Thursday, September 22, 2016

Game Theory

By: Barry Jonsberg
Location: FIC JON
Genre: Thriller- family- kidnapping- who dun it and why!

I dont like maths and I dont like lotteries and I dont like kidnapping- but chucked all together in a book- I might like it!

"game theory
  1. the branch of mathematics concerned with the analysis of strategies for dealing with competitive situations where the outcome of a participant's choice of action depends critically on the actions of other participants. Game theory has been applied to contexts in war, business, and biology"

Game theory has brought me to this point and I must follow where it leads. Even though this is not a game.' Jamie is a sixteen-year-old maths whiz. Summerlee, his older sister, is in the grip of a wild phase. Tensions at home run high. When Summerlee wins a 7.5-million-dollar lottery, she cuts all ties with her family. But money can cause trouble - big trouble. And when Jamie's younger sister Phoebe is kidnapped for ransom, the family faces a crisis almost too painful to bear. Jamie thinks he can use game theory - the strategy of predicting an opponent's actions - to get Phoebe back. But can he outfox the kidnapper? Or is he putting his own and his sister's life at risk? A brilliant, page-turning novel from a superb storyteller.

The War That Saved My Life

By: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Location: FIC BRA
Genre; Historical Fiction -WWII

“It had been awful, but I hadn't quit. I had persisted. In battle I had won.”

My beautiful great niece has a club foot. She is six weeks old. I am in love with her already! The medical intervention and supports she has had already is amazing. She has had little plaster casts, surgery and now  whopping big plaster of paris casts. then she will have a brace- by the time she is four she will be running around like any child! She will adventure, she will play on a park and she will chase puppies! It has not always been that way fro kids with club feet- especially kids in a war zone!

Absolutely breathtaking.

"The War That Saved My Life was phenomenal. An incredibly emotional and poignant read about one girl and the life she believes she deserves. Her mothers emotional and physical abuse due to her malformation from birth, nine year old Ada survives on dinner scraps and caring for younger brother James. She crawls around her one room apartment, not daring to attempt to stand for the fear of another beating at the hands of her mother, keeping the young girl compliant by threatening to harm James. Through her mothers constant verbal abuse, Ada would never dare to hope for more. A life where she can feel the sun on her face beyond the glass window where she sits, and watches the bustling life in London pass her by.

My heart ached for Ada. A girl so young, yet has never truly known what it is to have been loved or felt cared for. Her mother was not only neglectful but horrifically abusive, often sending Ada to spend hours tucked away inside a small cupboard for simply existing. So when the opportunity arises for children to escape the city in the hope that they will never see the conflict of a Nazi Germany invasion, Ada begins to covertly teach herself to stand then walk, the two siblings running towards freedom.

At last I understood what I was fighting, and why. And Man had no idea how strong a fighter I'd become.

Susan lives alone, until two malnourished children and forced into her care in the small Leeds coastal town. Susan hasn't any idea how to raise two children, especially since her best friend had passed away leaving Susan barely taking car of herself. Although she never leaves the children wanting for anything, it's Ada who sees Susan as just another person who doesn't want her. But as the weeks pass and both Ada and James return to health, the siblings thrive under Susan's care and Ada begins to hope for more. 

A remarkable young lady who's story left me breathless and stole my heart.

It was nothing short of exquisite. Ada's story although poignant, was filled with such a strength and determination, driven by the need to prove to her mother than she wasn't a disappointment and deserved to be loved. Just as Susan grew to love her. My goodness how I loved this book fiercely. This is a middle grade read that will appeal to a much wider audience and those who appreciate beautifully written fiction that will stay with you long after the final page is turned."-  Review from Kelly on

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

By: Natasha Pulley
Location: FIC OUL
Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy!    

“Your science can save a man’s life, but imagination makes it worth living.”   

1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later, the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something. When Grace Carrow, an Oxford physicist, unwittingly interferes, Thaniel is torn between opposing loyalties.

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is a sweeping, atmospheric narrative that takes the reader on an unexpected journey through Victorian London, Japan as its civil war crumbles long-standing traditions, and beyond. Blending historical events with dazzling flights of fancy, it opens doors to a strange and magical past

One Thousand Words for War

By: Madeline Smoot and Hope Erica Schultz
Location: FIC SMO
Genre: Short Stories- Sci Fi /Fantasy

19 short stories about war - with a sci/fi twist- focusing on children in war or conflicts.

