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Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier

In case you weren’t convinced by my previous ranting, the amazing Ebony at The Hundred Book Project has allowed me to reblog her wonderful review of Shadowfell and her Q&A with Juliet Marillier.

Ebony’s review expresses exactly what I love about Marillier’s writing and Shadowfell. Given my goal to make everyone read this book, I just couldn’t help but share it! 🙂

Click below to read Ebony’s fantastic review of this amazing novel! Many, many, many thanks to Ebony for allowing me to reblog this!

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(Semi)Book Review: Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier

Rating: 4.5/5

As a MASSIVE Juliet Marillier fan I feel privileged to live in Australia as it means I was able to buy her newest book Shadowfell earlier in the month (apologies to US fans who have to wait until September!). And I devoured it. I would have posted about reading it earlier, but I’ve been busy recovering from the book-hangover it induced.

It is marketed as a young adult novel, but I would argue (and my mother would agree!) that Shadowfell is the kind of book everyone can enjoy, no matter their age.  I really enjoyed this novel – in particular the main character Neryn and Flint, and the Good Folk who surround them. As usual, Marillier’s novel is brilliantly crafted and entirely gripping. aplaceformorethoughts

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I don’t normally reblog other people’s posts… but I really admire Christopher Ruz and it’s great to read about his writing process – and his plans for what might happen later! A great interview with a great writer. 🙂

The Metanautics Department

One of the fringe benefits of doing reviews is that if I come across a book that I really like, I may have the chance to speak to the author and do a little information gathering from a fan’s perspective. So, I’m going to kick off a series of “book-based” interviews with Christopher Ruz, author of the recently-reviewed Century of Sand. Christopher is in Australia and I’m on the East Coast of the USA, but thanks to the wonders of Skype we were able to talk in real time and inject a little spontaneity into the proceedings.

Warning: as the title states, this interview contains many spoilers for Century of Sand. So, you’d better hurry up and finish it before you read onward…

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Shelf Life – Nikki Gemmell

I found this delightful article on libraries in The Australian magazine over the weekend. I thought it beautifully described libraries and their place in society and just had to share it!

This is by far my favourite quote from the article, captures my feelings almost exactly!

Libraries are embracing the cool factor; they’re becoming sexy sanctuaries of thought that force you to pause in the mad rush of life.

Click the link below to read this fabulous article!

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June Short Reviews

It’s strange to look back and realise that my entire reading list for last month was fantasy books. I read a fantastic darker fantasy novel – unlike anything I’d read before, most of a young-adult fantasy series with elements of adventure, steampunk and alternate history, and a series of fantasy books that defy their placement as young-adult novels (more on that later!).

Featured this month:

  • Century of Sand – Christopher Ruz

The Graceling Realm series – Kristin Cashore

  • Graceling
  • Fire
  • Bitterblue

The Laws of Magic series – Michael Pryor

  • Blaze of Glory
  • Heart of Gold
  • Word of Honour
  • Time of Trial

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