BOOK REVIEW: Max by Sarah Cohen-Scali (Review by Emily Meredith)

maxReview by Emily Meredith

Max is a fascinating fictionalisation of a very real piece of World War II history.

The title character is the first child born in the Lebensborn program, a terrifying Nazi eugenics initiative to create perfect Aryan children. We are first introduced to Max before he is born, and he is already determined to be a perfect Nazi, with plans to be born on Hitler’s birthday.

Although it was a little strange to have the story narrated by a newborn, the content was so interesting that I didn’t really notice the oddity while I was immersed in the story. We follow Max from his birth until the end of the war, when he is almost seven.

Provocative and confronting, Max raised a plethora of important questions about human morality. It also highlighted the evils done to German women and children, as well as the Jewish and Polish populations, during WWII.

Grab your copy of Max here!


Max

by Sarah Cohen-Scali

maxWhen you first meet Max it’s 1936, in Bavaria, and he’s still a baby inside his blonde, blue-eyed mother. Utterly indoctrinated in the Nazi ideology, Max will address you and tell you his story until 1945—his destiny as an exceptional being, the prototype of the ‘Lebensborn’ (Fountains of Life) program, designed to produce perfect specimens of the Aryan race to regenerate the Reich. But when Max meets Lukas, a young Polish boy who resembles him but who rebels against the Nazi system, cracks starts to appear in Max’s convictions…

Max is compulsive reading. Against all your instincts to despise what Max tells you, about his childish cruelty, his attempts to eliminate any aspect of weakness … Read More

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BOOK REVIEW: Yellow by Megan Jacobson (Review by Sarah McDuling)

yellowReview by Sarah McDuling

Yellow is brilliant. Really. It’s one of those books that as soon as you finish it you want to read it all over again because it’s just that good.

Set in the late ’90s, in the time of Spice Girls and Friends, Yellow is the story of a girl called Kirra who lives in a small coastal town. Her charming yet useless father has left to shack up with another woman. Her mother is drowning her sorrows in a bottle. Neither of Kirra’s parents have any idea that she is being bullied at school and to make matters worse (not to mention pretty weird) Kirra has starting having conversations with a boy who has been dead for twenty years …

Despite the nostalgic ’90s setting and the ghostly flashbacks to the ’70s, Yellow is essentially a timeless story. It’s a story very much grounded in reality, touching on issues like alcoholism, depression and bullying, and yet it’s also a story with a supernatural subplot about a dead boy haunting a telephone booth. But more than anything else, Yellow is a story about growing up, figuring out who you are and who you want to be.

Part ghost story, part murder mystery, and part coming of age, Yellow is a stunning debut from an amazing new talent. After devouring this book in a single sitting, you can bet I will be eagerly waiting to see what Megan Jacobson does next.

Grab your copy of Yellow here!


Yellow

by Megan Jacobson

yellowIf fourteen-year-old Kirra is having a mid-life crisis now then it doesn’t bode well for her life expectancy. Her so-called friends bully her, whatever semblance of a mother she had has been drowned at the bottom of a gin bottle ever since her dad left them for another woman, and now a teenage ghost is speaking to her through a broken phone booth.

Kirra and the ghost make a pact. She’ll prove who murdered him almost twenty years ago if he makes her popular, gets her parents back together, and he promises not to haunt her. Things aren’t so simple, however, and Kirra realises that people can be haunted in more ways than one.

Grab your copy of Yellow here!

 

12th Birthday Treat – Booktopia’s Website Through the Years

Booktopia turns 12 today. Nearly a teenager! To celebrate, we open the photo album and take a look at the early years, right up to today!


2004

Our very first website! A screenshot from the 7th of February 2004, the day that we sold our very first book!

Our very first website! A screenshot from the 7th of February 2004. Why this date? Because on this very day Booktopia sold its very first book!


2004

The green has arrived! The website at 6 months old.
Fun Fact: The photo of the fern in the top right was taken by Booktopia’s CEO and co-founder Tony Nash, on the day he came up with the name Booktopia!

