I found a Cookie.


I’ll turn off caps lock, shall I?

What up party people. Apologies for my prolonged absence, I have post viral fatigue or something (the doctor used lots of Latin based polysyllables and lost me a bit. Now I know how it feels when I talk to my non-whovian friends about wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff. Speaking of which, have a David;

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So The Astrologer’s Daughter, huh? What a ride.

Petition to read un-stressful books next year. Whatever happened to books wherein the MCs ride unicorns and eat lollipops and live happily ever after? I realise they’re distinctly lacking in things like plot, and drama, and like, anything happening, but it sounds very peaceful.

74511979e1399b78d258cd9a9c4569eeTBH, the moment Simon was introduced, my annoying-guy-that-fairly-quickly-gains-more-than-two-dimensions-and-becomes-a-serious-love-interest radar started going wild. I called it. Well done, me.

I understand that some endings are left unresolved, but like… WHY. I want to know what happened. Pls. (Or maybe I don’t, but kudos to Lili Wilkinson for epiloguing – more authors need to epilogue. Which is a verb now. Apparently.)

The astrology bits were cool, if spooky. I like a good ol’ mystery.


(Yeah, I’m upping the Tennant frequency. Sorry not sorry.)

Solid book. 10/10, would be very stressed about the wellbeing of characters again.

Next up, The Messenger by Markus Zusak. Hopefully it’s full of cookies and rainbows. I don’t think it will be, but that’s my official prediction because I know nothing about the book.

af2846d8998e88c7c5e288d62a3e0ac3d4cbb407_hqAnyway, gtg wallow in my post viral fatigue and think about doing homework. (My hard drive has so many Davids on it, it’s slightly ridiculous.)

Have a great day, and DFTBA.

❤ Rose





I took this too far again, right? Oh well.

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The Astrologer’s Daughter wrap

Hey Rosie,

In a radicyodaal break with tradition I’m blogging before you. Yes, I’m cutting you slack because you’re still not well ☹

I don’t know if you’ve finished The Astrologer’s Daughter but I figure it’s about time for a wrap (so apologies for spoilers).

This was yet another thriller-type story (how did we manage so many in our ‘random’ selection?) But what I really enjoyed was the local setting – lots of running around Chinatown, a creepy scene in the Chinese Museum and other Melbourne landmarks. Love reading stuff in familiar terrain. Chinese

I also liked the kooky astrology stuff and thought this gave the story an edge.

I must admit (this could just be me) but I found the plot a little tricky to follow. Basically, at the beginning of the novel, Avicenna’s Mum (the astrologer) has gone missing and even though Avicenna is 18 – it’s a shock to the system to suddenly be living solo and fending for herself. On top of this there is, of course, the grief aspect. There’s also a geeky, off-hand kind of guy from school who she has a love-hate thing happening with. So far so good.

But then Mum’s clients started coming out of the woodwork wanting their horary readings finished. This reading, according to astrology, gives you a rough outline of how the person’s life will go and (the kicker) how and when they’ll die. Against her better judgement, Avicenna does some of the readings and winds up being chased by shady dudes who may or may not have something to do with her Mum’s disappearance.

I was a little disappointed with the end of this book. Even though, Avicenna is growing up and has begun a relationship with aforementioned geek hottie – we never really find out what happened to her Mum. A bloodied shirt is found at the scene where she is last sighted (which I admit is not a very good sign) and that’s it.

So, just did what I usually do when I’m confused about a book or second-guessing my views and had a look at GoodReads. There’s actually a review from Rebecca Lim talking about her rationale for writing the book. It’s kind of a tribute to victims inspired by the horrible crimes against women that go unsolved and the families left behind. Hmm.

Anyway, onwards and upwards. Hope you start feeling better soon, Rose.


Love Mum xo



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An Asian Trixie Belden?

Hi Rose,

Just in from our great Easter egg hunt – where you and your sister stuffed alTBl the eggs into the daggy Easter bonnet and then – poof! – they disappeared. Sob! Anyway…

You may recall that we went to a session at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival last year where Rebecca Lim and Leanne Hall talked about diversity in YA. It was a great talk but I was fan-girling like crazy when Rebecca revealed her childhood passion for Trixie Belden.

As you know, I still own almost all of the 36 TB books and they grace our lounge room bookshelf. Rebecca did this cool thing where she rewrote the start of a Trixie novel (for those who don’t know Trixie was a gutsy teenage detective) making Trixie Asian. It was quite hilarious because in the books Trixie basically roams around having all these adventures and her parents are like – no worries, Trixie, just make sure you’ve done your chores. Rebecca’s Trixie had her Dad quizzing her on where she was going, who she was going with, when she’d be home, etc, etc – kind of your basic helicopter parent only Asian (possibly even more hands-on).


Rebecca Lim


Leanne Hall

So we bought Rebecca’s book The Astrologer’s Daughter and it’s many of the things I love – mystery, a little romance, fast-paced action. As you know, I’ve broken our blogging rules and I’ve drum roll – read ahead – in fact, I’ve finished it and in a double rule breaking phenomenon (hell, I’m a rebel!) I’ve started reading Cath Crowley’s Words in Deep Blue which is our June book – oh dear, can you forgive me? I needed some literary comfort food and I was pretty sure Cath’s book would fit the bill nicely and it soooo is!

But no spoilers honey! I’ll let you know what I thought about The Astrologer’s Daughter in a bit.


Mum x

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