May Book Haul.


Watercolor flower wreath background for beautiful designI’m going to be posting the books I bought and received to review in May. I think I only bought one book in May and I’ve read it before but it was pretty and I couldn’t resist. But I don’t have a photo of it yet so I can’t show it in this haul…

Anyway, onto the book haul! 🙂 1

The first book I received in May was sent to m from HarperCollins New Zealand. I’ve heard really good things about Dear Ijeawele and I was surprised that it’s under 70 pages.

I haven’t read this yet and I have no excuses because it’s such a small book that I should have been able to fit it into May but I just didn’t pick it up. Hopefully I’ll get to it sometime in June because I really want to read it. I haven’t read a lot of books about feminism.. Or any really now that I think about it. So it’s about time I do something about that.

2I also received a copy of The Cows from HarperCollins New Zealand. This is on my June TBR.

I don’t know much about this and I kind of want to keep it that way. I do know it follows the lives of three different women. I’m not sure if they know each other or not. But this sounds like a really good book and I know a few people who have read and loved it so I’m excited to read it.

The Cows will actually be my next read. I’ll probably be starting it tomorrow after I finish my current read. Which I’m hoping to finish today. 3

The next three books I also received from HarperCollins New Zealand to review.

I haven’t read a lot of LoveOzYA books and I’ve only read books by three of the authors who wrote short stories for this collaboration. I’ve read books by Amie Kaufman, Lili Wilkinson and Melissa Keil. But I’m looking forward to reading all the stories in this book. I think I put this on my TBR for June so hopefully I can pick this up soon. I’ve seen some good things about this but I haven’t looked into it because I don’t want to read any spoilers.

4I was intrigued by The Lucky One when I read the synopsis in April but now I cannot remember what it’s about. April was a loooong time ago and synopsis never stick in my head.

So, clearly I haven’t read this or I’d be able to talk about it. I haven’t put this on my TBR because I have so many books I want to read and I don’t want to pressure myself because that’s when I get into reading slumps. And I’ve already had too many of them this year thank you very much book gods.

If I have the time I’ll try to squeeze it in though. 5

The last book I received from HarperCollins New Zealand was Red Sister.

I haven’t read this but I do remember what it’s about because it reminds me of Nevernight. This is about female assassins. And they’re Nuns too I think. So I have to read it because it sounds badass.

I really want to read this in June but it’s kind of big and I have a full TBR right now. I’ll just have to see how the month goes. I’ve been reading about 10 books a month so maybe.. Maybe not though.

The next two books I received from Bloomsbury Australia to review. I think Royce Rolls 6is about a reality show following the Rolls family but Royce wants out? Kind of reminds me of Keeping Up with the Kardashians which is probably why I remember what it’s about.

I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading this. It sounds okay. I mean I watch KUWTK so I’ll probably actually enjoy this. It’s just I have so many books to read already. But I’m not complaining. It means I’ll never need to join the library anytime soon. I’ve heard my local one is rubbish anyway. I really hope not though. I like going to libraries.

The second book I received was Letters to the Lost. I actually read this last month and I really enjoyed it. I don’t read a lot of contemporaries but I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve read 7recently so maybe I should start reading them more often. They’re a nice break from all the fantasy books.

Anyway, this book follows Juliet and Declan as they write letters to each other. But they don’t know they’re writing to the other person, when they start its anonymous. But then something that happened in both their lives could tear them apart before they get a chance to be together.

It sounds really cheesy but it wasn’t for me. I liked this and the only other book I’ve read by Brigid too, Thicker Than Water.

I did a book swap with someone on Twitter last month. I got rid of an ARC that was just 8sitting on my shelf and I have a finished copy of and got Roseblood. I’ve never read anything by A.G. Howard or about The Phantom of the Opera but I thought this sounded like something I’d like and I love the cover.

I’m not sure if I should read the original story or not before I read Roseblood. I never have before when I read retellings so I’ll just read it.