The green has arrived! The website after operated for around 6 months. Fun Fact: The photo of the fern in the top right was taken by Booktopia's CEO and co-founder Tony Nash, on the day he came up with the name Booktopia!


2007

Three years later, and by March of 2007 we had a new and improved website and had moved into our very first warehouse space, wondering how on earth we were ever going to fill it!

Three years later, and by March of 2007 we had a new and improved website and had moved into our very first warehouse space, wondering how on earth we were ever going to fill it. We were very keen about our bestsellers, their covers...not so much.


2008

August 2008 and we were very excited about Michael Robotham (you know, before he started beating J.K. Rowling in international prizes and all that), and riding the Eat, Pray, Love express. Ah, the memories…

August 2008 and we were very excited about Michael Robotham (you know, before he started beating J.K. Rowling in international prizes and all that), and riding the Eat, Pray, Love express. Ah, the memories...


2012

By 2012 we had not only filled our warehouse, but outgrown it, and were looking for more space for all our beautiful books!
And, tada, we started selling DVDs. As you can see, we were pretty excited about it. But what happened next was even more exciting…

By 2012 we had not only filled our warehouse, but outgrown it, and were looking for more space for all our beautiful books! And, tada, we started selling DVDs. As you can see, we were pretty excited about it. But what happened next was even more exciting...


2013

Look at that pretty new website! That’s right, the website you see today, pictured here in 2013.
Just a few months earlier we’d moved into a 10,000 square metre HQ and taken out Best Online Bookstore at the 2013 Australian Book Industry Awards, and were voted Australia’s Favourite Bookstore by readers. 2013 was a big year!

Look at that pretty new website! That's right, the website you see today, pictured here in 2013. In this month we also moved into a 10,000 square metre HQ. We also won Best Online Bookstore at the 2013 Australian Book Industry Awards, and were voted Australia's Favourite Bookstore by readers. Big year!


2016

And here we are today. 12 years to the day after starting on a $10 a day budget, and 4374 days after selling our first book.
Still Australian, still independent, still here for Australian readers!

And here we are today. 12 years to the day after starting on a $10 a day budget, and 4374 days after selling our first book. Still Australian, still independent., still here for Australian readers!


Love Australian books?

Visit Australia’s Local Bookstore, Booktopia, with over 100,000 titles in stock, ready to be shipped to your door.

Harlequin Valentine’s Day Competition

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Love is all around at Booktopia and thanks to Harlequin Books Australia we’re celebrating by giving one lucky customer the chance to win a major romance pack!

Bringing together some of the best in romance to bring you goosebumps, shivers down your back, tears, but above all, the joy of falling in love with characters falling in love.

Remember, if you want to win, just order any of the titles in the Harlequin Valentine’s Day Collection.


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by Linda Lael Miller

The Man From Stone Creek

There was trouble in Haven, Arizona, and Ranger Sam O’Ballivan was determined to sort it out. Badge and gun hidden, he arrived posing as the new school teacher, and discovered his first task was to bring the rough ranchers’ children under control. So he started with a call on Maddie Chancelor, the local postmistress, and older sister of a young boy in need of discipline.

It never occurred to Sam that Maddie would turn out to be more…


 

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by Marilyn Forsyth

One farmer + two stunning girls competing for his affection = 1 hit reality show

Gorgeous farmer Adam Armstrong loves his life — he owns and runs his own piece of heaven, a successful pearl farm, and spends his days outdoors in Australia’s stunning Kimberley. There’s just one thing missing: someone to share it with, but when you live in one of the most uninhabited places on Earth it’s not easy to meet the perfect woman.

Enter Evangeline Sinclair, PA for more…


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by Amy Andrews, Ros Baxter

What would you do differently if your days were…

NUMBERED

Live every day like it was your last.

