Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology – Edited by Danielle Binks
24th April 2017, HarperCollins Publishers Australia
336 pages, 5/5 stars
This is an incredible selection of Australia’s best young adult authors. I loved each and every one of these short stories, all from authors I am familiar with except for Danielle Binks herself, Melissa Keil, and Ellie Marney. I think that a few lines on each story might be the best way to review this book, so see below…
One Small Step – Amie Kaufman
The main character in this short story, Zaida, is the first child born on Mars. Earth loves her; her public status has opened many doors. Her parents want her to study medicine back on the home planet. But who does Zaida actually want to be? If there were no outside influences, what would she choose to do with her life? A scary incident brings these questions to the surface. What a fabulous little story about identity, and especially about that tricky moment between high school and university where there are endless opportunities, but you only get to pick one… (Just for the record, I love Amie’s visions of space habitats; she writes space very, very well – see Illuminae.)
I Can See the Ending – Will Kostakis Read more
Another slack week… Must do better if I’m to defeat the TBR! Five books, and one of those was a Little Black Classic! It was a good mix though – a non-fiction, an anthology, a middle-grade, and a YA. And I enjoyed these reads a lot more than I did last week’s! Sadly, I didn’t include any Aussie authors… Will have to change that for next week. Grab a copy of any of these options for yourselves from Booktopia. 🙂
The Rose & the Dagger – Renée Ahdieh (3.5 stars)
I think I liked this more than the first one! It was really a really great sequel, with some really intriguing characters, and some massive heartache. I loved that Ahdieh wasn’t afraid to kill some of her darlings, even if it hurt my soul…
A Hippo Banquet – Mary Kingsley (2.5 stars) Read more
Frogkisser! – Garth Nix
22nd February 2017, Allen&Unwin
336 pages, 5/5 stars
I want to scream from the rooftops about this book. I need EVERYONE to buy a copy and devour it as many times as possible so that I can discuss it with everyone I meet. It is absolutely adorable, funny, and probably MY FAVOURITE BOOK OF 2017. (Yes, I’m calling it this early.)
Princess Anya is in a pickle. Her sister’s prince has been turned into a frog by their step-stepfather. But Morven doesn’t want to fix her own messes. So Anya steps up, and takes on a quest to find the ingredients for a magic lip-balm which will restore the prince to his human form. Together with Ardent, one of the talking palace dogs, Anya’s hijinks begin.
Frogkisser is a truly marvellous, rollicking, twisted fairytale with giggles galore. Princess Anya is plucky and funny, and treats her adventures with a perfect level of scepticism – this princess isn’t a damsel in distress. Plus, there is no romance plot which is incredibly refreshing. Read more
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Seven new books this week! I am trying my absolute hardest to make sure next week has only one or two… I started a new job (still in books, thankfully), and ended up with two from there. Don’t forget to purchase anything that interests you from Booktopia!
- Begin, End, Begin: A LoveOzYA Anthology – Edited by Danielle Binks
I have wanted to get my hands on this book for SO LONG (even though it isn’t out until May…) And I was lucky enough to receive a manuscript! It’s a truly fantastic collection of short stories by Australian YA authors. I devoured it incredibly quickly.
- The Way of Shadows – Brent Weeks
Nine books this week! I should probably have found time for a few more given that I had a few days off! Standouts were The Fifth Letter and Furthermore. I also finished The Hidden Life of Trees – a really cute science book about tree communities; they have friends, and help each other out!!! And I continued with my buddy read of Gallagher Girls, though I’m falling a little bit behind now. Hoping to get through the same number in the next few weeks, and make a significant dent in my TBR piles. If you like the sound of any of these, buy them from Booktopia.
The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr (3.5 stars)
Flora is seventeen. She has anterograde amnesia, and has formed no new memories since she was ten. One day, however, she kisses a boy on the beach. And she remembers it. She has to find this boy. So she follows him to the Arctic. She meets some wonderful people, and learns a lot about herself. It’s a really sweet story, with a really fantastic twist.
Furthermore – Tahereh Mafi (4.5 stars) Read more
HAPPY NEW YEAR! While I decided to slow down a little bit on the reading front, I’m still off to a great start. Six books, all by Aussies! A great mix of fiction and non-fiction too! Don’t forget that you can buy any of these books from Booktopia! This week has confirmed my opinion that Australian authors are the best – I must make the effort to read only Aussies more often!
Happy, Healthy, Strong – Rachael Finch (Australian author) (3.5 stars)
It’s another new year, the perfect time to reconsider the ways in which he misuse our bodies. I was lucky enough to meet the lovely Rachael Finch through work; she was so calm and peaceful – I needed to discover her secrets! It had some very interesting tips – I’m definitely going to start stretching every night before bed, and try my hardest to reduce my screen time!
Newt’s Emerald – Garth Nix (Australian author) (5 stars) Read more
Seven books this week – need to up my game a little bit to get to that Goodreads goal… Favourites were The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend and Drag Teen – I obviously needed some light, easy romance this week! Please check out Booktopia if you want to own any of these yourself!
Love From Boy: Roald Dahl’s Letters to His Mother – Edited by Donald Sturrock (3 stars)
Normally I’m a total sucker for anything about Roald Dahl, but this collection of letters wasn’t as interesting as I thought they would be. There weren’t as many as I expected. The editor’s notes were themselves poorly edited at times as well… But it was still interesting. I plan to read Donald Sturrock’s biography of Dahl early next year.
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend – Katerina Bivald (4 stars) Read more