Thursday, 26 June 2014

The Kissing Booth - Beth Reekles

The Kissing Booth written by UK author Beth Reekles, first appeared on the website Wattpad, since then TKB has won the Watty awards and been published; sending Beth Reekles into the world of YA authors. This novel is tremendous, I first read it on Wattpad when it was in its rough stages and it was absolutely amazing, I read it three times. Then when it came out in print I was wrapped. I borrowed it and read it a further two times and I was still amazed.

I cannot do this novel any justice, but it has got to be another of my all time favourites. The emotions, the descriptions and of course the plot is all breath-taking. Reekles is a pure generous, I wish I had written this novel. It is a must read for anyone who is in love with teen fiction romances. One of a kind, don’t hold back, I urge you to find it and enjoy! 

~E. Winters Narre Warren Work Experience 

A Girl Like Me - Penny Matthews

Historical Fiction has got to be my all-time favourite genre; there is always the right balance of fact, fiction and a good double dose of imagination. Romance, great historic moments and the telling of a different time always has me from the first sentence. If you’re a historical fiction loving reader like me, then this novel is for you. Written by Australian author Penny Matthews, A Girl Like me is a wonderfully thought provoking filled novel about an ambitious fifteen year old Emily Jane Brooker, known as Emmie by close friends and family. Emmie’s life revolves around the learning of household skills, piano lessons and her best friend Ada. But when a young Miss Bertha Schippan is brought into the picture things get a little saucy.
In all honesty this one big page turner, with the insight to facts about life over a century ago, involving a lot of Australian history about something that brought headlines rushing out around the nation. This novel has got to be one of the best novels I have read, there are references to Emily Bronte’s works and to the hard times a young woman had to go through. This amazing novel touches on all aspects of a young girl’s life back in 1902, questions will be raised with this one.
If you really do like Australia’s history, or history in general with some mystery mixed in, this book is the one for you. A well written, page turning, marvellous book that should be read by everyone! 

~ E.Winters Narre Warren Work Experience

Friday, 20 June 2014

Contemporary YA fiction



Courtney :)

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Tell us about it: The Hunger Games is all about a girl named Katniss who takes the place of her sister who got chosen to go in the Hunger Games and both of them were really scared.

How good was it? Fantastic

Review by Samantha from Cranbourne Adventurer's Club

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Altered


Title: Altered
Author:  Jennifer Rush

Anna's dad works for a mysterious organisation called the Branch. As a part of his work they keep 4 boys in a secret lab to perform experiments on them. The boys, Nick, Cas, Trev and Sam, have no memory of their past life, but as a result of their treatments have extraordinary skills, such as strength. For years, Anna has looked after the boys and become incredibly close to them, especially Sam, whom she has fallen in love with. After an escape attempt, Anna and the boys are on run from the Branch, trying to piece together all the clues to what the Branch's plans are, and Anna discovers her life has been a lie.

The main driving force of the novel is the mystery of the Branch itself, and I enjoyed this immensely. There are many twists in the book, some are expected and some were unexpected enough to warrant a second flick to the beginning with a confused "But HOW?". Reasonable number of fight scenes, although it's not action-packed. However, one of the negatives was the strange romance between Anna and Sam that seems contrived at the start and becomes a little creepy towards the end. That combined Anna's narration echoing Bella Swan in Twilight may be a turn-off for some.

So overall, skip the romance, and it's a pretty cool read. One final warning however: the ending leaves conspicuously enough room for a potential sequel.

Lauren
Age 17

Friday, 13 June 2014

Paper Towns by John Green

“What a treacherous thing to believe a person is more than a person.”

John Green ceases to amaze me with his unforgettable and brilliant stories, and in every one of them he never fails to go in depth with teenage lives that is always accompanied by a concept or idea that every human can relate to.
The award-winning novel, ‘Paper Towns’, explores the lives of the interesting and lovable  characters; Quentin Jacobsen (“Q” for short), Margo Roth Spiegelman, Ben Starling, “Radar” and Lacey Pemberton. The story has romance, mystery, and humour throughout as Q desperately searches for the love of his life, Margo, along with his friends by trying to piece together clues of her whereabouts.
But what makes it different from most mystery and teenage stories is the message behind it, and that the clues aren’t your typical clues. As they search for Margo, many misconceptions and perceptions of Margo arise and it makes the characters, as well as the reader, really wonder – Who is Margo Roth Spiegelman? What kind of person is she really?

When Q and his friends go on a journey to save or find her they expected to learn more about her, but they come to learn even more about themselves.



- C.N, Narre Warren Work Experience

Monday, 2 June 2014

Love in Revolution

The setting for 'Love in Revolution' by B.R. Collins is a fictitious country on the verge of political collapse.
Fifteen year old Esteya comes from a comfortable family - her father is a Doctor.
Her brother, however, is a member of the Communist Party and tensions are rising.
We see the world through Esteya's eyes and discover that she and her family are slow to realise that revolution is around the corner. They are unaware of the danger they are in.
Initially Esteya and her family feel protected by her brother's involvement in the Communist Party. They are given benefits that their neighbours do not enjoy.

'Love in Revolution' is also a love story, and in the midst of the political turmoil, Esteya befriends Skizi, an outcast 'Zikindi' girl, and finds herself drawn to her. Their relationship blossoms. Skizi is streetwise and clever, and both girls will need all their wits about them to survive.
An exciting wartime novel of love. death, betrayal and strength.

-Ann

 
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