Friday, August 31, 2018


Image result for 9781509809844By: Julian Gough
Location: FIC GOU
Genre:  Science Fiction

For readers of William Gibson, Ready Player One, and Naomi Alderman’s The PowerConnect is a page-turning novel of ideas that thrillingly explores what connection – both human and otherwise – might be in a digital age.

"Connect really is a work of genius. It confronts and explores the nature of humanness and existence in a thrilling, immersive, addictive way, and marks Julian Gough out as a prophet  among writers." Donal Ryan 

"Connect by Julian Gough is a very ambitious project. It seeks to map the human condition in the context of the greater universe and particularly its place amidst the rise of Artificial Intelligence. So, y’know… just Life, the Universe and Everything. That the author wraps these themes into a good old-fashioned, ripping yarn and pretty much succeeds in his attempt is truly commendable" SW7

Colt is a teenage boy, the only child of divorced parents, living in Nevada. For all his brilliance, he is impossible at school and is being home-schooled by his mother. At least in theory. His mother is a biologist, on the verge of a major scientific breakthrough; his father works for a mysterious government agency that isn't supposed to exist. Socially awkward and benignly neglected by his parents, Colt spends most of his time living in a virtual reality gaming world.

Colt is on the spectrum, to say the least. Like most people who are borderline autistic, Colt tries to keep his life simple. But when Colt meets a girl online; when he submits his mother's breakthrough scientific paper to a conference and the paper comes to the attention of the organization his father works for; when his father comes to see his own son and ex-wife as threats to national security, things start to become complicated. Very complicated indeed . . .

"This book has been written by someone who, like Alex in A Clockwork Orange, processed the media and pop culture of the last decade unblinking. Put through the arts blender of Julian's brain, the result is a thrilling and naughty mix of sci-fi, thriller, coming-of-age and criticism of civilisation. An instant cult book and literally begging to be made into a movie." Marcel

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik

Image result for 9780451480477By: David Arnold
Location: FIC ARN
Genre:Realistic Fiction

The New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquitoland brings a speculative twist to his latest novel. The result: an incisive and deeply humane story with the feel of Haruki Murakami for teens.

This is Noah Oakman → sixteen, Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend.

Then Noah → gets hypnotized.

Now Noah → sees changes—inexplicable scars, odd behaviors, rewritten histories—in all those around him. All except his Strange Fascinations . . .

Noah Oakman is lost. He's had the same best friends since fifth grade and the same parents since forever. And even though he has changed, he feels everyone around him has stayed the same. When his friends drag him to an end of summer party, Noah meets a kid named Circuit, in whom he senses a kindred disillusionment. Circuit is an amateur hypnotist. Curious (and kind of drunk), Noah allows Circuit to hypnotize him. But when he leaves, everything is a slightly different. Noah swears his friend Alan had a massive collection of Marvel comics, but Alan says he's always been into DC, its competitor. His friend Val definitely gained internet fame through her posts about movies, but now her entire feed is about music. His mother suddenly has a scar on her face; when asked how she got it, she doesn't respond. Only four seemingly disparate things remain unchanged in his life. 
So Noah sets out to discover what these Strange Fascinations have in common, hoping to figure out what happened to him and how he can get back to before.

    "To absolutely no one's surprise, I loved this book. 

    It's a bizarre, wild ride of a book, and I did not want it to stop. I read it so slowly because I wanted to savor every last delicious word. David has this wonderful talent of writing such strange but true-to-life characters that I feel like I know in real life. The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik is weird and wonderful and fun and sad and super different, but in all of the best ways. I really did not want to leave the world and mind of Noah, and you won't either. 

    So here it starts. I will not stop talking about this book. Prepare yourselves." Stefani

    Fragments of Lost

    Image result for 9780241344422By:Megan Miranda
    Location: FIC MIR
    Genre: Mystery

    A suspenseful psychological YA mystery about one girl's search to uncover the truth behind her ex-boyfriend's death. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars and 13 Reasons Why.

    Jessa Whitworth knew she didn't belong in her ex-boyfriend Caleb's room. But she couldn't deny that she was everywhere - in his photos, his neatly folded T-shirts, even the dragonfly necklace in his jeans pocket . . . the one she gave him for safe keeping on that day.

    His mother asked her to pack up his things - even though she blames Jessa for his accident. How could she say no? And maybe, just maybe, it will help her work through the guilt she feels about their final moments together.

    But as Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb's life, they trigger memories that make Jessa realize their past relationship may not be exactly as she remembered. And she starts to question whether she really knew Caleb at all.

    Each fragment of his life reveals a new clue that propels Jessa to search for the truth about Caleb's accident. What really happened on the night he died?

