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Kelly's Picks


Breathing Under Water by Sophie Hardcastle

Set within a quintessential Australian coastal town, Sophie Hardcastle weaves a beautifully poignant story of loss, losing your way and how tragedy threatens to drown those left behind. The writing was delicate and lyrical, captivating from the very first page. Sophie Hardcastle is a phenomenal author who will no doubt become an Australian favourite with teens for many generations to come.

Add to Goodreads. Available from Hachette Australia.

The Road To Winter by Mark Smith

I loved the social messages woven throughout the storyline. It touches on the social injustice of basic human rights and the plight of refugees within Australia, gently and with care. The barren Australian coastline was vivid, a simple existence that captivated with so few words.

Add to Goodreads. Available from Text Publishing.

One Would Think The Deep by Claire Zorn

Claire Zorn is an incredible author who isn't afraid delve into the Australian cultural landscape, creating realistic and remarkable characters. One Would Think The Deep will provide readers with a sense of nostalgia of a nonchalant era that was often brutal and politically incorrect. Sam's story is heartbreaking and incredibly poignant, ensuring a beautiful and introspective read.

Add to Goodreads. Available now from UQP.


Name &/or Nickname.

Where do you live (State or vague area).

Where do you wish you lived (e.g. Narnia, Fantasia, etc.). 
If I had to pick a fictional bookish place it would have to be Velaris in the Night Court.

Top Three favourite #LoveOzYA reads of all time.
Oh that's a hard one! Probably The Colours of Madeleine by Jaclyn Moriarty, Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden and Hidden by Marianne Curley 

Top Three YA Series of all time (worldwide).
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, Twilight by Stephanie Meyer and The Colours of Madeleine by Jaclyn Moriarty 

Who or what got you into reading.
Reading was just something that me and all my friends did at school. I would have to say that John Marsden's Tomorrow Series was a catalyst for my love of reading. My friends and I were obsessed with it.

Preferred Genres.
 YA of course, but I also love chick lit, romance, historical fiction, a bit of fantasy and the classics. Pretty much anything that isn't too scary.

Have you ever met any famous authors (it's ok to brag in this instance). If not who would you love to meet.
No I haven't had the privilege of meeting any famous authors but if I could pick one who I would love to meet then it would definitely be Jenny Colgan. I love her books and I couldn't help but pick her brain to see how her School by The Sea series will end.

If you could spend a day with any YA protagonist who would it be and why.
Mor from A Court of Thorns and Roses for sure! She is a strong, brave. loyal and clearly know how to have a great time. We would have an amazing time in Velaris

 Where can we find you online.

Blog: www.readthewriteact.com

Twitter: @readthewriteact

Instagram: @readthewriteact

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September Events

Victorian Events

What:  Krystal Sutherland in Conversation
When: Friday 1st September 2017
Where: Dymocks, 234 Collins Street, Melbourne
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: Free
For more information: Bookings are essential

What: YA LIT Fest
When: September 2nd 2017
Where: Doncaster Library, 687 Doncaster Road Doncaster
Time: 11:00 - 4:00pm
Cost: Free
For more information: Information and list of attending authors

What: Because of You book launch
When: Saturday 2nd September 2017
Where: The Grill at Beer DeLuxe, Federation Square, Melbourne
Time: 11:30am
Cost: Free
For more information: To register

What:  #loveozya sessions
When: Sunday 3rd September 2017
Where: ACMI The Cube
Time: 2:30pm
Cost: Free
For more information: Bookings

What: September YA Bookclub - Songs That Sound Like Blood
When: September 5th 2017
Where: The Younger Sun Bookshop, 26 Murray Street Yarraville
Time: 6:00 - 7:00pm
Cost: Free
For more information: Information and booking

What:  Wilder Country Book Launch
When: September 5th 2017
Where: Readings, 309 Lygon St, Carlton
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: Free
For more information: No booking required

What: Godsgrave Launch
When: Friday 8th September 2017
Where: Dymocks, 234 Collins Street, Melbourne
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: Free
For more information: Bookings are essential

