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 – 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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Review – The Colour Catchers

written by Johanna Bell & illustrated by Laura Stistzel

“Catching colours and waiting for the morning sun to turn us into gold.”

Johanna Bell

Violet and her Granna live in the bush. Every morning, they wake up before the sun and go to catch all the colours as they appear on the horizon.

When Granna gets sick, Violet decides to colour catch on her own…and discovers that colours can be found everywhere, even in your imagination.

I received this book from @scholastic_au in exchange for my review.

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