    "I would recommend this book a lot for all those who enjoy a good YA reading, of course you'll find a mystery story, but even if this is not your cup of tea, it's much more than that. This book is about self discovery and it's about figuring out what you want to do with your life or what you're willing to do for those you love and for yourself, so I'd say if you like the Contemporary YA in general, then you'll enjoy this one!! I would totally read another book with the same characters, it was a great journey" Sofi

    Thursday, August 30, 2018

    The List of Real Things

    Image result for 9781444014815BY: Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
    Location: FIC FIT
    Genre: Love, loss and family

    "Just gorgeous and wonderfully written, this is a tale of loss and love that fills your heart with joy and sorrow at the same time. Had me weeping in public...but they were happy tears. Brilliant!"- Karina

    "But here is proof, if ever we needed it , that wonderful things can grow out of even the darkest of times.”

    A poignant and big-hearted story about love, loss and believing in the magic of the imagination.

    Grace knows the difference between what's real and the strange ideas that float around in her little sister's mind. Their parents died - that's real. A secret hotel on the cliff-top where their parents are waiting - definitely NOT real. So when grief strikes again, Grace is determined not to let her sister's outlandish imagination spiral out of control. But the line between truth and fantasy is more complicated than it seems...

    'Completely beguiling, and funny and tender and wise, with a heart as big and deep as the sea' - Piers Torday

    The Wood

    By: Chelsea Bobulski
    Location: FIC BOB
    Image result for 9781250158703Genre: Fantasy- Time Travel, determination, standalone fantasy, fast paced, page turner, mystery, suspense, foliage, cover....

    Bobulski's beautiful and eerie young adult debut is a haunting tale of friendship, family, and the responsibilities we choose and those we do not.

    "The concept is intriguing, and this is a good buy for larger collections." --Booklist

    "An ill-fated but still powerful romance, a warped good/bad guy with honorable but flawed intentions, and time travel portals--there's plenty to recommend in this clever novel." --BCCB 

    "This well-written debut is sufficiently eerie and fast-paced. Readers will enjoy Winter's confidence and cunning as she seeks the truth. Hand this to readers craving exciting and enjoyable twists on time-travel." --VOYA
    "A fast-paced fantasy with a time-travel twist, a forest that comes alive with dark forces, magical benevolent fireflies, friendship, sacrifice, and a satisfying conclusion, make for an absorbing read." 

    An enchanted wood poisoned at the roots. A girl bound by an inherited duty. And the lost traveler from another time who might help her uncover the truth. 

    From debut author Chelsea Bobulski comes The Wood, a YA horror novel filled with dark mystery and atmospheric fantasy.

    Winter didn't ask to be the guardian of the wood, but when her dad inexplicably vanishes, she's the one who must protect travelers who accidentally slip through the wood's portals.

    The wood is poisoned, changing into something more sinister. Once brightly colored leaves are now bubbling inky black. Vicious creatures that live in the shadows are becoming bolder, torturing lost travelers. Winter must now put her trust in Henry--a young man from eighteenth century England who knows more than he should about the wood--in order to find the truth and those they've lost.

    Monday, August 27, 2018

    Sweet Black Waves

    Image result for 9781250132857By: Kristina Perez
    Location: FIC PER
    Genre: Fantasy- Retell
    Genre: Sweet Black Waves #1

    Inspired by the star-crossed tale of Tristan and Eseult, this is the story of the legend’s true heroine: Branwen. For fans of Graceling and The Mists of Avalon, this is the first book of a lush fantasy trilogy about warring countries, family secrets, and forbidden romance.

    Not you without me, not me without you.

    Two proud kingdoms stand on opposite shores, with only a bloody history between them. 

    As best friend and lady-in-waiting to the princess, Branwen is guided by two principles: devotion to her homeland and hatred for the raiders who killed her parents. When she unknowingly saves the life of her enemy, he awakens her ancient healing magic and opens her heart. Branwen begins to dream of peace, but the princess she serves is not so easily convinced. Fighting for what's right, even as her powers grow beyond her control, will set Branwen against both her best friend and the only man she's ever loved. 

