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SA Partridge

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A good year for reviews

Since Dark Poppy’s Demise was published in July its been getting some excellent reviews. I’ve compiled a list of my favourites from the last few months. Click the links to read the reviews in their entirety.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to review my book! I will keep this blog updated with more reviews as I find them. If you spot one before I do, please add it in the comments section below.

From the press:

From the Mail & Guardian

SA Partridge has produced a finely written page-turner that any high-school book lover would enjoy finding in her stocking.

From the Sunday Times

Partridge is a master at exploring the nuances of emotionally awkward teens, through fast-paced dialogue and detailed (but not overwrought) description, rendering Cape Town in affectionate Gothic tones that create a suitably brooding, sombre mood.

From The Citizen

This eerie tale is a realistic account of how the desperate need to be loved can be detrimental. I highly recommend this third novel by Cape Town author, SA Partridge, who won the I Am A Writer and MER Youth Prize 2008 awards for her previous work.

From Litnet

Young adult readers across the board will certainly enjoy this fine book, and many will be able to identify with the feelings of hopelessness, insecurity and anxiety that seem so definitive of the road to adulthood. Partridge’s latest is therefore a welcome addition to a burgeoning literary genre, and a work certain to entertain and inform in equal measure.

From Itch

With this book, S.A. Partridge cements her position as one of South Africa’s most brilliant writers of this generation. This is a novel that not only reaches its target audience effectively, but will also capture the minds of readers outside of the young adult population. Dark Poppy’s Demise is not a novel to be missed.

From Women 24

Sally has certainly written a book that will keep you on your toes. She has a keen insight into the psyche of teens and especially has a knack for creating damaged and broken characters.

From The Cape Times

A good read for teens who may be a bit too glued to online socialising.

From Saltwater Girl

It’ll leave you shuddering.

From the blogosphere:

From Novel Year

Dark Poppy’s Demise should be required reading in high schools across the country. I firmly believe that. What happens to Jen could happen to anyone. There were points during my reading of this novel that I was genuinely freaked out. It was all so scarily real!

From The Word Fiend

Dark Poppy’s Demise is S.A. Partridge’s third novel for young adults and firmly cements her place as an author to watch.

From It’s a Book Thing

A tumble here and a cliffhanger there Sally Partridge has me gripped from page one. I really did enjoy this read. You have a striking cover; a rather intensely set plot, a local setting and a fabulous author to sew it all together!

From Being Brazen

I was transported back to teenagerdom from page one of this book. I think this is a must-read for any young adult girl as the lesson that can be learnt from this book is definitely an invaluable one.

From Club X

Pick it up because it’s a wake-up call about the dangers lurking online.

From Ibby SA

Partridge is a talented writer, and I know teenagers will love this book!

From Goodreads:

Rudi says:

Miss Partridge imbues her climax with such viciousness that it feels like a body blow. Its a testament to her writing prowess that she makes Jenna a thorough pain of a character and yet we are still rooting for her when it counts.

Cat says:

The book is a quick read, and SA Partridge has a wonderful knack for spot-on dialogue.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    December 1st, 2011 @16:51 #

    Fantastic, and best of all, your writing is BEING READ by the reading audience that is most at risk of attrition. You have an amazing work ethic -- three books published, another three written, and you hold down a full-time job. Am so glad you are reaping the rewards...

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    December 1st, 2011 @16:57 #

    Thanks Helen. This one seems to be on a roll. Will be holding both thumbs and crossing the rest for the good fortune to continue into the new year.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Henrietta</a>
    December 2nd, 2011 @11:04 #

    Wow, so many great reviews. Congratulations!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    December 5th, 2011 @17:11 #

    Brilliant reviews Sally, so well deserved.


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