Monday, 24 March 2014

Me since you

A girl rebelling against her father
A boy struggling with the loss of his father
One choice and one moment will bring these two together
And change their lives forever…

Rowan Areno is a teenager struggling to find herself in the adult world; her life is a balancing act of responsibility and rebellion but with a cop for a father Rowan’s lives with higher expectations of behaviour, expectations she doesn't always meet. When one day Rowan decides to skip school she could never imagine the ripple effect that would follow that one minor indecision. Lives are lost and destroyed in a heartbeat. For Rowan she will struggle to deal with the consequences that follow that day and in the process will learn what and who really matters. A heart wrenching tale about a father and daughter who both struggle to grow in a dangerously frightening and vindictive world. It will take the compassion of one boy for Rowan to truly understand what life is all about and accept that in life we disappoint the ones we love but it does not make us love one another any less. Life will never stop because of one’s pain, for Rowan this means accepting the choices she and others have made because that will be her only way forward. To live, love and forgive; it’s never easy but always necessary.

Weiss doesn't hold back one inch in this captivating and heartbreaking tale of love and loss. At times Me after you is quite harrowing and sad but none the less an honest and heart-warming portrayal of life in the everyday world. I will admit that I was shocked by the plot twists in this tale, from the immediate consequences of Rowan's decisions to the shocking aftermath months down the road. I was stunned, this tale will take you on an emotional roller-coaster ride from the very heights of young love to the very depths of despair in grief and depression. As a protagonist Rowan is likeable without being annoying or condescending. Eli is so endearing and it was great to see a young character with maturity beyond his year; I can only say that I would have liked to have seen more of him and heard more of his story because he was the character who intrigued me the most. Ultimately what grabs about this novel is the surprises and plot twists nothing in this book was what I was expecting and that in itself makes it a great read. All in all Weiss has delivered a phenomenal tale about life, love, loss and forgiveness; one that I recommend everyone read, it may break your heart but it will also uplift you with the hope that there’s always something more. A must read for YA readers in 2014.

Courtney :)

Saturday, 15 March 2014


Long before anyone had heard of the 'Hunger Games,' Gillian Rubinstein wrote a magnificent novel for teens called
I was reminded of the similarities between the 'Hunter Games' and 'Galax-Arena' in a recent article I read, which then led me to re-read 'Galax-Arena'.
In 'Galax-Arena', three young people are kidnapped and transported to a whole new world where they are forced to perform as acrobats in an inter-gallactic arena with dozens of other performers.
Their situation is chilling - they must perform or face dire consequences.
Of the three young kidnapped people one is not a gymnast. Peter was the golden child of the family: a talented and gifted sportsperson. Liane excelled in ballet and Joella, well, Joella had lots of pets.
But Joella is intuitive and has an uncanny ability to see things clearly. It is Joella who discovers a fly in their new surroundings which leads her to question all she has been led to believe. Are they really in another galaxy after all?
Gillian Rubinstein has produced an amazing storyline with gripping characters.
Who can forget 'Bro Rabbit' - a hand puppet belonging to Liane who somehow comes to life.
'Hip, hop, hai' says Bro Rabbit 'Ya gon die.'

Friday, 14 March 2014

Page to Screen: 2014 YA book to movie adaptions

Vampire Academy- Richelle Mead (Trailer)
Divergent- Veronica Roth (Trailer)
Fallen- Lauren Kate
If I stay- Gayle Foreman

The Maze Runner- James Dashner (Trailer)

Courtney :)

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Harry Potter Series

The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling has 7 different books that goes through the life of Harry Potter and his journey throughout Hogwarts, the school for wizards and witches. I have re-read the whole series twice, as I find it very intriguing and Rowling’s use of language and techniques builds up the suspense which makes me want to read it more. Most people would have seen the movie, but wouldn’t read the books as they are too long. But honestly reading the book is much more enjoyable as it goes through everything in much more depth, and you would understand everything better. Each book brings out new adventures and mysteries making you want to follow them in their journey. My favourite book out of the series would be the 5th one, Order of the Phoenix. I don’t know why I like that one the most, but every time I want to find something to read in my spare time my mind automatically thinks towards Order of the Phoenix, though it may be long.

At first when I started the first book of the Harry Potter series I wasn’t really into it, but as I continued reading I found myself wanting to read it more which then lead me to read the whole series and I’m  glad I didn’t stop at the first book otherwise I would have missed out on reading a book that was well worth my time. If you haven’t read any of the Harry Potter books, I suggest you go and do so now because I know for sure, even if you  aren’t into books to do with the supernatural theme, it doesn’t matter as this series will not disappoint you.

- Emily, age 15

Vampire Academy Film

Go and see the Vampire Academy film! Out now! Reviews welcome for the blog.

Thursday, 6 March 2014



The pain in your past never goes.
It’s always there in the background,
like a lurking enemy, waiting to trip you up.
Or worse, waiting for you to trip yourself.

Eddie is seven when rescued from years of neglect. Hidden away, no one has seen him leave the flat for over three years. What sort of person hides their child away? What sort of person puts up with continual physical abuse from an alcoholic partner?

The answer is Eddie’s mother.

Finally he is given the chance of a real life. Taken into foster care and then adopted it is hoped that Eddie now known as Edward will be able to lead a normal life. But the years of emotional damage have taken their toll. He struggles to fit in, struggles to have a ‘normal’ life.

One day Edward sees a photograph of himself, horrified to see the monster Harris’s face. Does this mean that blood will always tell? That he too will turn into an abusive animal?

I don’t like happy ever after stories. I like darkness and sharpness….this book has it all. Fine does a great job of taking the reader to  untangle Edward’s life. The change of point of view is an intriguing way of offering up information that the central character, Edward, has no way of knowing.

We see his life from his foster parent’s point of view, as well as his adoptive parents, but we also dip into that of his adopted sister, the nurse at the hospital, his school teacher, class mate, social worker, psychotherapist.

And finally we understand Edward’s struggle and hope he discovers that blood doesn’t always make family.

Vicki @ Pak​

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