The Blackburn women are cursed. Ever since the extraordinary witch Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island centuries ago and was shunned by the eight “original” settlers, Blackburn witches have been doomed to carry out a brief whirlwind affair with a descendant of the Original Eight. The vengeful curse, however, had unintended side effects: it diluted the Blackburns’ supernatural powers. That’s perfectly all right with seventeen-year-old … Continue reading ‘THE PRICE GUIDE TO THE OCCULT’ by Leslye Walton

‘OBSIDIO’ LAUNCH with Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Last Thursday I was lucky enough to attend yet another book launch hosted by The YA Circle and Dymocks Adelaide. In 2015, I attended my very first book launch for Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) where I got to meet Amie and Jay for the first time. I saw Amie again at the end of last year for her Unearthed launch with Meagan Spooner, but this time … Continue reading ‘OBSIDIO’ LAUNCH with Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

‘REIGN THE EARTH’ by A.C. Gaughen

Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands. But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, … Continue reading ‘REIGN THE EARTH’ by A.C. Gaughen


A couple weeks ago it was announced that the Penguin Teen Showcase was coming to Adelaide, and as soon as those tickets went live, I was in! Especially when I found out that there was going to be an advanced screening of Love, Simon; the adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s YA novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapien’s Agenda. So on Monday, I spent fifty minutes in peak hour traffic … Continue reading PENGUIN TEEN SHOWCASE – Adelaide 2018

‘TIN HEART’ by Shivaun Plozza

When Marlowe gets a heart transplant and a second chance at life, all she wants is to thank her donor’s family. Maybe then she can move on. Maybe then she’ll discover who she is if she’s no longer ‘The Dying Girl’. But with a little brother who dresses like every day is Halloween, a vegan warrior for a mother and an all-out war with the … Continue reading ‘TIN HEART’ by Shivaun Plozza