Welcome to the July Round Up for the Young Adult reads of the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge. Right on trend, we have twelve reviews this month – a few under what we usually have for Young Adult, but the stream of reviews has remained steady over the past seven months for this audience, and from our stable of Young Adult readers, including myself.


This month, it seems like we’ve got ten books reviewed by several reviewers, ranging from historical fiction to fantasy and science fiction, covering various themes such as the Holocaust, themes of diversity, a touch of romance and crime.


To start, the reviewers who contributed this month were:

Ashleigh Meikle – The Book Muse – 4 books read and reviewed (One seemed to enter itself three times, hence the above count): Firewatcher: Brimstone by Kelly Gardiner, Alexander Altmann A10567 by Suzy Zail, As Happy as Here by Jane Goodwin, Somewhere Around the Corner by Jackie French.

Brenda – 2 books read and reviewed – Whisper by Lynette Noni and When the Ground is Hard by Malla Nunn.

Jessica Townsend

HM Waugh- Reviewed one book – the second in the Morrigan Crow series, Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend.

Kali Napier – reviewed Devil’s Ballast by Meg Caddy.

Theresa Smith at Theresa Smith Writes read and reviewed Rogue by AJ Betts.

Veronica Strachan read and reviewed Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte.

Usually I highlight three or four reviews each month – but with such a small cohort and selection with Young Adult, this month, I am trying a different format, to see if this works better to capture everything.

Young Adult has been an interesting category to round up each month – it is diverse and broad, and captures a variety of themes, genres and authors, and characters. It is a genre I myself enjoy reading and it seems the majority of my shelves have a lot of Young Adult these days. Perhaps because when I was a Young Adult, there wasn’t as much, or it was still classified under children’s reading and books, or we were launched from kids books into adult books when we hit our teenage years. Checking out the trends for this round up each month is interesting, and is interesting to see that despite the diversity, there are still some authors who are always revisited each month.


Well, that’s it for July! Until August!