Wonder by R.J. Palacio

I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

Hey! Heres' my review.

A down to earth and realistic exploration into living with a physical disability told from multiple perspectives. I loved how this book made me feel empathetic rather than sympathetic towards each of the characters. Life can be tough for a kid who has a physical deformity, but it can also be tough for their friends and family. Each of the perspectives had a distinctly different voice, which was enhanced by the audiobook narrator. I'd been planning to read this for ages and I'm glad I finally made the time.

  • Where: Audible
  • Format: audiobook

The Shock of Survival by Nicole Field

In the wake of the final battle against The Oppressor, Benedict, Ophelia and Dylan face their magical community in triumph. But that triumph rapidly loses its shine as they realise the war is not so easily left behind. Returning to, and relearning, the lives they had before proves to be more difficult than even they had anticipated.

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I enjoyed this exploration of what happens after the big magical war has been won. The reintegration into everyday life and the characters working out where they fit now. Full of magic with a smattering of romance, a unique story in a unique setting.

  • Where: Netgalley
  • Format: ebook

The Great Chocoplot by Chris Callaghan

Jelly and her family live in Chompton-on-de-Lyte, where everyone loves a Chocablocka bar or two. So when the end of chocolate is announced, she can't believe it. Determined to investigate, Jelly and her gran follow a trail of clues to a posh chocolate shop and its owner, the pompous Garibaldi Chocolati. Gari's suspiciously smug, despite his failing business and yucky chocolate. Is it really the chocopocalypse, or is there a chocoplot afoot?

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Interview with my 6 & 7 year olds (she just had a birthday).

Me: What did you think of this book?
7: I thought it was awesome.
6: Awesome bawesome.

Me: What was your favourite bit?
7: When they all thought chocolate was going to disappear.
6: Um, did you actually say um? Mum, what are you writing?
Me: Everything you say.
6: Um, when they were eating chocolate. Mum, can you delete the um part?

Me: Why did you like that bit?
7: Because I was like "is chocolate going to disappear or is it not" Dun Dun Duuuuun.
6: Cause it was so delicious and I love chocolate.

  • Where: Own copy
  • Format: paperback

Rise Of Memphis - March Chronicles by Kitty Kendall

“My life had taken a new and exciting turn. It was almost as if I’d fallen into a dream. A perfect, highly erotic dream.” 

Jane’s new sexual journey has offered more than a few unexpected surprises. She’s quickly learned that a man who appears to be Mr. Average can prove to be anything but. After nine sexual encounters in nine weeks, she’s now looking at the world with her eyes wide open. 

An unexpected disaster in her hotel turns her night upside down and the hunky guy who comes to her rescue is top-model gorgeous. Jane can’t resist introducing him to her naughty twin - Memphis. 

But she wants him so bad she feels reckless, and that scares the hell out of her. 

***The Rise of Memphis books contain adult situations and graphic language. Please do not purchase any book in this series if you find this offensive.*** 

Hey! Here's my review.

Perfect for a quickie read.

Jane continues her journey of sexual self-discovery. I love the balance between the erotic scenes and the deeper character development, all with a healthy dollop of fun. I like living vicariously through Memphis.


  • Where: Author Invitation
  • Format: ebook

Inkitt - The Hipster's Library

Hey Everyone!

I love reading, I love Android apps and I love bargains. Here's all three.

The Inkitt app launches on Android today. It's been available on iOS since late last year and has been very popular there. The app is free and all the books available on it are free. The idea is that people upload books and an algorithm tracks reader behaviour to see which books are the most popular. The publishing company behind the app, Inkitt, will then publish the most popular books.

Since July, Inkitt has published 7 novels: Catalyst Moon: Incursion by Lauren L. Garcia (Fantasy), Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan (YA Romance), I Was A Bitch by Emily Ruben (YA Romance Mystery), Esper Files by Egan Brass (SciFi) and Caged by Onaiza Khan (Psychological Thriller),  King’s Lament by Lilia Blanc (Fantasy Romance) and Three Fat Singletons by J.M. Bartholomew (Humor Romance), six of which became bestsellers on Amazon.

Inkitt for Android - 4 key features:
  • Access to thousands of novels from all fiction genres: fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, thriller, horror, romance, drama, action, adventure, YA and more
  • Personalized reading suggestions: hand-picked novels based on a reader’s favorite fiction genres
  • Customizable look to match user preferences (e.g. font size, color combinations)
  • Online/Offline: readers can save novels to their offline library to access them anytime

The app is clean and intuitive. I love the option to save books and read them offline and the fact that all the books there are complete. Have you unearthed any hidden gems?