Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Association of Small Bombs

By: Karan Mahajan
Location: FIC MAH
Genre: Fiction set in India

I kind of accidentally got this book- I was reviewing it and hit the purchase button. I am OK with that because
it is set in a place I have wandered, the Delhi Markets.
Those places are crowded. I have actually ridden a push bike in them in the old city of Delhi at Chowdrik Chow. It was insane, people, carts, goats, bikes, scooters, people with merchandise on their heads,  cows, more people, more scooters, narrow lanes, more people, shops, noise- horns, bells and much chatter and yelling.
Imagine being in those narrow lanes with the daily carnage of the Old Delhi ways and a bomb going off. It is a recipe for complete devastation. This is what this book is about- two brothers die, one brother lives.
The story follows the life of the living-
Mansoor survives, bearing the physical and psychological effects of the bomb. After a brief stint at university in America, Mansoor returns to Delhi, where his life becomes entangled with the mysterious and charismatic Ayub, a fearless young activist whose own allegiances and beliefs are more malleable than Mansoor could imagine. 

Woven among the story  is the gripping tale of Shockie, a Kashmiri bomb maker who has forsaken his own life for the independence of his homeland.

"In this brief and surreal novel - the author's second - Karan Mahajan probes the illogic driving catastrophist terrorism, and the damage done to three families over the course 15 years. The book confounds expectations by not attempting to delve into those choosing violence through a path of devoutness. In fact, Islam is only present in the book in order to demonstrate how residents of Delhi and India at large make assumptions about Muslim citizens, the sort of assumptions that drive the BJP, current Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and indeed a large percentage of Hindu citizens throughout India.

The book does not reach any uplifting or satisfying moral conclusions, nor does it plunge the reader into despair. It creates a networked, bottoms-up view of how violence against the innocent can be justified in the minds of operationalists - some with agendas, but many without a clear idea of how they become monsters. And ultimately, that is what makes this novel scarier than any run of the mill political mystery could be." 
Loring Wirbel

"A work of staggering compassion"- Joshua Cohen
"Gripping, timely and moving"- Geoff Dyer
"A stereoscopic view of reality in dark contemporary times"- Rachel Kishner
"Hilarious and also devastating"- Elizabeth McCracken
"Unusually wise, tender and generous"- Jim Crace

The Book of Pearl

By: Timothee De Fombelle
Location: FIC FOM
Genre: Nice combo- Love, Fantasy, History and France!

The Book of Pearl is a modern fairy tale with elements of the classics, filled with strange places, magical laws and intriguing mysteries. 
 It was engaging and tasteful and came together like a tidy tapestry.
Delightfully written, it is the interwoven stories of four people, connected by various threads, both direct and indirect. 
Enchanting and beautiful, with a tinge of the unusual.

"It is, overall, the story of a boy from a world we have ceased to believe in. Snatched away from his haunted, spectral life, he is deposited into our world, France, sometime in the 1930s. Here, he makes a new life for himself, joining the Pearls in their quaint marshmallow shop. But war changes everyone, and it transforms the boy into Joshua Pearl, opening his eyes to our harsh reality. Joshua clings to the memories of his past, and as those begin to fade, he sets upon a quest to collect strange objects, fragments from tales that had already been told. Fragments that he hopes, one day, will see him home.
Entwined with Joshua's tale is that of Oliå, once a fairy, now just an ordinary, albeit beautiful, girl. Love led her through into our world, but along with it came a curse. If he ever sees her, she will cease to exist. And so she must remain in the shadows, a ghost, observer and sometime savior, never able to touch, or even see the recognition or love in his eyes. Never aging, never changing, and never able to truly settle.

Lovingly interspersed amongst these tales is the true fairy tale that begun it all: A boy, all but alone in his island sanctuary, who falls in love with a fairy. The prince, a cruel ruler with a cold heart and a desire for revenge on the sister deemed responsible for the death of their mother; a hunter who will never cease the hunt until his quarry is found.

