Archive for January, 2014

Blood eagle tortures
Book 4 in the CRYPT series
(Covert Response Youth Paranormal Team)
By Andrew Hammond

Book4

This book has been on my TBR pile waiting for the holidays to read it and it was well worth the wait.
I love this series and have devoured each book. What makes this book great is that as readers we are let in to a little more of Jud’s past. There are still plenty of secrets and Jud has to navigate his past with his present. We also see more of the relationship building between Jud and Bex but I really don’t want to give anything away. I will say though, tension is building between them!!
Jud and Bex work for a secret division of MI5 where a group of gifted teens investigate paranormal events. They have met many horrible, nasty ghosts in their investigations and are always only just lucky enough to escape with their lives.
In this particular book, horror is unleashed when a lone diver discovers items that should have stayed buried forever and bodies begin to pile up. Gruesome deaths have the team all over the place looking for clues and answers to the ghostly horrors. And in the midst of all the horrors is someone with a face Jud just can’t place. There is more danger than just the ghosts if Jud’s secret is let loose.
I love the way the chapters are short, sharp and go back and forth between characters so that we sense the tension building and become privy to possibilities that leave us guessing.
However, I wasn’t prepared for the ending and have to say Mr Hammond, you need to hurry up with book number 5 because I am desperate to know what happens next.

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Paperboy
By Vince Vawter

Awards just announced by the Association for Library Service to Children highlight the best books for children. While I knew most of them one did slip by that I knew nothing about. Paperboy by Vince Vawter is a Newberry Honor Award winner which I have just reserved from the city library. (Have to wait in line as all copies are in use so that already tells me it is going to be good).
It is a story set in the summer of 1959 in Memphis. It deals with an 11 year old boy who is sensitive yet resilient. He needs to be, as he can barely talk without stuttering. Taking over his best friend’s paper round for a month he suddenly has to deal with people. How will he cope when he can’t even say his own name?
But life becomes dangerous when he has a run-in with the neighbourhood junkman. Not even his family are safe.
This book deals with the very real issue of stuttering and the impact it has on the lives of sufferers. I can’t wait to read this book.

The Timmy Failure books are wonderfully funny stories aimed at those children who love a good laugh and a good story. Easy to read and easy to enjoy, these books are ideal for young readers and students who struggle with reading or perhaps are reluctant and just need a sense of achievement by reading something which is not too daunting.
Timmy Failure runs a detective agency – sort of. His side-kick is a large polar bear called Total.There are a number of unique characters who either help or hinder Timmy in his adventures.
Heaps of illustrations add to the mix to provide a better understanding of Timmy and his companions. For children who enjoy the Diary of a Wimpy kid series, this is another winner. The first book has been a real success with readers at my school so I know the second book, due out in February, will also be a hit.

“Timmy is a detective who can take any mystery and make it more mysterious.” – Stephan Pastis

Timmy Failure : Now look what you’ve done
Book 2

Timmy Failure : Mistakes were made
Book 1

Machine Wars
By Michael Pryor

This upcoming book by Michael Pryor isn’t due to be published for a couple of months yet but as soon as I saw the trailer today I just knew I had to share it straight away. What a great trailer. Hooked me in immediately. With the robotic voices, the soundtrack and the graphics, this trailer is the whole package, including the atmospheric creepiness especially at the end. Very good trailer which certainly has me waiting for the release date.

“The Bourne Identity meets The Terminator in this fast-paced technothriller for boys aged 10 to 14”.

Bram’s mother, a high-level computer scientist has discovered that superintelligence exists and because it knows she knows, it is now out to get her. This superintelligence can control any machine connected to the net and will use whatever it can to gain control of the whole world. It will eliminate anything in its way, including Bram’s mother, who is already in hiding, and Bram himself.
For Bram and his friend Stella, that means not only trying to find his parents but being hunted by every machine in the world. Nowhere is safe. Nowhere!

Finally had the chance to read this much anticipated book and I must say I was not disappointed. Thank goodness for holidays and sunshine to sit back and read. Only one complaint and that is I have to wait for book two be published.
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Veerle is 17 and living in Brussels with her mother Claudine. Her mother is somewhat losing the plot and Veerle is becoming more and more frustrated with the life she is living under her mother’s suspicion and paranoia.
The prologue opens with a punch when Veerle is just a young child and sees something she shouldn’t. Fast forward ten years and a chance encounter takes her down a new road when she investigates a light in an abandoned building. There she meets Kris who invites her to become part of the Koekoeken (cuckoos) a secret society who break into empty properties. Rather than steal or vandalise the properties, they fix things up. Just little things like latches. The society is so secret most members don’t know of each other or their real identities. Then the bodies begin to pile up. Somewhere there is a serial killer and slowly Veerle is starting to connect the dots. The Hunter is watching, waiting and Veerle and Kris are next on the list.
This is definitely different (in a very good way), to most YA books. This is thriller, mystery, murder and even a little romance all rolled together. It is very well written with just enough clues to keep you guessing and hanging out to read the next chapter. It moves along at a steady pace, building tension and suspense as the bodies pile up. As I was approaching the end of the novel I sneaked a moment at work to read when work was quite. My work mate approached me to say something and I jumped and screamed out loud. (We both got the giggles) but I was so engrossed in the story I was right next to Veerle urging her to run. I love the way the Hunter has chapters of his own where we become witness to the murders. Now I have to wait for the next book. Grrr!
Check out the trailer on an earlier post.

Henny
By Elizabeth Rose Stanton

Penspaper Studio

I trust your New Year celebrations went well and for those of you in New Zealand I hope you are soaking up the sun somewhere and finding time to read. I hope friends in the rest of the world are staying warm and out of the cold.
I am often asked where I find the trailers and books books I review. It is all about being pro-active. I follow people on Twitter, publishers on Facebook and of course chats with fellow librarians and book sellers. There is nothing so good as browsing in a bookshop and talking to the staff.
Well yesterday I discovered a name I had not heard of before but trust me I will be keeping an eye out for her work. Take time to check out her blog and website. The illustrations of her pig are delightful.
This new book is aimed at the very young and shows us that is okay to be different. Always a good topic.

Henny is different. As a chicken she should have wings but Henny has arms instead. That does not stop Henny at all. Henny accepts her life with all the grace and charm and humour that life offers even if it means doing things her way and not the same way as everyone else. The art work is just lovely. The faces of the characters tell us so much more. This is bound to be a hit with wee ones.