#LOVEOZYA 🇦🇺📚 // Aussie YA Blog Hop


This week, the Aussie YA Bloggers Group is sharing the #LoveOzYA love across the blogosphere by sharing our favourite Aussie YA reads! Our authors are talented, diverse and super lovely. This Blog Hop is being hosted by Happy IndulgenceGenie in a Book, Loony Literate, Thoughts by J and My Life in Books, so make sure to give all their blogs a visit too.

Join the Twitter chat on Sunday 14 August at 6pm on #AusYABlogChat and @AusYABloggers!

Credit to Happy Indulgence for the rad banner!

Covers = Goodreads 

What you love about Aussie YA

I’m kind of stealing Jeann’s answer here, but that’s because it’s exactly the reason why I love Oz YA. I feel like Oz YA could be a whole sub genre in the YA field. There’s always such unique and diverse concepts. Plus it’s always great being able to recognise settings and relate to things that are specific to your country. There’s just an immediate connection with the language and writing style – even in books that aren’t necessarily in Australia. I normally can’t get into contemporaries at all, but there’s something about Oz YA contemporaries that I always seem to love and I think it’s the familiarity and how they nearly always defy tropes.

Favourite Aussie YA authors

Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – as co-writers, but I’m DYING to read their individual work. I have These Broken Stars and hopefully I can get Nevernight soon.

Rebecca James – she writes the most amazing YA/NA thrillers. The only NA I’ve been able to read is Rebecca’s because she stays away from all the usual NA tropes. Beautiful Malice is one of my favourite books ever.

Em Bailey – Em wrote the amazing genre bending thriller Shift which is again one of my all time favourite books. I am DYING to read her new book The Special Ones which is all about a cult.

Will Kostakis – If you’re not following Will on Twitter then you need to change that. Not only is The Sidekicks AMAZING he is super rad and hilarious.

The Aussie YA book you grew up with

This is cheating slightly because I didn’t really have a Aussie YA book as such, but I did have a Middle Grade series: Aussie Angels by Margaret Clark. It was around in 2000 and was about a brother and sister whose family rescued and cared for wildlife. When I was younger I was OBSESSED with animals and was convinced I wanted to be a wildlife worker and these books were a HUGE part of the reason why. I read all 21 books in this series and honestly I’d read them all again.

Aussie Angels

Favourite Aussie YA book released in 2016

The Sidekicks by Will KostakisDefinitely The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis. Not only was it a perfect cure for my The Raven Cycle hangover (with it’s incredible friendship group), but it also depicted an amazing and realistic portrayal of grief. This book really helped me with some of my own issues regarding grief.

It’s about 3 boys whose only common tie is their shared best friend. Once he dies they have to try and work out who they are without him.

There’s no absent parents, no instalove and themes that deal with LGBT+. It’s really beautiful and if you don’t cry during it – I guarantee you will be once you read the last couple of pages. READ THIS!!!!

Aussie YA Debut you are looking forward to

I can’t choose just one – so here’s three!!

Yellow by Megan Jacobson Frankie by Shivaun Plozza The Road to Winter by Mark Smith

Yellow by Megan Jacobson: This is about a girl who’s dealing with bullying and her parents divorcing. She starts speaking to the spirit of a teenage boy through a broken phone booth and promises to find out who murdered him if he promises to make her popular, get her parents back together and doesn’t haunt her. This sounds so incredible. I love the possible paranormal twist on a contemporary setting and the cover is STUNNING.

Frankie by Shivaun Plozza: To quote the Goodreads summary: “Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend or her aunt who’s tired of giving second chances“. A lot is going on in her life when a kid shows up claiming to be her half brother. When he suddenly goes missing and Frankie goes to try and find him even if it means she has to confront her past. I’ve heard lots of great things about this and again the cover is so pretty!

