Been doing a lot of reading lately folks - though obviously not enough blogging. Thought that I'd offer up a few quick summaries of noteworthy reads that I've tackled over the past couple months.
Raw Blue by Kristy Eager
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I think that I shall stop there and maybe do a short series of paranormal summaries next week. But, I just wanted to add that, YES! I did finish the YA Aussie challenge already. With the four above, and Melina Marchetta's Finnikin of the Rock, Jaclyn Moriarty's The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie, and The Spell Book of Listen Taylor also by J. Moriarty, I have now read 7 books by Australian authors this year. And it's only March! I still have plans to read a few more in the coming months. There's still plenty of time to join the Aussie YA book challenge if you're up to it. Linky is here.