Review: Something Strange and Deadly



Author: Susan Dennard

Series: Something Strange and Deadly (book 1)

Rating: 3 stars

Genre: Steampunk with Zombies

Synopsis: There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. . . .

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.

Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper:

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor . . . from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

How I got this book: Borrowed from Library

Release Date: July 24, 2012

The Short Version:

Overall, it was a good book…I just didn’t like it all that much.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

The lovely Sophie from Fangirling101Books has nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! (Thank you!)

The Rules

Anyone who has seen me do a tag knows that I rarely follow the rules, but let’s take a look at them anyway:

1.Thank the person who nominated you in the blog post. (check)
2. Answer the 11 questions set by the person who nominated you. (see below)
3. Nominate 11 blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer (Urgh…effort)

The Questions

1. First chapter book you can remember reading or being read?

Geez, way to start with a tough one…maybe The Jewel Kingdom books? I dunno.

2. What was the show you watched as a kid like dora, wiggles, barney ect?

Hmm…We (my brother and I) watched a lot of Pokémon.

And The Teletubbies. Loved those things.

3. What Mythological creature would you be?

A dragon. Obviously.


4. Favorite super hero and favorite villain?

Oooh, this is a tough one.

I feel it’s necessary to point out that my entire experience with super heroes comes in the form of Marvel Movies.

Although I have seen Batman vs Superman. And that old Batman movie with Adam West.

I don’t really have a favourite, though.

5. If you could teleport to any country (even the imaginary ones) where would you go?

England. That’s where the Harry Potter studios are.

6. Just out of pure randomness. When you go to the loo do you fold or scrunch?

Excellent question.


As I said in Q4, my entire experience of super heroes involves Marvel movies…and some Batman.


So, yeah, I would say that I don’t really have enough information to make a proper judgment.

8. Favorite Taylor swift song, Favorite Ed sheran song and favorite Adelle song?

I’m sorry, do you honestly expect me to choose a favourite Taylor Swift song?

And I don’t listen to Ed Sheran or Adele.

9. What is your least favourite number? And do you like even or odd?

Least favourite number…hmm…I don’t think I have one.

I’m a maths nerd, I love ALL numbers.


10. Do you Associate any songs with books or books with songs and what is the song?

Always. Too many to list. And I often associate songs with what I’m writing.

11. What weapon would you take in the hunger games and who would be your allies? (Either games)

*Growls at the difficult question*

I nominate:

Cait, from Paper Fury
Brett, from Brett Michael Orr
Maddie, from PasoMaddie
Renee, from Book Boyfriends
Angel, from Angel Reads
Michelle, from The Writing Hufflepuff
Kara, from Diary of a Teen Writer
Holly, from The Foxes Hideaway
Chiara, from Delicate Eternity
Maddie, from The Girly Geek
…and anyone else who wants to answer these questions:

1. Favourite Icecream Flavour?

2. How do you prefer your water?
A) Room temperature (from the tap)
B) Room temperature with ice cubes in it
C) Refrigerated
D) Other

3. Mac or PC?

4. Do you get annoyed when people say “[this book] is the next [popular book]”?

5. It’s Christmas eve. You hear a noise, so you go searching and discover Santa Claus leaving presents under the tree. Turns out he’s real. What do you do?

6. Do you like sports?

7. You are going away for a weekend. Do you pack:
A) Only a couple of clothes, it’s only for a weekend after all
B) Enough clothes to last a month, you won’t know what you feel like wearing when you get there
C) Practically your entire wardrobe, the weather could do anything…

8. If you could afford it, which book/book series would you own every possible edition of?

9. What’s your method for writing a blog post? (eg/ Do you schedule/draft posts, or do you just write and post)?

10. How long have you known your best friend?

11. Have you enjoyed answering these questions?

Series Review: Heartland



Author: Lauren Brooke

Rating: 4 stars

Genre: Contemporary

Series Synopsis (found on goodreads): This powerful series follows Amy Fleming through the loss of her mother and her struggle to continue the work at Heartland-a refuge for abused and abandoned horses.

The Short Version:

Twenty. Books.


