20 YA Books That Will Hook You in 20 pages or less

Epic Reads has come up with a list of great Young Adult books that will make you never put them down within the first twenty pages. We all love books, but don’t want to waste our time reading books that we just can’t connect with.

So here are 20 of them that will not let you put them down until you have finished them:

http://www.epicreads.com/blog/ya-books-hooked/

I have only read 1 of the books on this list. I have seen most and heard about most of them though and I have now put a few of them on my TBR pile.

Have you read any of these books?

Is there any book out there you would recommend for someone that won’t disappoint them?

♥ GWAP

17 Aussie YA Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once

Hey guys,

This article came out a few weeks ago from Buzzfeed and I wanted to share it with you all because I love sharing bookish information with you all and wanted to let you see it.

Here is a list of Aussie Young Adult books which we are all apparently meant to read at least once.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/jennaguillaume/loveozya?utm_term=.yoxLmm1yw7#.lwxqXXarNy

I am going to be completely honest with you. I haven’t read any of these young adult books that are mentioned on this list. I own a couple of them, my sister has read a few of them, but I myself have not read any of them. I know about most of them, but with such a big TBR as is, I can’t really get around to all of the Aussie Young Adult books.

Have you read any of these books? Do you own any of these books?

Let me know what you think.

♥ GWAP

15 Books We Can’t Wait To Throw in our bags for Summer

Penguin Teen has come up with a list of 15 books that are coming out, that they can’t wait to read. Well guys here is that list:

http://www.penguinteen.com/books-we-cant-wait-to-throw-in-our-bags-this-summer/

I have already read one of these books The One Memory of Flora Banks and I really can’t wait to read the rest of them.

Look at how amazing the covers for all of these books are! The covers for young adult books are getting better and better I tell you.

Which books on this list do you want to read?

♥ GWAP

Best Young Adult Books of 2016 according to Readings

The year is almost over and the countdowns have begun. Everything from music, to television shows, episodes, movies, news events and the like. So have the top whatever for books have started to come out.

Here is a list of the top 10 Young Adult books for 2016 according to Readings:

http://www.readings.com.au/collection/best-young-adult-books-of-2016

The list contains:

  1. The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
  2. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
  3. The Call by Peadar O Guilin
  4. My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
  5. The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis
  6. The Boundless Sublime by Lili Wilkinson
  7. The Road to Winter by Mark Smith
  8. This Savage Song by V.E. Schewab
  9. Everything is Changed by Mova Weetman
  10. Gemina: The Illuminae Files_02 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I have only read three books on this list, you can see which books they are by checking out my 2016 Reading List page which is just right above here.

Which books have you read that have made the list?

Do you agree with the list above?

Which books would you have put on this list?

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23 YA books that, without A doubt, you’ll want to read this fall

So earlier this week, a post from Buzzfeed made the rounds with a list of the top 23 Young Adult books to read this fall, or as I like to call it, Spring.

Some of you have already seen the list, some of you might not have, well I am going to post it here for you all to either look at it again, or see it for the first time. If you are a YA fanatic like myself, than you will probably look at this list a few times to get every book title written down, so you don’t miss out on any of them.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/farrahpenn/ya-books-that-without-a-doubt-you-should-read-this-fall?utm_term=.liOobl7x4#.po2OQydpb

I specifically can’t wait for Girls Like Me by Lola St. Vil, The Odds Of Lightning by Jocelyn Davis, Going Geek by Charlotte Huang, Something In Between by Melissa De La Cruz, The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon, The Graces Laure Eve.

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Book Review – The Last Star by Rick Yancey

The Last Star / Rick Yancey / 2016

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http://www.booktopia.com.au/the-last-star-rick-yancey/prod9780141345949.html

/ Penguin Books / ISBN 9780141345925 /

338 Pages / Young Adult / Dystopian

Blurb:

They’re down here…they’re up there…they’re nowhere. They want the Earth; they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out; they came to save us. But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer, Zombie, and Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves. In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important; saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.

