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Wahoo - how excited am I to introduce you to Vee? Some of you may know Vee as inkspatters at AW :)
Vee is a Sydney teenager who just finished high school and she blogs about YA books @ Musty Pages.
BUT she also blogs @ her writing blog Ramblings of a Writer. AND her HUGE news is her edgy contemp YA thriller is going to be published in 2012. I know, right? She is a particularly amazing shade of brilliance and I respect her bookish and writerly opinions oh-so-much.
1. The Aussie YA scene is so strong at the moment - with so many BRILLIANT titles that came out this year. What tops your list of favourite Aussie YA reads this year?
Ooh, there are so many great ones! Graffiti Moon, Raw Blue, Six and Beatle Meets Destiny are probably at the top of my list.
2. What books from previous years are on your all-time favourite Aussie YA list?
Every single book written by Melina Marchetta, of course, but Jellicoe Road is probably my favourite. Other than that, I adore Markus Zusak's The Book Thief and The Messenger, Kirsten Murphy's Raincheck on Timbuktu and Judith Clarke's One Whole and Perfect Day.
Yeah! I think Kirsten Murphy is really underrated, her books are awesome. I also really love Kirsty Murray, and Lisa Shannahan's My Big Birkett is an amazing read, that I haven't heard many others rave about.
4. What upcoming titles are you hanging out for?
Anna and the French Kiss, based on your review! I'm also looking forward to the big releases -- Across the Universe, and Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers, which has it's Aussie release next year, I think.
Quick 5: Choose the book you'd recommend to someone in the mood for:
- A tear jerker: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Awesome male: POV Swerve by Phillip Gwynne.
- Quirky and hilarious: Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams
- A story that lingers: On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
- A book that you can't put down: Fury by Shirley Marr
Thanks thanks thanks to Vee for these awesome recommendations (so thrilled with her answers as I've read EVERY SINGLE book she mentioned and I adore them as well).
As a bonus - here is a blurb about Vee's own upcoming book:
untitled dark, edgy YA thriller about a girl named Ella, who is desperate to understand what could have driven her best friend Amy to jump off a roof to her death. Even worse, Ella can’t remember a thing about the time leading up to the event—and gradually she starts to suspect that those around her know more about that night than they are letting on. Was Amy’s death really a suicide? Or did something more sinister happen…something her best friends are desperate to keep her from ever finding out?
This is a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat psychological mystery, and will keep you guessing right up until the end. North American rights were acquired by Marilyn Brigham at Marshall Cavendish, for a Fall 2012 release.