Stay With Me – Maureen McCarthy

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Title: Stay With Me
Author: Maureen McCarthy
Year: 2015
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
ISBN: 9781743316887 

This has been a book that I first requested for review over a year ago. And I really can’t believe that it’s taken me this long to read and to review. This is an Australian author, and what first made me interested in this book was the plot. I have only ever read one other book by McCarthy, and I didn’t remember particularly enjoying it so I was a little worried when starting this one. But, I was pleasantly surprised, because for the most part this book was enjoyable, well written, and a good read. I had a few issues, but I mostly enjoyed it.

Stay With Me follows Tess, a 21-year-old who decides to take her daughter and leave her abusive husband. With the help of a near stranger Harry, they embark on a road trip from Byron Bay to Melbourne, to reconnect with the family she hasn’t spoken to in years. This is a story that deals with abuse, family, and grief, and I think it was rather well done and had quite a unique story that I haven’t come across very often in YA.

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Their Fractured Light – Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

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Title: Their Fractured Light
Series: The Starbound Trilogy #3
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Year: 2015
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: Paperback, 425 pages.
ISBN: 9781743319710

This review has been a long time coming. Actually, just reading this book has been a long time coming. This book has been out since December last year, and I was sent it for review before that. And no matter how many times I went to pick it up, I just couldn’t bring myself to read it. I don’t even know why, because now that I have read this book I majorly enjoyed it and feel silly for putting it off for so long.

If you’re not aware, this is the third and final book in the Starbound trilogy, a trilogy that I’ve enjoyed a lot! This final book follows Sofia and Gideon as they come together with the characters we’ve come to love from the prior two books to take down La Roux Industries once and for all. As it’s the final book in a trilogy, I won’t go into too much detail as to what this particular one is about – I’d rather not spoil you. But if you haven’t read any of this series, basically it’s an epic space adventure that takes place across multiple planets. It’s a fun series, and this instalment was no different.

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