Saturday, 13 February 2010

Not the End of the World...

The animals went in two by two...
Everyone has heard the story of the Ark at least once: Noah, his sons and wife, all travelling happily on top of the world's greatest disaster.
But were they really happy? Of course not. The animals all hooting, yowling. Having to look after them while they hunt each other...
The Ark's animals and passengers are being slowly driven crazy by lack of space and light. Timna - Noah's only daughter - cannot watch her neighbours dying, drowning. So, when she saves a life, defying God and her father, she knows there is no going back. If she is discovered, there will be nowhere to run - only death... An amazing, scary and addictive novel with a shocking twist at the end - a brilliant book!
Age Group: 12+
Series: None
Author: Geraldine McCaughrean

Friday, 12 February 2010

Wolf Brother...

Torak, a young boy from the Wolf Clan, sees his father die - killed by a demon in the shape of a giant bear. He knows then that he must bring revenge down; on the demons that overshadow the forests and their people.
But how? Torak is alone, with only the company of an orphaned wolf cub to help him track down the mountain where the demon lies.
But, who is sending the demons? Why are they here? Their intention seems only to kill... yet someone is behind this evil. As Torak sets off on this great journey, he knows he must uncover the secret and rid his people of evil once and for all...
Set 6000 years ago, 'Wolf Brother' is a gripping and adventurous novel for all. A fantastic read!
I'm not reviewing the rest of the series - what happens next is for you to find out!
Age group: 7+
Series: 'Wolf Brother' is the first book in the series of 'The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness'. The next books are: 'Spirit Walker', 'Soul Eater', 'Outcast', 'Oath Breaker', and 'Ghost Hunter.
Author: Michelle Paver

Wednesday, 3 February 2010


Will wakes up in hospital. He can't remember - there was a crash, yes, but before; what was his life like? Who was he?
As Will struggles to uncover the secrets of his past, he realises there is something wrong with the village where he lives. Who is the ghostly girl he keeps imagining? Who is Muck, the mysterious homeless child?
Will realises that something terrible has happened here. But what? And who are the strange, masked figures who try to assassinate him? What has he done wrong? As he comes closer and closer to the distant memories, his life comes closer and closer to ending...
Read this thrilling mystery that will send shivers down your spine and spiders crawling up your arms...

Age group:12+
Series: No series
Author: Tim Bowler

Frozen Fire...

Dusty, a young teenage girl, is at home late at night when she gets a strange phone call from an unknown boy. Okay, so it's new year's night - there should be lots of prank calls. But somehow, the boy's pleading seems quite real. Is he really trying to kill himself? But when Dusty sets out to help, she finds herself in a lot more trouble than she had bargained for. She hears disturbing rumours and is accused of crime. She finds herself being chased across the city by thugs and the police, all the while trying to solve the mysteries of the strange boy and her beloved brother's sudden disappearance.
And what does the strange boy know about it?
An amazing and disturbing story with a sharp twist at the end - a must-read!
Age group:12+
Series: No series
Author: Tim Bowler

A Series of Unfortunate Events...

A Bad Beginning: The 3 siblings, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, lead a wonderful life - that is, until the day this book starts; it all goes downhill from here...
The three children are told the terrible news that their parents are dead - they died in a fire which destroyed their entire home. The three Baudelaire children - orphans, now - are sent to live with a distant cousin; Count Olaf. Count Olaf is cruel to the children: he makes them do all the chores and orders them about constantly. But the children begin to realise that Count Olaf and the fire (that killed their parents) are more connected than it may seem. As the orphans work to discover the mystery of their parents' death, their lives are at stake...
Read about Violet, Klaus and Sunny on their hardships to find a home once again.
There's no review for the other 12 books, in case I spoil the end of the first one!
Age group: 8+ (although it involves murder it's nothing too bad, don't worry)
Series: 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' is (hence the name) a series; it involves 13 books: 'A Bad Beginning', 'The Reptile Room', 'The Wide Window',
'The Miserable Mill', 'The Austere Academy', 'The Ersatz Elevator', 'The Vile Village', 'The Hostile Hospital', 'The Carnivorous Carnival', 'The Slippery Slope', 'The Grim Grotto', 'The Penultimate Peril', 'The End'.

Author: Lemony Snicket
The Twilight Saga...

Twilight: When Bella Swan (17 years old) moves in with her dad in the drab town of Forks, she thinks that life couldn't get any worse. Rain constantly falls, the sun never shines. But when she starts at her new school, her entire life begins to change...
For there, she meets the Cullens; 5 fostered teenagers who are'nt actually related - and yet, they all seem indescribably beautiful - especially Edward. Bella feels attracted to the mysterious teenager almost instantly, although he seems to avoid her. There's something different about the Cullens...and as Bella digs deeper to uncover their secret, she finds herself in more and more danger...
A stunning and addicting romance that will keep you glued to the pages.

I'm not reviewing the other books - I don't want to ruin the ending of the first!
Age group:12+
Series: 'The Twilight Saga' consists of 4 books:
'Twilight', 'New Moon', 'Eclipse', 'Breaking Dawn'.
Author: Stephenie Meyer


Knife: The Oak - a massive tree, which used to be home to hundreds of faeries; yet now there are less than 40 left. Why? The Silence: a deadly desease which is spreading fast throughout the remaining faeries. Bryony, a young faery hunter, is terrified by the silence - but also wishes she knew what causes it.
The Oakenfolk (Bryony's clan) are restricted from coming into contact with humans. But as Bryony's curiosity grows, so does her desire to leave the Oak and enter the human world...

Enter the world of the faeries in this stunning action and young romance.
I won't tell you about the next books, because I don't want to spoil the first!

Age Group: 10+ (the romance is completely suitable)
Series: 'Knife' is in an unnamed series, which includes 'Rebel' and 'Arrow'.
Author: R J Anderson
His Dark Materials...

Northern Lights: The story is set in a parallel world to ours - a world where our souls live outside our bodies in the form of an animal. Lyra Belaqua, and her daemon (soul), Pantalaimon, live at Jordan college. Lyra longs to travel to the North, and when Mrs Coulter provides the perfect chance, Lyra and Pantalaimon snatch it. But in the area where Lyra lives, children are beginning to disappear. Rumours of the 'Gobblers' spread. What are the Gobblers doing? And what has Mrs Coulter got to do with them?
Join Lyra and Pantalaimon in their amazing adventure to the North.

I'm not going to do a review for the other 2 books, because I don't want to spoil the endings of the first!

Age group: 9+ (though there are quite a few hard words)
Series: 'His Dark Materials' is a series, consisting of 3 books - 'Northern Lights',
'The Subtle Knife', 'The Amber Spyglass'.
Author: Philip Pullman