Friday, December 20, 2013

Recommendation: 'The Last Girl' by Michael Adams

Recommendation: 'The Last Girl' by Michael Adams

We are so connected that it is just something that we take for granted.  Smart phones, wifi, tablets…  There are so many ways that we stay... Read more »

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Recommendation: 'More Than This' by Patrick Ness

Recommendation: 'More Than This' by Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is a magical author; I absolutely adore his Chaos Walking  trilogy, and can read it over and over again. I was therefore e... Read more »

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

It's Christmas !!!

It's Christmas !!!

And let's just say, I'm more than a little bit excited. Who else is a Christmas fan??? To be perfectly honest, as soon as Nov... Read more »

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Recommendation: 'White Cat' by Holly Black

Recommendation: 'White Cat' by Holly Black

White Cat is the first in Holly Black's Curse Workers series. It is set in an alternate world, where Workers are people with the ab... Read more »

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Recommendation: 'The Lost Sun' by Tessa Gratton

Recommendation: 'The Lost Sun' by Tessa Gratton

Soren is trying to escape his destiny. He's trying to stay 'normal' and not let his berserker heritage take over. But this ye... Read more »

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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Belated Happy Halloween!

I know I'm a day late, but I saw this video and just had to share it. It's from the Brave New Voices Grand Slam Finals 2013 .  T... Read more »

Saturday, November 2, 2013

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Recommendation: 'When we wake' by Karen Healey

When we wake by Karen Healey .  Yesterday was Tegan's perfect day. She is with her best friend, and her brand-new boyfriend. They... Read more »

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Recommendation: 'Hate list' by Jennifer Brown

Recommendation: 'Hate list' by Jennifer Brown

OMG, an amazing first novel. This book grabbed me and kept me turning the pages until I had finished. The blurb asks ”What if you wished... Read more »

Thursday, October 24, 2013

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First things first...

Hi! This is my first blog post so I thought I'd introduce myself. I'm Bryony and I am a teen fantasy addict. TV shows, movies, no... Read more »

Friday, October 18, 2013

Retro read: 'I am not Esther' by Fleur Beale

Retro read: 'I am not Esther' by Fleur Beale

Kirby leads a comfortable life with her mother, even though at times it feels as though she is the parent.  They don't have a lot of m... Read more »

Friday, October 11, 2013

Recommendation: 'A girl named Digit' by Annabel Monahgan

Recommendation: 'A girl named Digit' by Annabel Monahgan

For years Farrah (named after Charlie's Angel Farrah Fawcett) has hidden the fact she is a maths genius with more than a touch of OCD.... Read more »

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Recommendation: 'Unwind' by Neal Shusterman

Recommendation: 'Unwind' by Neal Shusterman

At some time in the future, abortion has been outlawed. However, unwanted babies can be left on doorsteps, and teenagers between the ages ... Read more »

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Recommendation: 'The freedom merchants'

Recommendation: 'The freedom merchants'

The freedom merchants by Sherryl Jordan .  Liam's village - like much of coastal early-17th century Europe - lives under constant fe... Read more »

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Recommendation: 'Jepp, who defied the stars'

Recommendation: 'Jepp, who defied the stars'

Jepp, who defied the stars by Katherine Marsh .  Jepp's story shows us all that it is our abilities that matter, rather than our di... Read more »

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Recommendation: "Star Trek the next generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation²"

Recommendation: "Star Trek the next generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation²"

Star Trek the next generation / Doctor Who:  Assimilation² .  As someone whose recorder is full of Doctor Who and Star  Trek TNG episodes,... Read more »

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Books-to-film: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Books-to-film: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire fans unite! Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy  series is due to hit the big screen on Valentine's Day 2014. Which is really... Read more »

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Books-to-film: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Books-to-film: Divergent by Veronica Roth

There's a teaser trailer out for the book-to-film version of Veronica Roth's futuristic  Divergent ! For those who don't know... Read more »

Monday, August 26, 2013

Recommendation: 'Dodger' by Terry Pratchett

Recommendation: 'Dodger' by Terry Pratchett

Aha – Terry Pratchett has ventured into Dickens territory. . . Victorian London, it’s sordid underbelly, and all the many sorts of peopl... Read more »

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Retro read: 'See ya, Simon' by David Hill

Retro read: 'See ya, Simon' by David Hill

See ya, Simon by David Hill .  While wondering what wonderful read to pull out of my memory banks for this month's retro read, I coul... Read more »

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Recommendation: 'Reboot' by Amy Tintera

Recommendation: 'Reboot' by Amy Tintera

 Sometimes dead doesn't mean dead, and if you are unlucky enough to have the dreaded KDH virus when you die then you come back as a Re... Read more »

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Recommendation: 'Shadow and bone' by Leigh Bardugo

Recommendation: 'Shadow and bone' by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and bone by Leigh Bardugo. Alina has clung to fellow orphan Mal all her life. Now he is slipping away from her. So, when it is d... Read more »

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Recommendation: 'When our Jack went to war' by Sandy McKay

Recommendation: 'When our Jack went to war' by Sandy McKay

Jack McKay enlists in the army in 1917 to fight in World War One.  His younger brother Tom is envious and they vow to write to each other... Read more »

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Recommendation: 'The Masque of the Red Death' by Bethany Griffin

Recommendation: 'The Masque of the Red Death' by Bethany Griffin

A devastating plague has swept through the city leaving scores dead; no one can survive catching it.  Araby Worth’s father is a scientist... Read more »

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Take 3: Reasons to try "The drowned cities" by Paolo Bacigalupi

Take 3: Reasons to try "The drowned cities" by Paolo Bacigalupi

In a dark future America that has devolved into unending civil wars, orphans Mahlia and Mouse barely escape the war-torn lands of the Drow... Read more »

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Books to film: "The maze runner" by James Dashner

Books to film: "The maze runner" by James Dashner

Image from MTV.com By now you probably know that James Dashner's novel The maze runner is being filmed. Did you also know that MTV ... Read more »
Take 3: Most requested books for June 2013

Take 3: Most requested books for June 2013

The three most requested young adult books for June 2013 were... The fault in our stars by John Green (649 requests ) Despite the tum... Read more »

Monday, July 8, 2013

Recommendation: 'Cattra's legacy' by Anna MacKenzie

Recommendation: 'Cattra's legacy' by Anna MacKenzie

Title: Cattra’s Legacy Author: Anna MacKenzie Published: Longacre, 2013 Reviewer: Jan Risha lives a simple life, herding goats i... Read more »

Thursday, July 4, 2013

5 eBooks you have to try

5 eBooks you have to try

It might be news to you that Auckland Libraries offers a huge selection of eBooks and eAudio books that you can download. Items are issu... Read more »

Friday, June 7, 2013

Recommendation: 'Insight' by Diana Greenwood

Recommendation: 'Insight' by Diana Greenwood

This story starts with little Jessie being born.  Jessie does not speak until she is 4 years old.  And when she does start talking she ama... Read more »

Monday, June 3, 2013

Recommendation: 'Before I Die' by Jenny Downham

Recommendation: 'Before I Die' by Jenny Downham

I basically just chose this book because the cover and title caught my eye. I give this book a 9/10 because it is explores a world with em... Read more »

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Recommendation: 'Hourglass' by Myra McEntire

Recommendation: 'Hourglass' by Myra McEntire

Sparks fly. No, seriously, sparks fly every time Emerson and Michael touch. And I don't mean touch in a dodgy way. I mean something a... Read more »

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Check it out! Another Mortal Instruments poster. Just for YOU

Check it out! Another Mortal Instruments poster. Just for YOU

This is Robert Sheehan as Simon Lewis from the movie adaption of Cassandra Clare's book Mortal Instruments: City of Bones . Check out... Read more »

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Recommendation: 'Cinder' by Marissa meyer

Recommendation: 'Cinder' by Marissa meyer

Set in a steampunk future, Cinder is a completely different take on the Cinderella story. The Queen of Luna threatens to invade the Earth... Read more »

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Recommendation: 'The Adoration of Jenna Fox' by Mary E. Pearson

Recommendation: 'The Adoration of Jenna Fox' by Mary E. Pearson

Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is sti... Read more »

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Play the Auckland Libraries zombie game “City of Souls” online

Play the Auckland Libraries zombie game “City of Souls” online

City of Souls is an adventure game for ages 14 and over, written and designed by Auckland Libraries using Twine . It's just an ordi... Read more »

Friday, May 10, 2013

Recommendation: 'Crusher' by Niall Leonard

Recommendation: 'Crusher' by Niall Leonard

Niall Leonard is a screenwriter who has worked on Wire in the Blood and Monarch of the Glen . He apparently wrote the book in response to... Read more »

Monday, May 6, 2013

Recommendation: 'Unremembered' by Jessica Brody

Recommendation: 'Unremembered' by Jessica Brody

Imagine being the only survivor of a plane crash, imagine being found floating in the middle of the wreckage with the other passengers dea... Read more »

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Adult authors trying to write for teens

Adult authors trying to write for teens

Several famous authors for adults have recently tried "writing teen" - everyone wants a piece of the The Hunger Games action. As ... Read more »

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hot, new and recommended: 'The War of the Buttons' DVD

Hot, new and recommended: 'The War of the Buttons' DVD

War of the Buttons is adapted from the book of the same title by Louis Pergaud. I really enjoyed this film – for something different. It... Read more »

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Hot, new and recommended for 2013: 'A Waste of Good Paper' by Sean Taylor

Hot, new and recommended for 2013: 'A Waste of Good Paper' by Sean Taylor

Taylor has penned a great story in A Waste of Good Paper and one that packs a powerful, emotional punch. The main character, Jason, come... Read more »

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Recommendation: "The Isle of Blood: William James Henry" by Rick Yancey

Recommendation: "The Isle of Blood: William James Henry" by Rick Yancey

The Monstrumologist is back. Yes, monstrumology the study of you know what: "Imagine an enormous robin's nest fashioned not from ... Read more »
 
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