The Road to Winter by Mark Smith: I know a lot of people are over the dystopian thing, but it’s always something I’ll love. This is about a 16 year old boy, Finn, who’s living in a dystopian Australia where a virus has wiped out mot of the population. He tries to survive and avoid the “Wilders” who are ruthless and rule the land north to were he is. Finn meets Rose who’s a “Siley” – a name given to asylum seekers who are sold into slavery. Finn helps Rose and they form an alliance, but Rose also has a secret. I really think I’ll love this!! The only dystopian I have some familiarity with that’s set in Australia is Tomorrow, When the War Began (which this has been compared to) so it should be interesting!

Favourite Aussie YA series

 Kind of cheating again because the series isn’t completed and the second book isn’t even out yet, but…

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I’m so excited to see where The Illuminae Files goes. I feel like so many crazy things are going to go down and I’M NOT READY. Just seeing Amie and Jay’s tweets about writing book 3 is KILLING ME.

Unexpected Aussie YA surprise

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

1) This book got me out of an almost 2 year reading slump. I didn’t think I’d ever be invested in reading again but then this book happened.
2) When I heard about it and the formatting I thought it was going to make the story disjointed and the characters disconnected, but OH BOY WAS I WRONG.
3) I will never get over the character development in this book. EVER. I mean a freaking AI even had character development? And it was SO BELIEVABLE?

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Stolen by Lucy Christopher 

I was excited to read this because of the concept (stalking, kidnapping, Australian desert), but I also judged it by tropes that exist out there and thought this was going to romanticise kidnapping. However, to my surprise it was such a realistic portrayal of Stockholm Syndrome! I was so impressed by this book and how realistic it was.


Aussie YA Book you always recommend to others

You all know what’s coming…

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

everyone who’s followed me for more than a week: [groans audibly in the background] WE GET IT, LAUREN, YOU LOVE ILLUMINAE!!!!!!!!!!!
me: kimk

I PROMISE IT’S WORTH IT! Don’t let the hype, format or size scare you. I mean if you don’t wanna read it that’s cool too, but like also you should read it.

I recommend Shift by Em Bailey and Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James every chance I get too. They’re both AMAZING, full of crazy plot twists, fast paced and gritty.

Shift by Em Bailey Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James

An Aussie YA book on your TBR

SO MANY!!!! Here are the ones I’m hoping to read soon-ish though.

The Special Ones by Em Bailey Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar Black by Fleur Ferris My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier The First Third by Will Kostakis Every Breath by Ellie Marney The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn

Recommend your favourite Aussie YA Bloggers!

Reg @ She Latitude • Casey @ Adapotabookaus  • Madeline @ The SFF BookshelfJeann, Jenna & Aila @ Happy IndulgenceNgoc @ Happy Comes FirstKirstie @ Upside Down Books 

I can’t even express how amazing and wonderful all these girls are! Their blogs are all so lovely (just like them!). They all post brilliant reviews and discussions. I’ve been following some of them since I’ve started blogging and others are newer, but ALL of them inspire me so, so much. I can’t recommend them and their blogs enough ♥♥♥

Make sure to visit the link up to see all the other wonderful people participating in this blog hop by clicking on the image below!

Aussie YA Blog Hop

Thanks again to all the mods for hosting this wonderful event! I’d love to hear any of your thoughts! If you have any Aussie YA recommendations whether it’s books or bloggers make sure to let me know!

I hope you’re all having a fantastic day xx

42 thoughts on “#LOVEOZYA 🇦🇺📚 // Aussie YA Blog Hop

  1. This is such a great idea for a post, it’s definitely speading the love for Australians and their books! I think the only book you’ve featured that I’ve read though is Illuminae, but like you I am so so so excited to read Gemina it is insane! I need to know what happens next! Some of the others sound interesting as well, and I’ve seen a lot of Stolen around WordPress recently as well so I’m definitely going to be looking into that one!
    Great post Lauren! 😀


    1. As soon as I saw that there was going to be a blog hop based on Aus YA I had to get on board, haha! Stolen is AMAZING It’s written in letter format, but you’re still able to connect with what’s happening. Despite it being about stalking and kidnapping their not glorified or turned into cheap scare tactics so even if you’re not really a reader of those kinds of topics this is still a book that’s readable.