    I hate and I love 

    "I loved so many elements of this Tristan and Isolde retelling, particularly those to do with the Celtic inspired mythology and magic. The story notwithstanding, I could walk around in this coastal setting of medieval Ireland and experience the whimsy of Otherworld creatures and magical lore all day. It’s a hauntingly beautiful backdrop to an age-old story." Cath



    That ending that ripped out my heart, threw it in a blender, and made a milkshake of destruction out of it. I was enraged. I'm STILL raving mad and wishing I could rewind time, and smack myself silly for doing this to myself. WHY?! THIS COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED! Truth, honesty, transparency...TRUST! And yet the one victim who had their free will taken away was blamed and discarded! Out of everybody, only Tristan was pure of heart and caught in this tempest that he had nothing to do with. From the beginning to the end, I loved him. In the end, his loss hurt me the most. "- Christie

    The Mercy Seat

    By: Elizabeth H. Winthrop
    Image result for 9781473672505Location: FIC WIN
    Genre:Historical Fiction- Race Relations

     In this exceptionally powerful novel, Elizabeth Winthrop explores matters of justice, racism and the death penalty in a fresh, subtle and profoundly affecting way. Her kaleidoscopic narrative allows us to inhabit the lives of her characters and see them for what they are - complex individuals, making fateful choices we might not condone, but can understand.

    As the sun begins to set over Louisiana one October day in 1943, a young black man faces the final hours of his life: at midnight, eighteen-year-old Willie Jones will be executed by electric chair for raping a white girl - a crime some believe he did not commit.

    In a tale taut with tension, events unfold hour by hour from the perspectives of nine people involved. They include Willie himself, who knows what really happened, and his father, desperately trying to reach the town jail to see his son one last time; the prosecuting lawyer, haunted by being forced to seek the death penalty against his convictions, and his wife, who believes Willie to be innocent; the priest who has become a friend to Willie; and a mother whose only son is fighting in the Pacific, bent on befriending her black neighbours in defiance of her husband.

    "There is a lingering sense of tenderness to this story that is filled with compassion, despite the brutality of the topic or the central story, a reverence for life shared with us through Elizabeth Winthrop’s lovely prose. Although this takes place in an era that is in the past, discrimination and intolerance still remain, making this a haunting and timely read. "- Cheri

    "This exquisitely written book is about love and cruelty, sons and mothers and fathers. It’s about what is planted within us by others and by life, and how we either nurture or destroy those seeds of kindness or loathing. It’s about what we do, how we choose to act, who we are, and how we endure it all. It’s about heartbreak." Donna 

    The Last Magician

    By: Lisa Maxwell
    Image result for 9781534405318Location: FIC MAX
    Genre: Fantasy

    "You guys. This book has been such a labor of love. History. Magic. Cute boys in suspenders. It's like magical newsies without the singing or gangs of New York with magic. There is time travel, a badass girl thief, secret societies, a diverse cast, and so much more. I have loved writing these characters and this world and I hope you all love it too!!"- Lisa Maxwell- The Author

    “But then, liars do make the best magicians, and he happened to be exceptional.”

    In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

    Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

    But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

    "...a fun adventure with magic and corruption...always an amazing combination!" Suzanne

    Wednesday, August 22, 2018

    Just Breathe

    By: Andrew Daddo
    Image result for 9780143573623Location: FIC DAD
    Genre: Coming of Age

    Hendrix’s father has a vision – to see Hendrix run for Australia at the Olympics. His days are completely mapped out – what he eats, when he trains, when he sleeps, even the air he breathes.

    There was never room in that vision for a girl, especially in the lead-up to the Nationals. Yet fate works in funny ways, and when Hendrix literally bowls Emily over on a training run, he just can’t get her out of his head. His life and priorities take a turn as he falls for her.

    But Emily has a deadly secret that she’s scared to share even with Hendrix. As their bond grows and Hendrix strays further from his father’s strict regime, the tension builds to a heart-wrenching climax.

    "it’s a story about love and family. There are always problems in a family and it’s hard to solve. If each other chooses to listen, everything will be fixed. Particularly, Hendrix doesn’t know why he has to run for the competition and what is the goal of it. He just takes the training because his father would like it, it’s not because he loves it. And then, he chooses to quit the training and everything because he doesn’t what he is looking for. He just knows he loves Emily and he needs to be with her. Then his father finds him and they have a serious talk about what’s going on and they solve family problems. It’s just the way how people fix things. If they used the right strategy, they can make things better. "My Nham- Goodreads

    It Only Happens In The Movies

    By: Holly Bourne
    Location: FIC BOU
    Image result for 9781474921329Genre: Romance

    “The only love affair I needed to invest in right now was one with myself. Spend some time with me. Figuring out myself and why I picked the relationships I did. I was holding out my heart to me. Because I'd realised I was the only person who could give me a happily-ever-after.” 

    Audrey is over romance. Since her parents' relationship imploded her mother's been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn't mean things are easy. Because real love isn't like the movies...

    The greatest love story ever told doesn't feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy clich├ęs. Oh, and zombies... YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.

