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    An Island of Our Own – Sally Nichols

    “I told my brother Jonathan I was going to write a book about all the things that happened to us last year. About the homemade spaceships, and the lock-pickers, and the thermal lancase, and the exploding dishwasher, and the island that was old when the Vikings came, and Auntie Irene’s treasure, and all the things that happened before we found it.  ‘It’s going to be brilliant!’ I told him. ‘And I’ve already got a title. An Island of Our Own! Isn’t it great?’ ‘But we don’t have an island of our own,’ said Jonathan. ‘People are going to pick it up and expect it to be Swallows and Amazons for…

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    Between the Lives – Jessica Shirvington

    “I am a liar.  Not compulsive.  Simply required.  I am two people. Neither better than the other, no superpowers, no mystical destinies, no two-places-in-one-time mechanism – but two people. Different in ways fundamental, even though at the most basic level I look the same. My physical attributes, my memory and my name follow me. For the past eighteen years, everything else, everything, about me is different.”  Every 24 hours Sabine shifts into a different life. In one she has a perfect boyfriend, perfect grades a what would seem like the perfect, all-american life. In the other she is viewed as a reckless delinquent by most, with only her little sister…

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    Just Like Fate – Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

    “There are exactly sixteen minutes left in math class when there’s a faint double knock on the classroom door, and we all perk up. Through the window I can see the office assistant with the frizzy hair standing timidly, like she’s afraid of even herself.” With a knock on the door of her classroom Caroline Cabot’s life turns upside down. Her grandmother, her rock, the woman she has lived with for years and loved all her life, is in hospital. Caroline keeps vigil at her bedside when she can, only leaving to go to school when her mother forces her too. Then the weekend comes and Simone tried to persuade…

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    The Fault in our Stars – John Green

    “Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time thinking about death.” Hazel Grace is 17 and suffering from cancer. Things can’t get much worse but throw in parents who think she is wiling her life away and a support group that fades into the backdrop of her life she can’t really get excited about much anymore. She is terminal, always has been and always will be. But one day that…

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    Johnny The Homicidal Maniac; The Director’s Cut – Jhonen Vasquez

    Dark and disturbingly funny, Johnny The Homicidal Maniac (JTHM) follows the adventures of Johnny (you can call him Nny), who lives with a pair of styrofoam doughboys that encourage his madness, a wall that constantly needs a fresh coat of blood, and–oh, yeah–his victims in various states of torture. Join Nny as he frightens the little boy next door (Todd, known to fans of Vasquez’s work as Squee), thirsts for Cherry Brain Freezies, attempts suicide, draws Happy Noodle Boy, and tries to uncover the meaning of his homicidal existence. *** This may only be a short review but that isn’t to say I didn’t love the book, I find it…

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    The Spook’s Mistake (Wardstone Chronicles #5) – Joseph Delaney

    “Carrying my staff, I went into the kitchen and picked up the empty sack. It would be dark in less than an hour but I’d just enough time to walk down to the village and collect the week’s provisions. All we had left was a few eggs and a small wedge of County cheese. Two days earlier The Spook had gone south to deal with a boggart. Annoyingly, this was the second time in a month that my master had gone off on a job without me.” Following the escape from The Fiend, Tom’s master had become very protective, taking to going out on jobs alone rather than taking his…

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    Soul Storm – Kate Harrison

    ***Please note that this is the third in a trilogy. Whilst I have tried to refrain from spoiling any aspects of the story there may be some assumptions about the previous books that can be made from this review*** “Loneliness is worse than death.  It rots you from the inside out, making you disappear. I avoid mirrors, because I am afraid I will see a space where I should be. And when I accidentally catch a glimpse of my reflection in a window, I am surprised at how solid I look. How ‘normal’.” For a year now Alice has been visiting Soul Beach, a website where she can talk to, touch and…

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    The Weight of Souls – Bryony Pearce

    “Dead men take me to the nicest places.  I pulled my hood further over my eyes and glowered at the block of flats. Stained net curtains billowed from otherwise bare windows and, on half of the balconies, shirts and greying underwear were hanging out to dry. My bones thrummed with a deep bass that seemed to boom through the tarmac itself; the music actually came through an open window on the ground floor.” Taylor Oh is cursed. A curse that goes back centuries and has been passed through the generations of her maternal family. She sees murder victims and when they mark her she must avenge them. If she fails the…

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    Heart-Shaped – Siobhan Parkinson

    “People are always saying this are a nightmare. The traffic is a nightmare. There are three people ahead of them in a queue, and it’s a nightmare. The ATM only gives fifties, and it’s a nightmare. They can’t open their shoelace because it’s knotted too tightly and they’ve cut their fingernails and that’s a nightmare too. They don’t know much if that is their idea of a nightmare.” Annie is in love, and the thing about love is that it’s a nightmare, when you can’t work out if the boy you like likes you back and you read into everything that happens. Love often leads you into a hell, but…

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    Ferryman – Claire McFall

    “The first heavy drops of rain announced themselves, tapping out a disjointed rhythm on the tin roof over the train platform. Dylan sighed and plunged her face down deeper into her thick winter jacket, trying to warm her freezing nose.” Dylan is on the way to meet her father for the first time since she can remember. However, on the way, Dylan’s train crashes. Emerging from the wreckage of the train Dylan is greeted by a boy, a strange and beautiful boy, who seems to be waiting for her. Tristan is waiting to guide Dylan, across the wraith infested wasteland on a journey she is expected to take. But when…