The Burning Laura Bates
My Brother’s Name Is Jessica John Boyne
Dreadnought April Daniels
Skulduggery Pleasant: Bedlam Derek Landy
The Tattooist of Auschwitz Heather Morris
Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven Bella Forrest
The Long Earth Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
The Miseducation of Cameron Post Emily M Danforth
The Surface Breaks Louise O’Niell
Witches Abroad Terry Pratchett
The Crimes of Grindelwald JK Rowling
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The 12th explosive novel in the internationally bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series, BEDLAM will blow your mind – and change everything…
On a desperate journey to recover her sister’s lost soul, Valkyrie Cain goes up against the High Sanctuary itself. China’s rage rains down upon her and there’s nothing Skulduggery Pleasant can do to stop her. With Abyssinia’s grand plan about to kick off in a night of magic, terror, and bloodshed, it falls to Omen Darkly to save the lives of thousands of innocent people. And as the madness unfolds around him, as hidden enemies step into the light, and as Valkyrie is sucked into a desperate, lawless quest of her own, he has no choice but to become the hero he never really wanted to be ― or die in the attempt.
This book was my overall favourite in the series. I literally couldn’t put it down. I spent two days reading it, sucked into this amazing world. I found that Valkyrie was more upbeat than in the last two novels and her willingness to fight was entrancing. From the beginning, the book was both sad and humorous, causing me to burst out laughing at random moments. The end of the book was a definite cliff-hanger; I read the last page, closed the book and stared at it for two whole minutes wondering where the rest of the pages were. I would recommend this book for anyone who is willing to have their mind blown. There is no other word for it; it is astonishing.
By Scott Westerfeld
It is a few years after the rebel Tally Youngblood took down the group of powerful “Specials” that ruled the world and the economy is booming. These days it’s all about fame. Face ranks show your popularity to the world and friendships rely upon how popular you are. It may be easy for those lucky few that are invited to the famous Nana Love’s 1000 faces party but for many people, life is hard. Aya Fuse is sick of being an Extra, a total nobody. Her face rank of 451, 369 is not good enough for her but the only way she can soar into the spotlight is if she can “kick” a story big enough. She finds her chance when she tracks down the intensely cool Sly Girls and joins their gang but when they stumble upon a dark secret, she finds that her life is in danger. Is Aya really prepared for a life of fame, celebrity and extreme peril?
This book is fast-paced, action-packed and thought-provoking. The future of civilisation has never seemed so grim. The characters in this book find what they think are “aliens” that wish to destroy the cities. They are called “freaks” and “monsters” because they look different. This sort of derogatory language is caused by a fear of the unknown. As the book progresses, we find that these people are in fact humans who have had surges -operations to change their bodies- to help them to survive in space. This sort of behaviour mirrors what is happening in the world today. People from different countries are alienated and abused.
Overall, I found this book exciting and strikingly well-written. I would recommend this book for over tens and would give it ten stars out of ten. My largest hope is that this book series will turn into a movie or even better a tv series. The longing for fairy-tale beauty has never seemed so sinister.
