Friday, 21 December 2012

Anna and the French kiss

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna is devastated when her dad suddenly announces that she'll be completing her senior year in a boarding school in Paris. Anna is forced to leave her best friend and family, for a forgein country where she doesn't even speak the language. 

However, on her first day of school Anna runs into St Clair who is funny, charming and of course gorgeous. As their relationship progresses Anna starts to doubt his feelings for her, and whether or not he will ever leave his long term girlfriend.

While this story has a predictable outcome, Stephanie Perkins brilliantly captures the difficulties of starting new friendships as well as the excitement and mystery at the beginning of new relationships. 

This book is now one of my all time favourites. It is difficult to fully describe how awesome it is, but once you read it you'll understand. Would recommend it to everyone, but in particular teenage girls and fans of romance with a little bit of comedy thrown in. Five stars!

~ Natalie

Monday, 17 December 2012

City of Bones Movie!

Hi Everyone!
Here's the brand new trailer for the Mortal Instruments - City of Bones movie.  The movie is to be released in August 2013. The movie is based on a series of books by Cassandra Clare, which are amazing - the sixth book in the series is due out in March 2014. There is also a series of prequels called the Infernal Devices, which has the third (and final) book out in March 2013.
Rachel @ Narre


AT YELLOW LAKE  by Jane McLoughlin

Yellow Lake was to be a haven. A place of solace, a sanctuary. Yet when three teenagers find themselves seeking refuge in the cabin on the lake, it becomes anything but a place of safety.

Jonah has come to reconnect with his Native American heritage, to try and rebuild the fractured story that is his life.

Peter has come all the way from England to grant his mother’s last request, bury a lock of hair by her childhood cabin on the lake.

And Etta is on the run. Trying to evade Kyle, her mother’s scary boyfriend and his criminal friends.

However they soon find themselves in the middle of a crime, and Kyle has no intentions of letting anyone live to tell the tale.

Together Jonah, Peter and Etta, find support and comfort, only to discover that they will need more. Much more if they want to leave the lake alive.

A good fast paced read that will have you wanting to know what happens next.

Vicki @ Pak.

Friday, 14 December 2012

The Hunger Games Trilogy

The Hunger Games trilogy is written by Suzanne Collins and it tells the story of 16 year old Katniss Everdeen living in a world where the Capitol rules over the land of Panem with an iron fist. 

Every year the Capitol forces each of the 12 districts to offer up one man and one woman aged between 12-18 years to participate in a fight to the death event known as the Hunger Games. Only one tribute shall remain victorious and he or she shall be showered in fame and riches for the rest of their lives.

This series involves three books: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. All three of these books offer an enjoyable read and also an incredible storyline. Each chapter of these books makes you want to read even more about the adventures of Katniss. 

Not only are the books filled with stories of just the Hunger Games but it also offers some humour and romance. The characters in each of the stories have been well thought out and have their own personality and story; they have not just been placed randomly in the novel to help make a scene make sense. Each character has its own uniqueness and that is just one of the factors that make these series of novels enjoyable and exciting to read. The Hunger Games has a well thought out storyline with moments that shock you and leave you in wonderment of what would happen next. 

These novels: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay are definitely worth reading. So whoever is looking for a good novel to read, I recommend you go to your nearest library or bookstore and get your hands on these novels and commence your reading!

- Jesse (Endeavour Hills Work Experience Student)

Monday, 10 December 2012


In S.C.U.M. by Danny Katz we follow a day in the life of hilariously funny teenager, Tom Zurbo-Goldblatt.

8.43am - Tom waits at the gate for his girl-crush, Sarah. She doesn't show up.
8.55am - Maths session. Sarah has miraculously arrived. Tom waits in anticipation for his favourite maths word of all time, 'surd!'
9.39am - Second period, Science, with the delectable Miss Valderamma. Tom sits down the back of the classroom but his friend Jack sits at the front because he thinks if he leans back and squints his eyes he can see Miss Valderamma's 'fallopians!' 
2.04pm -  School photos. Tom causes a human dominoes like fall effect whilst waiting in line. The day is fast becoming a negative one out of ten day for Tom.

As we journey through Tom's day we realise that there is a serious side to this story, though.
Tom is being bullied, and he and his gang of outcasts called the 'Students Combined Underground Movement' (SCUM) largely congregate on the bench beside the bin behind the canteen where nobody ever goes.

Throughout the book Tom draws funny and often very rude sketches of his classmates and teachers.
Non stop action and entertainment in this highly recommended teen novel.
The book should especially appeal to 14-16 year old teenage boys.


Monday, 3 December 2012

Falling to Ash- Karen Mahoney

Trapped between life and death
Moth struggles to find her place.
You can’t choose your family
Living or Dead!!!

Moth was once known as Marie, a typical teenage girl embarking on her college experience. Then life fell apart, mum died, dad started drinking and Marie met Theo, the handsomely older gentleman who would literally change her. Now Marie is Moth, one of the living dead, struggling the find the balance between who she was and who she is now. Add in a game of cat and mouse with an infamous vampire-hunters son, who Moth just can’t figure out nor stay away from, and a few old acquaintances turning up dead and you’ve got something more than just your average vampire tale.

Falling to ash is a compelling, can’t-put-it-down who-dun-it read. What really carries this novel is its characters, Moth is so undeniably likable yet snarky, a vampire who is still intrinsically connected to her human life, which makes her inevitably more interesting than most vampires. Jace is the perfect sounding board to Moth, their chemistry and playful banter is entertaining, yet despite the star crossed lover possibilities Mahoney is slow to take them there. Theo is someone you love to hate and you truly do feel for the conflicting emotions Moth has towards her sire, good or bad with Theo it’s hard to tell. The plot races from beginning to end, with the mystery of the killings sure to keep any reader in suspense and turning the pages, which is further helped by Mahoney writing skills- she draws you into a vividly real world with characters you instantly connect with. Falling to ash intrinsically weaves mystery with vampires, zombies, action and yes some romance into a most enthralling read. Give this one a go.

If you are hungry for more of Moth Mahoney has written two short stories found in The eternal Kiss-vampire tales of blood and desire and Kiss me deadly: tales of paranormal romance, as well as a web comic.

Courtney :)

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