It feels like it’s been three years since I last blogged, so today I wanted to review a book that I really loved. 

That book was BALLAD FOR A MAD GIRL by Vikki Wakefield. Before I get into that though, I suppose I’d better talk a bit about what I’ve been doing with myself. 



The night that someone let a fire extinguisher off in our uni bar | The night I dressed up 50s style for a pub crawl and nearly died at Scary Canary


The time me and my friends decided to have the most aesthetic picnic possible (we are the worst)


The time we looked through old scrapbooks. I am the one with the good hair in both pictures (the other one is my loser sister).

So apart from that, I’ve been learning French, working at Woolies, and making impromptu speeches in PR about the history of ice cream (long story). But I suppose I’d better get on to the review.

The best part of BALLAD FOR A MAD GIRL, for me, was how unsettling it was. 

Honestly, the intensity of the emotions in this book, how they’re written, how the atmosphere is so carefully crafted…it’s incredible. In a lot of ways it reminded me of STRANGER THINGS – not the actual events, but the vibes and the strangeness behind it. I could definitely see it as a movie. I’m not normally one for paranormal but everything just WORKED. There’s kind of a manic energy about the whole book and it was such a thrill to keep reading. 

The whole book centres around the disappearance of Hannah Holt several years ago. 

The twists and turns of this plot definitely kept me guessing (I’m really terrible at figuring out plot twists) although I have to say, I couldn’t keep thinking of Harold Holt. 

For you non-Aussie readers, Harold Holt was one of our Prime Ministers who went swimming and then disappeared, never to be found again. So that was interesting. 

So if you’re after an unsettling, goosebump-raising book, BALLAD FOR A WILD GIRL is for you. 

Another example of #LoveOzYA at its finest. 

 EVERYONE knows seventeen-year-old Grace Foley is a
bit mad. She’s a prankster and a risk-taker, and she’s not afraid of anything—except losing. As part of the long-running feud between two local schools in Swanston, Grace accepts a challenge to walk the pipe.

That night she experiences something she can’t explain. The funny girl isn’t laughing anymore. She’s haunted
by voices and visions—but nobody believes a girl who cries wolf.

As she’s drawn deeper into a twenty-year-old mystery
surrounding missing girl Hannah Holt, the thin veil between this world and the next begins to slip. She can
no longer tell what’s real or imagined—all she knows is
the ghosts of Swanston, including that of her own mother, are restless. It seems one of them has granted her an extraordinary gift at a terrible price.

Everything about her is changing—her body, her thoughts, even her actions seem to belong to a stranger. Grace is losing herself, and her friends don’t understand. Is she moving closer to the truth? Or is she heading for madness?


This book is kind of contemporary, kind of paranormal. Are you a fan of a bit of genre mashing? What’s your favourite genre in YA?