Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman

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In a dystopian world, years after a violent war, young Kaspar is a Guardian – a team of highly trained peacekeepers tasked with driving out the terrorist group that threatens the safety of the city. He never questions the cause he is fighting for – after all, he’s fighting the bad guys, isn’t he? After meeting a member of the rebel forces, he begins to uncover the truth about what each side is trying to achieve…

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Charlotte Says by Alex Bell – Book Review

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In the chilling prequel to Frozen Charlotte, Bell explores the dark secrets behind the Dunvegan School for Girls. In 1910, Jemima takes up a job offer after a devastating fire at her home, claiming the life of her mother. Wishing to start afresh, She travels to the school’s remote location on the Isle of Skye. She is not prepared for the horrific events that follow. Without headmistress Miss Grayson on her side, she begins to uncover the sinister truth surrounding the “accidents” happening to the school’s students. The weirdest thing about it all? It seems to have something to do with the spooky “Frozen Charlotte” dolls that the girls play with…

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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – book review

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Like most twins, Jude and Noah are very close, but that changes when an unimaginable tragedy tears them apart. As they both struggle to cope with the grief and loss of the situation, they find themselves able to discover what they truly want and how they can come to terms with the disaster that has struck their family. When they begin to fall in love with boys they can’t have, they start to realise that love is complicated, whether it’s with your own family or the new boy in town.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Yoon’s Everything, Everything is the story of Maddy, a teenager, who, since she can remember, has been house-bound due to SCID, a condition meaning that any contact with the outside world could trigger a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. In addition, she cannot have any visitors to her house unless they have been thoroughly decontaminated. However, everything soon begins to change when a new family moves next door. She soon gets to know the eldest, Olly, and as she starts to message him on IM, she wishes she could meet him in the flesh. As they become closer, she starts to worry that her illness will get in the way of their relationship and questions whether her situation will ever change…

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City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare


In the second installment  of The Mortal Instruments series Clary, the protagonist, is still learning what it means to be a Shadowhunter and finding out more about the world that has been kept hidden from her until recently. Clary encounters werewolves, vampires, warlocks and faeries as she tries to figure out how to wake her mother from a magically induced coma and how to stop her father from bringing evil to the Shadowhunting world.

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My favourite reads of 2016

Hello! Alyssa here.  As 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 


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!

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven


Holding Up the Universe tells the story of two teenagers called Libby and Jack. Libby, a girl whose struggle with weight led to her becoming trapped in her house, finds that since that event people have struggled to forget that she was once “America’s Fattest Teen”. Jack, on the other hand, has been hiding his prosopagnosia (face blindness) from his friends and family. As the pair get to know each other, they learn that it’s what a person is like on the inside that counts.

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


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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The Pomegranate Tree by Vanessa Altin


Sitting in a sunny courtyard under a pomegranate tree, Dilvan Haco, a kurdish teenager, struggles to come to terms with what she saw earlier. A kurdish soldier called Rehana gives her a diary, and tells her to write down everything that happens to her, from leaving her village to watching her mother being kidnapped, because one day, the world will want to hear her story…From that day onwards, Dilvan keeps a diary as a testament to what happens to her and family.

This book describes the beautiful scenery perfectly, with a very contrasting subject matter. Most importantly, it shows the effect of war on children like Dilvan and her family, and it was an eye-opening for me to read. Dilvan and Rehana were inspirational characters, always positive and strong, confident female role models. It is such a powerful book that I couldn’t put down. .

I would whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in world affairs or if you are interested in other cultures around the world.

My next review will be Monsters of Men, the conclusion to the Chaos Walking Trilogy.

Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman


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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