    "Holly Bourne has a fantastic sense of humour that clearly manifests in her characters. There are so many laugh out loud moments and wonderful gems of quotes and passages that I would love to share but I think it's best to happily stumble upon them as you read this book for yourself. Watch out for the John Green TFiOS reference though...hilariously savage AF!!

    A highly entertaining read that I would recommend to fans of contemporary YA and to fans of general adult fiction too. This is a book that definitely crosses the age divide with no problems whatsoever." EMER 

    State of Sorrow

    Image result for 9781407180274By: Melinda Salisbury
    Location: Fic SAL
    Genre: Fantasy

    Be swept away by the dark and dangerous new world from Melinda Salisbury, bestselling author of The Sin Eater's Daughtertrilogy

    Sorrow - for that is all she brings us.

    A people laid low by grief and darkness.
    A cut-throat race for power and victory.
    A girl with everything and nothing to lose…

    By day, Sorrow governs the Court of Tears, covering for her grief-maddened father, who has turned their once celebrated land into a living monument for the brother who died before she was born.

    By night, she seeks solace in the arms of the boy she's loved since childhood. But one ghost won't stop haunting her, and when enemies old and new close ranks against her, Sorrow must decide how far she's willing to go to win...

    "State of Sorrow is the first novel I have read by Melinda Salisbury and I shall certainly be reading more! This book is beautifully written, incredibly descriptive and packs a political punch.There are quite a few twists too (one of them I saw coming from near the beginning), and a hell of a lot of plotting and conspiring which made State of Sorrow such an intriguing read. It addresses themes such as loyalty, identity, family, friendships and honesty.

    I'm really looking forward to the sequel and to where the next instalment will take us. I feel there are many more obstacles for Sorrow to overcome and many more people she needs to meet in her journey, and I definitely want to be there when the action unfolds!

    Monday, August 20, 2018

    The Leavers

    Image result for 9781616208042BY: Lisa Ko
    Location: FIC KO
    Genre: Literary Fiction

    Everyone had stories they told themselves to get through the days.” 

    "Exquisitely written ......deeply human meditation on despair, loss, love, immigration, identity, diversity, hope, human longings, consequences, .......multilayered and deeply felt!!!!"- Elyse

    Lisa Ko’s powerful debut, The Leavers, is the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice.

    One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon—and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. 
    With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left mystified and bereft. Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is moved from the Bronx to a small town upstate and renamed Daniel Wilkinson. But far from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his adoptive parents’ desire that he assimilate with his memories of his mother and the community he left behind. 
    Told from the perspective of both Daniel—as he grows into a directionless young man—and Polly, Ko’s novel gives us one of fiction’s most singular mothers. Loving and selfish, determined and frightened, Polly is forced to make one heartwrenching choice after another. 
    Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid examination of borders and belonging. It’s a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves is taken away, and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of the past. 

    "Here is imperative reading: a vivid fictional exploration of what it means to belong and what it feels like when you don't . . . Ko gives us an unsparing portrait of the resilience and grit it takes to risk everything to break free of tradition and start over in a foreign land. --O", The Oprah Magazine (Favorite Books of 2017) 

    The Leavers is the year's powerful debut you won't want to miss. The Leavers expertly weaves a tale of the conflicts between love and loyalty, personal identity and familial obligation, and the growing divide between freedom and social justice. An affecting novel that details the the gut-wrenching realities facing illegal immigrants and their families in modern America, Lisa Ko's debut is the 2017 fiction release you can't afford to miss.

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    My Fight, My Life

    Image result for 9780143771296By: Stephen Adams
    Location: NF 920 ADA
    Genre: Basketball Legend, kiwi as !

    A review by Jo- a  6ft 5 inch Year 11 Basketball addict at Cambridge High as told to me! He stole this book before it even was processed after coming in every day for two weeks demanding it!

    " A very good book Miss, it was inspiring, a fantastic read and I will read it again Miss. Told me stuff about Stephen Adams not shown by the media- I loved it Miss!

    That is a good review!

    Now for the official one

    For the first time, Steven Adams shares the story behind his meteoric rise from Rotorua to his emerging stardom in the NBA.

