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Does The Loose Ends List deserve to be on your TBR List? Let's find out!

Thursday, 29 September 2016


We, readers, are very special and different creatures. We have a thousand different ways of picking our next read. Some of us have a certain subgenre that calls time and time again, others find impossible to pass books that feature a particular trope, and some others can't say no to a pretty face or in this case, cover. Today I am here to admit that I belong to the last group. I judge books by its cover, sometimes. Too many times. Sue me, but some covers are just too beautiful to deny them to your TBR and much less to your precious shelf.

Which brings me to my point: like everything else in life - from your hot crush to that pie that looks delicious behind the bakery glass - looks can be deceiving. Some pretty faces hide empty heads or heartless chests, and your pie could end up being dry and taste like sh... not good. The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone has a gorgeous cover. The hardback edition is one of the most BEAUTIFUL books I have ever stumbled upon. But this shiny and perfect book... hides an empty head, a heartless chest and definitely tastes like sh... yeah. Not good. So. Not. Good.



The Loose Ends List? More like The Loose dull-judgemental-naive-and-rich-family List.

What do I start with? I could definitely begin with the fact that I had to DNF this book half way through. Yes, I didn't - ok, couldn't - finish it. Regardless, you would be surprised by the amount of things I have to say having read only half of it. And really, shame on The Loose Ends List, because (a) it's not like I love letting my hater side out to write such negative reviews and (b) this was supposed to be a fun and light read with a gorgeous shelf-worthy cover.

Funny thing is that I rarely DNF a book. I give a few chances to a story before I can bring myself to do it. The Loose Ends List started making me roll my eyes more times than I can take, and at some point it just pissed me straight off. But trust me, I have my reasons and I will gladly share them with you.

Let's start with our main character, Maddie, who is one of the few MCs I've ever encountered and disliked since page one. No, since word one. The author attempts to describe her like a fun and popular but actually smart and insecure teenager, FAILING completely. The combination of traits attributed to Maddie didn't make any sense. Instead of relatable, I found her character annoying, absolutely shallow, self-centered, judgemental and sometimes seriously naive.

And speaking of judgemental. Her family. This array of secondary characters that is Maddie's family tries so hard to be different and over the top great, funny and cool, which in my opinion makes them simply unrealistic; then, they also are a bunch of judgemental people, which is definitely a trait for every family member. I thought the story could have been saved by the grandmother, but at some point her fun personality and uniqueness was again so over the top that seemed more phoney than anything.

But wait, this is not everything. I'd like to highlight some points, please. 

(1) Situation: Maddie's cousin Janie gets hung up on one of the cruise's doctors, an apparently handsome, caring, funny and smart guy that really likes her (Janie's words). But, he has a "pickle sized penis" (Janie's words again). OH THE DESPAIR. OH THE DRAMA. Janie and Maddie go on and on about this stupid and funny-less pickle issue for pages. Pages worth of whether or not to dump the doctor, involving some of their equally superficial relatives. They are in a cruise where people go to spend their last days of life with their families, but hooking up is more important? Well that's what Janie and Maddie are more concerned about. And of course, how great is that with the excuse of being funny, the author dismisses how important it is that a man is caring, funny and smart just because his penis is small? Setting high standards and good example for teenagers all over the world.

“I’m so excited. I never thought I’d be hooking up on this trip.”


(2) Situation: at some point they have to stop in Brazil to pick up a new passenger. They hear that the new passenger is an old man from Germany, well, this is the conversation this awesomely smart and zero judgemental family has:

"Why do you think he is going to be a Nazi?" (...) "We're picking up an elderly guy named Heinz from a German town in Brazil."
Oh it gets better, that is followed by the possibility of that guy gassing their long lost relatives in the Holocaust.



WHAT IN THE WORLD...?! Is this seriously supposed to be funny? It's not. I can't even comprehend for the love of me, how this would ever be funny. The pickle penis is nothing compared to this. Seriously, is the author really joking about the Holocaust and gassing people? And joking about elder German people being Nazis? Young adults all around the world, uninformed about this event in history might be reading this and unconsciously think that it's okay to joke around and call someone a Nazi because of their German nationality. This is not dark humour, this is something not to joke about. You have to set high standards and good examples for teenagers all over the world.


(3) Finally, there's the totally unnecessary love interest - I have even forgotten his name, that's how crucial his role was - who makes this story even more nonsensical if possible. Situation: our intrepid and fantastic MC Maddie, sees him, obviously insta-falls for him and decides to call him Mystery Guy. Then, oh holy guacamole, he is not only good looking, but a surfer with a British accent! What are the odds! He spends every summer on the Cruise because he is the owner's son and he confesses it's the first time he feels attracted to a passenger! Holy caw! What are the odds again!! Maddie is so very special. Of course the hot guy with the accent magically falls for her.

She also has such a strong and unique personality that not long after confessing she doesn't drink alcohol afraid of ending up like her (alcoholic) mother, accepts beer from THIS MYSTERY GUY THAT SHE KNOWS FOR, oh yes, FIVE MINUTES. Hold up, it gets better, later in the book she even smokes weed without really wanting to after being peer pressured by the love of her life for 5 minutes, her brother and her cousin Janie. Because love works that way. Once again, setting high standards and good example for teenagers all over the world.

So, does The Loose Ends List deserve to be on your TBR list?
Looks are deceiving folks, and in my opinion, The Loose Ends List has a pretty cover and nothing to offer. A 1 star book indefinitely.










Thanks to Hachette Australia for sending The Aus. Library a review copy

The Most Epic Duology: A constant 'Disruption' in trying to study, due to the 'Corruption' the characters had to deal with

Saturday, 24 September 2016



A very big review title. I know. Crazy. Well I really wanted to be Pun-ny, but it didn't work out. So here's the review title. Read it and weep. Well, don't actually weep. Save those tears for this duology because you'll definitely be crying like a baby (possibly in public, on a bus, crowded with people... this has definitely not happened to me *inserts a million upside down smiley face emojis).

Okay, well here goes my review, which I have written and re-written a million times, because WHAT IS WORDS. I forgot how to use them, mould them and spell them, to create the illusion that I might possibly know what I'm talking about. The books were that great, hence why I read them back to back. Also why I've been on a small reading slump because HOW DOES ONE RECOVER FROM SUCH GREAT BOOKS? I APOLOGISE FOR THE ALL CAPS *cough cough*, I mean, i apologise for the all caps, but jessica is a talented writer, who used words in the english language to tug my heart strings and make me want to protect all her characters. Okay, let me write this review grammatically correct now (well, to the best to my ability, because I really suck at English. English and I aren't friends. Someone, teach me how to English).

Anyways, I'm going to review both books as one, because it's easier for me plus, I don't really think you guys would be keen on a two thousand word review on a duology you've never heard of. So let's do this.




*because of obvious spoilers, I won't be including  Corruption's synopsis, but will leave a link to the goodreads page if you're interested in reading it*


The heart-stopping first chapter in bestselling author Jessica Shirvington's Disruption series
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What if a microchip could identify your perfect match? What if it could be used against you and the ones you love? Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation's M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.

Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loved most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it. Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer - heir to the M-Corp empire - has become key to Maggie's plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin's involvement destroy everything she's fought for? In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.

Corruptions Synopsis can be found here

About the author: An internationally bestselling author, entrepreneur and mother living in Sydney, Australia, Jessica Shirvington is also a 2011 and 2012 finalist for Cosmopolitan’s annual Fun, Fearless Female Award. Married for twelve years with two beautiful daughters, she met her husband, former Olympian Matt Shirvington, at age seventeen. Jessica knows her early-age romance and its longevity has contributed to how she tackles relationships in her YA novels, which include the Embrace series (also known as the Violet Eden Chapters) and the stand-alone novel Between the Lives (also known as One Past Midnight). Visit her online at www.jessicashirvington.com



I've collected my thoughts into 'Likes' and 'Dislikes' for a more fun and interactive way for readers to see the pros and cons of these books. I don't really mention the 'Likes' and 'Dislikes' from each book individually; I review the whole duology as a whole not as two separate entities.




