Thursday, February 22, 2018

Norse Mythology

Image result for 9781408886809By: Neil Gaiman
Location: FIC GAI
Genre: Norse Mythology

The fun comes in telling them yourself—something I warmly encourage you to do, you person reading this. Read the stories in this book, then make them your own,
― Neil Gaiman, Norse Mythology 


Read the quotes below from this book and I will bet you come and get it out- they are stunning, especially the last one!

“Because,” said Thor, “when something goes wrong, the first thing I always think is, it is Loki’s fault. It saves a lot of time.”

“He said nothing: seldom do those who are silent make mistakes.”

“I’m not happy about any of this,” said Thor. “I’m going to kill somebody soon, just to relieve the tension. You’ll see.”  


“Fair enough,” said Thor. “What’s the price?” “Freya’s hand in marriage.” “He just wants her hand?” asked Thor hopefully. She had two hands, after all, and might be persuaded to give up one of them without too much of an argument. Tyr had, after all. “All of her,” said Loki. “He wants to marry her.” “Oh,” said Thor. “She won't like that.”

“Loki was not evil, although he was certainly not a force for good. Loki was . . . complicated.”

“But. My hammer," said Thor.
"Shut up, Thor," said Loki”

“One of the dwarfs walked in front of Thor to get a better view of the prye, and Thor kicked him irritably into the middle of the flames, which made Thor feel slightly better and made all the dwarfs feel much worse.”

“Here is the last thing, and a shameful admission it is. When the all-father in eagle form had almost reached the vats, with Suttung immediately behind him, Odin blew some of the mead out of his behind, a splatter wet fart of foul-smelling mead right in Suttung's face, blinding the giant and throwing him off Odin's trail.

No one, then or now, wanted to drink the mead that came out of Odin's ass. But whenever you hear bad poets declaiming their bad poetry, filled with foolish similes and ugly rhymes, you will know which of the meads the have tasted.”




Sourdough

Image result for 9781786494382By: Robin Sloan
Location: FIC SLO
Genre: Magic realism- and FOOD!!

I loved Mr Penumbras 24-Hour Bookstore. it was a different read for me, but it worked.! And it had an luminous  cover!!
So I am excited that this book has arrived in our library!

"DELIGHTFUL...SMART, HIP AND WITTY" Washington Post

"CHARMING, GENTLY COMEDIC, SWEETLY NERDY"- Irish Times,

"Food is history of the deepest kind. Everything we eat tells a tale of ingenuity and creation, domination and injustice—and does so more vividly than any other artifact, any other media."


"Sourdough is quirky, compelling, thought-provoking, and tremendously enjoyable.The book has a fascinating cast of characters and a terrific premise. Who among us hasn't wished we could be in a position to pursue what we feel most passionate about? How many of us have dreamed of being part of a community of people that truly "gets" us? 
As I discovered when I read Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, I love the way Robin Sloan writes. Food is the source of different types of passion for so many people, and if you throw in a sourdough starter of mysterious provenance and a bunch of people striving to change the culinary world, how can you go wrong? At times the book may be a little too zany for its own good, but I was hooked from the very start.

Lois Clary is a software engineer who moves her life from Michigan to San Francisco after receiving a job offer from General Dexterity, a prestigious robotics company with the ambition of replacing the actual workforce with robots. She and her fellow Dextrous spend days, nights, every waking minute coding and rewriting lines of code to make the company's robotic arms function in a more human way.

Even though she's surrounded by people, and sometimes finds herself sleeping at work, Lois still leads a fairly lonely existence. The only person she sees outside of the office is one of the two brothers who run Clement Street Soup and Sourdough, the hole-in-the-wall takeout place from where she orders dinner nearly every night. She orders the same thing all the time, too—a "double spicy"—a combo of Spicy Soup and Spicy Sandwich.

"If Vietnamese pho's healing powers, physical and psychic, make traditional chicken noodle soup seem like dishwater—and they do—then this spicy soup, in turn, dishwatered pho. It was an elixir. The sandwich was spicier still, thin-sliced vegetables slathered with a fluorescent red sauce, the burn buffered by thick slabs of bread artfully toasted. First my stomach unclenched, and then my brain."

