When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Read3rz Re-Vu

The next “Looking for Alibrandi” – will become a Modern Australian Classic – A book EVERY Australian MUST read!!
Amazing – Mind Blowing – 5 STAR READ!!!

This book is YA Contemporary Fiction from the brilliant, Randa Abdel-Fattah – an author of whom I have the greatest respect – she is such an inspiration to me and I love that she’s written this book. This book explores important issues that a lot of young Australians are facing in today. I can see this book becoming classroom reads for English HSC students. I had the pleasure of doing a read along for this book with another author, friend Shivaun Plozza (author of Frankie)

“When Michael Met Mina” is so relevant to today’s current climate, not only does this book explore immigration and refugees, it also explores Islamaphobia that unfortunately exists in today’s society. By following 2 teens: Michael and Mina, it drives a…

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The Syndicate by Sophie Davis

Timewaves #1

An unmissable, whimsical fun read…4.5 Stars!

“We have a novel to find, a rogue runner to locate, and a killer to stop. I’d say our dance card is pretty full at the moment.” – Stassi

If you love interesting, fun characters and time travel, you’re going to devour The Syndicate. It’s a captivating story of friendship, the glamorous 1920s, humour, thriller and history. It had me laughing out loud from the fantastic, tongue in cheek dialogue while being at the edge of my seat from the gripping plot. You will fall in love with the characters so much that it’ll be like reading about your best friends. I particularly liked Stassi and Gaige’s enviable friendship and hilarious bantering. It is also refreshing to read a story with a platonic male & female friendship/partnership without it becoming a romantic relationship. However, If you’re a romance-genre fan, don’t worry, there is an old school romance component to the story that is beautiful and charmingly executed! Plenty of heart warming moments and action.

Stassi is a loveable, whimsical character and no push over; Gaige is absolutely hilarious and the best kind of literary friend. I highly recommend this book if you want a fun read with lots of giggles and characters you can fall in love with. The duo authors (pseudonym Sophie Davis) are amazing writers, I wished I had discovered them sooner. Looking forward to book 2!

Quick Synopsis:
Stassi and Gaige are thieves from the future (year 2446) going undercover and time travel to steal artefacts from the past for the syndicate. They must go back to the glamorous, debonair period of the 1920s to steal the manuscript of a well known author, however their journey becomes a race against time to out-smart a serial killer, save each other and uncover a secret past…

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– NJ

Hate is Such a Strong Word by Sarah Ayoub

I hate being invisible.

I hate that I still can′t fight my own battles.

I hate that I can′t keep up with the demands of high school.
-quote from “Hate is such a Strong Word”

 

My thoughts – BRILLIANT 5 STAR BOOK!!

This book tells the story of Sophie. Australian born to Lebanese parents, she felt trapped between to cultures and boggled with expectations. Although I am not of the same culture or faith as Sophie, I saw so much of myself in her – her beliefs, how she felt about cultural identity, her apprehension about cultural community involvement and her passion to be independent – not just from friends and community but from her family and their expectations of her. We are both advocates of having your own say about your own life rather than existing to fulfil other people’s fantasies for fear of being labelled rebellious.

A lovely coming of age story that explores cultural diversity in Australia and the curse of racism/reverse racism that exists among the community and even in public schools. It was quite exciting to have the author contact me personally after reviewing this on Goodreads.com. It was even more exciting to have Sarah join Read3r’z Re-Vu as our special guest author!!!

I recommend this to all Aussie YA fans – very insightful!!

In the last week, Sarah released her new book: The Yearbook Committee it’s on the to read pile so a review will be posted soon!!!

-Annie

 

 

 

Dark Deceit by Lauren Dawes

Dark series #1…4 stars!

Recommended for lovers of urban fantasy, paranormal romance and Norse mythology. Lots of action, fast paced plot, intensely dangerous characters, and an interesting back story. This story involves modern day Norse gods and goddesses battling it out on Earth after their fall. Loyalties are tested and the plot thickens as Odin, Loki and the Valkyries fight for vengeance, blood and love. I liked the idea of imperfect gods/goddesses, a fresh take on Norse mythology and the over encompassing love story between Bryn and Korvain, which is both seductive and intense. Will love be the death of duty?

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Book 2 – Dark Desire

Book 3 – Dark Devotion released on 25 Feb 2016!

– NJ