  • IT'S A DYSTOPIAN DUOLOGY! I don't consume a lot of dystopian novels, but Disruption and Corruption have me re-evaluating my life and have me motivated on picking up Dystopian Books in the future
  • THE PLOT was extraordinary. everything just flowed. No hiccups, no "Wait what, where did this scene come from", no misinformation, no stuff ups. The plot just flowed. I can't think of a better word to describe my reading experience but the books played out like movies in my mind. It was perfectly written
  • JESSICA'S WRITING IS SOMETHING I LIVE FOR. The way she writes just lures you in. She lets you play with the characters, fall in love with the characters and makes you turn on the characters. She also writes plot twists so incredibly well. I didn't see any of it coming in Disruption and my poor little heart was crushed by the twists and turns in Corruption. I actually hopped on twitter and contacted another reviewer to release all the feels with them and share my thoughts on how I was able to come out physically whole but emotionally in pieces.
  • THE CHARACTERS ARE PRECIOUS LITTLE UNICORNS. I loved them all. So you can understand my frustration and sadness when Jessica kills one/some/a lot off. Like guys, all the characters were family to me and losing a family member isn't full of rainbows and unicorns, it's going to be traumatic. Real traumatic.
  • ONE WORD, GUS. He is my favourite. We must protect Gus at all costs. He's 10% an ass, 70% a really intelligent and witty hacker and 20% the cutest human being on the planet. One of my favourite quotes from him is in reply to Maggie "Gus, you're my best friend", "I'm you're only friend Mags". Also, every scene he's in makes it a hundred times better and hilarious. I can also confirm that Gus is the 'Smarts' in the group. I could really go on all day about Gus (because he's one of my new all time favourite characters) but I won't. Y'all don't have time for that.
  • Maggie and Quin are so in! I refused to ship this ship at the beginning because I kind of felt like Maggie was the most bad ass person in the world, that being a lone wolf wouldn't be a bad thing. Like, I'd 100% read a book with a character like Maggie with no romance and still enjoy it. But having Quinton in the mix made me fall in love with the whole plot more and with our protagonist, Maggie. They were perfect for each other. Peanut Butter and sweet, sweet Jelly.
  • THE SIDE CHARACTERS ARE ALL IMPORTANT! No one introduced in the books is forgotten about. They are all mentioned again at some point. We also see how much Maggie grows because of these side characters. Most side characters are just for display and are made as 'Fillers' for the book's plot. But all the ones in the Duology had a special part to play.
  •  We got new covers! & I'm not complaining. They look amazing. So this series was re-released with these amazing covers in May and then eventually in October in the US (and American friends, you need to buy these books!).
  • DID I MENTION PLOT TWISTS?? Jessica executes (*I may be foreshadowing, wHo KnOwS*) all her plot twists so well. YOU DON'T SEE THEM COMING. I didn't even pick up on the possible twists. They were that good. Jessica writes in a way that makes the reader second guess themselves.
  • THE ENDING. It finished off perfectly. Well, kind of. It's like a happy ending within a tragic ending (?). I don't really have words. Corruption just really wrapped the series up so well and honestly ended with the most beautiful last words, that gave me the feels.






  • There was a scene that made me kind of uncomfortable in the first couple of pages of Corruption. It involves Quinton and a mirror (also another person who he *hates*). He explains why he did what he did. But still, that was, I guess weird. Like, it's a no from me Quin. Don't be pulling stunts like that again please. You were being extra boy. *flicks hair and walks away*
  • I lowkey wanted more Morris. Like, we have this wonderful character with so much potential, but his character wasn't explored and played with as much as I wanted. But overall, this dude was amazing. He kind of reminded me of Rhysand.
  • There wasn't another book. I get it. Two books in a duology, but you can't leave me hanging like that Jessica. Like I need more! This last point isn't really a dislike, just a request because damn, this duology is life. I just can't get over how perfect it is. Definitely up there with my favourite books of all time, the Study Series by Maria V. Snyder.

Thanks so much to the guys at Between the Covers, the YA unit of Harper Collins Australia, who sent both books for review.*




As you can tell from how much the likes out weigh the dislikes, I ADORED THIS SERIES! I couldn't stop reading them, They were hard to put down. The plot was phenomenal, the characters were written perfectly, with their wit and charm and the writing was addictive, I had to finish them immediately. I highly recommend this book to all you guys, as it really is just an awesome series. I give both books 5 stars out of 5 (but also an extra star, because I loved it so much).



*This has not tainted my opinion of these books.

