Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Best of Aussie YA (5) Musty Pages

The Best of Aussie YA - Mini Series
some of the featured books...

in case you missed it:

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.

3. Any lesser known Aussie YA books/authors you adore?
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.


  1. Great interview! These all sound like great books. Congrats to Vee on her awesome news!

  2. Congrats Vee!
    I have only read The Book Thief from the recommendations. I did cry my eyes out while reading it.
    I really need to find the other books. Thanks a lot !
    Awesome interview!

  3. Oooh, love the blurb for Vee's book...very enticing! I enjoy psychological thrillers so I will keep my eye out for that :D

  4. Love Vee's picks and adore her blog. I really need to get my hands on Six by the sound.

    Can't wait for Vee's book :)

  5. Thanks for all the kind words and comments everyone!

    And super thanks to Nomes for doing this series. I've loved discovering all this awesome Aussie YA goodness :D

  6. YAY VEE!!! Her blog is one of my favorites, her reviews are always so well written and you can tell she's put a lot of thought into them:) Fabulous list, there are so many on there I need to read!

  7. Vee you are too awesome!! Lovely book recommendations. :)

  8. Great recommendations and interview, Raw Blue and Graffiti Moon keep coming up, I can't wait to read them!

    Vee's book sounds amazing too

  9. I saw The book thief on the shelves the other day.
    I'm intrigued. But I think I'm scared.

    Maybe this summer when the sun will be back.

  10. I simply loved Beatle Meets Destiny! Thanks for the suggestions)

  11. Thanks for the heads up, Vee's blog is new to me and I love finding Aussie bloggers! Congrats on your book Vee; I'm a total thriller fan and even more exciting that it's YA and dark ... my favourite combo!


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