Thursday, April 11, 2019

Superman- Dawnbreaker

By: Matt De La Pena
Image result for 9780141386867Location: FIC 
Genre: Superman... of course


The blockbuster DC Icons series that began with Leigh Bardugo's Wonder Woman, Marie Lu's Batman, and Sarah J. Maas's Catwoman continues with the story of the world's first super hero - SUPERMAN - from award-winning #1 New York Times bestselling author MATT DE LA PE√ĎA.

Clark Kent has always been faster, stronger, better than everyone around him. 

He knows drawing attention to himself could be dangerous but lately it's difficult to stay in the shadows. A dark secret is lurking in Smallville and he's not the only one hiding something.

With his best friend, Lana Lang, at his side, Clark is determined to discover what evil lies below the surface of their small town. But there are secrets in Clark's past that threaten to destroy the future Man of Steel.

Before he can save the world, he must save Smallville

"Superman's not my go-to superhero but I've enjoyed the rest of the DC Icons series and Matt de la Pena is a champ so I checked this out. It's a really smart framing for a modern day Superman to feel connected to undocumented immigrants since he is one also, but from space! I love it! The details of the supervillainous plot are a litle bit...~hand wavy~ but also I don't care honestly, I love the character of Clark and his struggles with self, community, and a Dreamer love interest. This is a timely story with a lot of heart to it. ...it's just that I still don't especially care for Superman."

Rosie Loves Jack

Image result for 9781474937832By: Del Darbon
Location: FIC DAR
Genre: Romance. Downs Syndrome

Rosie loves Jack. Jack loves Rosie. So when they're separated, Rosie will do anything to find the boy who makes the sun shine in her head. Even run away from home. Even struggle across London and travel to Brighton, though the trains are cancelled and the snow is falling. Even though people might think a girl like Rosie could never survive on her own. See the world through new eyes in this one-in-a-million story.

"Rosie loves Jack is a marvellous, beautiful and heartbreaking debut novel, enlightening the reader about Down's Syndrome.

The book is a story of Rosie a sixteen year old, suffering with Down's Syndrome who is in love with Jack.

Jack has temper and anger issues, which conduce to the separation of Rosie and Jack.
Due to which he was sent off to Brighton.

Jack went to write postcards to her, but sadly it never reaches her, until one day she finds out that her father has deliberately hidden them. Meanwhile, Rosie was broken as she was constantly texting him and getting no response from him shattered her. Later on discovering the truth, she picked up all the postcards and decided to meet Jack. She left for Brighton to meet Jack and to let him she loves him as much as he do.

The book is a journey told by Rosie to meet her love, Jack. This book is a roller coaster ride of emotions. The book made me laugh, cry and a heart break followed. The author has penned a very beautiful book with a worth appraising message. Even when Rosie's family is completely against their relationships she took a stand and went on to meet him.I am quite amazed how Rosie overcomes all the hurdles passed by her along the journey. Rosie a strong character who never let her syndrome effect her. I can't find a flaw and definitely a recommendation to every Young- Adult readers" Palvi

Monday, April 8, 2019

Bloodleaf

By: Crystal Smith
Image result for bloodleaf crystalLocation: FIC SMI
Genre: Fantasy 

The cover art......

 "A phantasmagorical wonder that will keep you guessing until the very last page" Laura Sebastian

Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her. But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat. Will she be forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life?

