The book I've chosen to highlight for my Read, Review, Recommend post is Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James. I read this book last year, and it became an instant favourite of mine. If you haven't already read it, do so now! It's a wonderful psychological thriller of toxic friendships and deep rooted secrets that come back to haunt the characters here. There was a lot of hype surrounding this book and it's author, and in my opinion, the book totally lives up to the hype. I often find that when books are very buzzed about, they are a let down for me, but not this one! This was also the first Aussie YA books I read, and since then I've been wanting to find out about more Aussie YA titles. Recently that's been happening a lot since I found out about some great Australian book blogs.
I also had the opportunity to interview Rebecca James, the author of this book, and she is so very nice and was kind enough to send me an Australian edition of the book. I am a little obsessed with book covers and the Australian cover of this one is my favourite.
Beautiful Malice was marketed as an adult book in America, which is why you might not see it all around the (mostly US YA) blogosphere, but in my opinion, it's suitable for anyone 14+ and also has great crossover appeal. Along with all the dark stuff here, there's some wonderful romance, and characters you will totally fall in love with. Oh, apart from the character of Alice. She will creep you out!
Rebecca James second book, Cooper Bartholomew is Dead is released later this year and I cannot wait to read it!
Thanks for having me, Alice!