Wednesday, September 17, 2014


By: John Gwynne
Location: FIC GWY
Genre: Fantasy
Series:The Faithful and the Fallen 

At the moment books with the coolest covers are making there way into our library- here is another one!

A black sun is rising …

Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors under King Brenin’s rule, learning the art of war. He yearns to wield his sword and spear to protect his king’s realm. But that day will come all too soon. Only when he loses those he loves will he learn the true price of courage.

What a debut!

I loved this book. I was sucked in from the very first page and couldn't stop until I reached the end.

The world building was fantastic, and the characters were well written. It reminded me slightly of Game of Thrones, having each chapter focused on a different character, but John Gwynne has a style all his own, and I found myself laughing, crying and raging along with the characters.

I love that the characters are realistic. They each have their flaws, their struggles and their strengths and its wonderful to watch them grow and change as they reveal their secrets. There were a number of twists that I didn't see coming. And that ending. Damn.

I am looking forward to book 2



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Gates of Thread and Stone

By: Lori M Lee
Location: FIC LEE
Genre: Time Travel- Fantasy Romance

The Yr 12s Bus Gang reckon this about time...
If I could i would slow time down. If you could change time you would never be afraid of screwing things up because you would always have time to revisit your mistakes. Someone else would kill Hitler at birth, the NovoPay Specialist would ensure Novopay disappeared off the face of the earth,
Gabby and Jaz would just go and live and experience different eras but they would not change anything as it could make the world worse..maybe, the old butterfly effect.  Megan suggested that we go back and time and make Hitlers boyhood awesome so he was not bitter and twisted. James and Nick wanted to go back in time to drive the first locomotive. Megan wanted to go back and time and wear the first woman's slacks!!!
If only we could twist and manipulate time oh the things we could do!
"I imagined my fingers dragging through the fibers, making them catch and slow. Time never truly stopped."
In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique powe

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hunger Games: Mockingjay

Taster time...       here real soon!!!

Going to Extremes

By: Derek Grkelewski
Location: NF 796.0993
Genre: The Great Outdoors of New Zealand

What is an adventurer?
 Are they the hard core cavers, the ice climbers, the grade 5 kayakers or could adventurers look different.  My husband is an outdoor instructor and he has explored New Zealand underground, on the water, up the mountains and in the hills.Yet perhaps my mate Shannon a fire fighter is also an adventure? A captain of an ocean liner, or a wildlife conservator are also adventurers. The definition of "adventure" is an unusual and exciting or daring experience where the outcome can be uncertain.
New Zealanders have no excuse not to be adventurers, we do not need to go to the extremes- but we can go bush, we can bike tracks, we can visit Island Sanctuaries. This book will inspire us to do so!
 The stories in this book all explore and reveal some unexpected element of the extreme. They transport you to extraordinary, unknown and inaccessible places, and to meet a diverse range of people, some forgotten, some 'elite', some 'ordinary'. 

The common thread is the inner fire, the passion and the commitment these people have to discover and explore their worlds

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Queen of the Tearling

By: Erika Johansen
Location: FIC JOH
Genre: Scifiparafantasy
Series; The Queen of the Tearling #1

A young woman.
A Kingdom.
An evil enemy.
A birthright foretold…

Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother - Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid - was murdered for ruining her kingdom.  On Kelsea's 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother's guard - each pledged to defend the queen to the death - arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding...

And so begins her journey back to her kingdom's heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother's legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea's story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance - it's about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive

In a land in mortal peril…and with an evil sorceress bent on domination…a princess must learn to become a heroine.

Dazzling magic and mystery collide in a heartrending romance that will stir your soul and take you on the most unforgettable adventure of a lifetime! The Queen of the Tearling’ is set within a world as realistically imagined and terrifying as that of The Hunger Games, and which incorporates a cast of characters as colourful as those in A Game of Thrones. The combination of thrilling action, twists & turns in the intricately woven plot and remarkable inspired vision is not only breathtaking but very ambitious too!

Warner Bros. Has acquired the rights to the Queen of the Tearling in conjunction with Harry Potter producer David Heyman, with Emma Watson attached to star!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Jewel

By: Amy Ewing
Location: FIC EWI
Series: The Lone City#1)

The Handmaid's Tale meets The Other Boleyn Girl in a world where beauty and brutality collide

The cover of this book is stunning, I reckon being a cover designer would be a cool job!- but you would have to get it right!!

The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for


This book is the kind of stressful/addictive/engaging story that is almost dangerous in its demand to be read. It will keep you up well past your bedtime with all the INTENSITY and PAIN and TENSION and just when you think you're nearing the end and maybe your heart will get a break...

That ending. THAT ENDING.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The truth about Alice

By: Jennifer Mathieu
Location: FIC MAT
Genre: Teenage Life

Girl on Girl Hate... It is vicious. I remember at school being a victim to girls nastiness, happened twice. Once when I was 13 and smarmy fashionable Sharon had a tongue that could slice and kill, she was "popular" and  I was in her firing line. I was the youngest of four, from not so wealthy parents and my clothes were second hand- second hand clothes are a death sentence and in the hands of a cutting mouth upstart- you become the victim. It was no fun - love to met her now and have a wee chat!
The other story is worse, my folks shifted- relief from Sharon at last, but in my new school they stuck me in the dumb class- new girl on the block who is smart in a dumb class- I became the focus of a team bully campaign- black eye and all.
What was said about me and done to me was cruel- I often wonder how there lives have padded out!!

