Book Trailer: ROAR by Cora Carmack

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Title: ROAR
Series: Stormheart #1
Author: Cora Carmack
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: 13 June 2017

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In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

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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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