Monday, 22 August 2016

New Reviews in this Week

By Uly. B

The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim by Shane Peacock

Good Reads Summary

Edgar Brim is a sensitive orphan who, exposed to horror stories from his father as a young child, is afraid of almost everything and suffers from nightly terrors. His stern new guardian, Mr. Thorne, sends the boy to a gloomy school in Scotland where his dark demons only seem to worsen and he is bullied and ridiculed for his fears. But years later, when sixteen-year-old Edgar finds a journal belonging to his novelist father, he becomes determined to confront his nightmares and the bullies who taunt him. After the horrific death of a schoolmate, Edgar becomes involved with an eccentric society at the urging of a mysterious professor who believes that monsters from famous works of literature are real and whose mandate is to find and destroy these creatures. With the aid of a rag-tag crew of friends, the fear-addled teen sets about on his dark mission, one that begins in the cemetery on the bleak Scottish moors and ends in a spine-chilling climax on the stage of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in London with Henry Irving, the infamous and magnetic actor, and his manager, Bram Stoker, the author of the most frightening and sensational novel of the day, Dracula. Can Edgar Brim truly face his terror and conquer his fears?

Teen Review

The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim is an exciting tale of a young boy and some very real monsters. This book is a masterpiece I couldn't put down. There were enough twists and turns to make my head spin! A very unexpected twist on some very known fairy tales, this book made me wish there was a sequel.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I would give it a 9/10.

 23 Minutes by Vivian Velde

 Good Reads Summary

Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret ability: she can travel back in time twenty-three minutes to relive events she wants to change. But Zoe has learned from experience that this is more curse than gift. Things almost never end well and people just tend to think she’s crazy.

But when she steps into a bank to get out of the rain and finds herself in the middle of a robbery gone horrifyingly wrong, Zoe knows she’s the only one who can help. The problem is, she has only a limited number of tries to make things right. Plus, a single mistake could get her killed—and not even time travel could bring her back from that.

Zoe has always considered herself a loser, about as far from a heroine as a girl can get. Now she has to dig deep to find a strength she never thought she possessed.

 Teen Review

23 Minutes is an emotional thriller about a sort of normal girl with a exceptional ability. That ability being, she could turn back time 23 minutes. And when she gets caught up in a bank robbery her ability becomes vital.
With loads of action and a very charming young man, this book is an edge of your seat read. I really liked this book and I'll give it a 8/10.

Wither By

This book is an emotional roller coaster all the way through. But it's not just romance blooming in this's also dark and dangerous secrets. When Rhine Ellery gets chosen to become a bride of one of the richest men in her County, she is forced to leave her family and her life behind. Because the new generation lives only 20 years female and 25 years male, the old generation is frantic to find the antidote in the children of the new generation.
Rhine seeks the secrets of the dark mansion she is forced to live in with 2 other brides while her new father in law plans something sinister ..
Wither is a slightly disturbing read but overall quite exciting.
Overall I give this book a 6/10.

Red Queen

Good Reads Summary

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

Teen Review

In a world where everyone is divided by the colour of their blood ,silver and red ,lives Mer. Being a red blood she is forced to work for and worship the silvers. A sudden change of events makes her see the world with a new colour. And what she sees makes her more scared of the silvers then ever.
With romance ,action and a lot of unexpected events, this book has a cliffhanger on every chapter.
I loved this book and I'll give it a 9.5/ 10.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Two New Books in Today!

The Smaller Evil

By Stephanie Kuehn

17-year-old Arman Dukoff is struggling with severe anxiety and a history of self-loathing when he arrives at an expensive self-help retreat in the remote hills of Big Sur. He’s taken a huge risk—and two-thousand dollars from his meth-head stepfather—for a chance to "evolve," as Beau, the retreat leader, says.

Beau is complicated. A father figure? A cult leader? A con man? Arman's not sure, but more than anyone he's ever met, Beau makes Arman feel something other than what he usually feels—worthless.

The retreat compound is secluded in coastal California mountains among towering redwoods, and when the iron gates close behind him, Arman believes for a moment that he can get better. But the program is a blur of jargon, bizarre rituals, and incomprehensible encounters with a beautiful girl. Arman is certain he's failing everything. But Beau disagrees; he thinks Arman has a bright future—though he never says at what.

And then, in an instant Arman can't believe or totally recall, Beau is gone. Suicide? Or murder? Arman was the only witness and now the compound is getting tense. And maybe dangerous.

As the mysteries and paradoxes multiply and the hints become accusations, Arman must rely on the person he's always trusted the least: himself.


By Colleen Houck

From Colleen Houck, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Curse, comes Recreated, the second book in the epic Egyptian-inspired Reawakened series, in which a seventeen-year-old must literally go to hell to save the love of her life.

Lily Young thought traveling across the globe with a reawakened sun prince was a grand adventure. Now she’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.

When Amon and Lily part tragically, he transports himself to the Netherworld—what mortals call hell. Tormented by the loss of his one true love, he’d rather suffer in agony during Lily’s mortal years than fulfill his duty to protect humanity.

Heartbroken, Lily seeks refuge on her grandmother’s farm. Yet she can feel Amon’s pain, and she has been having dreams—dreams of Amon continually suffering.

For before he departed, Amon gave Lily something very special, an item that connects them even though they are worlds apart. Now Lily must use this object to free him, and to free their realms from darkness and utter chaos. She will do whatever it takes.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

       Teen Book Review: Fall of the Butterflys by Andrea Potter


Good Reads Summary

Willa Parker, 646th and least popular resident of What Cheer, Iowa, is headed east to start a new life.

Did she choose this new life? No, because that would be too easy—and nothing in Willa’s life is easy. It’s her famous genius mother’s idea to send her to ultra-expensive, ultra-exclusive Pembroke Prep, and it’s only the strength of her name that got Willa accepted in the first place.

But Willa has no intentions of fitting in at Pembroke. She’s not staying long, she decides. Not at this school—and not on this planet. But when she meets peculiar, glittering Remy Taft, the richest, most mysterious girl on campus, she starts to see a foothold in this foreign world—a place where she could maybe, possibly, sort of fit.

When Willa looks at Remy, she sees a girl who has everything. But for Remy, having everything comes at a price. And as she spirals out of control, Willa can feel her spinning right out of her grasp.

In Willa’s secret heart, all she’s ever wanted is to belong. But if Remy, the girl who gave her this world, is slip-sliding away, is Willa meant to follow her down?

Teen Review


The Fall of Butterflies written by the brilliant, Andrea Portes, whom of which wrote my personal favorite novel, The Anatomy of a Misfit. I had a feeling her second young adult novel would  be good and (spoiler alert!) It was! It tells a story of a young girl who has given up on life, for good. She is forced into moving away to a boarding school, a school she got into because of her demeaning and entitled mother, who just happens to be very famous. As soon as she gets to this school she has plans to end it all, but then she meets someone quite amazing. A beautiful, adventurous and very mysterious girl who was born with wings and has the need to fly. She shows our main character, Willa, just how great life can be and how great you can pretend it to be. Before long, this great person shows Willa and the audience that some lives, even if they may seem perfect on the outside, they are most often screwed up, and can be toxic to those around them. However, this book was not as amazing as her first but, nonetheless, this book speaks beautifully about friendship, life, love and adventure and left me with something that will never fly away. I give this book stars.
Teen Reviewer-Ella Raine