Author: Jodie Sloan

A Wind from the Rift

Book Review: Bonnie Wynne ups the ante in The Price of Magic sequel, A Wind From the Rift

November 5, 2020

Gwyn just wants to go home. After months of imprisonment, first in the Clockwork City’s Bird Tower prison, then its horrific Charnel Vaults, her control over her magic is weakening, and the sooner she’s safe amongst friends, the better. But the Mancers of the Syndicate have come to a decision. Too dangerous to be freed, […]

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Track of the Day: James Abberley “You’re The One” (2020)

November 3, 2020

If you’re after some new coastal acoustic sounds, then look no further! We’ve got the latest from WA singer-songwriter James Abberley, and we’re loving it’s gentle folk-like vibe. “You’re The One” follows on from recent release “Drifting“, and it’s got a passion to it that belies its laidback, easy-listening veneer. It’s a real slow-burn, and […]

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Track of the Day: Jess Locke “Destroy Everything” (2020)

October 29, 2020

Melbourne based singer-songwriter Jess Locke has dropped another tantalising glimpse of the forthcoming album Don’t Ask Yourself Why. Following on from recent grunge-fuelled release “Fool“, sad-pop anthem “Destroy Everything” is melancholy in all the right ways, with a wonderfully ethereal edge. Of the new track, Locke says: “The song ‘Destroy Everything’ is about destruction as […]

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Evening Morning

Book Review: Witness the birth of Kingsbridge, in Ken Follett’s prequel novel The Evening and the Morning

October 8, 2020

The year is 997 and the Vikings have come to Combe. After losing both his father and his lover in a devastating raid, Edgar sets out for Dreng’s Ferry, taking up an offer to rent a nearby farm and start over. Shipbuilders by trade, Edgar and his family attempt to begin a new life as […]

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Book Review: Morrigan Crow returns in Jessica Townsend’s Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow

October 1, 2020

Morrigan Crow has finally found a place to call home. Spending her days with her Wundrous Society classmates, and her evenings with the inhabitants of the magical Hotel Deucalion, Morrigan can now focus on her real task: mastering her growing Wundersmith powers. But something strange is happening in Nevermoor. Well, stranger than usual. Nevermoor’s peaceful […]

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Song of the Crocodile

Book Review: Dive into Nardi Simpson’s mesmerising debut Song of the Crocodile

September 29, 2020

The Billymil family have lived in the small town of Darnmoor for three generations, and expectant parents Celie and Tom are preparing to welcome the newest addition. But tensions between Darnmoor’s Indigenous and settler families are rising. And the divide between the white run town and the Campgrounds, where the Billymils call home, is growing. […]

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Book Review: Nathan Makaryk’s Robin Hood tale misses the target in sequel Lionhearts

September 24, 2020

Robin Hood is dead. A grief-stricken Will Scarlett takes on the mantle, struggling to balance the need to survive with the desire to end those who have taken everything from him. But he is not the only one calling himself Robin Hood; others have co-opted his friend’s myth, and their intentions are less than pure. […]

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Track of the Day: Un-Ti “Stay” (2020)

September 17, 2020

Central Coast trio Un-Ti are back with another pop banger, the catchy AF “Stay“. With influences ranging from Ed Sheeran to The Weeknd, the latest from high school mates Lachie, Reid, and Ben is polished pop perfection, and a great follow-up to previous single “Love Me Like Yesterday“. With gorgeous vocals and some seriously good […]

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Caitlin Moran

Book Review: Caitlin Moran offers up another witty and wise memoir with More Than A Woman

September 15, 2020

Caitlin Moran is back with new memoir (and a new silver streak). Opening with modern day Moran travelling back in time to visit her thirty something self, who is fresh off saving the final draft of 2011’s How To Be A Woman. But the Moran of More Than A Woman has distressing news for her […]

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Track of the Day: Teddy Swims “Broke” (2020)

September 1, 2020

Atlanta’s Teddy Swims dropped latest track “Broke” a few days ago, and we’re excited to be naming it as today’s Track of the Day. Otherwise known as Jaten Dimsdale, the surname ‘Swims’ is actually an anagram, standing for Someone Who Isn’t Me Sometimes, a reference to the struggles the Atlanta artist had fitting in throughout […]