    In this intimate account of his life story so far, the seven-foot centre reflects on his humble upbringing, the impact of his father’s death when he was just 13, the multiple challenges and setbacks he has faced, early career-defining moments, and what basketball means to him.
    Told with warmth, humour and humility, My Life, My Fight is a gripping account from one of New Zealand’s most admired sporting stars
    Adams overcame the odds to become a top prospect in the 2013 NBA draft. From there he went on to secure a four-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder – making him New Zealand’s highest-paid sportsperson ever – and forge a reputation for his intense, physical style of basketball.
    In this intimate account of his life story so far, the seven-foot centre reflects on his humble upbringing, the impact of his father’s death when he was just 13, the multiple challenges and setbacks he has faced, early career-defining moments, and what basketball means to him. Told with warmth, humour and humility, My Life, My Fight is a gripping account from one of New Zealand’s most admired sporting starsAdams overcame the odds to become a top prospect in the 2013 NBA draft. From there he went on to secure a four-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder – making him New Zealand’s highest-paid sportsperson ever – and forge a reputation for his intense, physical style of basketball.

    Thursday, August 16, 2018

    We Are Okay

    Image result for 9780735232013By: Nina LaCour
    Location: FIC LAC
    Genre: Young Adult, LGBGT

    "If you've loved books by John Green and Jandy Nelson and Gayle Forman, or if you're in the mood for a gorgeously written book that's both melancholic and healing, i would definitely recommend this!"-Kat

    "This is a book about family, first love, grief and solitude"-Lola

    "You go through life thinking there’s so much you need. . . . Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother."

    Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

    You go through life thinking there's so much you need. Your favorite jeans and sweater. The jacket with the faux-fur lining to keep you warm. Your phone and your music and your favorite books. Mascara. Irish Breakfast tea and cappuccinos from Trouble Coffee. You need your yearbooks, every stiffly posed school-dance photo, the notes your friends slipped into your locker. You need the camera you got for your sixteenth birthday and the flowers you dried. You need your notebooks full of the things you learned and don't want to forget. You need your bedspread, white with black diamonds. You need your pillow-it fits the way you sleep. You need magazines promising self-improvement. You need your running shoes and your sandals and your boots. Your grade report from the semester you got straight As. Your prom dress, your shiny earrings, your pendants on delicate chains. You need your underwear, your light-colored bras and your black ones. The dream catcher hanging above your bed. The dozens and dozens of shells in glass jars.

    The cab was waiting at the station.
    The airport, I said, but no sound came out.
    "The airport," I said, and we pulled away.
    You think you need all of it.
    Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

    Pieces of You

    Image result for 9780143770473By: Eileen Merriman
    Location: FIC MER
    Genre: Realistic Fiction

    Wise, tough, heart-breaking, funny, this compulsive love story is about facing your demons.

    Trigger warning for;
    repeated self harm
    suicide/accidental death.
    Fifteen-year-old Rebecca McQuilten moves with her parents to a new city. Lonely but trying to fit in, she goes to a party, but that's when things really fall apart.
    I couldn't tell anyone what had happened. Especially since I was the new girl in town. Who would want to believe me?
    Things look up when she meets gregarious sixteen-year-old Cory Marshall.
    'You're funny, Becs,' Cory said.
    'You have no idea,' I said, and clearly he didn't, but I was smiling anyway.
    And after that, he was all I could think about.
    Cory helps Rebecca believe in herself and piece her life back together; but that's before he shatters it all over again . . .


    By: Michael Mammay
    Image result for 9780062694669Location: FIC MAM
    Genre:Science Fiction 

    “A tough, authentic-feeling story that starts out fast and accelerates from there.” – Jack Campbell

    “Planetside is a smart and fast-paced blend of mystery and boots-in-the-dirt military SF that reads like a high-speed collision between Courage Under Fire and Heart of Darkness.” – Marko Kloo

    “Definitely the best military sci-fi debut I’ve come across in a while.” – Gavin Smith

    A seasoned military officer uncovers a deadly conspiracy on a distant, war-torn planet…

    War heroes aren't usually called out of semi-retirement and sent to the far reaches of the galaxy for a routine investigation. So when Colonel Carl Butler answers the call from an old and powerful friend, he knows it's something big—and he's not being told the whole story. A high councilor's son has gone MIA out of Cappa Base, the space station orbiting a battle-ravaged planet. The young lieutenant had been wounded and evacuated—but there's no record of him having ever arrived at hospital command.

    The colonel quickly finds Cappa Base to be a labyrinth of dead ends and sabotage: the hospital commander stonewalls him, the Special Ops leader won't come off the planet, witnesses go missing, radar data disappears, and that’s before he encounters the alien enemy. Butler has no choice but to drop down onto a hostile planet—because someone is using the war zone as a cover. The answers are there—Butler just has to make it back alive…

    The Traitors Kiss

    By: Erin Beaty
    Image result for 9781250158840Location: FIC BEA
    Genre:Fantasy Romance

    COVER ART!!!!

