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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein cover

Code Name Verity

When wireless operator and upper-class girl Verity meets civilian pilot Maddie, you wouldn’t think they’d be friends. But during war, anything is possible and the two are as close as sisters. What would they do for each other? They’re about to find out as their mission fails and Verity is captured by the Gestapo in … Continue reading

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson cover

The Name of the Star

When her parents are offered jobs in Bristol, England, Rory decides she wants to spend the year in a London boarding school, far away from her Louisana home across the pond. Unknowingly, her arrival is timed perfectly with the beginning of a series of brutal murders across the East End, and Rory is the only … Continue reading

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News Roundup #12

Again, apologies for the long overdue News Roundup post (initially, this was going to be a set thing, but recent proceedings have shown that I am incapable of holding to a fixed timetable so these posts will arrive as and when I feel like it!) Plenty of news this time around again, I hope you … Continue reading

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris cover


Blinding headlights. A loud motor. Heat. One crash. Death. Then life, again. Janelle has been brought back. By whom? Why? I believe readers have a right to be fussy: there are so, so many novels out there that I believe we, as readers, should be able to pick and choose the cream of the crop. … Continue reading

Pop! by Catherine Bruton cover


Elfie’s favourite thing are plans. Since an early age, her often funny misdemeanors have been the talk of the street. But now her plans are bigger and more ambitious than before: she wants to climb to the top of a TV-talent contest and win for her family. The only problem is, she isn’t a very … Continue reading

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan cover

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

For most people, life changes in incremental steps. It is no different for two Will Graysons who briefly meet and part again- leaving each other with something they didn’t have before. It would be hard to get two more prominent coming-of-age, YA authors than John Green and David Levithan (the latter of which is particularly … Continue reading

1.4 by Mike Lancaster cover


Over one millennium ago, audio tapes were discovered that suggested that humanity was being upgraded on a regular basis. The tapes, known as the Straker Tapes, were heavily disregarded by scientific circles, but there are those who belief them to hold the truth to everything. And they may not be so wrong… I didn’t expect … Continue reading

Peter Pan by J.M.Barrie cover

Peter Pan

You would struggle to think of a children’s classic more iconic than Peter Pan: since it’s publication in the second decade of the 20th century it has captured the hearts and minds of children (and adults!) and swept us all to the Neverland. So I thought it was time that I read the book, having … Continue reading

Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Third Kind by Andy Robb cover

Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind

Alas- how girls beguile geeks. Their attractiveness is a promise of the unattainable- at least, that’s what Archie thinks. Stuck in a rut playing Dungeons and Dragons with his three mates, he wants to explore the subtler pleasures of life: womankind… There are two ways in which to play a bildungsroman these days: either, it … Continue reading

A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix cover

A Confusion of Princes

Ten million Princes command the Empire’s reach of the universe, ruling colonial human settlements across time and space. Prince Khemri has just come from his conditioning to become a Prince, something he’s always dreamed of. But being a Prince is not what he expected it to be, and the Imperial Mind far less admirable than … Continue reading

Insurgent by Veronica Roth cover


After the culling of Abnegation faction, there was only ever going to be one response: revolution. From all sides. And Tris is stuck in the middle. If you asked any blogger what their number one YA dystopian novel of twenty twelve is, I can guarantee that the majority would say “Insurgent“. And why not? The … Continue reading

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

172 Hours on the Moon

Do you want to set foot on the moon? Are you between the ages of fourteen and eighteen? Then perhaps you are eligible to enter NASA’s moon return program, and if you’re lucky, you’ll be one of three to spend 172 hours on the moon… Sci-fi, it seems, isn’t too popular with young adult publishers … Continue reading

Partials by Dan Wells cover


As part of the Hope Act, every woman aged eighteen and over is legally obliged to conceive. None of their children will survive. At a time when dystopia in YA is booming, Partials couldn’t have come at a worse time. Or could it? These days, readers really have to push to find the good dystopia … Continue reading

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber cover

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick

Perry Stormaire makes a lot of sacrifices to go to Columbia University. So when his mother asks him to sacrifice his band’s first gig in NYC to take his unsociable Lithuanian exchange student Gobi to Prom, he kicks a fuss. Quite understandable, really. Then Prom night turns into something very different when Gobi demands to … Continue reading

The Fire Ascending by Chris d'Lacey cover

The Fire Ascending

Before the secrets of the tapestry of the battle of Isenfier can be discovered, first, we must tell of the legendary Agawin, a young boy in the prehistory of time, when dragons still roamed this earth in all their magnificence. He shall tell of the quest for the last dragon, Galen, and his guard high … Continue reading

The Killables by Gemma Malley cover

The Killables

Evil is a destructive force that must not be allowed to fester the human brain and drive it to madness and corruption. Anyone perceived to display such negative qualities will not be allowed to mix with the general population. Thankfully, a cure has been discovered. By removing the amygdala part of your brain, your evil … Continue reading