Young Adult reviews

This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi has written an enchanting new book for readers to escape into with her latest YA fantasy, This Woven Kingdom. With elegant, alluring prose reminiscent of old fairytales and legends, Mafi…

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Only a Monster by Vanessa Len

Local Melbourne-based author Vanessa Len has created a breathtaking debut in Only a Monster, the first in a new trilogy. I was completely absorbed by every detail in this time-travelling wonder, wher…

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At the End of Everything by Marieke Nijkamp

Written from the perspective of three different teenagers, this is the story of a group of delinquents that the world has forgotten when a plague takes over society. Grace, Logan and Emerson have all…

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I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys is renowned for casting a humanitarian lens on real stories of human tragedy, giving voice to those whose stories may otherwise be lost in the cracks of history. Sepetys was awarded the …

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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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Parachutes by Kelly Yang

Dani is a high-achieving Filipino American scholarship student at American Prep high school in California. When she’s not practising with the debate team and planning her path to Yale, Dani works as …

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Margot Mertz Takes It Down by Carrie McCrossen & Ian McWethy

After her uncle loses her entire college fund in a shonky business deal, Margot Mertz starts her own side hustle doing what she does best: removing embarrassing content from the internet.

Teachers, …

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Hometown Haunts: #LoveOzYA Horror Tales edited by Poppy Nwosu

Hometown Haunts is all-Australian and all-amazing, bringing together some of our best established and emerging YA authors for a collection that will chill, thrill and leave you sleeping with the ligh…

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Dark Rise by C.S. Pacat

Someone is trying to kill Will. They already murdered his mother months ago, and now they’re hunting him. Disguised as a dock boy in 19th-century London, Will is almost captured, but escapes with the…

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Bad Girls Never Say Die by Jennifer Mathieu

Author of Moxie, Jennifer Mathieu, has written a compelling re-imagining of one of the greatest books about teen rebellion of all time: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders.

Set in 1964 Houston, it focuses …

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