Imaginative and original, One Thousand Words for War explores in various fantastic settings the different types of conflict—from powerful internal and external conflicts with the potential to destroy the main character’s world to the peace that comes from accepting change. Whether it's a transgendered girl standing up to bullies or a child soldier trying to save his fellows from war, this collection shows the powerful ways teens can overcome and embrace extraordinary circumstances.

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Bone Sparrow

By: Zana Fraillon
Location: FIC FRA
Genre:Real life- one of those books- detention center story.

'A special book.' Morris Gleitzman


Some days I am so pleased I am not Australian. If I was Australian I would be so ashamed of how they treated refugees, I would ashamed of the humans rights that they disregard. Australia is doing this thing badly! This story will simply explain why! This is a confronting book!

  Lily from Goodreads says this so well
This is an important, powerful little story, one that takes the complicated mess of politics and bureaucratic arguing, and whittles it all down to the simple questions: 'why is it illegal for people to try and save their families? Why is it illegal to want to live?'

Sometimes, at night, the dirt outside turns into a beautiful ocean. As red as the sun and as deep as the sky. I lie in my bed, Queeny's feet pushing up against my cheek, and listen to the waves lapping at the tent.
Subhi is a refugee. Born in an Australian permanent detention centre after his mother fled the violence of a distant homeland, life behind the fences is all he has ever known. But as he grows, his imagination gets bigger too, until it is bursting at the limits of his world. The Night Sea brings him gifts, the faraway whales sing to him, and the birds tell their stories.

The most vivid story of all, however, is the one that arrives one night in the form of Jimmie, a scruffy, impatient girl who appears from the other side of the wires, and brings a notebook written by the mother she lost. Unable to read it, she relies on Subhi to unravel her own family's love songs and tragedies.

Subhi and Jimmie might both find a way to freedom, as their tales unfold. But not until each of them has been braver than ever before

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Sound of Us

By: Julie Hammerle
Location: FIC HAM
Genre: TYoung Adult- Music and Roamnce

Thus is Pitch Perfect in a book!!!

"Funny and fast-paced music-based romance"

"But that's life. Whichever road you choose, you're going to be missing out on something."

Kiki Nichols might not survive music camp.

She’s put her TV-loving, nerdy self aside for one summer to prove she’s got what it takes: she can be cool enough to make friends, she can earn that music scholarship, and she can get into Krause University’s music program.

Except camp has rigid conduct rules—which means her thrilling late-night jam session with the hot drummer can’t happen again, even though they love all the same TV shows, and fifteen minutes making music with him meant more than every aria she’s ever sung.

But when someone starts snitching on rule breakers and getting them kicked out, music camp turns into survival of the fittest. If Kiki’s going to get that scholarship, her chance to make true friends—and her chance with the drummer guy—might cost her the future she wants more than anything.

"An incredible coming-of-age story with a feisty heroine, a moving romance, and outstanding supporting characters -- there aren't enough superlatives in the English language to say how much I love The Sound of Us!" - Fangirls Ahead

Masks of Shadows

By: Stephanie Burgis
Location: FIC BUR
Genre:  Historical Fantasy Fiction

 This book has me excited- I love history, I love big old buildings, I love royal court based stories and I love the cover of this book!

A operatic swooningly romantic historical fantasy- intrigue, music, romance, and alchemy, all converging in one of 18th century Hungary's grandest opera houses 

Quiz Question One: 

What is a kapellmeister?

Quiz Question Two: 

Why is Eszterháza famous?

The story takes place in 1779, transporting readers to the extravagant court of Nikolaus I, Prince Esterházy of Hungary. Charlotte is a widowed young baroness, invited to stay at the palace during her mourning period by her sister Sophie, the prince’s mistress. The entire place is also abuzz with the arrival of Europe’s foremost castrato singer Carlo Morelli, here to enjoy the operas and grand musical productions that have made the Eszterháza so famous. Other visitors and guests that have come from afar include a Prussian spy and a notorious alchemist, setting the stage for the main event.
However, tragedy strikes as the prince’s opera troupe loses two of its most important performers. Franz Pichler, another actor, is punished in connection to his colleagues’ disappearance, while Anna, a young maid in Charlotte’s employ is suddenly vaulted to stardom when she is chosen to replace one of the missing singers. A sinister plot is hatching in the hands of a shadowy group at the palace, and as both Charlotte and Carlo are drawn into their mysterious web, the two of them are in turn drawn to each other even though they know deep down that a future together is forbidden. Still, if the threat to the royal family is not stopped, there might not even be a future for anyone at the Eszterháza. 

