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

The Belles

Written by Dhonielle Clayton Reviewed by Tyrion Perkins In the fantasy world of Orléans people are born with grey skin and red eyes, so the Belles are highly prized, not for the good looks they inherited from the Goddess of Beauty, but for their magical ability to change the appearance of others. When Camellia and … Continue reading The Belles

P is for Pearl

by Eliza Henry-Jones Harper Collins AU 304 pp Paperback $19.99 ISBN 10: 146075493X  Age from 14 years Published 19 February 2018 The opening of “P is for Pearl” grabbed me immediately. I wanted to know the amazing mother who “would dress herself up in scarves and nothing else and dance around the backyard. Sometimes she’d light … Continue reading P is for Pearl