I’m not in any hurry to read this because I wasn’t sent it to review. So it’s just sitting on my TBR shelf for now. It can go with my small collection of ARCs when I’ve read it. 9

Bonnier Publishing Australia sent me a copy of Ida to review.

I can’t remember what this is about now but when I was offered a copy to review I thought it sounded like something I’d enjoy.

I’ve put Ida on my June TBR. It’s not a very long book so hopefully I can read it quickly. This is a LoveOzYA book so that’s two on my June TBR. I need to find some good NZ YA books as well!!

The next two books were sent to me by Allen and Unwin New Zealand. The first book, 10The Girl from Everywhere is about time travelling pirates. I think. I love books about time travel and who doesn’t like pirates? Sounds like an awesome combination to me.

There was something about a girls boyfriend being kidnapped and trapped in time somewhere by her father or something like that.

But I think this sound amazing and I can’t wait to read it. I’ve seen a different cover of this book and I have to say I prefer this one. I don’t think thee sequel has a cover like this though so that sucks.


The other book I received from Allen and Unwin New Zealand was Defy the Stars.

I recently finished the last book in The Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray and wanted to read more of her work so this was great timing.

I’m not too sure if I’ll like this or not. It sounds a bit weird to me but I’m willing to give it a chance. I know there’s a romance or something going on in this but I think there’s a twist to it. Something about artificial intelligence. I think. Don’t quote me on that because I could be way of the mark. But that’s why it sounds weird to me.

I received the next two books from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. I’m a12ctually reading One of Us is Lying at the moment. I think I’ll be finished with this later today because I need to know what the hell is going on.

This has reminded me a lot of Gossip Girl and I can see why people are saying its like The Breakfast Club too. But I didn’t like that movie. I prefer this to be honest,

Like I said, I’m sure I’ll finish this today. But if you loved Gossip Girl or Pretty Little Liars (because it’s got that kind of vibe too, although there are no texts) then I definitely recommend getting a copy of this.

The second book I received from Penguin Random House New Zealand was Pieces of 13You. It also came with an awesome box full of things I assume relate to the story.

I haven’t read a lot of New Zealand YA books so I’m excited to read this. I think this is another contemporary but I’m not really sure what it’s about. I guess I’ll find out when I read it.

I really want to squeeze this onto my June TBR because it came out June 1st so fingers crossed I can.

I did share what’s in the box on my Snapchat when I first got it. The chocolate has gone but everything else is still in there.

The next four books were sent to me from Hachette New Zealand to review. The first is 14Contagion which is the first book in a new series by Teri Terry. I’ve read a few of Teri’s books so I was looking forward to reading this and it did not let me down.

I read this last week I think. It was the first book I read in June anyway I know that much.

This follows Shay and Kai as they look for Kai’s sister Callie. Callie went missing a year ago and Shay remembers seeing her. Their search takes them across the country to the heart of a new, incurable, virus.

I really enjoyed this but I’ll be talking about this more when I post my review. 15

I finally have the last book in the Waterfire Saga and I cannot wait to see how this series ends.

I’m not going to say anything about Sea Spell because it is the last book in the series and spoilers but I will say that the first three books were really good and I could not put them down.

I think it says on the first book that it’s like the Percy Jackson series with mermaids and I have to agree. It’s not Percy but it has some badass mermaids!

I also received Flame in the Mist and I am really looking forward to this. I don’t think I have to say what this book is about because it’s been everywhere for months. But I have 16heard that it’s a Mulan retelling set in feudal Japan. I’ve never seen Mulan so I’m not really sure what it’s about other than some badass woman saving her country.

Anyway, I’m not sure if any of that is correct but I’m just going to move on. I’ve been sitting on this computer too long and my back is killing me. I need to finish this post soon.

So, Flame in the Mist is on my June TBR and I’m hoping to read it soon because it sounds really good. Should I watch Mulan first though??