Quiz Answers

Question One: a leader of a chamber ensemble or orchestra attached to a German court.

Question Two: Esterháza is a palace in Fertőd, Hungary, built by Prince Nikolaus Esterházy. Sometimes called the "Hungarian Versailles",

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

By: Frank Boyce
Location: Boy
Genre: Aliens- Humans, Sci Fi and Family + Humour

"Wholly original and exceptionally funny" Bookseller Book of the Month

"A touching tale...with wild humor and panache" 
The Telegraph

If I had to find ten things worth seeing or doing on Earth to save the planet what would they be? 
Mine are as follows
Hmmm- First- listen to a huge choir singing African music! Yes that would be number one! Second- going up the Southern alps and watching a sunset- mountains and the sun- that would be worth saving. Number Three- Watching a bunch of men from a fishing village working together to gather the nets in while they sing- and the whole village coming to help-. Number Four- the birth of a baby. Number Five- Watching a boy play with his puppy- who could destroy that! Number Six- A multi generational family- eating, laughing, singing playing and being together- GOLD! Number Seven- A bunch of giraffes lopping across the savanna towards the elephants who are playing in the mud! Number Eight- a mother breast feeding her child. Number Nine- get lost in the wilderness of New Zealand- no-one would have the heart to destroy that beauty and my finale- Number Ten- invite them home to our place for dinner- with my whole family- so they can see what love looks like!

The Blythes are a big, warm, rambunctious family who live on a small farm and sometimes foster children. Now Prez has come to live with them. But, though he seems cheerful and helpful, he never says a word. Then one day Prez answers the door to someone claiming to be his relative. This small, loud stranger carries a backpack, walks with a swagger and goes by the name of Sputnik. As Prez dithers on the doorstep, Sputnik strolls right past him and introduces himself to everyone in the household. Prez is amazed at the response. The family pat Sputnik on the head, call him a good boy and drop food into his mouth. It seems they all think Sputnik is a dog.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Try Not To Breathe

By: Holly Seddon
Location: FIC SED
Genre: Psychological tale of suspense.

"Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon is an intense psychological thriller which kept me enthralled to the very end."

“Fear was the undercurrent, always threatening to whip his legs from under him. Fear was a secondary heartbeat only he could hear, that could get so quiet it was almost imperceptible, or so loud it drowned everything else out.”

Brenda reviewed this book this way
"Amy Stevenson was only fifteen years old when it happened; her abduction in 1995 was the talk of the town and headlines in the newspapers for a long time afterwards. But Amy had been found alive much to her family’s delight. That was short-lived though when it was realised that Amy would never be the same again – completely unable to communicate and in a vegetative state, the horror of what had happened was intensified by the fact that Amy’s attacker was never found.

Fifteen years later reporter Alex Dale discovered Amy’s story quite by accident. And she felt compelled to dig into Amy’s past and do her best to bring justice to Amy. Alex had her own demons though; her marriage had failed and her career had stalled. The alcohol which ruled her life had wrecked her life – so she determined she could work around it; still having her necessary drinks but setting her rigid schedule to include solving Amy’s cold case.

Slowly Alex began to dig into the past – meticulously following every little clue and hoping she would find something the police hadn’t all those years ago. She interviewed Amy’s old school friends and her boyfriend from back then. Alex felt she was getting closer to finding out something which would break the case – but would she? Was she putting herself in dreadful danger as well? And could she save herself in the process of finding Amy’s abductor? -


By: Cinda Williams Chima
Location: FIC CHI
Genre: Fantasy

A spin-off from The Seven Realms series.

"Hope is the thing that can't be reined in by rules or pinned down by bitter experience. It's a blessing and a curse."

Set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Seven Realms series, a generation later, this is a breathtaking story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death. This dazzling beginning to a new series is indispensable for fans of Cinda Williams Chima and a perfect starting point for readers who are new to her work.

Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now he’s closer than ever to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. With time running out, Ash faces an excruciating choice: Can he use his powers not to save a life but to take it?

Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught. 

Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the ruthless king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Yours Sincerely. Giraffe

By: Megumi Iwasa
Location: EAS IWA
Genre: Cute:)

We have a Giraffe in the library- we do- a real one- loved, hugged and very much a part of our family. So I am buying him books to read - just for him. This in one of them and Jaime loves it!! Honestly he could not get his neck out of it! He now knows all about penguins- he told me- even though he cannot make any noises!

Dear You, Whoever You Are, Who Lives on the Other Side of the Horizon. 
I am Giraffe. I live in Africa. I'm famous for my long neck. Please tell me all about yourself. 
Yours sincerely, 

Giraffe is bored and decides to use the letter service by the also bored Pelican in search of a pen pal. Thus given both of them something to look forward to. The story is about Giraffe and Penguin’s friendship, how their correspondence impacts the animals around them and the question: “How do you imagine someone you’ve never meet?”

It is an endearing read, with simple but effective illustrations – both working together to make a charming and captivating story- Jaun

How to look for a lost dog

By: Ann M Martin
Location: FIC MAR
Genre: Autism - a kids view

Do you recognize this authors name-   She wrote  "The Babysitters Club."

"I want to give this 100 stars! One of the best young children's book out right now. I loved this girl!!! A bittersweet story of Rose a girl of high functioning child with autism, her single father, loving uncle and the special bond she has with her dog Rain."- Rose

It is good to have a book about dogs and how much kids love them. if our dog had of run away our son would not have slept a wink until Rex the Fox tTerrier/Jack Russell cross was back snuggled up at his feet! We too would have had search parties streamed all over our town. A boy with a lost dog- it does not work.

It is good to understand Autism- it is good to feel the heartbeat of a child who is in her world that is autistic. This book is kind of like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  for younger readers.

11-year-old Rose is autistic and struggles to understand her classmates. But when her father gives her a stray dog, which she names Rain, the dog becomes her best friend, her anchor in a confusing world. So when Rain goes missing during a storm, Rose refuses to stop looking for her… 

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Boundless Sublime

By: Lili Wilkinson
Location: FIC WIL
Genre: Young Adult- religious cults 

A gripping YA novel about an ordinary girl who is unsuspectingly inducted into a secretive modern-day cult.

'A brilliant, searing trip into the world of cults and brainwashing. Her best book yet.' - Justine Larbalestier

I had cults- I can say that because most cultists wont be reading this blog. They wont be allowed too. I went to school with a great young woman who was in a cult. It was heartbreaking. This stunning, talented, beautiful, intelligent young woman- who could not move without being observed and spoken about. She had zero freedom and her amazing personality was engulfed by rules and elders who ensured they were kept. Julianna- I have never forgotten you as I promised I would not! I hope in the mix of your controlled life you have found space to be and explore and journey. As promised- if you call- I will come- still!
Mate Im sad now!!!!
I hate cults!!!

Ruby Jane Galbraith is empty. Her family has been torn apart and it's all her fault.

The only thing that makes sense to her is Fox - a gentle new friend who is wise, soulful and clever, yet oddly naive about the ways of the world. He understands what she's going through and he offers her a chance to feel peace. Fox belongs to a group called the Institute of the Sublime - and Ruby can't stay away from him. So she is also drawn in to what she too late discovers is a terrifying secretive community that is far from the ideal world she expected.

Can Ruby find the courage to escape? Is there any way she can save Fox too? And is there ever really an escape from the far-reaching influence of the Institute of the Sublime?

The Secret Language of Sisters

By: Luanne Rice
Location: FIC RIC
Genre: Youth Fiction-Realistic

My sister and I never had a secret language- I was probably far to annoying and she probably just wanted me a long long way from her- she would off had to shout!  I am sure though if we had off had a major event occur in our lives we would of been there for each other- and I would like to thin that we would now- she would not need to shout now!

As for texting and driving- it is just stupid and if you don't believe me- read this book to  make it hit home. Pull over people- just pull over if you have to get that text!

When Ruth Ann (Roo) McCabe responds to a text message while she’s driving, her life as she knows it ends. The car flips, and Roo winds up in a hospital bed, paralyzed. Silent. Everyone thinks she’s in a coma, but Roo has locked-in syndrome—she can see and hear and understand everything around her, but no one knows it. She’s trapped inside her own body, screaming to be heard.

Mathilda (Tilly) is Roo’s sister and best friend. She was the one who texted Roo and inadvertently caused the accident. Now, Tilly must grapple with her overwhelming guilt and her growing feelings for Roo’s boyfriend, Newton—the only other person who seems to get what Tilly is going through.