"Rating-5/5 Stars
Usually cover sucker me into making me want to read the synopsis and want to read a book. This is what Bloodleaf did. Plus, it has royalty in it and fantasy in it, so totally what I love. 
Aurelia is a Princess and she is supposed to marry a Prince from a different land, but she doesn’t want to. However, people in her country are killed if they are blood mages, which is her biggest secret. 
One night her secret comes out and she must flee with her brother and a few trusted people. However, things go awry. Aurelia is forced to escape and use a different name in a foreign country, which is the country of her betrothed’s. While in Achleva, the foreign country, she meets some interesting people who she is to help break a spell and to stop a wall from coming down. Through this journey of seeing a different life, a different country, and living with different people, she develops friendships and love. 
Can we just take a second to admire this cover? Anyway, I devoured this book and could not put it down. In fact, I really want the sequel now because I cannot get this story out of my head. I tried reading this book at any chance I got. The magic system of blood was executed well and is a system I have not seen before. I love Aurelia’s and Zan’s character developments as well as the plot twists, which one of them made me gasp. And that plot twist that made me gasp was the last chapter I was reading before bed a few nights ago, so I was super bummed I had to go to bed at a reasonable time to wake up refreshed for work." Kayla

The Wicked King

Image result for 9781471408038By: Holly Black
Location: FIC BLA
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Folk of the Air #2


You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

A Thousand Perfect Notes

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By: C. G. Drews
Location: FIC DRE
Genre: Young Adult, Romance


An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.

“Chocolate is a substance worth existing for”

“Music is nothing unless it fills your soul with colour and passion and dreams”

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music - because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.

When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it


"A Thousand Perfect Notes was a beautiful tribute to music, what family TRULY is, and the classical composers. Absolutely amazing."

The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree

Image result for 9781471407550By: Paola Peretti
Location: FIC PER
Genre: Contemporary Junior Fiction- Nice Story

"...it’s a book with a lovely message about self-acceptance and the importance of friendship"

A novel for all ages about a young girl losing her sight, inspired by the author's own life story.


 For fans of Wonder, The Little Prince and The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

Mafalda is a nine-year-old girl who knows one thing: some time in the next six months her sight will fail completely. Can Mafalda find a way through a seemingly dark future and still go to school, play football and look after her beloved cat? With the help of her family, and her friends, Mafalda needs to discover the things that will be important to her when her sight has failed. A moving, empowering tale of courage and determination that will inspire young and old.

Enchanted

Image result for 9781509895977By: Gita  Trelease
Location: FIC TRE
Genre: Historical, Fiction and Fantasy- the best combo!


Versailles- it is set in Versailles!!!!!!!

Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians...

When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

With dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. There, she gambles at cards, desperate to have enough to keep herself and her sister safe. Yet the longer she stays at court, the more difficult it becomes to reconcile her resentment of the nobles with the enchantments of Versailles. And when she returns to Paris, Camille meets a handsome young balloonist—who dares her to hope that love and liberty may both be possible.

But la magie has its costs. And when Camille loses control of her secrets, the game she's playing turns deadly. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, freedom or magic—before Paris burns…
 


"This is such a magical story of deception and love, of how easy it is to fall into the glittering addictive lure of money and being in control. It's a beautifully written story and it totally swallows your whole attention while you root for Camille to beat back the unfair world and have the life she deserves" CG Drews- Goodreads


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Dry

Image result for 9781406386851By: Neal and Jarrod Shusterman 
Location: FIC SCH
Genre:  Thirsty Dystopia

“...and I realize that this is the true core of human nature: When we've lost the strength to save ourselves, we somehow find the strength to save each other.”

“As far as authority is concerned, calm people quietly dying is a lot easier to deal with than angry people fighting for their lives.” 


Everyone's going to remember where they were when the taps ran dry.

The drought—or the tap-out, as everyone calls it - has been going on for a while. Life has become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t take long showers, don't panic. But now there is no water left at all.

Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation and violence. When her parents go missing, she and her younger brother must team up with an unlikely group in search of water. Each of them will need to make impossible choices to survive

"...AND IT MADE ME SO THIRSTY. That's how vivid it was!

So definitely check this one out if you are a fan of the apocalypse and freaking out. Bring some water with you while you read because you will need it. It is more about the desperate race to get water and live as opposed to really developing the characters (it reminded me of the Gone series actually) but it's captivating. And STRESSFUL"  Drew- Goodreads.com

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Becoming Karem

Image result for 9780316555418By: Karem Abdul- Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
Location: NF 920 ABD
Genre: Basketball real story!