Lois quickly becomes the brothers' "Number one eater," but her dependence on them isn't enough to keep them in San Francisco, as visa issues force them to leave the country. But they don't leave Lois empty-handed. Beoreg, the creator of the double spicy, gifts Lois their culture—err, the sourdough starter they use to make their bread. He gives Lois explicit instructions on how to feed and care for it so it stays alive, which includes playing it music.

It's not long before Lois, who has never cooked a thing in her life, starts baking sourdough, and she quickly becomes immersed in the baking community, particularly the sourdough community, which is a pretty passionate one. Not only is her bread good, but each loaf somehow bakes with a face forming on the top. Her bread becomes a favorite of her colleagues, neighbors, and friends, until the demand starts increasing beyond what someone with an intense full-time job can handle.

Lois also quickly realizes that the starter Beoreg gave her isn't just your run-of-the-mill starter. It has distinct behavior patterns and enjoys different types of music. What has she gotten herself into?

The General Dexterity chef convinces Lois to take her bread to the "auditions" for the Bay Area's farmers market community, and Lois finds herself connecting with a mysterious underground market in the developmental stages. The people in this market are at the fringes of the culinary world, and they are increasingly dependent on technology to produce their wares. For the first time in her life, Lois discovers her true passion and a fascinating group of people who are passionate about food and technology." Larry H- Goodreads.com



Between Us

Image result for 9781760640217By: Clare Atkins
Location: FIC ATK
Genre: Cultural Romance

I loved the Bone Sparrow- this one sits along it nicely!

"I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were so believable and I could identify with them. Atkins has an excellent skill in character portrayal, with a minimum of words she is able to place the reader right in the middle of the plot, feeling along with the main characters. The reader is slowly exposed to the traumas and inhumane conditions of detention. Rather than lecturing us we become aware of the issues faced by refugees as the plot unfolds
A wonderful, well written, heartbreaking story of our current times."- Annette


 Is it possible for two very different teenagers to fall in love despite high barbed-wire fences and a political wilderness between them?

Anahita is passionate, curious and determined. She is also an Iranian asylum seeker who is only allowed out of detention to attend school. On weekdays, during school hours, she can be a ‘regular Australian girl’.

Jono needs the distraction of an infatuation. In the past year his mum has walked out, he’s been dumped and his sister has moved away. Lost and depressed, Jono feels as if he’s been left behind with his Vietnamese single father, Kenny.

Kenny is struggling to work out the rules in his new job; he recently started work as a guard at the Wickham Point Detention Centre. He tells Anahita to look out for Jono at school, but quickly comes to regret this, spiraling into suspicion and mistrust. Who is this girl, really? What is her story? Is she a genuine refugee or a queue jumper? As Jono and Anahita grow closer, Kenny starts snooping behind the scenes...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Witchborn

Image result for 9781911077251By: Nicholas Bowling
Location: FIC BOW
Genre: Fantasy Historical Fiction

Alternative History!!!

Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth the First,and Witchcraft- what a combo and oh my- what a cover!!!!!

It's 1577. Queen Elizabeth I has imprisoned scheming Mary Queen of Scots, and Alyce's mother is burned at the stake for witchcraft. Alyce kills the witchfinder and flees to London - but the chase isn't over yet. As she discovers her own dark magic, powerful political forces are on her trail. She can't help but wonder: why is she so important? Soon she finds herself deep in a secret battle between rival queens, the fate of England resting on her shoulders...

"I do love a bit of history, and I do love witches and magic, so of course I had to read this! I still wasn't entirely sure what to expect going in to the book, the back of the proof had a certain amount of information but not too much and I found myself being pleasantly surprised as I was reading!

The opening was both heart wrenching and slightly thrilling as you could feel the danger of the situation and it set the tone for the rest of the book. The writing was brilliant, and the book in general was fantastically authentic. There was a lot of historical detail, and it was vividly written. The London of 1577 came to life around me, and I was pulled right in to the story. The intrigue helped too as I was determined to try and put everything together and I wanted to know how it all fit.

Witchborn was fast paced, and the intrigue kept me hooked! It was well written too and I kind of want a sequel to be honest, but at the same time...it ended well and was a fun alternate history that was kind of believable if I'm honest! Alisha- Goodreads.com

NYXIA

Image result for 9780718186883By: Scott Reintgen
Location:FIC NYX
Genre; SCI FI
Series: Nyxia Triad #1

“But they don’t tell you the pain comes with you. They don’t tell you that hurt travels at light-speed too.”

