Young Adult reviews

Big Bones by Laura Dockrill

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

I first came across Laura Dockrill’s unique voice with her wildly poetic mermaid duology, Lorali and Aurabel, and Big Bones is another addition to her marvellous body of work about young people who g…

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All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

A group of teens has become completely obsessed with the novel Undertow and they are absolutely delighted to form a close friendship with YA author Fatima Ro after meeting her at a book signing. Afte…

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Changing Gear by Scot Gardner

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

When Merrick’s beloved grandad – the man who taught him how to surf, fart and be a man – passes away, it’s like a rug has been pulled out from under Merrick’s feet. In the six months that follow, Mer…

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The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross

Reviewed by Lian Hingee

Everyone knows the story of the beauty and the beast, but this beautifully conceived debut from Australian writer Leife Shallcross turns the classic fairytale on its head. The Beast’s Heart is a sump…

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Lifel1k3 (Lifelike) by Jay Kristoff

Reviewed by Alistair Mathieson Lynn

Lifel1k3 is the new dystopian thriller from the prolific Jay Kristoff and it is a non-stop, action-packed romp. The novel opens with Evie Carpenter (also know as Riotgrrl), a scavvergirl just trying …

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The Learning Curves of Vanessa Partridge by Clare Strahan

Reviewed by Kushla Egan

It’s the start of the summer holidays, and the Partridges are off to the beach. But it’s a new kind of family holiday altogether – mum’s gone to Paris to ‘find herself’, abandoning siblings Vanessa a…

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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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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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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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