YA I’m looking forward to in 2013

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I‘m into contemporaries with unique and quirky sounding concepts. These are the ones which fascinate me the most.

1. Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil (Feb 2013, Hardie Grant Egmont) I confess, Melissa is my ex-editor. I knew she wrote, but was shy about revealing the exact details. I complimented her once on a short story, and said I believed in her, but I don’t think she believed me. Plucked out of 250 submission by The Ampersand Project, I just can’t wait to find out what makes this book a standout. Billed as a geeky romance with everything we love about 80s rom coms, this sounds unique and awesome.

2. All This Could End by Steph Bowe (Feb 2013, Text) I absolutely adored Steph’s debut novel Girl Saves Boy. It had such a fresh, indie voice that it got me questioning, why aren’t there more real teens writing teen fiction and being published? I’ve been waiting for the next installment ever since. Now 18, I’m hoping to see a maturity and growth and by the sounds of it – a story about a girl’s bank robbing family – also a new edginess. I’m hoping it’s Girl Saves Boy meets Pulp Fiction.

3. Sweet Damage by Rebecca James (April 2013, Allen & Unwin) I still dream about Anna London’s House. How beautiful and Rebecca-esque is this opening? I’m a fan of Rebecca’s debut, Beautiful Malice and it looks like she’s back with more sinister girls and a mysterious tale of intrigue. Rebecca does Toxic Girls better than anyone and yes, I am jealous of her in a second banana sot of way (it’s actually admiration, not jealousy). This looks right up my alley.

4. Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak (unconfirmed). Maybe this is wishful thinking. There is no confirmed date for MZ’s long awaited next novel. But one can wish. I’ve read some of the snippets of the novel on his Facebook fan page and the writing is absolutely beautiful, it’s like he’s gone to a total new level since The Book Thief. He’s come a long way since Underdog 🙂

5. The Howling Boy by Cath Crowley (Sept 2012, Pan Macmillan Australia). Cath Crowley’s voice is like no other and like Markus Zusak, her talent has slowly been building until it culminated in Graffiti Moon. Will she top that? I think it’s possible that Cath is going to take her writing to a new place and with hints to a stream-of-consciousness styling, things that happen in the subconscious, mystery and love, it all points to something exciting, experimental and amazing. That title is so evocative.

What books are you excited for in 2013?

Comments

Wendy Darling
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These are all Australian authors! ARE YOU BIASED, Miss Shirley?

I already have a number of these on my TBR thanks to you, am definitely checking out others. 🙂

shirley marr
shirley marr
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I think I am BIASED, Miss Wendy! But proud of it ;-P

VeganYANerds
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I am excited for all of these! Yay for Aussie YA! All of these were on my to-read list apart from Rebecca’s so thanks for mentioning it!
Mands xox

shirley marr
shirley marr
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Have you read Beautiful Malice, Mands? It’s dark, but very delicious, I adore that book.

Rebecca
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Life in Outer Space looks so adorkable, I can’t wait too dive into my copy. I’ve yet to read anything by Steph Bowe but All This Could End has an amazing premise. Great list, Shirley! I’m definitely looking forward to reading all these awesome-sounding Aussie 2013 releases!

shirley marr
shirley marr
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Thanks Rebecca! You have a copy of Outer Space already? I am so jealous! xx

Leanne
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I’ve been yearning to own Bridge of Clay for ages but alas, the release date seems to unknown! The premise seems simple but whatthehell it’s MARKUS ZUSAK, nothing he writes is ever simple. It’s a long time since I’ve read The Book Thief, but wow was that one extraordinary, mind blowing book. And also, I love how all these books are written by Aussie authors. =)

P.S. I didn’t even know this blog existed until I indirectly stumbled upon a few minutes ago, Shirley! I feel like I’m the last one who came to the party..

shirley marr
shirley marr
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Bridge of Clay is going to be my most anticipated book of all time methinks 🙂 I’m a picky reader and Aussie YA just has that “feel” I’m after, always. And you’re not too late to the party Leanne, this blog just went up yesterday. Let me pour you a tea.

Maree
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Such a fantastic list Shirley! I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my copy of Life in Outer Space (hopefully this week) and can’t wait to dive in. Although I haven’t read Girl Saves Boy, I am crazy keen for All This Could End 🙂

shirley marr
shirley marr
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Happy reading Maree, so jelus of your advance copy of Life in Outer Space!

Mime
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Oh, I’m looking forward to All This Could End! It sounds to me a bit like Ally Carter’s Heist Society (which I liked) and I loved Girl Saves Boy. Ah! I hate it when books have to come out. 🙂

shirley marr
shirley marr
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Thanks for dropping by Mime, all the wonderful books to look forward to:-)

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