If Marie Lu liked it- this will be good
"A high-octane thriller with a fully realized, complex cast and twists at every turn. Scott Reintgen knows exactly how to hook you into a story from the first line and keep you flying through the pages until you've reached the wild ending!"

Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.
 

Down among the Sticks and Bones

Image result for 9780765392039By: Seanan McGuire
Location: FIC MCG
Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Series:Wayward Children#2

“There are worlds built on rainbows and worlds built on rain. There are worlds of pure mathematics, where every number chimes like crystal as it rolls into reality. There are worlds of light and worlds of darkness, worlds of rhyme and worlds of reason, and worlds where the only thing that matters is the goodness in a hero's heart.

This is the story of what happened first…

Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.

Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you've got.

They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices


“Some adventures require nothing more than a willing heart and the ability to trip over the cracks in the world.”

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Jane Unlimited

Image result for 9780803741492By: Kristin Cashore
Location: FIC CAS
Genre: Fantasy

If you could change your story, would you?

This was a bizarrely delightful puzzle box of a book and I enjoyed every second of it.
Part Gothic mystery, part choose your own adventure, Jane, Unlimited is full of more stories than should possibly be able to be contained in a single novel. Jane is feeling lost in the world. Her beloved guardian aunt recently died, and she's dropped out of college, which leaves her drifting. She is grieving, and doesn't know where her life is going to lead her next. And then she gets invited to Tu Reviens, an island mansion, and she is faced with a choice that will drastically alter her life, no matter what decision she makes.

From the very beginning, I knew this book would be special. It is unbelievably odd, but fits together so many stories in a way that is always unexpected. With each choice Jane makes, she is thrust not only into a different version of her life, but also into a different genre. From a fast-paced spy thriller to a psychological horror story to a science-fiction adventure, each version of Jane's life is absolutely unique. And the most impressive part is how they all fit together, how you can see details from each different choice carried across the stories. They read as individual concepts, while also being detailed and layered enough to see the connections between them. I think my favorite was the second story, "Lies Without Boarders", but I really feel like every story has something completely unique to offer.

The most striking element of this book is Jane. She is processing grief, trying to figure out where her life is going next, and reconciling her relationship with her aunt. She's creative, and has a passion for making unusual umbrellas. She's also branching out and trying to make new connections through the entire book. Some are platonic and some that are potentially romantic. There's just so much to Jane as a character. And the side characters are also all incredible! My favorites are Kiran, Jane's old tutor, and Ivy, a girl who works at Tu Reviens and is a love interest for Jane. But while these two are my favorite, this book is absolutely bursting with other fascinating side characters.

I think the thing that pulled me in first was the fact that it is, on occasion, effortlessly nerdy.There's a conversation in the first section about favorite companions in Doctor Who, little asides about Harry Potter, and Ivy is mentioned as having a Lord of the Rings ringtone on her phone. These little moments endeared me to Ivy, and later to Jane as she is thrown into various situations, usually while she's still wearing her TARDIS pajama pants.

There's so much more I could gush about, like the fact that the beginning feels like you've been dumped into an Agatha Christie novel, or how well the different story threads about art are threaded through the book, or Jane having a crush on another girl and it's just so normalized that I could cry. Not only that, but her being attracted to a man is also mentioned but that in no way leads to a story about questioning sexuality. Jane likes Ivy. Jane also maybe kind likes Ravi. I was utterly captivated by how sexuality was included without ever being made a central theme. Of course, if you know me as a reader, I live for sexuality being the main point of a story. But to have a bizarre, gothic, adventure novel and just let the main character be effortlessly queer? It made me hope for the future of YA.

I just absolutely loved every part of this book, and I can't wait to revisit it in the future. It is definitely a book made for rereading.
 
 
 

Timekeeper

Image result for 9781510726604By: Tara Sim
Location: FIC SIM
Genre: Steampunk/Fantasy/LGBGT
Series: Timekeeper#1

"What a beautiful, lovely wonderfully unique story Tara Sim has given us! I fell in love with Danny, our melancholy clocktower mechanic and the mysterious, bright, delightful clock spirit he discovers. With a thrilling pace, kisses as magical as sunsets, and a world that is sooty and brilliant and unique"- Kelly

The first book in a dazzling new steampunk-fantasy trilogy, Timekeeper introduces a magical world of mythology and innovation that readers will never want to leave.

