Jun 24, 2015

Australia Week: Eugenia's Top 10 Australian Reads! & Giveaway

Eugenia’s Top 10 Australian Reads

Hi everyone! I’m Eugenia from Genie In A Book here to share my top 10 Aussie reads for you all. There are some fantastic books out there by Australian authors, and it’s definitely difficult to narrow it down to just ten, but here you go:

1. Disruption by Jessica Shirvington

This is a fast-paced almost dystopian/sci-fi novel in a duology in a version of the world similar to our own which absolutely blew me away! There’s action, some romance, and a kick-ass female protagonist who knows how to set things right.

What if a microchip could identify your perfect match?
What if it could be used against you and the ones you love?

Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.

Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loves most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it.

Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer – heir to the M-Corp empire – has become key to Maggie’s plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for?

In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.

2. Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James 

Rebecca James is always at the top of my list when it comes to writing an amazing YA thriller – this is just one of my favourites, and others she’s written include Sweet Damage and Cooper Bartholomew is Dead.

Who is Katherine Patterson? It is a question she hopes no one can answer. To erase her past, Katherine has moved to a new city, enrolled in a new school, and even changed her name. She’s done the next best thing to disappearing altogether. Now, wary and alone, she seeks nothing more than anonymity. What she finds instead is the last thing she expected: a friend.

Even more unlikely, Katherine’s new friend is the most popular and magnetic girl in school. Extroverted, gorgeous, flirtatious, and unpredictable, she is everything that Katherine is not and doesn’t want to be: the center of attention. Yet Alice’s enthusiasm is infectious, her candor sometimes unsettling, and Katherine, in spite of her guarded caution, finds herself drawn into Alice’s private circle.

But Alice has secrets, too—darker than anyone can begin to imagine. And when she lets her guard down at last, Katherine discovers the darkest of them all. For there will be no escaping the past for Katherine Patterson—only a descent into a trap far more sinister . . . and infinitely more seductive.

3. Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

This is a simply stunning rendition of Rapunzel – taking it right back to its origins, weaving in historical details as well. Kate Forsyth’s writing style is beautiful, and this story had me drawn in from the first page.

French novelist Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. At the convent, she is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens...

After Margherita's father steals parsley from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena Leonelli, he is threatened with having both hands cut off, unless he and his wife relinquish their precious little girl. Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1512 and still inspiring him at the time of his death. She is at the center of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition.

Locked away in a tower, Margherita sings in the hope that someone will hear her. One day, a young man does.

Award-winning author Kate Forsyth braids together the stories of Margherita, Selena, and Charlotte-Rose, the woman who penned Rapunzel as we now know it, to create what is a sumptuous historical novel, an enchanting fairy tale retelling, and a loving tribute to the imagination of one remarkable woman.

4. Every Breath by Ellie Marney

If you’re looking for a YA spin on Sherlock Holmes then this is it! This is the first book in a trilogy, and one you wouldn’t want to miss!

Rachel Watts is an unwilling new arrival to Melbourne from the country. James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old genius with a passion for forensics. Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. And when Watts and Mycroft follow a trail to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion's den - literally.

A night at the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again... 

5. A Waltz for Matilda by Jackie French

This is still my favourite book of all time – it’s set in the early period of Federation in Australian history and is both heartwarming and beautifully told. Jackie French is also my favourite author, so I’d definitely recommend other books she’s written as well (there are lots to choose from!).

In 1894, twelve-year-old Matilda flees the city slums to find her unknown father and his farm. But drought grips the land, and the shearers are on strike. Her father has turned swaggie and he′s wanted by the troopers. In front of his terrified daughter, he makes a stand against them, defiant to the last. ′You′ll never catch me alive, said he...′

Set against a backdrop of bushfire, flood, war and jubilation, this is the story of one girl′s journey towards independence. It is also the story of others who had no vote and very little but their dreams.

Drawing on the well-known poem by A.B. Paterson and from events rooted in actual history, this is the untold story behind Australia′s early years as an emerging nation.

6. The Rosie Black Chronicles: Genesis by Lara Morgan

This is a book set in Perth 500 years into the future, and I love sci-fi which is actually set in Australia. Another favourite of mine, this trilogy is one you have to read – action, loyalty, friendship, romance, drama – it has it all!

Five hundred years into the future, the world is a different place. The Melt has sunk most of the coastal cities and Newperth is divided into the haves, the “Centrals”; the have-nots, the “Bankers”; and the fringe dwellers, the “Ferals”.

Rosie Black is a Banker. When Rosie finds an unusual box, she has no idea of the grave consequences of her discovery. A mysterious organisation wants it – and will kill to get it.

Forced to rely on two strangers, Rosie is on the run. But who can she trust? Pip, the too attractive Feral, or the secretive man he calls boss?

From Earth to Mars, Rosie must learn the secrets of the box – before it’s too late.