My Mental Illness Struggle & How Reading Helped




Hello! My name is Brandi, from xobrandilarissa.wordpress.com, and I wanted to share with you a very personal story. It was tough to write about and share with you guys, but my goal was to show the world just how much reading means to me and how it helps my every day struggle. 


Since I was little, I remember always having irregular stomach pain. I tried tracking what I ate, thinking maybe it was a reaction to a certain food; was I gluten intolerant? Did my stomach not agree with lactose? Was it when I ate too much sugar?

Slowly but surely, I was able to rule all these options out. There was just absolutely no rhyme or reason as to why all of a sudden, I would be keeled over on my bed unable to do anything because of my stomach pain. 
Eventually, my mom took me to see a doctor when I reached high school because the pain began occurring all too often. 

I learned that day the probable reason for my stomach pain was none other than anxiety.
“What? I don’t have anxiety, that can’t be,” I told the doctor. “I mean I guess I get nervous a lot, but ha! I do not have anxiety.”
Well, he was right. 

The years following this diagnosis, I learned more about the mental illness that had actually been with me since I was little. I learned I wasn’t just a weird, unsocial, awkward, and sensitive child; I just had a mental illness that prevented me from confidently making friends and socializing. Basically, I had a mental illness that prevented me from being… me.

I felt like an outsider. I felt like I did not have a place in this world. I felt as if I was too “weird” or too “different”; I felt as if I was the only person in the world suffering from this emotionally depilating illness.
Then, I got into reading.

I started reading book after book after book. Reading served as my distraction from the dangerous thoughts that invaded my mind. Because of reading, I was able to relieve the anxiety that would be supposedly taking over my mind, heart and body. 

"Because of reading, I learned I was not alone in this world"

I began book blogging and bookstagramming. Through both, I met so many other like-minded people who not only love reading, but understand what having “this anxiety thing” felt like. Personally, I believe just knowing you are not alone in this world can make a big difference in whatever you are going through. Finally, I started feeling less and less alone. I felt like I finally found a place in this world where I actually belong.

However, reading does not eliminate my mental illness. (Though I do wish it did more than anything.) It gives me confidence, motivation, and persistence to keep fighting my anxiety day in and day out. For some people, playing an instrument or partaking in a sport makes them feel whole. For me, it’s reading.

Each day, I am still learning more and more about anxiety itself and how it affects me individually. I am still learning how to fight it, how to beat it, and how to simply not let it take over. Anxiety is something I will have for the rest of my life, but thanks to reading, it is something I no longer feel alone in.

Dear YA Community: We Need To Do Better

Sunday, 18 September 2016


Twitter. The place I spend most of my time. Mostly because of procrastination and the rest because of the fascination of what’s happening in the world and last week a lot of things happened in the world. We had Shriver’s (insensitive drivel) speech, I got to meet authors including Justine Larbalestier, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, twitter saw Yassmin’sYen- Rong Wong’s blog posts, RT’d it, a troll had some words about Indigenous people (in relation to the speech), I responded in the early hours of the morning, then insensitive garbage was directed at me by the troll, they tried to waste my time but left them with a boy bye and lastly, an author was attacked and her book (which is still being edited) was rated by hundreds of trolls, after trolls attacked her on twitter spewing up hate and all that goes with it. Out of all that has happened this week and the last, I’d like to focus on the last incident (as I write about Shriver later on this month).

See guys, I am happy to help authors out who are in need of help, I woke up and saw that a wonderful author, Laura, was being attacked by trolls. So, what do I do? I scroll through her mentions and report as many hateful disgusting accounts as possible, to help. But as I was doing so, as I was helping her out, I realised, that Laura was getting a lot of help. A lot of people and ‘big time’ authors, some with verified accounts mind you, were coming in, helping, reporting, boosting and all I could think about was but where were you when Angela was getting trolls?. Some may ask, What do you mean, ‘What about Angela’ and some may even ask Who is Angela?. I can answer with this. She’s a WoC. She is also an author. She was also attacked by trolls but by the masses. 
WoC are always targeted on twitter when they speak up, so these trolls were harsh and just down right racist. I saw her attacks because I was there. I saw what we did as a community, I saw how we got that hashtag trending and then I saw most of you go silent when she was being attacked by trolls. Seeing her being attacked was heart breaking. Seeing the difference of the response in the YA book community on twitter was, without a doubt, even more heartbreaking and disappointing.