What: #Loveozya Books On The Rail
When: September 14th 2017
Where: Flinders Street railway station, Glen Waverley line and then travelling back to Flinders Street
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: Train fare
For more information: For More Information

What: The Book Lovers Book Swap
When: September 17th 2017
Where: Emporium food court, Level 3, 287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Time: 12:30pm
For more information: See Sally's Instagram Post

New South Wales Events

What: YA Bookmeet with Steph Bowe
When: September 2nd 2017
Where: Dymocks, 424 - 430 George Street, Sydney
Time: 2:30pm
Cost: Free
For more information: Information & Booking

What:  Heart Of Mist Book Launch
When: September 2nd 2017
Where: Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: Free
For more information: Information & Booking

What: Godsgrave Launch
When: September 7th 2017
Where: Dymocks, 424 - 430 George Street, Sydney
Time: 6:60 - 8:30pm
Cost: Free
For more information: Information & Booking

Queensland Events

What:  Dumplings & Books with Wai Chim
When: September 8th 2017
Where: New Shanghai, Queens Plaza, Shop 23, Level LG, 226 Queen Street, Brisbane
Time: 6:00pm
For More Information: See Facebook for more information

What:  Krystal Sutherland in Conversation
When: September 23rd 2017
Where: Mary Who? Bookshop, 414 Flinders St, Townsville
Time: 11:00am
Cost: Free

Western Australia

What: Garden City Book Fair
When: Monday 4th September - Sunday 17th September 2017
Where: Garden City Shopping Centre, Shop 33 - 34, 125 Riseley Street, Booragoon

ACT Events

What: Face Your Fears with Krystal Sutherland
When: September 2nd 107
Where: Harry Hartog, 13 Keltie St, Phillip
Time: 5:00pm
Cost: Free
For more information: For bookings email: woden@harryhartog.com.au or call (02) 6232 5832

#LoveOzYABloggers - Series

#LoveOzYABloggers is hosted by #LoveOzYA, a community led organisation dedicated to promoting Australian young adult literature. Keep up to date with all new Aussie YA releases with their monthly newsletter, or find out what’s happening with News and Events, or submit your own!

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Series - Tash's Entry

So my books are all the place for those who know me and are never in any  particular order. To find them to take pictures would have taken forever so I'm sticking to book covers for my first time

The Colours of Madeline Series by Jacyln Moriarty- Many people would be familiar with this name here and overseas. Moriarity  is well known for her contemporary series and I adore  The Murder of Bindy MacKenzie which was my first book from her . However I really fell in love with her writing when  I read this series.  A tale of two dimensions co existing secretly until  and a girl name Madeline discovers the secrets and becomes part of the mystery. An intriguing three part series that will leave you hooked until the last page. It's a underrated series for sure and fantasies lovers need to pick this one asap 

The Every Series by Ellie Marney  is another no brainer when it comes to  picking  my favourite Aus YA series. I adored the homage to Sherlock Holmes in this series and then the unoffical spinoff we got in the form of No Limits. Watts's and Mycroft's epic adventure was well written and these two were perfect for each other.  Dynamic and intriguing this mystery series is a favourite around here for a good reason. Very Australian and set in my neck of the woods, Marney will appeal to every Australian reader

Now I could have picked a few series for my final pick, as there some wonderful ones out there from authors such as Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman  and Rachael Craw to name a couple.  However I decided to go with a series I started and never got round to finishing for no good reason.  The Last Trilogy by Michael Adams.  A  sc-fi dystopia set in Sydney. In a world where a event called the Snap happened and now the world has gone crazy. There no secrets or anything sacred in this new world. Except for Darby no one can read her secrets .....
I only read the first book but dragging it out for this post , has made want to revisit this series when I get a chance as  it was wonderfully written and entertaining

What your favourite Aussie Series you have read? We would love to hear your thoughts

You can find Tash via   Thoughts by TashTwitter  Instagram and Goodreads

September New Releases

If you're purchasing online, remember to check out Booko for free shipping when purchasing from Booktopia, Angus & Robertson Bookworld and Boomerang Books. Support your local bookstores to support our Australian publishing industry. 