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! 
The first memoir for young readers by sports legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.


At one time, Lew Alcindor was just another kid from New York City with all the usual problems: He struggled with fitting in, with pleasing a strict father, and with overcoming shyness that made him feel socially awkward. But with a talent for basketball, and an unmatched team of supporters, Lew Alcindor was able to transform and to become Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

From a childhood made difficult by racism and prejudice to a record-smashing career on the basketball court as an adult, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's life was packed with "coaches" who taught him right from wrong and led him on the path to greatness. His parents, coaches Jack Donahue and John Wooden, Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, and many others played important roles in Abdul-Jabbar's life and sparked him to become an activist for social change and advancement. The inspiration from those around him, and his drive to find his own path in life, are highlighted in this personal and awe-inspiring journey.

Written especially for young readers, Becoming Kareem chronicles how Kareem Abdul-Jabbar become the icon and legend he is today, both on and off the court.
 

An excellent memoir for sports fans, and non-sports fans alike. This story tells a journey of discovering who you are, and how different people in your life can influence who you become.

I'm not a basketball fan at all, and I LOVED this book. I couldn't put it down.
Goodread reviews

Two Can Keep A Secret

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By: Karen McManus
Location: FIC MCM
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Ellery's never been to Echo Ridge, but she's heard all about it. It's where her aunt went missing at age sixteen, never to return. Where a Homecoming Queen's murder five years ago made national news. And where Ellery now has to live with a grandmother she barely knows, after her failed-actress mother lands in rehab. No one knows what happened to either girl, and Ellery's family is still haunted by their loss.
Malcolm grew up in the shadow of the Homecoming Queen's death. His older brother was the prime suspect and left Echo Ridge in disgrace. His mother's remarriage vaulted her and Malcolm into Echo Ridge's upper crust, but their new status grows shaky when mysterious threats around town hint that a killer plans to strike again. No one has forgotten Malcolm's brother-and nobody trusts him when he suddenly returns to town.


Ellery and Malcolm both know it's hard to let go when you don't have closure. Then another girl disappears, and Ellery and Malcolm were the last people to see her alive. As they race to unravel what happened, they realize every secret has layers in Echo Ridge. The truth might be closer to home than either of them want to believe.


THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD OMG. My review would just be endless fangirling, so I'll keep it short and say that Karen McManus is a plot twist genius and you must read this one.  Sabaa Tahir


"I really enjoyed this book, it was a great balance of teen soap (like a CW show) and a genuine mystery novel. I got some serious Riverdale and Pretty Little Liars vibes from this story and the characters. I honestly did not guess who did it, which I normally do. It may be obvious to other readers but I was stumped and that was a refreshing change for me...  
I devoured this book" Rachel Goodreads

How to Tame a Human Tornado

Image result for 9781408881811By: Paul Tobin
Location: FIC TOB
Genre: Adventure, SciFi
Series: The Genius Factor


The adventures continue for sixth-grade genius inventor Nate Bannister and his best friend Delphine in the third book of The Genius Factor series.

It's Friday the 13th again, and Nate hasn't just done one really outrageous thing. He hasn't even done THREE crazy things like normal. No, this time he's gone and hidden his science vials full of his inventions throughout the town of Polt. He's trying to avoid the Red Death Tea Society as always, who continue to hunt him down. They know where Nate lives now, so his only choice is to conceal his experiments in places they wouldn't think to look. But things are about to go very, very wrong, including: an overwhelming amount of toads in Polt, zebras running wild, and lightning storms that won't quit.

Nate and Delphine have been in lots of trouble before, but this is their most disastrous Friday the 13th yet . . . and we can't promise a happy ending quite yet.