This book

There are a lot of rumours about Alice Franklin, and it's stopped mattering whether any of them are true. It all started at a party, when Alice was supposedly with two guys in one night.Soon everyone at Healy High has picked a side in this game of he said/she said. Do they believe Brandon Fitzsimmons, the most popular guy at school and the football hero of Healy? Or do they believe Alice, the girl who wears too-tight T-shirts and was caught kissing Brandon in a closet a couple years before?

When Brandon dies in a car crash, there are serious allegations that his death was Alice's fault. As the rumour mill spins into overdrive, Alice's small town becomes suffocating. And when the truth becomes a matter of opinion, something's got to give

“There is one thing I've learned about people: they don't get that mean and nasty overnight. It's not human nature. But if you give people enough time, eventually they'll do the most heartbreaking stuff in the world.”

BZRK Apoclaypse

By: Michael Grant
Location: FIC GRA
Genre: Dystopian
Series: BRZK #3 


Noah and Sadie have seen death, and it holds no fear for them. Madness does, though. And losing each other. But they will not sit back, helpless witnesses to an invisible apocalypse. The world is being destroyed from the inside out. It's time to take up the fight once more, in the streets and in the nano. And they'll give everything they have to stop the Armstrong Twins. But are the Twins the ultimate enemy? Nobody has ever known the identity of Lear, the shadowy leader of BZRK. Just who have they been fighting for? As madness spreads like a plague, one thing becomes terrifyingly clear: this was Lear's game all along. And Lear hasn't been playing fair...

Monday, September 8, 2014

Moth and Spark

By: Anne Leonard
Location: FIC LEO
Genre:  A light romantic fantasy with dragons


A prince with a quest. A commoner with mysterious powers. And dragons that demand to be freed—at any cost.

Prince Corin has been chosen to free the dragons from their bondage to the Empire, but dragons aren’t big on directions. They have given him some of their power, but none of their knowledge. No one, not the dragons nor their riders, is even sure what keeps the dragons in the Empire’s control.

Tam, sensible daughter of a well-respected doctor, had no idea before she arrived in the capital that she is a Seer, gifted with visions. When the two run into each other (quite literally) in the library, sparks fly and Corin impulsively asks Tam to dinner. But it’s not all happily ever after. Never mind that the prince isn’t allowed to marry a commoner: war is coming to Caithen.

Torn between Corin’s quest to free the dragons and his duty to his country, the lovers must both figure out how to master their powers in order to save Caithen. With a little help from a village of secret wizards and a rogue dragonrider, they just might pull it of

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I am Rebecca

By: Fleur Beale
Location: FIC BEA
Genre:  Youth Fiction- Cults

Sequel to I am not Esther

I grew up with a girl who was in a religious cult. It was a scary thing. Her mind had no freedom, we was not allowed to dream, to plan, to have her own hopes and dreams. She was shadowed, watched, observed. When she was " Excluded" we could hang out, eat together, and be typical teenagers- but when they "went back in"- I could not even give her a call.
What is with that? What ticks me off the most is that this girl- Julianna- had so much potential, she was so talented. I know she will never read this blog- she wont be allowed too. She got married young- it was "arranged" and  they 4 boys. I always promised her I would help her escape if she ever asked- the promise still stands - especially since her husband is violent.
I get the feeling these two books could be secretly written by Julianna, it is her story- except she is still stuck!
So this book-
When she turns 14, Rebecca will find out who she is to marry. All the girls in her strict religious sect must be married just after their 16th birthdays.

Her twin sister Rachel desperately wants to marry the boy she’s given her heart to. All Rebecca wants is to have a husband who is kind. But both girls know the choice is not theirs to make.

But what will the future hold for Rebecca? Is there a dark side to the rules that have kept her safe?
Can the way ahead be so simple when the community is driven by secrets and hidden desires?

Katariana in comments
At the end of the book, I was praising the Lord for creating Fleur Beale for creating this piece of an eye opener, bravery and courageous book.

She is right- it is courageous, but it is required.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Child's Elephant

By: Rachel Campbell-Johnston
Location: FIC JOH
Genre: Africa- Poaching and Child Soldiers

Africa- I will be there in three weeks time- again. The dust, the amazing light, the stark villages full of amazing people who add the color the land does not.  The hopes and dreams of the people who live a simple yet rich community life. The old lady who lives to love her grandchildren under the Rift Valley wall- praying for rain so the crops will be good- ah Africa.

 I also will be visiting the David Sheldrick Elephant Trust. This place takes in baby elelphants that are orphaned by poachers who go for their mums ivory. It will be my fourth visit and I still will be rushing to see those elephants drinking from their bottles!!
100 Elephants are poached PER day in Africa. Just about nothing is cuter than a baby elephant and in this story a boy called Bat finds an orphaned baby elephant he calls Meya, and he takes her home to raise it in his village on  the savannah.
Elephants are herd animals and eventually Bat will have to let Meya go back, but the thing with Elephants is that they never forget and they are very emotional beasts.
In the mean time Bat is kidnapped by soldiers and becomes a child soldier himself. Will Bat the boy and Meya the Elephant reconnect to bring healing to Bats broken world.

"Scary, Funny, heart warming" Michael Morpurgo

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Wool: The Graphic Novel

By: Hugh Howey
Location: GRA HOW
Genre: Dystopian

 Graphic Novels are good- they are like a entree to the main course. They help create a curiosity for the real deal- the book. But also I reckon they are used by those who have read the book and want the image of the story translated for them into reality.
For some- it simply means the ability to access a story in a way that they connect with- for dyslexics Graphic Novels are gold. They can indulge in the story, chat about it with there mates and feel they are part of the written world.
Apart from all that have a great blob value!

This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.