Archive for May, 2013

Marked Book 1
Soul Guardians
By Kim Richardson

This trailer is brilliant. I love 3D animation and the work involved in the production of this trailer is huge. The pay-off is that this is a success and worth all the hours it took to produce. To tell the truth, not only do I want to read all the books in the series but I would love to see this as a fully produced movie. Love it!

Marked is the first book in a YA series about angels and demons. Full of excitement, battles of good and evil and throw in a little romance and you have a great foundation for this series of young adult supernatural, fantasy novels.

“Sixteen year-old Kara Nightingale’s ordinary life is suddenly turned upside down when she dies and wakes up in a strange new world with a new career—as a rookie for the Guardian Angel Legion. Kara is pulled into the supernatural, where monkeys drive the elevators, oracles scurry above giant crystal balls, and where demons feed on the souls of mortals. With the help of her Petty Officer and friend, David, Kara hurtles towards an adventure that will change her life forever.”

So begins Kara’s journey into a world of the unknown.

Marked Book 1
Elemental Book 2
Horizon Book 3
Netherworld Book 4
Seirs Book 5
Mortal Book 6

The safe lands (Book 1)
By Jill Williamson


Just following on from my discovery of Blink YA books here is another series which is sure to be a hit. Definitely for the upper end of young adult readers but every review is so positive and the reviewers are hanging out for book two.
I must say I am very impressed with the quality of the trailers being produced for these books.
The trailer for this book is no exception.

Set in the future, most people have been infected or wiped out by a plague. There are groups of survivors living a somewhat happy existence but things are about to change. The act of one brother’s betrayal costs them dearly. Levi (18 years old) returns to his village after a scavenger hunt to find that his fiancee has been taken captive. He is determined to find her but the struggle for survival may prove deadly for some.
Heaps of adventure, thriller, action and struggle to exist, in a very dystopian future.

Merlin’s blade
By Robert Treskillard

Blink a new YA imprint

I have just discovered Blink, a new imprint for great new young adult titles. Their line-up is so exciting.
One of the first is Merlin’s Blade which is Book 1 in the Merlin Spiral series.Most of us have grown up knowing something of the tales of Merlin but this is a whole new facet. I haven’t seen the book here in New Zealand yet but I know it is available overseas. I will be waiting in anticipation for its arrival on our shores. I have to say all the reviews I have read are hugely positive so that makes this title even more exciting.

From Blink
“A strange meteorite. A deadly enchantment. And only Merlin can destroy it. A meteorite brings a mysterious black stone whose sinister power ensnares everyone except Merlin, the blind son of a swordsmith. Soon, all of Britain will be under its power, and he must destroy the stone—or die trying.”

Young Sherlock Holmes
By Andrew Lane

This series came out in 2010 and many of the students at school are hooked and borrow them all the time leaving me no chance to read them myself. But – I will persist and grab them during the holidays.
As the blurb says – do any of us know the real Sherlock Holmes. Well, this series give us heaps of insight into the character with a good dollop of murders and mystery thrown in the mix.
I think it fits well with mature, able year six readers up although intermediate students will benefit most from these novels, especially those that enjoy a good mystery.

Death cloud Bk 1

It is 1868 and the young Sherlock Holmes is just fourteen. Life is fairly ordinary for this privileged teen until his father is sent to India and his his mother becomes unwell. He is sent to stay with his rather eccentric uncle and aunt. It isn’t long before he is surrounded by trouble. Murder, a kidnapping and corruption and plenty more.

Red leech Book 2
Sercets, assassins and more mystery to solve.

Black ice Book 3
Fire storm Book 4
Snake bite Book 5

I hunt killers
By Barry Lyga
Jasper Dent Book 1
(ISBN13: 9780316125840)


I posted the trailer for this book a few weeks back and having finally managed to get my hands on a copy have read it and here is my review. I was not disappointed with this book at all!
Jazz is the son of the world’s worst serial killer. He cannot escape his heritage and even though his father is locked away in prison, his town is not safe. Bodies have started piling up again and Jazz is determined to get to the bottom of it. He may however, be more involved than realises. There are so many things in this book which kept me hooked. Jazz continually has internal conversations with both himself and his father. Sometimes the “conversations” are quite brutal and you have to wonder just how cruel humans can be. The past keeps coming back in flashes that both haunt and confuse Jazz. There are moments when you think you know who is committing the murders and moments when you are as confused as Jazz. The pace is perfect and the language and tone are also just right. The author has obviously done his research and facts are thrown in from time to time about real serial killers. At times it is a little graphic for sensitive young adult readers but it is a book I highly recommend for a great thriller, murder-mystery and just a 5 out of 5 great read. I will certainly look forward to book 2 as the twist at the end leaves you hanging out for more!

Just a reminder that the book trailer can be found here on this blog.

The troubletwisters
By Garth Nix and Sean Williams

Jaide and Jack Shield are twins, who after a series of strange events are sent to live with Grandma X. Grandma X is strange enough on her own but throw in talking cats and wild weather and you have a mix of fantasy and mystery just ripe for readers age 10 upwards.
It isn’t long before the twins discover they have magical powers and they are suddenly forced to use their powers to fight evil and protect the world.

Evil continues to follow the twins and create havoc but this time they must search Rourke Castle for the mysterious Golden Card of Translocation. Will they be able to defeat evil or will survival cost them everything.
Grab the first book in this series and start on this scary adventure.

The mystery of the Golden Card
Book 3 is out this month!

The monster
Book 2

Book 1

The unwanteds
By Lisa McMann

New York : – Aladdin
ISBN 9781442407688

Read the blurb from the author’s site and I know you will want to grab this book from your local library. If you are in Christchurch you will have to wait in line after me as I have requested it and there is already a queue. I am sure it will be worth the wait!

“Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their graves.
But when Alex and the other Unwanteds face the Eliminators, they discover an eccentric magician named Mr. Today and his hidden world that exists to save the condemned children. Artimé is a colorful place of talking statues, uncommon creatures, and artistic magic, where creativity is considered a gift… and a weapon.”
Twins Alex and Aaron are separated, Alex is unwanted, while Aaron is wanted. How will they survive without each other? And what of the secrets of the hidden world? Magic, fantasy and a heap more to hook middle grade readers who want more out of their reading.

Island of silence
Book 2

Island of fire
Book 3
due for publication in September

The Program
By Suzanne Young

Suicide has reached epidemic proportions and the only cure is The Program. The only trouble with that is once you enter, everything changes.
Everything you have ever done, and anyone you have ever loved is forgotten. You leave the Program as a clean slate with no memories of the past. Sloane knows that in order to stay out of the Program she has to stay strong, and she must never cry. Getting caught crying could seal her fate in the Program. The only person to help is her boyfriend who promises to keep her safe. But how long can they last, how long can they avoid the epidemic.
Everywhere they go they are being watched and the Program is just waiting for them.

Teen suicide is a very real issue and while I accept this book is not about curing depression nor is it making light of something so awful I do intend to look out for this book as soon as it reaches our shores as it just might get people talking. The Program offers a YA, almost science-fiction, dsytopian government conspiracy novel which is sure to get a lot of people talking. It may prove to be a controversial book but that is just another reason why I want to read this book.