Category: Reviews

  • Kit McBride Gets A Wife: Novel Review

    Kit McBride Gets A Wife: Novel Review

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Amy Barry Publisher: Simon & Schuster RRP: $22.99 Release Date: 3 April 2024 “Well, spit. How was Junebug to know flour was flammable?” Teenage Junebug McBride has had enough of cooking and cleaning for her ungrateful older brothers in the isolated Buck’s Creek, Montana. So, when she is asked to…

  • Serengotti: Novel Review

    Serengotti: Novel Review

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Eugen Bacon Publisher: Transit Lounge RRP: $32.99 Release Date: 1 August 2023 “Normality is gratis, not sacred. One can ignore it but can never fully dispense with it. Subconsciously it may linger, consciously it does not distract.” (Eugen Bacon) Once in a while, a novel comes along that challenges not…

  • I’ll Let Myself In: Non-Fiction Review

    I’ll Let Myself In: Non-Fiction Review

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Hannah Diviney Publisher: Allen & Unwin RRP: $32.99 Release Date: 12 September 2023 “My hamstrings and calves are pulled tight, like a bowstring right before you release an arrow. Except there is no arrow. Ever.” (Hannah Diviney) What if an unfortunate accident or medical miscalculation changed the entire course of…

  • Blackwater: Novel Review

    Blackwater: Novel Review

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Jacqueline Ross Publisher: AffirmPress RRP: $32.99 Published: 30 May 2023 “Dear House, We are a very bad family and don’t deserve you. Please help us and keep us safe. I am so sorry.” (Jacqueline Ross) How much do you know about the past of the person you share your life…

  • When Ghosts Call Us Home: Novel Review

    When Ghosts Call Us Home: Novel Review

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Katya De Becerra Publisher: Macmillan RRP: $22.99 Release Date: 26 September 2023 “There’s a split in my head, a demarcation line drawn between my year with Layla at Cashore and everything that came after.” (Katya De Becerra) Sometimes, we need to go back to the place of our nightmares to…

  • This Could Be Everything: Novel Review

    This Could Be Everything: Novel Review

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Eva Rice Publisher: Simon & Schuster RRP: $32.99 Release Date: 22 March 2023 “The way through was by moving, by keeping moving, by waking up and stepping onto hard pavements and walking and walking. It felt logical. Movement was a solution of sorts, a way of getting through the days.”…

  • Henry VIII’s True Daughter – Catherine Carey, A Tudor Life: Nonfiction Review

    Henry VIII’s True Daughter – Catherine Carey, A Tudor Life: Nonfiction Review

      Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Wendy J Dunn Publisher Pen & Sword Books RRP: $70.00AU Release Date: 30 November 2023 “Many close to court suspected that Mary Boleyn’s two oldest children were fathered by not her husband but the king.” With multiple books, movies and television shows, one could be forgiven for thinking they…

  • Things She Would Have Said Herself: Novel Review 

    Things She Would Have Said Herself: Novel Review 

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Catherine Therese Publisher: Hachette RRP: $32.99 Release Date: 29 March 2023 “There was no greater mystery to Leslie Bird, aside from Sydney real estate, than her own children.” Catherine Therese Look close enough, and every family has a Leslie Bird. What if you said all those wild thoughts and opinions…

  • Her Sunburnt Country: Nonfiction Review 

    Her Sunburnt Country: Nonfiction Review 

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Deborah FitzGerald Publisher: Simon & Schuster RRP: $55.00 Release Date: 30 August 2023 “I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror The wide brown land…

  • My Summer Collection: Movie Reviews

    By Jilliean Soison For me, when I think of Summer, I think of childhood memories wrapped in the golden hues of nostalgia. It’s waking up at 7 AM, a bowl of cereal in one hand and a Foxtel remote on the other, watching Disney reruns before my parents eventually came downstairs to ruin my peace!…

  • Bee Miles: Non-Fiction Review.

    Bee Miles: Non-Fiction Review.

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Rose Ellis Publisher: Allen&Unwin RRP: $34.99 Release Date: 29 August 2023 “Bee Miles always maintained that she didn’t want to be known, even though she lived most of her life under a public spotlight.” Rose Ellis Quirky, intelligent and interesting characters litter Australian history, many of whom have faded into…

  • Sleepless in Stringybark Bay : Novel Review

    Sleepless in Stringybark Bay : Novel Review

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Susan Duncan Publisher: Allen & Unwin RRP: $32.99 Release Date: 29 August 2023 “Sam shook his head. As far as he could judge, there were three people fit enough to survive a couple of years of boats, storms and offshore living. The others were casualties waiting to happen.” Susan Duncan…

  • Writely or Wrongly: Non-Fiction Review

    Writely or Wrongly: Non-Fiction Review

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Joanne Anderson with Illustrations by Matt Golding Publisher: Murdoch Books RRP: $29.99 Release Date: 3 October 2023 “This book is about playing nicely by current conventions of standard English. It contains myth-dismantling, a dash of historical context, a writing tip here and there, and a confusion-removal service.” (Joanne Anderson) Do…

  • Seriously Red: Movie Review

    Seriously Red: Movie Review

    Review by: Stacey O’Carroll   Director: Gracie Otto Writer: Krew Boylan Available: iTunes, Fetch, Amazon Prime, Google Play, Telstra TV Box Office.   “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” Dolly Parton.   What do Dolly Parton, Celeste Barber, and wigs have in common? They all appear in director Gracie Otto’s new Australian film Seriously…

  • Spent: Game Review

    Spent: Game Review

    Review by: Alex Hatzidakis   Release: February 2011 Platforms: Mobile and browser Developers: McKinney & Urban Ministries of Durham (UMD) Urban Ministries of Durham serves over 6,000 people every year. But you’d never need help, right? Prove it! Accept the challenge! Durham, with a population of 300 060¹, sits in the Tar Heel state of North…