Skulduggery Pleasant: Midnight (or the whole series) By Derek Landy
The Knife of Never Letting Go By Patrick Ness
Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda By Becky Albertalli
Leah on the Off-Beat By Becky Albertalli
The Up-Side of Unrequited By Becky Albertalli
The Darkest Mind By Alexandra Bracken
Noughts and Crosses By Malorie Blackman
ZomB By Darran Shan
Wonder By RJ Palacio
Gone By Michael Grant
Equal Rites By Terry Pratchett
Mort By Terry Pratchett
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Screenplay By JK Rowling
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy By Douglas Adams
The Survivor By Tom Hoyle
Trials of Apollo By Rick Riordan
The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins
The Spooks Apprentice By Joseph Delaney
Half Bad By Sally Green
The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas
Valkerie Cain is officially back in business after (sort of) recovering from the trauma of becoming her alter-ego Darquesse. Though her first mission to stop the rise of a powerful sorceress known as Abyssinia was not a huge success, she and Skulduggery are doing everything in their power to track her down. One wrong step after another leads them to old and new enemies… but they have bigger problems. Valkerie’s younger sister is snatched from between her fingertips by a ruthless killer with a grudge. With no help or guidance, she must find them and bring seven-year-old Alice back, before it’s too late. She has until midnight to find her. That gives her six hours. Midnight. The clock is ticking…
In the book, there is a march that is against the idea of mortal refugees from another dimension being allowed to live in their city, Roarhaven, which is only populated by sorcerers. This is not something the author made up just for our entertainment. Though Derek Landy did make up “Dimension X”, this situation happens in real life. In 2004, a referendum took place in response to the ongoing concerns about refugees in Ireland and it put into the constitution that children born in the country who didn’t have Irish parents didn’t get citizenship.
As usual, Derek Landy’s book was rib-crackingly hilarious though, it did end with a heartbreaking cliffhanger. I cannot wait for the next book (number 12?) and hope that the series will never end. The rating is a definite 6 out of 5 and I would recommend it for over tens due to threats, violence, death and difficult words.
By Alexandra Bracken
A horrible disease wipes out the majority of the world’s children. No child is left untouched, no family is left untarnished. The surviving children gain abilities they never asked for. The world is in trouble. Ruby is sixteen. She is dangerous. And she is alive… for now.
At the age of ten, she was forced from her home and sent to Thormund, a brutal state rehabilitation camp where she and the other children are often treated cruelly and unfairly. There she must learn to suppress her powers or face the consequences. But what if mastering them is her only chance of survival? Escaping Thormund and entering a world she barely recognises with the education of a ten-year-old, Ruby must face her troubled past to be able to look into her future. Being followed by what feels like most of the world, Ruby and her three new friends must find the one place where they are safe, the one place where they might be able to stop running.
I loved The Darkest Minds, though there were some chapters that were a bit disturbing and horrible. One of the chapters involves a sexual assault. This is where a person in a position of power forces someone who is vulnerable or young to engage in acts against their will. This is frequently used in teenage literature for many reasons. In some books, it glorifies it and describes it as the norm but I think that it is used in this book to bring to light the fact that 1 in 5 American high school students experience assault from someone they are dating. This book is definitely against assault. We can see that from the way the other characters acted after they found out. They immediately wanted to leave the place they were safe because of it, even though it was dangerous to do so. This book is riddled with threats, violence and death so I would not recommend it for under elevens. I think it a brilliant book for people who love the Gone series and the Hunger Games.
By Becky Albertalli
It all started with that first email… Well, actually it didn’t. For Simon, it started a long time ago. You see, Simon has a secret: nobody knows he’s gay. But when his emails with the smart and adorable Blue falls into the wrong hands his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Suddenly his junior year has become much more complicated, with school play rehearsals, bullies and more. His emails with Blue get flirtier by the day and he doesn’t know who to trust. Simon knows that everyone deserves a great love story, but falling for Blue has become a bigger deal than he ever imagined.
I fell in love with this book the first time I read it. During the story, Simon has to try and get Martin a date with Abbie, who obviously doesn’t like him. I think that this is extremely sexist since Simon doesn’t even talk to Abbie about it. In the movie, Love Simon, Abbie says that Simon shouldn’t have tried to control her since it was her body, not his. I think that she was definitely right. Also, Martin really should have just asked her out instead of blackmailing Simon into doing it for him. I think that this is not explained well enough in the book and that some of the people reading it (adults and kids) may take it for granted, which they should not. Apart from this, I really enjoyed the book. It is definitely a must-read for everyone over tens -there is drinking, swearing, homophobia and sexism (among other things), but it is a brilliant love story for everyone (even people who don’t like normal love stories, this is one of those odd ones out).