Young Adult Archives

REVIEW: The Big Rewind by Libby Cudmore

Review by Sarah McDuling I really loved this book! It’s always so great to come across something different and The Big Rewind is like a breath of fresh air! Described as Raymond Chandler meets Nick Hornby, The Big Rewind plays out like a noir detective story set in hipster Brooklyn. With wry humor and consistently clever plotting, we join Jett Bennett, aspiring music journalist, as she hu... Read more

by | February 9, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Max by Sarah Cohen-Scali (Review by Emily Meredith)

Review by Emily Meredith Max is a fascinating fictionalisation of a very real piece of World War II history. The title character is the first child born in the Lebensborn program, a terrifying Nazi eugenics initiative to create perfect Aryan children. We are first introduced to Max before he is born, and he is already determined to be a perfect Nazi, with plans to be born on Hitler’s birt... Read more

by | February 5, 2016

REVIEW: Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar

Review by Sarah McDuling Summer Skin really and truly blew me away. I can’t remember the last time I had a reading experience that was so wonderfully surprising! When I picked up this book I expected a cute, fluffy YA romance and instead what I got was a smart, hard-hitting and emotionally weighted love story full of incredibly rich and layered characters. At turns shockingly honest and w... Read more

by | February 3, 2016

REVIEW: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Review by Sarah McDuling Victoria Aveyard really knows how to keep readers wanting more. Last year, Red Queen shot to the top of the best sellers lists as people everywhere found themselves captivated by the story of Mare Barrow AKA The Lightning Girl. Red Queen is a fast paced and action-packed tale set in a dystopian society with a rigid class structure, in a world full of people with superpo... Read more

by | February 2, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (Review by Emily Meredith)

Review by Emily Meredith Etta Spencer is a violin prodigy preparing to make her debut in the professional music world. But her performance doesn’t go to plan, she loses focus, and then she wakes up in 1776 in the middle of a sea battle. Etta comes from a line of families with the ability to travel through time. However, her mother ran away from this world, and neglected to tell Etta anyth... Read more

by | January 14, 2016