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Turtles all the way down – John Green


download.pngJohn Green confronts issues that face today’s youth.

Turtles all the way down is narrated by Aza Holmes, who suffers from a self-absorbing obsessive-compulsive disorder. The base narrative is a ‘whodunnit’ as Aza and her closest friend aim to solve the mystery of a missing millionaire.

Aza’s OCD governs her life –  her interactions with her mother, her friends, and her possible relationships. Her ‘logical’ descriptions of what germs could be transferred during a kiss is both bittersweet and believable.

I found getting to know how the mind of one OCD sufferer worked invaluable and worrying.

I’m sure that this will be a best seller!

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A night divided – Jennifer A. Nielsen


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This was heart felt read about a family divided overnight by the Berlin wall.

From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen comes a stunning thriller about a girl who must escape to freedom after the Berlin Wall divides her family between east and west.

With the rise of the Berlin Wall, twelve-year-old Gerta finds her family suddenly divided. She, her mother, and her brother Fritz live on the eastern side, controlled by the Soviets. Her father and middle brother, who had gone west in search of work, cannot return home. Gerta knows it is dangerous to watch the wall, to think forbidden thoughts of freedom, yet she can’t help herself. She sees the East German soldiers with their guns trained on their own citizens; she, her family, her neighbors and friends are prisoners in their own city.

But one day, while on her way to school, Gerta spots her father on a viewing platform on the western side, pantomiming a peculiar dance. Then, when she receives a mysterious drawing, Gerta puts two and two together and concludes that her father wants Gerta and Fritz to tunnel beneath the wall, out of East Berlin. However, if they are caught, the consequences will be deadly. No one can be trusted. Will Gerta and her family find their way to freedom?

The Bronte Plot – Katherine Reay


This is an old fashion romance, girl meets boy, girl and boy fight then struggle to come together again but in the end love will prevail

When Lucy’s secret is unearthed, her world begins to crumble. But it may be the best thing that has ever happened to her.

Lucy Alling makes a living selling rare books, often taking suspicious liberties to reach her goals. When her unorthodox methods are discovered, Lucy’s secret ruins her relationship with her boss and her boyfriend, James—leaving Lucy in a heap of hurt and trouble. Something has to change; she has to change.

In a sudden turn of events, James’s wealthy grandmother, Helen, hires Lucy as a consultant for a London literary and antiques excursion. Lucy reluctantly agrees and soon discovers Helen holds secrets of her own. In fact, Helen understands Lucy’s predicament better than anyone else.

As the two travel across England, Lucy benefits from Helen’s wisdom as Helen confronts ghosts from her own past. Everything comes to a head at Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, where Lucy is reminded of the sisters’ beloved heroines who, with tenacity and resolution, endured—even in the midst of impossible circumstances.

Now Lucy must face her past in order to move forward.
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The Accident Season- Moira Fowley-Doyle


I cannot say whether I really enjoyed this book or not, as it is such a long time since I’ve read a book that deals with such complex, mystical, dark and powerful themes.  The secrets that it holds are painful and difficult, and the way it touches upon such subjects is whimsical, powerful and filled with respect. It shows the reader that lies and secrets are our own undoing, and it does so with grace.

If you enjoyed We Were Liars, this is a whole step up in terms of twisting deception and dramatic, extravagant writing style. It’s dark, borderline fantasy and I recommend if you pick it up have an open mind as there is a lot going on in this Debut Novel.

Synopsis

The accident season has been a part of Cara’s life for as long as she can remember.  A month of mysterious injuries and tragedies, which cast a constant shadow over Cara and her family. This year, the accident season will break more than just bones.  As Cara is starting to ask questions – and all her family’s secrets will rise to the surface.

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If You Were Me – Sam Hepburn


 

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Not long after Aliya’s family escapes Afghanistan for Britain, her older ex Soldier brother is accused of a bomb attack.

Aliya is sure of his innocence, but when the housing estate plumber’s son Dan finds a gun in their bathroom, whilst fixing the pipes, what’s she to think?

Dan has his own reasons for staying silent: he’s worried the gun might have something to do with his dad.

Thrown together by chance, the two of them set out to uncover a tangled and twisted truth.  This is a fast paced thriller with  lots of action and surprises, an easy read as it moves along quite swiftly.

Blackfin Sky – Kat Ellis


One of my favourite teen reads of the summer. BfS GIF

Skylar fell from the pier and died. 3 montjhs ago. So how can she be back? Why can she not remember the intervening months? What really happended at the burnt out circus? And who is watching her every move?

An engaging, paranormal mystery adventure and mystery – who does actually undertsand the 4th dimension?

Read the author’s comments here – Blackfin Sky 

 

Blood Ninja – Nick Lake


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Ninja – dark, mysterious, deathly fast and only out at night – why then it should be no surprise that the Japanese Ninja of this series are also vampires.

Blood Ninja is set in a time gone by. Samurai rule Japan – but the game-playing of politics between the two main warlords, mean that the ninja are called on to assist both sides maintain power.

Taro is rescued from his village by one of the ninja factions. He starts his training  as one of the clan and his true identity is slowly revealed.

Very readable – first in a series.