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Preloved Review & Pink Sugared Popcorn!

Preloved Review & Pink Sugared Popcorn!

Preloved by Shirley Marr I had a horrible sensation in my stomach only because, like, a billion things could go wrong when you try to tell a girl that her Eighties-flavoured boyfriend from a past life was trying to hook back up with her.Preloved is the story of 16-year-old Amy Lee, a girl who lives in the fictional Australian town of Middlemore with her Chinese mother. On her school’s Eighties Theme Day, she’s dressed up as Buttercup from The Princess Bride and battling her love/hate relationship with her best friend Rebecca when she accidentally stumbles upon a silver locket with a picture of a boy from the 80s inside. Her life gets complicated when the boy’s ghost appears and begins to haunt her–but not for the usual reasons you might expect. First of all, Logan wears his collar popped. And he’s persistent. And he’s annoying. But as Amy grows closer… Read more »

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The Reluctant Hallelujah: review

The Reluctant Hallelujah: review

The Reluctant Hallelujah by Gabrielle Williams On the surface of things, The Reluctant Hallelujah contains all the necessary ingredients that go into cooking up a very cool book. A mystery, a road trip, Williams’ trademark wit, teenage highjinks and lots of love for my home city, Melbourne. And this is why it pains me to say that I found the end product of The Reluctant Hallelujah slightly undercooked, leaving me with the distinctly bitter aftertaste of disappointment. Having already become acquainted with Williams’ cheeky and charming style in Beatle Meets Destiny, I had high expectations for The Reluctant Hallelujah. After a bit of light hearted flirting with her 2009 novel, I was ready to fall in love. And at first, the signs were promising. Williams has a real flair for voice and Dodie’s is no exception. The book has a conversational manner, and it’s always clear that the Dodie is… Read more »

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Literary Swoon, Day Six: Shirley Marr

Literary Swoon, Day Six: Shirley Marr

Photos courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt and Shirley Marr It may seem counter-intuitive to ask someone who had just the faintest hint of romance in her YA debut to participate in our Literary Swoon series, but Aussie author Shirley Marr is such a voracious reader that we had to ask this all-around cool chick what tickles her romantic fancy. Her answer may surprise you!  Shirley Marr’s Favorite Romantic Book Scene I’m a self-confessed “non-romantic” person, but if I had to choose, it would have to be THIS kissing scene from Chasing Boys by Karen Tayleur.  Billed as a “coming of age story for girls with no interest in being Pretty in Pink”, it’s totally me! I’m guilty of hiding under the covers like a little girl and flipping through the pages of this novel to read all the Ariel and Gaston bits!  “I know,” I say to him. “You know… Read more »

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Literary Swoon, Day Three: Rebecca Lim

Literary Swoon, Day Three: Rebecca Lim

Photos courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt and Rebecca Lim We’re continuing our countdown to Valentine’s Day with some of our favorite YA authors! Rebecca Lim’s Mercy is one of the most interesting and mature YA angel books available right now, and I really enjoyed its blend of suspense and supernatural. The hint of a blossoming romance is also very promising, so I was very pleased when Rebecca agreed to share her thoughts on a favorite romantic book as part of our Literary Swoon series. If you enjoy Rebecca’s choice, by the way, you should check out our Bookish Valentine’s Day Gift Guide. It happens to feature an item with a quote from this very memorable moment! Rebecca Lim’s Favorite Romantic Book Scene Persuasion (1818) by Jane Austen is a sublime romantic novel and something I return to often. It has wry humour, wit, restraint and elegance, but beneath it all,… Read more »

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Sneak Preview: Australian YA in 2012

Sneak Preview: Australian YA in 2012

As the Australian-in-Residence here at The Midnight Garden, I thought it would be fitting to make my blog debut on a topic close to my heart – young adult literature from the great southern land.  I think I’ve loved Australian YA since I borrowed my first John Marsden from the library, or read my first Melina Marchetta at school. I’ve always been a keen reader, devouring just about anything I could get my hands on, but there’s something about the sense of affinity in reading Australian books that I love. There’s a familiarity to the humour, the dialogue and the often the themes that strikes a chord with me. Over the last couple of years I’ve added some Australian releases to my shelf of all-time favourite books. Authors like Markus Zusak, Cath Crowley and Craig Silvey have made their way onto my “auto-buy” list, and it’s great to see their work… Read more »

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Shirley Marr’s FURY: U.S. tour!

Shirley Marr’s FURY: U.S. tour!

One of Aussie YA titles creating a big buzz this year is Shirley Marr’s Fury, which is the twisty mystery of a popular girl who confesses to a murder. Eliza Boans is a girl who’s hiding a lot of secrets, and readers everywhere have been falling in love with her smart, funny narrative. The book has been near impossible to get at a reasonable price overseas, so the lovely Miss Marr has kindly sent over a touring copy to share with U.S. bloggers!  If you’d like the opportunity to read this coveted title, please sign up here. If you’re a fan of kick-ass heroines or mysteries in general, this is a must-read for any YA fan.My full review of the novel is linked here.  And hey, grab the Fury Tour Button! Pssst, grab the spiffy tour button on the sidebar. Flair is cool, whether it’s for yourself or for your… Read more »

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