The last book I received Hachette New Zealand was Since We Fell. And yes, you’re right, I can’t remember what this is about either. But I think it’s a psychological thriller and I love those kinds of books so I’m looking forward to reading this.

I didn’t put this on my TBR because it was already so I might just put this on my July TBR. Maybe. I don’t know yet.

Omg I forgot how long these posts take me to type up….

I received another four books from Bloomsbury Australia. I wasn’t expecting these at all. 18I’ve already read The Possible and really enjoyed it. I have The Names they Gave Us on my June TBR.

But I don’t know when I’ll get to the other two yet. They both sound really good and I will read them but I’m just not sure when. I think these are all out this month some time. But I’m not sure when, the media releases just said June.

I think I’ll read Countless first though. It grabbed my attention more than Stargazers for Beginners did.

The last book I received in May was from Walker Books Australia. I think this is about the19 Roman Empire and I haven’t read a lot about that time so I’m looking forward to reading this.

I think I put this on my June TBR so I will be reading it at some point this month. If I stick to it this time.

Anyway, that’s my book haul for May. My back is killing me so I’m done. I can’t sit here anymore.

What books did you get in May?

– Aimee.

Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.

Title – Gemina
Series – The Illuminae Files #2
Authors – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Illustrator – Marie Lu
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 672 pages
Publication Date – October 18th 2016 by Allen & Unwin
ISBN – 9781925266573
RRP – $24.99 NZD
My Rating – ★★★★★/5

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy would probably be the death of Hanna’s social life – but no one said it might get her killed.

Hanna is the captain of the Heimdall’s spoiled daughter. Nik is a reluctant member of a notorious crime family. No one knows that Kady, Ezra and the Hypatia are on their way to Heimdall with witnesses  from the Karenza invasion.

When an elite Bei-Tech team take over the station, Hanna and Nik are forced to work together to defend their home. But Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival, the fate of everyone on the Hypatia and probably the universe are in their hands. But no pressure..

I received a copy of Gemina from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review. I loved Illuminae when I read it last year. This was one of my most anticipated 2016 releases. 9

Gemina picks up after the events in Illuminae but before the conversation Kady had with Leanne at the end of the book. I didn’t re-read Illuminae before starting this but I did check the dates because I was kind of confused.

I love how different these books are to anything I’ve ever read. I love the way the book is set up, how the story is told in instant messages and summaries of security footage, it’s really a unique read. For me anyway. Both Illuminae and Gemina have been really addicting and so hard to put down. The stories are so good and so terrifying at the same time. Thanks for the nightmares about the giant parasite-things by the way! I don’t think I’ll get those images out of my head for a while.

Speaking of the security footage, I love the guy that narrates (that’s what the’s doing cvfppnrusaaptshright?) them. He’s hilarious and I’m hoping to find out more about him in the next book. I also loved Marie Lu’s diary illustrations. They were a beautiful addition to the story. I wanted to share one here without giving too much away and this little guy is just so cute!

I was surprised by how much I’d missed AIDAN until I read this. He was kind of frustrating in Illuminae but he grew on me by the end of the book. AIDAN made me laugh a few times while I read Gemina.

The twists in these books are so good! I really should have seen the ending of Gemina coming but I didn’t. While I was reading it my heart was broken and then a few pages later I was laughing. Amie and Jay are very good at what they do.

I cannot wait for the next book to come out! I’ve heard The Illuminae Files is going to be a trilogy but I kind of want it to be longer than three books. If you haven’t read Illuminae and Gemina yet then I definitely recommend picking up copies of them.

*Thank you Allen and Unwin New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

 – Aimee.

October Wrap Up & November TBR.


Time for my monthly wrap up and TBR. I think I’m finally out of my slump. I haven’t read as much as I did earlier in the year but I have been busier. And it’ll only get worse as the holidays get closer. Anyway, onto my October wrap up.


Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina – ★★★
Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti – ★★★
Run by Kody Keplinger – ★★★
American Monsters by Derek Landy – ★★★
The Bronze Key by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black – ★★★
Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine – ★★★★
Replica by Lauren Oliver – ★★★★
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – ★★★★
Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – ★★★★★

My favourite book of October was definitely Gemina. I cannot wait for the next book!!

Now for my November TBR. I’m not sure how much I’ll get to read but these are all at the top of my TBR.


I forgot to put This Savage Song in this photo but I was almost finished it when I put my TBR together so I didn’t think it counted.

I’m currently reading Holding up the Universe and will definitely be finishing it today. It’s such a good book and I love Libby and Jack.

What’s on your November TBR?


October 2016 Book Haul.


Another month, another book haul. I didn’t realise I’d gotten so many books until now. But I was good, I only bought myself two books this month. The rest were kindly sent to me from publishers to review. 1

The first book I received in October was from HarperCollins New Zealand. I’d heard good things about this and when I read the synopsis I really wanted to read it too.

Girl in Pieces follows a girl who cuts herself. I’m not really sure why but I guess I’ll find out when I read the book. If it was mentioned in the synopsis I can’t remember.

I knew two girls in high school that used to cut themselves. One had a happy ending and the other didn’t so I think this will bring back some memories for me. We’ll see though.

Allen and Unwin New Zealand sent me a copy of Stealing Snow to review. I’ve heard really 2mixed reviews of this but I still want to read it.

The only thing I know about the original fairy-tale, The Snow Queen, is from Frozen but I do have a copy of it so I might read it after I’ve read this. I’ve been wanting to read the original fairy-tales for a while now. Maybe over Christmas..

Anyway, I think this is set now but I’m not really sure. I’m hoping to read this soon-ish. I have to finish my current read and then I want to read Holding up the Universe. Ugh, bookworm problems!!

Penguin Random House New Zealand surprised me and sent me a copy of Nicola Yoon’s new 3book. I liked Everything, Everything when I read it last year even though I figured out what was going on really early in the book.

I think I’ll be starting this again but I can’t remember what this is about at all. I know I wanted to read it but I can’t remember why…

I love this cover though, all the pretty colours. I don’t own a copy of Everything, Everything because I got a copy through NetGalley when I still used that but I loved that cover too. Nicola has pretty book covers!

I have no idea when I’ll get around to reading this because I have so many books to read right now. 4

Hachette New Zealand sent me a copy of Blood for Blood to review. I read Wolf by Wolf last year and really enjoyed it so I can’t wait to see what happens in this.

I’m not sure if this is a series/trilogy or a duology. If you know please leave me a comment!

I love that Wolf by Wolf was a twist on Hitler and what might have happened if he won the war. With a little twist to the story.. I cannot wait to see what Yael does next. The ending of Wolf by Wolf was so good!5

The next four books are all from Walker Books Australia. I didn’t know this was a graphic novel when I requested it but I’m still going to read it. It’s not like it’ll take long.

I love fairy-tale retellings which is why I requested this. I probably would have requested it if I’d known it was a graphic novel but I’m not sure.

Anyway, Snow White is set in New York during the Depression era. I’ve flipped through the book and the illustrations are really good. I think I’ll be putting this on my November TBR because like I said, it won’t take long to read.

The Back Key is the third book in the Lone City trilogy (pretty sure this one is a trilogy). 6I’ve read the first two books, The Jewel and The Black Rose, and really enjoyed both. I’m hoping I won’t have to re-read the first two books before I start this but I most likely will. I have made the mistake of not re-reading the first books in a series before reading the latest book this year and I really don’t want to do it again. They didn’t take me that long to read the first time so hopefully it’ll be the same when I re-read them.

Anyway, I might put The Jewel on my TBR for this month and just see what happens with my reading. It’s definitely getting better and I think I’m finally out of my slump!!7

The Lat Beginning is the sequel to The Next Together which I read last year. I could not put that book down! I’m hoping The Last Beginning will be just as good and I’ll get my questions answered from the first book because that one left me hanging at the end. (One book I can remember!!)