 

 

Review:

This is the thrilling final book in The 5th Wave trilogy written by Rick Yancey, a book based on live lose, lives ruined and humanity wasted. This is last book, the book you hope will answer all of your dying questions, a book that will sum everything up. But it doesn’t. It answers some questions, but in the end I had a few questions I still needed answering.

If you haven’t read the first or second book in the trilogy, than don’t read this one, you won’t know what is happening. You have to read the first two to read this one it is as simple as that.

When I picked up this book I was really excited for the chance to know what is happening, to find out along with the characters why everything is happening and what is going to happen in the end. The thrill and suspense in the book is still there like in the first two books. The story is still continuing, the multiple story lines also happens from multiple viewpoints. Rick Yancey is a great writer, I have praised his writing before in the other book reviews for the first two books here and here and I will do the same right now again. He knows what he is doing. Yancey knows how to create worlds but also destroy world with the flip of the page.

The trilogy of The 5th Wave is a great dystopian story which I liked in every way shape and form. I loved the depth of all of his characters, I loved the world that is built and destroyed, I loved the meaning of everything. I didn’t like the ending of the story, the trilogy, at all. I wanted it to end differently. I can’t tell you want happens because then that will destroy the whole point and you need to go out there and read it yourself. I think if the ending had gone down the path I wanted it to, then the Other would have won and not humanity. Well done Rick Yancey.

I give this book 4.3 out of 5 booky stars!

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Book Review – The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The Infinite Sea / Rick Yancey /

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16131484-the-infinite-sea

2014 / Penguin Books / ISBN 9780141345871

/ 300 Pages / Young Adult / Dystopian

Blurb:

Cassis Sullivan and her companions lived through the Other’s four waves of destruction. Now, with the human race nearly exterminated and the 5th Wave rolling across the landscape, they face a choice: brace for winter and hope for Evan Walker’s return, or set out in search of other survivors before the enemy closes in. Because the next attack is more than possible – it’s inevitable. No one can anticipate the depths to which the Others will sink – nor the heights to which humanity will rise.

 

 

Review:

Book two of Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave. You can find my review for The 5th Wave here. With only one more book in the trilogy to go, I found this book excitedly dull. You can’t read this book without reading the first book The 5th Wave and you need to know what has happened fresh in your mind as you read it or a lot of it isn’t going to make sense. I read the first book back at the beginning of the year and have read about 20 books between the first book and this second book. I really wish I had read them one after the other, because there are parts in the book that I thought “what is happening here?”.

Rick Yancey is no doubt a great writer. I love his writing. I love the story that this trilogy is trying to tell. I love that the main characters are female (go Cassie!) and I love that in a world full of mediocre dystopian young adult books, that this one and the trilogy that I am reading stand out and are different.

Read this book, go out and do yourself a favour and start at the beginning of the trilogy and work your way through it. If you are a reader, you will love the interesting story that is playing out that you won’t find anywhere else. If you are a writer, than you are going to love the great world building and thought provoking scenes that are written into this book. If it a writers book if they want to learn the right way of writing dystopian.

But there are two things about this book that I didn’t particularly like. One, the changing of narration. Throughout lots of the book I was stuck wondering who the hell was talking, who was the story about and why it was being written like so. I think that this book is a mess because of so. And number two, why does it all of a sudden go from being the main character/s book to a random characters book? It’s Cassie’s / Evan’s / Ben’s book but for almost half of it, and it’s not the good half it turns into Ringer’s book and I did not sign up for that story.

If you are reading the trilogy than you have to read this book.

I give this book 4.1 out of 5 booky stars!

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Booktopia

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Book mail from a competition

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I won this book that just arrived on my door step from Hachette Australia/ Date a Book.
I love getting book mail, it is the best kind of mail in my world.
I can’t wait to get stuck into this great looking book.
First it has to go on my TBR as I am in the middle of Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.

