Review – Reflection

“When will my reflection show

Who I am inside?”

Song: Reflection, Mulan

I received a finished copy of this book from @scholastic_au in exchange for my honest review.

The book begins during the battle between Shan Yu, The Huns and Captain Shang’s regiment, as in the movie Mulan (aka Ping) redirects the last rocket so that it hits a cliff and stops the Hun from attacking. However, in this book, instead of Mulan herself being injured, Captain Shang is mortally injured. Mulan must travel to the underworld in order to save the Captain’s life.

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Review – The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie

I received a finished copy of this book from @scholastic_au in exchange for my honest review.

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie were quintessential characters from both my own childhood and my parents’ childhood. I suppose even my Grandparents grew up with the adventurous little gum nuts.

If you aren’t from Australia, their stories might not be known to you at all, but these precious gum nuts encouraged me to always be kind to nature. I was certain that the trees were filled with fairies and all-sorts.

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Review – [Dis]Connected vol. 2

I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this via Netgalley to read and review. Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to get a review written before the release of [Dis]Connected vol. 2. This does not mean that I disliked it. In fact, I loved this so much that I had to order myself a physical copy of the book in order to do it justice. I would definitely recommend reading this book in a physical format. While you can certainly read this as an e-book, there are elements of it that work so much better in the physical paperback.

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Review – Unpregnant

“How can someone’s dreams withstand that much love? I knew mine couldn’t.”

Jenni Hnedriks & Tim Caplan

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Unpregnant from @scholastic_au for review.

This book (and review) contains content that could be potentially triggering to some.

Trigger Warning: Abortion

This follows seventeen-year-old Veronica Clarke who is grappling with an unexpected pregnancy and the decision to go through with an abortion. There is a tonne of obstacles that she has to overcome in order to get to the abortion clinic located over 900 miles away from her town.

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Review – Maleficent

Mistress of Evil

“It really would be so much better if this were a nightmare and she could simply open her eyes and wake up.”

Elizabeth Rudnick

I received a copy of Maleficent Mistress of Evil from @scholastic_au for review.

This book tells the story of the events that took place in the Disney film of the same name. It was a great experience to read it as a story, especially since I also watched the movie while reading.

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Review – The House on Hoarder Hill

“That was the grandest fun I’ve had in years.”

Mikki Lish & Kelly Ngai

I received a copy of The House on Hoarder Hill from @scholastic_au for review.

This book is described as a spooky, magical adventure.

It follows siblings, Hedy and Spencer while they stay at their Grandfather’s spooky mansion. They enlist the help of a talking stag’s head and bear rug while searching for clues to the mystery of their Grandmother’s dissapearance.

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Review – Poor Unfortunate Soul

A Tale of the Sea Witch

“Hate. Her magic was infused with it. And in that hate was a deep, penetrating sorrow.”

– Serena Valentino

I received a copy of Poor Unfortunate Soul from @scholastic_au for review.

Ursula has always been my favourite Disney villain, I felt like she was misunderstood, and a deeper dive into her character is something I’ve always dreamt of but never thought that I’d get. As usual, I absolutely loved how the author intertwines mythology throughout her work.

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Snapshot Reviews – May

Hello! Welcome to my 2020 blog series: Snapshot Reviews. In which I give a short review of every book read in the previous month.

What a month may was, full of uni assessments, a birthday haul, new family members and a whole lot of reading! I participated in both Tome Topple round 11, and the Medieval-a-thon. Finishing the month off having read a total of 13 books.

** BEFORE I continue with my regular reading wrap up I’d like to say that it is incredibly important for us to use our platforms and voices right now. To help push the Black Lives Matter movement into the forefront of EVERYONE’s minds and hearts. Below is a non-definitive list of organisations to which you can donate your money and/or time to that support Indigenous Australians, and the black lives movement in the US right now.

Australian Organisations:

ANTaR : A national advocacy organisation dedicated specifically to the rights – and overcoming the disadvantage – of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

IAHA : Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) is a national, not for profit, member based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health organisation and endorsed charitable institution.

Healing Foundation : The Healing Foundation is a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation that partners with communities to address the ongoing trauma caused by actions like the forced removal of children from their families.

Indigenous Literacy Foundation : “Our purpose is to make a difference to the lives of Indigenous families by not only gifting thousands of new culturally appropriate books – with a focus on early literacy and first language – but also by running programs to inspire the communities to tell and publish their own stories.”

American Funds:

Black Visions Collective : Is “a Black-led, Queer and Trans centering organisation whose mission is to organise powerful, connected Black communities and dismantle systems of violence…through building strategic campaigns, investing in Black leadership, and engaging in cultural and narrative organising.” 

Action Bail Fund : Organized by Black Lives Matter LA, is supported by White People 4 Black Lives. 100% of donations go directly to support bail, fees, and medical costs associated with actions.

The National Bail Out : Is “a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support our folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration.”

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