I can’t really say what The Last Beginning is about without spoiling the first book and I really don’t want to do that. If you haven’t read The Next Together then I definitely recommend finding a copy . It was kind of cheesy in places but I still liked it.

The last book I received from Walker Books Australia is Beck. I know you’re probably sick 8of hearing this but I can’t remember what this is about. I know the synopsis sounded good when I read it and my mother wants to read it after I’m done with it.

I’ve read one other book my Mal Peet and it wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read but it also wasn’t the best either. I’m hoping I have better luck with this one because like I said, I did like the sound of the synopsis when I first read it.

I don’t know when I’ll be reading this but I’m hoping it’ll be soon. I have a lot to do this month so I’m not sure how much reading I’ll be able to do. I’ve been a little distracted the last two days. 9

Allen and Unwin New Zealand also sent me a copy of Gemina to review. I loved Illuminae when I read it last year. It was so unique and addictive. I could not put it down.

Gemina is the only book I’ve read from this haul. I just couldn’t wait to read it. It was just as good as Illuminae and I also couldn’t put this down. I almost had a heart attack at the end of this book but then a few pages later I was smiling. It was so good!

I can’t wait for the next book. I’ve heard The Illuminae Files is a trilogy but I want it to last longer than three books. Also, Marie Lu’s illustrations were beautiful!!

This Savage Song was sent to me from New South Books Australia. I’m actually reading 10this now so I can tell you what it’s about if you don’t already know.

Kate and August live in V-City, a city that has real life monsters. The city has been split in half by their fathers after a war and held by a truce. One that’s on the verge of breaking. Kate and August are thrown together after a failed assassination attempt. Now they’re trying to figure out what’s actually going on while trying to stay alive. The twist is that Kate is human and August is a monster.

I’m really enjoying this though. I’m not that far in and like I said I’ve been a little distracted these last two days but it’s really good. 11

Simon and Schuster Australia sent me a copy of Hotel for the Lost to review. I’ve never read anything by Suzanne Young before.

I was going to read this for Halloween but decided to read This Savage Song instead. I have heard that there’s insta-love in this (ugh!) and it’s kind of cheesy so I’m not sure how much I’ll like this… But I am going to read to see what it’s like for myself. I don’t judge books on other people’s opinions, even if I do trust them.

Anyway, I think this is about a haunted hotel, where the people who go there never leave.. Or something like that. Then again I could be wrong.

This is one of the books I bought this month. I haven’t seen much about this online but it 12sounded interesting. And this is another one my mother wants to read. I actually gave it to her to read first because I have no idea when I’ll get around to reading it.

Front Lines follows a war, I’m not sure which one, but in this version women had the option of enlisting and fighting for their country beside men instead of staying home. Or taking on the men’s jobs that were at war. Because I’m pretty sure a lot of women had to do that.

I thought this sounded interesting when I read the synopsis and I was sure it would be something my mother would read. I think this is the first book in a series. 14

HarperCollins New Zealand also sent me a copy of A Million Worlds with You to review. I have read the first book, A Thousand Pieces of You and loved it but haven’t gotten around the second book, Ten Thousand Skies Above You, yet. Now I have no excuse.

So, obviously I don’t know what the third book is about because I haven’t read the second and I’m sure if I read the synopsis it would just have spoilers.

I think Ten Thousand Skies Above You will also need to be on my November TBR because I really want to read it.

Penguin Random House New Zealand also sent me a copy of Magnus Chase and the 15Hammer of Thor to review. I read The Sword of Summer a few months ago and really liked it so I’m looking forward to reading this one.

I don’t know much about Norse mythology. Obviously I’ve watched the Thor movies (can’t you tell from my Funkos?) but those are based on comic books, not the myths. I do love the movies though.