And, shrouding them all, the final narrative, that of the unnamed author, whose chance encounter, as a teenager, with a beautiful girl, followed by rescue from a mysterious man, will have echoes on, into his future.

"The Book of Pearl" is a book of many layers, like those that form around the pearl's core. It is rich in language, exquisite in imagery, and truly a modern fairy-tale. It is a book to savour, like an artisanal marshmallow, or a pearl.- Angela Oliver-

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


By:  Kristy Acevedo
Location: FIC ACE
Genre: Sci Fi- Dystopic
Series: Holo#1

 Winner of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award (2015)

What would you do if mysterious holograms suddenly started to appear from the sky from all over the world, bringing a warning of impending destruction of Earth?

Anxiety disorders are real, and paralyzing, mix this with the end of the world and huston we have a problem!
As if Alexandra Lucas’ anxiety disorder isn’t enough, mysterious holograms suddenly appear from the sky, heralding the end of the world. They bring an ultimatum: heed the warning and step through a portal-like vertex to safety, or stay and be destroyed by a comet they say is on a collision course with earth.
For 17 year old Alex, life is full of choices. And every decision she makes - about her boyfriend Nicholas, her parents, where she's going to go to school after graduation - only serves to heighten her already out-of-control anxiety. And then the unthinkable happens: vertexes (or portals) appear all over the planet, inviting people to leave before a comet hits the earth and wipes out humanity, giving them several months to consider their choice. What to do?

Well what would YOU do? I asked myself that throughout the book. Acevedo takes us on a wild, yet authentically human ride in this book. We care about the characters: their struggles, their fears, their hopes.

"This debut novel is science fiction book, however, it doesn't just focus on that element. Acevedo perfectly captures mental illness, (specifically anxiety) through Alex's character and once again, I applaud her for that. This book was full of surprises left and right and I guarantee you - you won't be able to put this one down for a second!-" Talina

And I Darken

By: Kiersten White
Location: FIC WHI
Genre: Fantasy and History- Sultans and Empires- Young Adults
Series: The Conquerers Saga   #1

This cover has Johnny Depp written all over it, but a chic version. I think this makes me like it..  and be intrigued!


So the question becomes, Daughter of the Dragon, what will you sacrifice? What will you let be taken away so that you, too, can have power?”

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way.

Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets.

Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.

The first of an epic new trilogy starring the ultimate anti-princess who does not have a gentle heart. Lada knows how to wield a sword, and she'll stop at nothing to keep herself and her brother alive.

I love how Chantal from  reviewed this book

Dear Kiersten White,

Thank you for restoring my faith in the YA Fantasy genre. I’ve had bad luck with it this year and I really needed someone to show me that the genre wasn’t the problem, and I wasn’t the problem, but instead I was just reading the wrong books.

Thank you for making me feel so much. For filling me up to the brim with emotion. Love, hatred, happiness, despair, frustration, glee, anxiety, passion. I felt it all while reading And I Darken and I can’t remember the last time a book did this to me. 

Thank you for writing about a setting and time period that I’ve never seen before and thus gave this book an air of originality and doing it so excellently.

Thank you for not shying away from making your book all about politics. Thank you for making those political aspects easily accessible to anyone regardless of prior knowledge or reading experience, without ever trivializing it. 

Thank you for all the fleshed-out, authentic characters, but most of all Lada. Thank you for Lada. Just that. 

Thank you for the ending, which was exactly what I wanted to happen throughout the entire second half of the book, but wasn’t sure would. 

Thank you for slowly killing me from the inside in the best possible way. You’ve probably put me in a book hangover for the rest of the year.

Thank you for giving me everything I never knew I wanted.


“I cannot afford to lose you, too"
"You cannot lose something you do not own. Take me with you”

Monday, August 29, 2016

Toaster on Mars

By: Darrell Pitt
Location: FIC PIT
Genre: Sci Fi- fans of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett  

For fans of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett comes a hilarious new space and time adventure.

Teenagers on skateboards jumped off walkways, dropped a dozen floors and activated rockets to safely land walkways below.
Blake took a deep breath, inhaling something that smelt like a cross between burnt plastic and toffee apple.
Neo City, Blake thought. Home, sweet home.