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Talem Press authors - Bronwyn Eley, Bonnie Wynne, Helen Scheuerer

Talem Press vs COVID-19: How one indie publisher is navigating the pandemic – and what you can do to help

August 27, 2020

Amidst shutdowns, restrictions, and the ever-present health implications, it’s a trying time for many as we collectively navigate the COVID-19 global pandemic. This is as true of the Australian publishing industry as any other. With freelancers and small presses already working hard to be seen, the difficulty is only increasing, as the online spaces they […]

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Kathleen Jennings

Interview: Author Kathleen Jennings on Flyaway, the Aussie landscape, and the intersection of picture and prose

August 11, 2020

It’s been a week or so since Kathleen Jennings released her debut novella Flyaway into the world. You can read our review of the book here! We caught up with the Brisbane based writer and illustrator to chat about the release of Flyaway! First of all, can you tell us a little about Flyaway? What’s it […]

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Book Review: Return to Bronwyn Eley’s stunning fantasy world with Riven

August 6, 2020

With Lord Rennard dead, Kaylan is on the run. Bound to a powerful Relic she has little control over, she’s headed for Stynos, the one place she might find an ally, and someone who can help her manage this dark and dangerous power. But with Edriast guards on her tail, restless rebels watching from the […]

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Track of the Day: PURSE “Speak” (2020)

August 4, 2020

After losing hours travelling to and from band practice in Brisbane, PURSE decided to throw all that creative energy into a solo project. The result is “Speak“, a catchy debut with shades of early 2000s indie. Think We Are Scientists circa After Hours and you’re somewhere in the right ballpark. “This single came from reflection […]

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Book Review: Gothic fairytale comes to small town Australia in Kathleen Jennings’ Flyaway

August 4, 2020

When Bettina Scott’s father and brothers disappeared, her mother took charge. The wild ways of her childhood were over, and Bettina was moulded into a proper young lady. But, when a mysterious letter arrives and a painted warning appears on their perfect picket fence, Bettina is forced to confront what really happened all those years […]

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18 Tiny Deaths

Book Review: Meet Frances Glessner Lee, the mother of modern forensics, in Bruce Goldfarb’s 18 Tiny Deaths

July 16, 2020

Born into a wealthy Chicago family in the 1870s, Frances Glessner Lee was supposed to marry well and raise a family. A career was never on the cards. Let alone one that would see her recognised as the mother of modern forensics. Instead a chance encounter with an old family friend, George Magrath, changed her […]

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Sketchbook Pictures

If you thought 2020 wasn’t scary enough, check out horror short Bill

July 9, 2020

Bill, recently released by Sketchbook Pictures‘ Dan Gitsham and Sophie Mair, might only clock in around the three minute mark, but it certainly makes an impact. Featuring Roxanna Vilk as a woman trying desperately to contact her dead husband, the horror short is eerie, suspenseful, and lingers long after the final scare. Inspired by the ghost […]

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Film Review: Love Sarah delivers a charming but under-baked cinematic confection

July 2, 2020

When the eponymous Sarah unexpectedly passes away, her best friend and business partner Isabella (Shelley Conn) throws in the towel and backs out of their dream of running a bakery. But when Sarah’s daughter and estranged mother (Shannon Tarbet and Celia Imrie, respectively) re-enter her life, things are set right back in motion. With the […]

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Track of the Day: Moscow Apartment “New Girl” (2020)

June 17, 2020

Toronto twosome Moscow Apartment are back with “New Girl“. This lush slice of indie-pop is our latest glimpse at forthcoming EP Better Daughter, out on July 10th. The sophomore release sees the duo, consisting of Brighid Fry and Pascale Padilla, putting the weight of a full band behind their folk sound. Of “New Girl”, a […]

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Track of the Day: WALKEN “Fever Dreams” (2020)

