Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Hate U Give

Check out these two YouTube clips from this stunning new book! 

Elon Musk

27384108By: Ashlee Vance
Location: NF 920 VAN
Genre:  Biography- science- genius

Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future

This book needs to be read by anyone who wants to know what our future is going to look like- why? Because this guy is creating it!

South African born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it. He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Robert Downey Junior.

The personal tale of Musk’s life comes with all the trappings one associates with a great, drama-filled story. He was a freakishly bright kid who was bullied brutally at school, and abused by his father. In the midst of these rough conditions, and the violence of apartheid South Africa, Musk still thrived academically and attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he paid his own way through school by turning his house into a club and throwing massive parties.

He started a pair of huge dot-com successes, including PayPal, which eBay acquired for $1.5 billion in 2002. Musk was forced out as CEO and so began his lost years in which he decided to go it alone and baffled friends by investing his fortune in rockets and electric cars. Meanwhile Musk’s marriage disintegrated as his technological obsessions took over his life ...

Elon Musk is the Steve Jobs of the present and the future, and for the past twelve months, he has been shadowed by tech reporter, Ashlee Vance. Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla is Shaping our Future is an important, exciting and intelligent account of the real-life Iron Man


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Hate U Give

By: Angie Thomas
Location: FIC THO
Genre: Real life stuff- the hard yards- a book that truel matters!

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice.

"Stunning"- John Green

"The truth casts a shadow over the kitchen—people like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right.
Maybe this can be it."

"There are those books that are important and timely, worthy of reading because of the social and/or political message that they send. They fill a gap in the market; they make waves. They need to exist. And there are other books that are well-written, emotionally-charged and unputdownable - books that are not important as such, just really good. But, on occasion, you find one of those rare wonderful creatures that is both important AND really amazingly good. The Hate U Give is one of those books" Emily

Starr Carter is caught between two worlds. When she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, those two worlds collide. Soon protests erupt because her friend was unarmed. The shooting is being brought to attention by the media, and they want to know what really happened with Starr being the only witness. Will she stay silent or will she gather her courage?
Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs.  Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.  

"This is a Black Lives Matter book. But if it was only a Black Lives Matter book it would be worthy but it would not be alive the way this book is. This is not an after school special, there are many plots and many characters Thomas balances with impressive grace. Nearly everyone Starr interacts with gets a chance to show us who they are, what they mean to Starr, and what place they have in her world. I am trying to remember the last time I read a YA novel with this many fully developed characters and I'm at a loss.

Thomas avoids easy answers. She embraces complexity and nuance. And, honestly, it's a ripping good read. I tore through it, even as it stuck a knife in my heart over and over again.

This is not hype. This is a very real new talent and I can't wait to see what she does next.
"- Jessica-

"Angie Thomas has written a stunning, brilliant, gut- wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time"- John Green 

First and Then

By: Emma Mills
27414427Location: FIC MIL
Genre: Realistic Youth Fiction and Football

“Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights
in this novel, a contemporary YA romance about love—for the unexpected boy, for a new brother, and for yourself. First & Then comes from Emma Mills, the YouTube vlogger and co-creator of the popular "life skills" channel, "How to Adult" which currently has over 160,000 subscribers.

Devon Tennyson wouldn't change a thing. She's happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon's cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn't want them - first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life. 

“A thousand electric cars could run on how you feel when you know that the person you like likes you back. It feels incredible. Like it shouldn't be possible. Of all the happy coincidences to ever exist, it's one of the happiest.

"I loved this book much more than I expected. Sarcastic characters, a unique family, hate-to-love relationship, sports, great sibling relationship, funny dialogues - Everything I want a book to have. And it made me cry for God's sake. I rarely cry and this one made me both cry and laugh out loud."Nora


Monday, March 20, 2017

The Everything Box

28595032By: Richard Kadrey
Location: FIC KAD
Genre: Fantasy
Series: (Another Coop Heist #1)

a dark and humorous story involving a doomsday gizmo, a horde of baddies determined to possess its power, and a clever thief who must steal it back . . . again and again.