I saw the difference and many of you have too. I saw the huge amount of support and the preferences we as a community have. I saw how Angela had to give up verification and have her life threatened by multiple white supremacists and racists. I saw more WoC backing her up and more friends doing the same, boosting out “Please report *Angela’s* trolls”. But I didn’t see much of the YA community, the ‘big time’ authors and the booktubers who’ve stepped in to help with Laura, say ANYTHING when the trolls were threatening Angela. I saw the YA community just brush her aside, and only really, truly care and come together when Laura was attacked. As I write this, I’m definitely not saying ‘Don’t help Laura now, make it even’ or 'Laura doesn't deserve our help', she certainly does need our help, all I’m saying is ‘DO BLOODY BETTER!’. I saw who stepped in. I saw the people who had a voice with Laura's incident but nothing with Angela's and I’m telling you, your silence isn’t helping. We had a WoC be viciously attacked whilst the majority of the YA community thought it’d be better to twiddle their thumbs and pretend it wasn't happening.

Like, yeah, it’s TOTALLY acceptable if you weren’t online and didn’t see Angela’s trolls, but as a WHOLE COMMUNITY, we failed.


We have this trend where, when WoC are speaking up and are fighting the damn good fight, tweets start popping up that are along the lines of “Oh look, there’s drama again” and “There’s a drama storm brewing”.

To those who say this, speaking up does not equal to drama. Saying “I miss the old YA twitter community” let’s me know that you wished that these WoC stayed quiet. Stayed oppressed. What I say to that is, HELL NAH. I ain’t down for that. I’m sick and tired of staying quiet and I bet every other PoC feels the same, especially the WoC who are always attacked.


Don’t tell me you miss the old twitter, that just informs me you don’t want to listen, don’t want to learn.

See guys, the saddest part of this whole thing is that, Angela wasn’t and hasn’t been the only WoC who’s been attacked. What’s gets me more upset is that I only ever hear about other incidents days or weeks after they happen because the news gets around slowly but by then the damage has already been done. Can you see why this community has to be better. Why we need to up our game. We’re only supportive and effective as a whole when it suits us, when it’s easy and when the person isn’t a PoC and especially a WoC. I’d like for us to grow together. I want us all to help and especially if the victim is a WoC because they get targeted all the damn time. The reason why I’m writing about this is because this needs to be boosted. This needs to be read. This needs to be known; The online YA Community need to step up and support our authors/readers/bloggers when they’re being attacked, especially those who are WoC. We cannot just support those in need when it's just easy.

I'm Bayram; The Aus. Library's New Co-blogger all the way from the US

Monday, 12 September 2016
Hey there you bookish people,

I'm Bayram although people have been known to call me Bae or some variation of that, either one is fine with me! I'm super excited to be one of the new co-bloggers at The Aus. Library and can't wait to shower you all with words about books.

Here's me meeting Kristen Simmons at BEA 2016!
But before all that I should probably introduce myself a little better. While my family is from Turkey (and all my relatives live there) I was born in Brooklyn, NY! We moved six months after so I don't really remember much from there but we moved around a lot for several years until we came to NJ where we've been living for nine years now. 

I started blogging my freshman year of high school (14 years old) because I was already devouring books at an alarming rate so why not also talk about them? I just finished my junior year of high school this year (I'll be 17 in September) and I've now been blogging for 2.5 years at Never Ending Books and bookstagramming (although my pictures are horrible) for three years.


I've been an avid reader since first grade although my tastes have obviously changed over time, these days I usually read YA with occasional MG or NA thrown in. I'm not much for contemporary or romance so I tend to drift towards fantasy or sci-fi. And even though you're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover I can't help myself if I see a really interesting or amazing one and usually end up buying the book.

When it comes to a favorite book I simply don't have one, there are so many amazing books that I've read and have yet to read that picking just one is impossible. Instead, I have books that I love like the Throne of Glass books, Lunar Chronicles, and Illuminae trilogy. If I end up liking a book you can expect lots of caps, questions, and yelling.


I'm not sure what else to tell you all so here's some "fun" facts about me:


  • I know two languages (Turkish + English) and can also read Arabic
  • I plan on either doing something science related in college or publishing related
  • I created a club in my high school that collected over 1000 books and $1000 for elementary schools in low-income areas
So with all that over, I can't wait to start blogging at The Aus Library with Meleika and Regi!