NEO City, 2509.
After a series of operational bungles, as well as
the accidental death of his partner, special agent Blake Carter’s career at the Planetary Bureau of Investigation is in trouble.
To make matters worse, he’s just been assigned a new partner—and the beautiful and brilliant Nicki Steel happens to be a cyborg.
When universe-famous criminal Bartholomew Badde steals a weapon capable of destroying whole planets at a time, Blake and Nicki must work together to recover it—an investigation that takes them to all corners of the weird and wonderful galaxy.
But things get serious when Badde kidnaps Blake’s teenage daughter, Lisa. Can Blake prove he’s still a first-rate agent—not to mention father—and save Lisa in time?

"A Toaster on Mars was a satirical and fun space adventure that will appeal to lovers of slapstick comedy. Set in the year 2509, it follows the storyline of Blake Carter, middle aged gruff agent who investigates universal temporal crimes and those beyond the capabilities of local law enforcement. Seeing Blake isn't all that likable as a character, thank goodness for his new partner, cyborg Nikki Steel. Nikki is a tough, no nonsense agent who plays by the rules. Thrown together, the two must hunt down the galaxy's most notorious criminal who plans to annihilate Earth through destroying all technological advances. But when Badde kidnaps Blake's daughter, they must work together with wanted villain or his daughter faces a life of torture. The humour is silly slapstick, groan worthy dad jokes and eye rolling cliches but if the intended middle grade audience can forgive the abundance of adult characters, it's still an enjoyable read. With the only likable character being the villainous Badde, the humour didn't work for me unfortunately. I did enjoy the simplistic world building, especially Elvisworld, where Elvis impersonators have been imprisoned."-

Nil- Series

By: Lynne Matson
Location: FIC MAT
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy- Dystopia
Series: NIL

“A promise means nothing...It's a statement of present want, not future reality.”

 meets Lost in this exciting survivalist story set on a bizarre island filled with monstrous beasts and only one way out, and if you miss your chance to leave, you die." Giselle

On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days--to escape, or you die.

Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field.

Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time.

"I love a good dystopian, in fact they have quickly become one of my new favorite genres. Not only do I love a good dystopian but I also love a good romance even more, combine the two and I have one read I am really looking forward too and that is exactly what I got in NIL. 
"If you are going into this one expecting blood and guts and gore, you are going to be sorely disappointed. This isn't the Hunger Games, it is a book all it's own and what a book it is.

I loved every minute of how twisted life on NIL could be. How there was always bad, but sometimes as in the case of Thad and Charley, there was good (and beauty) that came with the bad.

More than anything, this is a story about survival. About learning lessons that the people of NIL never would have been able to learn otherwise. And most of all, this is a love story. About overcoming the odds and against all better judgment and harshness, still having an open hearts"

Friday, August 26, 2016

Sequels Abound

Title: Inferno
By: Catherine Doyle
 Series: #2 Blood for Blood Saga Series

Title: Walk the Edge
By: Katie McGarry
Series: #2 Thunder Road Novel

Title: Booked
By: Kwame Alexander
Other title: The Crossover

I am not going to blog these- check out the blogs in the first of series, but just want you all to know at Cambridge High School we have them ready for your enjoyment!!!

The Memory Book

By: Lara Avery
Location: FIC AVE
Genre: Contemporary Youth Fiction

I am so annoyed by this book, when it came to my desk I nearly chucked it across the room.
Why- you ask?
A Year 10 student, our wonderful English teacher Miss Bigge and I had decided to write a book from three POV's. A 15 year old, a mum and a grandmother. The plot- the 15 year old was diagnosed with Alzheimers and had one year to create memories with her grandmother and mum. We even had the first chapter completed- Sarah had written it- it was about a  day in school- she had done a great job of putting the setting together- her last paragraph was her completely forgetting what class she had next...

Then this book arrives- our book- someone had beaten us to it.