Anyway, I am definitely putting The Hammer of Thor on my TBR for November. I’ve loved most of Riordan’s books. The exceptions were The Kane Chronicles but then I’ve never been interested in Egyptian mythology. That’s more my mother’s thing but I’m not sure she’d like them either. 16

The last two books were both from Hachette New Zealand.

They surprised me with The Witches of New York. I wasn’t expecting it but they were kind enough to send me a copy because they thought it would be something I’d like.

Obviously it’s about witches and I think it has something to do with the Salem Witches but I’m not sure how much.

I don’t know when I’ll be reading this yet. I love this cover though!

So the last book I received last month was The Whistler. I’ve read all of the John Grisham 17books that my mother owns, she’s a huge fan. I got another book from Hachette NZ by him last year and guess where that ended up? I’m sure this one will go the same way…

I’m going to say this for the last time in this post but I don’t know what this is about. I’m not sure I even read the synopsis when I requested it because I enjoy Grisham’s books and I’m sure this won’t be any different.

Anyway, I think my mother has already claimed this so she can read it first so I don’t know when I’ll get to it. I think we both read the other book at the same time last year. She takes so freaking long to read a book..cvkuzvgvyaamxz3

This isn’t really book related but I won too tickets to The Girl on the Train last month. I saw the movie on the weekend.

I was going to do a review on the movie compared to the book but I’m not sure if I should. If you want me to let me know..

I will say that I enjoyed the book more.

How many books did you get in October?

– Aimee.


WWW Wednesday [October 26th 2016] –


This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –  cvpugzmusaaucxo
Okay so I only started A Torch Against the Night this morning and I’m not that far in, a couple of chapters really, but I am so excited to finally read it!

I loved An Ember in the Ashes when I read it last year. I know I should have re-read it before I started this but I just don’t have the time right now for re-reads. I’m grateful that a friend on Twitter was able to sum it up for me or I’d be going into this kind of blind.

If you haven’t read An Ember in the Ashes you’re definitely missing out and need to pick up a copy!cve02xivmaak6uf

Recently Finished –
I finished Gemina yesterday and LOVED it! Gemina is the sequel to Illuminae and it’s another book I loved last year. I couldn’t put either of these books down while I was reading them. They’re so different from what I normally read and really addictive.

I’ll be reviewing this soon but I wanted to give people a chance to read it before I put a review up.

If you haven’t read Illuminae yet then I highly recommend you do! It was one of my favourite books of 2015 and Gemina will be on my favourite list for 2016. I cannot wait to read the next book. cvktontueaereat

I really liked Replica. I read this in alternative chapters, one of Lyra and then one of Gemma. I think, for me, this was the best way to read Replica because both stories mirror each other in places but also reveal things that relate to the other story. I think if I had read Lyra first and then Gemma (or the other way around) I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much because it would feel like I’d read the story before.. At least in some places.

Anyway, I’ll be reviewing this soon. I am really looking forward to reading the next book. I think this is a duology but I’m not 100% sure on that. cuxm-3cuiaacfph

I finished Paper and Fire last week and really enjoyed this too. Looks like I’ve finally had a great week of reading!

I don’t know how many books will be in this series, or if it’s going to be a trilogy, but the first two books have had me hooked from the start. The story is just so gripping and horrible at the same time. I mean, the things some of the people that work for the Library are willing to do to control the world of books and knowledge is crazy.

I feel like I’m repeating myself in this post, which I am, but I highly recommend Ink and Bone and Paper and Fire if you haven’t read them yet. 5

Reading Next –
I think it’s time for a graphic novel. I don’t read a lot of graphic novels but when I heard about this Snow White retelling I definitely wanted to read it. Plus, it’s not like they take long to read.

I love fairytale retellings even though I haven’t read the original stories yet.

Let me know what you’ve been reading in the comments.

– Aimee.

Monthly Recommendations #2: 1 Year Celebration.


Monthly Recommendations was created by Trina at Between Chapters and Kayla at Kayla Rayne. You can join the Goodreads group here.