"This is one of my favourite series of kids books ever. So sharp, so smart and non-stop hilarious. I think I basically have Paul Tobin’s sense of humour. I have infinite love for Bosper - my spirit animal, Melville and Nate and Delphine who are brilliant as friends. Haven’t read anything for this age group, or older really, that makes me chuckle out loud as much as this. I literally recommend these forcibly to everyone" Katrina

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Prince Charming

By: Rachel Hawkins
Image result for 9781524738259Location: FIC HAW
Genre: Romance
Series: Royals #1

Meet Daisy Winters. She's an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair, a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who's nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince's roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown--and the intriguing Miles--might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself


"I really, really, really enjoyed this novel. It was cute, it was funny, it was sarcastic, and it was equal parts relatable and not relatable. I honestly sped through these pages and could. not. get. enough. Seriously, I wanted the sequel in my hot little hands like...yesterday." Brooke

The Art of Losing

Image result for 9781641291040By: Lizzy Mason
Location: FIC  MAS
Genre: Contemporary


A story of betrayal, forgiveness, family, friendship, healing and sisterhood, Lizzy Mason takes readers on an unforgettable journey that will remain long after "The end."

On one terrible night, 17-year-old Harley Langston’s life changes forever. At a party she discovers her younger sister, Audrey, hooking up with her boyfriend, Mike—and she abandons them both in a rage. When Mike drunkenly attempts to drive Audrey home, he crashes and Audrey ends up in a coma. Now Harley is left with guilt, grief, pain and the undeniable truth that her ex-boyfriend (who is relatively unscathed) has a drinking problem. So it’s a surprise that she finds herself reconnecting with Raf, a neighbor and childhood friend who’s recently out of rehab and still wrestling with his own demons. At first Harley doesn’t want to get too close to him. But as Audrey awakens and slowly recovers, Raf starts to show Harley a path forward that she never would have believed possible—one guided by honesty, forgiveness, and redemption.

“I also think it’s better to have loved and lost, you know? I just think everyone should get to experience that happiness, even if there’s a chance it might lead to heartbreak.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Nowhere on Earth

By: Nick Lake
Location: FIC LAK
Image result for 9781444940459Genre: Thriller, Adventure- Coming of Age

A thrilling story of survival, hope and a love beyond all understanding.
'Action and excitement and deep emotion. Gorgeous.' Cecelia Ahern
It starts with a plane crash.

There are survivors: a teenage girl and her little brother. They are running from something. But what?

Then the men arrive. They are hunting the girl and boy. And-

And that's all we can tell you ...

"I loved this book, I started reading it and lost all track of time as I could not put it down! Its about a young girl and her brother stranded on a mountain in Alaska after their small plane crashes. Whilst on the mountain they are chased by a band of men who seem determined to stop them getting to safety. Not only is this a fast paced adventure story about survival but it is also a coming of age story as the girl learns to speak up for what she wants in life. It reads like a Hollywood blockbuster with heart and this isn’t a bad thing, who doesn’t like a good action adventure film that’s easy to get lost in! I really don't want to say too much about it as I believe that will spoil the plot but if you like your reads fast and pacy then this is for you!"- Denise- Goodreads

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Body Parts

Image result for 9781635761665By: Jessica Kapp
Location: FIC KAP
Genre: Sci Fi Dystopia   

People would kill for her body.

Raised in an elite foster center off the California coast, sixteen-year-old Tabitha’s been sculpted into a world-class athlete. Her trainers have told her she’ll need to be in top physical condition to be matched with a loving family, even though personal health has taken a backseat outside the training facility. While Tabitha swims laps and shaves seconds off her mile time, hoping to find a permanent home, the rest of the community takes pills produced by pharmaceutical giant PharmPerfect to erase their wrinkles, grow hair, and develop superhuman strength.

When Tabitha’s finally paired, instead of being taken to meet her new parents, she wakes up immobile on a hospital bed. Moments before she’s sliced open, a group of renegade teenagers rescues her, and she learns the real reason for her perfect health: PharmPerfect is using her foster program as a replacement factory for their pill-addicted clients’ failing organs. And her friends from the center, the only family she’s ever known, are next in line to be harvested.