This is the blab
"The Memory Book by Lara Avery, a romance that unfolds through a series of journal entries, text messages and other mementos and features a teen girl diagnosed with a rare disease that causes memory loss."

“It’s like, take my body, fine, I wasn’t really using it anyway. I’ve got this enormous butt on ostrich legs, the hair of a “before” picture, and weird milky brown eyes like a Frappuccino. But not my brain. My true connection to the world.”  ― Lara AveryThe Memory Book

"Sammie is a smart girl. She has plans, she has dreams, and she has goals. She has worked toward these things every day of her life, and they are right there within reach. She can almost taste them. Then she gets the diagnosis that she has a rare disease, one that will slowly or quickly make her start to lose control of her body, her speech, her mind. She will start forgetting things, the good and the bad, and she will even start to forget the people she loves the most. But Sammie isn't a normal teenage girl, and she is determined to beat this and follow every dream she has ever had. So she starts a book, The Memory Book. It is Sammie's story, facts about her life, stories about her family, notes and reminders about who she is and what she likes and dislikes, stories about her past and her present. This book is the secret for Sammie, the cure for this incurable disease. Through it, we start to learn who Sammie is and we meet the people surrounding her, and it is a beautiful thing. "- Jaime

Thursday, August 25, 2016

All the Feels

By: Danika Stone
Location: FIC STO
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult

Sometimes you just need a fun book- I read to serious stuff sometimes- this one will make me chuckle and chill!

“Alright. I'm over on the dark side. You'd better have the cookies I've been promised.” 
― Danika StoneAll the Feels

"EVERY fangirl needs to read this when it comes out. i spent all 300 pages swooning and laughing. it's a must."- Amanda

College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.

Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants.

“Xander stood at the end of the bed, hands on hips, the jacket she'd helped him sew thrown open, a gold-threaded waistcoat glimmering underneath. He was the Regency hero today, but she didn't feel like being saved.” 
― Danika StoneAll the Feels


By: Ally Condie
Location: FIC CON
Genre: Fantasy   

Another cover winner!!!

“We are not lost mermaids with seaweed hair and coins for eyes, but human girls, alive and found.
We are sisters, and we did not drown.” 
― Ally CondieAtlantia

Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

"The world has been divided between Above - where the air was so polluted that people could no longer survive for long - and Below - where the people have been blessed with long and healthy lives. Rio, the main character, lives in Atlantia, an underwater city in the Below, and has long dreamed of experiencing what it would be like to walk Above, to feel real dirt between her fingers, to feel the sun on her face and the wind in her hair. Her twin sister, Bay, has always known that she wanted to stay underwater in Atlantia, the city she loves. 

When the annual ceremony celebrating the divide between Above and Below gives them the choice to either stay in Atlantia, or go Above arrives, Bay makes a choice that leaves Rio stunned - and alone. " Meggiebreee

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Leaving

By: Tara Altebrando
Location: FIC ALT
Genre: Young Adult -Mystery  

“Every time the woman turned her head, it was like she was posing for a picture with an Instagram setting that filtered out humility.” 
― Tara AltebrandoThe Leaving

"A whole generation oblivious to the truth of the human condition is a recipe for the collapse of society."- mate that is a scary statement and I reckon that generation is not to far away! We sometimes I think allow what is not right to occur because we somehow  allow tolerance and acceptance to override decency. Gun Control in the USA is a great example... homelessness is another. This quote I shall mull on over my lunch time meander!

The Leaving is a mysterious tale of six children who went missing without a trace and came back as 16-year-old teens who don't exactly remember everything happens to them in the past few years of their disappearances.
And now everyone wants answers. Everyone wants to know the truth.

