DARK PLACES by Gillian Flynn

Earlier this year I read Gillian Flynn’s latest release, Gone Girl. It was fairly high levels of amazing and made me want to read her previous titles, Sharp Objects and Dark Places. What made Gone…

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EVERY DAY by David Levithan

Sometimes it feels like YA romance fiction has been done to death. Boy meets girl or girl meets boy, there is an obstacle, there is usually a paranormal/supernatural twist, there is quite often a girl…

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THIS IS SHYNESS by Leanne Hall

At the recommendation of a reliable source, I picked up Leanne Hall’s This is Shyness without quite knowing what to expect. Shyness won Text Publishing’s Text Prize in 2009. The Prize is awarded annually to the best…

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LIAR & SPY by Rebecca Stead

In the Publishers Weekly review of Liar & Spy, the novel is described as “as close to perfect as middle-grade novels come”. I’ll be honest–this almost made me choose not to read it. I was in ‘middle-grade’…

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THE ENGAGEMENT by Chloe Hooper

As part of the Brisbane Writers Festival over the weekend, I sat in on a session with Aussie authors Patrick Holland, Bronwyn Parry and Chloe Hooper. Chaired by fabulous local Brisbane author Trent Jamieson, the…

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