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Larbalestier, Justine 2013

Blog Tour: Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier

We’re super excited to have Larbalestier on our blog today, and not at all because she threatened us with a razor and said she was going to cut us. (Please help us). You may have seen Larbalestier’s awesome activism on Twitter, or read one of her previous books like Liar or Team Human. Today we’ll be talking about her new book, Razorhurst. Set in 1930’s Sydney Australia amongst the bloody gang wars. With limited guns available, gang members turn their prowess for violence towards the razor blades. It’s a bloody, beautiful novel.

Q: The setting of the novel is 1930’s Sydney Australia, in the grip of mob warfare. This beautiful novel has such a unique viewpoint. How much of it is historically accurate? To what degree are the characters like Gloriana Nelson and Davidson, and the setting of Razorhurst real?

A: Thank you. So pleased you like it.

The Beautiful Ashes


Want to get a taste of an upcoming title without a full review or spoilers? We’re here to do that for you! It’s not a real review, and there are definitely no spoilers – just a bunch of reasons to read or not read or pass on this title.

Reasons to read:

Interesting story

There was an addictive quality to the story. I wanted to know what would happen and how things would end. However, I was never desperate for it. I never needed to know and it was hard to get past the bad writing in order to get absorbed in the story.

Some steamy scenes

There were a couple of times when I really wanted some sexy action to happen.

Interesting world building

Not the most original. Not the most unoriginal. Interesting but not mind numbingly brilliant.


Reasons to pass:

Bad writing

I love Jeaniene Frost. I adore her.


Do any of you have a series/author that you can’t stop reading even though you really, really want to? There’s nothing wrong with it (sort of)(I think)(I’m sure it’s fine). The heart wants what the heart wants even when the heart is clearly on drugs and needs to STFU and let the brain take over. I have several of these authors, but let’s take it slow and start with one:

(Please excuse the video quality, it turns out my built in camera is awful)
What about you guys? What are some of the books you’re addicted to in spite of yourself?



Welcome back to Buzz Worthy News where the stories are awesome and not at all well-written. Need your YA industry news? Never fear, Kat and Kate are here to give it all to you. Just, ya know, not in any kinda sophisticated sense or nothing.

In this week’s Buzz, YouTuber Zoe Sugg gets a book deal, J.K. Rowling is getting attacked, Waterstones win the internet and Game of Thrones Children’s Books are the best.

Buzz Worthy News is Cuddlebuggery’s weekly news post bringing you all the best information about the book and blogging world, particularly for the venn diagram of people who overlap between the two. For new releases and cover reveals of all the best Young Adult fiction, check out our Sunday post: Hot New Titles.

Two-Book YA Deal signed for YouTuber Zoe Sugg

Refusing to limit herself to one form, popular YouTuber Zoe Sugg has signed with Penguin to begin a career as a novelist.


“The difference between childhood and adulthood, Vic had come to believe, was the difference between imagination and resignation. You traded one for the other and lost your way.”

Joe Hill is a bit of an enigma to me. His use of a pseudonym seems to suggest that he has long desired to avoid being compared to his father as a writer and storyteller – an understandable enough wish, given the longstanding cultural popularity and relevance that King has enjoyed throughout his career. As the son of the man responsible for such titles asCarrieThe Dark Tower, and The Shining, one could reasonably expect Hill to do his damnedest to ensure that his own adventures with the written word are tainted with as little potential for bias as possible, to give the critics and everyday readers no reason to accuse him of only coasting along on the privilege afforded to him by familial relation.

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