Over the last year, I have actually done a lot of reading, but have not managed to post about all the books I have read… here are a few of them with very brief comments:
- The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas
An interesting character – very vague seeming and often distracted, but logical in a weird and unnatural way! Thinking outside the square (or in this case – the circle)! Enjoyable but strange!
Magic, curses, shapeshifters, the dead rising… Young Adolescent Horror (but not really THAT scary)!
- Magic Under the Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
Two young people meet, but one is under enchantment/curse and imprisoned in a clockwork body while the other is a young dancer who took a chance on a job with some very magical results. They must challenge society to remove the curse! A good read for younger Secondary and Upper Primary students.
- My Love Lies Bleeding by Alyxandra Harvey
Vampire society is not what you think. There is a definite hierarchy with a mad woman at the top and human hunters attacking from the edge. This particular vampire family has an unusual ally in Lucy and an even more unusual daughter in Solange – who was born, not made – leading to all sorts of political and romantic mayhem! An easy read and enjoyable.
- Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
Book 1 in the Morganville Vampires series. Morganville is secretly run by vampires. Claire Danvers is a new College student who in an attempt to escape bullying, stumbles onto not only the truth, but an unusual house (and it’s occupants) which stands slightly outside of the rules! Enjoyable, but I don’t think I will worry about the rest of the series.
April Dunne is forced to move to Highgate and attend a new school called Ravenwood. Of course all is not as it seems. Two hot boys vie for her attention. One could get her killed. The other could get her killed or save her – she is not sure which, especially after her father is brutally murdered and she becomes more familiar with her mother’s side of the family! Enjoyable.
- The Keepers by Lian Tanner
Dystopian Worlds for Children and Young Adults. Goldie Roth does not fit into her world, and when she runs away and ends up at the mysterious Museum of Dunt she becomes involved in a world of secrets, threats and magic! Everything is not a s it seems and eventually
Goldie and her new friend, Toad, must stand up not just for themselves and the museum, but all of their loved ones as well! Great book!
- Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson
Werewolves are real, but they are not bitten and they are not horrific slathering monsters. Hanover Falls begins to panic as people suddenly start dying, however as she reaches her sixteenth birthday, Claire discovers her mother’s secret and her own life changes irrevocably. Can she keep her secret, fall in love with the boy and save her mother from capture, torture and eventual death?! Loved this!
- Wolfborn by Sue Bursztynski
In a medieval Europe the sons of feudal lords train as knights. Etienne is sent to Lucanne to train with Lord Geraint, but soon discovers that Geraint is bisclavret – a born werewolf. When Geraint’s enemies take advantage of his disillusioned wife and attack, Etienne must decide where his loyalties lay – and face up to his own secrets as well! Good book for Upper Primary / Junior Secondary students.
Meridian has always been different. Things tend to die around her… insects, animals and now people! In a desperate bid to protect their daughter, Meridian’s parents send her to stay with her great aunt, where she learns that she is only half human, half angel and it is her responsibility to help the dying pass over… but there are those who would stop her and enslave her for evil if they could… An okay book – I found the characters annoying – often whiny!
- Shadow – A Dark Touch Novel by Amy Meredith
Eve Evergold is shallow and egotistical. Her life revolves around clothes and gossip. Yet somehow she has supernatural powers and is the only one who can identify and stop the demon who is trying to kill her… but what if he is really cute and a great dresser? Didn’t really enjoy this one!
- Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Micah Williams is a habitual liar. This is her retelling of the events surrounding the death of her boyfriend, Zach… or was he? And just where does the family secret fit in? Is she really the latest in a family of werewolves?This book kept me guessing right up to and after the end! I’m still not sure where the truth starts and the lies end! Great Book!
Cassel is not your average anything. His family are magic workers, which is illegal and spend their lives on the grift – working cons to live. Cassel is the only one who can’t do magic, or is he? and just what kind of magic can he do? Loved this!
- Revelations / The Van Allen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz
Two more of the Blue Bloods series… vampire elite in New York city – Blue Blood or Silver Blood? I’m not enjoying the series as much as I did the earlier books!
- Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Bryn is not a werewolf. She has been raised by werewolves, after the death of her parents, and is fully aware of their laws and customs. When she breaks those laws to find Chase, a newly changed werewolf, she must pay the consequences. When she challenges the pack and runs away with Chase to confront his make… is she really defying them? Enjoyable read!
- The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Fairies rule! And when Meghan turns that magical age – sixteen, she must follow her destiny, confront the father she never knew and journey into strange and dangerous fairy realms to confront evil and save a young Prince… Enjoyable!!!
- Savannah Grey by Cliff McNish
Before the dawn of time, there was evil. As the world developed and evolved, so did the evil. Now it is Savannah’s newly awakened powers that must save not only herself, but her family and new boy Reece. Savannah’s powers are based in her throat and are a new evolution or mutation as nature struggles to combat the evil. Struggled a bit with this one!
- The Boy Who Wasn’t There by Michael Panckridge
Gabrielle has no memory of her past. She doesn’t know who she is, or where she comes from. She does know that there is something strange happening at her new foster home. Who is the strange boy she keeps seeing? Why do strange and awful things keep happening to her? Does she have a gift, or is she cursed? Good for Mid to Upper Primary.
- The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld
At midnight, most people are sound asleep or unconscious in the town of Bixby. New girl, Jessica should be too, but she isn’t, and the world she find outside at midnight is definitely not for the faint hearted! Can she and her new friends, especially Johnathan get to the bottom of the disturbances before the whole town becomes a victim? Enjoyable – I love this author!
- Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Evie considers herself to be normal – or as normal as you can be when you are a secret agent who chases werewolves, vampires, faeries and shapeshifters for a living and live in a bunker surrounded by paranormal beings. When paranormals begin to die and disappear and then a young shapeshifter called Lend is captured… Evie discovers a few hard truths about herself! Enjoyable!
Mercy is an angel, exiled from heaven and doomed to return to earth endlessly, each time in a new body, taking over someone else’s life. This time she is in Carmen’s life, waking up on a bus on the way to a ‘cultural exchange’ of choirs in a small town where things are not what they seem! Carmen is staying with the family of a young girl who went missing years before. Now another girl goes missing and it is up to Mercy and Ryan (the first missing girl’s brother) to piece together the facts. A great read for Secondary students. Deals with bullying and guilt issues.