Young Adult reviews

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Reviewed by Pilgrim Hodgson

Stay away from the Hazel Wood was the warning Alice’s mother Ella left before she vanished.

Bad luck isn’t new to Alice and Ella though, and they’ve spent years on the move doing their best to stay…

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WaR: Wizards and Robots by & Brian David Johnson

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

In 1489 in what is now Slovenia, a wizard witnesses an entire army and the castle it’s defending being destroyed by ‘mechanical men’.

In 2052, in Gainesville, Florida teenager Ada and her small rob…

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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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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Reviewed by Julia Gorman

After witnessing the murder of their parents, Jude and her sisters have been raised as the only mortals in the world of Faerie by the very man who committed the murders.

Constantly made to feel wea…

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This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Reviewed by Kate O'Mara

You may at first think, on picking this book up, that you’ve already read a lot like this. From the post-apocalyptic wasteland blighted by plague to the preternaturally capable young hacker prodigy C…

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A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Set during the start of the English civil War, A Skinful of Shadows tells the story of Makepeace, a girl plagued by nightmares of ghosts tearing her apart, looking for the chance to possess her. Her …

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The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

The Librarian of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Dita Kraus, a 14-year-old girl imprisoned, together with her mother and father, in the family camp at Auschwitz. The family camp was an experi…

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La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

Cancel all your plans: Philip Pullman’s new fantasy novel has arrived and it’s darkly thrilling, deliciously tense and dangerously addictive.

The first in a brand-new trilogy, La Belle Sauvage is th…

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Thornhill by Pam Smy

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Thornhill is a beautiful book, from its striking greyscale silhouetted cover to the pages in-between. The book contains two stories set in two different times. Mary’s story is set in 1982, in a child…

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Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Vivian is one of the ‘nice girls’ at East Rockport High. She has a small group of friends, and her main mission is to fly under the radar and not draw too much attention to herself. Her grandparents …

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