I don’t usually read series this long, but since I could read 2-3 books each day (one on the train ride TO uni, one on the train ride FROM uni and then sometimes another when I got home), I decided it would be worthwhile.

I was not mistaken.

I can definitely see why 12-year old Cassie loved these books.

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March ended, I didn’t notice…


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So…it’s been April for a while now…and here’s me realising that I haven’t done my monthly recap for March yet…


happenings in March

YA Squad Tour:

The YA Squad Tour happened, and it was ever so much fun.

Even though I was late…as usual.

Look at all the pretty books I got:

YA Squad 2016


Despite posting TWO posts (Jan AND Feb wrap up) about how I was going to be around more regularly, that still hasn’t happened.

This is largely due to the fact that this semester at uni I have 2-3 assignments due every week, with an occasional other assignment thrown in. So, I am quite busy at the moment. (Though at this very moment I’m about to go on a two week break, so I have two weeks to breathe…and then I have 1 major assignment and 2 mid-sem tests first week back *dies*).

That said, I think this is the most fun I’ve ever had at uni. I’m doing Group Theory (it’s a maths thing) and it is SO AWESOME! Also, topology (another maths thing) is pretty awesome as well.

To sum up, uni is awesome, but I have so many assignments that I don’t have time to procrastinate…which is when my blogging would usually happen.

BUT the plan is to write up a heap of posts during this two week break (because, let’s be honest here, I won’t be studying), so that things can keep happening on the blog while this is me:



Books Bought:

Books Bought Mar 2016-a

Rebel of the Sands, by Alwyn Hamilton
The Sidekicks, by Will Kostakis
Frankie, by Shivaun Plozza
The Things I Didn’t Say, by Kylie Fornasier

Books Won:

Books Won Mar 16b

(From AngelReads)
Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club, by Alison Goodman
Demon Road, by Derek Landy

Books Read:

Books Read 2016

Rebel of the Sands, by Alwyn Hamilton
Heartland (9-20), by Lauren Brooke
The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves, by Maggie Stiefvater
Something Strange and Deadly, by Susan Dennard

So…that was my March. Better late than never, right? Seriously, though, when it says in the title that I didn’t realise that March ended, it was completely true. I don’t know what day of the week it is…I haven’t known for 6 weeks. I don’t have any brain capacity beyond “this assignment is due either today or tomorrow, so I should work on it”.

How was your March?

Movie Review: Allegiant (Spoiler Free…ish)



Fun Facts: So, I wasn’t actually planning on seeing this movie.

I know, shocking.

I had enjoyed Divergent/Insurgent, but after the ending of Insurgent, I wasn’t overly fussed on seeing Allegiant.

And then Kinokuniya offered free tickets to the preview screening, and suddenly going didn’t seem like such a bad idea.

So I went, I saw, and now I have opinions for you to read.

(Note: when I went I met up with Sass, Elspeth, Sam and Claire…also, my sister came with me)

How I got tickets: Kinokuniya Australia (thank you!)

Release Date (Aus): April 14, 2015 (today)

The Short Version:

I think the main reason I enjoyed this movie as much as I did was because I was sitting next to people who enjoyed poking fun at it as much as I did.

And we poked SO much fun.

For example, this was David:


But really, the movie wasn’t actually as bad as I was expecting.

I am aware that the heading of this review says spoiler free…ish, but if you want to go into the movie completely blind I would suggest that you stop reading here.

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Review: Rebel of the Sands


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Author: Alwyn Hamilton

Series: Rebel of the Sands (Book 1)

Rating: 5 stars

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: “Tell me that and we’ll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that’s how you want your story to go and we’ll write it straight across the sand.”

Dustwalk is Amani’s home. The desert sand is in her bones. But she wants to escape. More than a want. A need.

Then a foreigner with no name turns up to save her life, and with him the chance to run. But to where? The desert plains are full of danger. Sand and blood are swirling, and the Sultan’s enemies are on the rise.

How I got this book: Bought (Because THAT COVER guys)

Release Date: February 4, 2016

Buy this book: Book Depository | Bookworld | Booktopia

The Short Version:


Everyone needs to go buy this book…NOW!

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I’m Back…again…for reals this time


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So, at the beginning of February I said that I was back from my break.