I was in an accident. I got out. I'm safe now." An alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, where a damaged clock can fracture time--and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

A prodigy mechanic who can repair not only clockwork, but time itself, determined to rescue his father from a Stopped town.A series of mysterious bombings that could jeopardize all of England.
A boy who would give anything to relive his past, and one who would give anything to live at all.

A romance that will shake the very foundations of time.

"It's set in an alternate reality England, so there is tea and scones. Nice. I cautiously admit I could tell the author wasn't British, but at the same time it wasn't GLARINGLY obviously  so I still got the old Victorian vibe quite nicely. Plus tea.

Also CLOCKS?! I LOVE CLOCKS. I'm actually kind of obsessed with time so (yes I'm the person who knows when it's 2:32 because that is a huge difference to 2:30, of course, you mulberry) and the fact that there were clock spirits, so basically TIME PERSONIFIED INTO ADORABLE CINNAMON TRAGIC ROLLS just so won me over. Tragic ghosts/spirit characters are my thing. Darlings that need protection."
Cait- Goodreads.com

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Image result for 9780857524195By: Hiro Arikawa
Location: FIC ARI
Genre: Cats, friends, life and....

I thought this would be a great book to read over summer, highly reviewed, its going to be made into a movie and it has a cat that speaks in it. A nice purry kind of summer read to make me feel nice and stroked.
It is narrated in turns by Nana the cat and by his owner- Satoru. This is a funny, uplifting, heartrending story of a cat that is profoundly human.
Nana was a stray, a survivor but one that was injured and Satoru was a single guy that lived in an apartment close by and owned the van that Nana called home. Soon Nana lived in the flat and owned it- as cats do.
The story is about road trips that Satoru and Nana embark on around Japan, we discover the country, the food, the culture, and the story of Satoru's life and the lives of his mates they visit. Along the way, we get the enjoyable and often cynical voice of Nana, who ensures we smile in the midst of the sadness in peoples stories and reminds us that cats are soveriegn!
I was always guessing as to why Satoru was trying to offload Nana to friends, what was the motivation for discarding his cat- my fears were founded!  
So as I sat on my beanbag in the sun, drinking a cuppa tea, I wore my sunglasses!
It is a great story, very readable, easily envisioned and it will make for a cracker movie, that will issue tissues as you go in! 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Thornhill

Image result for 9781910200612By: Pam Smy
Location: FIC SMY
Genre: Paranormal, Horror and Ghosts- Its scary!

Perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman's Coraline, this story is haunting, mysterious and touching.

1982: Mary is a lonely orphan at the Thornhill Institute For Children at the very moment that it's shutting its doors. When her few friends are all adopted or re-homed and she's left to face a volatile bully alone, her revenge will have a lasting effect on the bully, on Mary, and on Thornhill itself.

2016: Ella has just moved to a new town where she knows no one. From her room on the top floor of her new home, she has a perfect view of the dilapidated, abandoned Thornhill Institute across the way, where she glimpses a girl in the window. Determined to befriend the girl, Ella resolves to unravel Thornhill's shadowy past.



"It's dark and gothic, exploring bullying, loneliness, and anger. The illustrations are a delight and really add to the melancholy of the story.

This is a quick, sad read, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys dark tales." Sheila

Slow Bullets

Image result for 9781473218420By Alastair Reynolds
Location: FIC REY
Genre: Sci Fi- Space opera

From the author of the Revelation Space series comes an interstellar adventure of war, identity, betrayal, and the preservation of civilization itself.

A vast conflict, one that has encompassed hundreds of worlds and solar systems, appears to be finally at an end. A conscripted soldier is beginning to consider her life after the war and the family she has left behind. But for Scur—and for humanity—peace is not to be.

On the brink of the ceasefire, Scur is captured by a renegade war criminal, and left for dead in the ruins of a bunker. She revives aboard a prisoner transport vessel. Something has gone terribly wrong with the ship.