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Book Review – The Crown

The Crown / Keira Cass / 2016 / Harper Collins / ISBN 9780007580248 / 278 Pages / Young Adult / Dystopian

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http://www.booktopia.com.au/the-crown-kiera-cass/prod9780007580248.html

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illea to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. But as events at the palace force her even further into the spotlight, Eadlyn realizes that she might not be content remaining alone. Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairy-tale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you.

Keira Cass is the master of dystopian young love. This is the fifth book in The Selection series written by Cass and she still has it. If you have read the first four books than you won’t be surprised about this book. In fact, I have read all five of these books so fast and almost one after another that I don’t know what happens in which book and where one starts and ends.

Not only is Cass a great world builder, but this fifth books show lots of heart and dedication to her characters. With new character introduced in the book beforehand, Cass does a great deal of work to make this book end with a happy ending even though it looks like at the beginning that that isn’t possible.

In this book Eadlyn, who I still think is a spoilt brat, finally brings down her wall and steps up to the person I know her parents America and Maxon created. In my last review for The Heir I said that Eadlyn needed to grow up and be more like her parents and that the book didn’t feel like it was part of the series. Well this book brings the whole thing together really nicely.

Eadlyn does grow up (even at 16) and puts on her big girl crown, she falls in love with someone I thought might be the obvious choice, but then again I think if she had gone with someone else as her Selection winner than Cass does not know her demographic well.

This book is great, the whole series is great. Everyone should go out and read them all. I hope that Cass continues to write, because she has a real knack for it.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 booky stars!

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New Young Adult Books Coming Out This Month

May, another big month for the young adult genre with a heap of new books being released. There are a few websites out there naming and listing them all and here is just one of them:

http://www.readings.com.au/news/young-adult-new-releases-in-may

On the list includes:

  • The Lifespan of Starlight by Thalia Kalkipsakis
  • Boone Shepard by Gabriel Bergmoser
  • The Things I Didn’t Say by Kylie Fornasier
  • The Pain, My Mother, Sir Tiffy, Cyber Boy and Me by Michael Gerard Bauer
  • Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  • Riverkeep by Martin Stewart
  • The Island by Olivia Levez
  • A Court Mist and Fury by Sarah J.Maas
  • Greatest Zombie Movie Ever by Jeff Strand
  • Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

You can find links to these books and more of there information on the link above and you can find a review for The Things I Didn’t Say by Kylie Fornaiser in my Book Review section.

I wonder how many books off this list I am going to read? I have already read two.

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Book Review – The First Third

The First Third / Will Kostakis / Penguin Teen Australia / 2013 / ISBN 9780143568179/ 247 pages / Young Adult

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http://www.booktopia.com.au/the-first-third-will-kostakis/prod9780143568179.html

Life is made up of three parts: in the first third you’re embarrassed by your family; in the second, you make a family of your own; and in the end, you just embarrass the family you’ve made. That’s how Billy’s grandmother explains it anyway. She’s given him her bucket list (cue embarrassment), and now it’s his job to glue their family back together. No pressure or anything.

Will Kostakis is a genius when it comes to writing something he knows. This book The First Third is a great easy read for anyone with a family. I really enjoyed this book just like I enjoyed The Sidekicks by Kostakis because I was able to relate to it so easily. The easy of the structures, the building of the characters throughout the story that build to make an epic story and the familiarity of it all makes for an excellent read. This is the type of book you should read when you want to learn about other cultures, families and even yourself. I brought a tear to my eye in one bit at the end in particular. I cried out in laughter in the middle of the night thanks to the great jokes within the book. If I didn’t know any better Kostakis is talking about my Nonna in this book.

If you are looking for something to tug on your hear string, give you a boost of love or a hit of family drama than this is the book for you.

I give this book 4.1 out of 5 booky stars!

