Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime by Lisa Harvey-Smith, illustrated by Mel Matthews

Want to take a fun and educational journey throughout our night sky?

Explore our solar system from the comfort of your cozy bedroom… Find out why the sky is blue… Fly around a black hole and peer inside! Learn why Jupiter has stripes…

I was first intrigued by this book because I read that an actual astrophysicist wrote it so I knew this book was going to be beneficial as well as fun to read. Having read this with a young audience, I found it quite exciting and clever how the author approached mysteries of outer space. The illustrations were beautiful and I see this book to be an ideal gift for children ages 6 and up or for curious adults such as myself.

With special thanks to Melbourne University Press for sending me a copy of this book for review.
-Annie

Unrivalled by Alyson Noel

Suspenseful – Page Turner – Addictive – Gripping
5 stars
Available in Leading Book Retailers: May 2016

I really wasn’t sure what to make of this when I first started reading but after the first few pages, I was glued to this book! An easy read and a suspenseful page turner.. I particularly liked how the main characters we end up following more closely are so well defined in the beginning of the book. The reader will get to know their personalities, the character’s ultimate goals and there is even a slight backstory for each character before they come together to compete in the Unrivalled Nightlife Competition.  What makes the story more interesting is how they come together for reasons beyond the competition. This story leads you to believe it’s just about the night club life only to throw you when a spanner is thrown into the works.. You will feel the suspense, the drama, the betrayal and you see people’s worst nightmares come true.. A great read I can see this becoming a TV series with a cliffhanger that leaves you gaping and even a little frustrated with what happens with a character you started to soften on (lol) I’m left hanging for the second instalment now!!!

Special thanks to Harper Collins Publishers for sending me an Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

Full synopsis of Unrivalled

-Annie