Broadside No. 10 – Justine Larbalestier

Ahoy there me mateys!  Welcome to the tenth broadside – the Justine Larbalestier edition.  She has written 8 books and edited one anthology (excluding non-fiction).  Now surprisingly, I have somehow not read her trilogy but I have read 3 of her novels and the anthology.  Now the catch is that her books have been very varied in subject matter and so far I have given them all five stars!  Oh and she is from Australia . . . so bonus.

Please note: All book descriptions are taken directly from Goodreads and the book title links lead to Goodreads.

how to ditch your fairy

I have no idea where I first saw this novel but with a title like that I had to look into it.  I also remember it taking forever to get this book in me hands.  It takes place in Australia where everyone has their own personal fairy.  But Charlie doesn’t like hers.  This book deals with what happens when you try to get rid of your fairy.  It was silly and wonderful and filled with fun made up slang.  The book blurb:

Welcome to New Avalon, where everyone has a personal fairy. Though invisible to the naked eye, a personal fairy — like a specialized good luck charm — is vital to a person’s success. It might determine whether you make a sports team, pass a class, or find that perfect outfit. But for fourteen-year-old Charlie, having a parking fairy is worse than having nothing at all — especially when the school bully carts her around like his private parking pass.

Enter: The Plan. At first, teaming up with her archenemy Fiorenze (who has an all-the-boys-like-you fairy), seems like a great idea. But when Charlie unexpectedly gets her heart’s desire, it isn’t at all how she thought it would be, and she’ll have resort to extraordinary measures to set things right.

I simply adored this one and so I wanted to see what else she had written.  I found this:


The narrator is a liar and this is her story.  The only thing I can say without ruining things for a reader is that Micah is definitely unreliable.  Yet the twists and turns in the telling of the story were fantastic.  I still ponder the ramifications of this one.  The book blurb:

Micah will freely admit that she’s a compulsive liar, but that may be the one honest thing she’ll ever tell you. Over the years she’s duped her classmates, her teachers, and even her parents, and she’s always managed to stay one step ahead of her lies. That is, until her boyfriend dies under brutal circumstances and her dishonesty begins to catch up with her. But is it possible to tell the truth when lying comes as naturally as breathing? Taking readers deep into the psyche of a young woman who will say just about anything to convince them—and herself—that she’s finally come clean, Liar is a bone-chilling thriller that will have readers see-sawing between truths and lies right up to the end. Honestly.


This book was inspired by Frog Hollow in Surry Hills a suburb of Sydney.  Apparently in the 1930s and 40s, “according to [the] Sydney tabloid Truth, the streets were crowded with ‘bottle men, dope pedlars, razor slashers, sneak thieves, confidence men, women of ill repute, pickpockets, burglars, spielers, gunmen and every brand of racecourse parasite.'” This novel takes place in the era and is part mob story, part ghost story, and just part crazy.  I loved it.  The blurb:

The setting: Razorhurst, 1932. The fragile peace between two competing mob bosses—Gloriana Nelson and Mr Davidson—is crumbling. Loyalties are shifting. Betrayals threaten.

Kelpie knows the dangers of the Sydney streets. Ghosts have kept her alive, steering her to food and safety, but they are also her torment.

Dymphna is Gloriana Nelson’s ‘best girl’, experienced in surviving the criminal world, but she doesn’t know what this day has in store for her.

When Dymphna meets Kelpie over the corpse of Jimmy Palmer, Dymphna’s latest boyfriend, she pronounces herself Kelpie’s new protector. But Dymphna’s life is in danger too, and she needs an ally. And while Jimmy’s ghost wants to help, the dead cannot protect the living . . .

So that’s the three extremely different novels that made me fall in love with this author’s writing style.  And then of course you have this:

Zombies Vs. Unicorns

This book is an anthology edited by Justine Larbalestier and Holly Black.  It is a short story collection that tries to determine whether zombies or unicorns are better.  The editors each pick a side and have snarky commentary through the book defending their choices.  The stories are awesome.  The book blurb:

It’s a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths–for good and evil–of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?

So that be me introduction to Justine Larbalestier .  If ye haven’t read any of her novels I would suggest ye hoist those sails and get moving!

To visit her website go to:

Justine Larbalestier – Author

To see a complete list of all books she has written visit:

Justine Larbalestier – Books

To add this author or her novels to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

If ye want to see me other author broadsides:

Garth Nix – No. 1

Sharon Shinn – No. 2

John Scalzi – No. 3

Tamora Pierce – No. 4

Brandon Sanderson – No. 5

Robin McKinley – No. 6

Michael Crichton – No. 7

Mercedes Lackey – No. 8

Dean Kootnz – No. 9

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