7. Shadows by Paula Weston

And now we move to paranormal – As it turns out, Aussie writers are really good at that too! This first book in the Rephaim series is a hit, and has been getting positive hype overseas as well.

It’s almost a year since Gaby Winters was in the car crash that killed her twin brother, Jude. Her body has healed in the sunshine of Pandanus Beach, but her grief is raw and constant. It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she kills demons and other hell-spawn.

And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams—he claims a history with her brother that makes no sense. Gaby is forced to accept that what she thought she knew about herself and her life is only a shadow of the truth—and that the truth is more likely to be found in the shadows of her nightmares.

Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And most importantly, who can she trust?

Fast-paced and gripping, Shadows, the first book in the Rephaim series.

8. Walking on Trampolines by Frances Whiting

This novel really tugs at the heartstrings and demonstrates how friendships can change over time. It’s a lovely coming-of-age novel, emotional and thought-provoking.

Tallulah de Longland,' she said slowly, letting all the Ls in my name loll about lazily in her mouth before passing judgement. 'That,' she announced, 'is a seriously glamorgeous name.'

From the day Annabelle Andrews sashays into her classroom, Tallulah 'Lulu' de Longland is bewitched by Annabelle, by her family, and their sprawling, crumbling house tumbling down to the river.

Their unlikely friendship intensifies through a secret language where they share confidences about their unusual mothers, first loves, and growing up in the small, coastal town of Juniper Bay. Their lives become as entwined as Annabelle's initials engraved beneath the de Longland kitchen table.

But the euphoria of youth rarely lasts, and the implosion that destroys their friendship leaves lasting scars and a legacy of self-doubt that haunts Lulu into adulthood.

Years later, Lulu is presented with a choice: remain the perpetual good girl who misses out, or finally step out from the shadows and do something extraordinary. And possibly unforgiveable.

It's not how far you fall, but how high you bounce.

9. The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer

Now if you want a light and funny contemporary YA novel which will literally make you laugh out loud, then you can’t go past The Intern and the sequel Faking It. Everyone has Josie Browning moments, and these books are great for fans of The Devil Wears Prada.

Josie Browning dreams of having it all.

A stellar academic record, an amazing career in journalism - and for her current crush to realise she actually exists. The only problem? Josie can’t get through twenty-four hours without embarrassing her sister Kat or her best friend Angel, let alone herself.

Josie’s luck changes though when she lands an internship at the glossy fashion magazine Sash. A coveted columnist job is up for grabs, but Josie’s got some tough competition in the form of two other interns. Battle lines are drawn and Josie quickly learns that the magazine industry is far from easy, especially under the reign of powerful editor, Rae Swanson.

From the lows of coffee-fetching and working 10-hour days, to the highs of mingling with celebrities, scoring endless free beauty products (plus falling for her cousin’s seriously gorgeous flatmate James) this is one year Josie will never forget.

Totally fresh and funny, this debut novel from industry insider Gabrielle Tozer reveals just what is behind the seeming glamour and sparkle of the magazine industry. 

10. Masquerade by Kylie Fornasier

Historical fiction set in the glamorous city of Venice? This is a debut from Kylie Fornasier, and is just as gorgeous as the setting.

It's the Carnevale of 1750 and Venice's ballrooms, theatres, palazzos and squares are filled with delicious gossip, devilish fun and dangerous games. In this glittering masked world, everyone has a secret...

Set in an age of decadence made famous by Casanova, Masquerade uncovers the secrets of seven teens, from the highest aristocrat to the lowest servant – their dreams, desires, loves, loyalties ... and betrayals.

All the world's a stage. Let the show begin.

Thanks again for having me here on your blog Suze, hope you guys get to checking out some of these Australian gems soon!


Enter this giveaway to win a paperback version of The Intern 
 I will contact the winner on twitter or via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.     


  1. This sounds like a fun read. I'm always on the lookout for good books. The only one on this list I have read is Trampolines, and I really enjoyed it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil

  3. Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth sounds good.

  4. I do like the look of Bitter Greens xx

  5. Walking on Trampolines by Frances Whiting

  6. Every Breath by Ellie Marney!

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  7. Ohhh many on this list sound very good :) I definitely read more romance than YA so my favorite so far would be Lily's Leap by Téa Cooper

  8. These all sound like such great reads! I haven't read any Australian YA, but The Intern and the following sequel sound right up my street, considering I love Devil Wears Prada :) Rosie xx

  9. don't think I've read any

  10. Australian YA is totally new to me. However, all of these books sound fantastic.

  11. I don't think I have read any yet, but I would love to.

  12. Can't think of one offhand...


  13. I haven't read any YA by an Aussie author yet.

  14. Great YA list! Of these I loved Bitter Greens and Walking on Trampolines.

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  15. I think not know any! I have to read one ;)

  16. I don't think I've read any
    Jade H

  17. Every Breath by Ellie Marney


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