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Justine Larbalestier

Author of Zombies vs. Unicorns

19+ Works 6,390 Members 425 Reviews 5 Favorited

About the Author

Justine Larbalestier was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. She is a young-adult fiction author and is best known for the Magic or Madness trilogy: Magic or Madness, Magic Lessons and Magic's Child. Her other works include Liar, How to Ditch Your Fairy, and The Battle of the Sexes in Science show more Fiction. In 2014 her title, Razorhurst, won the Aurealis Award in the Horror Novel category. This title also made the Inky Awards 2015 shortlist and the Queensland Literary Awards 2015 shortlist in the Young Adult category. She will be at the Melbourne Writers Festival Schools Program 2015. My Sister Rosa, published January 2016, won the 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, Young adult fiction. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Justine Larbalestier

Zombies vs. Unicorns (2010) — Editor — 1,319 copies, 90 reviews
Liar (2009) 1,098 copies, 102 reviews
Magic or Madness (2005) 945 copies, 46 reviews
How to Ditch Your Fairy (2008) 794 copies, 65 reviews
Magic Lessons (2006) 551 copies, 19 reviews
Magic's Child (2007) 407 copies, 19 reviews
Team Human (2012) 392 copies, 40 reviews
My Sister Rosa (2016) 325 copies, 23 reviews
Razorhurst (2015) 188 copies, 11 reviews
The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction (2002) 137 copies, 4 reviews
The Magic of Reason (2007) 48 copies

Associated Works

Love Is Hell (2008) — Contributor — 471 copies, 12 reviews
Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer? (2002) — Contributor — 233 copies, 1 review
Come On In (2020) — Contributor — 115 copies, 6 reviews
Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean (2014) — Contributor — 98 copies, 2 reviews
First Kiss (Then Tell): A Collection of True Lip-Locked Moments (2007) — Contributor — 94 copies, 3 reviews
Nebula Awards Showcase 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 92 copies, 3 reviews
Letters to Tiptree (2015) — Contributor — 54 copies, 4 reviews
Agog! Smashing Stories (2004) — Contributor — 18 copies
The WisCon Chronicles Vol. 11: Trials by Whiteness (2017) — Contributor — 7 copies
The Best of Strange Horizons: Year Two (2004) — Contributor — 7 copies


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Some great, some funny, some so-so.
LaPhenix | 89 other reviews | Jul 8, 2024 |
This book was funny and also thought-provoking. It made me think about the nature of friendship and of prejudice, from several angles. Also, it was a mighty good story! Mel had to grow up by making a lot of mistakes, but she did learn, and she did grow up, and there was some kind of happy ending for everyone. I did think it ended kind of suddenly, but all the threads were tied up after all.
Bookladycma | 39 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
Um, yeah. I haven't read a book this fast in ages. Very engrossing.
unsurefooted | 22 other reviews | Feb 25, 2024 |
This book was annoying. I wanted to like it, but it switched back and forth between the present, past, and family/Micah history. Plus, the whole werewolf thing made me want to just stop reading it half way through. It wasn't typical teenage angst, it had no redeeming qualities to me at all. You make the decision on whether she is really a werewolf or just plain crazy at the end. Personally, I don't care. She was not a sympathetic character at all.
BrandyWinn | 101 other reviews | Feb 2, 2024 |



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