Day Twenty-Two Review: Shift

Shift

Title: Shift
Author: Kim Curran
Series: Shift (Book One)

Who’s it for? Teens.

What’s it about? Scott Tyler is somewhat of a loser. He’s sixteen, his parents fight all the time , his sister Katie beats him at everything and his only friend is Hugo. But when he makes an ill advised climb he discovers he’s a “shifter”. Shifters can change reality, can change decisions already made – but not without consequences.
And when you’re not the only one with this power … it can blur the lines between right, wrong and who you can really trust.

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Day Twenty-One Review: Skinny

Skinny

Title: Skinny
Author: Donna Cooner

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? Ever Davies is fifteen and weighs three hundred and two pounds. She’s miserable, trapped in her own body and taunted daily by the comments of others and the insults from that voice in her head: Skinny. But when she finally decides to take control of her weight she learns there’s more to it than just changing the physical… especially with Skinny whispering in her ear.

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Day Twenty Review: Zombies Don’t Cry

Zombies Don't Cry

Title: Zombies Don’t Cry
Author: Rusty Fischer
Series: A Living Dead Love Story (Book One)

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? Maddy is perfectly normal, with perfectly normal concerns like “does that hot new guy like me?” and “how can I get my best mate to stop thinking our class is cursed when 3 girls have already died?” But then when sneaking out one night, Maddy is struck by lightning and wakes up hours later to discover a distinct lack of heartbeat and warmth – oh, and a craving for brains.

But this isn’t the only problem in her life as it turns out she might not be the only member of the undead attending the local high school…

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Day Nineteen Review: Deadlands

Deadlands

Title: Deadlands
Author: Lily Herne

Series: Mall Rats

Who’s it aimed at? Teens.
What’s it about? The book is set 10 years on from the fallout of the Zombie Apocalypse in South Africa. It’s told from the point of view of Lele de la Fontein, who, along with her brother Jobe is being forced to move back to the city enclave to live with her father and her stepmother. But the Rotters (zombies) are only a hairs-breadth away from the city walls in the Deadlands, kept at bay only by the mysterious Guardians, who demand a high price for protecting the human survivors.

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Day Eighteen Review: The Killables

The Killables

Title: The Killables
Author:  Gemma Malley
Series: The Killables (Book One)

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? The City is a haven of good people, abiding by the System that protects them, labels them so that all know how they fare against evil and temptation. Evie is a B, but is tormented by thoughts she knows she shouldn’t have, dreams – good dreams – that feel more like memories, and a love that would destroy both their lives if it were to be discovered.

But the City has lied, the System is flawed, and evil is not what she’s been led to believe…

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Day Seventeen Review: Legend

Legend - Legend

Title: Legend
Author: Marie Lu
Series: Legend (Book One)

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? Day is a wanted criminal. But anonymity has kept him safe ever since he turned to a life of crime. His skills allow him to live on the streets to provide for himself, young tag-a-long Tess and for his family – all of whom think he’s dead save for his older brother.
June is a rising star in the Republic, a prodigy, living a good life till her brother is murdered by Day. She vows to track him down and bring him to justice.
But not everything is what it seems.

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Day Sixteen Review: Insurgent

Insurgent - Divergent 2

Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent (Book Two, click here for book one review)

Who’s it for? Teens, the slightly older end of the category too.

What’s it about? Picking up where Divergent left off, Tris finds herself having to navigate her way through a world gone mad in the wake of the brutal attack that devastated the factions. Half mad with grief and guilt she can’t stop to deal with any of it – and she may yet have to sacrifice more to uncover the truth.
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Day Fifteen Review: Partials

Partials
Title: Partials
Author: Dan Wells
Series: Partials
 
Who’s it for? Teens, older teens.
What’s it about? Humanity went to war. But they didn’t fight the war themselves, no, they created the Partials who eventually turned on their creators. The war was brutal and the end was brought about by a virus that killed off 99.9% of the population.
It’s been eleven years since that day and the survivors are stuck in an endless cycle of death – the RM virus is still active and kills off all newborn babies within three to four days of them being born. Kira is desperate to cure the virus once and for all, but little does she realise the consequences of her research…

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Day Fourteen Review: Divergent

Divergent - Divergent 1

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent (Book One)

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? To save the people their land was split into five groups, each group with its own lifestyle choices and ways of living. On their sixteenth birthday, each teenager is expected to choose which of these groups they will live in forever. But for Tris, her choice will have consequences she could never have imagined as society starts to crumble around them.

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Day Thirteen Review: Maggot Moon

Maggot Moon
Title: Maggot Moon
Author: Sally Gardner
Who’s it for? Teens
What’s it about? Standish Treadwell can’t read or write but that doesn’t make him stupid. Stuck under the thumb of a ruthless regime where people can disappear – be erased – without a single word, he and his Gramps are just trying to survive. But when his best friend Hector and his family are taken, Standish knows its time to take a stand.

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