Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they provide a topic, and you choose ten book related things to answer the topic. Today’s topic is a freebie week, and as today is Australia Day I thought that it was the perfect opportunity to share some of my Aussie favourites. In no particular order;
- The Rephaim series by Paula Weston
I don’t actually own these books (something I am hoping to remedy in the near future) but there are four books in this series (Shadows, Haze, Shimmer, Burn). I’ll leave the goodreads summary for the first book below;
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.
- Masquerade by Kylie Fornasier
This is a fun Gossip Girl-esque novel set in Venice and that I remember thoroughly enjoying. I have a review of the novel here if you want to know more about what I thought of it. Summary is from goodreads;
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
- The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer
The Intern is just a fun, cute, and absolutely hilarious Australian contemporary that is about a country girl interning at a magazine’s offices in the city. This is the first of two books, and I think I really enjoyed these books because I was a media student at uni and knew exactly was Josie was going through. Summary from Goodreads;
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.
- Lifespan of Starlight by Thalia Kalkipsakis
I had never even heard of this book before, and then I got it for free from one of the YA book events in Sydney last year. I then discovered it was a time travel novel which made me super excited because I love time travel novels, and so when I finally got around to reading it I was so grateful for getting it because I really loved it. Summary from goodreads;
The first in a thrilling new trilogy of epic proportions from best-selling children’s author Thalia Kalkipsakis. A fresh take on the time tripping genre, The Lifespan of Starlight is Gattaca meets The Time Traveler’s Wife.
It already lies dormant within you: the ability to move within time.
In 2084, three teenagers discover the secret to time travel. At first their jumps cover only a few seconds, but soon they master the technique and combat their fear of jumping into the unknown. It’s dangerous. It’s illegal. And it’s utterly worth it for the full-body bliss of each return.
As their ability to time jump grows into days and weeks, the group begins to push beyond their limits, with terrifying consequences. Could they travel as far as ten years, to escape the authorities? They are desperate enough to find out.
But before they jump they must be sure, because it only works in one direction.
Once you trip forwards, there’s no coming back
- The Every Trilogy by Ellie Marney
This is another series of books that seriously surprised me with how much I enjoyed them. They’re about two best friends who like to solve crimes in the streets of Melbourne. I know, that probably doesn’t sell the book that much, but this trilogy has some superb characters who have excellent chemistry with each other, and features some really epic writing. Goodreads summary for the first book, Every Breath;
Rachel Watts has just moved to Melbourne from the country, but the city is the last place she wants to be.James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old who’s also a genius with a passion for forensics.Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. He’s even harder to resist when he’s up close and personal – and on the hunt for a cold-blooded killer.When Rachel and Mycroft follows the murderer’s trail, they find themselves in the lion’s den – literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again…
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
You’ve all probably heard of this book as it was super hyped when it released late last year. But it deserves all the hype. If I had to think of one word to describe this book it would be EPIC. Seriously, if you haven’t read this book, go read it. If you haven’t bought this book, go buy it. You won’t regret it. It’s one of the most original books I’ve ever read! Goodreads summary;
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.
This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.
- The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Okay, technically this series is only half Australian as Meagan Spooner is American, but I’m still claiming it as Australian. This is another awesome space series that only gets better with each book. I’ve only read the first two books so far, but I’m so excited to hopefully get around to the third and final book this week! Goodreads summary for These Broken Stars;
Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.
The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.
- The Disruption Duology by Jessica Shirvington
It’s been awhile since I read this duology, but I can remember really enjoying it. The writing enchanted me, and I was so wrapped up in the world that I remember flying through the pages to find out what was going to happen. Goodreads summary for Disruption;
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.
- Spark by Rachael Craw
Okay, I’m not entirely sure if this one counts as Australian or not as Craw is from New Zealand, but New Zealand is close enough so I’m personally counting it! I bought Spark on a total whim because I was completely in love with the cover. When I finally read it last year I had not been expecting to love it so much, and it was torturous to wait for the sequel. I will be rereading this book in February so that I can dive into the sequel Stray! Goodreads summary of Spark;
Evie doesn’t have a choice.
One day she’s an ordinary seventeen year old, grieving for her mother. The next, she’s a Shield, the result of a decades-old experiment gone wrong, bound by DNA to defend her best friend from an unknown killer.
The threat could come at home, at school, anywhere. All Evie knows is that it will be a fight to the death.
And then there’s Jamie. irresistible. off-limits.
- One True Thing by Nicole Hayes This was another pure cover buy (seriously, the cover is stunning) and I didn’t think I would enjoy this one as much as I did. This one may not be as appealing to international audiences as much as Australian audiences as it does deal with some politics, but if you can put that to the side, this is a really enjoyable book. I really liked that this really put into question media and ethics, and I’m really glad that I read it! Goodreads summary;
When is a secret not a secret? When your whole life is public.
Frankie is used to being a politician’s daughter, but it’s election time, so life’s crazier than usual. Add a best friend who’s being weirdly distant, a brother to worry about, and the fact that Frankie’s just humiliated herself in front of a hot guy – who later turns up at band practice to interview her about her music.
Jake seems to like Frankie – really like her. But then everything crumbles. Photos appear of Frankie’s mum having secret meetings with a younger man – and she refuses to tell the public why. With her family falling apart around her, Frankie is determined to find out the truth – even if it means losing Jake.
So that’s my top ten tuesday for the week! Leave the links to your TTT in the comments as I would love to see what you all chose for the freebie week!
Until next time,