Passengers—combatants from both sides of the war—are waking up from hibernation far too soon. Their memories, embedded in bullets, are the only links to a world which is no longer recognizable. And Scur will be reacquainted with her old enemy, but with much higher stakes than just her own life.  


I was thrilled when I saw this story was coming out , a short novel with an interesting premise: a soldier dealing with the aftermath of a war that's just had a ceasefire and not everyone's been told. I was quickly engaged with Scur and her story, and better yet, I understood what was happening! This was some seriously cool space opera as it should be.

I like my science fiction to be heavy on the fiction, with a dash of the science. Or even more than a dash if it's told in such a way that I can follow it. That's what this was, and I would definitely grab up more stories/novels occurring in Scur's universe
- Chris- Goodreads.com

Zodiac Series


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By: Romina Russell
Location: FIC RUS
Genre: Fantasy/Sci/Fi
 
 
Book #1- Zodiac
Book #2 - Wandering Star
Book #3-  Black Moon
Book #4 - Thirteen Rising

At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancrian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs


"This journey has come to an end and I have to say I'm really sad it's over. I loved this series, the characters and all the subtle messages it conveyed. Romina has an excellent writing style and the Zodiac series was an incredible story indeed. Love, friendship, sacrifice, loss, hope, fraternity, unity: these are the keywords of this remarkable series."- Bright Star- Goodreads.com



Friday, February 16, 2018

Sparrow

Image result for 9781338032581By: Sarah Moon
Location: FIC MOO
Genre: Mental Health-Fiction


"I loved this book. It's beautifully written, and it captures a real experience that many middle schoolers face. I can't wait to hand this to my students, fellow teachers, and anyone interested in the mental health of today's teenagers. Sparrow's journey is familiar and important." Chelsea 


Sparrow has always had a difficult time making friends. She would always rather have stayed home on the weekends with her mother, an affluent IT Executive at a Manhattan bank, reading, or watching the birds, than playing with other kids. And that's made school a lonely experience for her. It's made LIFE a lonely experience.

But when the one teacher who really understood her -- Mrs. Wexler, the school librarian, a woman who let her eat her lunch in the library office rather than hide in a bathroom stall, a woman who shared her passion for novels and knew just the ones she'd love -- is killed in a freak car accident, Sparrow's world unravels and she's found on the roof of her school in an apparent suicide attempt.

With the help of an insightful therapist, Sparrow finally reveals the truth of her inner life. And it's here that she discovers an outlet in Rock & Roll music...


"Music is something you listen to with your friends, not your therapist, but I don't have friends, and if I don't look at the tattooed woman in sneakers across from me, I can forget where I am and listen to the insistence and heart coming through the speakers. If I'm not careful, she's going to be able to see my toes tapping through my sneakers. If I'm not careful, I'm going to dance."

The Rise of The Wolves

Image result for 9781911077695By:Kerr Thomson
Location: FIC THO
Genre: Wolves-Adventure

A classic, atmospheric adventure set on an enchantingly remote Scottish island, from the author of the 2014 Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction

Innis Munro is walking home across the bleak wilderness of Nin Island when he hears the chilling howl of a wolf. But there are no wolves on the island - not since they were hunted to extinction, centuries ago. He decides to investigate his island home and accepts an ancient challenge: he who jumps the Bonnie Laddie's Leap wins a fortune. As the wolves rise from the darkness of history, and long-buried secrets resurface, Innis's adventure truly begins...
 "This magical and enlightening adventure story, set against the atmospheric back drop of the Scottish coast, is a touching tale of friendship and hidden strengths . . . an extraordinary, must-read story.LANCASHIRE EVENING POST"

Found Audio

By: N.J.Cambell
32073070Location:FIC CAM
Genre: Magic Realism/SCIFI Mystery


"A page-turner, an onion peel of a story surrounding nothing less than the central questions of human existence. The reader is led down a rabbit hole and back out again, confused, afraid, but nevertheless also ever so slightly amused. This is a weird little book full of momentum, intrigue, and weighty ideas to mull over."―Publishers Weekly

"A wicked metafictional mystery [and] dizzying epistolary novel about dreams, perception, and the human psyche."―Kirkus Reviews
  
“You bein' here reminds me a deese things. You here searchin' reminds me a dat way. Dat kind of man who wants to see the soul of another man's world without buyin' da hardships dat come wit dat kind of understandin'.”
Amrapali Anna Singh is an historian and analyst capable of discerning the most cryptic and trivial details from audio recordings. One day, a mysterious man appears at her office in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, having traveled a great distance to bring her three Type IV audio cassettes that bear the stamp of a library in Buenos Aires that may or may not exist.

