#DiverseThrowback Thursday - The Ghost Bride



Throwback Thursday #Diverse edition is our way of spreading the love of backlist  diverse books that you might have missed. We'll hopefully be posting a new book every second week, and we'd love you to join us!

Tash's pick







Title: The Ghost Bride
Author:  Yangsze Choo
Released:  August 1st 2013 
Publisher: Hot Key Books
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Seventeen-year-old Li Lan lives in 1890s Malaya with her quietly-ruined father, who returns one evening with a proposition - the fabulously wealthy Lim family want Li Lan to marry their son. The only problem is, he's dead. After a fateful visit to the Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also her desire for the Lims' handsome new heir. At night she is drawn into the Chinese afterlife - a world of ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, monstrous bureaucracy and vengeful spirits. Enlisting the help of mysterious Er Lang (a dragon turned clerk) Li Lan must uncover the secrets of the ghost world - before she becomes trapped there forever.

Drawing on traditional Malayan folklore and superstition, THE GHOST BRIDE is a haunting, exotic and romantic read perfect for fans of EMPRESS ORCHID and MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA.

why i chose it

Before Choo's 2019 wildly successful novel The Night Tiger, there was her debut The Ghost Bride which was released in 2013. I had the privilege of reading an ARC early the year it released in 2013.

The Ghost Bride introduces readers to a practice that was common in the 1800s: the marriage of young girl to a ghost. It is a scared honour, and the heroine in this novel, Li Lan takes on to repair the damage her father has caused to her family.

For Li it is a chance for honour, however this novel clearly becomes divided by the path Li must take and what the heart wants.  Li, at seventeen is on the cusp of adulthood - and in this period of time, she has limited choices.
It's hard to read her journey. She's forced into a shadow world where she must please her new in-laws, but at the same time fight to remain in the light. Her journey is fraught with danger and challenges. Choo doesn't mince the life of a girl in the 1800s who tries to break traditions.

Choo's debut is one that has stuck by me as it was my introduction to the Chinese culture in YA fiction. Growing up , I was exposed to certain culture events and partook in them but this book opens my eyes to historical practices that I was unaware of. Whilst there is obvious dystopian/paranormal influence on this novel, Choo stays true to her background and introduces readers to part of her culture that was significant in the past.


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Top Five Tuesday - Sarah’s Top Five TBR YA Comics



This week Sarah brings us her Top 5 TBR YA Comics

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Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu
"A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft."
I've been hanging out to read Mooncakes since I first heard about and quickly pre-ordered it.
It's Queer <3 and with that tag line how could I not want to read it.
The cover looks super cute and I can't wait to delve into this story following teen witch Nova and teen werewolf Tam, as they battle baddies and their feelings for each other in this "enchanting tale of self-discovery".

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The Tea Dragon Society (Tea Dragon #1) by Katie O'Neill
I first heard about this on Bookstagram a few years back and have had it on my TBR ever since. It may be more aimed at the MG crowd, but it's Queer and looks absolutely adorable. And I know there are plenty of teens and adults alike who've loved it. I'm really looking forward to reading it (hopefully before this year is out).

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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
This is another one that's been out for a while that I still need to get my hands on.
A standalone graphic novel filled with good-guys Vs bad-guys, magic and mischief , Shapeshifters and Dragons, bloody battles and giggles galore - how could I not want to read this!

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Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks
My bookish besties have been raving about this recent release and I am keen to join in their love affair with this book of fun, friendship and pumpkin patches. 
Come on Booktopia where my delivery already.

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This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki
I actually bought this one a while ago after seeing Mariko at a writers festival and still haven't had a chance to read it. It's coming-of-age-tale that I have only heard good things about - I am determined to read it before this year is through.

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Break The Fall Tour Schedule

Hachette Australia together with the #AusYABloggers are celebrating the release of Break The Fall by author Jennifer Iacopelli . On tour, you'll find Australian and New Zealand bloggers, reviewers, instagrammers and youtubers and will begin on February 24th until March 1st 2020.

Tour Schedule


24th February
Checkyourshelf_
Raathi Chota
Shelle Reads Books

25th February
Bookish Universee
Cait is Booked
Nic Book Panda

26th February
Atlanta Bushnell Books
Brooklyn the Bookworm
Little Miss Star

27th February
Book and the Beauty
Books Candles Cats
Daydreaming Ink

28th February
Bookish Mystic
Elissa Bookishbean
Aus YA Bloggers
29th February
Chemical Bookdragon
Lost in Literature
She Writes About Books
1st March
1 Girl 2 Many Books
Dark Matter Zine
The Owl Reader

About The Book


Break The Fall
Written by Jennifer Iacopelli
Published by Hachette Australia
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A fiercely told survivorship novel about one girl's determination to push her body to win gold at the Olympics, and the power of uniting as women to speak out.

The only thing seventeen-year-old Audrey Lee dreams about is swinging her way to Olympic glory. Nothing is going to stop her, not even the agony in her back. Every spasm and ache will be worth it once she has that gold medal around her neck.