"The first in the "Coop Heist" series sets up a more humorous take on magic and the supernatural in the modern world as a thief with magical immunity is tasked multiple times to steal a box that holds the apocalypse or something along those lines. Looking for the box are various cultists, government agents, mobsters, zombies, demons, and an angel or two." Tom

 22000 B.C. A beautiful, ambitious angel stands on a mountaintop, surveying the world and its little inhabitants below. He smiles because soon, the last of humanity who survived the great flood will meet its end, too. And he should know. He’s going to play a big part in it. Our angel usually doesn’t get to do field work, and if he does well, he’s certain he’ll get a big promotion.

And now it’s time . . . .

The angel reaches into his pocket for the instrument of humanity’s doom. Must be in the other pocket. Then he frantically begins to pat himself down. Dejected, he realizes he has lost the object. Looking over the Earth at all that could have been, the majestic angel utters a single word.


2015. A thief named Coop—a specialist in purloining magic objects—steals and delivers a small box to the mysterious client who engaged his services. Coop doesn’t know that his latest job could be the end of him—and the rest of the world. Suddenly he finds himself in the company of The Department of Peculiar Science, a fearsome enforcement agency that polices the odd and strange. The box isn’t just a supernatural heirloom with quaint powers, they tell him.

It’s a doomsday device. They think . . .

And suddenly, everyone is out to get it.

“So, you’re the angel of Death?” The angel shook his head, a little embarrassed. “I don’t have that honor. In Heaven, I’m the celestial who bears the great golden quills, the silver Chroma, the holy vellums upon which the Lord God inscribes the fate of the universe.” Tiras’s eyes narrowed. “You’re in charge of office supplies. You’re the angel of office supplies.”




Imposter Queen

By: Sarah Fine
23495112Location: FIC FIN
Genre: Fantasy
Series:  Imposter Queen#1

...brimming with magic, prophecies, friendship and betrayal...

“Our lives aren’t ours, darling,” she murmured. “We are only the caretakers of this magic. We don’t use it to protect ourselves—we use it only to protect the Kupari. They call us queens, but what we really are is servants.”
― Sarah Fine, The Impostor Queen

Sixteen-year-old Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between her love for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must choose the right side before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Thief of Lies

By: Brenda Drake
29939398Location: FIC DRA
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Library Jumpers #1

“Sentinels are sort of like Mary, aren’t we?” His voice was quiet. “We’re alone in the world, taken from our true parents. I like to think of the libraries as our secret garden. Our escape.”
― Brenda Drake, Thief of Lies

Teleporting into the Paris library and the premise of being able to jump to libraries around the world through magical books, protected by magical knights against magical and demonic creatures, with skilful wizards on both sides!

Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels-magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books-rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren't busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.

“Gia, you can never be lonely in the company of books.” 

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful

34212966By: Eric Lindstrom
Location: FIC LIN
Genre: Young Adult- - Mental Health

In A Tragic Kind of Wonderful, Eric Lindstrom, author of the critically acclaimed Not If I See You First, examines the fear that keeps us from exposing our true selves, and the courage it takes to be loved for who we really are.

In the vein of It's Kind of a Funny Story and All the Bright Places, comes a captivating, immersive exploration of life with mental illness.

For sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm's length. And when a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about the way their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium.

As the walls of Mel's compartmentalized world crumble, she fears the worst--that her friends will abandon her if they learn the truth about what she's been hiding. Can Mel bring herself to risk everything to find out?

I like how Larry from Goodreads describes this book:

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful is beautiful, heartbreaking, and so accurate in its portrayal of the many shades of bipolar disorder. Eric Lindstrom so perfectly captured Mel's voice through her ups and downs (the downs, which manifest them as ups, are eerie and so candidly portrayed), and how each person in her family deals with her condition. The book also captured the teenage attitude and dialogue without being overly precocious—you can hear these characters saying the things they do in the book without wondering if there really are 25-year-olds inside of them.

This is a book about realizing your problems are too big for only you to handle them, and the importance of trusting people and letting them in, but at the same time recognizes the value and necessity of self-protection. It's a book about letting ourselves feel, and not being afraid to admit how and when we're hurting. And this is an important book for those struggling to understand just what mental illness can do to a person.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Challenge

By: Tom Hoyle
Location: FIC HOY
Genre: Young adult, adventure

Tom Hoyle writes some pretty smashing books, and this one is no exception. 'The Challenge' features an all male cast with Ben as the protagonist. Ben's best friend goes missing and Ben's life is turned upside down.
Queue the entrance of the twins, Sam and Jack, who take Ben under their wing and help him to become more popular. But this doesn't go to plan...
There is a fun internet game called The Challenge and Ben becomes involved. It starts off as an interesting and fun game but soon becomes evil and sinister as the activities Ben is asked to do turn more and more strange and dangerous.
The trouble is... once you are involved with The Challenge it is hard to get out!
I really enjoyed this book- and have asked Mrs Bichan to buy 30 more copies!