Mathematician and many-time Loser in Love Poppy Devine believes in being prepared. So when she discovers she has breast cancer, all she has to do is more…


 

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by Alli Sinclair

Charlotte Kavanagh’s beloved grandma Katarina Sanchez is gravely ill, so when she begs Charlotte to travel to her homeland in Andalucia to uncover the truth behind a mysterious painting, Charlotte agrees. Taking leave from her soul-destroying job and stalled life in Australia, Charlotte embarks on a quest through Granada’s ancient cobble-stoned streets and vibrant neighbourhoods. There she meets Mateo Vives, a flamenco guitarist with a dark past, and through him she quickly becomes entangled in the world of flamenco and gypsies that more…


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by Tea Cooper

Can she save her family’s horse stud and reputation?

When India Kilhampton is caught up in the heart-stopping excitement of the first Melbourne Cup her mind is made up. She will breed a horse to win the coveted trophy and reunite her fractured family. Determined to make her dream a reality she advertises for a horse breeder.

Jim Mawgan arrives at Helligen Stud in the Hunter Valley to take up more…


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by K. M. Golland

Only those who are lost can be found.

Stella Walker is fleeing from a past which haunts her on a daily basis, and from a city full of painful reminders of a life that’s no longer hers. In an attempt to escape her memories, she plans to reinvent herself in the sanctuary of a tiny town in rural Victoria, by tracking down the one person she hopes can help, her stepbrother. What Stella doesn’t anticipate is meeting his best friend Lawson Drake, a hotter-than-hot mechanic, the local knight in shining armour – and the most gorgeously more…


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by TJ Hamilton

What else comes at a price?

Miranda is a high-class escort at an infamous agency in Sydney, and always in demand from their top clients. Although it’s a life she never imagined for herself, Miranda has mastered the art of seducing men and makes a good living from it.

Joe Tench, rich, powerful and more…


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by Emily Madden

No matter where, no matter when, no matter what.

Almost twenty years ago, on a beautiful coastal cliff, Juliette Cole, Anna Kendall and Sera Di Maggio linked pinkies and made a vow to be there for each other no matter what might happen in their lives.

Now Juliette is calling in the promise — terminally ill, she wants more…


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by Marion Lennox, Fiona Lowe, Lucy Clark

The Doctor’s Rescue Mission – Marion Lennox

A tidal wave has swept across Petrel Island. Houses are destroyed, people injured, homeless…or worse. Dr. Grady Reece leads an Air-Sea Rescue team to help the isolated community…and finds dedicated doctor Morag Lacy in charge.

Morag and Grady once had a blazing affair and a brilliant future, before she left him to be the island doctor. Grady has never stopped loving her – but she’ll never more…


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by Lisa Ireland

Lisa Ireland, a brilliant new voice in rural romance, invites you to Linden Gully and the wedding of the year…

When celebrity novelist Johanna Morgan surprises everyone by arriving back in Linden Gully three weeks early for her best friend’s wedding, she’s shocked to find her ex-boyfriend Ryan Galloway is back too and well-integrated in the community as the local more…


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Marching Powder author Rusty Young to publish first novel, The Work of Other Men, in October

When Marching Powder, Rusty Young’s darkly comic account of life in San Pedro prison, was first released in 2003, the world went gaga for it.

Rusty YoungYoung was thrust into the spotlight as one of Australia’s most talented writers and Thomas McFadden, whose experiences much of the book draws upon, enjoyed celebrity status.

Marching Powder was adored by critics and casual readers alike. And then, Rusty Young disappeared.

Some said he went to the US where the film rights were being optioned. Others said he returned to his native Sydney to practice law.

In fact, Young remained in South America, Columbia mostly, and has another book coming soon. His second book, and first novel, will be published by Random House in October this year.

The Work of Other Men, set in Colombia, is ‘the story of one young man’s descent into war and violence in order to avenge his father’s murder’.

Commercial fiction publisher Beverley Cousins said: ‘there is real heart in this powerful novel of a young man’s quest for justice and his decision to do wrong in order to do right’.