But none of her training prepares her for her coach being led away in handcuffs, accused by a fellow gymnast of the unthinkable. No one knows what, or who to believe and Audrey's teammates go into meltdown.

As the Olympic torch closes in, Audrey has no idea who to trust, let alone what life holds after her final dismount. The only thing she can do is hope that in the end, belief in herself and what's left of her team, will be enough for gold.

About The Author

Jennifer Iacopelli was born in New York and has no plans to leave, ever. Growing up, she read everything she could get her hands on, but her favorite authors were L.M. Montgomery and Frances Hodgson Burnett, both of whom wrote about kick-butt girls before it was cool for girls to be kick-butt. As a high school librarian, she frolics all day with her students, books and computers and writes at night while cheering on her beloved Yankees.

Connect with Jennifer

Website  ★  Twitter  ★  Instagram



Seventy-Seven Saturday: I Hold Your Heart


Every Saturday we will bring you a short snippet from page 77 of a book. It might be a book one of us is reading or perhaps just the book closest to us.

The Rules:


  1. Pick up a Book (your current read, or the closest book to you, or your next read, etc)
  2. Turn to page 77(or 77% if you are on an e-reader)
  3. Find a Snippet, Sentence or Paragraph you like.
  4. Share it on your blog or Twitter or Instagram and link back to us (AusYABloggers) and use #77Saturday

Star's Choice

Title: I Hold Your Heart
Author: Karen Gregory
Released:11th July 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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"Together," I say, putting my hand over his. "On the count of three? One, two, three!" We press down and the box disappears. A second later an acknowledgement message appears on the screen and now I'm really bouncing on my seat. "Yessss!" I say.


Star's Thoughts

This sounds like someone and their friend are submitting something really exciting online.

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#LoveOzYA Throwback Thursday: Shadows of the Realm


Throwback Thursday edition is our way of spreading the love of backlist Aussie books that you might have missed. We'll hopefully be posting a new book every second week, and we'd love you to join us!

Sarah's pick

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Title: Shadows of the Realm
(The Circle of Talia #1)
Author: Dionne Lister
Released:12th April 2012
Publisher: Dionne Lister
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This is an epic fantasy adventure book with lots of action, intrigue, creaturas and dragons, for young adult to adult.

Bronwyn and Blayke are two strangers being drawn into the same war. Their world is facing invasion from the Third Realm. While they move unknowingly toward each other, they are watched, hunted, and sabotaged. When the Dragon God interferes, it seems their world, Talia, will succumb to the threat. Can they learn enough of the tricks of the Realms before it’s too late, or will everything they love be destroyed?

The young Realmists’ journey pushes them away from all they’ve known, to walk in the shadows toward Vellonia, city of the dragons, where an even darker shadow awaits.

This book's been given the Grub Street Reads seal of approval.

why i chose it

I’ve previously done a #77Saturday featuring this book on this blog. But as I owe getting into the online bookish community to Dionne Lister, I’m going to feature it again (and it fits the rules of our TBT’s since it was first published back in 2012).

I met Dionne when I attended a writing workshop that she was a panelist for back in 2013. She suggested that we all start a blog and just get writing.

She also introduced us to mammoth bookish beast that is Goodreads and Shadows of the Realm was one of the first books I added to Goodreads once I signed up.

It was Dionne's encouragement and enthusiasm that had me creating a Wordpress, Goodreads and Twitter account as soon as I got home! I followed a bunch of people within the indie author circuit, made some strong connections that I still have today and started my bookish blogging journey.

Thanks Dionne, I owe you one!!!!

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Seventy-Seven Saturday: Tell Me How You Really Feel


Every Saturday we will bring you a short snippet from page 77 of a book. It might be a book one of us is reading or perhaps just the book closest to us.

The Rules:


  1. Pick up a Book (your current read, or the closest book to you, or your next read, etc)
  2. Turn to page 77(or 77% if you are on an e-reader)
  3. Find a Snippet, Sentence or Paragraph you like.
  4. Share it on your blog or Twitter or Instagram and link back to us (AusYABloggers) and use #77Saturday

Star's Choice

Title: Tell Me How You Really Feel
Author:Aminah Mae Safi
Released:11th June 2019
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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Papa made a noise like a buzzer running out. "Wrong. You apologise profusely, assuming the other person won't forgive you and that you will do anything to get them back on your side. And you have to mean it. Anything."


Star's Thoughts

I think this is a passage in a book where the dad really cares about his daughter and getting her through a situation that she doesn't know how to get out of.

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Book Review: The Ninth Sorceress by Bonnie Wynne


The Ninth Sorceress
Written by Bonnie Wynne
Young Adult, Fantasy
486 Pages
Published TODAY 13th February 2020
Review copy courtesy of  Talem Press
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★★★★★

In the blackest dungeon of the Clockwork City, a prisoner lies bound in silver shackles. Who is she? And why are the wizards so afraid of her?

Seventeen-year-old Gwyn has no family and no past. Apprenticed to a half-mad herbalist, she travels the snow-blasted High Country, hawking potions in a peddler’s wagon. Her guardian hides her from the world like a dark secret, and she knows better than to push for answers.