Determined to save them, Tabitha joins forces with her rescuers, led by moody and mysterious Gavin Stiles. As they race to infiltrate the hospital and uncover the rest of PharmPerfect’s secrets, though, Tabitha finds herself with more questions than answers. Will trusting the enigmatic group of rebels lead her back to the slaughterhouse?

Chandra reflects on this book- this way...
"The world is actually going in this direction, I think. Maybe not so much in raising kids for body parts, but this world the author created consists of pills that can cure just about anything. Need a tan? Take a pill. Get rid of wrinkles? Take a pill. Want to be smarter? Take a pill. Want to excel at sports? Take a pill. I think you get the drift. The real world today actually has a tanning pill going through FDA approval and is approved in a couple of countries. I only know this due to my "allergy" to the sun and was almost part of a test group. So I can absolutely see this world Jessica created in our future... and it's a scary one. This YA, sci-fi book has all the parts you would expect - instalove, love triangle, rescue missions and rebellion against the government/pharm company. Personally, I love these types of stories (well I could do without instalove sometimes but that's all mood based) and Jessica Kapp does it RIGHT. At under 300 pages, it's a quick and entertaining read and those who love YA books will definitely take a liking to this one as well."

Upgrade Soul

By: Ezra Claytan Daniels
Image result for 9781549302923Location: GRA DAN
Genre: Graphic Novel- Sci Fi, Identity

Upgrade Soul has an interesting premise: an elderly couple decide to undergo an experimental treatment but it goes very wrong, leaving them disfigured and questioning whether they made the right decision...

For their 45th anniversary, Hank and Molly Nonnar decide to undergo an experimental rejuvenation procedure, but their hopes for youth are dashed when the couple is faced with the results: severely disfigured yet intellectually and physically superior duplicates of themselves. Can the original Hank and Molly coexist in the same world as their clones? 

In Upgrade Soul, McDuffie Award-winning creator Ezra Claytan Daniels asks probing questions about what shapes our identity-Is it the capability of our minds or the physicality of our bodies? Is a newer, better version of yourself still you? This page-turning graphic novel follows the lives of Hank and Molly as they discover the harsh truths

"Hank and Molly are rich and elderly. They decide to do an experimental medical treatment that promises to make them young and healthy again. Problems occur. Ethical questions arise. What does it mean to be human? Is it the mind or the body that defines humanity? What is the impact of the changes brought on by aging? The unexpected turns of the plot are the best part of Upgrade Soul. 

Wow, I adored this philosophical graphic novel! It makes the reader think about many profound issues that resonate long after the novel is finished.. Upgrade Soul is highly recommended. 5 stars!"- Diane

Three Dark Crowns Series

Image result for three dark crown seriesBy: Kendare Blake
Location: FIC BLA
Genre: Fantasy
Series:
Book One- Three Dark Crowns
Book  Two- One Dark Throne
Book Three- Two Dark Reigns



Three sisters. One crown. A fight to the death.

“Three dark queens
Are born in a glen,
Sweet little triplets
Will never be friends

Three dark sisters
All fair to be seen,
Two to devour
And one to be Queen”


“I want revenge." She whispers, and her fingers trail bloody streaks down Natalia's arms.
"And then I want my crown.”


In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn't solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it's not just a game of win or lose . . . it's life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Sticking with Pigs

By: Mary-Anne Scott
Location: FIC SCO
Image result for 9780995106406Genre: Kiwi as- hunting

Adele Broadbent gives this review:

Wolf (Wolfgang - named after Amadeus by his musician mum) hasn't been very focused lately. His marks at school have declined and he's dropped out of his sports and activities. Wolf's worried about his brother Davey. Davey has been diagnosed with the rare Addison's disease, requiring injections, hospital visits and rest.

When Wolf gets the chance to go hunting with an experienced uncle, his parents are dubious, but with Davey's help he soon earns the right (and fitness) to go.