Did anyone say co-bloggers? Introducing Regi as one of the new Aus. Library Librarians




Well hello there, beautiful bookworms.

Did anyone say co-bloggers? You can call me Regi, Reg or really any other term of endearment you can come up with, and I am here to blog about books. And by blog I mean to ramble, babble, and talk endlessly. You might know me for doing that in The Bibliothèque, which I created over a year ago so I could expand my weirdness to the internet lands.

But let’s start with some basic info about me, I was born in Spain but I live and blog from Germany, I am twenty something years old or as I repeat to myself every now and then “a quarter of a century wise”, and no, I am not trying to avoid the fact that I am getting old. Or maybe I’m just in denial, I'll leave that for you to decide. Somewhere below you can check out my face and how I’m struggling to put a hat on.




With that out of the way, let’s move on to important things. I am quite the romantic type of girl and I blame all the Disney movies that helped raising me, but this fact about me has a huge impact on my taste in books (and my completely useless knowledge of Disney songs by heart). Being the hopeless romantic I am, I basically live for the shipping. A part from that, I read pretty much any subgenre of Young Adult and New Adult: contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, re-tellings… I seriously don’t mind as long as something about it catches my eye.

The “favourite book” term is one that I don’t like, basically because I am helpless when it comes to important life choices, and having a favourite book seems like one. Instead, I can tell you two of the authors that no matter what it is they write, I will read and I will most certainly love: Colleen Hoover and Jennifer L. Armentrout. Please don’t ask me which of their books is my favourite or which one I would recommend in particular because I will start babbling about all of them and we will be here forever. Just go read them all. Seriously.

Some other books I have recently fall in love with are Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab, A Court Of Mist And Fury or how Rhysand is a perfect creature by Sarah J. Maas or Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. All of these have triggered huge fangirling episodes.


All the SoC fangirling being channeled 

There’s not much more important stuff left about me, so we can jump now to my favourite stage of getting to know someone… random facts! There we go, some random truths about my endearing self:

  • I am a coffee person to the point that I am no person at all without coffee.
  • Before I discovered my bookworm-ness, I used to focus all my nerd energy in music. Therefore, I am quite the music nerd.
  • Unfortunately, I am allergic to cats… so bye bye Japanese cat-cafes (if you haven’t heard of them, google it right now).
  • I love karaoke, but I am an awful singer. As in, the worst singer ever. Don’t think this is me being all humble or anything like it, I have been asked to “please for the love of god, shut up” while singing. Yep.
  • Last but not least, I have succumbed to the bookstagram charm. Bookstagram is my latest obsession so if you have a thing for girly and fluffy book photos, you are officially my bookstasoulmate. (Yep I made that word up, so what?)
I say embrace the fluffiness


That’s pretty much it, guys. This is me. I am super excited to start this new blogging stage here in The Aus Library, and to share it with these 2 awesome bloggers, Meleika and Bayram, who I am a 100% looking forward to fangirl with. Be ready for the whole lot of awkward love is coming. That’s a promise.

Let's be bookfriends! Find me:


Instagram: @thebibliotheque
Goodreads: BibliothequeBlog





It'd be Highly Illogical Behavior not to Read this Book

Wednesday, 7 September 2016






Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him. Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But is ambition alone enough to get her in?

Enter Lisa.

Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa steps into his world, along with her charming boyfriend, Clark, and soon the three form an unexpected bond. But, as Lisa learns more about Sol and he and Clark grow closer and closer, the walls they’ve built around themselves start to collapse and their friendships threaten to do the same. 




After finishing Highly Illogical Behaviour the first thought that came into mind was, "What a time to be alive!". Highly Illogical Behaviour was hilarious, lovable and now has a special place in my heart.

The cast of characters are so genuine and great, that reading their chapters felt as if I were conversing and listening to friends. One of out protagonists, Solomon, is the kind of person you immediately gravitate towards because of their sarcastic jokes and their sly humour. Solomon's growth throughout the book was something I was really proud of, as if seeing a friend slowly get back on their feet. Lisa with her perfect grades and selfish end goal had me on edge. It was the implication of the book but it was hard to swallow the possibility of a falling out between friends, because Lisa was really there for Solomon which inevitably made me adore her. If you put aside her selfish goal, she's really a great person, a decent one and an actual likeable character. We see her push aside her own self interest and actually help Solomon throughout the book. The last character who's apart of the fantastic trio in the book is Clark, Lisa's boyfriend. He's just a down to earth character who, I have no doubt in my mind, everyone will automatically love.