    "One of the most hotly anticipated young adult fantasy reads of 2017.” —Bustle
    "An action-packed, expertly plotted story, drenched in double crosses and intrigue, with an irresistible heroine and a sweet and sexy romance.” —Publishers Weekly,

    An obstinate girl who will not be married. 
    A soldier desperate to prove himself.
     A kingdom on the brink of war.

    With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they'd call a lady--which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls--and on the soldiers escorting them.

    As the girls' military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust--and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

    "Marital and martial matters collide when brides and spies become ensnared in a treasonous plot. . . . Sage is a clever, contrary female protagonist who remains realistic and likable, while her fellow protagonist Ash is enigmatic enough to require a second read. . . . Both epic and intimate, a semi–old-fashioned alternative to the wave of inexplicably lethal superheroines and their smoldering love triangles." —Kirkus Reviews

    Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    The Continent

    Image result for 9781489243478By: Keira Drake
    Location: FIC DRA
    Genre: Fantasy- survival

    Part allegory, part romance and part against-the-odds survival story, Keira Drake's sparkling debut novel engages readers with questions of social responsibility, the nature of peace and violence, and the value-and danger-of nationalism. Thought-provoking, fast-paced and surprising, The Continent will haunt readers long after its covers have been closed.
    From a land without war to a continent of two warring nations… one girl's crash landing becomes a fight to survive.
    For her sixteenth birthday, Vaela Sun receives the most coveted gift in all the Spire – a trip to the Continent. It seems an unlikely destination for a holiday: a cold, desolate land where two “uncivilised” nations remain perpetually locked in combat. Most citizens lucky enough to tour the Continent do so to observe the spectacle and violence of war, a thing long banished in the Spire. For Vaela–a talented apprentice cartographer – the journey is a dream come true: a once–in–a–lifetime opportunity to improve upon the maps she's drawn of this vast, frozen land.
    But Vaela's dream all too quickly turns to a nightmare as the journey brings her face–to–face with the brutal reality of a war she's only read about. Observing from the safety of a heli–plane, Vaela is forever changed by the bloody battle waging far beneath her. And when a tragic accident leaves her stranded on the Continent, Vaela finds herself much closer to danger than she'd ever imagined. Starving, alone and lost in the middle of a war zone, Vaela must try to find a way home – but first, she must survive. 

    This is a book that’ll have you turning the pages frantically to see what happens next. It's a book that'll make your heart go mushy as you and the characters fall in love. It's a book you'll be excited to read. But it's also a book that'll make you want to be better. To do more. To try harder. And that's a powerful thing-Anna

    I love you too much

    By: Alicia Drake
    Image result for I Love You Too Much alicia drakeLocation: FIC RA
    Genre: Contemporary fiction

    "Everything was extravagant and elegant and I cried then because I knew it would always be this way. Paris will never change, not for you, not for me. Paris doesn't care that you are dying inside; it will always be beautiful, untouchable, aloof, unmoved by you and your pathetic fate."

    Set in the heart of Left-Bank Paris, this is the story of Paul, a lonely, quiet boy who makes an astonishing discovery and confronts that brutal turning point in adolescence when he learns he must leave the privileges of naivety behind.

    Thirteen-year-old Paul is a lovable but unloved boy on the vulnerable cusp of manhood. Paul lives in Paris, in a world of privilege where beauty dominates, adults are intent on their own satisfaction, and everything looks perfect. There's nowhere to get dirty, or so it appears.

    His mother is glamorous and powerful, distracted by a younger lover and her own fear of aging. His wealthy father is desperately seeking to assuage his endless discontent. Paul lives between the two apartments of his broken family, looked after by a Filipino babysitter who hasn't seen her own children in years. When Paul meets Scarlett, a beguiling classmate, he uncovers the cruel gulf between the world as it is and how he imagined it to be. It's only a matter of time before Paul witnesses a shocking event and inherits a burden he's far too young to shoulder.

    A dazzling coming-of-age story, I Love You Too Much is a devastating literary debut born from the saying, Je t'aime trop: a distinctly French expression of excessive love. In a world of abundance, a Paris where parents don't always mean what they say, Paul must look beyond his glamorous home to find a love that's real.

    "This story captures the pain of being an awkward adolescent beautifully. Paul's friendship with Scarlett is deep and fast, like a struck match, and burns out just as quickly.
    This is an absolutely gorgeous debut novel."- Nat

    The Dry

    Image result for 9781925481372By: Jane Harper
    Location: FIC HAR
    Genre: Mystery, Crme
    Series: Aaron Falk #1

    2017 Indie Book Awards (Debut Fiction & Book of the Year)

    Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well ...

    When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge.

    And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds are reopened. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret ... A secret Falk thought long-buried ... A secret which Luke's death starts to bring to the surface ...

