5 #LoveOzYA Books on my TBR

March 22, 2017 Discussion 26

I love celebrating the magnificent books that are produced in my country! And Australia has some fantastic authors producing brilliant novels! Unfortunately, as much as I love to talk about them, I haven’t actually read all that many…

One day this will change! Hopefully soon, because I have quite a few Aussie books on my TBR. Here are 5 of them.

Quick disclaimer that I’ve made these little descriptions of these books based on Goodreads summaries. Because I haven’t actually read the books yet, I could be way off.


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Yellow by Megan Jacobson

YA Contemporary. A 14 year old girl promises a ghost she’ll solve his murder… if he does three things for her first.

Find Yellow: Book Depository | Booktopia | BookWorld

Every Breath by Ellie Marney

Every Breath by Ellie Marney

YA contemporary. Sherlock Holmes retelling. The boy next door (Mycroft) recruits Rachel Watts(on) to help solve a murder mystery in Melbourne.

Find Every BreathBook Depository | Booktopia | BookWorld


Sabriel by Garth Nix

YA Fantasy. Sabriel sets out on a quest to find her father, coming face to face with evil and her hidden destiny.

Find SabrielBook Depository | Booktopia | BookWorld

The Incredible Adventures of Cinammon Girl

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil

YA contemporary. A country girl is struggling to sort out her life as Armaggedon approaches.

Find The Incredible Adventures of Cinammon Girl: Book Depository | Booktopia | BookWorld

One Would Think the Deep

One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn

YA Contemporary. A boy who recently lost his mother reconnects with family and has to start making some important decisions about his life.

Find One Would Think the Deep: Book Depository | Booktopia | BookWorld


What are your LoveOzYA recommendations?

26 Responses to “5 #LoveOzYA Books on my TBR”

  1. Sarah

    Garth Nix is one of my favourite authors – although sadly I haven’t heard of any of the others. I will be sure to check them out though :) Australian authors really don’t seem to get much publicity across the waters!

    • Bec

      I’ve only read Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix but I’ve heard amazing things about all his stuff! I can’t wait to read it.

      They definitely don’t get as much publicity overseas. Sometimes they’ll sell rights in America before Aus, but usually they need to get really big before they make it overseas.

  2. Emily @ theBookishLounge

    I loved Yellow – it was one of my favourite Aussie YA reads last year so I hope you enjoy it too!! I’ve recently gotten super obsessed with everything Sherlock so I’m really excited to read Every Breath. I’ve heard some good things about Garth Nix books so I might check out Sabriel. Great recs Bec :D
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    • Bec

      I can’t wait to read it! I’m hesitant because 14 year old protagonist but I’ve heard so many great things I think my fears are irrelevant haha.

      Thanks :)

  3. Sara L.

    Yay for Garth Nix! I’ve read Sabriel and Lirael so far, and Nix has become one of my favorite YA fantasy authors as a result. Can’t wait to continue that series – though I need to get a hold of Abhorsen first!

    I’d also mention Allison Goodman. I’ve only read Eon so far, but I’m hoping to get to Eona later this year and would like to check out her new series Helen and the Dark Days Club.
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    • Bec

      The Old Kingdom series is one of those fantasy series everyone raves about! So glad to hear you’re loving it too :D

      YAS ALISON GOODMAN!! I’ve read all her stuff!! Well, most. I still need to read Eona, but before that I need to reread Eon. The Lady Helen books are SO GOOD

    • Bec

      I’ve heard so many good things about them and can’t wait to jump into the world!

      Melissa Keil has some fantastic covers!

  4. Sarah J.

    I’m not from Australia, but the books I’ve read by Aussie authors have a style of writing that I love so much. I’m really excited to read Sabriel and I’ve owned the book forever and I need to get it together and read it. :D Some Aussie fiction I’ve read and enjoyed:
    And All the Stars by Andrea K. Host it’s an alien takeover story and I think the pacing was slow, but the writing and the story and the plot twist. THE COVER! It’s all too much for be too handle. I highly recommend it!
    A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty This book has such a weird premise. It’s about a world that is losing color. I loved the writing in this story and while I had trouble with the pacing I think it’s such a different fantasy story.
    Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta This was my first introduction to Aussie fiction and I had some problems with it. I personally don’t think it’s amazing, but it has a lot of great features that really make the story standout.
    The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta THIS… THIS STORY! This is the story that I was expecting my first round with Marchetta and this book didn’t disappoint. It’s a YA book, but it has two dual perspectives from a nine-teen-year-old and his pregnant aunt. LOVE IT SO MUCH! I need to reread this one.
    Shadows by Paula Weston Angels in YA usually makes people raise their eyebrows and walk away, but these are angels that are badass and totally fun to read about.
    My favorite Aussie fiction of all time is Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher because it is right up my alley. I love stories about morality and when “romance” borders on Stockholm Syndrome because I love the psychology the characters are being approached with, but also the psychological standpoints a reader takes while reading. So interesting!
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    • Bec

      I reckon you’ve read more Aussie books than I have hahaha

      A Corner of White and The Piper’s Son are on my “want to buy” list! I’ve loved everything by Marchetta I’ve read so far and need to get into more of her YA contemporary. I’ve also heard a lot about Shadows and Captor and need to get to them eventually.

      All the Stars is actually new to me! I don’t know how I haven’t head or it before

    • Bec

      I’ve heard so many fantastic things about Every Breath! I hope the mystery is as good as everyone days :D

      I haven’t heard of that book before. We often get different titles so it’s possible.

  5. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Ohh, I’ve read all of these except Sabriel, and the rest are like 4 or 5 star books in my opinion. So you are in for a WONDERFUL TIME AHHHHH. One Would Think The Deep is just like my favourite ajfdksa I can’t even with how much I like it. (Although it’s got lots of old music references I didn’t get hahah.) And YOUR PHOTOS FOR THIS POST ARE JUST GORGEOUS.
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    • Bec

      This is excellent news! I don’t even know modern music so the references are going to go over my head regardless haha

      Thanks :D

  6. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    I think I’ve loved every book by an Aussie author that I’ve read so far– well, except Jellicoe Road. I didn’t “get” that book. But I LOVED The Ashbury/Brookfield books & Good Oil (Love and Other Perishable Items). And Raw Blue is on my TBR and I’ve heard really good things about it. The books you have listed look good too– I can’t believe I’ve never read a Garth Nix book!!
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    • Bec

      We have some fantastic talent ;)

      It took me a while to get into the story, but once I understood what was happening I loved Hellicoe Road :D

      I know of Raw Blue but haven’t heard of the other two! The only Garth Nix book I’ve read is Newt’s Emerald.

    • Bec

      I’ve been looking forward to it since it was announced, and I’m glad everyone has seemed to enjoy it!

      Yeah Claire Zorn’s other books sound like more of my thing. If I like her writing in this I’ll definitely try to check her others out :D

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