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It seems I’ve had a BookLikes account for years, and hadn’t bothered with it for so long I forgot it even existed!

Several years ago many Goodreads users defected to the newly-formed BookLikes when Amazon bought Goodreads and the policies changed. I don’t know if it stayed popular, or if people drifted away.

I have noticed that the site doesn’t have the extensive listing of books that Goodreads does, and I don’t have the time (or inclination!) to upload them all myself. I wonder why publishers don’t make sure their books are on there…

I’m going to make an effort to update my account from now on (I hope!).

Either way, my BookLikes account is HERE, and my Goodreads account is HERE.




When the now Amazon-owned Goodreads started infringing on people’s right to review books how they wanted (and to do things like call out plagiarists for, you know, plagiarism!), people started migrating to BookLikes.

I can’t say I’m enamoured with the place yet, but I have set up an account, if you want to join me over there! They still don’t even recognise Australia, which makes this Australian mad! I wish it was a little less like Tumblr (which I hate!), but I suppose – hope – they’ll start making some improvements now it’s becoming a more popular place for readers to congregate.

I just hope they never sell out to Amazon the way Goodreads did!

Goodreads Giveaway: Fearsome Dreamer by Laure Eve

Author Laure Eve is giving away twenty copies of Fearsome Dreamer over on Goodreads.

Fearsome Dreamer by Laure Eve

There is a world where gods you’ve never heard of have wound themselves into hearts, and choice has led its history down a different path.

This is a world where France made a small, downtrodden island called England part of its vast and bloated empire.

There are people here who can cross a thousand miles with their minds. There are rarer people still who can move between continents in the blink of an eye.

These people are dangerous.

And wanted. Desperately wanted.

Apprentice hedgewitch Vela Rue knows that she is destined for more. She knows being whisked off from a dull country life to a city full of mystery and intrigue is meant to be. She knows she has something her government wants, a talent so rare and precious and new that they will do anything to train her in it.

But she doesn’t know that she is being lied to. She doesn’t know that the man teaching her about her talent is becoming obsessed by her, and considered by some to be the most dangerous man alive …

This Week

Sonya Natalia Heaney Oksana Canberra July 2013

This week seemed to fly by! On Friday I thought it was Wednesday or Thursday, and was completely confused when I had a conversation with my mother and she was talking about plans for the weekend!

I have some book reviews to write, but have been concentrating on my other blogs this week and haven’t been giving this one much love. 🙂 🙂

Faelorehn by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson is still FREE.

Faelorehn by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

You can still enter the giveaway for one of ten copies of Pewter, Murder, and Loaded Dice by Nick Sconce.

Pewter, Murder, and Loaded Dice by Nick Sconce

This Week

Thredbo, in Australia’s ski fields, had its first snow of the year. Winter is on its way!


My review of Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Goodreads Giveaway: The Transformation of Adam Higgins by Marvin Amazon

The Transformation of Adam Higgins by Marvin Amazon

Goodreads Giveaway: The Transformation of Adam Higgins by Marvin Amazon

Apparently there’re FIFTY copies of this one up for grabs on Goodreads. Sounds like a lot…

The Transformation of Adam Higgins by Marvin Amazon

The Transformation of Adam Higgins by Marvin Amazon

One man is believed to gather the forces of good and carry the power of resurrection, while the other is considered as dark as the devil.

The truth, of course, is far more complex.

The hunt for Siroco, the Anointed One, on Earth, leads Karl Hobbs and his fellow agents of the Brotherhood of the Keep to Los Angeles. There they find Adam Higgins, a young man who Hobbs suspects is harboring the fugitive.

Adam doesn’t see himself as any kind of hero, but after hearing the troubling story of the man he knows as Chris Pine, Adam does what he can to assist his new friend. Unfortunately for him, he catches the attention of the faithful on Corin, who believe Adam must be the one prophesized to resurrect the gods.

With Earth and the rest of the Galaxy on the brink of civil war, Adam joins forces with resistance fighters on Corin. On seemingly opposite sides of the conflict, he and Siroco must protect the ones they love and fight separate battles, calling on all their strength and courage as the chaos and destruction across both planets spiral out of control.

Heroes exist in every corner, and in the quest for power, good or evil is a matter of perspective.

Goodreads Giveaway: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett

Now, your chances of winning one of the three copies available in this Goodreads giveaway are not good – it’s a popular giveaway! However I think the book looks interesting, and worth checking out.

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett

Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around…

…but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all…the almost-girlfriend.

When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.


Goodreads Giveaway: The Heiresses by Allison Rushby

The Heiresses by Allison Rushby

Amazing, but I’ve found a giveaway that is for Australians only (it’s almost always North America-only!).

If you’re Australian, you should enter, because entries are few and your chances are good!

The Heiresses by Allison Rushby

In Allison Rushby’s Heiresses, three triplets—estranged since birth—are thrust together in glittering 1926 London to fight for their inheritance, only to learn they can’t trust anyone—least of all each other.

When three teenage girls, Thalia, Erato and Clio, are summoned to the excitement of fast-paced London—a frivolous, heady city full of bright young things—by Hestia, an aunt they never knew they had, they are shocked to learn they are triplets and the rightful heiresses to their deceased mother’s fortune. All they need to do is find a way to claim the fortune from their greedy half-brother, Charles. But with the odds stacked against them, coming together as sisters may be harder than they think.

Goodreads giveaway: Trinkets by Kirsten Smith

Trinkets by Kirsten Smith

Trinkets by Kirsten Smith

10 copies on offer!

Sixteen-year-old Moe’s Shoplifters Anonymous meetings are usually punctuated by the snores of an old man and the whining of the world’s unhappiest housewife. Until the day that Tabitha Foster and Elodie Shaw walk in. Tabitha has just about everything she wants: money, friends, popularity, a hot boyfriend who worships her…and clearly a yen for stealing. So does Elodie, who, despite her goodie-two-shoes attitude pretty much has “klepto” written across her forehead in indelible marker. But both of them are nothing compared to Moe, a bad girl with an even worse reputation.

Tabitha, Elodie, and Moe: a beauty queen, a wallflower, and a burnout-a more unlikely trio high school has rarely seen. And yet, when Tabitha challenges them to a steal-off, so begins a strange alliance linked by the thrill of stealing and the reasons that spawn it.

Hollywood screenwriter Kirsten Smith tells this story from multiple perspectives with humour and warmth as three very different girls who are supposed to be learning the steps to recovery end up learning the rules of friendship.

Play with Me by Piper Shelly

Enter to win a copy of Play with Me on Goodreads.

Play with Me by Piper Shelly

Ryan Hunter’s parties are legend. And tonight she’s going to be there.

Liza Matthews anticipates the return of her best friend and only love since kindergarten from soccer camp. But when Tony finally shows up, his mind is more focused on another girl. And worse, she’s a soccer player. Fighting for the attention Liza craves, she’s just a hairbreadth away from making a very stupid decision. But when extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, she’s prepared to play ball to get her man.

The tryouts are hell, the first match ends bloody, and the morning after the selection party she wakes up in the worst place possible—in the arms of the captain of the soccer team. The hottest guy in school. Ryan Hunter.