September New Releases

Penguin Teen

 Harlequin Australia

Hachette Australia

Walker Books Australia

Hachette Australia 

Allen and Unwin

Text Publishing

Allen and Unwin

Bloomsbury Australia

What books are you excited for in August?

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#LoveOzYABloggers - Sci-Fi

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Sci-Fi - Sarah's Entry

I attempted to take some pretty pics for this fortnight's prompt. Ethan even tried to ''help'' me. But in the end I decided I would just use the covers all lined up in a row.

My plan for picking the books this time around was; An extremely well known Oz YA Sci-fi I loved, a lesser known Oz YA Sci-fi I loved and One that I haven't read yet but am sure I will love.

Ta-Da > >

> > Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff < < 

I really doubt that Illuminae needs a introduction. By now I think you would be hard pressed to find someone in the YA book world that hasn't heard of it. This book, the first in The Illuminae Files trilogy, was my favorite read of 2015. Super computers, deadly viruses, young lovers separated and unlikely heroes - YES PLEASE. It was beautiful, quirky, funny, action packed, exciting, thrilling, gut twisting, sweet, murderous and just plain awesome. 

Hero is the first book in The Hero Rebellion trilogy and it introduces us to Hero Regan. We see Hero battle normal teenager issues; school bullies and finding out who her true friends are. As well finding out that her whole life has been some sort of long running science experiment and dealing with the consequences of who and what she truly is, a human hybrid.

> > The Undercurrent by Paula Weston < <

I am chomping at the bit to read this one and plan on starting it later this week. So yeah, at the moment I can't tell you much about it other than what Goodreads can (the book titles link to Goodreads). Things I've heard (while trying to stay away from reviews incase of spoilers); Gripping, non-stop action, a girl who can wield electricity, absolutely brilliant - YES PLEASE.

What is the best Sci-fi novel you have read by an Aussie? We'd love hear about it!

You can find Sarah via The Adventures of SacaKat  Twitter  Instagram and Goodreads

Author Spotlight - Ellie Marney Guest Post

No Limits Rip

I have a playlist on my phone called ‘No Limits Rip’ that is just music I listened to while writing the

Actually, no, it’s not music I listened to while writing, cos generally I don’t do that, I prefer silence so
the words in my head don’t get mixed up with the lyric words in music. But I had songs on a playlist I could repeat that captured the mood of the story or maybe evoked a certain feeling. Occasionally I
got an idea that some song referenced a particular character, so I stuck that in as well.

I generally listen to playlists while driving. During the writing of No Limits I was working night shifts, so spinning these songs in the car on my way to and from work, late at night along lonely country roads, gave me a chance to really sink into a character’s head.

Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys

This song is referenced in the very first line of the book, which is my favourite line of the book: ‘Blue-and-red lights swirling over a windscreen whiteout, and the siren sounds exactly like the guitar
feedback loop on an Arctic Monkeys track.’ And it does – the guitar feedback during the final strains
of the song actually sounds exactly like a police siren. Have a listen. Speaking of opening lines: quite
often, you don’t get to keep your favourite opening lines (I have been known to excise the first
chapter entirely during book edits). But this one I liked, so I kept it.

The sense of menace and bad karma in this track seemed a good fit for the start of the story. Now
every time I hear this song, it just reminds me of Harris.

Crystal Balling – Jackie Onassis

I listened to a lot – I mean, a lot – of Aussie hip hop during the writing of the book. Some of it made it into the story, too: this song is referenced explicitly when Harris escapes his Dad’s house and makes a painful eight-kay trek on crutches to the Five Flags, the Five Mile pub, where he enters a raucous Friday night ‘blokes at the pub’ scene.

I like the track because it has that very strident Australian language and a Friday-night feel, plus an awesome brass chorus – it’s kind of uplifting but real, if you know what I mean.

Run – Seth Sentry

I fucking love Seth Sentry. Seriously, I think he could be one of the smartest, most genuine hip hop artists out there right now, and I love this song, which is about being a kid growing up in the suburban Australian peninsula town of Frankston. Again with the Australian language, and a great sense of what it’s like being a teenage shithead, which I thought fit Harris pretty well – he’s a shithead, and he’s trying to cut loose, stay a few steps ahead of the cops and everybody else.

