My favourite reads of 2016

Hello! Alyssa here.  As fictionforteens.com enters its 3rd year I thought I’d look back through by book reviews from the past year and pick out my favourites for you. Please click on the title of each book to see the full review.

Say her name, Juno Dawson 

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Say her name is based around the legend of Bloody Mary, but with a twist. A group of teenagers try to summon the ghost of Bloody Mary, unaware of the consequences. The tension in the book grew as the story went on, making it very gripping. The plot twists were completely unpredictable as the reason behind the events in the book were slowly revealed.

Chaos Walking trilogy:

The Knife of Never Letting Go

The Ask and the Answer

Monsters of Men

By Patrick Ness

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After reading other books by Patrick Ness and really enjoying them, I was eager to read the Chaos Walking trilogy. I really like the writing style and the vivid characters which really came to life, especially Todd, the protagonist of the trilogy. I saw A Monster Calls In the cinema last week and absolutely loved it, so I’ve bought the book and I will review it soon. 

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare 

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City of Bones is the story of Clary Fray who finds out that she is a Shadowhunter, half-angel demon slayers tasked with keeping the human world safe. Clary and her friends encounter vampires, warlocks and werewolves in this action-packed fantasy novel. I’ve already begun reading the second book, City of Ashes which I’m enjoying so far.

Are there any books you’ve enjoyed recently? Please let me know in the comments!

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is a normal teenager, or so she thinks. One night, on a visit to a Manhattan nightclub, she witnesses the murder of a seemingly innocent boy. She later finds out that the ‘innocent’ boy was a demon, and the attackers were Shadowhunters, half-human, half-angel and tasked with keeping the human world safe from demons. When Clary discovers she too is a Shadowhunter, she begins to realise that all the stories of vampires, warlocks and werewolves are true…

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Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman

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Brother and sister Aidan and Vee are travelling alone on the EV Aidan, a Spaceship, when they receive a distress signal from a group of settlers under attack from a species known as the Mazon. They welcome aboard a group of refugees – the son of their leader, Nathan, immediately falls in love with Vee. As they travel through space, they begin to question who they can trust…

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The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

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The Ask and the Answer follows straight on from The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first book in the trilogy. Todd and Viola have just arrived at Haven to find that the Mayor of Prentisstown has taken over and given himself the title of President Prentiss. Todd is made to work for the enemy, the President, but when bombs begin to explode around the city, he is forced to choose sides…

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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It’s never quiet in Prentisstown – the 146 men and one boy, Todd, who live there can constantly hear each other thoughts in what’s known as the Noise, a germ that has affected everyone in the town and supposedly killed all the women. One day, with only a month to go until he becomes a man, he finds a place where it is completely silent, which is unheard of in Prentisstown. He soon finds out that the men of Prentisstown aren’t telling him the truth when it comes to the past of the town…

Just like the other Patrick Ness books that I’ve read, More Than This and The Rest of Us Just Live Here, I really liked the concept. It makes you think about what it would be like if you could hear the thoughts of the people around you constantly and whether you would try to hide your thoughts from others.

I really liked the characters – especially Todd and his dog, Manchee. Animals are also affected by the Noise, so Todd can communicate with Manchee. They had such a strong bond which was tested to the limits as the story progressed. I am currently reading The Ask and the Answer, the next book in the trilogy. I’m enjoying it and I hope to post the review next week.

Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman

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In the second book in the Noughts and Crosses series, the story is told by Sephy, a Cross, and Jude, a Nought. Jude blames Sephy for what happened to his family, and now he wants revenge, but with Jude’s life resting on a knife edge, that’s not going to be easy…

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The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne

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Bree is the opposite  of what is defined as “popular” at her school. While most of her year are partying, Bree prefers to write. As her pile of rejection letters for the book she has written grows, Bree is told she needs to live a life worth writing about. She sets up a blog and begins to write The Manifesto on How to be Interesting, but she soon finds out that being popular is not all that it seems…

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Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

 

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Zoe did something terrible, and somehow, she managed to get away with it. Ever since the incident she has kept what really happened a secret, until one day when she decides to write to a stranger to try and come to terms with what she has done. It’s no ordinary stranger though. It’s someone who knows about secrets – a murderer on death row in Texas, America. Zoe picks up a pen and begins to write…

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Hunger by Michael Grant

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It’s been three months since the beginning of the FAYZ  wall, which suddenly appeared  in Gone, and life isn’t getting easier for Sam, Astrid and the rest of Perdido Beach.

To make things worse, Caine’s group from Coates Academy  are constantly trying to cut of the power supply to the town, so they can leave Sam in complete darkness. However, that’s not the only type of darkness they should be worried about…

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