Friday, 28 June 2013

Kyla shouldn’t remember…but she does
Kyla shouldn’t be violent…but she just was
Kyla should be dead…but she isn’t
The question is why???

Following on from Slated, Fractured begins with Kyla faced with the consequences of her violent actions. She should be dead, the chip they put in her brain when she was Slated should have killed her but it hasn’t.
Now armed with scattered memories and the knowledge she is safe from the Lorders Kyla sets out to piece together the frightening truth about her existence. Is she Lucy the sweet and innocent looking girl from the web? Or is she someone else who can violently take down a man twice her size. Caught in the epic struggle between good and evil Kyla knows neither who to trust nor what to believe all she knows is she wants to find Ben. Of course finding Ben might not end they way she wants. As Kyla’s past begins to catch up to her, the puzzle pieces that is her life begin to fall into place, but is Kyla truly ready for the frightening truth and the consequences it will have for her future? In the eternal struggle of good versus evil, right versus wrong, just who does Kyla trust in a world of secrets and deceit?

EPIC! That’s the best word I can think of to describe this stunning sequel which is totally worth the cliff-hanger and year long wait. Once again Terry compels the reader back into her dystopian future with new and scary characters (Nico) as well as revealing more details about the history of this world (i.e. how slating works and why it exists).  Fractured is dripping with suspense, it’s thought provoking and sophisticated. It is thrilling to watch as Kyla learns about her past and shapes herself into her own person, free of the demands of the adults around her. The fact that you as the reader don’t know who to trust any more than Kyla does make this book a page turner. What  appeals most about this read is the detail Terry delivers, in both her character description and world building, it makes such a future all the more real and possible. Unlike most other series where the story can stagnate during the second book Fractured doesn’t there is plenty of plot, twists and reveals to keep the story at the same fast pace as the previous book. The reader cannot help but be hooked as Terry slowly reveals the shocking truth about Kyla’s past as well as Kyla’s desperate search for Ben, who takes a back seat in this book, as the focus is all on Kyla. Fractured is a beautifully and intrinsically written tale with action, mystery, deceit balanced with a journey of self discovery.

(Teri Terry discusses Slated and Fractured and what's ahead for the final installant: see below)

 Happy Reading,
Courtney :)

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Teen Book Group Display

Hi all!

The next Narre Warren Teen Book Group session will be held on Thursday 11th of July at 4.30pm. We will be discussing Divergent by Veronica Roth. Check out the brilliant display two work experience students made to promote the event:

Thank you Sinead and Charlotte!

Hope to see you all there.

- Celia

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Outstanding. It may seem to be a bit slow moving in the first half of the book, but if you're appreciative like I am for classic literature, you'll see through it and enjoy it immensely. I love how Harper Lee describes everything so well, and how her descriptions allow you to accurately picture the whole scene of the novel.

You'll never forget this book, it hits you hard, and is one of those books that makes you take a step back and think about what life is like today. It's altered my view of reality, and will be embedded in my mind for infinite years to come. It's a definite must-read, I highly recommend it.

Age: 17

Monday, 24 June 2013

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin begins with 17 year old Mara Dyer, who wakes up in a hospital with no memory of a tragic accident that took place and killed her friends, with her being the only survivor. As a result of the accident, she is diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and begs her family relocate to Miami, Florida, for a fresh start. But things don’t end there.

Mara starts at a new school and quickly becomes friends with Jamie, who makes her feel at ease with herself and is the only person who doesn’t know about her past. I really liked Jamie’s character, as he was funny and completely at ease. She is also introduced to Noah Shaw, the arrogant English boy who moved to America three years earlier. He is everything she is not asking for.  She steers clear from him with Jamie’s advice, but develops feelings for him as the story unfolds.

Mara slowly begins to remember the events from the building collapse and with it comes some terrifying revelations. She learns that she has the ability to kill with her mind and that she and Noah have a connection that runs deeper than any other relationship.

I really enjoyed reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer because the story is one that stayed with me long after I turned the final page. It was a story about finding a sense of comfort in a world that was chaotic. Noah made Mara believe that he could help her. He also made her believe that she wasn’t a murderer and wasn’t to blame for the deaths of her friends. He made her feel beautiful and cared for and wanted to ‘fix’ her, and he wouldn’t give up on her like her family had by not believing her problems couldn’t be fixed with medicine.

By the end of the book, I learnt that it is more than meets the eye with people. Mara is a shell of her former self, and Noah is the one to complete her. The ending of the book was a complete cliff-hanger, and it made me want to have the second instalment right away. Throughout the book, I was left on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what would happen next. If you enjoy a fantastic, original with a twist read, Michelle Hodkin’s remarkable debut is the perfect novel.

- Charlotte (Teen Reviewer via Celia)

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Joyous and Moonbeam

'Joyous and Moonbeam' by Richard Yaxley is a strong and touching Australian teen novel.
The story is essentially that of 33 year old intellectually disabled man, Joyous.

 Life has not been easy for Joyous who has long been the butt of jokes and has encountered many fights.
Whilst his mother is fiercely loving and supportive his father had an untimely death after a 'poorly judged whiparound a bread van'.

Joyous is working in a sheltered workshop when he befriends a 15 year old girl he nicknames 'Moonbeam'. Slowly they begin to form a friendship which blossoms. Their friendship is nurturing and has mutual benefits.

Joyous has a  philosophy of 'working things around a little' and looking for the positives begins to rub off on pessimistic Moonbeam.
The voice of Joyous is fresh and innocent and true.
'Joyous and Moonbeam' is told from the point of view of three people : Joyous, his mother, and Moonbeam.
Each has a compelling story to tell.

Recommended reading.


Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Inkys 2013 Longlist

The long list of nominations for the Inky Awards 2013 have been announced.

"The Inky Awards are for teen literature, voted for online by the readers of, and named after the site's wonder-dog, Inky. There are two awards: the Gold Inky for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky for an international book."

The judges will begin their deliberations on the long list, to determine which titles will be kept for the short list, which will be announced 26 August.

The short list will then be opened to your votes to determine 2013's Inky Award winners.

In the meantime, check out the long list and catch up with those titles you may have missed. (and getting them from your library is so easy) After all, you could be voting for them later in the year.

~ Michelle

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

FILM SCREENING: Bride and Prejudice

Bring along your friends and some cushions, and come to the FREE film screening of 'Bride and Prejudice' at Hampton Park Library these school holidays.

A modern adaptation of Jane's Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice', it's part romance, part comedy, and all Bollywood! Set in Amritsa, Lalita Bakshi (played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) is the beautiful and headstrong daughter, who is determined to only marry for love, as her mother conspires to marry off all her daughters. But then Lalita meets the wealthy American, William 'Will' Darcy, who is obstinate and conceited. But is it all a case of prejudice?

Where: Hampton Park Library
When: Thursday 4 July
Time: 5.30-7.30pm

You'll like it if you like: Jane Austen, Romantic Comedies, Bollywood movies, and musicals!

Snacks provided. BYO blankets and cushions.

Also a lucky door prize to be won on the night!

Book online at or phone your local CCLC library.

Rated PG.

See you there!

~ Rafah

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