Young Adult reviews

The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Martha can read people by touching their clothes, as if their memories and emotions have been absorbed by the cloth they wear. This strange ‘gift’ started when she became blind in one eye as a result…

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On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

Angie Thomas’s debut novel, The Hate U Give, was an absolute knockout – a bestselling, award-winning novel from 2017 that eloquently portrayed racism in America and gave a young adult voice to the Bl…

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Highway Bodies by Alison Evans

Reviewed by Kealy Siryj

In Alison Evans’ latest novel the zombie apocalypse has hit Australia with force. Highway Bodies is written from the perspective of three different teens, all of whom are forced to lean on those clos…

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Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

The author of the bestselling young adult mystery One of Us is Lying has come through with a new thriller that will not leave her fans disappointed.

Twins Ellery and Ezra have been sent to live wit…

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The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

The journey from childhood to adulthood can be challenging; beyond the physical transformation of our bodies and the rollercoaster of our emotions awaits the struggle to understand who we really are,…

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A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

The first volume of this best-selling French quartet has now been translated into English and is available locally. The story is set in a world that is fractured into floating chunks, known as ‘arks …

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The Rift by Rachael Craw

Reviewed by Clodagh Robinson-Watts

Returning to her childhood home of Black Water Island is as terrifying as it is exciting for Meg Archer. She has spent the past nine years living on the mainland with her mother after the accident th…

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Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery by Mary Amato

Reviewed by Timothy de Sousa

Edgar Allen Poe’s cemetery is certainly the last place a newly deceased person would like to be interred within, with ‘unbreakable rules’ that, if broken, can result in you being nailed into a coffin…

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Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

Reviewed by Cindy Morris

Five former high-school friends gather for a reunion. The sixth member, Jim, mysteriously died over a year ago. Beatrice Hartley (Bee for short) hasn’t spoken to her best friends since the mysterious…

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A Curse of Ash and Embers by Jo Spurrier

Reviewed by Holly Harper

Elodie has an iron will – with a stepfather who loathes her and a mother who does nothing to defend her, it’s the only way she’s been able to survive her hard upbringing. When she receives word that …

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