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Book Review – The Things I Didn’t Say

The Things I Didn’t Say / Kylie Fornasier / Penguin Teen Australia / ISBN 9780143573630 / 311 pages / Young Adult

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http://www.booktopia.com.au/the-things-i-didn-t-say-kylie-fornasier/prod9780143573630.html

After losing her best friend that night, Piper Rhodes changes school, determined that her final year will be different. She will be different. Then she meets West: school captain, star soccer player, the boy everyone talks about. Despite her fear of losing everything all over again, they fall in love without Piper ever speaking one word to West. But can a love mapped by silence last?

This is the first book by Kylie Fornasier that I have read and I think that it is a great young adult novel. The story follows a girl called Piper as she struggles with teenage life, school, friendship and her own personal issue of Selective Mutism. Not being able to talk in public to people she doesn’t really know or have a relationship with makes life for Piper just a little bit more challenging than her fellow class mates. After unintentionally hurting her best friend, Piper makes the decision to move schools. In moving schools Piper is opened to new challenges, including falling in love with the schools most liked and popular boy. Falling in love with West, without speaking brings up more insecurities and challenges for Piper who doesn’t know if what she has with West is going to last.

I finished this book in four days. When I started it I knew that I was going to love it. I thought that a certain thing would happen in the book and I am glad that it did not, because I think it would have ruined it. You will be able to guess what I thought was going to happen at the end of the book when you read it for yourself, because it feels like it is going to be predictable, but I will tell you right now that The Things I Didn’t Say is anything but predictable. It is cleaver, it is smart, and it is everything I wanted in a love storied teenage romance young adult books and more. There are great elements of photography and nature that really round out the book. The different yet so connectable family that Piper has is great and a welcome relief after reading lot of young adult books with dysfunctional families. The element of Selective Mutism and how much detail and research that has gone into it makes it feel real, it makes you feel for Piper but also root for Piper. Kylie has done a great deal of work on it and it has really paid off. The love story between Piper and West is so down to earth, so realistic, it had me cry out for more in the hopes of living through their relationship for just a little bit longer.

The level of realism and truth in this book is enlightening. The way Kylie Fornasier writes allows anyone with the ability to read to be able to connect with the story that is trying to be told. The structure of the story to the sentence structure is great. The themes, the characters, the events that take place are so well picked and placed that I cannot talk about this book anymore. It is great, it is awesome, it will make you cry and laugh and more than anything else, make you at least empathic towards people you do or even don’t know properly. Go out and read this book, you will regret it if you miss out on this story.

I give this book 4.8 out of 5 booky stars!

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Currently Reading

Last night I finished reading The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis. It is such a great book. All three character point of views in the book is from boys,  high school aged boys and it is the first time I have read anything from a males perspective and especially in a Young Adult novel. It was great. I can’t wait to meet the author this afternoon. I will be reviewing it and posting it here within a week or two.

The new book I have just started reading is called Yellow by Megan Jacobson. I will also be meeting the author this afternoon and can’t wait. I don’t think I will be close to finishing the book before then, but I already know with the small amount I have read this morning, that it too is going to a be great and different young adult book than anything I have read before.

I am loving all of this Australian young adult books that I seem to be reading at the moment.

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Day 4 – Most Loved Cover

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Replica by Jack Heath

I haven’t read this book but if the words within the cover are as intriguing as the front cover than I wouldn’t be surprised if the book is any good. Just look at how shocking, intriguing, alluring, even weird the front cover looks. It makes me want to go out and look for it so I can read it.

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Books to come

I just found this link provided by Dymocks with a list of Young Adult books to come in 2016. I want to share it with you all because I think it is important for more people to read and no matter what age or reading level you are at, a book is a book and no one should have the right to tell you want you can and can’t read.

So here is Dymocks list of 19 reasons why 2016 is shaping up to be a huge #LoveOzYa year:

https://www.dymocks.com.au/Blog/March-2016/March-2016/19-reasons-why-2016-is-shaping-up-to-be-a-huge-Lov

I am half way through reading Sarah Ayoub’s The Year Book Committee and will definitely be writing a review for it when I am done, which shouldn’t be long now.

I’m excited for a few of these books and can’t wait for them to all come out. Have you guys read any or are you planning on reading any? Let me know.

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