On the cassettes is the deposition of an adventure journalist and his obsessive pursuit of an amorphous, legendary, and puzzling "City of Dreams." Spanning decades, his quest leads him from a snake-hunter in the Louisiana bayou to the walled city of Kowloon on the eve of its destruction, from the Singing Dunes of Mongolia to a chess tournament in Istanbul. The deposition also begs the question: Who is making the recording, and why?

Despite being explicitly instructed not to, curiosity gets the better of Singh and she mails a transcription of the cassettes with her analysis to an acquaintance before vanishing. The man who bore the cassettes, too, has disappeared. The journalist was unnamed.

Here—for the first time—is the complete archival manuscript of the mysterious recordings accompanied by Singh's analysis.

 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Glow of Fallen Stars

By: Kate Ling
Image result for 9781510200180Location: FIC LIN
Genre: Sci/Fi, Dystopic- Romance
Series: Ventura Saga #2

Sequel to -The Loneliness of Distant Beings

"Let's wind back a little bit to Distant Beings -- this was a science fiction YA firmly rooted in the idea of making sacrifices for humanity, sacrifices you'd never reap the benefits of and the implications that can have for individual mental health. It's a topic that has popped up across science fiction and always makes me ponder; how would people on long space explorations really cope with knowing they'd never see a home, and that the ship would be all they knew.

Where Distant Beings dealt with the implications of that life, The Glow of Fallen Stars explores the implications of abandoning it.

The Ventura Saga is a great series of young adult fiction that explores philosophical questions around sacrifice, love, mental health and exploration. I've been impressed in both books how Ling will take time to build concepts and situations, only to dismantle them either subtly without you noticing or by taking a whopping great sledgehammer to it. Either way, it's thrilling stuff" Lizzie


I longed so hard for all the things that make life life, and I never thought they'd be mine. But now ... now they are. Now I have something to lose.

Seren and Dom have fled their old lives on board spaceship Ventura in order to be together. They crash-land on a beautiful, uninhabited planet, which at first seems like paradise.

There is no one to answer to ... but no one to ask for help. And with each new day comes the realisation of how vulnerable they truly are.

This planet has secrets - lots of them. Uncovering them could be the key to survival, but at what cost?

Valkyrie

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By: Kate O'Hearn
Location: FIC OHE
Genre: Mythological Fantasy 

Norse legends are hot potatoes right now- here is another one!

 Freya is dreading the start of her fourteenth year. This marks the official end of her childhood and when she takes up the full duties of a Valkyrie - an angel of death and collector of souls from humanity's battlefields. But Freya is unlike any other Valkyrie. She doesn't want to follow in the footsteps of the legends before her. As she observes humanity from her norse home on Asgard, she tries to understand what it is to be human: to share in the simple pleasures of friendship with girls her own age and laugh with boys, without the fear of causing their death with one touch. Little does she know that her dreams will soon be realized: on her first battlefield mission, Freya reaps the soul of a soldier with unfinished business that will send her to the human world on a deadly quest. And there she must battle both ordinary and extraordinary enemies to create a new VALKYRIE legend.

THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!
It became one of my favorite books ever! There are such important messages behind the plot. It's funny, full of adventures, heartwarming friendships. I have no words to say how much I was fascinated by the world, the plot itself, every page was so fast-pacing that I could not put it down. By the end I was screaming and sobbing (Azrael was the reason).
I loved so much. And I need to read the sequel right away.-
Bia- Goodreads.com
 


Artemis

By: Andy Weir
Image result for 9780091956950Location: FIC WEI
Genre:SCI FI

“It’s a simple idiot-proofing scheme that’s very effective. But no idiot-proofing can overcome a determined idiot.”

"I was thoroughly entertained during the entire read. The pacing is great, the reveals believable, the twists unexpected, and the action, delightful. I really couldn't ask for more when it comes to fun science fiction."-- Bradley, Goodreads

the flip side is this...