This Savage Song

28696452Location: FIC SCH
Genre:  Urban fantasy-post-apocalyptic
Series: Monsters of Verity#1

 "Sin City PLUS Romeo and Juliet MINUS romance PLUS monsters."

A post-apocalyptic world where monsters roam free....

 “The beautiful thing about books was that anyone could open them.”
― Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song  

“Monsters, monsters, big and small,
"They're gonna come and eat you all.
Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.
Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.
Monsters, monsters, big and small,
They're gonna come and eat you all!”
― Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.


These Shallow Graves

30267904By: Jennifer Donnelly
Location: FIC DON
Genre: Historical Fiction

Be careful how deep
you bury
the past !

"A twisted tale of secrets, murder, love and revenge"

"Its fun, feminist and so fast paced that you will be whipping through the book to solve the mystery"

A New York Times bestseller from the acclaimed author of A Northern Light and Revolution.This thrilling mystery is perfect for fans of The Cellar and Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls. It's a story of dark secrets, dirty truths, and the lengths to which people will go for love and revenge.
Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon like all the girls in her class she ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo dreams of becoming a writer a newspaper reporter.
Wild aspirations aside, Jo s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. The story is that Charles Montfort shot himself while cleaning his revolver, but the more Jo hears about her father s death, the more something feels wrong. And then she meets Eddie a young, smart, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father s newspaper and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. But now it might be too late to stop.
The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirti
er than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and this time the truth is the dirtiest part of all.   
Lovely prose, historical intrigue, unique characters and setting. I devoured this book! Ruta Sepetys,

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Life in a Fish Bowl

32604250By: Len Vlahos
Location: FIC VLA
Genre: Young Adult Tragicomedy

When Jared Stone discovers that he has terminal brain cancer, he decides to sell his life to the highest bidder on eBay. He gains the attention of a nun, a psychologically-disturbed man of leisure and wealth, a video-game playing teen, and a TV producer. When his posting is pulled down on eBay, only one person is left, the TV producer. So Jared and his family become the focus of a reality TV show and lose their privacy entirely. Jackie, Jared’s 15-year-old daughter, will not willingly participate in the show, figuring out how to avoid the crew and the cameras. But perhaps there is even more that she can do as she starts her own behind-the-scenes YouTube show that tells the truth about the editing and manipulation of her family by the reality show.- Tasha

Fifteen-year-old Jackie Stone is a prisoner in her own house. Everything she says and does 24/7 is being taped and broadcast to every television in America. Why? Because her dad is dying of a brain tumor and he has auctioned his life on eBay to the highest bidder: a ruthless TV reality show executive at ATN.

Gone is her mom's attention and cooking and parent-teacher conferences. Gone is her sister's trust ever since she's been dazzled by the cameras and new-found infamy. Gone is her privacy. Gone is the whole family's dignity as ATN twists their words and makes a public mockery of their lives on Life and Death. But most of all, Jackie fears that one day very soon her father will just be . . . gone. Armed only with her ingenuity and the power of the internet, Jackie is determined to end the show and reclaim all of their lives, even in death.

Told through multiple points of view--including her dad's tumor--acclaimed author Len Vlahos deftly explores what it really means to live in this brilliantly written tragicomedy


26244577By: Chuck Wendig
Location: FIC WEN
Genre: SciFi/Thriller

  Is this topical or what....?

Cyber Espionage...
Government survelliance

Combining the scientific-based, propulsive narrative style of Michael Crichton with the eerie atmosphere and conspiracy themes of The X-Files and the imaginative, speculative edge of Neal Stephenson and William Gibson, Zer0es explores our deep-seated fears about government surveillance and hacking in an inventive fast-paced novel sure to earn Chuck Wendig the widespread acclaim he deserves.

An Anonymous-style rabble rouser, an Arab spring hactivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cipherpunk, and an online troll are each offered a choice: go to prison or help protect the United States, putting their brains and skills to work for the government for one year.

