You will know me by Megan Abbot

amy-you-will-know-meIt’s not hard to imagine that the world of serious, competitive gymnastics has dark possibilities. This is the story of Devon (no, I never got over the fact that this character has the name of a cheap, processed “meat”), a sixteen year old gymnast on the brink of real success, and her family, both biological and gym-related. A fatal car accident sets off a series of events and revelations that show how many secrets people can have from each other. It is a suspenseful book, and while I didn’t find the resolution shocking or powerful, I did enjoy the journey.

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Black out by Lisa Unger

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I unfortunately felt let down by this book. I have read Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger and loved it, however Black Out was a convoluted story that felt like it was going somewhere but never really got there. The characters were all a bit mysterious and hard to like, and there was an effort by the author to blend reality and imagination that fell rather flat. All in the entire story was rather frustrating. So I don’t recommend this one – however, Beautiful Lies is a great little crime novel so give that a go if you wish to try this author.

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Trash by Andy Mulligan

Trash by Andy Mulligan - SharonThis author has masterfully conjured in my mind the extreme poverty of three dumpsite friends, Raphael, Gardo and Rat. These three have found a lot of money but this isn’t why they are being cruelly hunted.  They soon find out who they can trust … friends or family?  Now a major film I am so glad I have read the book and allowed the author to weave the story in my mind before seeing a director’s perception.  A truly powerful story about unthinkable poverty and the hope and the sly determination of three young boys which affects everyone they meet. A must read for everyone!

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The natural way of things by Charlotte Wood

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It has been a while since I have read a book that I couldn’t put down. The Natural Way of Things had me hooked from the get go. Ten women are drugged and kidnapped and taken to a camp in the Australian outback. The girls all have something in common, related to a sexual scandal. The book is about survival of the fittest and what people will do for self-preservation.

A dark, ugly read – I loved it

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Scream series by Jack Heath

Scream series by Jack Heath

Strange things happen in the town of Axe Falls and I’m wrapped in this series! A bunch of horror books especially for kids 8 years and older who think reading is boring. These books will give you a spooky chill. They are easy-to-read and, at under 150 pages, can be finished in a few hours.

If you like books with awesome descriptions of giant spiders, scrambled gizzards and plants with teeth that can chase you, then this series is for you! Award winning Australian author, Jack Heath, started writing at the age of 13. He has a brilliant imagination and writes with enthusiasm.

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The girl with all the gifts by M. R. Carey

Amy The Girl with all the GiftsA librarian recommended this as the one book loved by every member of his fantasy/sci-fi book club. I am reasonably comfortable with sci-fi, indeed some of my favourite books happen to fit in that genre, but I was surprised to realise (about a third of the way through, a bit slow on the uptake) that this is a zombie book. I’m glad I didn’t know that , as I may have been put off and I really enjoyed this book. It is clever and suspenseful, with compelling, endearing characters and a satisfying and hopeful ending.

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Dead jealous

Dead Jealous by Sharon Jones‘…something cupped her leg. Something even colder than the lake.’ Trying to get people to believe that the person she found lying face down in the lake was murdered and that the girl missing at a previous event are connected to this case is frustrating enough for Poppy, but sorting out her feelings for her best friend Michael by guiltily kissing muscly, tattooed Tariq are sending her mind into turmoil. A great read if you are a fan of suspenseful, detective stories with a dash of romance. The first in the Poppy Sinclair thrillers found in the youth collection of your library.

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100 society

100 society by Carla Spradbery

Boarding school student, Grace Becker, is obsessed with besting her brother. She has resurrected the 100 Society in an attempt to complete the graffiti tagging of one hundred locations around the city. The tension mounts as each location becomes more difficult to access and the threat of expulsion seems more likely. Then Grace’s group faces the torment of THE REAPER. Intent on exposing their illegal game, making anonymous threats and getting as close to them as tagging their dormitory doors, The Reaper tears apart a loyal group of friends as suspicion grows amongst them. I changed my mind about the identity of the murderer several times as author Carla Spradbery quite cleverly misdirected me. This book is a quick read and has a twist at the end I did not see coming. Teens who aren’t sure about venturing into thrillers might like to try this book to test their courage. If you like this book you might like to try Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez.

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