"This book is awful. It's not just awful, it's offensive and immature and badly written. I wasn't expecting a masterpiece, but I'd enjoyed The Martian and hoped the followup would be fun in a similar way. It wasn't. There was nothing fun about this book."- Shaun from Goodreads



Jazz is a small time criminal, subsidising work as a porter on the moon with smuggling a little contraband. But it’s never enough.

When she’s offered the chance to get rich quick she jumps at it. But planning the perfect crime in 1/6th gravity was never going to be easy, especially as there is a conspiracy at the heart of Artemis.

At first it was about the money, then it was about control. Now it’s about survival…

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Genuine Fraud

By: E. Lockhart
Location: FIC LOC
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

"This book is very very good and super mind twisty." Cait

 This is a great quote and would make a stunning question to pose at dinner with a bunch of mates...
 “Do you think a person is as bad as her worst actions?...I mean, do our worst actions define us when we're alive? Or, do you think human beings are better than the very worst things we have ever done?   

From the author of the unforgettable New York Times bestseller We Were Liars comes a masterful new psychological suspense novel--the story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.


In the Dark Spaces

Image result for in the dark spacesBy: Cally Black
Location: FIC BLA
Genre: Sci/Fi- Thriller


The latest winner of the Ampersand Prize is a genre-smashing kidnapping drama about Tamara, who's faced with an impossible choice when she falls for her captors. 

A stand-out entry with a blindingly original voice: raw, strange and deeply sympathetic. With its vivid and immersive world-building, this electrifying debut is The Knife of Never Letting Go meets Homeland, for the next generation of sci-fi readers.

Yet this is no ordinary kidnapping. Tamara has been living on a freighter in deep space, and her kidnappers are terrifying Crowpeople – the only aliens humanity has ever encountered. No-one has ever survived a Crowpeople attack, until now – and Tamara must use everything she has just to stay alive.

But survival always comes at a price, and there’s no handbook for this hostage crisis. As Tamara comes to know the Crowpeople's way of life, and the threats they face from humanity's exploration into deep space, she realises she has an impossible choice to make. Should she stay as the only human among the Crows, knowing she'll never see her family again … or inevitably betray her new community if she wants to escape?
 



In the Dark Spaces is a space exploration into humanity and morality, that closely reflects the effects of colonisation. It features an alien race that is terrifying, surprisingly nurturing, and also feels incredibly vivid. It does venture into darker territory, especially when it comes to survival, and it’s an unexpected book that will have you thinking long after the very last page-Jeean- Goodreads
 

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko

33602110By: Scott Stambach
Location: FIC STA
Genre: Russia, love, disabilities, teenagers- all merged into one.

“So that, logically, in the brief time allotted to us, we should be as kind to one another as is humanly possible and face the harsh facts of reality without fear or flinching.”

In The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko, Scott Stambach presents a hilarious, heart-wrenching, and powerful debut novel about an orphaned boy who finds love and hope in a Russian hospital.

Seventeen-year-old Ivan Isaenko is a life-long resident of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. Born deformed yet mentally keen with a frighteningly sharp wit, strong intellect, and a voracious appetite for books, Ivan is forced to interact with the world through the vivid prism of his mind. For the most part, every day is exactly the same for Ivan, which is why he turns everything into a game, manipulating people and events around him for his own amusement. That is, until a new resident named Polina arrives at the hospital. At first Ivan resents Polina. She steals his books. She challenges his routine. The nurses like her. She is exquisite. But soon he cannot help being drawn to her and the two forge a romance that is tenuous and beautiful and everything they never dared dream of. Before, he survived by being utterly detached from things and people. Now Ivan wants something more: Ivan wants Polina to live.  

“There are many themes in Ivan’s story as there are pages. It is at once a love story, a revelation of the dark legacy of the Soviet experiment, a conversation on medical ethics, a reproach of religious hypocrisy, and an admonition against choosing fear over purpose. But, ultimately, it is simply the story of a single human life, within which so much can be held. We hope the reader can pause to appreciate that fact.” —James C. Begley, 2014

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Truth or Dare

Image result for 9781406366938BY: Non Pratt
Location: FIC PRA
Genre: Young adult Contemporary

How far is too far when it comes to the people you love? 
 
These covers drive me crazy!!!! which is the front and which is the back- where do I put the stickers!!!

