Eona by Alison Goodman

Alison Goodman’s sequel Eona continues the path readers were left with in the first novel Eon. Eona flows through a series of rapid events which leave you grasping for time in the real world as you are continually carried away throughout her journey to become the woman and dragoneye she longs to be.  The character Eona is tested by every turn of the page as she finds herself in a desperate battle to control her abilities and discovers the consequences from the actions she makes with them. Eona is an extremely well written novel and highly anticipated after the nearly 2 year-long wait, but it is definitely worth it. It is full of magic, romance, fighting and surprises. Eona is not one to miss.

Review by Karine

Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

Yvonne Woon creates a mysterious mist-shrouded world out of Gottfried Academy where the story follows a teenage girl, Renée, who is forced to board there after the unfortunate death of her parents. Finding Gottfried peculiar and strange Renée finds herself in a tangling storyline where all the peices are scattered only to be put back again. This novel sets your mind on edge with riddles and languages as you follow Renée as you begin to suspect the supernatural. With the incorporation of elements of Latin and philosophy, Woon makes it all run smoothly and easy to understand and most importantly all the more enjoyable for the history lesson she subtly gives her readers.

Review by Karine

The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

The Carrier of the Mark is Leigh Fallon’s first novel and it is most definitely promising! Set in Ireland Fallon incorporates the its history and legends throughout the novel. The story follows Megan Rosenberg who moves to Ireland with her father. While settling in, she hears whispers and experiences some odd occurrences all circulating around the mysterious family, the DeRises. One of the children, Adam DeRis captures her immediate attention with his gruff yet gorgeous exterior with Megan feeling an impeccable pull between them. Throughout the novel Megan discovers she is one of the ‘Marked Ones’, a group of four individuals who can harness the elements. With a mix of  Twilight romance and Mortal Instruments action, The Carrier of the Mark takes you on a journey of a powerful and gifted person who will do anything to protect the ones she loves.

Review by Karine

Fateful by Claudia Gray

Fateful is a novel that constantly intrigues with the incorporation of the supernatural and a tragic historical event. This book really surprises me with its originality. The story follows a young servant girl who works for an extremely old and wealthy English family and their grand plan to go to America and start fresh aboard the RSS Titanic. With so much hope running through the novel and the knowledge that the titanic sinks, this is a bittersweet tale. The characters are strong and fiery with lots of old English intrigue scattered throughout, giving it a scandalous and historical feel. With the edge of the supernatural barging in and a little double-edged romance, Gray really reels you in making it so engaging that I even found myself hoping she would change her mind and let the ship meet its destination! Fateful is a unique and capturing read!

Review by Karine

Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann

This haunting coming of age thriller is truly unique. Set in a small innocent town, the people of Cryer’s Cross go through everyday life with immense trust in their lives’ stability, until one summer when a girl goes missing. The town band together to find her with no luck and suddenly this little piece of their home doesn’t seem so trustworthy.

Set a few months later, this novel follows the story of Kendall, a 17 year old girl with ADHD, and her quest to find her friend. Along the way, she is tempted by love, courage and betrayal. This is a gripping read, one that will make you question your own reality and the fate of others. Overall, this is a clever piece of fiction mixed with the supernatural. Not to be read late at night.

Review by Karine

Ministry of Pandemonium by Chris Westwood

Here are two reviews on Chris Westwood’s Ministry of Pandemonium by two of our young readers.

From Jye…
This novel is about 12 year old Ben Harvester and his adventures with Mr October a man of “many faces and secrets” who teaches him how to use his special talents to help lost ghosts.  I liked this book a lot because it was a really interesting concept with interesting characters.  Mixed with a great story line and a lashing of humour it made for a great read.  I would recommend it for ages 10 – 14 … but my Mum also liked it.  Anyone who likes fantasy I guarantee will like this book.

And from Emmett…
          This is an exciting story written in first person narration set in present times about an ordinary boy whose father left him and his mother struggling. The main character is a boy named Ben Harvester who meets a mysterious man called Mr October who changes his life completely. Ben’s new job is to help the dead pass away before the demons get to them.

            I enjoyed this book very much. In the beginning the characters seem a bit vague, but towards the end I started to feel like I knew them all very well. Pretty much the only thing that could have been improved was the pacing. At some points in the book there was so much happening that I could not actually follow the story. I am looking forward to the sequel and I would give this book a 7 out of 10.

Thank you Jye and Emmett!

The Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost

Halfway to the Grave #1
One Foot in the Grave #2
At Grave’s End #3

The first half-vampire ever to be born, Catherine Crawfield, spends her time hunting the un-dead with the extra human strength and still beating heart she possesses. She uses her gifts by protecting the ones she loves as well as trying not to get herself killed. This series is about a strong woman in heart and fists; the gothic story line will have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation of the next punch line! Jeaniene Frost creates an intriguing, original plot that throughout the series has become more devious and more deadly. Along with Cat and vampire Frost, she entwines ghouls and zombies with magic and heated romance making the Night Huntress series a death-defying action-packed narrative.

review by Karine

Afterlife by Claudia Gray

Afterlife, the final of the Evernight series, was overall a summary for the main characters and a push for the new or background characters of the first 3 novels. Throughout the story there was no great big twist like in the other novels. Afterlife was focused on the tragedy of Lucas being turned into a vampire (which occurred at the end of Houglass). The romance side of the story between Lucas and Bianca was quite gooey and filled with promise but a bit of a letdown.

The story Claudia Grey told felt like it was being told from someone not actually there but just an onlooker so as a reader I felt there was nothing to get extremely excited about. The best parts were definitely about the smaller characters, who in the other books were in the background but in this novel you really got to know them better, such as Balthazar and Mrs Bethany.

Overall, Gray’s Afterlife is a good end for the series and has a surprisingly un-clichéd ending. Look out for her new novel Balthazar continuing his story… Coming in 2012.

Review by Karine

Tweed and so much whiskey…

Putting a book into a customer’s hands is not an activity one does offhandedly, so to speak, especially when that customer is well-read, discerning and someone you see and chat with on most days. Apart from the errant suggestion here and there, we have a pretty good relationship; he reads my proffered suggestions and whilst handing me my workday coffee, lets me know what he thinks of them.

Today I put two such books into the said hands… the first, Hisham Matar’s Anatomy of a Disappearance and second, The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan. They are both written by male authors, both published in England, one has a werewolf in it, the other a strange adolescent. Both narratives are cinematic, one deliriously action-packed and full of throw-away philosophical aphorisms on the angst of the werewolf lifestyle, the other a languid feast of the senses, shot in long uncut sequences where not much happens and noone really says much. The smell of tweed and Egyptian cotton has never mixed so well with the reek of blood and so much whiskey.

I guess in the next little while as I saunter up to his counter to order my coffee, I’ll find out whether the mix was as heady for him as it was for me.

Check out the authors’ photos, can you guess which one wrote the werewolf book?

Post by Myoung