September 2015 Book Reviews


Lucy Inglis

Present day: Hope visits Montana with her mum, Meredith, who is an environmental scientist. Hope and Meredith stay with the Crow family. While research keeps Meredith busy, Hope helps Cal Crow with chores, like caring for the animals. 1867: Emily is rescued by horse-trader, Nate, who takes her to a remote cabin where she recovers. While Emily is stuck at the cabin until Nate can return her to town, she helps with chores, meets his family, and is drawn into his way of life. The journey for both couples interlinks and I found it so interesting and enjoyable to flip between the two. 

At first I didn’t care much for Hope, though I quite liked Cal. I absolutely loved Emily and Nate the whole way through, and I looked forward to their chapters. As I neared the end of the book, Hope and Cal did manage to win me over. And it turned out to be pretty spectacular. When I started reading, I didn’t think it would get me like it did. But emotional doesn’t even cover it. It was a beautiful book, and so cleverly done. I thought it was extraordinary.


Anna-Marie McLemore

Two proud families with strong values and individual travelling shows have a long history of rivalry. The sequinned Palomas swim wearing mermaid tails and the winged Corbeaus walk along the branches of the tallest trees. Both families shield their secrets and project their hostility and, as time passes, rivals become enemies, and the feuding families spiral down a path of fistfights, sabotage, and superstition. When a life-threatening accident brings Lace Paloma and Cluck Corbeau together, the only life they’ve known is about to fall apart.

With a Romeo and Juliet vibe, competing circuses, and a contemporary setting laced with quiet magic, this is one of the most gorgeous books I’ve ever read. The writing was breath-taking at times, carrying rich description and characters to fall in and out of love with. An achingly beautiful story of forbidden love, the dangers of falling, and the beauty of breaking the surface.


Alex Gino

The school play is coming up and George wants to play Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web. George’s teacher says she can’t play Charlotte because she is a boy, but George knows she’s a girl. I loved that George and Kelly’s friendship. The writing was so clear, allowing an instant connection to George’s emotions. The information weaved seamlessly into the story was great to see. There’s a lot of heart in this book and its pages encourage love and understanding. Really lovely.


Sarah J Schmitt

A Christmas Carol style read with a Mean Girls twist? Yes please! This ended up being so much more than I expected, though. It delivered on the humour and fun, but also had some really heartwarming and thoughtful moments. The story is told with a lightness that doesn’t detract from its subject matter. Memorable and clever, with a clear message at its core.


Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (audiobook)

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

That Time I Joined the Circus by JJ Howard