Read Now & Read Later: Post #TeenCon2015 TBR

The expanded and extra fabulous children's and young adult program of 2015 Sydney Writers' Festival concluded on Sunday night with the first TeenCon, featuring panels of YA bloggers and publishers, and the long-awaited Book Boyfriend Battle (Chaol was robbed). The very speedy Eugenia (@Genie_inabook) threw the first recap up onto her blog later that night, and I'm sure there are plenty floating around by this point so I think another recap is probably unnecessary.

But I'm a publicist's dream in that I come away from publicity events responding in exactly the desired way (sometimes financially, always with wild and vocal enthusiasm). My To Be Read list expanded considerably during my favourite part of TeenCon, the Read Now, Read Later panel. This panel involved a stack of lovely YA publicists (who incidentally all have my dream job, so hi guys, let me photocopy my way into your hearts and HR departments?) telling us what new releases we ought to get our hands on right this very minute and which we need to be picking up as soon as they're released! Penguin Teen Australia beat to a full round up of the Read Now, Read Later recommendations but I've gathered a selection of the titles that stood out to me personally in my post-TeenCon TBR.


We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach is a pre-apocalyptic contemporary from Simon & Schuster which kind of sounds like The Breakfast Club at the End of the World? I picked up a copy after TeenCon so hopefully I'll get to this one soon!

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is the queer romance from Penguin Teen that everyone's recommending furiously.

Lifespan of Starlight by Thalia Kalkipsakis from Hardie Grant Egmont is the first in the time travel trilogy that I never knew I needed. Ever since I first heard about this book, all I've wanted is to read near-future Sydney! This is another one I picked up at TeenCon, so a review may be on its way!

Shadows by Paula Weston is an angel book, which I usually avoid because I have opinions about angels - that they don't belong in my novels. Rumour has it, though, that the voice in Shadows has an Aussie edge, which is my favourite thing. I'm hugely intrigued by this paranormal romance from Text Publishing.

Spark by Rachael Craw got a mention and I do highly recommend this sci-fi romance from Walker Books. I'm reading it currently, and I can't speak to the swoonworthiness of Jamie (though rumour has it, he's very swoonworthy!) because I haven't actually met him yet, but the girl best friendship is to die for.


Risk by Fleur Ferris is an upcoming local contemporary from Random House Australia about internet safety, kind of, except it sounds a lot more interesting that than makes it sound!

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes actually sounds fairly horrible. Abusive cult that took the protagonist's hands when she rebelled?! Ugh. But also, it sounds thrilling. Coming next month from HarperCollins. Also, check out that gorgeous cover!

Asking For It by Louise O'Neill sounds like a contemporary about rape culture, coming from Hachette in September.

Also on the horizon for Hardie Grant Egmont is Bro by Helen Chebatte, to be released February of next year, a contemporary about racial tensions between teenagers at a high school.

Who was at TeenCon? Which Read Now, Read Later recommendations are you most excited to get your hands on?

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  1. I really can't wait to read Risk either - from the extract it definitely sounds like it's going to be a riveting read for sure. I really enjoyed Lifespan of Starlight - it was a great YA time travel novel which had it's own unique Aussie twist. It was fantastic to see Aussie YA getting the recognition it deserves, great recap and thanks for the mention Sophie :)

    1. Pleasure - I was very impressed by how quickly you got your recap posted on Sunday! I haven't read the extract yet! I'll try to get to it tomorrow! I was so excited to read Lifespan of Starlight at TeenCon because you wrote such a lovely review of it the other day!

  2. Yeeesss, read Shadows by Paula Weson :D You won't regret it I promise! I also want to read The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly and Risk :D

    1. If you'd told me a week ago that I'd be excited to read an angel novel I'd have told you you were crazy, but Trinity Doyle wrote a very very convincing review on Goodreads, so I just may have to order myself a copy!
      I can't stop thinking about The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly. It sounds potential awful, but also like something that will take over my life, that I won't be able to put down.

  3. Oooh, I would love to read Risk! The Internet is a growing and evolving technology that is a double-edged sword, and I'm kind of surprised there aren't more YA books about it and its dangers, especially since our society and general is almost revolving around it.

    Faye at The Social Potato

    1. It should be quite interesting. Someone I know who works at Random House heard that the original manuscript was quite preachy but they moved away from that during the editorial process, so it'll be interesting to see what the end result is, especially considering the plot revolves around a dangerous encounter that happened because of the internet.