      I NEED Gemina. Now.

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      1. I’d feel the same if there was ever a UK one! 😀
        Ohh I’m definitely going to need to check it out in that case then, it sounds like a really interesting book and I’ve seen so many positive things about it on WordPress as well so that’s making me more inclined to pick it up.
        Not long to go now I guess! 😀


  2. Love this post! Haha I added you for my recommended bloggers as well 🙈 Seriously all these books are fantastic, I have Frankie and Yellow in my TBR as well can’t wait to get into them and read some more Aussie Authors 😁 and hahaha to all the newbies getting to hear about illuminae I hope they pick it up! I did because of you and it was the best decision ever 😆 I need GEMINA I mean I already have it pre ordered but I’d like it now as well 😅


    1. Aw, I just saw your post in my feed!! Thank you so much ♥

      Yes! I just want to read all the Aussie YA, haha. There’s so many on my TBR! And I’ll never get sick of hearing you say that you love Illuminae! I’m so glad!! And oh my god, yes, I need Gemina more than air 😂

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  3. Loved this post! *waves flag enthusiastically* 🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺 I soo need to steal my brother’s copy of Illuminae and read it. I swear I have literally not seen one bad review. Thank you so much for the mention as well 😱😍😁☺️


  4. This post makes me want to read more Aussie YA books.
    I only every read Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (those two are AMAZING on their own and EPIC together), but I’m sure there are so many more amazing ones!
    I’ll be sure to check some of those out in the future 😀


  5. Great post!! I always love to see a post about local literature and Australia definitely has some of the best authors of ever! And I totally agree with you with Illuminae being on most of the list, if it’s written by my local author, I’d definitely do the same because it’s SO GOOD! I love the format and I can’t recommend it enough <3<3 super excited for Gemina and Nevernight ❤ These Broken Stars was great but I felt like the sequels didn't live up to my expectation. Alsooo, I'm so looking forward to reading Frankie because the blurb is so interesting! 😀


    1. Thank you!! Illuminae is everything ♥ I’m dying for Gemina! Aw, that’s a shame about These Broken Stars! At least the first book was good though? Haha. Hopefully I’ll enjoy it. And ooh yay! I’m hoping to read Frankie soon. Hopefully we both love it 😊

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  6. I have to shamefully admit that I have not read any of these books, nor have I been quite aware of this entire category of books! I can’t wait to get into it though, and am so excited 🙂


    1. Aw, that’s okay!! It’s definitely a lot harder for other countries to be aware of localised international authors. Copyright plays a huge part of it too because not all the books available here are availble in the US ect. if you decide to ever read any Aussie YAs though I hope you enjoy them!!

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  7. YAY I am so glad you enjoy Rebecca James’s books as well! They are so underrated but how freaking awesome was Beautiful Malice! I’m looking forward to reading Em Bailey’s books as well! I really enjoyed Yellow and looking forward to picking up The Road to Winter and Frankie!


    1. I love her so much! I really want her to write something new. Beautiful Malice was absolutely incredible. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Yellow!! There’s so many amazing Aussie YA books. I just want to read them all, but time is cooperating 😂


  8. I can’t believe I didn’t even realise Em Bailey was Australian, Shift was my favourite book for so long. Wow, the more you know. I love these posts so much, I kind of feel ashamed for not reading more of the Australian YA out there. I feel like I should be doing a better job of representing my country through my reading. Lovely post!


    1. There’s been so many books I hadn’t realised were by Australian authors either!! I’m so glad you loved Shift!! Aw, don’t feel bad! There’s so many Aus YA books that I need to get to on my TBR. It’s hard when there’s so many books and not enough hours in the day. Thank you ♥


  9. You are such a wonderful human being, Lauren! I absolutely loved this post, and all the books that you mentioned. It is so terrible, but I haven’t read a lot of Australian books despite being Australian. How terrible! This is definitely something that I will have to fix 🙂


  10. I love when people support books from their own country, it makes me really happy. Kinda feels like eating local food. 😂
    Also I still need to read The Sidekicks and My Sister Rosa!


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