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Totally Outrageous Preloved Giveaways! And a Poolside Vlog with Shirley Marr

Totally Outrageous Preloved Giveaways! And a Poolside Vlog with Shirley Marr

If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you know we’re big fans of Aussie author Shirley Marr. Today happens to be Shirley’s birthday, and she’s celebrating with us on her official blog tour for her newest book Preloved!  Read our review from last week, download the pink sugared popcorn recipe card, and then join us for a little afternoon pool party. Like all good parties, it might just come with some special party favors for a few of our lucky guests… Shirley Marr’s Vlog And that’s right–it hardly seems fair, but our wonderful birthday girl is offering YOU a present! Along with 1 autographed copy of her new book, Shirley is offering one lucky winner a beautiful sterling silver locket necklace similar to the one that plays such an important role in the book. Grand Prize – 1 autographed copy of Preloved by Shirley Marr, plus a beautiful necklace… Read more »

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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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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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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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Fury: review

Fury: review

Furyby Shirley Marr This book defies every just about every red flag that pops up in YA literature. Are you cautious when trying out a brand new author? Do you sometimes wince when girls behave in classic “mean girl” fashion towards each other? Do you get sick of brand names being dropped into casual conversation? Well, you’ll find all of that and more in Shirley Marr’s debut novel. And the funny thing is, because it’s in the hands of a gifted author, it all works. Beautifully. Within minutes of meeting Eliza Boans, you quickly realize that she’s a spoiled, murderous brat. She’s a privileged teenager living in the exclusive community of East Rivermoor, and she’s just confessed to a heinous crime in an interrogation room–but exhibits not a single shred of remorse. She’s far more concerned about returning to her pampered life in which she rules the roost of girls… Read more »

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