Book Trailer: Monster by Michael Grant

Calling all GONE fans – are you ready to get excited – there are going to be three new books set in the same world as the Gone Series – starting with MONSTER!!!!!!

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Title: Monster
Series: Gone #7
Author: Michael Grant
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Publication Date: 19 Oct 2017

Synopsis from Goodreads

MICHAEL GRANT’S ACTION-PACKED AND MUCH ANTICIPATED NEW BOOK, SET IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE BESTSELLING GONE SERIES.

When the dome came down, they thought it was the end of the troubles. Truth is, it was just the beginning.

Shade Darby witnessed events that day, with devastating consequences, and vowed never to feel that powerless again. Now, four years later, she gets her hands on a part of the meteor that began it all – and that’s when she changes.

Trouble is, Shade’s not the only one mutating, and the authorities cannot allow these superpowers to go unchecked . . .

First of an explosive three-book young adult series. Once again Michael Grant creates a compelling young cast of new characters for readers to love, hate and debate, as well as a host of unimaginable creatures. This happily stands alone from the GONE series, while also featuring some fan-pleasing appearances from previous FAYZ inhabitants.

Michael Grant lives in San Francisco with his wife, Katherine Applegate, and has written over 150 books – with Katherine, as himself, under pseudonyms and as a ghostwriter. He is best know for the international multi-million-selling young adult six-book GONE series: GONE, HUNGER, LIES, PLAGUE, FEAR and LIGHT.

Book Trailer: House of Furies by Madeleine Roux

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Title: House of Furies
Series: House of Furies #1
Author: Madeleine Roux
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: 30 May 2017

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An all-new gothic horror series from the New York Times bestselling author of Asylum.

After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved.

Louisa begins to fear for a young man named Lee who is not like the other guests. He is charismatic and kind, and Louisa knows that it may be up to her to save him from an untimely judgment. But in this house of distortions and lies, how can Louisa be sure whom to trust?

Featuring stunning interior illustrations from artist Iris Compiet, plus photo-collages that bring Coldthistle House to chilling life, House of Furies invites readers to a world where the line between monsters and men is ghostly thin.

Book Trailer: Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

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Title: Skulduggery Pleasant
Series: Skulduggery Pleasant
Author: Derek Landy
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 2007

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Stephanie’s uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn’t fiction. Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source – the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard.

Book Trailer: Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman

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Title: Cinnamon
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Publication Date: May 2017

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A talking tiger is the only one who may be able to get a princess to speak in this beautiful picture book set in a mythic India by Newbery Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, illustrated in bold colors by Divya Srinivasan.

Previously available only as an audio book, Cinnamon has never been published in print before, and Divya Srinivasan’s lush artwork brings Neil Gaiman’s text to life.

This stunning picture book will transport readers to another time and place and will delight parents and children alike.

May the 4th Be With You

In celebration of the awesomeness that is Star Wars May the 4th is internationally recognised as Stars Wars Day.

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A great way to jon in the fun is by trying some of the Star Wars reads from DK Publishing.

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To view the full range of amazing Star Wars Reads available please visit the DK website HERE

Review: The Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

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Title: Messenger of Fear
Series: Messenger of Fear #1
Author: Michael Grant
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Publication Date: 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

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I remembered my name – Mara. But, standing in that ghostly place, faced with the solemn young man in the black coat with silver skulls for buttons, I could recall nothing else about myself.

And then the games began.

The Messenger sees the darkness in young hearts, and the damage it inflicts upon the world. If they go unpunished, he offers the wicked a game. Win, and they can go free. Lose, and they will live out their greatest fear.

But what does any of this have to do with Mara? She is about to find out . . .

REVIEW BY RHYS – Year 9

I didn’t have any idea what to expect from Messenger of Fear. When it comes to Michael Grant I usually expect violence and deaths, mature content, insane characters and a roller coaster ride of emotions. 

The first 1/3 of this book I felt unsure about where the story was heading, it was quite misleading. I did enjoy the story right from the start and was intrigued by the mysterious boy, the Messenger of Fear.

The story took off in the typical Michael Grant style I love  – bloody, gory, shocking and extreme!!!!!

The character of the Messenger of Fear was mysterious and interesting, a broken soul, and I wanted to know everything about him. Mara, the Messenger’s Apprentice,  was even more mysterious though because as we know next to nothing about her, even though the story is from her point of view. 

Besides the Messenger’s wicked games and his harsh judgment that leads to exciting and often fearful events. The story also made me curious about discovering the background details to Mara’s story. I wanted to  find out why she was the Messenger’s apprentice. These details add to the compelling nature of the plot, it induces you to rush through the book to the point it keeps you up all night in anticipation of uncovering the details you so desperately crave.

I will say Mara’s story comes with an awesome twist!

Even though Messenger and Mara have their shadowy pasts and I wanted to uncover their secrets get behind that, It was all the other characters we get to read about, which I really cared about or caused certain feels. I can imagine that after the end with its surprising revelation, I’m going to care more about Mara in the next book though.

