CYL Picks: Jordi’s List

This time last year I was raving about John Flanagan’s new Brotherband series, and Margo Lanagan’s latest gut-punching fantasy, Sea Hearts (aka The Brides of Rollrock Island, for you overseas compatriots). I am still a vocal supporter of these titles, but I expect you to have read them by now. (You have, right? …Right?) So here’s some fresh ink to sink your eyeballs into, and get your giddy on over:

Great 2012 read:

Quintana of Charyn

Melina Marchetta

Quintana of Charyn is the sort of book you just want to hug, because not only do you love it but it loves you back. You laugh together, you cry together, and, most importantly, you spend quality time with characters you’ve been journeying with throughout Finnikin of the Rock and Froi of the Exiles. Marchetta gifts her readers an utterly satisfying (ie as perfectly devastating as it is heart-warming) finale in this last instalment in the Lumatere Chronicles. Full review here.


Pleasantly surprised by:

Fire in the Sea

Myke Bartlett

Does anyone else get that nervous little flutter in the pit of their stomach when they pick up a book by a debut author? What will it be like? Will their voice be fresh and original? Could this be love? Yes. Yes it is.

Fire in the Sea has the action and visual strength of a movie, and all the character depth and elegance you could hope for from the written word. It is fantasy as it should be – wild and bloody – which is why I’m thrilled that we’ve just announced Myke Bartlett will be one of the authors featured on our 2013 Reading Matters program.

Full book review here.


Most anticipated for 2013:

The Howling Boy

Cath Crowley

The Howling Boy is slated for release with Pan Macmillan in September 2013. It’s so far away, there isn’t even a cover image available yet. Or a synopsis. But that doesn’t mean I’m any less excited. It’s a new book from Cath.freaking.Crowley – author of the destined-to-be-a-classic Graffiti Moon. An author that just gets teenagers. And emotions. And life. (Or, at least, manages to write about them in a way that seems like she does.)

Apparently, The Howling Boy will be a mystery and a love story, with dual narrators. AND it will feature an appearance from Graffiti Moon‘s Ed and Lucy. Can I get a squee?



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