Young Adult reviews

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

I absolutely adored Leslye Walton’s extraordinary debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, and was so excited to read this long-awaited witchy follow up.

Nine generations of …

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Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

At the age of 8, Tash witnesses her imaginary friend, Sparrow, kidnap 6-year-old Mallory Fisher at a fair. The little girl turned up 4 days later in the middle of a national park, with chunks of her …

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Neverland by Margot McGovern

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Neverland is the unofficial name for the island of Learmonth, a place of sanctuary for troubled teens dealing with mental health issues. This is the place where Katherine is sent following a self-har…

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Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough

Reviewed by Mike Shuttleworth

Amelia Westlake is a screwball comedy with a strong political edge set in a posh Australian private girls’ school. The arrival of Will (Wilhelmina) Everhart to Rosemead Grammar brings a fresh set of …

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Obsidio: The Illuminae Files_03 by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Reviewed by Andras Kerekes

I promise there are no spoilers in this review, but there is my unveiled joy at reading the final of the Illuminae series. Before we begin, we already know Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman are brilliant…

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White Night by Ellie Marney

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

Award-winning author Ellie Marney delivers another cracking page-turner in White Night. Fans of her earlier books will find much to love here, as will anyone who enjoys a juicy mystery with a big bea…

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Tin Heart by Shivaun Plozza

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

At death’s door, Marlowe Jensen’s life is saved by the donation of a heart from a donor unknown to her. Since birth Marlowe’s life had been mired by ill-health due to her heart problems and the promi…

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Zélie lives in Orïsha, a mythical version of Nigeria and a kingdom once full of majis – people chosen by the gods to wield the gift of magic. All that remains of that magic now are whispered, impoten…

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Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

This award-winning American novel is an absolute gem; a heart-warming story of family and friendship, as well as an interesting reflection on nature vs. nurture. Sixteen-year- old Grace was adopted i…

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Reviewed by Alistair Mathieson Lynn

In Neal Shusterman’s latest dark, dystopian epic, Scythe, the age of mortality is over. All inhabitants of earth are now immune from disease, old age and even suicide in their stable, AI-governed uto…

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