But Tilly might be the only person who can solve the mystery of her sister’s condition—who can see through Roo’s silence to the truth underneath.

Somehow, through medicine or miracles, will both sisters find a way to heal?

Friday, September 9, 2016

King of Folly

By: Jill Williamson
Location: FIC WIL
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Kinsman Chronicles #1

The gods are angry.

Volcanic eruptions, sinkholes, ground shakers--everything points to their unhappiness. At least that is what the king of Armania believes. His son, Prince Wilek, thinks his father's superstitions are nonsense, though he remains the ever dutiful heir apparent to the throne.

When a messenger arrives and claims that the town of Farway has been swallowed by the earth, the king sends Wilek to investigate. But what Wilek discovers is more cataclysmic than one lost city. Even as the ground shifts beneath his feet, Wilek sets out on a desperate journey to save his people and his world. But can he do it before the entire land crumbles

Epic. This is the word that immediately comes to mind when I think ofKing's Folly by Jill Williamson. Fantastic, action-filled, diverse, brilliant. This book is the first in a new series called THE KINSMAN CHRONICLES; (it's actually a prequel series to Jill Williamson's other fantasy trilogy). And it's a tremendous start! I was captivated from the beginning.

In a world being torn apart by earthquakes, a grand cast of characters find mystery and meaning as doom approaches. Two sons of a king, Wilek and Trevn, must carefully navigate their lives of royalty, praying they don't get cast to Barthos as a sacrifice like their brother did. A girl, barely a young woman, seeks to be a companion to a princess's daughter. Another woman is lost in the grasp of darkness amidst a strange tribe where magicians rule. A burdened queen, a eunuch, a long-suffering friend, and a guard also have their tales told. Darkness reigns in the lands ... How will their people be broken from the bondage of wickedness?- Shantelle

Ned's Circus of Marvels

By: Justin Fisher
Location: FIC FIS
Genre: Fantasy

What if everything I thought was magic- could be real!
I think it would be magic to have a yummy meal appear on my plate with a click of my fingers. It would be magic to say a few words of gobble and a hidden garden appear at our place full of beauty and niceness.It would be magic for all words of hate and destruction to be control alt deleted!

But evil clowns- oh yeah- a book with evil clowns- I always knew this about clowns!

You follow a young boy, Ned, who just turned 13 enter into a world of magical, crazy creatures that live in secrecy to the 'normal' human world. However, as soon as Ned turned 13, his boring old Dad wanted to bring him to the circus as a present but their path is blocked by evil clowns, yes there are actually evil clowns in this story, which turns into a wild chase. This is just the beginning for Ned though as he is forced to hide within a circus troupe. 
Throughout his adventure he meets a gorilla who ends up being his roommate, an old fortune teller who LOVES Hello Kitty and the ringmaster who is one a kind. The people he meets isn't the only thing he can wrap his head around, the circus can fly and there is a war to be won, with the evil clowns involved which makes it a tiny bit more scarier for young Ned- Cassandra

Ned Waddlesworth has always considered his world to be exceptionally ordinary. Until the day he discovers it ISN’T. AT ALL. Because on Ned’s thirteenth birthday he discovers that everything magical he’s ever read about or imagined is REAL.
And without him, the world will soon be engulfed in monstrous beasts and beings.
So with the help of a robot mouse, a girl witch and a flying circus unlike any other, it’s up to Ned to swoop in and save the day!
Roll up, roll up, and prepare to be AMAZED by Ned and the marvelous, magical, monstrous flying circus!

It's the characters that make this into such an enchanting and enthralling world to escape into, and they do feel somehow...REAL.      HB

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Wrath and the Dawn Series

By: Renee Ahdieh
Location: AHD
Genre: Fantasy- Historic
Series: A duology: A Wrath and Dawn 
                          The Rose and The Dagger

The rose’s rarest essence lives in the thorns. 

THE WRATH AND THE DAWN: Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER: In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.
While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

Arabian Nights- re imagined!!!

No. He was not here to wreak revenge.
For revenge was trifling and hollow.
No. He was not here to retrieve his wife.
For his wife was not a thing to be retrieved.
No. He was not here to negotiate a truce.
For a truce suggested he wished to compromise.

He was here to burn something to the ground.

