Monthly Archives: February 2019

Make a Hard Fist by Tina Shaw – 2018

Make a hard fist is an extremely powerful YA novel about the physical abuse of young women.  It is edgy, scary and yet empowering. Lizzie Quinn is doing well, well apart from a hiccough in her relationship with a boy … Continue reading

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Rain Fall by Ella West – 2018

Rain fall is set in rain-soaked Westport, amidst mine-closures and the decline in dairy prices.  The town in depressed; the residents trying to make the best of things.  But when 15-year-old Annie misses an important basketball game when her mate’s … Continue reading

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Call me Evie by J.P. Pomare – 2019

“Who is the mad one, me or him?” Male privilege, the dangerous side of social media, childhood trauma, teenage angst and the vagaries of memory, all play a part in this slow-burning thriller. Kate is a seventeen-year-old teenager living with … Continue reading

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What You Wish For by Catherine Robertson – 2019

Catherine Robertson published Gabriel’s Bay in 2018 and What you wish for takes us back to the New Zealand coastal town, which is even more geographically unfettered this time – the story of the locals being bracketed not by that … Continue reading

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