But being a white-hat doesn’t always mean you work for the good guys. The would-be cyberspies discover that behind the scenes lurks a sinister NSA program, an artificial intelligence code-named Typhon, that has origins and an evolution both dangerous and disturbing. And if it’s not brought down, will soon be uncontrollable.

Can the hackers escape their federal watchers and confront Typhon and its mysterious creator? And what does the government really want them to do? If they decide to turn the tables, will their own secrets be exposed—and their lives erased like lines of bad code?

“I neither like nor approve of this government.” “But as you note, you are American. Which means this is your government as much as it is mine.” “This government hasn’t been mine in a long time.” One of those types. “You and I are going to have to differ on that point. I say you live here, it’s your government. All the bells and whistles. All the warts and wrinkles.”  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Three Dark Crowns

28960218By: Kendare Blake
Location: FIC BLA
Genre: Fantasy
Series" Three Dark Crowns #1

“Three dark queens
Are born in a glen,
Sweet little triplets
Will never be friends

Three dark sisters
All fair to be seen,
Two to devour
And one to be Queen”

Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood will devour her latest novel, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen.  

Katharine is a poisoner.  
Mirabella is an elemental .
Arsinoe is a naturalist.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown. 


32026299By: Amanda Hocking
Location: FIC HOC
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy

Amanda Hocking is a must buy- no matter what.  Probably because Mrs Rae demands me too, but also because she is a great writer- and a fantasy story set in a carnival with freeks-YES!!!

“It's not the amount of time that makes something real. It's what happens in that time," he said solemnly. "Each moment is weighted against the next, and the moments I've spent with you have been more meaningful than almost all the ones I've had before it.”
― Amanda Hocking, Freeks

Welcome to Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow, where necromancy, magical visions, and pyrokinesis are more than just part of the act…

Mara has always longed for a normal life in a normal town where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future. Instead, she roams from place to place, cleaning the tiger cage while her friends perform supernatural feats every night.

When the struggling sideshow is miraculously offered the money they need if they set up camp in Caudry, Louisiana, Mara meets local-boy Gabe…and a normal life has never been more appealing.

But before long, performers begin disappearing and bodes are found mauled by an invisible beast. Mara realizes that there’s a sinister presence lurking in the town with its sights set on getting rid of the sideshow freeks. In order to unravel the truth before the attacker kills everyone Mara holds dear, she has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she was capable of—one that could change her future forever.


BY: Michael Jensen
17993765Location: FIC JEN
Genre: Fantasy

The Princess Bride meets Ghost (the movie), with a little hint of The Matrix in there.

I have been trying to get this book for  a year or so, I just loved the cover, and finally I have managed to get a copy into our library. It is a stunning looking book inside and out- and the story....

"A unique story that has the nostalgic feeling of a beloved fairytale. I was immediately sunk into this book from page one. There is comedy, romance, adventure, action, magic, ghosts, what's not to love? If that doesn't sound like a great book to you, you are dead wrong. I read it so fast that it felt short but it's a decent size novel. I just fell so in love with the plot and the characters, I just wasn't ready for it to be over. It's amazing. "- Brittany

 Two unlikely allies must journey across a kingdom in the hopes of thwarting death itself.

All his life, Nels has wanted to be a knight of the kingdom of Avërand. Tall and strong, and with a knack for helping those in need, the people of his sleepy little village have even taken to calling him the Knight of Cobblestown.

But that was before Nels died, murdered outside his home by a mysterious figure.

Now the young hero has awoken as a ghost, invisible to all around him save one person—his only hope for understanding what happened to him—the kingdom’s heir, Princess Tyra. At first the spoiled royal wants nothing to do with Nels, but as the mystery of his death unravels, the two find themselves linked by a secret, and an enemy who could be hiding behind any face.

Nels and Tyra have no choice but to abscond from the castle, charting a hidden world of tangled magic and forlorn phantoms. They must seek out an ancient needle with the power to mend what has been torn, and they have to move fast. Because soon Nels will disappear foreve

The Passion for Dolssa

By: Julie Berry
Location: FIC BER
28383562Genre: Historical Fiction 

I must write this account, and when I have finished, I will burn it.  

Buried deep within the archives of a convent in medieval France is an untold story of love, loss, and wonder and the two girls at the heart of it all.