But when she discovers she is hunted by the goddess Beheret, Gwyn is drawn into a deep and ancient tale: of chained gods and lost magic, of truths long buried and the rising of a war she never could have imagined.

Wizards and their magic-sniffing hounds pursue her – as does a stranger in a smiling mask, who calls her by an unfamiliar name…

But what really terrify her are the dangerous gifts she’s spent her life suppressing. Now, Gwyn must step out of the shadows and take charge of her destiny – even if the price is her own soul.

The Ninth Sorceress is the breathtaking first instalment of The Price of Magic, a sweeping fantasy saga full of rich storytelling and tangible magic.
Tash's Thoughts:

It begins with a girl in a jail.
A girl who is just skin and bones.
Who is this mysterious girl that is threatening to change the world as everyone knows it?

Bonnie Wynne’s The Ninth Sorceress signals her arrival on the YA scene in Australia. Appealing to the market with a spell binding tale that will appeal to all ages.  The Ninth Sorceress is a debut not to be missed.


Right from the beginning there is a sense that you are in the of midst of something great. What that something is, is the question is though, as The Ninth Sorceress starts with a present tense scene that seems bleak and weary.
Wynne is quick of the mark to rectify the situation and builds her story quickly, creating a world full of intrigue and danger. From past to present, there is the element of the unknown hovering around us as the reader as we follow the journey of Gwyn.
Gwyn is a unknown quality at first. Sheltered by her master, she is govern by his ways. Her choices are taken away from her until she is forced to adapt. Through her own experiences on this journey, readers learn about this world that Wynne has created.  It’s rich and offers a lot, yet there sense that we are only scratching the surface. The possibilities are endless it seems and leaves the door wide open for future.
With the doors being wide open and world building at play. Wynne has ticked off  some of the key elements for a good fantasy book. This is key for this book given the market being bigger than ever. Readers are seeking something exciting, something that will be rich and thrilling.  .
Wynne’s writing shows that she has crafted her story well.  In a world that is governed by magic and has no time for those who don’t obey. She does well to portray Gwyn as an interloper who very existence is cause for alarm.   She isn’t prepared for the situation at hand and her innocence shows a lot during the early part of this book.  It’s her growth and determination to seek out the truth that changes her own path though it is clouded by destiny.

With a rich world and formidable character in the making with Gwyn, The Ninth Sorceress is the type of fantasy book that readers want to read. With the movement being strong as it is Australia. Wynne’s book will quickly find a place amongst the YA crowd who crave this type of book. Well written and with the typical elements of fantasy, this unique story needs to be followed to the end.   

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Sarah did an interview with Bonnie last month, you can check that out HERE

About the author:
Bonnie Wynne studied Writing and Cultural Studies at UTS, and completed her law degree at the University of Sydney. After a brief stint in legal publishing, she now works for the Australian government, deciphering ancient law tomes.
She lives in Sydney with her cocker spaniel, Percival Hector (Canine Inspector). When she's not reading or writing, she can be found playing video games, booking her next holiday, or elbow-deep in flour.
THE NINTH SORCERESS is her debut novel and the first book in her series, THE PRICE OF MAGIC.
Bonnie’s Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Seventy-Seven Saturday: The Last Kids on Earth


Every Saturday we will bring you a short snippet from page 77 of a book. It might be a book one of us is reading or perhaps just the book closest to us.

The Rules:


  1. Pick up a Book (your current read, or the closest book to you, or your next read, etc)
  2. Turn to page 77 (or 77% if you are on an e-reader)
  3. Find a Snippet, Sentence or Paragraph you like.
  4. Share it on your Blog, Twitter or Instagram and link back to us (@AusYABloggers) and use the hashtag #77Saturday

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Title: The Last Kids on Earth (Last Kids on Earth #1)
Author: Max Brallier
Released: October 13th 2015
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Add it to Goodreads

Synopsis:

Ever since the monster apocalypse hit town, average thirteen year old Jack Sullivan has been living in his tree house, which he's armed to the teeth with catapults and a moat, not to mention video games and an endless supply of Oreos and Mountain Dew scavenged from abandoned stores. But Jack alone is no match for the hoards of Zombies and Winged Wretches and Vine Thingies, and especially not for the eerily intelligent monster known only as Blarg. So Jack builds a team: his dorky best friend, Quint; the reformed middle school bully, Dirk; Jack's loyal pet monster, Rover; and Jack's crush, June. With their help, Jack is going to slay Blarg, achieve the ultimate Feat of Apocalyptic Success, and be average no longer! Can he do it?


Sarah's 77: Every day since he came to live here he's been up at the crack of dawn, 'doing research'. He says we need to document the end of the world properly, like scientists..



Sarah's Thoughts

Riley and I both saw The Last Kids on Earth pop up on Netflix late last year and both thought it looked like an awesome series. It mentioned in the trailer it was based on a book series by the same name, so I told him we'd get the books and read them first.

I purchased books 1-5 and I am hoping/planing to start reading them with him soon.

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