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    Knife Edge – Malorie Blackman

    ***Knife Edge is the second in the Noughts and Crosses series. Please note that this review will contain  unavoidable spoilers for Noughts and Crosses, the first book. ***“‘Oh come on, Jude. My feet are killing me,’ Morgan moaned. ‘Tough!’ I said from one of the two single beds in our hotel room. ‘And keep watching out the window. We don’t want any surprises.’ ‘I’ve been watching the traffic for the last three hours.’ ‘And you’ve got an hour to go, shut up complaining.’ I ordered. He was getting on my nerves and no mistake.” Jude and Morgan have been in hiding since the kidnapping of Sephy Hadley, the kidnapping that…

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    Noughts & Crosses – Malorie Blackman

    “‘Honestly, Mrs Hadley,’ said Maggie McGregor, wiping her eyes. ‘That sense of humour of yours will be the death of me yet!’ Jasmine Hadley allowed herself a rare giggle. ‘The things I tell you, Meggie. It’s lucky we’re such good friends!’  Meggie’s smile wavered only slightly. She looked out across the vast lawn at Callum and Sephy. Her son and her employer’s daughter. They were good friends playing together. Real good friends. No barriers. No boundaries. Not yet anyway. Callum and Sephy had grown up together, known one another for years. Until Callum’s mum got fired from her housemaid job at the Hadley household. But that didn’t stop them from…

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    Long Lankin – Lindsay Barraclough

    “Said my lord to my lady, as he mounted his horse; ‘Beware of Long Lankin that lives in the moss.’ Said my lord to my lady, as he rode away: ‘Beware of Long Lankin that lives in the hay.’ ‘let the doors be all bolted and the windows all pinned, And leave not a hole for a mouse to creep in.’” For years the children of Bryers Guerdon have been warned against Long Lankin, the beast who attacks small children who find themselves in the local churchyard. The whole story is thought to be a legend, a myth, but the adults know there must be some element of truth to…

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    Blog Tour: The Vampire Fighters: How my idea for a new kind of vampire story came about by Pete Johnson

    Now this is going to shock you. The first and biggest influence on The Vampire Trilogy was ‘Gregory’s Girl.’ Yes, that’s right; the charming, low-budget film comedy from the early eighties was my initial inspiration for a series of books about fangs, vampires and blood ghosts. Let me explain. I watched ‘Gregory’s Girl’ first as an adolescent. And it spoke to me about all the rites of passage ahead. I still think it’s one of the wisest films ever made. Gregory, as you may remember, is the gangling adolescent who falls for this aloof, mysterious, independent girl who also happens to be the star of the school (otherwise all male) football team. His unrequited love leads him into…

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    Boys Don’t Cry – Malorie Blackman

    “Good luck today. hope you get what you want and need. 🙂 Phone in hand, I smiled at the text my girl Colette had sent me. My smile didn’t last long though. I was too wound up. Thursday. A level results day! I must admit, I didn’t expect to be quite so nervous. I knew for certain I’d done well. what I mean is, I almost knew for certain.”  Its A level results day and Dante is terrified. He has the next ten years planned out and most of that rests on those four results. Every sound he hears outside makes him jump, hoping it’s the postman delivering the letters.…

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    The Vampire Hunters – Pete Johnson

    “Hi. I’m Marcus, and if you’re reading this now, then I’m in massive trouble.  This is a top-secret blog, which if it got into the wrong hands could cause terrible damage. And by the wrong hands, I mean every single human being. Yes, even you.” After the bombshell landed on Marcus’ 13h birthday that he was a half-vampire everything changed. Marcus went through the first phase of transition from human to half-vampire and things hardly went smoothly. Now he’s over that though most things can go back to normal. Except they can’t. Marcus’ friend Tallulah had to have her memory wiped of an incident involving Marcus and a full blown…

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    The Vampire Blog – Pete Johnson

    “Saturday 30 September – 7:15pm Three things you never want to hear your parents say: ‘Let’s talk about the facts of life.’ ‘We’re going to start dancing now.’ ‘Soon, a white fang will appear in your mouth.’ My parents have just told me the last one. Then they went on to tell me…. Well, you just wait.” Marcus has just found out he’s a half-vampire, just like his parents – though he only just found out they are too. He doesn’t know how to handle it and like everything else in life he tries to make a joke out of it. Until weird things start happening to him. His breath…