Excited, Wolf can't wait to get out there amongst the action of a pig-hunt. He's not disappointed, but by the end of his adventure he's been scared, exhausted, embarrassed, angry, thrilled, and just plain terrified. It wasn't what he expected and just about everything that could go wrong - does.

I loved the character of Wolf. He was very believable as he tried to shake the 'townie' label, impress a girl and his uncle, all with the thought of Davey stuck at home and unable to experience what he was doing. This story had no 'boring bits' as Wolf came across one challenge after another. Great kiwi lingo and reluctant reader heaven.
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Four Dead Queens

By: Astrid Scholte
Image result for 9781760524418Location: FIC SCH
Genre: Fantasy

That cover art.....

An enthralling fast-paced murder mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly consequences, Four Dead Queens heralds the arrival of an exciting new YA talent.



Four Queens. A divided nation. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.

Keralie Corrington is a talented pickpocket. She steals for the black market in her quadrant. Her nation is divided into four regions, each strictly separated from the other. Four queens, one from each quadrant, rule as one. 

When Keralie steals a particularly valuable item from a messenger, she discovers she's intercepted instructions to murder the queens. Hoping to find the culprit, Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt. But with Keralie and Varin each keeping secrets - and the lives of the queens hanging in the balance - everything is at stake. And no one can be trusted in a world full of ruthless thieves, black markets, a golden palace, daring heists, royal intrigue, noble messengers, forbidden love, four queens - each with a secret, and, of course, murder.

Four Queens. A divided nation. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.

Skyward- Claim the stars

By: Brandon Sanderson
Image result for 9781473217867Location: FIC SAN
Genre:- There is only one answer to this- SANDERSON!


So which cover- The USA one or the UK one...
For me always- the UK one for our IT Tech at work it has to be the USA one!!!!!


From Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reckoners series, the Stormlight Archive, and the internationally bestselling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war with an alien race called the Krell.
Spensa’s world has been under alien attack for decades. Pilots are the heroes of what’s left of humanity, and becoming a pilot is Spensa’s dream. Ever since she was a little girl, Spensa has dreamed of soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her father’s legacy stands in the way—he was a pilot who was killed for desertion years ago, branding Spensa the daughter of a coward, and making her chances of attending flight school slim to none.
Spense is still determined to fly—even if it means she must be as resilient in the face of long odds as humanity itself has had to be against the alien threat. And her accidental discovery in a long forgotten cavern might just grant her a way to claim the stars.

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Berlin Love Song

Image result for berlin love songBy: Sarah Matthias
Location: FIC MAT
Genre: Historical Fiction WW II


The Romani girl and the German soldier.
​Daring to love against the rules.


​Max is 14, a German schoolboy, when he first meets Lili, a trapeze artist from a travelling circus that performs every year in Berlin. Lili is a Romani, and her life and customs are very different from those of Max and his family.

Torn apart by the outbreak of war they meet again aged 17, when their friendship turns into love – but love between a member of the Hitler youth and a member of the Romani community is forbidden. As events wrench them apart for a second time, can their love survive?

"I really enjoyed this book. It is set in WW2 and follows two characters; Max who is a German boy that gets conscripted into the Hitler Youth and Lili who is a Romani and her family own a traveling circus. When Max meets Lili they fall in love but they come from different worlds and they can't be together.

I have read a lot of WW2 fiction but I have never read anything that focuses on the struggles of the Romanis during the war. I think it can be easy to forget that other groups of people were targeted during the war as a lot of the focus is on the Jewish Holacaust. I am glad that the author decided to focus on a different angle for her story. "- Kirsty

The Girl King

By: Mimi Yu
Image result for 9781473223110Location: FIC  YU
Genre: Fantasy

Two sisters become unwitting rivals in a war to claim the title of Emperor in this sweeping tale of ambition, sacrifice and betrayal for readers of Sabaa Tahir and Alwyn Hamilton.