    "I devoured it in just over 24 hours ... Spellbinding" Ian Rankin
    "Devastating debut ... a suspenseful tale of sound and fury" Publishers Weekly, starred review
    "A nail-biting thriller ... this fine debut will keep readers on edge and awake long past bedtime." Kirkus, starred review

    Friday, August 10, 2018

    Tahi, Rua, Toru, Manu!

    By: Na Dave Gunson
    Location: PIC GUN
    Image result for 9781775435044Genre: Picture book- Te Reo

    5 tiny tomtits on the forest floor. 6 cheeky kea, keen to explore.
    5 miromiro nonohi, runga papa ngahere. 6 kea whakatoi, kea toro haere.

    The illustrations in this book are just gorgeous, - Na Ngaera Roberts has done a stunning job!
    From the author of the All About New Zealand series is a wonderful book that introduces children to counting and New Zealand's native birds. 1-2-3 BIRD! takes us through thirteen different birds as they get up to mischief and activities in their natural habitats. The colourful watercolour illustrations are full of emotions, with each of the birds having their own unique character.

    There are many fun layers to this book as it is both a counting and search and find book. Birds in the background of each scene follow on from the previous scene and hint to the next scene. The numbers one to thirteen are hidden in each scene and at the back of the book is a checklist of other native animals and insects to find hidden in the pages.

    Need To Know

    Image result for 9780593079607By: Karen Cleveland
    Location: FIC CLE
    Genre: Thriller

    ‘Prediction: if you read chapter one, you’ll read chapter two. If you read chapter two, you’ll miss dinner, stay up far too late, and feel tired at work tomorrow. This is that kind of book. Superb.’ LEE CHILD

    ‘You'll devour this terrific debut like the rest of us, skipping lunch, losing sleep, turning pages until the end.’ JOHN GRISHAM 

    In pursuit of a Russian sleeper cell on American soil, a CIA analyst uncovers a dangerous secret that will test her loyalty to the agency—and to her family.
    What do you do when everything you trust might be a lie?

    Vivian Miller is a dedicated CIA counterintelligence analyst assigned to uncover the leaders of Russian sleeper cells in the United States. On track for a much-needed promotion, she’s developed a system for identifying Russian agents, seemingly normal people living in plain sight.

    After accessing the computer of a potential Russian operative, Vivian stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents within America’s borders. A few clicks later, everything that matters to her—her job, her husband, even her four children—are threatened.‎

    Vivian has vowed to defend her country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. But now she’s facing impossible choices. Torn between loyalty and betrayal, allegiance and treason, love and suspicion, who can she trust?


    By:James Swallow
    Image result for 9781785763755Location: FIC SWA
    Genre: Thriller/ Suspense

    A terrible threat from the depths of the dark net.

    A devastating betrayal at the heart of a covert strike force.

    A deadly pursuit across a digital battlefield.

    A ruthless terrorist fuelled by revenge.

    The explosive new action thriller from the internationally bestselling author of Nomad and Exile.
    When betrayal strikes at the heart of the Rubicon team, Marc Dane uncovers the plot of a deadly cadre of black-hat mercenary hackers - to use an unstoppable virtual weapon against vulnerable civilian targets.

    Is their plan to spread chaos and to sell their skills to the highest bidder? Or is there a deeper, more personal agenda at work?

    As attacks unfold across the world - crippling power grids, crashing trains, sowing panic and worse - Marc must call on all his skills and ingenuity to track down the mysterious 'Madrigal' before the ruthless hackers' plans bring the world to the brink of war... 
    'Unputdownable. A must-read' Wilbur Smith

    'Britain's answer to Jason Bourne' Daily Mail

    'An ultra fast paced, worldwide chase to stop a madman, while leaving the reader breathless' Choice

    'Explosive' Irish Examiner

    'This is edge of the seat stuff that is terrifyingly real in places' Closer

    'A killer of a thriller' Weekend Sport

    Thursday, August 9, 2018

    Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian - My Story of Rescue, Hope, and Triumph

    By: Yusra Mardini
    Image result for 9781509881680Location: NF 920 MAR
    Genre: INSPIRING, TRUE, HEARTBREAKING, MEMOIR  and yes I am shouting....

    Yusra Mardini is an Olympic swimmer and Syrian refugee who, in 2015, fled her hometown of Damascus when it became too dangerous to live in the war-torn country. In 2016 Mardini swam with the Refugee Olympic Team and was subsequently named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. She lives in Berlin and is training for the 2020 Olympics.

    This is the  inspiring story of how one woman saved fellow refugees from drowning--and how she went on to become an Olympic swimmer.

