Review: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf – moved

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a really, really good example of Australian post-apocalyptic speculative fiction. Ashala is an Illegal – a person with special powers. In Ashala’s case, she has the gift of Sleepwalking: being asleep and yet in control of her body. With this story set in the time of the Reckoning, Illegals are shunned by the government, and some escape the towns to live free in the Firstforest. Ashala is a great heroine – strong and fiesty, and yet, as a young person, she is still full of doubt about her abilities and the path that she is taking her Tribe on.
The editing could have been a bit tighter – there are some slow bits that could have been tightened up – but overall The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf is a great read.

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Review: Marly’s Ghost – moved

Marly's Ghost
Marly’s Ghost by David Levithan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Using Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as a starting point, Leviathan has re-written the story for a modern age. On Valentine’s Day, Ben cannot face the day without his beloved Marly by his side. Her death has become all too hard for him to cope with, and Ben retreats further and further from life. On Valentine’s Day eve Ben is visited by Marly’s ghost and he feels that his life can get no worse. But Marly has something for Ben and if he can manage to follow her instructions then maybe he will find the thing he desperately needs.

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Review: The Shattering – moved

The Shattering
The Shattering by Karen Healey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mind blown.
With such a complex story to bring to fruition the setup of this novel is methodical and necessary. But the tipping point arrives – and the story soars! I read this until I was done, in the dark of the night.
The characters are all so wonderfully drawn that you become part of their story. The twists and turns come thick and fast, and the relationships crackle with electricity.
Recommended!

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Review: Silvermay – moved

Silvermay
Silvermay by James Moloney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Woah!!!!

James Moloney is back with a bang. This is a sweeping saga of intrigue and the power of fear, but also of courage and the power of love.

Silvermay is young. She lives in the countryside outside the large town of Vonne. She has little understanding of how cities work, but she is a skilled hawker, thanks to her father, and an astute reader of people, thanks to her mother. Silvermay’s parents embody love and rational thought, and Silvermay blossoms under their attentions.

Nerigold and Tamlyn are from Vonne. Nerigold has recently had a child, and she and Tamlyn are travelling hard and fast away from the city. When Nerigold collapses not far from Silvermay’s house after being turned away from the town inn, Silvermay’s family does not hesitate to take them in, baby Lucien included.

So begins this amazing novel, book one of a three part series. Get it, read it, love it!

(Spoiler Alert: don’t read the blurbs for the next two books which are at the end. JUST DON’T!)

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