All hail the Girl King. 

Sisters Lu and Min have always understood their places as princesses of the Empire. Lu knows she is destined to become the dynasty's first female ruler, while Min is resigned to a life in her shadow. Then their father declares their male cousin Set the heir instead—a betrayal that sends the sisters down two very different paths.

Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu goes on the run. She needs an ally—and an army—if she is to succeed. Her quest leads her to Nokhai, the last surviving wolf shapeshifter. Nok wants to keep his identity secret, but finds himself forced into an uneasy alliance with the girl whose family killed everyone he ever loved…

Alone in the volatile court, Min's hidden power awakens—a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set's reign…or allow Min to claim the throne herself. But there can only be one Emperor, and the sisters' greatest enemy could turn out to be each other.

"Wow, this book is so magical and captivating - I loved it so much! So many twists and turns. I cannot wait to read what happens next in this fantastic story." Anissa

Highway Bodeis

By: Alisn Evans
Image result for 9781760685027Location: FIC EVA
Genre: Zombie Horror

Who will you rely on in the zombie apocalypse?



Bodies on the TV, explosions, barriers, and people fleeing. No access to social media. And a dad who’ll suddenly bite your head off – literally. These teens have to learn a new resilience…

Members of a band wield weapons instead of instruments.

A pair of siblings find there’s only so much you can joke about, when the menace is this strong.

And a couple find depth among the chaos.

Highway Bodies is a unique zombie apocalypse story featuring a range of queer and gender non-conforming teens who have lost their families and friends and can only rely upon each other.

"this was a great Aussie LGBTQI zombie book"  Figgy

 This book is not for the faint hearted
trigger warnings: death of family members and friends, blood and gore, misgendering, multiple murders, animal death, fires, explosions, reference to past domestic violence/child abuse

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Are we all Lemmings and Snowflakes

By: Holly Bourne
Image result for 9781474933612Location: FIC 
Genre: Young adult- mental health

 "This book is an honest and realistic portrayal of someone living with bipolar disorder, it’s packed full of emotion, doesn’t hold back on talking about sensitive subjects such as suicide and abuse and it is just beautifully written. If I could make every single person who is ignorant about mental illness read this book, I would." Ellesha

Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality” for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never expected to make – who each have their own reasons for being there. Luckily Olive has a plan to solve all their problems. But how do you fix the world when you can’t fix yourself?

“I think real kindness, real compassion, is having the strength to stop and try and see where another person is coming from. To try and work out why they’re being the way they’re being. It takes time and patience. It’s not as easy, but that’s real kindness.” 

Odd One Out

By: Nic Stone
Image result for 9781471175589Location: FIC 
Genre: LGBT, Young adult


From the author of Dear Martin comes this exploration of old friendships, new crushes, and the path to self-discovery.

Courtney "Coop" Cooper
Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn't mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl. 

Rae Evelyn Chin
I assumed "new girl" would be synonymous with "pariah," but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I'm right where I belong. I also want to kiss him. And her. Which is . . . perplexing.

Jupiter Charity-Sanchez
The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. That means losing him, too. I have to make a move. . . .

One story.
Three sides.
No easy answers.


"Courtney Aloysius Cooper IV ("Coop") has been in love with his best friend Jupiter for as long as he can remember. He knows she is a lesbian so he knows a romantic relationship between the two will never happen, but that doesn't stop him from thinking about her all the time. Plus, it doesn't help that they spend almost all of their free time together since they live next door to each other and their families are intertwined. Heck, he even pledged his virginity to her when they were in seventh grad.
Odd One Out is a poignant, sweet, thought-provoking exploration of the bonds between friends and how romance can both blur and possibly damage those bonds. It's a well-written book about being honest with yourself and those around you, and how easy it can be to take advantage of someone whose feelings may be stronger for you than yours are for them. It's also a look at sexual identity and how it is shaped, and whether declaring who you are is really important."- Larry