Book review: “Trouble” by Non Pratt
Book Reviews / December 26, 2013

“Trouble” is the story of Hannah, a funny and easy going fifteen year old, game for a giggle and laissez-faire when it comes to school work. You’ll find her doing her homework on the bus, or hanging out with her best friend at the park. She is a daughter, sister, friend, and she is pregnant. Aaron is the new kid in town, with a past he wants to keep in the past. The last thing he wants to do is rock the boat or gain attention, but he is soon taken under the wing of the basketball guys. Aaron is intrigued by the girl the whole school is talking about.

Book review: “Friday Brown” by Vikki Wakefield
Book Reviews / July 6, 2013

“FRIDAY BROWN” is a heartrending new novel by Vikki Wakefield. From the very first page, Friday grabbed me by the hand and pulled me along on the whirlwind tsunami of her journey – a definite contender for favourite book of 2013. The story combines contemporary realism with myth and memory to create an incredible psychological thriller.

Book review: “Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock” by Matthew Quick
Book Reviews / June 27, 2013

How would you spend your birthday if you knew it was your last? Matthew Quick, author of “Silver Linings Playbook”, introduces us to social outcast Leonard Peacock in this heart in your throat young adult novel. Self-confessed weirdo and terminally sad, Leonard is an eighteen year old high school senior, completely disillusioned with the promise of growing up.

Book review: “Raven Girl” by Audrey Niffenegger
Book Reviews / May 28, 2013

Audrey Niffenegger, author of “The Time Traveller’s Wife”, has written and illustrated a new fairy tale. There once was a postman who falls in love with a raven, and together they have a Raven Girl. The Raven Girl is born with arms and legs, but she longs to fly. Niffenegger weaves fairy tale truisms with modern medicine to bring to life a story of identity, and the importance of an open mind and an open heart.

Book review: “Agent Colt Shore Domino 29” by Axel Avian
Book Reviews / April 8, 2013

Colt Shore is like Alex Rider in about the same way that Percy Jackson is like Harry Potter. There are definitely similarities between them and between the organizations they represent; but these similarities could be put down to their common genre. All right, then; so we have established that “a type of teenage James Bond” is now officially a genre. Alex Rider was there first. But Colt Shore is entitled to his turn, and when he takes it, it is most definitely not a ripoff.

Book review: “Hollow Pike” by James Dawson
Book Reviews / March 12, 2013

Lis London is moving to live with her sister in Hollow Pike. She desperately wants to escape from the bullies at her old school in Wales. Haunted by creepy dreams and bad memories, she can’t wait to have a fresh start and let go of the past. But her new school has secrets of its own. Beautiful queen bee Laura rules the school with an iron fist of gossip control that brings out the horror story in everyone’s social life. Lis is torn between trying to fit in with the popular clique and her intrigue with the school “freaks”, mixed race goth punk Kitty, her free spirited girlfriend Delilah and quiet Jack. To top it all off, Lis’ dreams are getting worse, black birds keep stalking her, and she doesn’t know what to do about dreamy Danny. The school goes into lockdown after a murder most horrid…are the rumours true, does Hollow Pike have a dark past steeped in witchcraft and witch hunts?