Dolssa is an upper-crust city girl with a secret lover and an uncanny gift. Branded a heretic, she’s on the run from the friar who condemned her mother to death by fire, and wants Dolssa executed, too.

Botille is a matchmaker and a tavern-keeper, struggling to keep herself and her sisters on the right side of the law in their seaside town of Bajas.

When their lives collide by a dark riverside, Botille rescues a dying Dolssa and conceals her in the tavern, where an unlikely friendship blooms. Aided by her sisters and Symo, her surly but loyal neighbor, Botille nurses Dolssa back to health and hides her from her pursuers. But all of Botille’s tricks, tales, and cleverness can’t protect them forever, and when the full wrath of the Church bears down upon Bajas, Dolssa’s passion and Botille’s good intentions could destroy the entire village.

“When searching out a history, sifting through a thousand facts and ten thousand lives, one often uncovers pieces that do not fit.”             

Before I Fall- The Movie

 The book  Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver is super popular in our library- I think with the movie coming out I will order a couple more copies- it is always better to read the book first!! But this trailer- oh my.... it says it all!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Dream Strider

27414396By: Lindsay Smith
Location: FIC SMI
Genre: Fantasy

Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith, is a high-concept, fantasy spy novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

I dream, mostly good stuff, some weird stuff. I remember them too, and I dream in colour.
In this book Livia can enter other peoples dreams...

Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject's body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighboring kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.

"tense action and rich wordbuilding make for a thrilling red"- kirkus


Cell 7

29864658By: Kerry Drewery
Location: FIC DRE
Genre: Sci/Fi- Dystopia

‘Behind bars. For your entertainment.’ 

Should she live or die? You decide

An adored celebrity has been killed. Sixteen-year-old Martha Honeydew was found holding a gun, standing over the body.

Now Justice must prevail.

The general public will decide whether Martha is innocent or guilty by viewing daily episodes of the hugely popular TV show Death is Justice, the only TV show that gives the power of life and death decisions - all for the price of a phone call.

Martha has admitted to the crime. But is she guilty? Or is reality sometimes more complicated than the images we are shown on TV?

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Journey

28818766By: Francesca Sanna
Location: PIC SAN
Genre:A real story- to real

This picture book left me silent. Mad. Sad. Angry. Hopeful. Frustrated. Determined!
Picture books speak, they tell complex stories simply. They make us reflect deeply within 50 pages often more than what a 320 page novel can..Maybe it is the combo of print  and art that illicit deep reactions from within.
Whatever it is- it works!

From the author: The Journey is actually a story about many journeys, and it began with the story of two girls I met in a refugee center in Italy. After meeting them I realized that behind their journey lay something very powerful. So I began collecting more stories of migration and interviewing many people from many different countries. A few months later, in September 2014, when I started studying a Master of Arts in Illustration at the Academy of Lucerne, I knew I wanted to create a book about these true stories. Almost every day on the news we hear the terms "migrants" and "refugees" but we rarely ever speak to or hear the personal journeys that they have had to take. This book is a collage of all those personal stories and the incredible strength of the people within them.Image result for 9781909263994

Ninth City Burning

30763911By: J.Patrick Black
Location: FIC BLA
Genre: Aliens/SciFi/Dystopic

For fans of Ender s Game, Red Rising, and The Hunger Games comes an explosive, epic science fiction debut...

“I shouldn't be surprised―filtering the facts to present the rosiest possible picture is part of human nature―but I am.”

Cities vanished, gone in flashes of world-shattering destruction. An alien race had come to make Earth theirs, bringing a power so far beyond human technology it seemed like magic. It was nearly the end of the world until we learned to seize the power, and use it to fight back.
The war has raged for five centuries. For a cadet like Jax, one of the few who can harness the enemy s universe-altering force, that means growing up in an elite military academy, training for battle at the front and hoping he is ready. For Naomi, young nomad roaming the wilds of a ruined Earth, it means a daily fight for survival against the savage raiders who threaten her caravan.
When a new attack looms, these two young warriors find their paths suddenly intertwined. Together with a gifted but reckless military commander, a factory worker drafted as cannon fodder, a wild and beautiful gunfighter, and a brilliant scientist with nothing to lose they must find a way to turn back the coming invasion, or see their home finally and completely destroyed."

