Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Terra Nullius by Claire G. ColemanTerra Nullius by  Claire G. Coleman

Series: Unknown

Published by Small Beer Press

Publishing date: September 4 (published in Australia in 2017)

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia

304 pages

Synopsis:  Jacky was running. There was no thought in his head, only an intense drive to run. There was no sense he was getting anywhere, no plan, no destination, no future. All he had was a sense of what was behind, what he was running from. Jacky was running.

The Natives of the Colony are restless. The Settlers are eager to have a nation of peace, and to bring the savages into line. Families are torn apart, reeducation is enforced. This rich land will provide for all.

This is not Australia as we know it. This is not the Australia of our history. This TERRA NULLIUS is something new, but all too familiar.

This is an incredible debut from a striking new Australian Aboriginal voice.


(Note: I looked up the term terra nullius since I didn’t know what it meant–and that it’s actually a Latin term which means “nobody’s land.” Even though Australia probably had about 750,000 Aboriginal people living there when James Cook discovered it in 1770 he declared Australia terra nullius. This then affected how Great Britain treated the Aboriginal people.)

I like to read books by authors from other parts of the world. This sounds like historical fiction so I’m especially interested that it’s designated science fiction and dystopian. And I really like the simplicity of the cover.

Books set outside the U.S.

Top Ten

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at the Broke and the Bookish blog. Each week a different topic is introduced and it is fun to see what everyone writes each week. Check out their blog for more information.

The topic this week: talk about the books we’ve read set outside the United States.

As I looked for books I’ve read set outside the United States I realized most of the books come from just a few countries. Also a number of the books I read are science fiction and fantasy with imaginary settings.

I do have books which take place in other settings. I just haven’t read them yet!


Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O’Connor

Medieval Ireland, on Viking ships, Iceland

Hush: An Irish Princess’ Tale by Donna Jo Napoli


In the Shadow of the Glacier by Vicky Delany

A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny (French Canada)


Cold in the Earth by Aline Templeton

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves (Shetland Island)

Scotland, Belgium, Russia

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley


Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie

Alaska Territory (1919)

Borrowed Death by Cathy Pegau


And All the Stars by Andrea K. Höst

What books set outside the United States do you recommend?

Review: Fireborn by Keri Arthur



by Keri Arthur
Series: Souls of Fire, Book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Signet, 2014
E-book, Purchased
400 pages
Grade: B-
Synopsis: a brand new series featuring heroine Emberly Pearson—a phoenix capable of taking on human form, and cursed with the ability to foresee death…

Emberly has spent a good number of her many lives trying to save humans. So when her prophetic dreams reveal the death of Sam, a man she once loved, she does everything in her power to prevent that from happening. But in saving his life, she gets more than she bargained for.

Sam is working undercover for the Paranormal Investigations Team, and those who are trying to murder him are actually humans infected by a plague-like virus, the Crimson Death—a by-product of a failed government experiment that attempted to identify the enzymes that make vampires immortal. Now, all those infected must be eliminated.

But when Emberly’s boss is murdered and his irreplaceable research stolen, she needs to find the guilty party before she goes down in flames…

It was said that at the very beginning of time, a phoenix spurned the affections of a witch after taking her virginity. In her anger and shame, she cursed us with the inability to love one another, forcing us to forever seek–but never find–emotional completion outside our own race, thus ensuring that we would forever be left with little more than love’s bitter ashes…


  • Setting in Australia is nice.
  • A great cover!
  • I like the idea of the phoenix. Phoenixes can take three different forms–flesh, fire and bird. That’s interesting and is well done in this book.
  • I like Emberly’s life partner Rory. I like his sense of humor, loyalty and bravery. He’s always there for her. I want to read more about him.
  • I thought what she has with Rory seems pretty similar to love–friendship, complete trust, loyalty, sexual desire.


  • I got tired of hearing how a phoenix can never find true love with a human and is never in love with her life partner–in Emberly’s case, another phoenix named Rory.
  • Emberly seems to feel she won’t ever be truly happy so she’s a little depressing to read about. All the angst and hand wringing gets old.
  • And Emberly spends a lot of time mooning about her lost love which turned me off. I want her to get over Sam and move on.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I didn’t love this first book, but depending on how the second book sounds I would read the next book. I like the idea of the phoenixes.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Review: Earth Star by Janet Edwards



Earth Star
by Janet Edwards
Series: Earth Girl, Book 2
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Published by Harper Voyager, 2013
E-book, Purchased
374 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: 18-year-old Jarra has a lot to prove. After being awarded one of the military’s highest honours for her role in a daring rescue attempt, Jarra finds herself – and her Ape status – in the spotlight. Jarra is one of the unlucky few born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Derided as an ‘ape’ – a ‘throwback’ – by the rest of the universe, Jarra is on a mission to prove that Earth Girls are just as good as anyone else.

Except now the planet she loves is under threat by what could be humanity’s first ever alien contact. Jarra’s bravery – and specialist knowledge – will once again be at the centre of the maelstrom, but will the rest of the universe consider Earth worth fighting for?

Being afraid of an impact suit seemed such a small thing, but it could systematically wreck my life. I wasn’t going to let that happen. I had three days before I needed to wear an impact suit again. Three days to force myself past my fear and into the suit that had tried to murder me. I could do that. I had to do that. It was the only way.


“…Every school teaches the basic logic and objectives of the Alien Contact programme. I remind everyone of Premise One. Conflict should be avoided if possible, since attacking an alien race of inferior technology is unnecessary, while attacking one of superior technology could result in the extinction of the human race.”


  • Another action packed book.
  • Jarra is such a likeable character. She’s brave, strong, independent, full of integrity. She figures out what needs to be done and does it.
  • I love the slang–“…if you were grazzed…” “…totally zan!” “…an amaz thought”
  • There’s some romance in the book, but that isn’t the focus. (Which is a positive for me!)
  • Even though (or for some people maybe because) Jarra did heroic acts in the first book there are still lots of people who don’t want to associate with an “Ape” (the derogatory name for Earthlings.)


  • We don’t find out a lot about the aliens during this book.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I mentioned in my review of Earth Girl that the third book in this series is coming out in August 2014. Unfortunately, that date is for publication in England and a few other places other than the United States! I haven’t heard the publish date for the U.S. 😦
  • I want to read book 3 soon! I hope we will soon learn the release date for the U.S.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

  • The Book Bingo Challenge.