#LoveOzYA Anthology

Recently, ten spectacular Aussie YA authors teamed up to create the first anthology of its kind – the #LoveOzYA Anthology. As a massive supporter of Aussie authors, I presumed this anthology would be something I would adore. And I did, but… I kind of hated it too? So here are my top five reasons why I hated this anthology.

1. I hate how short the stories are.

How could I forgive this anthology for making me fall in love with the characters in each story and then ripping them away just as I felt like I knew them? From the moment I started reading the first story of this anthology, I knew that having to say goodbye to each person after such a short time with them was going to be devastating, but it was even harder than I first thought. Not only was it difficult because I adored the characters from each story and I wanted to spend more time with them, but the ephemeral nature of short stories meant that often there wasn’t a definite conclusion. Things ended in a way that left me mostly satisfied, but I wanted to know more. What was going to happen to these characters now? This anthology broke my heart by snatching away the characters from me too soon, and I hate it for that.Read More »

Ora’s Gold – book review

Ora's Gold

Australia is ruled by the SIF. The Special Investigation Force controls everything. Water, food, fuel … women’s bodies.

18-year-old Ora’s decision to move in with her aunt is a bad one. She’s landed herself in the middle of nowhere with a deluded activist who wants to change the world, one illegal birth at a time. Sooner or later someone is going to die and Ora doesn’t know where to turn.

The beach is her only sanctuary and it’s here that she meets Jake, thoughtful and experienced, who encourages her to live a little. So why is it that as soon as she starts to have some fun, everything goes dangerously wrong?

A gripping coming-of-age adventure that will leave you on the edge of your seat.Read More »

Aussie YA Blog Hop

Hi friends! This week, Jeann over at Happy Indulgence decided to host this brilliant Aussie YA Blog Hop! It’s all about spreading the love for Australian YA novels and authors and recommending some of our absolute favourites. I’m such a massive supporter of  all things #LoveOzYA and it’s fabulous that I get a whole blog post to rave about how great Aussie authors are! Not to brag, but we’re pretty talented on this big island in the middle of nowhere.Read More »

When Michael Met Mina – book review

When Michael Met Mina

When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah is a powerful novel for anyone who wants to fight for love, and against injustice.

When Michael meets Mina, they’re at a rally for refugees — standing on opposite sides.

Mina fled Afghanistan with her mother via a refugee camp, a leaky boat and a detention centre. Michael’s parents have founded a new political party called Aussie Values.

They want to stop the boats. Mina wants to stop the hate.

When Mina wins a scholarship to Michael’s private school, their lives crash together blindingly.Read More »

The Other Side of Summer – book review

The Other Side of Summer

The Other Side of Summer is a sweet and spellbinding novel, written by Emily Gale.

Summer is trying to recover from a tragedy, but it seems impossible when her family is falling apart around her. Having an extraordinary best friend like Mal helps a little, but Summer’s secret source of happiness is a link to the past: one very special guitar.

Now her dad’s plan to save them is turning Summer’s life upside down. Again. The next thing she knows, they’ve moved to the other side of the world.

In Australia, Summer makes an unlikely friend, who seems to be magically connected to her guitar. Is this for real? Has a mysterious boy been sent to help Summer? Or could it be the other way around?Read More »

Yellow – book review

Yellow

Yellow is a powerful and touching novel, written by Megan Jacobson.

If fourteen-year-old Kirra is having a mid-life crisis now, then it doesn’t bode well for her life expectancy. Her so-called friends bully her, whatever semblance of a mother she had has been drowned at the bottom of a gin bottle ever since her dad left them for another woman, and not a teenage ghost is speaking to her through a broken phone booth.

Kirra and the ghost make a pact. She’ll prove who murdered him almost twenty years ago if he does three things for her: he makes her popular, her gets her parents back together, and he doesn’t haunt her. But things aren’t so simple, and Kirra realises that people can be haunted in more ways than one.Read More »