Bound to Survive (The Magic Within) (Volume 1) - Todd Barselow, Sharon L. Gibbs, Barbra Leslie

Bound to Survive by Sharon Gibbs is the first book in the The Magic Within series. It follows the story of Christopher on his journey to becoming a wizard.


I absolutely loved this story. Sharon does a fantastic job of creating characters that are engaging. I would have liked more world building, but overall, this story is great. I can’t wait to read the second book in this series.


I won this book in a giveaway, and was gifted a copy from the author. All opinions are my own.

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My Review of Ill Will


Ill Will - Dan Chaon

Ill Will by Dan Chaon is a story that revolves around a family tragedy. That’s all I could ascertain from this story. I couldn’t get into the whole book being back-story. There was a lot of sexual situations. Way too many for my taste. The story was, for me, hard to follow most of the time. I had to read quite a bit of the chapter to find out whose point of view I was reading. The ending didn’t reveal any true insight into the story, or have a real conclusion. I received a copy of this book through Netgalley, and all opinions are my own.

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From Sudan to Australia: YA Novel Trouble Tomorrow

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trouble tomorrow Trouble Tomorrow by Terry Whitebeach & Sarafino Enadio.  Published by Allen & Unwin, 25th January 2017.  RRP: $16.99

Given the current global refugee crisis, it is more important than ever that we hear stories of people who have been forced to leave their homes, and YA novel Trouble Tomorrow by Terry Whitebeach and Sarafino Enadio is an absorbing and eye-opening addition to this canon of literature.  We received a copy from Allen & Unwin Australia for review and here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Based on a true story, this compelling novel tells an incredible tale of courage, resilience and hope, about a Sudanese boy who survives civil war, a treacherous journey and many years in a refugee camp before finding peace.

Obulejo dreams he is standing by the stream with his friend Riti, hauling in spangled tilapia fish, one after the other … Tat-tat-tat-tat! Brrrmm! Rrrrr! Ul-lu-lu-lu-lah! Obulejo slams awake…

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Picture Book Perusal: There is a Tribe of Kids…

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If you are as much a fan of wordplay and wordishness as we are here on the Shelf, you should definitely seek out a copy of Lane Smith’s There is a Tribe of Kids.  We were lucky enough to receive a review copy from PanMacmillan Australia, who are publishing the title here in April, and here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Did you ever want to waddle with a colony of penguins? Wriggle with an army of caterpillars? Or march with a troop of monkeys?

Lane Smith takes us on a colourful adventure through the natural world, following a child as he weaves through the jungle, dives under the ocean and soars into the sky. Along the way he makes friends and causes mischief with a dazzling array of creatures both large and small – but can he find a tribe of his own?

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It was the stark white-blue…

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Guest Post: Beatrice Beecham & Dave Jeffery

Guest Post: Beatrice Beecham & Dave Jeffery


A guest post today, and the launch day of a new BEATRICE BEECHAM book from a good pal and a great writer, Dave Jeffery. 

Here is the gen, from Dave in his own words.   Make him happy. Buy his book. And share this far and wide. 

First of all, I’d like to thank Willie for inviting me along to talk about my new novel Beatrice Beecham’s Cryptic Crypt, released on 3rd March through Crystal Lake Publishing. Anyone who reads Willie’s work will already know that he is a rare breed in terms of talent, but I would say this tenet extends to his support for other authors. This guest blog is testament to such a claim. So thank you, kind sir!

dj-promo-image-5Well, what is the Beatrice Beecham series all about?

On a very basic level it is about fun and danger and mystery. It is about blending those…

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