Monday, September 5, 2016

A Thousand Nights

By: E.K. Johnston
Location: FIC JOH
Genre: Fantasy

Would I be prepared to sacrifice my life- so my sister could live. Big question? Probably would not have said yes when I was 14!!! This book is set in the  Ancient Middle East- a place full of colour, intrigue, steeped in history- think Arabian Nights, think Persia, think harems and magic....

"Magic, wisdom, true east, demons, princes, desert, castles, love, friendship and a healthy dose of feminism - this is the bouquet of A thousand nights".- Nastassja 

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to my village, looking for a wife. When Lo-Melkhiin - a formidable king - arrives at her desert home, she knows that he will take her beautiful sister for a wife. Desperate to save her sister from certain death, she makes the ultimate sacrifice - leaving home and family behind to live with a fearful man. But it seems that a strange magic flows between her and Lo-Melkhiin, and night after night, she survives. Finding power in storytelling, the words she speaks are given strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. But she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king ...if only she can stop her heart from falling for a monster. Set against a harsh desert backdrop, A Thousand Nights by E K Johnston is an evocative tale of love, mystery and magic that would not feel out of place if Scheherazade herself were telling it. And perhaps she is...

Lo-Melkhiin has taken a new wife, one that took the place of her sister. Her sister is more beautiful and everyone watches her, but no one watches the second sister. So she does everything she can to stand out, so that her sister will not be taken. And she is. Lo-Melkhiin comes to her that wedding night, and does nothing more than take her hands. She lives one night, and another night, and another. Soon she is queen, but she knows that something is not right with Lo-Melkhiin. He is not the same man who went out in the desert years ago, and returned with cruelty in his heart. She must stop him, and with a power she is slowly discovering, she will fight for her life, before he takes it from her.

"The world had never seen another like Lo-Melkhiin, and it had no stories to combat him. Not whole stories, but maybe there was something smaller. A thread in the story of a warrior who laid siege to a walled city. A fragment in the story of a father who had two daughters, and was forced to choose which of them to send into the desert at night... There were stories, and there were stories. No single tale that I could draw from would save my sister from a short and cruel marriage, but I had pieces aplenty. I held them in my hands like so many grains of sand, and they slipped away from me, running through my fingers, even as I tried to gather more. But I knew sand. I had been born to it and learned to walk on it... I knew that I had only to hold it for long enough, to find the right fire, and the sand would harden into glass — into something I could use.:"

More happy than not

By: Adam Silvera
Location: FIC SIL
Genre: Complementary Youth Fiction LGBT

“Silvera managed to leave me smiling after totally breaking my heart. Unforgettable.”
—Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda 

"Adam Silvera explores the inner workings of a painful world and he delivers this with heartfelt honesty and a courageous, confident hand . . . A mesmerizing, unforgettable tour de force."
—John Corey Whaley, National Book Award finalist and author of Where Things Come Back and Noggin 

 A note from the author:
MORE HAPPY THAN NOT is my debut novel, and there was a time where I believed this book was never going to be seen by others after rejections and nonsense. But it's here! And it's about a boy who is considering a memory-alteration procedure to forget he's gay because leading a life as a straight teen would probably be way easier for him. It's about science versus nature, friendship, sexuality, and a quest for happiness. I hope every book I put out into the universe feels as special and FAVORITE-y as this one does to me.

So what is this story about...
More Happy Than Not,which tells the story of Aaron Soto, a high school student in the Bronx recovering from a recent suicide attempt. Aaron has a lot of reasons to feel sad. His father’s suicide, his overworked mother, and his confusing feelings for the new guy on the block. Aaron starts to wonder if the Leteo Institute, which promises revolutionary mind-alterations, might be a good solution to all his problems. 
This book deals with a lot of heavy topics like suicide, homosexuality, homophobia,  love, rejection, betrayal, self-loathing and  domestic violence. It is full! and it also is not a happy book! but it is powerful- very powerful.

"If there's happiness tucked away in my tragedies, I'll find it no matter what. If the blind can find joy in music, and the deaf can discover it with colors, I will do my best to always find the sun in the darkness because my life isn't one sad ending - it's a series of endless happy beginnings." 
― Adam SilveraMore Happy Than Not

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Loneliness of Distant Beings

By: Kate Ling
Location: FIC LIN
Genre: Young Adult- Sci Fi and Love!

'It is that quick,
 it is that strong,
 it is that beautiful.
 And it is also totally impossible.'

