Review: Boy Nobody

Boy Nobody

Title: Boy Nobody
Author: Allen Zadoff
Series: Boy Nobody (Book One)

Who’s it for? Teens – older teens.

What’s it about? It’s about the perfect assassin. A teenage boy, forever the new boy, who near seamlessly makes himself part of the mark’s life. Interacting with them till he can enter their home and make a quick kill of the real target – potentially his new friend’s parent. But this mission…this mission is different. The timescale is smaller and memories are surfacing of his past life.


Review: Playing Tyler

Playing Tyler

Title: Playing Tyler
Author: T. L. Costa

Release Date: 4th July 2013

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

What’s it about? When is a game not a game?

Tyler MacCandless can’t focus, even when he takes his medication. He can’t focus on school, on his future, on a book, on much of anything other than taking care of his older brother, Brandon, who’s in rehab for heroin abuse… again.

Tyler’s dad is dead and his mom has mentally checked out. The only person he can really count on is his Civilian Air Patrol Mentor, Rick. The one thing in life it seems he doesn’t suck at is playing video games, and, well, that’s probably not going to get him into college.

Just when it seems like his future is on a collision course with a life sentence at McDonald’s, Rick asks him to test a video game. If his score’s high enough, it could earn him a place in flight school and win him the future he was certain that he could never have. And when he falls in love with the game’s designer, the legendary gamer Ani, Tyler thinks his life might finally be turning around.

That is, until Brandon goes MIA from rehab and Tyler and Ani discover that the game is more than it seems. Now Tyler will have to figure out what’s really going on in time to save his brother… and prevent his own future from going down in flames.

(Blurb taken from Goodreads)
What’s good about it? The character voices is this are close to perfect. Tyler’s voice is beautifully done and so very different to Ani’s. In fact, the segments from Tyler’s perspective actually had me reading faster – it’s so well done and his ADHD comes across without needing to continuously mention it every five seconds. Seriously, it’s a great example of show not tell.


Review: The Savages

The Savages

Title: The Savages
Author: Matt Whyman

Published: 6th June 2013

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? The Savages are a close knit family of, ahem, “evolved eaters” with a major obsession with food. Unusual food. So much so that Sasha Savage, the eldest daughter, risks her parents wrath when she starts dating, horror of horrors, a vegetarian. To outsiders they’re normal, but behind closed doors the Savages hide a dark, dark secret – but when Vernon English, private detective, starts looking into their lives … threatening to stumble upon their secret love for human flesh.


Day Thirty-One Review: Paper Aeroplanes

Paper Aeroplanes - Paper Aeroplanes

Title: Paper Aeroplanes
Author: Dawn O’Porter

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? It’s 1994 in Guernsey. Flo is friends with the domineering, horrible Sally, whilst Renee tags along with Carly and Gem. They weren’t really supposed to be friends but Renee and Flo are united by their unseen similarities and events beyond their control. It’s the power of friendship at a time when anything can happen.


Day Twenty-Eight Review: Seraphina


Title: Seraphina
Author: Rachel Hartman
Series: Seraphina (Book One)

Who’s it for? Teens 🙂

What’s it about? For decades an extremely fragile peace has existed between humans and dragons, but in the run up to the signing of a new treaty the Crown Prince is killed in circumstances that seem awfully like the dragons had a hand in it.
In the midst of this is Seraphina, a gifted musician and the daughter of a dragon and a human. Forced to hide her true lineage she is nonetheless drawn into the investigation into the murder and along the way uncovers a much darker plot … one that threatens everything.


Day Twenty-Seven Review: Gone


Title: Gone
Author: Michael Grant
Series: Gone (Book One)

Who’s it for: Teens, older teens  – heed the cruelty and violence warning on the back!

What’s it about? On a seemingly ordinary day in Perdido Beach without warning all people aged 15 and over disappear. They disappear almost as if they never existed in the first place, leaving behind every child aged 14 and below. Thrown into a world of uncertainty factions begin to form and a dark, terrifying power begins to rise…


Day Twenty-Five Review: Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass (Book One)

Who’s it for? Teen

What’s it about? Celaena Sardothien is the greatest assassin in the land. But after being betrayed and captured she has spent the past year working in the salt mines of Endovier – a death camp. So when the charismatic Prince Dorian says he wants her to represent him in the contest to become the King’s Champion she jumps at the chance. However, her opponents are thieves, thugs and assassins in their own right and a great evil stands in her way.


Day Twenty-Four Review: Sabriel


Title: Sabriel
Author: Garth Nix
Series: Old Kingdom (Book One)

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? Sabriel has always lived far away from the Wall that separates them from the Old Kingdom – a wild and dangerous place where the Free Magic can be accessed by Charter Mages with greater ease. Her father is the Abhorsen, a powerful man capable of undoing the wrongs wrought by Necromancers, and sending the Dead back into death. He trains Sabriel in the ways of the Abhorsen, but she never truly felt like she would have to use that knowledge.

Until her father goes missing. Leaving all safety behind Sabriel heads for the Old Kingdom to find him, little knowing what evil awaits her…


Day Twenty-One Review: 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.


Day Nineteen Review: 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.