Young Adult reviews

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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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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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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What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

When Hayden was eight her mother, Ella, disappeared in the woods near their small-town home of Promise. Not long after, Hayden was expelled from school due to an incident, and her physicist dad was f…

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The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

Felicity Montague is determined to study medicine. Unfortunately, eighteenth-century society has other ideas about what a woman is supposed to do with her life (i.e. marry the kind baker and bear chi…

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Girl in the Window by Penny Joelson

Reviewed by Pilgrim Hodgson

Kasia is mostly stuck in her room after a case of tonsillitis leaves her with the debilitating condition myalgic encephalomyelitis (chronic fatigue). Too weak to attend school, she watches life passi…

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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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Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Catching Teller Crow is a story told through two unique voices, both belonging to young Aboriginal women. Beth Teller has died in a tragic accident but she stays with her father, who is aware of her …

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Meet Me at the Intersection by Rebecca Lim & Ambelin Kwaymullina

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Masterminded by authors Rebecca Lim and Ambelin Kwaymullina, Meet Me at the Intersection is a highly successful and much-needed anthology of Australian Own Voices writing – stories about marginalised…

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