Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U GiveThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Genre: YA Contemporary

Publisher: Walker Books Australia


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Summary:

“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

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Book Review: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

This Adventure EndsThis Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

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Genre: YA Contemporary

Publisher: Henry Holt Books (Imprint of Pan Macmillian Australia)


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Summary:

Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens.

Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera’s twin brother and the most serious person Sloane’s ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins’ lives.

Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.

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Seasonal Anticipated Releases #1 (March – May 2017)

I know all of you in the Northern Hemisphere are gearing up to finally feel some warmth against your skin again but you would not believe how ready I am for Summer to be over. Sydney was pretty horrid this year and I cannot, for the life of me, take another 40*C day. Aside from the weather, I’m also super excited for all the wonderful book releases that are coming up in the next three months!

Below I have 20 books that I’m looking forward to over the next season and even that list isn’t exhaustive. So while I’m going to be a happy reader, my bank account is probably going to be a little less excited. But hey, you need to spend your money on something right *she says as she spends her money on everything*?

Anyway, make sure you let me know what books you’re looking forward to this season (because I could always be persuaded to do more damage to me TBR ;)). Withou further ado, on to the list!

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Author Q&A + Book Review: Ida by Alison Evans

IdaIda by Alison Evans

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Genre: YA SFF, #LoveOzYA

Publisher: Echo Publishing


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Summary

How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want?

Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths.

One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to wonder if she’s actually in control of her ability, and whether there are effects far beyond what she’s considered.

How can she know, anyway, whether one universe is ultimately better than another? And what if the continual shifting causes her to lose what is most important to her, just as she’s discovering what that is, and she can never find her way back?

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February Wrap Up + March TBR

Hi friends!

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So, as you may have gathered by that weirdly appropriate Moriarty gif, I’ve been gone for quite a while. In a bit of a life update, I was interning from the beginning of the year until mid-Feb and let me tell you, blogging with a full-time job is so much harder than I ever thought it could be. And by the lack of blogging, you can probably tell that I did not adjust well. But I’m back to being a full time student (*cough* sleeping most of the day *cough*) so we should be returning to our usual scheduled posting now! For what it’s worth I MISSED YOU GUYS HEAPS!

Anyway, onto the wrap up and to be read!

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Diverse #LoveOzYA Recommendations

I think most people in the world are under the impression that Australia is very White and very unforgiving to minorities. I mean, who can blame them right? We are known, amongst our white sandy beaches and iconic landmarks, as a country of racists – a fact that many people try to perpetuate instead of deny. Our media constantly erases most everyone that doesn’t have the trademark sun-kissed skin (God forbid you were actually born brown) and we nationally celebrate the day that our country was officially stolen from its Indigenous population. We still haven’t passed laws allowing same-sex marriage, we treat asylum seekers like criminals and we have so much conscious and unconscious bias, it’s kind of ridiculous. And worst of all, we are so complacent in letting it all happen.

My parents are migrants and Australia has provided us all a better life and for that, I will forever be thankful to the country that I will always call home. Saying this, the complete and utter lack of empathy for minorities, especially for Indigenous communities on Australia Day, is something I will never proud of. However, I’m ever the optimist, and so one thing I will be celebrating today is the efforts of the Australian publishing industry to get diverse books into teen hands. Yes, we still have a far way to go. But considering the lack of diversity in YA as a whole, I think we are doing pretty well so far. Whilst some of the books below are still on my TBR (which will be rectified very soon, I promise), some are ones that I have already read and greatly enjoyed – I hope this list is helpful and you find some good books because of it!

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