The Valentines: Happy Girl Lucky

By Holly Smale Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Happy Girl Lucky, is the first in the new romantic-comedy series The Valentines by Holly Smale, author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Geek Girl books. It is a book that is lots of bubbly fun on the surface but has a deeply serious core.   Sisters Hope, Faith … Continue reading The Valentines: Happy Girl Lucky

The Things That Will Not Stand

Written by Michael Gerard Bauer Reviewed by Mia Macrossan The latest offering from Brisbane author  is a great read for teenagers especially those still trying to work out what relationships are all about. The main character  Seb, a year 11 student,  is attending a university open day with his best friend Tolly to get some … Continue reading The Things That Will Not Stand

Impostors

by Scott Westerfeld reviewed by Dajo Finlayson Set in a post- apocalyptic world full of advanced military technology, power struggles, dictatorships, and the ever-present threat of treachery, this novel is the first book in a new, four- part series which presents us with a thrilling return to Westerfeld’s dystopian world of his earlier titles Uglies, Pretties … Continue reading Impostors

Amelia Westlake

written by Erin Gough reviewed by Tyrion Perkins One of the best books I’ve read this year. I jumped at the chance to review Erin Gough’s second novel after enjoying The Flywheel. In that, the character spent most of her time working in a cafe, avoiding school, but in Amelia Westlake, nearly all the action … Continue reading Amelia Westlake

Children of Blood and Bone

Written by Tomi  Adeyemi Reviewed by Renee Hills This YA fantasy tells the story of Zelie’s quest to retrieve magic for her people and to rid them of the king’s ruthless and implacable dominion over the Maji or as they are contemptuously described – the maggots. The book’s title and cover design shout occult and … Continue reading Children of Blood and Bone

Talk Under Water

Written by Kathryn Lomer Reviewed by Rebecca Sheraton Kathryn Lomer’s third young adult novel, Talk Under Water is a stunning coming-of-age story with a unique twist. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Tasmania, the story is told in dual narratives of Will Lane and Summer Rainbird. Will and Summer meet online through Facebook and both … Continue reading Talk Under Water

The Boundless Sublime

Written by Lili Wilkinson Reviewed by Charlotte Barkla One part heart-breaking, one part intriguing and one part horrifying, this compelling tale demonstrates how a rational person could be indoctrinated into a violent cult and willingly deprived of their basic human rights. When Ruby’s younger brother is killed, her family is torn apart. With her mother … Continue reading The Boundless Sublime