The YA Room

The YA Room is a Melbourne-based Young Adult book club! We meet once a month to discuss our Book of the Month, as well as host a variety of other special events. The YA Room was created by Sarah Robinson-Hatch and Alexandra Panzarino, two passionate readers from Melbourne, at the beginning 2017.


Book of the Month

Mirage by Somaiya Daud

isbn9781473651753In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.


Upcoming Events

Books & Tea

Every Monday night at 8.30pm AEST on Instagram Live.

Mirage #YARoomChat

Monday 24th September, 7.30pm on Twitter.

Mirage Book Meet

Wednesday 3rd October, 6.30 – 8pm at Embiggen Books.

Ask… About YA Publishing

Thursday 15th November, 6 – 7.30pm.


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