E. Lockhart’s much-anticipated, much-hyped We Were Liars is a bit like an Agatha Christie detective novel, in which the crime slowly gets recounted until, finally, everyone understands. Except, in this case, the crime is a tragedy that befalls the prodigious and in-fighting Sinclair family; and Cadence cannot remember what happened. The truth of the tragedy lurks in the foggy recesses of her mind, but since waking up hypothermic on the beach of their private island, all recollection of what drove her there has vanished. What struck me about We Were Liars was the juxtaposition of the physical freedom and mental claustrophobia Cadence’s narrative conveys. Spending every summer on their island, the Sinclair kids have pretty much all the freedom they could ask for, roaming from house to house and beach to beach. Yet when it comes to matters of the heart, the family is secretive, false and emotionally claustrophobic; a family of pretences. The dichotomy between the two manifests itself in Lockhart’s wonderfully lyrical and intense prose, which both feels Continue reading
If you’re a fan of Michael Grant and his books, you’ll no doubt be excited for his latest series, MESSENGER OF FEAR. Are you afraid? Not nearly afraid enough….here’s the official blurb: “I remembered my name – Mara. But, standing in that ghostly place, faced with the solemn young man in the black coat with silver skulls for buttons, I could recall nothing else about myself. And then the games began. Think you know the meaning of suspense? Think again… The Messenger sees the darkness in young hearts, and the damage it inflicts upon the world. If they go unpunished, he offers the wicked a game. Win, and they can go free. Lose, and they will live out their greatest fear. But what does any of this have to do with Mara? She is about to find out…” To celebrate the revelation of the cover (LEFT – isn’t it beautiful?) Michael Grant has also answered one question on each and every one of the participating blogs… What is the Continue reading
Personally, The Hunger Games film franchises is one of my favourites: it’s just so brilliant (okay, so there are a few disappointing moments but thankfully these are really quite minor) and in my opinion surpasses the books. One of my favourite things about the films has been their viral marketing campaign, which has seen websites such as Capital Couture go up. It’s all very immersive and that’s what’s so fab about the new Mockingjay teaser trailer too, in the form of a Capitol address by none other than President Snow himself! Obviously there might be quite a shocking revelation in that for those who haven’t read the books – and I won’t spoil anymore – but it’s all very exciting! Panem Today, Panem Tomorrow, Panem Forever. What do you think of the Mockingjay teaser trailer?
If you’ve just watched The Fault in Our Stars and need something else to get your paws on, I’ve compiled a list of ten (unusual) books you might want to try. In no particular order: Winger by Andrew Smith – This coming-of-age novel tells the story of Ryan Dean “Winger” West, the only fourteen year old eleventh grader at his private school for rich American slackers. He’s understandably insecure, and Winger is the story of his maturation from scrawny-ass to a guy whose weight is “half made up in balls” (that’s a quote). Read it for: Smith’s fantastic cast of characters and his unbeatable style. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith – This is Smith’s most recent and unconventional novel that transcends every genre there is. It’s 33% part sci-fi, 33% part apocalyptic, 33% part horny coming-of-age and it’s 100% Grasshopper Jungle. You’ll never have read anything as crazy or as good as Austin Szerba’s story leading up to the invasion of Ealing, Iowa, by six-foot tall praying mantises. Read Continue reading
I’ve got the pleasure of introducing Catherine Bruton to ThirstForFiction as part of her I Predict a Riot blog tour. Catherine is also the author of We Can Be Heroes and Pop!, as well as writing regularly for national newspapers. Take it away Catherine! I’ve never committed murder before. Neither in real life (obviously!) nor on the page. So when I got an email from my editor suggesting I kill off my favourite character, it came as a bit of a shock. So, here’s how it works. I’d come up with the idea for I Predict a Riot whilst watching the streets of my London neighbourhood burning in the summer of 2011. The idea of three kids from very different backgrounds all of whom become involved in the riots for very different reasons, came to me. I was writing something else at the time but this idea gripped me like a fever and it seemed to demand to be written. So I wrote the first few chapters in a frenzy Continue reading