Lucie Dess

Lucie Dess is the Marketing Assistant.

Reviews

The Cult of Romance by Sarah Ayoub

To Natalie, marriage is a scam and love is a lie. At least that’s what her parents’ failed marriage has led her to believe. When her best friend, Janet returns from Lebanon with an engagement ring, N…

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Deltora Quest Series 1 Bind-Up

When asked which author sparked my love of reading, without hesitation, my answer is always Emily Rodda. When I was growing up, her books took up a large amount of space on my shelves. So I was excit…

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Stars in Their Eyes by Jessica Walton & Aśka (illus.)

Maisie and her mother are travelling across the country to attend the fan convention, FanCon, where Maisie will finally meet her hero Kara Bufano, the actor who plays her favourite TV character Luna.…

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Half My Luck by Samera Kamaleddine

Layla considers herself sort of Lebanese, sort of Australian, and is struggling to find where she belongs. When she was a baby, she was cursed by the evil eye. At least, that’s what her grandmother t…

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Trivial Grievances: On the Contradictions, Myths and Misery of Your 30s by Bridie Jabour

In late 2019, Guardian Australia opinion editor Bridie Jabour wrote a viral article titled ‘The millennials at 31: Welcome to the age of misery’. Jabour wrote it believing the unique social and econo…

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Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

It’s 1983 and the night of the Riva family’s annual end-of-summer party. Anyone who is anyone will be stepping through the doors of supermodel Nina Riva’s beachside Malibu mansion. Every year, epic t…

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The Shape of Sound by Fiona Murphy

‘The hearing world rarely welcomes deaf bodies,’ writes Fiona Murphy in her heartbreakingly honest memoir The Shape of Sound. Murphy kept secret that she is deaf in her left ear for 25 years. In her …

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News

Seven graphic novels that would make great screen adaptions

by Lucie Dess

The television adaptation of the Heartstopper series by Alice Oseman hit Netflix and I have already binged the entire season! Here are seven graphic novels I think would make great screen adaptions:

The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner

Move over Sabrina, there’s a new witch in town. This adorable graphic novel would make an even more adorable television series. Not only is it lots of fun, it…

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Queer YA books I’m adding to my TBR pile

by Lucie Dess

It’s June which means it’s Pride Month! And there are some seriously awesome LGBTQIA+ books hitting the YA shelves this year. Here are the books I’m adding to my to- be-read (TBR) pile this Pride Month!

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Here’s a book I’d buy just for the cover, but the blurb has also absolutely captured my attention; this one is heading to the top of my TBR!

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Find your next graphic novel for tweens

by Lucie Dess

If you loved Euphoria Kids by Alison Evans…

…then you need to read Nightlights, a beautifully illustrated story of finding yourself.

Every night, tiny stars appear out of the darkness in Sandy’s bedroom. Sandy catches them and creates wonderful creatures to play with until she falls asleep, and in the morning brings them back to life in the whimsical drawings that cover her room. One day, a …

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Beginner’s Guide to Alice Oseman

by Lucie Dess

Alice Oseman is one of the most authentic and talked-about voices in contemporary YA. Her books are filled with strong friendships, self-discovery, and coming-of-age experiences, while the characters that populate them are both relatable and diverse. This guide can help you work out which Alice Oseman book you should begin with! If you feel like perfect is the only option: Radio Silence

‘Be

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