The Rose & the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh


“It was because they were two parts of a whole. He did not belong to her. And she did not belong to him. It was never about belonging to someone. It was about belonging together.” – The Rose & The Dagger

Book 2 of The Wrath and The Dawn – 4 stars!

Epic and a great ending to the love story of Shazi and Khalid. After reading The Wrath and The Dawn, I was really interested and excited to read the final book and see where it all leads. Without giving away any spoilers, all I can say is that the ending is filled with emotion, twists after twists and a captivating retelling of Arabian Nights. I enjoyed the plot, the sharp biting dialogue between the characters and the magic weaved throughout the story really shined through in this final book. Recommend if you have enjoyed the first book, like strong characters, magic, plot twists and thought-provoking dialogue.

– NJ

The Diet Starts on Monday by Tamar Chnorhokian


Blog Duet by Amanda and Annie – both rating this sweet book 4 stars

“Finding True Love Will Taste So Sweet”
Zara is size 22 – has a secret crush on the hottest boy in school who happens to have a skinny girlfriend – Zara hangs out with her best friends Carmelina and Max and she learns some of life’s hard lessons when she puts these friendships on the line and goes on a diet to win the boy of her dreams..

This book transported me back to high school. The emotions in this book are authentic and I found myself experiencing Zara’s emotions along with her. Set in Western Sydney, it was a real treat to be able to recognise all the places and streets mentioned in the story. I also liked how diverse the characters in the book where, which is an accurate representation of Australia. This book will make you feel a range of emotions and explores a range of issues self esteem to finding out who your true friends are. It’s always a pleasure to read an Australian story and in particular, one that discusses important issues.

This YA Contemporary read keeps it real.. I laughed, I cringed.. I was wrapped in this story an read it in only 2 days!!! It was interesting to see that this book focused on other youth issues that do not get a lot of attention – body image and weight obsession. The teenage years are a difficult time in our lives and many books have demonstrated the challenges teens face from socio-economic to cultural differences however this book follows the story of Zara who invests her time into losing the weight she feels is needed to get the boy of her dreams who incidentally – already has a girlfriend. While reading this, I kept thinking.. WHY!? if you want to lose weight – do it for yourself not for a guy!!! What I liked most about this book was the structure.. In the beginning, it doesn’t delve into a plot line straight away, it takes you through getting to know each character and how so well defined each person is. The dialogue was quite funny and it was a lot of fun reading a book that’s set in places I recognised – Western Suburbs of Sydney!!!

Read3r’z Re-Vu recently hosted a session with theme “Snack Time” that allowed members to review a book of their choosing that related to snacks or a favourite book they remembered reading whilst enjoying their favourite snack (or crave their favourite snack). The author of this book, the lovely Tamar Chnorhokian joined us as our special guest author. We want to extend our special thanks to Tamar for taking the time to talk to us about her journey to publishing her debut novel and for the great stories she shared with us!
Tamar, we hope to see you again one day soon!!!

Your Body Belongs to You by Cornelia Spelman – Illustrated by Teri Weidner


5 stars and highly recommended for children aged 2 years and up

A gentle and empowering read about touch.

I found this book on a parenting website recommending this to children from ages 2 years and up. I really enjoyed how this book illustrated lots of love and affection while slightly making it clear that it’s always OK to say “NO” when you do not feel comfortable with being touch – even if it’s just saying no to an unwanted hug.

Written positively and structured in a simple yet reassuring way with wonderful illustrations, I found it caught the eye of my toddler and I highly recommend this to all parents to read to their children.



Disruption by Jessica Shirvington


An addictive – Suspenseful – 5 star read that leaves you on the edge of your seat!!!

 Imagine a society which is controlled by a corporate giant that is working like a government to control the population by forcing them to wear a band that gives you a compatibility rating.. A band that could even identify your perfect match.. A band that can pick up a rating when you walk past a complete stranger, however, it’s a system that’s so controlled, it could work against you or even rip a loved one away from you…

Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bands promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it. Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loves most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it. Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer – heir to the M-Corp empire – has become key to Maggie’s plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for? In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking… (synopsis taken from

This book is real world with a dystopian vibe.. A fantastic read I just could NOT put down.. Gripping from page one to a cliff-hanger ending that can hold you for awhile yet make you so anxious for the second and final instalment “Corruption”


Footloose: Bonus CD! “Footloose” performed by Kenny Loggins, illustrated by Tim Bowers


A funky 5 stars!!!

“Everybody’s gotta cut loose.. Footloose!!”

This would have to be one of the funkiest picture books I’ve ever read!!!
Who remembers “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins in the 80’s?? Well on October 26, the kids corner of bookstores will be hit with this amazing picture book where the No.1 hit Footloose has been re-written for children!!

Beautifully illustrated by Tim Bowers, this visual feast of a story is set in a zoo where animals wait for all the visitors to go home so they can then.. cut loose.. footloose!!! It’s such a fun read as it comes with a bonus cd, what I like to call a “Footloose” revival!! Singer Kenny Loggins re-sings “Footloose” and readers can read/sing along as the lyrics tell the story throughout the picture book.. You meet some awesome characters like Louise – the rocking chimp.. DJ Elephant and Milo the Wombat.. Don’t think I’ve ever danced along while reading a book before.. Such a great picture book suitable younger readers and fun for the whole family..

Many thanks to Allen & Unwin Publishers for sending me an Advance Review Copy in exchange for my honest review

Broken Sky by L.A Weatherly


A unique read I rated 4 stars

Unique – Action Packed – Intricate

Imagine a dystopian world set in the 1940’s where peace fighters flew planes in “tournaments” for oil and natural resources and this perfect world where war is illegal and everyone lives by Astrology where your star sign dictates your destiny, however, in this perfect world of harmony, the world is in fact broken and you just can’t trust anyone. When I first read this, the prologue really gripped me into the book and set up a great mystery that kept me turning the page as I really wanted to know what happened next. Following the prologue, it took me into a whole new world with a step by step, intricate story that developed into a cliffhanger. I really want to read the sequel sooner rather than later!

A book that is action packed full of mystery and epic backstory that shapes a very unique world, I highly recommend this to fans of dystopia Young Adult books.

Many thanks to Harper Collins Publishers for sending me a review copy in exchange for my honest review.


Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige


An interesting concept I would like 3.5-4 out of 5 stars

A creative story line that made me think “Girl Interrupted” meets “Frozen” or “The Snow Queen”. The story starts in a mental asylum, where the protagonist, 17 year old Snow, believes she’s a menace to herself and possibly others however she slowly learns that it may not be a mental instability she is suffering but a power she possesses that’s being suppressed by those who are responsible for her. Trapped in the walls of Whittaker Institute, day by day Snow just feels she really does not belong there – she’s experiencing strange dreams and mysterious unexplainable events until one night, an orderly comes to her with an opportunity for self discovery and she has to decide whether to stay in this high security mental asylum or embark on a new adventure that could be the key to her life and possible gifts. 

The prologue captured my attention very quickly and as the story commenced, it was intriguing however I found part way through the plot appeared to be put on pause as Snow was going through her self discovery. Although I read mixed reviews on this book, I personally didn’t think it was a bad read at all. The mystery of who she is and other characters she meets keeps you turning the page.

This book is now available in stores.. Many thanks to Bloomsbury Publishers for sending me an Advance Review Copy in exchange for my honest review.