June 12, 2020

Brisbane trio WALKEN have returned with their blend of alt-rock, punk, and power pop. Latest single “Fever Dreams” boasts a seriously catchy synth hook, and harkens back mid-2000s pop-punk in all the right ways. Consisting of Matt Cochran (vocals/guitar), Patrick Shipp (guitar/backing vocals) and Beej Vaughan (drums/backing vocals), WALKEN have steadily made a name for […]

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Track of the Day: Wing Defence “Relocate” (2020)

June 9, 2020

With a new EP just a few weeks away, Adelaide’s Wing Defence have dropped their latest teaser – the pop-punk infused “Relocate“.  We might have to wait until July for Friends, but this catchy track is should tide us all over nicely! The indie duo, consisting of Skye Walker and Paige Court, say: “This song […]

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Track of the Day: SoSo “(Shit) Love Story” (2020)

May 27, 2020

Today’s track of the Day comes from Sydney quintet SoSo, who have just dropped latest single “(Shit) Love Story“. It’s a three minute blast of pure pop-punk, with a chorus that demands to be sang along to. Singer Rhys de Burgh says: “About 6-7 years ago I was in a relationship with someone that I […]

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Interview: Runaway Belles on lockdown, livestreams, and latest single “The Weekend”

May 26, 2020

Performers and housemates Tash Parker and Emma Angelesy have joined forces to create Runaway Belles. Fresh off the release of their first single, “The Weekend“, and a series of weekly livestream performances, we caught up with the Tasmanian folk duo to find out more! Firstly, thanks for your time girls! Pleasure! Thanks for having us. […]

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Sydney Fringe partners with international festivals to present digital global fringe festival

May 26, 2020

Yesterday, Sydney Fringe Festival became one of the latest victims of the COVID-19 lockdowns, announcing that its September 2020 run would be cancelled. Festival CEO Kerri Glasscock said: “We are devastated not to be presenting our annual festival but the uncertainty and risk no longer make it viable for us proceed this year. Instead of […]

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Guest Playlist: Marco gives us his isolation anthems

May 20, 2020

It’s been a couple of weeks since Brisbane’s Marco dropped latest single “Only Want You“, a dreamy slice of low-fi indie pop, perfect for fans of Shawn Mendes and Frank Ocean. Stripped back production gives Marco’s gorgeous vocals a real opportunity to shine, and though he’s never been one to reveal the true inspo behind […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Colin Lillie “Broken” (2020)

May 18, 2020

Taken from EP Petrichor, “Broken” is the latest from Alice Springs singer-songwriter Colin Lillie. We’re excited to be bringing you an exclusive look at the track’s video here on The AU Review! Since the release of acclaimed debut album Glass Homes, Lillie has had a great run, including taking home the first ever NT Live […]

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Guest Playlist: Bloods reveal the tracks behind upcoming EP Seattle

May 14, 2020

Inspired by and recorded in the city of the same name, Seattle is the upcoming EP from Sydney garage-pop-punkers Bloods. Fronted by Marihuzka Cornelius/MC, and with Dirk Jonker on drums, and Mike Morgan providing guitar, bass and backing vocals, the trio’s latest is a love letter to 90s rock and iconic turn of the century […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: SMALLS “Tail Lights” (2020)

May 13, 2020

Sydney based artist SMALLS is just a couple of days out from releasing his debut single, but for those of you who can’t wait that long, never fear! We’ve got the exclusive premiere of “Tail Lights” right here on The AU Review! Originally hailing from country NSW, SMALLS is the performing name of Will Robinson. […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Papaya Tree “Out In The Wash” (2020)

May 12, 2020

Six piece outfit Papaya Tree never linger in one genre for too long. Drawing on their blended backgrounds as jazz students, indie contemporary producers, and morticians, their sound is as unorthodox as their histories, and latest single “Out In The Wash” is no exception. With 80s inspired synths and a wistful chorus, its a mellower […]

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Track of the Day: ARES “Burn” (2020)

May 12, 2020

Copenhagen duo ARES (Louise Andersen and Line Mortensen) have tapped into their inner supervillains with new track “Burn“. It’s a deliciously dark slice of electro-pop, with a catchy chorus inspired by Heath Ledger’s Joker. Of the track, ARES said: “We were playing with the image of setting everything you own on fire and just starting […]

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