A Place Like This – Majid Jordan

A grim and evocative song for a character like Reggie – Recep ‘Fuck off, soccer’s for wogs’  McLeod.

Lots of kids I know of got into drugs pretty early: a local kid whose family I know was already an ice addict at fifteen. People use drugs for all kinds of reasons, but when you’re still a kid you don’t tend to make very considered choices, y’know? And ice is cheap, and available…and it’s all pretty much downhill from there.

I never saw Reggie as just a bit player in No Limits. He’s probably one of the main reasons I wrote the book. I mean, sure, I wrote it for Harris and Amie, to get their stories told. But the stories that occupy the backdrop to the main action are sometimes the pivots on which events turn. Reggie is a character who showed up on the day and just demanded to be written on his own terms. I’d really like to see him play in the local footy league one day – and if he gets his shit together after No Limits, I think it could actually happen.

Resolution – Matt Corby

There’s a lot of turning points in the story, but I think one of them happens on the day Harris buys a car – which becomes the Pitbull – from Nick Partridge. It’s during the conversation with Nick that Harris realises his interest in Amita Blunt is more than just a passing regard. Something is starting to change inside him, something is pushing him towards finding an escape from his current life of desperation, and he recognises it happening. I like the staunchness of this song, and I love Matt Corby’s voice, and the whole resonance of it.

The Ship Song – Nick Cave

‘I put the radio on. It’s the end of an old Nick Cave song, and Harris starts singing along. I’m somehow not surprised to discover his voice is a warm baritone. He smiles while he sings, hair blowing in his face, and he glances at me until I laugh and join in…’ 

Nuff said 😊

Burn the Pages – Sia

I love the fierceness of Sia’s voice, and the sense of her being street-wise but still sensitive to life – I think Amie Blunt shows similar characteristics. Amie spends a lot of time twisting herself into knots trying to please other people, which I guess is her way of holding onto them, and holding onto the past. But Amie’s self-awareness and her sense of responsibility also makes her view the world slightly differently. Which might be one of the reasons why she never views Harris in a blinkered way: she’s open to the idea that people change, that everyone is trying to work out life for themselves. Unlike lots of other people in town, she doesn’t denigrate Harris for his choices or his past, or look down on him. And her high expectations give him something to aspire to. Amie’s natural optimism might come across as naivete if her own life experiences haven’t tempered her, given her some fortitude.

Harris’s voice seemed to come naturally, almost fully formed, but Amie was a tougher nut to crack. I had to work quite hard to get into Amie’s head and understand her voice – I certainly spent more time thinking about Amie, and her life, than I spent thinking about Harris and his. But it was important to do that: I had to put Amie in some hair-raising situations, so I needed to understand how she would react. It didn’t really surprise me to discover that, when she’s put under pressure, Amie’s innate courage and resilience come strongly to the fore.

That’s it. A few other songs made it onto the playlist – Hey Now by London Grammar, Brainbox by Hilltop Hoods, This Is Not the Way Home by The Cruel Sea, Turn Down For What by DJ Snake & Lil John, amongst others – but the ones I already talked about were the important ones.

I hope these notes give you some sense of the inspirations behind the writing of No Limits. People are always asking where the ideas come from: mostly the ideas come from inside my weird brain, but music and art and nature and a whole bunch of things go towards sustaining your energy and maintaining flow during the long slog towards the first-draft finish line.

So now No Limits is out in the world – fly free, little bird! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.


No Limits is available to pre-order now, and to purchase on April 14, 2017.

Reader Spotlight: Guest post by @SarahRHatch

DO Judge a Book by its Cover by Sarah Robinson-Hatch

Have you ever bought a book simply because it looked beautiful? Have you ever been put off reading a book because it didn't have an appealing cover? I certainly have. But what makes a cover worthy of buying the book without even knowing anything about the narrative? Why do some of the best books have the ugliest covers? And here’s the question we all want to know the answer to: Why are publishers still using human faces on the front of books?

