Monday, 16 September 2013

The Raven Cycle 2: The dream thieves

A secret is a strange thing.

There are three kinds.

The first requires two people: one to keep the secret, one to never know it.

The second is harder, the secret you keep from yourself, the ‘I am afraid’ secret.

The third is the secret no one knows about. It was known once but not anymore.

We all have secrets in our lives…and Ronan Lynch has lived with every sort of secret.
 The Raven cycle Series: The raven boys, The dream thieves...

The Raven Boys are back; Gansey, Adam, Ronan, Noah and Blue have found Cabeswater and awakened the ley line, they are now one step closer to Glendower and one step closer to the prophetic end, Gansey’s death. But looking for long buried secrets will take this five-some to places they never imagined. Gansey will face slowly losing his friend, Blue will accept that her feelings will be what they will be and not what she wants them to be, Adam will face his past in order to find his future, while Ronan will have to dig deep down to discover the haunting truth about his family’s past and come to terms with his extraordinary paranormal gift. Nothing stays secret forever, especially not when you go hunting for it, but the Raven boys will soon learn they’re not the only one’s hunting…there are dangerous times ahead.

As with the prequel 'the dream thieves' had me enraptured from the very beginning. There is just so much that I love about this series but first and foremost I love how character driven the story is; I love Ronan for his complexity and ability to constantly surprise me, Adam I can only admire for his strength and determination, Noah is charmingly endearing as the boy who never grew up, Gansey is soulful and wise beyond his years with the knowledge to know who he is and what he wants without having to apologise for it and Blue has a strong independent spirit I can’t help but love. Additionally I can’t help but admire the skill of Stiefvater to craft such an intelligent and unpredictable tale. This is a story you read in a whirlwind, never knowing what’s coming next, always being surprised by the outcome. In the dream thieves Ronan takes centre stage as the main protagonist and I quite enjoyed getting to know him better, however I did miss Blue and Gansey but enjoyed the brief moments of their developing relationship. What stands out about this novel is the mystery, Stiefvater has told  you how the story ends but makes it so difficult to envision; you just can’t imagine where she’s going to take these characters, this story and you the reader, which makes for a thrilling and enthralling read. While at time it may seem that Stiefvater is going off on a tangent, why did she introduce this character, every page of storytelling has meaning, adds to the plot which slowly unravels the further you read. Stiefvater challenges you to think, to observe, to put together the puzzle pieces that she leaves behind and solve the mystery, but she does it so masterfully that it is difficult to see the whole picture until of course you’ve finished the book. This is not a novel you just read, this is a novel in which you think, you observe, you wonder, you amaze and you become very much a part of the story as the sixth raven boy. Sequels can be hard to live up to the hype of the first book but not only does The dream thieves live up to the expectations The raven boys left but it exceeds it. The dream thieves is one of the most refreshing and imaginative story’s in the YA genre today, it will hook you from page one to the very end; it’s not to be missed.

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Courtney :)

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Too Close to Home

Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay  is a event filled thriller with a twist like no other. The news that your neighbours, the Langleys and their teenage son, have been shot dead is shocking enough, but even more terrifying is the thought that maybe the killers went to the wrong house.

The Cutters, who live next door, also have a teenage son, Derek, who was in the Langleys' house when the killer came to visit; naturally Derek becomes the upstate New York cops' chief suspect.

But this is just the start of an extraordinary and complicated series of events that, before the 380 pages are done, are going to lay bare many shameful secrets kept hidden for years. Too Close to Home is generally more intended for a slightly older audience, as the older teens are able to connect with one of the protagonists, Derek. It's a little slow in some parts, but picks up your attention in others.

I wouldn't recommend this book to someone who gets paranoid easily, but for all others it's a good read to check out.

Age  17

Friday, 6 September 2013

Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters

For Lovers of the Percy Jackson series of  books by Rick Riordan, the second movie in the series, Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters  is due for release on the 19 September. 

Catch it in the school holidays!

Check out the trailer below.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013


She was dead…but not anymore
She was once harmless…but not anymore
Emotionless, Dangerous and Deadly,.
She is the perfect solider
…until of course she isn’t
The perfect solider is done taking orders
Watch out!!!

Five years ago Wren Connelly was shot three times in the chest. She died only to rise again 178 minutes later rebooted. Set in the ruins of what was once Texas Reboot tells the tale of the human race being overrun by Normal looking as ever Reboots are faster, stronger, able to heal and emotionless, they are the perfect army for a totalitarian government intent on controlling the masses. Wren Connolly is perhaps the most deadly Reboot ever, dead for 178 minutes, the longest ever, she is more dead than alive…or so she thinks. When Callum, dead for 22 minutes and still more alive than dead, arrives he shakes Wren to her very core. Callum is slow, weak and emotional, the absolute opposite to what HARC wants.  But as Callum begins to challenge Wren’s ideals and stir emotions in her she believed long dead. It all comes down to a choice for Wren, the unknown or the known?  Is Wren human enough to care to save a life rather than take it?
the spread of a deadly virus, KDH. KDH is a virus that kills then revives leaving the world occupied by ‘Reboots.’

The Vampire, the fairies, the angels, they've all had their reinventions now its time to reinvent the zombie and what a reinvention it is. Tintera pushes the boundaries and breaks down years of traditionalism to bring to life an utterly original retelling of the zombie tale. Wren as the protagonist is bad ass, she’s tough, practical and a lot more human than she realises. Callum as the love interest is sweet, endearing and not all macho. I particularly liked how his character refused to be changed no matter the cost; he reminded me a lot of Peeta from the hunger games. And I suppose because of this I loved the dynamic of his relationship with Wren; this is a tale of about a girl who saves a boy, a tale about an emotionally broken girl who is healed by the love of a boy. In addition to the tale Tintera’s writing style is very free flowing and descriptive which make for an easy and visual read. My only criticism of this book is that it ended rather abruptly, I didn’t know I was at the end of the book until there were no pages left to turn. That being said Tintera plots enough suspense and questions throughout the pages to make for a compelling read. If you’re looking for something new in the supernatural genre then Reboot is a it…a thrilling and action packed reformed zombie tale. 

Courtney :)

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