Books Read September 2016


Tahereh Mafi

In a magical land of colour, Alice is born without any. She’s an outcast in Ferenwood. When a boy she dislikes approaches her for help on a task he’s been set by the Ferenwood Elders, Alice turns him down. But soon she discovers the task is to bring her father home, who has been missing for three years. With this knowledge, Alice joins Oliver on his quest to Furthermore to find her father. But Furthermore is a dangerous landscape and Oliver’s holding back on what he knows… 

Chaotically beautiful and highly cinematic, this is an adventure story set in a remarkable fantasy world. Rich with description, the pages burst with magic and wonder. It is clear how much care has been put into each word, weaving beautiful sentences that sweep you away with the rest of the story. The breath-taking imagery will appeal to Tim Burton fans. The writing style and adventure will appeal to fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Go up, down, left, or right—adventure is round every corner. Utterly enchanting.

Lucy Strange

It’s 1919 and Henrietta’s family have just moved from London to the countryside following the death of Henry’s brother. The family has never recovered from their loss and Hope House is a place for them to heal, but it’s a big change for twelve-year-old Henry, with its secret doors, dark woods, and new faces. As people interfere in her family’s lives, the more worried Henry becomes for their future together. And as truths surface and hope fades, Henry feels alone. She realises she must do something and draws on strength and courage from her storybooks. But will it be enough to piece her family back together?

A difficult past, a book of fairy tales, a witch in the woods, and an interfering doctor shape this story and our main character, Henry, into something quite spectacular. With references to classic children’s books and a vivid imagination, this is a moving historical novel about the strength of family and the power of stories. It read like a dream and I enjoyed it immensely. Gorgeous.

Gwenda Bond

Lois is settling into life in Metropolis. She has friends, strong connections, and her work at the Daily Planet makes her happy. The Warheads story was big, but when her friend Maddy’s twin collapses and comes to Lois for help, she finds herself in dangerous territory again. Is the story worth the risk? But when saving her friends is the only outcome Lois sees, she’ll do everything to make it happen.

Lois Lane is back with her no-nonsense attitude and a keen nose for news! I love how passionate Lois is – her determination jumps off the page. Her online life is just as complicated as her offline life and while one story unfolds another becomes harder to crack. The flying man has become a topic of interest to an unknown group and between twins, clones, underground labs, and mobsters, Lois attempts to help SmallvilleGuy get to the bottom of the flying man claims. With great humour, mystery, and characters to root for, this is an excellent follow up to Falloutand I fell easily back into the story.

CJ Skuse

Ella, Max, Zane, Corey, and Fallon grew up together with picnics, adventure, and ghost stories told by Max’s older sister, Jessica. When Jessica died so did the Fearless Five. Now Ella and Max are the only two still close and nothing is as it once was. Secrets stir beneath the surface and, when the Fearless Five are brought back together, it’s only a matter of time before they come out…

I went into this without much idea what it was about. I knew I’d enjoyed CJ Skue’s Monster last year and I’d heard good thing about The Deviants so I was excited to pick up a copy and fully expected to enjoy it without dipping too much into the description. Books like this are always great to read without knowing too much and that definitely counted here. The group’s secrets started spilling out into the open, building to a shocking finish. As soon as I started reaching the end, I was flipping back through the book looking for the signs. It was very cleverly done. I was impressed by the unique structure of the book and would recommend to fans of Sarah Pinborough’s 13 Minutes .

Also read this month:


Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

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