This month is a celebration of one year (but this is only my second time participating) and I’ll be sharing one book from the past 12 topics. If that makes any sense. Instead of sharing photos of each book I’ll link them all back to Goodreads.

1. An underrated book.
Spark by Rachael Craw.

2. A book set in school.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

3. A creepy book.
 The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King.

4. A trilogy.
The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski.

5. A book you think others should read ASAP.
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.

6. A fantasy book.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

7. A book with little to no romance.
The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight.

8. A standalone.
When We Collided by Emery Lord.

9. Your favourite survival story.
The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

10. Favourite book friendship.
Harry, Hermione and Ron (Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling)

11. A book set outside the U.S.
In the Skin of a Monster by Kathryn Barker.

12. A book with your favourite empowering female character.
Lada from And I Darken by Kiersten White.

So that’s another month of Monthly Recommendations. I think next month is somethings to do with sci-fi books and I haven’t read a lot of those so it should be interesting. Sorry I didn’t really share my reasons behind picking the books but I’m just too lazy for that today.


The Aussie YA Blog Hop – [#LoveOzYA]


I’m co-hosting a blog hop between the 8-14 August. It’s about celebrating Aussie and New Zealand YA books. I will admit that I haven’t read a lot of them but I have read a lot more in the last year.

At the end of the blog hop there will be a Twitter part under the #AusYABlogChat hashtag. Follow me (@Aimee_NZ) and the host of the party (@AusYABloggers)  on Twitter and join in the fun on join in on Sunday 14 August at 8pm NZ time. 

Blog Hop Details: 

  • The blog hop will be held during the week of 8-14 August 2016.
  • Simply post your answers to the questions below on any day during the week.
  • Feel free to use the graphic above, as long as you link back.
  • Add the linky to your blog hop
  • Discover new blogger friends by stopping by their posts & leaving a comment
  • Hashtag your post with #AusYABloggers and we’ll reshare

1. What you love about Aussie YA.

I feel like Aussie YA authors are doing their own thing not following crowd writing another Hunger Games or Divergent series. Not that they were bad books (in my opinion, I loved them both) but Aussie YA and even NZ YA books, like Rachael Craw, have been a new experience for me as a reader. And Illuminae, which was an amazing book, got me into sci-fi books so that’s a plus.

2. Favourite Aussie YA authors.
Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff and Rachael Craw (although she’s technically a Kiwi).

3. The Aussie YA book you grew up with.
I grew up on Harry Potter but when I was in high school I discovered the Tomorrow When the War Began books by John Marsden. I think a friend told me about them and I was hooked. I can’t remember how many were out by the time I started reading them though.

4. Favourite Aussie book released in 2016.
So far I’d have to say Nevernight by Jay Kristoff it was amazing. But that may change when I read Gemina. And also Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

5. Aussie YA debut you’re looking forward to.
I’m looking forward to Waer by Meg Caddy and Yellow by Megan Jacobson.

6. Favourite Aussie YA series.
I’ve loved The Starbound trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner and I also love Spark and Stray by Rchael Craw and can’t wait to read Shield next month.

7. Unexpected Aussie YA surprise.
The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub was better than I thought it would be. I’d heard it was like The Breakfast Club, which I didn’t like, so I wasn’t expecting much from this book. But it was really good! I couldn’t put it down.

8. Aussie YA book you always recommend to others.
I always recommend Illuminae because it was such an amazing read and I have never read a book like that before. I can’t wait to read Gemina.

9. An Aussie YA read on your TBR.
I just mentioned both Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and Shield by Rachael Craw. Those two Aussie/NZ YA at the top of my TBR (not that I have the books yet).

10. Recommend your favourite Aussie YA Bloggers.
Elle from Elle.Biblio, Kelly from Diva Booknerd, Sophie from Nana Wintour and Aetnee from Read at Midnight.

If you’re participating in the blog hop link your post in the comments and I will check out your answers. I’m always looking for more Oz YA recommendations.

– Aimee.