Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Fault in our Stars

Author: John Green

The Fault in our Stars is all about a girl named Hazel Grace and she is a cancer sufferer. She didn't want to go to a Support Group and she likes it when she ends up meeting someone named  Augustus Waters. Firstly they were acquaintances and then when Augustus went to Hazel's house and then they became friends and they fell in love. They were the cutest couple. He made her wish came true, which was going to Amsterdam and meeting her favourite author of "An Imperial Affliction" by Peter Van Houten so they did that. But this is a sad book that's not such a good thing though because Augustus ends up having a prefuneral because... to find out the rest of this terrific book go and get The Fault in our Stars now. I recommend it
would be rated PG=)
How good was it? Fantastic

Samantha
Age: 8

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Sorrows of Ava Lavender

‘Love makes us such fools.’

On the surface The Strange and Beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavendar by Leslye Walton is about Ava, a sixteen year old girl born with wings, who yearns to fit in with everyone else. But this novel also traces her family history, a history of love gone wrong, of myths and fables.

It begins with her grandmother, Emilienne, who fell in love three times before she was nineteen. After the deaths of her siblings, all due to love, or the lack thereof, she married a man she thought would never leave her. Love didn’t enter into the equation.

Ava’s mother Vivianne is just as much troubled by love as the rest of her family. Falls in love with a boy who, after a one night stand, leaves her. From this one night, Vivianne has two children, winged Ava and silent Henry….but all the time waits for her errant lover to return.

This novel is an interesting mixture of fable and magic realism. Nothing and no one are really how they appear. Vivianne has an unnatural sense of smell and can detect the seasons.

"Summer rain smelled like newly clipped grass, like mouths stained red with berry juice – blueberries, raspberries, blackberries. It smelled like late nights spent pointing constellations out from their starry guises, freshly washed laundry drying outside on the line, like barbecues and stolen kisses in a 1932 Ford Coupe."

One of Emilienne’s siblings cuts out her own heart, another quietly turns into a bird. Ghosts freely roam this book as though it is the norm. Now it is Ava’s turn to try and find her place. She longs to leave the safety of her home, all that she has ever known. With the help of a friend she sneaks out but now becomes the obsession of a man who believes her to be no mortal woman but an angel.

This novel is like a grown up fairy tale.  If you accept that fact and allow yourself to be swept along with some beautiful writing, you’ll definitely enjoy this book.

Vicki @ Pakenham

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Ghost House- Alexandra Adornetto

A boy who with dark secrets buried

And a story that simply won’t die…

Chloe Kennedy, 17 years old and once quite normal; but alas no more. Now Chloe is motherless awash in grief and haunted by the dead, she thought she had banished from her life. Sent halfway around the world with her grandmother and brother in tow Chloe soon meets Alex, a boy carrying his own burden of grief and loss. An unlikely friendship is forged in their common grief and soon Chloe is learning to accept and live with her new life circumstances; a life without her mother but plenty of ghosts. However as the past and the present begin to collide in dangerous ways it will be up to Chloe to settle the past even if it might risk her future.

There is an old saying that things get better with age and this rings true in respect the writing talents of Adornetto. First published at 13 I have been a reader of Adornetto’s for many years and have enjoyed watching with each series her novels mature. Ghost House is her most sophisticated tale yet, adding her own twists to the traditional ghosts stories, Adornetto has created a story and characters uniquely her own. As with all her books what stands out here is Adornetto’s way with words; she manages to forge strong connections between the reader and the characters, especially in regards to the protagonist Chloe, whose every emotion from grief, to anger to indignation seeps through the pages and into the reader. Chloe is a pleasure to read, she is real in her emotions and actions, and manages to be sarcastic without being rude. She is an engaging and likeable protagonists who will have you hooked on reading. Alex, is an untraditional male protagonists, he is not billed at the “flawlessly perfect” male of most YA fiction these days, which is refreshing and I like that he remains a man of his time, for not only is it realistic but it also makes for some interesting interactions between the characters. Ghost house is a story that will excite you, there are some fantastical and unpredictable plot twists that make this a page turner and the characters themselves are so endearing that you will find it hard to let go. Get excited about this one, it is perhaps the best writing so far of one of Australia’s most promising writers. I absolutely cannot wait to see where Adornetto take this…because I have no idea and I love that.


Courtney :)

Thursday, 18 September 2014

The devil walks – by Anne Fine

“His tone changed. Thrusting his face at mine, he told me threateningly, ‘you’d best take care. More than one thing can sting under this roof.’”