The Leaving was a bizarre blend of contemporary and intrigue that will leave readers wondering what is real and what we're manipulated to believe. Told from several points of view, Lucas and Scarlett who were both taken at five years of age and from the perspective of Avery, who's brother Max was taken and has yet to return with the other five teens. Scarlett is returning to a single mother, a former alcoholic who believes her daughter was abducted by aliens and has immersed herself in a support group of other returnees. Lucas returns to a tragic accident and now being questioned by the police. Based on how they gravitate towards one another, Lucas and Scarlett believe they may have been once in love, but the memory has been altered upon their return, along with Kristen, Sarah and Adam. It's Avery who is waiting for her brother Max to come home, the sixth child stolen and now seemingly missing. Avery doesn't believe that the returned group can't remember where they've been or who Max is, and is determined to conduct her own investigation fueled by jealousy and anger.- Kelly

The Red

By: Linda Nagata
Location: FIC NAG
Genre: Military Sci-Fi
Series: #1- The Red Trilogy

“It’s the doom of our species that psychopaths always want to be in charge.” 
― Linda NagataThe Red: First Light

Hmmmm I wonder who the author is talking about!

Reality TV and advanced technology make for high drama in this political thriller that combines the military action of Zero Dark Thirty with the classic science fiction of The Forever War.

Lieutenant James Shelley, who has an uncanny knack for premeditating danger, leads a squad of advanced US Army military tasked with enforcing the peace around a conflict in sub-Saharan Africa. The squad members are linked wirelessly 24/7 to themselves and a central intelligence that guides them via drone relay; and unbeknownst to Shelley and his team, they are being recorded for a reality TV show.

When an airstrike almost destroys their outpost, a plot begins to unravel that is worthy of Crichton and Clancy best. The conflict soon involves rogue defense contractors, corrupt US politicians, and homegrown terrorists who possess nuclear bombs. Soon Shelley must accept that the helpful warnings in his head could be AI. But what is the cost of serving its agenda?

“Everybody’s got a place in the world, their one best role. Most people spend their whole life trying to figure out what that is,” 

― Linda NagataThe Red: First Light

Near future military SF combined with political thriller elements make this a fast-paced and entertaining read. - Justine!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Scorpion Rules

By: Erin Bow
Location: FIC BOW
Genre: Dystopia

“Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, humans were killing each other so fast that total extinction was looking possible, and it was my job to stop them.”

A world battered by climate shift and war turns to an ancient method of keeping peace: the exchange of hostages. The Children of Peace - sons and daughters of kings and presidents and generals - are raised together in small, isolated schools called Prefectures. There, they learn history and political theory, and are taught to gracefully accept what may well be their fate: to die if their countries declare war.

Greta Gustafsen Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan-Polar Confederation, is the pride of the North American Prefecture. Learned and disciplined, Greta is proud of her role in keeping the global peace — even though, with her country controlling two-thirds of the world’s most war-worthy resource — water — she has little chance of reaching adulthood alive. 

Enter Elián Palnik, the Prefecture’s newest hostage and biggest problem. Greta’s world begins to tilt the moment she sees Elián dragged into the school in chains. The Prefecture’s insidious surveillance, its small punishments and rewards, can make no dent in Elián, who is not interested in dignity and tradition, and doesn’t even accept the right of the UN to keep hostages. 

What will happen to Elián and Greta as their two nations inch closer to war? 

“Did you know, the man who invented the atomic bomb once said that keeping peace through deterrence was like keeping two scorpions in one bottle? You can picture that, right? They know they can't sting without getting stung. They can't kill without getting killed. And you'd think that would stop them." He gave the book another boot, and it flipped closed with a snick. "But it doesn't." He looked up and his eyes were the color of Cherenkov radiation, the color of an orbital weapon. "You've got a bit of nerve, little scorpion. All I did was invent the bottle.” 
― Erin Bow, The Scorpion Rules

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps

By: Kai Ashante Wilson
Location: FIC WIL
Genre: Fantasy

Wilson plays with language and gender roles while spinning a world that has texture, taste and weight. The narrative is energetic and muscular and humanistic- Daniel

"Tell us, my son: how are you faring in those strange lands, so far from home? Whom have you chosen to walk with, to talk to: some good woman, some kind man? "

Since leaving his homeland, the earthbound demigod Demane has been labeled a sorcerer. With his ancestors' artifacts in hand, the Sorcerer follows the Captain, a beautiful man with song for a voice and hair that drinks the sunlight.

