Archive for the ‘young adult’ Category

Unexpected. Unrequited. Forbidden. Eternal. Everyone has their own love story.

And in a twist of fate, four extraordinary love stories combine over the course of a romantic Valentine’s Day in Medieval England. Miles and Shelby find love where they least expect it. Roland learns a painful lesson about finding-and losing love. Arianne pays the price for a love so fierce it burns. And for the first -and last- time, Daniel and Luce will spend a night together like none other.

Lauren Kate’s FALLEN IN LOVE is filled with love stories . . . the ones everyone has been waiting for.

True love never says goodbye . . .

Fallen in love: Fallen #3.5

Lauren Kate

Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Maree

More tales from the world of the Fallen.

You really have to be a fan of the series to want or need to read tales of Miles, Shelby, Roland, Arriane, Luce and Daniel finding love on Valentine’s Day in Medieval England. This is fluff. Good decent fluff of the Fallen series but fluff.

If you are not familiar with the universe this book will not make a lot of sense, it gives a little bit of background for some characters, like how Arriane got her scars but that’s all.

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Discovered picking pockets at Coxford’s Corn Market, fourteen year old Sin is hunted across the city. Caught by the enigmatic Eldritch Moons, Sin is offered a way out of his life of crime: join the Covert Operations Group (COG) and train to become a spy. At Lenheim Palace, Sin learns spy craft while trying not to break the school’s Cast-Iron Rules. Befriended by eccentric Zonda Chubb, together they endeavour to unmask a traitor causing havoc within the palace. After an assassination attempt on the founder of COG, Sin realises that someone closest to him could be the traitor. With no other option, Sin is forced into an uneasy alliance with the school bully, Velvet Von Darque.

But can he trust her? And will COG try to bury him with the secrets he discovers? Secrets, spies and steampunk gadgets abound in this fantastic adventure story!

The Traitor and the Thief

Gareth Ward

Published by Walker Books Australia

Purchased at Conclave 3

Reviewed by Jacqui Smith

I am not sure what I was expecting when I embarked on this young adult novel, but it wasn’t a steampunk school story. It doesn’t start out that way… It starts out with a boy named Sin, who is just another street kid in an alternate England. Or so it seems. Then he’s caught and sent to a school for young spies, tasked to find the traitor in their midst. And it all goes down from there… deep into intrigue and dark and dastardly goings on.

I loved the word-play, and the way the author uses language to give each of the main characters a distinct voice. The world is well-realised, better than many steam-punk fantasies I’ve come across. And the plot rollicks on at a cracking pace. It’s a fun book, and I’m certain that many a young reader would enjoy it immensely. This book definitely deserved its SJV, and I look forward to seeing more from Gareth.

A moving novel about learning to find happiness in the face of uncertainty and discovering a love that transcends the boundary between life and death.

Seventeen-year-old Alex Byrd is about to have the worst day of her life, and the best. A routine blood test that will reveal her leukaemia has returned, but she also meets Jamie Orange.

Some people believe in love at first sight, and some don’t.
I believe in love in four days.
I believe in falling.
Both teenagers have big dreams, but also big obstacles to overcome.

‘Promise me you won’t try to die,’ I said. ‘Ever.’
‘Promise me you won’t either,’ he countered.
‘It’s not really something I can control.’

Catch me when you fall

Eileen Merriman

Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Maree

Alex is 17, her leukaemia has returned, and she is falling in love with Jamie Orange. Set in Christchurch, this is a young adult novel of first love. cancer and bi polar disorder.

Yes Alex and Jamie fall in love fast, not only are they teenagers with a teen sense of living in the moment but they don’t have time for a long drawn out romance. Really they ….don’t.

Which makes this book all the more poignant. When you could be dead tomorrow, plus you are a teenager, plus you battle depression; all life becomes one explosive powder keg!

Such a moving story.  I emptied a box of tissues but am glad I read it.  It’s very well written and deals with mental illness sensitively and honestly.

With the Prime Destinations body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn’t want to do. Like hurt someone she loves.

Having the chip removed could save Callie’s life – but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father. Callie has flashes of her ex-renter Helena’s memories, too . . . and the Old Man is back, filling her with fear. Who is real and who is masquerading in a teen body?

With the Prime Destinations body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn’t want to do. Like hurt someone she loves.

Having the chip removed could save Callie’s life – but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father. Callie has flashes of her ex-renter Helena’s memories, too . . . and the Old Man is back, filling her with fear. Who is real and who is masquerading in a teen body?

