In conversation with Anna Snoekstra

On Saturday 7th of July, we were invited to be in conversation with our latest #loveozya member, Anna Snoekstra, to celebrate the launch of her debut young adult novel, Mercy Point. The launch was held at the lovely Readings Kids in Lygon Street, with plenty of gorgeous refreshments including the much loved cupcakes created by Jess from cakeandmadness.

Mercy Point was selected by you guys over on our twitter to be our July book of the month, and we couldn’t have selected a more thrilling book. It’s amazing to see so much support for our Aussie authors, so we love when they pull through and win our polls, especially since we’ve been seeing how much our bookclub members have been enjoying.

Anna was super lovely, as you would expect from a crime writing novelist. Previously, Anna has published two adult fiction novels, Only Daughter and Little Secrets, and we were lucky enough to hear her talk on a panel when were up at Clunes Booktown Fest. We’ve included the blurb of Mercy Point and a few images down below from the event!Read More »

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May Book Meet

Today we hosted our May Book Meet, where we were joined by a bunch of passionate Melbourne YA readers to discuss our Book of the Month, I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman. As usual, we had a lovely afternoon that involved drinking coffee, talking about fandoms, and swooning over the gorgeous characters in this novel.

We’re already looking forward to our next Book Meet, where we’ll be discussing A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews. It’s going to be great! Free tickets will be released soon, so make sure you keep an eye out on our social media platforms.

Whether you’ve been to a ton of our Book Meets before or you’re interested in coming along for the first time, we’d love to see you there!


A Thousand Perfect Notes

36389267An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.

When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it? 


Order your copy of A Thousand Perfect Notes from Dymocks, Booktopia, or Book Depository.

And for everyone who’s not in Melbourne, we also host a monthly Twitter chat the Monday before our official Book Meet. #YARoomChat is an hour-long conversation about our current Book of the Month – and there are no spoilers, so don’t worry if you haven’t finished the book yet!Read More »

Upcoming YA Day + January Excitement

We can’t believe that YA Day is just over two weeks away! WHERE HAS THAT TIME GONE?! We’ve been super busy all month organising an amazing day, and we’re so thrilled that everyone who’s bought a ticket will be able to come and enjoy the day we’ve spent months planning. But the day wouldn’t be possible without you – so THANK YOU!

If you  would like to learn more about YA Day and jog your memory with who you’ll be seeing on a panel, check out this post! If you still haven’t got a ticket, click this link – they’re selling out fast! This is your LAST CHANCE to grab one, so don’t miss out!

An important things to remember for the day is that only ticket holders will be able to enter the venue, so make sure you have a print out of your ticket, have it on your phone, or be able to validate your email address (for Kickstarter backers ONLY) at the door. Please make sure you check your email before the day to see if there are any last-minute announcements from us.Read More »

RENEGADES | November Book of the Month

WOW. We honestly can’t believe how fast the year has gone. How is it already November? Weren’t we just having our Inaugural Picnic, like, two months ago?

Happy November, everyone! For those that are doing NaNoWriMo this month, or our Australian friends who are suffering through exams, we hope those things are going okay! But for us, November is the month that we have our last official Book Meet of the year. As usual, our Book of the Month was chosen by all you lovely people on Twitter who voted in our poll, and Renegades by Marissa Meyer was selected as the winner!


Renegades by Marissa Meyer

RenegadesSecret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.


We’re so excited to be reading Renegades with you this month, and we’re even more excited for our final Book Meet on Sunday 26 November. Renegades is officially released on November 7, so make sure you grab a copy to join in the fun!

Grab your free ticket to our Book Meet here.

If you’re not going to be in Melbourne for our Book Meet, never fear! As usual, we’ll be hosting a Twitter chat. Join us @TheYARoom_MELB on Monday 20 November from 7.30pm AEDT to discuss Renegades with us in a non-spoilery chat! We always love hosting these discussions, and we hope to see you tweeting along with us.

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We have a lot more exciting things to announce in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned!

Sarah & Alex ❤️

WARCROSS | October Book of the Month

Our next Book Meet is quickly approaching, but it’s not too late to grab your ticket yet! As usual, we’ll be meeting in the upstairs part of Dymocks from 2.30 – 4pm on Sunday. We have so many thoughts about our Book of the Month – Warcross – as usual, and we can’t wait to discuss this new release with you!

If you’ll be in Melbourne, we’d love for you to come along! We always seeing new and old faces. It’s going to be a lovely afternoon! Grab your free ticket here.


Warcross by Marie Lu

WarcrossFor the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.


Sarah & Alex ❤️

THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END | September Book of the Month

Our September Book Meet is almost upon us! We’re so thrilled that They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera was chosen as our Book of the Month this month, and we can’t wait to chat with y’all next Sunday at Dymocks, Melbourne.

If you haven’t grabbed a free ticket yet, there’s still a few available! Get yours here.


They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

33385229On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day.

The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

 

 

 


As always, we’ll also be having a Twitter chat the day after our Book Meet to discuss They Both Die at the End! You can find us on Twitter @TheYARoom_MELB.

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Looking forward to seeing you either at our Book Meet or joining in the discussion on Twitter! And if you haven’t picked up a copy of this amazing book yet, please do! We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Sarah & Alex ❤️

GAP YEAR IN GHOST TOWN | August Book of the Month

Hey friends! August is now well and truly underway, and we’re so excited for our upcoming Book Meet. This month, we’re lucky enough to be joined by the author of Gap Year in Ghost Town, Michael Pryor! As usual, we’ll be meeting in the upstairs section of the cafe in Dymocks from 2.30 – 4pm – it’s bound to be a great afternoon.

If you haven’t already got your free tickets to this event, click here to do so! Our Book Meet is only a week away!

Gap Year in Ghost Town by Michael Pryor

Gap Year in Ghost TownLet’s get this straight – ghosts are everywhere. I can see them. You can’t. And, see them or not, they’re dangerous. This is why my family has hunted ghosts for hundreds of years to protect people like you.

The Marin family are outcasts of the ghost hunting world. They run a two-man operation in inner city Melbourne. Anton has the Ghost-sight, but his father does not.

Rani Cross is supremely skilled in hand-to-hand combat, with enhanced speed and strength thanks to her magical initiation into the Company of the Righteous.

When it comes to ghost-hunting methodology, Anton and Rani don’t see eye to eye – Anton likes to ‘ease their passage’ to the next world, while Rani’s all about the slashing.

But Melbourne is under threat; with a massive spike in violent ghost manifestations, Anton and Rani must find a way to work together to keep supernatural forces at bay.

And what with all the blindingly terrifying brushes with death, Anton must decide if he really wants in on the whole ghost hunting biz anyway.

If you can’t attend our Book Meet, don’t forget to participate in our Twitter chat – #YARoomChat!

Even if you haven’t read Gap Year in Ghost Town you’re still more than welcome to join in. We’ll be talking all about our favourite ghost stories and books set in Melbourne. An hour of bookish fun!

Gap Year Twitter chat

We’re also super excited to be attending Michael Pryor’s launch of Gap Year in Ghost Town this Thursday night!

We love attending book launches – they’re always so much fun! Don’t forget to RSVP if you’re thinking of coming.

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In other news, we’ll be helping to launch Ellie Marney’s latest novel, No Limits, this Friday night!

We were lucky enough to get an eARC of this glorious book, and we can assure you that this is a book that needs to be on your TBR. If you’ve read Every Breath – and even if you haven’t – you’re in for a treat! It’s spectacular, snarky, and so, so Australian.

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We can’t wait to see you at all of these awesome upcoming events!

Sarah & Alex ❤️