AWW2014 Round up


So I’ve been a little slack with my reviewing on here, and I’ve not gotten around to posting all my Australian Women Writers (AWW) 2014 reviews yet, so here’s my round up post with their details, but keep your eyes peeled for reviews in early 2015 (while I catch up on my backlog).

This year, I read 22 books by Australian women writers, that’s one more than last year in total. My reading list was dominated by romance, thanks to Steam eReads who provided a large number of Aussie Romance books for me to read.

Favourite AWW2014 book goes to…

Bloodlines

The only AWW2014 book to get 5 stars, and also one of only three this year in my 93 books. Continue reading

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Diamond Peak Series Blog Tour: Lethal Inheritance by Tahlia Newland


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Today I’m participating in the AIA Seal of Excellence award-winning Diamond Peak Series Tour. Lethal Inheritance, the first book in the series has also won a BRAG Medallion for outstanding Independent fiction. The tour includes free short stories, a  ‘buy one get one free’ deal on the novels and a complete series ebook give away for those that take up the offer. Details are at the end of the post.

What Tahlia Newland, the author says about the series: “These are no ordinary books. The magic within them is real. The powers of the characters are within your grasp and their success  in their journey of self discovery can be yours.”

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You Can’t Shatter Me by Tahlia Newland


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Bullying is a big deal, Tahlia is helping kids deal with it one step at a time.

Tahlia Newland is tackling today’s big issues. Be they the quality of today’s independently published books or the horrible truth of bullying in the schoolyard, she applies the same pragmatic approach to it. One of a host of reviewers with relevant credentials on the blog Awesome Indies, she constantly showcases fantastic specimens of well written and developed indie books for the reading public. Making a strong social media footprint, she’s on most of the usual sites, so you should check out her blog and profile on Goodreads.

Now, onto the book…

Synopsis: When superhero wanna-be, Carly, stands up to a bully, he turns on her, forcing her to battle cutting words, flying hooks, a doubt dragon and a suffocating closet. Her karate-trained boyfriend, Dylan’s desire to stop the harassment sets off a struggle to control his inner caveman. Meanwhile, Carly searches for inner strength and a peaceful solution. Will she find it before Dylan resorts to violence?

This heart-warming magical realism story offers real solutions for handling bullying that will inspire and empower teens and adults alike.

My thoughts: 160 pages of encouraging and enlightening reading. This took me a few hours to read spanning over 3 days.

Where to buy it: Smashwords in various formats for $2.99 and Amazon for kindle for $2.99

Review: Recommended for: School aged children, teachers of young children

Read from February 09 to 11, 2013 — I own a copy, read count: 1

I tossed up between a 3 and 4 star rating for this one. I went with a 4 as you can see. The reason I wasn’t sure was because I felt that the imagery and the fantasy aspect seemed a little too prominent within the story.
Hold up, I’m getting ahead of myself here.

Tahlia has a very strong story here, the characters are realistic, honest and believable. Their reactions are true to being a teenager and the situations they find themselves in is a realistic representation of what a teenager might go through at school. It’s important these days to teach children about bullying and how to deal with it.

An indie book to rival the finished products of the big six, Tahlia should be very proud of the highly glossy polish this book has. If all indie authors could produce this standard of work, the readers of today would be in for a treat!

Now, back onto the story, while there were cliche moments, it didn’t disrupt the storyline. In fact I think some of them helped to solidify the moment in the story and show character growth and development.

Where I took a step back from the story was with the imaginary happenings of the characters, the strange cut scenes that they used to help make important discoveries and growth. They seemed a little too ‘young’ for the story to me. It could be that I’m just not the intended target audience of You Can’t Shatter Me, and as I believe that is the case I overlooked that and bumped up the rating.

This book would be a great one to share with the young adult in your life, be they a son, daughter, niece or nephew. It highlights the bravery required to overcome bullying, but it also teaches them other valuable lessons about self worth and being kind to others. It should be compulsory reading for all Primary and High school kids today.

**Note: I was provided an electronic version of the book in return for an honest review**