Enders: Starters #2

Lissa Price

Random House

Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Maree

There has been a horrible war where the US has fell victim to a terrible biological attack, where only the elderly and young have been vaccinated. Callie is forced to make some tough decisions when an offer to rent her young body to an elderly person for a short time comes across the table. This money could save her little brother’s life.

In the sequel the body bank, Prime Destinations, has been destroyed but the chip inside Callie’s head can still be used to manipulate her. Someone doesn’t want Starters and Enders to work together.

Having to protect her brother Tyler and with time running out to find her Father, Callie doesn’t know who she can trust. Especially when anyone could be acting with another’s body, seeing through their eyes.

An interesting read that is well-written and chilling creepy.  I’m not sure I want to read the previous book though, as I am a wuss.

When Vicki hears about a difficult Arabian that no one wants, she will stop at nothing to save him. Years of misunderstanding have left Casper wayward and mistrustful, but Vicki senses a gentle soul beneath the pony’s rough exterior.

Vicki must learn the importance of patience and compromise to have any chance of winning over the high-strung gelding. Will Casper ever trust humans again? And will Vicki be able to uncover the potential she sees in the spirited Arabian?

This story of self-discovery and second chances, in which Vicki, Kelly and Amanda Wilson first help a misunderstood pony to trust again, is inspired by the Wilson Sisters’ early years.

Casper The Spirited Arabian: Showtym Adventures

Kelly Wilson

Puffin

Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Maree

Another in the series by Kelly Wilson of the Wilson sisters who starred in Keeping up with The Kaimanawas. A family who have devoted their life to horses, show jumping and advocating for wild horses around the world, taming and raising awareness about the plight of the American Mustangs and Australian Brumbies and specifically the beautiful wild Kaimanawa horses near their home. They also run Showtym Camps, riding camps for young riders.

The sisters rescue and tame wild horses and this book, written at a young adult level is loosely based around a story from Vicki Wilson’s childhood.

Vicki hears about a horse that is destined to be put down as he is thought to be too bad-tempered. But Vicki believes that his problem stems from being mishandled and mistreated when training. The sisters work hard to raise the money to recue Casper and give him his second chance, but will any of that do any good if Vicki can’t undo the years of mistreatment and overcome Casper’s mistrust of humans?

Another fun read that any pony-mad tween  will love.

Four kids on a quest to find the legendary Mines of King Solomon… and their parents.

Bick, Beck, Storm and Tommy are navigating their way down the Nile, from hot and dusty Cairo to deep dark jungles, past some seriously bad guys along the way.

They’ll need all their survival instincts just to make it out alive..

Danger Down the Nile Treasure Hunters #2

James Patterson with Chris Grabenstein

Arrow

Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Maree

The children of the Kidd family continue to hunt for their main lost treasures, their parents, missing while on a treasure hunting adventure. If the first book was all about pirates and the Caribbean the second moves the action to Egypt. The children follow the clues left by their parents through hot dusty Cairo, fetid jungle and dodge bad guys and uncle Timothy who may or may not be CIA, at every turn. He cannot understand why, if they are searching for Kings Solomon’s Mines, why are they after a Chinese Ming Vase?

MAnother exciting adventure in  the Treadsure Hunters series that kept me turning pages eagerly.

From the top ten bestselling author of Middle School and I Funny comes a brilliantly original new adventure series, jam-packed with action, humour, and heart!

The Kidd siblings have grown up diving down to shipwrecks and travelling the world, helping their famous parents recover everything from swords to gold doubloons from the bottom of the ocean. But after their parents disappear on the job, the kids are suddenly thrust into the biggest treasure hunt of their lives.

They’ll have to work together to defeat dangerous pirates and dodge the hot pursuit of an evil treasure-hunting rival, all while following cryptic clues to unravel the mystery of what really happened to their parents – and find out if they’re still alive.

Treasure Hunters: Treasure Hunters #1

James Patterson with Chris Grabenstein

Arrow

Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Maree

Bick, Beck, Tommy and Storm are searching for their parents who have gone missing while on a treasure hunting job. The Kidd family are full time treasure hunters but not all is as it seems and treasure hunting can get you in a heap of trouble. There are Caribbean pirates, gold, cryptic clues and an evil rival to contend with in the search. And then there is Uncle Timothy. Do they dare trust him? How much and is he really their uncle and how is he connected to the CIA? Is he all he seems? A cracking good story told in the “children out of any parental control” style of  the books I grew up with; if Arthur Ransome, the Famous Five, Pippy Longstocking and Rick Riordan had a baby…..