Gorgeous covers, like beauty, is all in the eye of the beholder. What I find attractive might not interest you, and a cover you might adore might be one that I feel pretty meh about. And I even think that our tastes in covers develops and changes, much like how our change in books can shift. I used to love covers with lots of colours and heaps of detail, but now I seem to gravitate towards the ones that are a little more simple, like We Are the Ants and Radio Silence.

What I love about these covers is how subtle they are, but I also adore the colours used, contrasting the white font. I’m no artist, but the colours in the sky in both covers is so appealing to me. But another type of cover that I’ve been seeing recently, and that I really like, is people who have been drawn. Thank goodness most publishers and cover designers are realising that having faces on covers, like with Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, isn’t attractive at all. As well as having silhouettes of people on covers, drawn people, like the girl on the front of the American version of The Hate U Give, is another example of a type of cover I love.

But let’s implement my love of these covers and discover what I’ve bought just because of the pretty cover, shall we? As I’m notorious for not reading blurbs, I feel that being susceptible to gorgeous covers is even more of a risk to my bank account. For example, We Are the Ants was totally a cover buy for me. I mean, I’d heard a couple of my friends had enjoyed it, but that beautiful cover really sealed the deal. How could I say no to having that book on my shelf?

And then there’s books that I buy because of their gorgeous cover and never get around to reading. For example, Infinity Glass. I had no idea what these books were about, but I had to buy them because they looked good, right? Never mind avo on toast and $6 lattes, buying books is the reason why I’ll never be able to afford a house to put them in. It’s not my fault I care more about stocking my library than actually acquiring the space to have a library.

There are also books that just haven't picked up yet because I’m not a fan of their covers. I’m sure they’re brilliant books, but if the cover isn’t something I’m proud of on my shelf, then what’s the point? Oh yeah, the content. I wasn’t ever a fan of the UK and Australian cover of Radio Silence, and the American one hadn’t come out when I first heard about this book. I knew that a lot of people really loved it, but the reason why I was so late to that party was because I didn’t like the face on the cover and the colours were off-putting. Thankfully, I was able to overcome that problem, and now Radio Silence is one of my all-time favourite books. *Insert some cliched, vaguely inspirational quote about not buying books for their covers*.

But then we enter a whole different dimension when we’re talking about hardback novels that have art inside the dust jacket or on the book itself. It’s time to talk about what books like like naked. If you buy a lot of books, something you’ll probably have considered is what the book looks like under the dust jacket. Is it plain, or is there some art on it, or something embellished? And what does the spine look like? Although these questions aren’t vital to the beauty of the cover itself, it’s undeniably an important factor in deciding to get the paperback or the hardcover. I’m a sucker for hardcover books with art indented on the front.

Something that confuses me about the way the world works is why book covers change from country to country. Also, I want to know how wifi works, but that’s a question for another time. It’s strange seeing the different covers of foreign editions of books. How does each country decide what covers will entice the market? Why are these covers often so drastically differently? Unfortunately, I don’t have all the answers to these questions, but if you know, I’d be interested in hearing why!

So what covers do you find appealing? Have your tastes in covers changed over the years? What’s the worst book cover you’ve seen? Do you know why covers change from country to country! I’d love to know! In the meantime, I’ll just be sitting here, petting all of my beautiful books.

Sarah Robinson-Hatch is a student who, when not dwelling in fantasy worlds or outer space, resides in Melbourne.

Sarah has won a number of writing awards and hopes to one day have a novel published. Her favourite things to write about are teenagers saving the human race during world-ending cataclysms and death scenes, both of which probably freak her out more than any potential readers.

When she’s not writing, she can be found trying to wrangle fifteen novels onto a bookstore counter, thinking of how she can best make readers cry, or fangirling to the point of hyperventilating over fan-art, movie trailers and authors favouriting her Tweets. She's also probably frantically planning the next event for The YA Room — a Melbourne YA book club which she co-hosts.

Sarah thinks every type of weather is reading weather and refuses to leave the house without two books in her bag — just in case she finishes the first one. You can find her on Twitter @SarahRHatch or on her blog, Written Word Worlds.
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