Friday, 28 April 2017

Recent YA Releases from Penguin Random House Australia

Beast Of Hushing Wood by Gabrielle Wang

Ziggy Truegood is a young girl who resides in a small community town in Hushing Wood. 
But strange things are occuring, and the woods that Ziggy loves so much feel different to her somehow - dark and uninviting.  The residents of Hushing Wood are getting into fights, upsetting the tranquility of their community. Ziggy also has a strange premonition that she is going to drown before she turns 12 years old.
Then Raffi and his grandfather arrive in Hushing Wood, and Ziggy finds that she is drawn to them both. But can they save Ziggy from the chaos that surrounds her, or are they the hunters?
This story has elements of mystery that keep the reader engrossed, and yet it is also very real. It touches on topics including bullying and isolation, and loss and grief. 
Released earlier this month, The Beast Of Hushing Wood has an RRP of $16.99 and is available from all good book stores.

The Upside Of Unrequited by Becky Abertalli

Award-winning author Becky Albertalli has recently released The Upside Of Unrequited and it is getting some rave reviews already.
The main character is 17 year-old Molly , who has a twin sister named Cassie. 
Molly wants to experience love for the first time, and have someone love her too. Cassie doesn't have the same problem, in fact, she gets a girlfriend, who, fortunately for Molly, comes with a cute sidekick named Will. He is the ideal first boyfriend for Molly. But just one thing stands in the way - her co-worker Reid, who she could never have feelings for...or could she?
This is a heart-warming story with diverse and delightful characters.
RRP $19.99

Boy And The Spy by Felice Arena 

This story takes place during World War Two in Sicily, Italy, where dangers lurk on every corner. Twelve year-old Antonio is caught up in the midst of it all. When he makes the decision to trust the words of a man who is a spy, will he live to regret it, or will his life change forever?
This fast-paced wartime adventure is suitable for readers aged 9 and up. 
RRP $16.99 

The Whole Thing Together - Ann Brashares

Author of The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants series, Ann Brashares is back with The Whole Thing Together.
In it, we discover that 17 year-old Sasha's father was once married to Ray's mother, and together they had three daughters. But when their marriage collapsed, they each created a new family with Sasha and Ray each being born into their respective families.
During the summertime, the two families take turns to share their joint holiday house in Long Island.
When Ray and Sasha finally meet, their summer turns to one filled with a lot of secrets, romance, and even tragedy. 

13 Reasons Why - Jay Asher 

Although this book was first released in 2007, this newer edition has been released to tie-in with the television series that is currently screening on Netflix, which is proving to be rather controversial.
Hannah Baker has recently committed suicide and has left behind a series of tapes that explain the reasons behind her actions. Clay Jensen receives the tapes, and as he listens to Hannah's voice, he uncovers that he, amongst others, are responsible for her death. These tapes will change Clay's life forever..
This book has an RRP of $17.99 and features photos and behind-the-scenes content.

Have you read any of these titles yet?  Which book/s appeal to you? 

Disclosure: I was given ARC's of the titles listed above  from Penguin Random House Australia in exchange for a feature on my blog. I have not been paid for this review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

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