As it turns out, I lied.

Sorry about that.

But I am actually back this time, I promise.

So, what happened in February?

Books were bought:

Books Bought

Hate is Such a Strong Word, by Sarah Ayoub
Visions trilogy, by Lisa McMann
Every Breath, by Ellie Marney
Wolf by Wolf, by Ryan Graudin
Heartland (1,2,4), by Lauren Brooke
Time Lord Fairy Tales, by Justin Richards

Books were read:

Books Read

Space Demons, by Gillian Rubenstein (reread)
Heartland (books 1-8), by Lauren Brooke (rereads)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, by Seth Grahame-Smith

Lambington the Second was born


His birth happened right outside my bedroom window…at 6am…

We called him ‘the second’ because it sounded better, not because there is a Lambington the First.

I had a birthday


As always, I got a valentines day cake from woolies…it had the word ‘Love’ written on it, so as I cut the cake I was yelling “DESTROY THE LOVE”.

It was a great day.

So, what’s going to happen in March

As I said earlier, I had fully intended on starting back blogging regularly at the beginning of February.

Evidently, that didn’t happen.

And uni starts back today, so I’m going to be super-super-busy (two third-year maths subjects *shudders*), but that also means PROCRASTINATION!

Which means more blogging.


I’m BACK!!!


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So, three weeks ago, I said I was taking a one week break that was possibly going to turn into a two week break.

I honestly didn’t expect it to become a three week break, but here we are.


So…what happened in January?

The YA Book meet was on again at Dymocks, this time talking about historical YA books.


Picture taken by Emily

Then I, along with the other youth group leaders at my church, went to NextGen16, which is a week long conference all about how to become better youth leaders. It’s a pretty fun week.

After getting back from NextGen, we went to visit my grandparents who live in QLD, and we spent a week there. The week mostly consisted of shopping and playing Rummy, but we did also go to Movie World, which was fun.

Movie World

And last week was the book launch for Yellow, by Megan Jacobson.


And that was pretty much my January. I also have my uni timetable now, and this semester is looking pretty full-on, so don’t expect to see me around much, though I will do my best to post whenever I can.

Confession time

I was going to mention the books I read in January, but then I realised…I didn’t read any.

Like, I let an ENTIRE month go by, and I haven’t read a single book.

So, instead of talking about the books I read, I decided I should examine the reasons (*cough*onlyreason*cough*) I didn’t get any reading done.


As those who follow me on twitter may be aware, I recently discovered the TV show Heartland. I read the books that this TV show is based on back when I was 12/13, and while I can’t really remember anything that happens in the books, I do remember loving them, so when I discovered that there was a TV show, I had to watch it.

I then discovered that the show is already half way through season 9.

Three weeks later, and I have completely caught up (which is even more impressive when you realise that I couldn’t watch any of it for the 5 days I was at NextGen), and I’ve now gone back to the beginning and am rewatching the whole thing.

So, no, I haven’t really had the time/motivation to do any reading.

However, I did buy stuff

I bought four books in January, which I am quite impressed with.


This Shattered World, by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Their Fractured Light, by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Passenger, by Alexandra Bracken
Yellow, by Megan Jacobson

So…that was my January. One month of 2016 gone. How was yours?

A Temporary Farewell

Hey guys,

So, I will be disappearing until probably next Monday. If I’m lucky.

Otherwise, this is going to be a two week break and I have little or no posts scheduled.

I will still be on twitter for most of this time, but this blog will become mostly inactive for a bit.

To recap: I’m taking a week off, unless circumstances make me take two weeks off.



Review: Thicker than Water



Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Series: Unknown

Rating: 4.5 stars

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis: On his own

Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…

How I got this book: Sent from publisher (THANK YOU Allen & Unwin)

Release Date: January 4, 2016

The Short Version:

I absolutely loved it.

Even though I didn’t realise it was supposed to be paranormal until about half way, when the paranormal elements revealed themselves. And then the paranormal elements seemed a little under-developed.

It also seemed to set up for a sequel, though I have seen no news of a sequel.

Also, I feel the need to point out that the synopsis seems to be for an almost completely different book…

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