2020 is here and I can finally reveal the cover of my upcoming YA novel, Sea Star Summer, published by Human & Rousseau.
All sixteen-year-old Naomi wants to do over December is read books and enjoy a drama-free holiday – but Jeffreys Bay has other ideas…
Set over the December school holidays, Sea Star Summer is a coming-of-age story about first love and self-discovery in the surfing capital of South Africa, Jeffreys Bay.
Jeffreys Bay is a place very close to my heart. It is a place of raging waves, electric skies and wild shores. It is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in South Africa and my absolute favourite road-trip destination.
I think the cover captures the essence perfectly.
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My little love story has come a long way. Since being published in February last year, Mine has appeared on the Exclusive Books Homebru list and won the MER Prize for Youth Fiction. Most recently, it has been nominated for a South African Literary Award (SALA) in the youth literature category.
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I read Bram Stoker’s Dracula when I was in grade ten. It was a difficult novel to read, one of those books where you start reading a paragraph and end up daydreaming about something else for ten minutes. It took me a long time to finish. But it was a point of pride. I was on a mission to read all the great works of classic literature I could get my hands on (which were also incidentally free to take out from the library.) To me, Dracula was the classic that defined gothic literature.
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The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg will knock you sideways like Harley Quinn wielding her giant mallet.
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This year, Hachette Children’s Group launched Bellatrix – a series of feminist retellings of classic literature for young adults. If you’re anything like me, your first reaction would be ‘Where can I get them?’
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Edyth Bulbring’s The Choice Between Us (Tafelberg, 2019) is a clever little book. (You may remember it as one of my top YA picks for winter.)
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I’ve been dying to read Mary Watson’s The Wickerlight ever since I saw the cover reveal on Twitter. The novel follows on from The Wren Hunt, which I reviewed last year. If it was anything as dreamy and atmospheric as the first book, I knew I had to read it.
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There is absolutely nothing better in the whole world than curling up with a book when it’s cold outside.
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Last month I shared some recent book news – including being shortlisted for the Media 24 Literary Awards M.E.R. Prize for Youth Fiction.
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Anyone who has ever encountered this blog will know that road-tripping is my happy place. I love the feeling of getting away and leaving everything behind, the end destination hours if not days away. No worries, no responsibilities, no deadlines. Last year I road tripped five or six times, and this year looks to be no different.
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