This book The Messenger of Fear is not just a story about Fear and thrill shock value to make this story as exciting as possible. It also deals with interesting and important themes such as bullying. Bullying is a large part of this story and even though I’ve read multiple books about bullying before and have seen it happen in real life, it still made me speechless to see what people are capable of, what they do to other people to feel better, to deal with their own problems. In my opinion, Michael Grant did a great job of dealing with this topic, sending the right message and showing all the different perspectives of the people involved.

The other theme that I think is very interesting within the narrative is that of guilt and bad behaviour in general. It’s about people who drive other people into doing things but will never be judged for it, never be convicted for what they did. I enjoyed reading about this a lot, being in Mara’s head and thinking about these kinds of things.

Messenger of Fear is a dark story that though could have been even darker in my opinion. It’s a great start of a new series though and I hope that the next books will have even more characters that have to play the Messenger’s wicked games.

Review: Escape by Jeff Povey

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Title: Escape 
Series: Realms #3
Author: Jeff Povey
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Childrens UK
Publication Date: 23 March 2017
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5/5

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Get ready for another page-turning adventure as the gripping trilogy from Jeff Povey draws to a close!

REVIEW BY CERYS – YEAR 9

Escape is the third book in the ‘Shift’ series, and it just blows you away with epic but relatable characters, and awesome action, all set in a slightly different take on a modern-day city. The story is told from two perspectives, both from the point of view of Reva, your average school teenager in a really tricky situation.

One part of the story continues the tale of the gang stuck in the alternate earth with their terrifyingly evil doppelgangers, trying to find their way back to their own universe using Revs’ fathers’ plans. The other is Rev’s story in the upsetting universe she finds herself in, trying to make friends and escape, changing the world slightly. How do these stories link together? Will they ever find their way home? Find out in this wicked story which will stay with you even after the final page.

My favourite character has got to be GG as he is so fabulous, with a witty sense of humour and great fashion sense. My favourite part is towards the end- specifically the chapter ‘Reunion’ but I won’t spoil it for you!

The narration from Rev’s perspective was good, but I think that either 3rd person or switching points of view between the gang could’ve been more exciting. The plot was really intense and thrilling, but I was majorly confused at the different stories told in alternating chapters, as I just found it hard to understand. I loved the multi-universe concept for the series- I found it really interesting and it almost seemed realistic!

Jeff Povey creates such awesome, relatable characters teenagers my age can really relate with, and his modern-day setting near London was really easy to visualise. Everything made sense, and the ending was awesome. The last page made me laugh out loud!

I would recommend this book to any lovers of the Gone series or the Zeroes series. I would love to read more of Jeff Povey’s books and cannot wait to see what he has in store next!

Event: Laini Taylor Signing – Cardiff

As part of the book tour to publicise her new book Strange the Dreamer, Laini Taylor is coming to CARDIFF!!!!!

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STRANGE THE DREAMER

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

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Book Trailer: Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

Looking for a good villian – look no further!!!

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Title: Queen of Hearts
Series: Queen of Hearts Saga #1
Author: Colleen Oakes
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 2016

Synopsis from Goodreads

Only queens with hearts can bleed.

This is not the story of the Wonderland we know. Alice has not fallen down a rabbit hole. There is no all-knowing cat with a taunting smile. This is a Wonderland where beneath each smile lies a secret, each tart comes with a demand, and only prisoners tell the truth.

Dinah is the princess who will one day reign over Wonderland. She has not yet seen the dark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father’s approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into Wonderland’s dangerous political game. Dinah must stay one step ahead of her cunning enemies or she’ll lose not just the crown but her head.

Evil is brewing in Wonderland and maybe, most frighteningly, in Dinah herself.

This is not a story of happily ever after.

This is the story of the Queen of Hearts.

Book Trailer: Charlotte Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro

ARE YOU HAVING SHERLOCK WITHDRAWAL THEN TRY THE CHARLOTTE HOLMES SERIES BY BRITTANY CAVALLARO

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Title: A Study in Charlotte
Series: Charlotte Holmes #1
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Publication Date: March 2016

Synopsis from Goodreads

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

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Title: The Last of August
Series: Charlotte Holmes #2
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Publication Date: Feb 2017

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Watson and Holmes: A match made in disaster.

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter-break reprieve after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But Charlotte isn’t the only Holmes with secrets, and the mood at her family’s Sussex estate is palpably tense. On top of everything else, Holmes and Watson could be becoming more than friends—but still, the darkness in Charlotte’s past is a wall between them.

A distraction arises soon enough, because Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring. The game is afoot once again, and Charlotte is single-minded in her pursuit.

Their first stop? Berlin. Their first contact? August Moriarty (formerly Charlotte’s obsession, currently believed by most to be dead), whose powerful family has been ripping off famous paintings for the last hundred years. But as they follow the gritty underground scene in Berlin to glittering art houses in Prague, Holmes and Watson begin to realize that this is a much more complicated case than a disappearance. Much more dangerous, too.

What they learn might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.