‘From Rusty’s work with child soldiers in Colombia has grown a story that shocks, thrills and packs a strong emotional punch,’ said Cousins. ‘I can’t wait for the wider reading public to experience this extraordinary novel.’

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by Rusty Young

A true story of friendship, cocaine and South America’s strangest jail.

Rusty Young was backpacking in South America when he heard about Thomas McFadden, a convicted English drug trafficker who ran tours inside Bolivia’s notorious San Pedro prison. Intrigued, the twenty-something Australian law graduate travelled to La Paz and joined one of Thomas’ illegal tours. What followed took both men by surprise: they formed a strong and instant friendship and then became partners in an attempt to record Thomas’ experiences in the jail.

Rusty bribed the guards to allow him to stay and for the next three months he lived inside the prison, sharing a cell with Thomas and recording one of the strangest and most compelling prison stories of all time.

Marching Powder is a shocking, sometimes darkly comic account of the life in San Pedro. In this bizarre prison, inmates are expected to buy their cells from real estate agents. Others run shops and restaurants, and hundreds of women and children live with imprisoned family members. It is a place where corrupt politicians and drug lords live in luxury apartments while the poorest prisoners are subjected to squalor and deprivation.

Marching Powder is the story of one of the strangest places on earth, where horror is leavened by humour and where cruelty lives side by side with compassion.

Grab your copy of Marching Powder here

BOOK REVIEW: Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar (Review by Sarah McDuling)

summer skinReview by Sarah McDuling

Summer Skin really and truly blew me away. I can’t remember the last time I had a reading experience that was so wonderfully surprising! When I picked up this book I expected a cute, fluffy YA romance and instead what I got was a smart, hard-hitting and emotionally weighted love story full of incredibly rich and layered characters. At turns shockingly honest and wildly funny, with moments of such raw vulnerability that it just breaks your heart … Summer Skin does not pull any punches. This is no-holds-barred storytelling at its best!

Covering a range of topics such as gender politics, sexual desire, slut shaming and rape culture, Summer Skin has a lot of important things to say – and it says them without once preaching or lecturing. Summer Skin deals with a lot of topical issues within the framework of a very engaging love story. Well written and sharply focused, it offers readers an authentic snapshot of Australian youth culture.

Ideal for fans of Melina Marchetta, Vikki Wakefield and Maureen McCarthy.

* Please note this book is marketed at teens aged 17+ and contains some material that may be considered unsuitable for younger readers.

Grab your SIGNED copy of Summer Skin here!


Summer Skin

by Kirsty Eagar

summer skinA searingly honest and achingly funny story about love and sex amid the hotbed of university colleges by the award-winning author of Raw Blue. Jess Gordon is out for revenge. Last year the jocks from Knights College tried to shame her best friend. This year she and a hand-picked college girl gang are going to get even.

The lesson: don’t mess with Unity girls. The target: Blondie, a typical Knights stud, arrogant, cold…and smart enough to keep up with Jess.

A neo-riot grrl with a penchant for fanning the flames meets a rugby-playing sexist pig – sworn enemies or two people who happen to find each other when they’re at their most vulnerable?

Grab your SIGNED copy of Summer Skin here!

Adult Colouring Queen Johanna Basford to have two new books in 2016

Scottish artist Johanna Basford will have another two adult colouring books released in 2016!

BasfordPenguin Random House announced Tuesday that Basford’s Magical Jungle is coming out in August, followed in October by Johanna’s Christmas.

The first project will blossoms, tropical plants, and monkeys. The second project will feature snowflakes, gingerbread houses, and wrapped gifts.

Basford said in a statement: “I’m so excited to be working on two new books this year with Penguin Random House. It’s the biggest honor to have my inky imagined worlds brought to life by colorists around the globe, a chance to collaborate with literally millions of people! I create books so they can make masterpieces.”

Her previous books, which include Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, have sold more than 16 million copies worldwide!

Johanna Basford’s
Secret Garden

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Johanna Basford’s
Lost Ocean

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