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Dreamfall – Amy Plum

31371729.jpgI’d read a couple of not so good reviews of this before I started reading, but to be honest, I thought it was a pretty engaging read.

7 teens who have severe insomnia (along with a multitude of other disorders) are brought together for an ‘experimental’ cure. Needless to say, something goes horribly wrong and the 7 are locked in what looks to be coma-like dream state. What the scientists are not aware of though is that the 7 are experiencing each other’s ‘nightmares’.

Enough of a ‘back-story’ was provided (cleverly through the use of a student intern ‘reading’ the case files) to enable me to be invested in wanting to know the outcomes for the characters.

Now I’ll have to read the sequel!


Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

19547856 A teenage angst book, not about a teenage girl in ‘angst’!!!

Simon sends an email revealing sexuality and it inadvertently falls into the wrong hands – the hands of Martin, who happens to fancy Simon’s best friend.

Martin, naturally blackmails Simon – set me up with your friend or I’ll share your secrets online!

Simon and his group, go through a couple of rough patches as their friendship is tested by this somewhat strange interloper!

Has all the key elemenst you;d expect in a teenage high school ‘drama’ – social functions, group work, parenst who do not undertsand, tiffs with friends……

Funny in places, but I felt that the narrative dragged on a bit!

Invisibility – Andrea Cremer and David Levithan


Stephen is cursed – he was born invisible – no-one can see him.  Not his father, his mother or anyone else. THis makes life, as you can imagine, difficult. Until Elizabeth moves  into the apartment opposite him. For the first time in his life,  someone actually knows that he physically exists. She can see him – she can draw him. He can see what he actually looks like.

I liked the novel up and until then. From then on the world of magic takes over. The two halves of the novel, do not seem to  ‘fit’.

Suitable for mature readers used to sophisticated use of language.

Check out the author’s site here – Invisibility 





We are liars – E Lockhart

Set in modern day America, We are liars is a tale of the rich and privileged. An extended family who own a private island retreat.

imgresWho despite all of the luxuries their privileges can buy, do not lead charmed lives.

Three sisters and their families descend on the island every holiday season to reconnect with their parents. Each family has their own version of the family mansion. Blissful summers of swimming, fishing and celebrating await them. But underneath this wonderful life, secrets are hidden, that eventually must come to the surface. Lockhart skilfully reveals the main character and narrator, Carrie’s secrets as the story unfolds.

Well written – with a suspenseful twist at the end.  Suited for a more mature teen reader.

The Rig – Joe Ducie

Imagine a higimagesh security prison on a converted oil rig in the middle of the North AtlanticOcean.

Imagine that the only prisoners here are juveniles – servimng a minimum of 5 years.

Imagine a corrupt private prison company – that uses high spec technology to monitor all inmates 24 hours a day – where they are, what they eat, who they see, what job they do…….

Imagine  15 year old Will Drake, who is determined to escape the prison that no-one can escape from.

Add to this mix the fact that something is not quite right, in the depths under the rig.

A very good read – especially for sci-fi and action fans.



The New Hunger – Isaac Marion




If you enjoyed ‘Warm Bodies’ as much as I did, then you’ll appreciate Marion’s prequel!

This is as well written as ‘Warm Bodies’ and fills in the backstory of both Julie and R.

Without giving to much away, the narrative develops the idea, that the zombies actually process and plan the expansion of their group or ‘family’.

Still loving the anatomical drawings throughout.


More than this – Patrick Ness



Patrick Ness, I have no idea where his ideas come from, but they are ‘out there’.

I was a big fan of the ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy – and this is another fabulous piece of writing.

Check out the book trailer here 

Anything else – gives too much away!Have a look at Ness’ website for the book here and listen to what he has to say about his new book.


The best I’ve read these hols…..