The two of them are the descendants of the gods who abandoned the Earth for Heaven, and they will need all the gifts those divine ancestors left to them to keep their caravan brothers alive.

The one safe road between the northern oasis and southern kingdom is stalked by a necromantic terror. Demane may have to master his wild powers and trade humanity for godhood if he is to keep his brothers and his beloved captain alive
Demane is a healer and sorcerer, working for a band of mercenaries who guard merchant caravans on the perilous road between market cities. Now, he must face the challenge of passing through the Wildeeps -- an enchanted jungle filled with deadly creatures virtually unknown in his own time and place -- where it will be up to him and his magics to keep his brother mercenaries, the caravan, and his lover safe!

Radio Girls

By: Sarah-Jane Stratford
Location: FIC GIR
Genre: Historical Fiction

THE BBC-its legendary, its reputable, its British, its honorable and it had Top Gear! I remember living in the UK and loving listening to the BBC especially Wimbledon- the commentary was brilliant! The BBC became my friend as I sat at home with a new baby and it taught me the world. This book is about the intrigues of the BBC.

"This book had everything that great historical fiction should have. Wonderful writing, interesting subject matter, incorporation of real events and real people into the fictional part of the story and wonderful and well described characters."- Dorie

1926, the BBC. The nation listens. A woman finds her voice.

Now here is a stunning quote!

“Maisie had never owned a book and couldn’t imagine rereading anything when time was so short and the libraries so full.” Sarah-Jane Stratford, Radio Girls: A Novel

Hilda Matheson, Broadcasting (1933)
Did you know talk radio was started by a woman? Did you know she wrote a handbook for radio broadcasting in 1933? And was also an agent of MI5? And worked with Lawrence of Arabia and Lady Astor? Does it sound like too much to pack into a novel? Are you now shouting aloud, ‘Why has no one told me about this amazing woman before!’ because I certainly was. Hilda Matheson was a pioneer, a visionary, spy, writer, insightful revolutionary, lover of Vita Sackville-West — well, it’s all gilding the lily a bit. If she hadn’t existed, you’d have wanted to invent her. n this novel Stratford does a very wise thing: she looks at Matheson through the eyes of a young Canadian-American expat whose life is transformed by working with her. In so doing she gets to use all the fun of a novel (adventure, romance, intrigue, friendships) to show the glories of the beginning of the institution that is the BBC. It was once full of women who were over time systematically driven out.- K  Laity-
London, 1926. Maisie Musgrave is thrilled to land a job at the fledgling British Broadcasting Corporation whose new and electrifying radio network is captivating the nation. Famous writers, scientists, politicians – the BBC is broadcasting them all, but behind the scenes Maisie is drawn into a battle of wills being fought by her two bosses. John Reith, the formidable Director-General and Hilda Matheson, the extraordinary Director of Talks Programming, envisage very different futures for radio. And when Maisie unearths a shocking conspiracy, she and Hilda join forces to make their voices heard both on and off the air..

Friday, August 19, 2016

Beautiful and Broken Things

By: Sara Barnard
Location: FIC BAR
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult- Mental Health

I was brave
She was reckless
We were trouble

I see this in the library, in fact I am looking out my window to it right now!  Girls- giggling, pointing, mocking and being generally teen- some days it makes me so mad and it makes me remember my days as a Yr 10 and the spite and venom that was poured out on any unsuspecting YR 10 girl who just happened to be not one of 'them'- it also reminds me of being in a triangular friendship- Rotten days!