What is  better than having the sun on your face- not a lot. Especially with our gloomy Waikato weather- oh for sun on the face and on your back! What if you needed to feel the sun on you to stay sane- there would not be many sane people in the Waikato that is for sure!

Even though she knows it's impossible, Seren longs to have the sunshine on her skin. It's something she feels she needs to stay sane. But when you're floating through space at thousands of kilometres an hour, sometimes you have to accept there are things you cannot change.

Except that the arrival of Dom in her life changes everything in ways she can barely comprehend. For a while he becomes the Sun for her; and she can't help but stay in his orbit. Being with him flaunts every rule designed to keep their home in order, but to lose him would be like losing herself.

In the end they must decide what is most important: loyalty to the only home they've ever known, or to each other?

"Seren has forever lived with her father, elder sister and grandfather aboard the spaceship, Ventura, travelling at a speed more than one thousand km/hr through the dark space to cover the 700 years long journey to a planet which they are going to inhabit. And the residents of this spaceship need to abide by the rules set by the leader of the ship and disobeying those rules might imperil their freedom in the ship. There are so many systems set on the spaceship that are supposed to make the lives of the residents balanced and organized, like the Breeding Program which is supposed to ensure the heritage and the proper lives of the future generation which is done by the help of the computer, a complete random selection of two partners after their basic graduation. And the residents are supposed to work in the spaceship like in the manufacturing or farming or nursing departments and the teenagers are recruited in one of such department after their graduation.

Due to Seren's deteriorating mental health, a.k.a, depression, Seren has been assigned to go see the doctor, where she met the boy, who stole her heart at the very first glance- Dom. Yes, he is the guy who will make her breathe finally in this stale air and will make her chant her name. But there's a slight problem, Seren has been partnered next to the boy, Ezra, who is the spaceship leader's son. And they are supposed to get married soon. And now that Dom has entered her life, it is impossible for Seren to settle with Ezra." Aditi

“We are responsible for our own survival, for the survival of our species. And it is our duty, every one of ours, to make that our priority.”

Thursday, September 1, 2016


By: Amy Tintera
Location: FIC TIN
Genre: Fantasy
Series; Ruined #1

Revenge, love, rage, an arranged marriage and a prince. Sounds a bit like Princess Bride! I wonder if there are rodents of unusually large size or pirates!

No one feared Emelina Flores, the useless daughter of the most powerful queen Ruina had ever known. 
But they would. 

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war; her parents were killed and her sister was kidnapped. Even though Em is only a useless Ruined - completely lacking any magic - she is determined to get revenge.

Her plan is simple: She will infiltrate the enemy's kingdom, posing as the crown prince's betrothed. She will lead an ambush. She will kill the king and everyone he holds dear, including his son.

The closer Em gets to the prince, though, the more she questions her mission. Her rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life - and her family - on the line, love could be Em's deadliest mistake.

Billy and Me

By: Giovanna Fletcher
Location: FIC FLE
Genre: Romance- Chic Lit

“There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.” 
― Giovanna FletcherBilly and Me

This review is from Megan in

Sophie May lives in her little village. Rather than travelling the world or setting off to university excitedly with friends, Sophie has instead stayed in the village of Rosefont Hill, living with her mum and spending her days working at the local teashop. The main reason for this is that Sophie May has a secret she’s been keeping. One day she meets the handsome Billy Buskin – an actor with high ambitions in his life, and as they fall in love, Sophie is pulled away from her village life and thrust into the spotlight. As Sophie is brought into Billy’s world – one which is different from her own – can she handle the attention that having such a public life brings?

Molly was my favourite! Molly was so kind, caring and I felt so much warmth radiating from her! She is the definition of ‘homely’, I felt so at home when she was around and in a strange way she brought happiness and comfort to me. I would LOVE to sit in her teashop, I’d probably spend all my time in there drinking tea, sampling the gorgeous cakes and having a chat with the other lovely local people!

The relationship between Billy and Sophie was beautiful, I could feel the romance and the feelings between them, and I was gushing over their love as I read. I’m certain that like me, many others will fall deeply in love with Billy! He is not only handsome, but he is romantic and thoughtful – Sophie May is a very lucky girl!

Billy and Me is stunning. I loved every second I spent absorbed in this wonderful story. Billy and Me is a delightful novel full of romance, friendship, love and tears. I laughed whilst reading this, and I must admit there were a few moments where I cried too!