The devil walks is a story set in the 19th century about a boy named Daniel Cunningham whose  name isn't really Cunningham. He is a blank page upon which anything might be written that has been hidden away from the outside world and told he suffers from a mysterious illness (even though he isn’t) by his mother who has stolen away his childhood he can not understand why until a forceful knock at the door reveals just how many secrets his silent and protective mother has kept from him and how many she’s told. Torn away from his home Daniel slowly piece’s together a chilling legacy of vicious cruelty and fiendish spite that has gripped his family for years 

by cam narre work experience 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Horns by Joe Hill

Horns by Joe Hill is an interesting book. It depicts the tale of Ig, a man who had just lost his girlfriend who was murdered. People suspect him for the crime and his life becomes a living hell. Ig wakes up one morning to find out he has grown demon horns. He finds out that the horns make others tell him their secrets. He can also control people based on what they have said to him. Ig then decides to use this ability to find out who murdered his girlfriend, and get revenge.

At first I read this very slowly, as I had other things going on but as soon as I found the time to read I was stuck into the book. At first I thought it was boring, with no development happening. I then read on and found it really interesting. Ig is an interesting character, a man who had lost everything he had loved and now cannot stop hearing people’s secrets. Ig is portrayed as kind of gloomy, always looking at the past with his girlfriend and trying to find out who had murdered her. Ig’s best friend Lee is portrayed as a shifty kind of character, always acting suspicious and doing suspicious things. Lee is by far the most interesting character in the book, with his lost eye and his shifty attitude.

The book also plays on a bit of religion, with Ig being more of a demon while Lee is more of an angel or god. The book also explains that Ig’s power cannot work on people wearing an holy item (e.g. a cross). This also pushes the religious aspect up. The book also has some parts played in a church, with the priests scared of Ig, as he has demon horns and demon powers. The religion that is displayed in the book however, is very limited, which is a very good thing.

In the end Horns is a very good book, depicting Ig’s journey to find his girlfriends killer. I would recommend this book to people who don’t mind reading something a bit adult, or are fans of things to do with demons and angels. The book is also getting a movie in the upcoming years, with it staring Daniel Radcliffe as Ig. I would recommend this book to those aged 15+

By Damon Slatter (Work experience student @ Endeavour Hills library)

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Minnow


The Minnow by Diana Sweeney is the winner of the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing 2013.

I procrastinated for quite a while before I read this book. A pregnant teenager whose family had died in a flood? No thanks, I'll read something else.

But when I finally opened the book I couldn't put it down.
The cover is eye-catching - dark and beckoning - filled with sea creatures and underwater life. It also sets the mood for the novel.
And that is what I so loved about the book - a style and mood that sets it apart - dreamy and flowing.

The main character in the book is a girl called Tom who lives with a much older bloke called Bill since the death of her parents and sister.
Tom is pregnant with Bill's baby and she can no longer stay with Bill. She moves in with her friend Jonah who is helpful and supportive, as are others in her community.
As Tom works through her grief she communicates in an unlikely way with marine creatures and with her unborn child whom she names 'the minnow.'


This is a beautifully written novel that I recommend to those who love reading high quality YA fiction.

It is Diana's first novel, and it is a real winner.

-Ann

Friday, 5 September 2014

Heir of Fire

She is a Queen…
She is Aelin Ashryver Galathynius
Heir of two mighty bloodlines
And she’s back…


Celaena Sardothien can no longer run, no longer hide. Heartbroken, lost and sent to the other side of the world, home of her ancestors, Celaena will embark on a journey to fulfil the oath she made to her perished Celaena to finally face the past and herself. Learning to accept her Fae heritage and magic will only be the beginning of Celaena’s journey from infamous assassin to reigning Queen. However there is more to the King’s reign than Celaena could have ever imagined and defeat will come at a cost. The pieces are in play, moves are being made and war is about to rage. What will Celaena choose? Run or fight. There will be no second chances.
friend. However fulfilling such an oath will require

Heir of Fire is by far the best book of this series; everything finally comes together in this thrilling, edge of your seat read. The old of characters return; Celaena’s past finally comes to light giving the reader further insight into her actions thus far; Dorian continues to grow although as with the last book he doesn’t appear as much as I would like; Chaol continues to play his role of helper of all failing to demonstrate an ability to make decisions for himself and the King proves to be more cunning than first thought. There is also a host of new characters such as Manon, a witch who is quite unlikable, and despite thawing out during the book I struggled to make it through her chapters, Sorcha a healer who attracts Dorian’s attention but has secrets of her own, Aedion the traitorous cousin and Roland the mystery Fae who intrigues not only Celaena but the reader as well. Each new character brings a new depth to the older characters and the plot overall. The descriptive nature of the text is engaging and it was refreshing to alternate between the different perspectives of the characters, as it added more layers to the overall story. Again as with its predecessors I was enthralled with the world Maas has built and the supernatural aspects she has effortlessly woven in. The plot twists along with the host of new characters makes for compelling reading and revitalises the story in exciting, new and unexpected ways. This book is literally a page-turner; a stunning new sequel in what is fast becoming one of my favourite YA series.



Courtney :)

 
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