The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan

The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan

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AMAZING! I love this book – in fact the whole series!  Okay, I know what you’re thinking – I’m biased because I am proudly South African. Well maybe a little… but this series is good!

Rachel Morgan has created captivating new Faerie world full of magic, romance, betrayal, action and adventure. You will fall in love with the characters as you are sucked further and further into a world like no other, wondering if, when the story is over, you will find your way back home…

What more could you want? Read this now..! You won’t regret it!

5 StarRecommended Age: 12+

The Faerie Guardian
Series: Creepy Hollow
Author:
Rachel Morgan Faerie Guardian
Publication Date: 27 October 2012
Publisher:
Rachel Morgan
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Enter a hidden world…      

Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamour follows her into the Fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion. — Extract from Goodreads.com

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth: YA Book Review

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Divergent is a powerful story which captivated me from the very first page. Believable characters I love – the edgy ‘messed-up’ kind that get under your skin and become part of you so you can’t remember a time when you didn’t know them. Brilliant!

I read this book in 2012, and it was without doubt the best book I read in that year. I am reviewing it now on my new blog in anticipation of the movie to be released this year. Co-incidentally I am about half way through the third book, Allegiant, and all I can say is WOW!5 Star

Recommended Age: 13+

Divergent
Author: Veronica RothDivergent
Publication Date: 2 February 2012 (1st published 25 May 2011)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five 

factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. — Extract from Goodreads.com

The Knife that Killed Me by Anthony McGowan

The Knife that Killed Me by Anthony McGowan

Knife that Killed Me

A dark, brutally honest story with a message, a very strong message that the level of violence can escalate within seconds when a weapon is brought into the mix.

It is possible that the knife that kills is not only the knife in hand, banished as a weapon –  but also the one tucked away in your pocket, carried for security, to use if necessary. For it is this ‘in case’ weapon that makes the carrier hyper aware of danger, possibly more likely to attack when a more passive response may have been sufficient to defuse the situation.

This is not really the type of book I enjoy reading, violence and bullying that I would rather pretend never happens. But it does…  to someone. Every day.4 Star

Recommended Age: 13+


The Knife that Killed Me

Author: Anthony McGowan
Publication Date: 11 October 2011
Publisher: Simon & SchusterKnife that Killed Me
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Paul Vanderman could be at any normal high school where bullies, girls, and annoying teachers are just part of life. But “normal” doesn’t apply when it comes to the school’s biggest bully, Roth—a twisted and threatening thug with an evil agenda.

When Paul ends up delivering a message from Roth to the leader of a gang at a nearby school, it fuels a rivalry with immediate consequences. Paul attempts to distance himself from the feud, but somehow Roth keeps finding reasons for him to stick around. Then one day Roth hands him a knife. And even though Paul is scared, he has never felt so powerful. — Extract from Goodreads.com

From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer

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From What I Remember is told from the perspective of four different characters whose voices are heard in alternating chapters this story ripples with adventure, fun and emotion.

The two main characters, who are not only from opposite sides of the social divide but have totally different personalities and outlooks, find themselves thrown together in a whirlwind while unexpectedly (and illegally) crossing the Mexican border. The supporting characters are no less entertaining and this story unravels their secrets as their lives are revealed layer by layer.

Expect to be drawn into the turmoil, flung about and come out the other side with a smile.5 Star

Recommended Age: 12+


Authors:
Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas
Publication Date:
7 January 2013 (first published May 15th 2012)
Publisher:
Disney-HyperionFrom What I
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KYLIE: Mexico? What a nightmare! I should be putting the finishing touches on my valedictorian speech. Graduation is TODAY! Wait! Is this a wedding band on my finger??
— Extract from Goodreads.com

This is a light-hearted comedy which I absolutely loved! But don’t be fooled into thinking its just candyfloss – this story has unexpected depth…

Live Through This by Mindi Scott

Live Through This by Mindi Scott 

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I really liked this book. Coley is barely coping with life while trying to hide a deep dark secret. The facade starts to crack as her relationship with Reece develops and layer by layer she is exposed until she can’t keep it together anymore. A totally unexpected twist at the end left me gasping!4 Star

Recommended Age: 14+

Live Through This
Author: Mindi Scott
Publication Date: 2 October 2013Live through this
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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From the outside, Coley Sterling’s life seems pretty normal. It’s not perfect—her best friend is seriously mad at her and her dance team captains keep giving her a hard time but Reece, her crush, helps distract her and she has a great family to fall back on. But Coley has a lot of secrets. She won’t admit that her almost-perfect life is her own carefully-crafted façade, that for years she’s been burying the shame and guilt over a relationship that crossed the line. — Extract from Goodreads.com                 

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