"My favorite thing about Ninth City Burning is the slow start and the constant build up to what is the truth and what is a myth. Black leaves a lot for readers to discover with the help of seven important characters along the way. You will go into the novel not knowing a lot, and will be partially confused at times. Trust me, it is completely worth it, and the pay off in the end is enormous. This has turned into my unquestionable favorite read of 2016, so far! I have high expectations for the rest of the series, which is supposed to contain at least two more books. Warning… the math, science, and technology in this book will blow your mind. Black explains everything so well that you will begin to believe that thelemity is real" Austin


32179294By: Melissa Meyer
Location: FIC MEY
Genre:  Fantasy-Retelling

“When pleased, I beat like a drum. When sad, I break like glass. Once stolen, I can never be taken back. What am I?”
― Marissa Meyer, Heartless

A girl who has a talent for cooking magical confections that can alter a person's emotions catches the eye of the King of Hearts, who wants her for his bride. She will do anything to avoid this fate, particularly as she finds herself falling in love with the mysterious new court jester...

Heartless is an epic retelling of Alice in Wonderland, with the focus being on The Queen of Hearts.   Its hard to imagine Catherine, who just wanted to open a bakery and fall in love, would ever become the short-tempered, unpredictable Queen of Hearts we all know.
Old characters, like the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat, appear with extra additions of Meyer's own invention

"I did not expect to enjoy Heartless as much as I did. I did not expect to warm up so much to this girl in the habit of dreaming too much, for whom hoping is an illness, for whom burying her hands in a ball of dough is the ultimate happiness. I warmed up to her so much my heart had got as cold as hers as the conclusion drew near, and by the end of it, it didn't even seem to be beating anymore.
I wonder if I will ever be able to claim it back."-

Simona Bartolotta

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Carve the Mark

30233110By: Veronica Roth
Location: FIC ROT
Genre: Fantasy- SciFi- Dystopia- The lot!!!!
Series: #1- Carve the Mark 


In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift

“I am a Shotet. I am sharp as broken glass, and just as fragile. I tell lies better than I tell truths. I see all of the galaxy and never catch a glimpse of it.”

This book is a tad controversial,the book has racial undertones, the author's allusion to chronic pain as a source of strength for one of the characters is another problematic issue.

"After the roller coaster of the last several years with the Black Lives Matter movement, the systematic oppression of Muslims, and the discussions I have had and read, I'm finding myself more and more sensitive to the plights of those who are oppressed. I want to give those people a voice rather than reinforce harmful views." Meg

So apart from the issues what is this book about? 

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
The Akos is thrust into Cyra's world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?
Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth's stunning portrayal of the power of friendship — and love — in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts


The Trees

31794085By: Ali Shaw
Location: FIC SHA
Genre: Fantasy- Magical Realism

Its the cover....

"It will be the darkest weirdest fantasy you will read this year..." Mr Mannins!

or as the Financial Times says
" Tarantino meets Middle Earth"

Or the Irish Times...
"Does for trees what Hitchcock did for birds"

 or the Guardian
 "An English ecological version of The Road"...

So what is this book about!

The Trees. They arrived in the night: wrenching through the ground, thundering up into the air, and turning Adrien's suburban street into a shadowy forest. Shocked by the sight but determined to get some answers, he ventures out, passing destroyed buildings, felled power lines, and broken bodies still wrapped in tattered bed linens hanging from branches.

It is soon apparent that no help is coming and that these trees, which seem the work of centuries rather than hours, span far beyond the town. As far, perhaps, as the coast, where across the sea in Ireland, Adrien's wife is away on a business trip and there is no way of knowing whether she is alive or dead.

When Adrien meets Hannah, a woman who, unlike him, believes that the coming of the trees may signal renewal rather than destruction and Seb, her technology-obsessed son, they persuade him to join them. Together, they pack up what remains of the lives they once had and set out on a quest to find Hannah's forester brother and Adrien's wife--and to discover just how deep the forest goes.

Their journey through the trees will take them into unimaginable territory: to a place of terrible beauty and violence, of deadly enemies and unexpected allies, to the dark heart of nature and the darkness--and also the power--inside themselves.

"I love magical realism. I love survivalist stories. I love dark fairy tales and post-apocalyptic worlds. I love dynamic characters and mythological creatures and internal struggles"- Jess