries program in support of positive mental health and wellbeing.

Gamers’ Quest Trilogy by George Ivanoff reviewed by Jill Smith

George clearly knows computer games and his target YA’s market. On his website he has some truly tempting book trailers for each book. Gamers’ Quest won a 2010 Chronos Award for speculative fiction, both Gamers’ Challenge and Gamers’ Rebellion are on the Victorian Premier’s and NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge booklists. Gamers’ Quest: Readers of this […]

Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel by Michael Gerard Bauer reviewed by Jill Smith

What a brilliant conclusion to Ishmael Leseur’s education. It starts with the ultimate let down, Kelly Faulkner saying farewell in an email, and the rest of the year looked like it would spiral down from there. Luckily for Ishmael he had his fab five friends to cheer him up. Razz was still the same madcap […]

The Spires of Kurrong by Malcom Wells reviewed by Jill Smith

Book Review By Jill Smith©Feb15 Title: The Spires of Kurrong Author: Macolm Wells Publisher: Morris Publishing Australia   Markus and Filona are in love. The story opens with the young lovers looking out over a precipice where they intend to jump to their deaths. Their liaison is prohibited in the domes he is the son […]

Tell the truth by Katherine Howell

Sadly, this is possibly the last in the Ella Marconi series by Katherine Howell. Howell has style of writing that keeps me hooked, it is pacey with clever storylines, although possibly a little repetitive. Surely there can’t be that many questionable paramedics in Sydney. And maybe for this reason the series is coming to an […]

50G February 19

In Defence of Bad Books

The parts of the internet I frequent hate the film of 50 Shades of Grey.

Stell prize logo February 16

The Stella Prize 2015 long list published

The Stella Prize Long List has been announced. Thanks to Sue over at Whispering Gums for reviewing them all. The Stella is an award for female Australia authors, regardless of genre. To make it easier to find the books, here are the Gold Coast Library Catalog links. Maxine Beneba Clarke’s Foreign Soil Emily Bitto’s The […]

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