Review: Picture Me Gone

Picture Me Gone

Title: Picture Me Gone
Author: Meg Rosoff

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? Mila is on a roadtrip across the USA with her father. They are looking for his best friend but Mila discovers a more important truth. Sometimes the act of searching reveals more than the final discovery can. Adults do not have all the answers. It all depends what questions you ask.

 
(Blurb taken from Goodreads.com)

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Review: Vivian Versus the Apocalypse

Vivian Versus the Apocalypse

Title: Vivian Versus the Apocalypse
Author: Katie Coyle

Who’s it for? mid-older teens

What’s it about? The Rapture has arrived. That’s right the Rapture. Not that Vivian Apple believes in the Rapture, but it’s hard to ignore the two holes in her parents bedroom ceiling when she returns home the day after the big event. Things descend into chaos from there as Vivian and her best friend Harp set off across America to find the truth, because the Rapture was just the beginning…
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Review: Cracked

Cracked - The Soul Eater Series 1

Title: Cracked
Author: Eliza Crewe
Series:  The Soul Eater (Book One)

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? Meda is a monster. She’s not sure of specifics beyond the fact she kills people and eats their souls. Her mum died two years ago and since then, Meda’s been living off the souls of murderers, brought to her attention by the ghosts of the people they killed. But when 3 men in suits attempt to kill her, with powers the same as her own, Meda is inadvertently drawn into the war between good and evil.

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Review: All Our Yesterdays

All Our Yesterdays

Title: All Our Yesterdays
Author: Cristin Terrill

Published: 1st August 2013

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? Em and Finn are kept in cells, tortured for information by the Doctor, forced to communicate with each other through the wall. But that all changes when Em finds a note, from herself, in her cell that gives her a new mission. She has to go back in time and kill the boy.

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Review: Crown of Midnight

Crown of Midnight

Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass (Read Book 1 first! Otherwise y’know, spoilers. Book 2, read review for Book 1 here.)

Published: 15th August 2013

Who’s it for? Teen!

What’s it about? Celaena is now the King’s Champion and has already been dispatched on numerous assignments. But she’s playing a very dangerous game, one that could easily have her killed. The bright points in her life are her friends and her love. Yet as certain events and bits of information start coming to light Celaena could lose everything, everyone, that’s she’s ever held dear. She cannot have it all. She has a secret she has revealed to no one. One that could have lasting, damning consequences. Now she must choose.

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Review: Vortex

Vortex - Insignia Trilogy

Title: Vortex

Author: S.J. Kincaid
Series: Insignia (Book 2, see review for Book 1 here)
Who’s it for? Teens
What’s it about? Vortex picks up a little while after Insignia finished off, with Tom spending the summer away from the Spire. But he’s soon back for his second year which brings with it greater responsibilities and more pressure on future careers as combatants. Yet friendships are pushed to breaking point as old mistakes and new threats promise to cost Tom everything.

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Review: The Rithmatist

The Rithmatist

Title: The Rithmatist
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series:

Who’s it for? Teens, although actually I can’t see why the 9-12s wouldn’t enjoy it too.

What’s it about? Joel is fascinated by the art of Rithmatics – with its lines of power and ability to bring chalk drawings to life – but only a few have the gift and he is not one of them. When Rithmatic students from Joel’s school start disappearing, he is keen to investigate.

Since he’s not a Rithmatist, Joel seems to be safe – but others are dying. Can he find the killer before the killer realizes just what a threat Joel really is?

(Blurb taken from the book)
 

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Review: Stray

Stray - Stray

Title: Stray
Author: Monica Hesse

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? Lona Sixteen Always is a Pather – one of a group of children who spend their lives on ‘Path’ – living vicariously through the life experiences of Julian with only an hour each day to be themselves. There is no self in the Path. There is only ‘we’. But when Lona is abruptly wrenched off path by her old friend Fenn she discovers her own sense of individuality, what it means to be ‘I’ instead of ‘we’, yet there is a shocking consequence for straying off Path, one that could cost her everything.

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Review: Rose Under Fire

Rose Under Fire

Title: Rose Under Fire
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Series: Companion to Code Name Verity.

Who’s it for?  Teens

What’s it about? While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück the notorious women’s concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that’s in store for her?

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Review: Noble Conflict

The Noble Conflict - with Exclusive Extra Chapter

Title: Noble Conflict
Author: Malorie Blackman

Who’s it for? Teens, mid to older teens.

What’s it about? From the war to end all wars a society based on peace has arisen, one at odds with the evil Insurgent rebels who want to take back the land they lost during the war. Kaspar Wilding is one of the new recruits to the peacekeeping force; the Guardians, whose main objective is to keep the population safe from the rebels without taking a single life.

But when Kaspar has a chance, brutal, encounter with one of the Insurgents, Rhea, he slowly begins to realise that the truth is vastly different from what he’s been told, and what the Guardians are really fighting for.

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