Welcome to the June YA SpecFic round up! Over the last month we’ve had a total of 12 reviews submitted, for 11 YA Speculative Fiction books.
There’s a dead girl in a birdcage in the woods. That’s not unusual. Isola Wilde sees a lot of things other people don’t. But when the girl appears at Isola’s window, her every word a threat, Isola needs help. Her real-life friends – Grape, James and new boy Edgar – make her forget for a while. And her brother-princes – the mermaids, faeries and magical creatures seemingly lifted from the pages of the French fairytales Isola idolises – will protect her with all the fierce love they possess. It may not be enough.
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near was reviewed twice in June. Elimy says she couldn’t put the book down and that “Near’s pacing and tension were perfect”. I also reviewed the book, and proclaimed it “Deliciously creepy. Haunting. Clever. Witty. Impeccably imaged. Brilliant. Perfect.” This isn’t a book to miss folks! By the by, I have a giveaway going right now for two copies of Fairytales for Wilde Girls, to two lucky Australian readers. You can enter here 🙂
Heidi @ Bunbury in the Stacks has been reading Melina Marchetta’s Chronicles of Lumatere, and she reviewed the second and third volumes of the series. Check out her reviews of Froi of the Exiles and Quintana of Charyn. She says that “[t]he fact that they were initially intended to be a single volume rings so true while reading … Together, I find a much stronger and more compelling story”.
Describing it as “breathtaking, brilliant and compelling”, Rochelle Sharpe has reviewed Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington. She loved the emotional side of the story, and found the characters to be well-rounded.
My heart broke for Sabine and everything she had to go through. Warning: This book will toy with all of your emotions. Shirvington ripped out my heart, had me sobbing and left me feeling emotionally wrecked by the end. Oh but it was worth it.
The sequel to the much loved (by me and a lot of other readers) Shadows by Paula Weston, Haze has gotten a rave review from Bec Kavanagh who said:
Everything I loved from the first book – the cleverness, the mythology, and of course the romance, are all still here … From the hoardes of washed up paranormal romances, this is one that I will continue to pull from the shelves as it progresses.
Heidi describes The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf as an “utterly brilliant dystopian spec fic”. A 2012 début by the talented Indigenous writer Ambelin Kwaymullina, Ashala Wolf has received a lot of acclaim, and it’s a must read for all connoisseurs of Australian literature.
The other books that were reviewed in June are (some of these are technically children’s titles, but I wanted to share them anyway):
- Suited by Joanne Anderton – reviewed by Nalini Haynes
- The Company Articles of Edward Teach by Thoraiya Dyer – reviewed by Tsana
- Song of the Jikhoshi by Katie W. Stewart – reviewed by Brenda
- Pearlie in Paris by Wendy Harmer – reviewed by Louise @A Strong Belief in Wicker
Hi! I’m Shaheen from Speculating on SpecFic, a book blog dedicated to works of speculative fiction – fantasy, science fiction, magic realism, paranormal romance and much more. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love reading and use my blog to peddle my love to others. When not reading (rare times indeed), I can be found completing my PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics.