The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig

Amy Dead Fathers ClubPhilip is eleven, and his father has just died in a car accident. His father’s ghost appears to him, and asks him to do something momentous so that he can be at peace. It’s a retelling of Hamlet, and as I am reasonably unfamiliar with the story of Hamlet (!), I found it very suspenseful. It is also funny and endearing. I really enjoyed it.

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The wicked city by Beatriz Williams

Cynthia wicked cityI loved the story of Geneva in prohibition in New York. Beatriz created a distinctive voice for her that transported me to the era of bootleggers, clubs and prohibition enforcers. There were a few twists and turns in the story which kept me interested. The only downfall to the story was the dual storyline of modern day Ella. This story was not as strong as Geneva’s, it was only a fraction of the story and could easily not of been included.

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Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley

amy-stilettoI really love this series; I do hope there will be more! This time, Myfanwy Thomas is not the main focus, but she is still awesome, bringing together two secret organisations that traditionally hate each other. We follow two new characters, one from each organisation, through supernatural and scientific shenanigans, always with humour and imaginative detail. The London setting, the wild and wonderful powers, the tough women and the humour make this such a fun read.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

red-queen-by-victoria-aveyardSeventeen-year-old Mare Barrow’s world is divided by the colour of blood with Red bloods of Norta dominated by the gifted Silver- blooded elite. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until her fate becomes entwined with the Silver’s royal court. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything to help the growing Red rebellion of the Scarlet Guard. A book of loyalty and betrayal, power and revenge, desire and hatred all skilfully woven into this fast-paced, compelling fantasy by debut author Victoria Aveyard.

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In a world just right by Jen Brooks

In a world just right by Jen BrooksI took forever to read this book… possibly because this contemporary YA fantasy was not ‘just right’ for me. I did not start getting emotionally connected with the characters until chapter 24 when Brooks took my expectations and turned them upside down. Jonathan Aubrey is a world maker; making worlds to escape the pain of reality. These living, breathing worlds, once set in motion, continue on their own. Jonathan blinks between worlds in his search to find peace. However, his pain comes from losing his family, yet he never makes a world which includes them. Unable to face seeing them he focusses on his childhood infatuation for Kylie and makes her love him in an alternate world but watches from afar in the original world… until the worlds collide.  A debut novel for Jen Brooks and an author well worth keeping an eye on because of her unusual plot idea. Students might like to consider this book for their HSC AOS –Discovery. You can find more suggestions in our catalogue.

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Because you’ll never meet me by Leah Thomas

Because you'll never meet me by Leah ThomasA debut novel for Leah Thomas this story is a very unusual exploration of a friendship between two teens who will never meet. Contact with electricity sends Ollie into debilitating seizures, while Moritz has no eyes, a heart defect and is kept alive by an electronic pacemaker. Written as series of letters, the story plays with the emotional connection between the two boys as they try to deal with adolescence and the revelation of their shared past, a past filled with experimentation at THE LAB. This book, although contemporary in nature, has elements of evolving supernatural powers, so you do need to sacrifice logic. If you like this you might like quirky literary quality of Mosquitoland by David Arnold and  Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Students might also like to consider this book for their HSC AOS –Discovery.

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Heaven by Christoph MarziA creature of many names – ‘Mr Heep’, ‘Mr Scrooge’, ‘Mr Drood’ – he has a job to do. Slice the heart from a living soul and receive payment from a mysterious ‘client’. Once every 5-7 years this is his job, to resurrect a fresh body to help him in his assignment and find a healthy heart, no questions asked. Until the night he slices out the heart of Heaven and she gets up and runs away. This story revolves around the secret of Heaven, the gap in the stars over London and the decision she must make if her love for David is to grow. Don’t be afraid to pick up this book, you will find yourself with clear imagery of gruesome murder and graveyard robbing but this is secondary to Heaven and David’s flight across the dark rooftops of London. Found in the youth collection of your library.

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