Posts Tagged ‘Curses’

How to hang a witch

By Adriana Mather

ISBN 9780553539479


It has been sometime since I posted a YA trailer. Not sure if they are not being made as often but seeing this one, I am glad there are some people out there who still believe in the power of a good trailer. After watching this one I am very keen to get hold of a copy of the book when it comes out next month. Will be down to the bookshops for sure.

Sam  Mather is a descendent of Cotton Mather who was one of the men responsible for the famous witch trials of Salem. When Sam ends up moving to Salem and attending the high school, she is confronted by descendents on the other side who see her as trouble. Being an outsider is never easy and the folks here are not keen to help her. There is also a ghost and a centuries old curse to deal with. Sounds intriguing and one to look out for. Ghosts, witches and curses is striaght up my alley!





By Ruth Eastham

ISBN 9781407137933


This book arrived in the library last week and while I was processing it a student picked it up and eagerly decided he wanted it before I was even finished processing. That is great, fantastic even, that he is so excited but it means I have to now wait my turn to read it . Hhmm!

Jack has recently moved to Norway where people often talk of old myths and legends. The stuff 13 year old Jack just didn’t believe in until he discovered the body of a warrior, frozen in ice and still holding on to an arrowhead. A cursed arrowhead which can unleash terrible evil on everyone around him. Fast-paced and perfect for middle grade readers who like adventure and great myths and of course, evil curses.

Shiverton Hall

By Emerald Fennell

Check out what the  Bloomsbury  publishers are saying. Very cool!

“They slowed as they reached the gate; two stone columns, each with its own crumbling angel perched on top. The angels held up a rusty, wrought-iron arch that read, in curling, serpentine letters: SHIVERTON HALL. Arthur Bannister has been unexpectedly accepted into Shiverton Hall, which, as it turns out, is an incredibly spooky school, full of surprises. And it is just as well that Shiverton Hall has made its offer, because Arthur had a horrible time at his previous school, and was desperate to leave. Timely indeed …But Arthur has no time to worry about the strange coincidence.  He is too busy trying to make head or tail of Shiverton Hall, dogged as it is by tales of curses and bad fortune. At least there are a few friendly faces: George, who shows him around; also Penny and Jake. But not all the faces are friendly. There are the bullying Forge triplets for starters. And then there is the acid tongue of the headmistress, Professor Long-Pitt, who seems to go out of her way to make Arthur’s life a misery.

Luckily Arthur has his new friends to cheer him up. Although there are some friends that you don’t want to have at all, as Arthur is soon to find out.
love the cover of this book and the story is right up my alley so I can’t wait for this to be published. (Only a few weeks away and I will be in the shops the minute it comes out)

By Zoe Marriott


“Cursed! Betrayed! Imprisoned!
Only love can set her free”

Frost leaves her homeland to travel to the neighbouring country of Ruan where she hopes to find a deity who can rid her of a powerful and dangerous curse. It is a curse which creates havoc, turning berserker rage in the form of a wolf which overtakes her and kills everyone within reach at the site of her own blood. Journey with Frost and the people she meets, the people who can help and the dangers she must face.
Not out in New Zealand yet but I will be watching out for this one when it does.

Darkness becomes her

By Kelly Keaton

Ari is 17 and forced to find  a way to stop a curse that has plagued all the women in her family for many years. Throw in supernatural beings and you have the makings of a great book.


By Josephine Angelini

“Destiny brought them together. The gods will keep them apart.”  Love, hate, curses, the power of the gods and of course throw in some forbidden romance for good measure.