Ellie Marney finishes her crime series with a bang. I loved this series that re-imagines the Sherlock and Watson duo in James Mycroft and Rachel Watts in Melbourne.
This was an action packed read and Marney has a real talent for focusing on the young adult aspect of the story, while delivering an action packed mystery with lots of blood and tension.
Ellie Marney found it difficult to say goodbye to her characters and I have to echo I feel the same. It's always a mark of amazing writing when the characters feel so real to you. I almost feel like going to Baker Street in Richmond and looking for James and Rachel to see whether they have moved onto their next adventure.
Alice Pung's latest book is a young adult novel about Lucy Lam who receives a scholarship to an exclusive school and finds that privilege comes with a price.
Lucy achieves something amazing by scoring a scholarship that will give her opportunities her parents and community can only dream about, but this new life comes at the cost of the old one. By learning to navigate the internal politics and cliques in a school where she is an outsider, Lucy also loses something of herself.
I loved this book so much. My favourite moment was when Lucy comes home and compares her parent's life and house to that of one of her school friends and realises that there has been a shift within her. She is now on the outside looking in, rather than a part of it all. Can't recommend this book highly enough.
Amra Pajalić is an award-winning author, an editor and teacher who draws on her Bosnian cultural heritage to write own voices stories for young people, who like her, are searching to mediate their identity and take pride in their diverse culture. She writes memoir, young adult and romance under the pen name Mae Archer.
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