    When young Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini realized her boat's engine shut down as she was traveling from Syria to Greece with other refugees, there was no hesitation: she dove into the water. Surfacing, she heard desperate prayers and sobbing from the passengers in the sinking boat above her. Between the waves, her elder sister Sarah screamed at her to get back on the boat. But Mardini was determined. She was not going to let Sarah do this alone. Grabbing the rope with one hand, she began kicking up the black water, inching the boat towards the distant shore.

    This bold act of bravery saved the lives of a boatload of refugees heading to Turkey from Syria. After her arrival in Greece, Mardini, focused and undeterred, worked toward a lifelong goal: to compete in the Olympics. She succeeded, and competed in 2016 on the Refugee Olympic Team in Rio de Janeiro.

    Butterfly tells her story, from Syria to the Olympics to her current work with the UN as a Goodwill Ambassador. Mardini is eager to tell her story in the hopes that readers will remember that refugees are ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, chased from their homes by a devastating war. In today's political climate, this story is guaranteed to inspire and educate readers from every background.

    "War, for all its atrocities, is punctuated by instances of unfathomable human spirit and grace. Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini's story is a prime example. Butterfly recounts this Syrian refugee's extraordinary tale of bravery, survival, and winsome, never-give-up moxie. It is impossible not to be won over by Yusra, who once swam for her life at sea and is now fighting for the dignity and wellbeing of countless refugees like her whose lives have been upturned by war". -- Khaled Hossein

    The Science of Superheroes: The Secrets Behind Speed, Strength, Flight, Evolution, and More

    By: Mark Brake
    Image result for 9781631582110Location: NF 500 BRA
    Genre: Science Nerd- super heroes stuff

    The concept of the superhero has permeated our culture. They fascinate their fans with their incredible superhuman abilities and impressive technology. But do you ever wonder if any of it is plausible or rooted in fact? Enter The Science of Superheroes, which address more than fifty topics that span the worlds of your favorite superheroes and villains. Explore and examine their amazing abilities and fantastic gadgets with a detailed scientific lens. The scientific questions examined within this book include: -Can an Iron Man suit be made? -How does Thor's hammer work? -Could any known forms of radiation cause superpowers? -How many calories does Superman need each day? -Could you cross a Lamborghini and a hummer to make the Batmobile Tumbler? -And many more! Whether you're a movie or comic buff, this book is certain to entertain and open your eyes to the truth behind these amazing characters

    Wednesday, August 8, 2018

    Reincarnation Blues

    By: Michale Poore
    Image result for 9780399178504Location: FIC POO
    Genre: Sci Fi- Fantasy Humour

    A wildly imaginative novel about a man who is reincarnated over ten thousand lifetimes to be with his one true love: Death herself.

    “The most fun you’ll have reading about a man who has been killed by both catapult and car accident.”—NPR

    “This book made me laugh out loud. And then a page later, it made me sob. Reminiscent of Tom Robbins and Christopher Moore, Poore finds humor in the dark absurdities of life.”—Chicago Review of Books

    “Charming . . . surprisingly light and uplifting . . . It reads like a writer having fun.”—New York Journal of Books

    First we live. Then we die. And then . . . we get another try?

    Ten thousand tries, to be exact. Ten thousand lives to "get it right." Answer all the Big Questions. Achieve Wisdom. And Become One with Everything.

    Milo has had 9,995 chances so far and has just five more lives to earn a place in the cosmic soul. If he doesn't make the cut, oblivion awaits. But all Milo really wants is to fall forever into the arms of Death. Or Suzie, as he calls her.

    More than just Milo's lover throughout his countless layovers in the Afterlife, Suzie is literally his reason for living--as he dives into one new existence after another, praying for the day he'll never have to leave her side again.

    But Reincarnation Blues is more than a great love story: Every journey from cradle to grave offers Milo more pieces of the great cosmic puzzle--if only he can piece them together in time to finally understand what it means to be part of something bigger than infinity. As darkly enchanting as the works of Neil Gaiman and as wisely hilarious as Kurt Vonnegut's, Michael Poore's Reincarnation Blues is the story of everything that makes life profound, beautiful, absurd, and heartbreaking.

    Because it's more than Milo and Suzie's story. It's your story, too.

    “The longer she lived in San Viejo, the more she appreciated the kind of things that went with living. Like having a window open when you slept, and grass, and tortillas. Being happy when people came to visit, and being happy when they left. The way certain things felt wonderful when you held them in your hands: a book, an ax, a baby, a beer, a big-ass pile of M&M’s.”
    ― Michael Poore, Reincarnation Blues