Notable YA Reads of May, June & July

Eeek! I’m so terribly behind on updating this blog. Apologies! So much for the grand reading plans I had for when I went part-time at work. Somehow I managed to read more on full-time hours – don’t ask me how that works.

I have had the opportunity to read some great YA books these past three months, so without further ado:



Courtney Summers is up there as one of my favourite contemporary YA writers, and Fall For Anything was a beautiful, raw, emotional read. I loved this cast of characters, the mystery in the plot and the writing is stunning as always.


The Taming of the Tights is probably my favourite so far in the¬†Misadventures of Tallulah Casey series by Louise Rennison. I spent a few nights tucked under the covers, snorting uncontrollably at Tallulah and Gang’s latest antics. If you haven’t picked up a Louise Rennison book, do it now – hysterical laughter is good for the soul.


Maybe I’m calling it too early, but this could be my favourite read of the year. Half Bad by Sally Green had such a unique, quirky voice that pulled me in right from page one. The world of White and Black witches is unlike any I’ve read before and I was quite enchanted with it. If you love Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Boys series, I think this will be up your alley.


June was the month for contemporary Aussie YA!


I forgot how much I liked mystery books! When I was a kid, I devoured the Trixie Belden, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Spy Kids, Secret Seven series, but as I grew up I don’t think there was a cross-over into young adult, and I think I was always too much of a wuss to read adult crime fiction as I don’t do gore so well. But Every Breath is the perfect cross over! Great plot, great characters and a hell of a good read. And the Mycroft/Watts tension killed me! Looking forward to reading Every Word.


Head of the River is my favourite contemporary Aussie YA this year so far. It was fascinating to get a glimpse into the world of competitive rowing. To be honest, I wasn’t sure I would like the book for that reason, but I was so surprised at how interesting I found it, and once I picked it up I didn’t put it down. I thought Pip Harry did a great job at the brother/sister POVs and I could distinguish the two quite well and loved both character arcs.



Paula Weston’s The Rephaim series is just so good! Hands down my favourite paranormal series by an Australian author. The third book, Shimmer, did not disappoint. It was great to get more of an insight into the Sanctuary. I love all the characters in this series and their relationships (Jude/Gaby, Gaby/Rafa, even Gaby/Daniel! Almost felt sorry for him in this book!). I love that the mystery deepens and that there are more questions than answers but I’m still satisfied. And that ending! Argh!


I loved this world right from the beginning of Shadow and Bone, and I’m kind of sad that it’s all over now! Ruin and Rising was a brilliant end to the trilogy. The setting is the no. 1 thing I will gush about, but I really thought the characterisation over this whole series was fantastic too. I do wish publishers would get over the whole trilogy thing, though, because I would gladly read more books in a series that fleshes out the plot a bit more over a longer period- not that that plot is a weakness with R + R, more just a comment of YA trilogies in general (and general sadness that the series has ended). Definitely one of my favourite YA fantasy series ever.


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