Book Spotlight: JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta


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Taking a break from revising to do a few book spotlights because I love getting to recommend books to people. And this particular book is one of my all-time favorites!

About the Book: YA Contemporary

I’m dreaming of the boy in the tree. I tell him stories. About the Jellicoe School and the Townies and the Cadets from a school in Sydney. I tell him about the war between us for territory. And I tell him about Hannah, who lives in the unfinished house by the river. Hannah, who is too young to be hiding away from the world. Hannah, who found me on the Jellicoe Road six years ago.

Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs—the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again.

And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor’s only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago. She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother—who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road.

The moving, joyous and brilliantly compelling new novel from the best-selling, multi-award-winning author of Looking for Alibrandi and Saving Francesca. (blurb from Goodreads)

About the Author:

Melina Marchetta was born in Sydney Australia. Her first novel, Looking For Alibrandi was awarded the Children’s Book Council of Australia award in 1993 and her second novel, Saving Francesca won the same award in 2004. Looking For Alibrandi was made into a major film in 2000 and won the Australian Film Institute Award for best Film and best adapted screen play, also written by the author. On the Jellicoe Road was released in 2006 and won the WAYRBA voted by teenagers in Western Australia in 2008. It also won the US Printz Medal in 2009 for excellence in YA literature. This was followed up by Finnikin of the Rock in 2008 which won the Aurealis Award for YA fantasy, The Piper’s Son in 2010 which was shortlisted for the Qld Premier’s Lit Award, NSW Premier’s Lit Award, Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, CBC awards and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. Her follow up to Finnikin, Froi of the Exiles will be released in Australia in October and the US in March 2012.


This book was AMAZING! So beautiful and heartfelt, so touching and poignant. I cried, I smiled, I cried some more while reading this. I envy those who haven’t read this yet because there is something magical about that first read, that first experience with JELLICOE ROAD. To be honest, at the beginning, I wasn’t immediately into it, just because I was reading 3 other books at around the same time. But then I got into it. Really got into it, and I couldn’t tear myself away from the pages–from the characters and their hopes desires dreams, from the past that even years later would encroach and entwine upon the present, from the relationships and friendships that are so flawed but oh so real and sometimes, heartbreaking.

Please, please, please add this to your TBR, or better yet, go pick it up now and read. You won’t regret it.

Happy Book Birthday to Ella Martin and her YA debut!

My lovely agency sister Ella Martin debuts her book today! Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? published by Astraea Press is now available for your reading pleasure! I can’t wait to read this!!





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Happily Ever After only happens with the right guy. It’s a tiny but important detail most fairy tales choose to leave out. But what happens when the princess rides off into the sunset with Prince Charming, only to discover he’s not so charming, after all?

 Bianca Sullivan thinks she’s a pretty average girl. Sure, her brother may be the super-stud captain of the football team, but that’s her only claim to fame –- until her friends’ social experiment turns her into the new It girl of the Sophomore class, and she captures the attention of the most popular guy in her grade. Ecstatic to introduce the world to her first boyfriend, she’s trying to enjoy being wooed by the ultimate heartthrob. But no one’s ever told her what to do when her friends hate her boyfriend and Prince Charming starts acting like a control-freaky misogynist. And as if deciding whether to trust Prince Charming, her friends, or her own instincts wasn’t hard enough, being around her brother’s best friend is making her head all fuzzy, too. Oh, if only love was as simple as fairy tales make it out to be…


Congrats, Ella! If you see her around Twitter (@WestgatePrep) or on Facebook:  www., make sure to show her some book birthday love. 🙂

If you’re on Twitter, follow me @precylarkins because I’ll be giving away 3 WTRPCPSU postcards!

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Pretty, yes? You can’t have the one signed to me, but you can have the others. 🙂


Book Spotlight: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Kasie West

About the Book: YA Contemporary



Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: July 2, 2013

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

About the Author:

Kasie West lives with her family in central California, where the heat tries to kill her with its 115-degree stretches. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing. Visit her online at

Twitter: @kasiewest

My Thoughts:

I absolutely enjoyed this read! It was charming with very likable characters, and I loved the funny, sarcastic voice of the main protagonist, Caymen. The supporting cast of characters were wonderful too, and they all had their own quirks that added to their personalities. As for the love interest, Xander, I thought he and Caymen were perfect for each other. Cute and adorable are the words that come to mind when I think of this book. Two thumbs up!

There’s a paperback giveaway of this book (US only) happening over here: The YA Club. Go enter to win; your chances of winning are excellent right now.

You’re welcome.


Book Spotlight: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green

About the Book: YA Contemporary/Realistic Fiction


Source: Goodreads


Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

About the Author:

John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

In 2007, John and his brother Hank were the hosts of a popular internet blog, “Brotherhood 2.0,” where they discussed their lives, books and current events every day for a year except for weekends and holidays. They still keep a video blog, now called “The Vlog Brothers,” which can be found on theNerdfighters website, or a direct link here. (Source: Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

I feel like I don’t even need to say anything about this book because everyone and anyone probably already know about The Fault in Our Stars, what with the movie having just come out in theaters. I read this awhile back, but as usual, I’m way way way behind with my Book Spotlights because life got extremely busy. But here I am trying to catch up. 🙂

TFiOS, as it’s commonly called among its many, many fans, is a sweet story about young love. But what separates it from your usual fare of sweet-young-love stories is the fact that our main characters are both battling cancer. The beauty of this book lies in its very realistic portrayal of its characters–no sugarcoating here, and no stereotyping either. It is what it is. There are many poignant moments in this book, and if you’re easily moved to tears, make sure you have a box of tissues nearby.