Thursday, 31 October 2013

Every Breath

'Every Breath' is Ellie Marney's first novel for young adults.
Teenage Rachel and her family have moved to the city from rural Victoria.
It is a radical lifestyle change for the family and Rachel is finding the move very difficult.
Living in the same street as Rachel is James Mycroft - or simply 'Mycroft' as Rachel refers to him - a rebellious and enigmatic teenager who becomes Rachel's friend.
From the offset there is strong chemistry between the two and on virtually every page there is reference to the sizzling and ongoing tension and sense of anticipation between them.
Mycroft and Rachel's friends are believable and likeable personalities, and their family circumstances ring true to adolescents who are treading a balance between dependence and independence.
Mycroft and Rachel stumble on a murder scene and join forces to try and find out who was responsible.
With Mycroft and Rachel's investigative powers and interest in forensics they are soon hot on the trail of the murder investigation and find themselves in deep danger.
As for Mycroft and Rachel's 'will they won't they' relationship - well, you'll have to read the book to find out what happens.
My lips are sealed!
Recommended fiction for teens - part mystery, part family/friends/relationships.
I look forward to the next novel by Ellie Marney called 'Every Word' where we see the return of Rachel and Mycroft.


Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The House of Hades

The fourth book in The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan has been released. The House of Hades follows on from The Mark of Athena.

At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

Check out this clip of the author Rick Riordan reading from the new book The House of Hades.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Upcoming Books to Movies

Very excited about the making of two of my favourite books into movies.

The Book Thief  will be released in mid November. Based on the the novel  by Markus Zusak I can't wait to see this story on the big screen.  Directed by Brian Percival (Downton Abbey) and  musical score by John Williams (Jaws, Jurrasic Park, Harry Potter etc), the film stars Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush, Sophie Nélisse, and Ben Schnetzer.

Check out this clip to see how Liesel  is bought to life on screen.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is currently being filmed in the US. Starring Shailene Woodley as  Hazel (The Secret Life of the American Teenager ), , Ansel Elgort as Augustus, Natt Wolff as Isaac (The Naked Brothers Band ) and Willem Dafoe as  Peter Van Houten.

John Green has been vlogging from the set.  Check out the clip below as he introduces the actors plus talks about watching his book come to life.

PS. Look out for movies of Divergent by Veronica Roth and Maze Runner by James Dashner as they will also be in cinemas in 2014


Tuesday, 1 October 2013

The Sky So Heavy

'The Sky So Heavy' is written by Clair Zorn, an Australian author who lives on the New South Wales coast.
At the centre of the novel is teenager, Fin, who has an excellent wry sense of humour. he goes about his day in his own fashion - dodging school work where he can, and trying to be cool and impress the object of his affections, Lucy.

But on the other side of the world a nightmare is unfolding that has dire and unforeseen consequences.
Nuclear missiles are being detonated and Fin's life is about to be turned upside down.
Fin wakes up to a snowy, freezing cold world where resources become limited, and people will do anything to survive.

Fin has to take charge.
With a younger brother to look after, Fin has to make momentous decisions that could mean survival or death.

This is an impressive novel that will appeal to teenagers who enjoy adventurous and futuristic stories.


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