"Truth or Dare is a YA book, that is quite unusual. It is split into two. You get to read Claire’s point of view, and then Sefs’ from the same story. With the two meeting in the middle, albeit upside down to one another.
Claire Casey attends West Bridge High School, where one of the pupils, Kamran (Kam), a couple of years, above her has been brain damaged after falling from a bridge, into the river below.

As part of her Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, Claire has offered to help out in the local hospital for Neurodisability, where she will be reading to the patients. The hospital assigns her to Kam.

Kam’s brother Yousef (Sef), is struggling to come to terms with his brother’s transformation from an able bodied young man, to someone who is needing to learn how to talk, eat, and walk again, if at all he ever does get those functions back again.

Sef wants to raise money to help his brother, and comes up with a novel way of doing it, roping Claire into it too. Truth Girl and Dare Boy. The two wear silly costumes and do silly things, for which their viewers, via YouTube, pay for.

Truth or Dare is a YA book, that is quite unusual. It is split into two. You get to read Claire’s point of view, and then Sefs’ from the same story. With the two meeting in the middle, albeit upside down to one another.

The story is both amusing and heartwrenching at the same time. Claire and Sef have this bond that was basically forced upon them, by a want to help Kam. They do stupid things and enjoy one another company.

Claire is also dealing with a lad at school sexually harassing her, after a YouTube video of her bikini top coming off is circulating on line. Some kids make fun, but this lad crosses the line too many times, yet she doesn’t want to report him.

The book will be very appealing to YA readers, and is a great addition to the ever growing popular genre. It has a wonderful fast paced plot, and a great cast of characters. Such a fantastic book to sink your teeth into." Thanks to Whispering Stories review copied from Goodreads.com
 

 

The Loniest Girl In The Universe

32601841By: Lauren James
Location: FIC JAM
Genre: Sci/Fi...LOVE

Miss Featonby wants to read this book, so therefore it must be good!
It is a psychological thriller set in space

Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .


"My favourite Lauren James book yet! She masters all the plot twists and the slow release of information and revelations so you never know who you can trust (just like Romy!) It felt like a very classic psychological thriller set in space while also being completely unpredictable. The setting was so atmospheric and the way the novel progresses is absolutely amazing. As soon as things started to go wrong, I couldn't put the book down.

With such a beautiful cover, and a fantastic duology behind her, Lauren James had a lot to live up to and she knocked it out of the park or, more accurately, the universe! 
"- Maddie 

  

Scythe

Image result for 9781406379242By: neal Shusterman
Location: FIC SHU
Genre:Dystopia
Series: Arc of a Scythe #1

rated it amazing    *****

I have been waiting and waiting for this to arrive and over summer it finally did! The best part obout being a librarin is those packages that come in the mail, and we get to open them, smell them and say "finally"!!!!


A dark, gripping and witty thriller in which the only thing humanity has control over is death. 
In a world where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ("gleaned") by professional scythes. Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythes' apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation, they must learn the art of killing and understand the necessity of what they do.

Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe's apprentice and as Citra and Rowan come up against a terrifyingly corrupt Scythedom, it becomes clear that the winning apprentice's first task will be to glean the loser.


What does Maggie Stiefvater say about this read:
"Over the years, I've heard many books touted as the successor to Hunger Games, but SCYTHE is the first one that I would really, truly stand behind, as it offers teens a complementary reading experience to that series rather than a duplicate one. Like Hunger Games, SCYTHE invites readers to both turn pages quickly but also furrow their brows over the ethical questions it asks. Tone-wise, I would place it solidly between M. T. Anderson's FEED and Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series. 


And we are back!


Image result for sixteen trees of the somme

It is 2018 and the CHS library blog is back.

I read some great books in the break, my favourite was this one! I will do a full blog on it once I have cleared the backlog of a few new youth fiction screaming to get on our shelves!
Holidays are stunning for reading, and as work has hit like a whirlwind, those lazt beanbag days with a cuppa and my shades are seem a long way past.
But for what it is worth here are my top  summer reads:
  1. The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting
  2. The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
  3. Date without End by Sebastian Barry
  4. Sleeps Standing- Moetu by Witi Ihimaera

A nice little mixture if I say so myself. So lets get cracking with 2018!