 This book is about the jealousies, passions and conflicts involved in teen girl friendships. I love books that explore this subject - the way teenage girls get so wrapped up in one another, loving and hating each other with a furious intensity.
It tackles that intense feeling experienced when one of your best friends becomes better friends with someone else and what it's like to see your friendship falling away – and not knowing what to do about it.
Caddie and Rosie have been friends for over 10 years, despite the fact that they go to different schools. While Rosie goes to a 'normal' school Caddie goes to a private, girls only school. Because of this Caddie feels like she is missing out on life a lot, 16 now and still no boyfriend, or even the option of one. She thinks her life is rather nice and boring compared to her best friends. Things change even more when Suzanne starts a friendship with Rosie. Caddie is wary at first and rather a bit jealous, worrying that her best friend will come to like her new friend more then her. But she soon starts to build a bond with Suzanne who becomes the third person in their friendship. But the confident Suzanne is battling with her demons from her past. Only slowly do the girls realise how troubled she really is. Caddie however is always there for her friend, not always realising how this effects her own life. She begins to make bad choices to join her new friend. But how deep are Suzanne's wounds really? - Aggie

“But people we love come and go, Caddy. That doesn’t mean we loved them any less at the time.” 
― Sara BarnardBeautiful Broken Things

Cocoon Trilogy

Titles:  #1 Cocoon, #2 Matemorhposis, #3 Butterfly
Author:  David Saperstein
Location: FIC SAP
Genre: SciFi/Fantasy

Cocoon, which was a New York Times bestseller upon its release (and an Academy Award–winning film of the same name), is the amazing beginning of the Cocoon trilogy, which spans twenty years and was a pioneering science fiction novel by David Saperstein that still resonates with audiences today.

Fifteen years before the start of the Earth’s third Christian millennium, after a five-thousand-year absence, Antarean space travelers have returned to Earth. After the destruction by the impact of an asteroid, a few islands were all that remained of the continent above the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Before the asteroid’s impact destroyed Antares Quad-Three, they had cocooned and secreted a diplomatic army for future use on Earth. They believed these soldiers and commanders, numbering 941, were secure and safe in a state of suspended animation beneath the sea floor. But, sadly, the Antareans discovered that pollution and ultraviolet radiation had adversely affected the cocoons, making the life they held partially damaged and dangerously vulnerable.

On arrival to the destroyed planet, the Antarean presence was discovered by a small group of retired humans. Once discovered, the seniors offered to help the Antareans reseal their damaged cocoons and return them to their underwater chamber, saving the diplomatic army to be revived and awakened in the future. To show their gratitude, the Antarean leaders invited their aged helpers to join them on their Mothership, and thus become Earth’s first deep space travelers. They called themselves the Geriatric Brigade.

Cocoon, which was a New York Times bestseller upon its release (and an Academy Award–winning film of the same name), is the amazing beginning of the Cocoon trilogy, which spans twenty years and was a pioneering science fiction novel by David Saperstein that still resonates with audiences today.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

United States of Japan

By: Peter Tieryas
Location: FIC TIE
Genre: SCI FI

“Why don’t people fight for change?” “Because the ones who do get hunted down.” 
― Peter TieryasUnited States of Japan

The United States of Japan continues the journey that was started by Phillip K. Dick back in the 1960s. Set in an alternative 1980s, the United States of Japan depicts a world where Japan won World War Two. Most Americans now worship the Emperor, and history has been changed to a point where Japan's role in the war is now viewed to be nothing short of exemplary and honourable. Japanese civilisation stands unchallenged at the pinnacle of technological development and cultural dominance, until now. A group, known as the 'George Washington's' are starting to disrupt the regime by spreading an underground game that allows players to imagine a world where the Allies won the war. In order to stop these attacks video game censor Captain Beniko (hereafter referred to as Ben) Ishimura and secret police operative Akiko Tsukino are assigned to solve the mystery of this revolutionary group and stop it. But everything is not as it seems, and the enemy they are hunting may in fact not be the enemy after all. - Matthew

"United States of Japan is much more than your typical alternate history novel. It is also a thriller novel, a spy novel, and a detective story. The author’s imagination is running wild, and we see that with all the cool gadgets and weaponry. Besides the technical wizardry, the book has almost non-stop action. Character development is another strong suit. I would highly recommend United States of Japan if you enjoy reading alternate history and thriller novels."

There are amazing quotes in this book- wow quotes!

“I think most people are afraid to love because they want the freedom to suffer alone.” 
― Peter TieryasUnited States of Japan