What I loved about Highly Illogical Behaviour is that all the characters are important and are there for Solomon. Solomon's grandma was an amazing addition to the cast of characters. She was always there for Sol and so were his parents. The relationship Solomon has with his family is just extraordinarily beautiful. John captures the essence of parenthood through Solomon's parents, who protect their child and do whatever is necessary to make him feel safe and comfortable. 



Solomon's agoraphobia was extremely interesting to read about. I've never come across this specific mental illness in YA and having John introduce it to me was incredible because I was never aware of it ever existing. John strips away the stigma surrounding mental illness through humour and great conversations between friends, which in turn create beautiful memories. He strips away the stigma through a story that seems utterly real and through friends and family who are supportive. John's research on the mental illness was well informed and well written.
The dialogue within the book is hilarious. It's what really kept me going and intrigued me even more. I swear, Solomon is a comedic genius along side Clark. Their conversations about "Star Trek: The Next Generation" are both interesting and hilarious.

The story itself was also very unique. We peer into the lives of all three teenagers and we read about why they're the way they are. We see the awkward moments of new born friendships and the first crushes to be formed which are uncontrollable. We see jokes cement these friendships and jokes making them more than friends but family. I just can't put into words how much I really love these characters and their stories. They really were an amazing bunch of people.

The title of the book itself questions the actions of Lisa and Clark not just the way Solomon was told he was thinking by his father. Highly Illogical Behaviour is a coming to age story. We see Solomon grow and love and be brave. We see him do things he'd never thought he'd do. We see him happy and that is why I truly loved this book. 



Highly Illogical Behaviour was refreshing and a book hard to put down. I cannot tell you guys enough how hilarious and enjoyable Highly Illogical Behaviour was. I just need you guys to pick it up and devour it and all it's beauty. John has written a book that has made me happy and laugh out loud in public. He's also potentially made other readers do the same. I hands down had to give this book 5 stars. It's just too good, one that is so underrated.



Co-Bloggers: The New Librarians of The Aus. Library


The world is a big place and for a teen like me, who’s fresh out of high school and in one of Australia’s elite Universities, my own big world is very busy. So keeping up with the latest book news, trying to read all books and trying to pump out content from a ‘rookie’ book blog is definitely hard. That’s why not long ago, I went far and wide (on the internet from the comfort of my bedroom of course) in search for co-bloggers.


Co-bloggers have always been an idea that I never knew I would act upon, until a couple of months before my year anniversary of blogging on the internet. I’ve seen many book blogs adopting co-bloggers into their family who then work together to make great content. So announcing my search for co-bloggers was pretty exciting but also overwhelming. I had numerous applications from every corner of the world. I had people who’ve never blogged before wanting to gain the experience on The Aus. Library and I had very experienced book bloggers wanting to join in. It was extremely fun reading the answers to the application questions. People had stories and anecdotes. Some people even had sly jokes. It was pretty incredible. Finally, in the end, after so many fantastic applications, two people stood out.

My co-bloggers will be introducing themselves on the blog! So keep an eye out. I absolutely LOVE their personalities, their reviews and love how they interact with the book community. We’re also all over the world and I’m pretty sure they’re all asleep right now so don’t tell them I said this but... these two are the most amazing people I’ve been able to stumble across in the book community. I expect great things in their futures. They’re both humble, kind and funny. Plus, if I could talk about books with them forever, I have no doubt in my mind that you could too. They will make great additions to the blog and are now librarians of The Aus, Library.

Also something interesting to note, does The Aus. Library look kind of strange? Well it should! It's been given it's final makeover! Our new header is simple and unique and complements the Instagram slide just underneath. You'll soon also see other blogger profiles just underneath mine on the right and you can soon also find them under 'The Librarians' tab. We hope you love the new layout and feel of the blog!

Thanks so much for reading, I hope you come back to find out who the mysterious co-bloggers are and welcome them with open arms. They'll be posting official introductions!