australian author · lgbtqia · own voices · speculative fiction · young adult

Ida by Alison Evans

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… Continue reading Ida by Alison Evans

fantasy · lgbtqia · own voices · speculative fiction · young adult

Not Your Sidekick (Not Your Sidekick #1) by C.B. Lee

Welcome to Andover…where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most… Continue reading Not Your Sidekick (Not Your Sidekick #1) by C.B. Lee

contemporary · own voices · young adult

God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems by Ishara Deen

LIKE NANCY DREW, BUT NOT… Craving a taste of teenage life, Asiya Haque defies her parents to go for a walk (really, it was just a walk!) in the woods with Michael, her kind-of-friend/crush/the guy with the sweetest smile she’s ever seen. Her tiny transgression goes completely off track when they stumble on a dead… Continue reading God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems by Ishara Deen

contemporary · lgbtqia · memoir · non-fiction · own voices · speculative fiction · young adult

Year in Books 2016 – Part 3 – Contemporary fiction & Non-fiction

My 2016 favourites list in three parts: Part 1 – YA Speculative fiction and fantasy, Part 2 – Adult Speculative fiction and fantasy & Part 3 – Contemporary fiction and Non-fiction. Thanks to all the readers who have dropped by for these lists! Onto the final one: Contemporary fiction Becoming Kirrali Lewis by Jane Harrison A great… Continue reading Year in Books 2016 – Part 3 – Contemporary fiction & Non-fiction

australian author · book list · fantasy · lgbtqia · own voices · speculative fiction · young adult

Year in Books 2016 – Part 1 – YA Speculative Fiction & Fantasy

I will be sharing my 2016 favourites list in three parts: Part 1 – YA Speculative fiction and fantasy, Part 2 – Adult Speculative fiction and fantasy & Part 3 – Contemporary fiction and Non-fiction. Truth be told, I learn from all the pages I pass through but friends are curious so here’s a few favourites read… Continue reading Year in Books 2016 – Part 1 – YA Speculative Fiction & Fantasy

contemporary · own voices · young adult

The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

  Vicky Cruz shouldn’t be alive. That’s what she thinks, anyway—and why she tried to kill herself. But then she arrives at Lakeview Hospital, where she meets Mona, the live wire; Gabriel, the saint; E.M., always angry; and Dr. Desai, a quiet force. With stories and honesty, kindness and hard work, they push her to… Continue reading The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

fantasy · historical fiction · own voices · young adult

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound. Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim… Continue reading The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo