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Temptation series

I LOVE this series; I have read it twice plus random parts in all three books. The setting and the story its self is quite beautiful! As result these books have further ruined my expectations for romance… I really should stop but Noah….

Book one: Temptation
The Cameron’s are new in the sleepy, idyllic farming community of Meadow-view, having moved from the city after a tragic event.
Before they even have the chance to settle in there is a knock at the front door- here you meet Amos, Jacob and Noah, three members from the large family up the road that also happen to be Amish!
When Rose and Noah first see each other it is literally love at first sight. Neither of them can keep the other out of there minds and both of them are longing to get to know each other better. But of course it wasn't going to be easy; in fact it was going to be fair. A stunning first book.

Book two: Belonging
Due to some devastating events at the end of Temptation. Rose has decided that the only way she could possibly ever be with Noah was if she become Amish! Trials and strict rules were what greeted Rose, instead of the warm embrace of her boyfriend. But much to Noah's distress Rose befriends the ‘rebel’ girls of the community and starts hanging out with them. Which of courses doesn't work in her favour? And then there’s her dad- during this book he annoyed me so much, I want to slap him and make him see that it was true love not foolishness! But no he didn't see that he just had to go get the police involved didn't he?
Rose and Noah’s journey continues in this sequel!

Book three: Forever
More secrets and betrayal are up head for these star crossed lovers! In this mind blowing finial, it’s now or never for Rose and Noah.
As if the situation wasn't complicated enough- now there’s a new addition on the way, how will these two families cope and deal with the news that Rose is pregnant with Noah’s child? And on top of that a devastating disaster is about to tear this quint Amish community right down the middle.
But more importantly with Rose and Noah-
say I do?

Mikaela (NAR work experience student)

All I know now

Carrie Hope Fletcher is a popular youtuber with over 550,000 subscribers. Through her wildly successful YouTube channel “itswaypastmybedtime” and her blog she has become an ‘honorary big sister’ to quite a number of young people around the world. Carrie has used her YouTube and blog to give advice and provide a safe place for teens to express their worries, hopes and dreams. She decided to gather up all her ramblings and thoughts into a book called ‘All I know now’ – wonderings and reflections of growing up gracefully.
The book offers advice on topics such as broken hearts, bullying, body image and how to be happy and content with being you. Carrie is an actress and has beenin many theatre shows such as Les Mis, as a nod to her acting background she has structured her book like a play, with the programme at the front of the book listing the prologue, overture and the acts. At the back of the book she has a props section full of websites and helplines around the world that deal with the issues she has spoken about.

The book itself is wonderfully written. She uses wit and references to well known movies to help her connect to her audience and she tells stories from her time as a teenager, so you can hopefully ‘learn from her mistakes’.
Although this book is geared towards teenage girls, which Carrie  does imply throughout the book, I think that anyone would genuinely enjoy this collection of witty advice and wisdom.
-                      Chloe, work experience

Mind Games

Second life has become first lifeAnd no one lives in the real world anymoreThat is except LunaJust what will they do to pull her in…And chain her down?
In a future world where second life has become the first life for much of the population, Luna stands out as a Refuser of technology. Determined to keep her secrets hidden from the controlling corporation PareCo, Luna does all she can to stay under the radar. However it seems her attempts have failed when PareCo invites Luna as one of the select few to participate in ‘The Test’; a means for PareCo to filter out the best and brightest of each generation. But not everything nor everyone is as it seems; with hidden agendas everywhere Luna must be careful who she trusts and how she plays the game, for one wrong move will be deadly.
As a fan of Teri Terry and dystopian fiction in general I was really excited to read this; the concept I felt had a lot of leeway in which direction the story would go and based on her previous works I knew that Terry could take it exciting places. I was however disappointed, for while I loved the character of Luna, with her fighting and rebellious spirit (and also being named after one of my favourite book characters Luna Lovegood) and was intrigued by the mystery of her world, the plot was somewhat lacking. It was perhaps the pace, too slow in the beginning and too fast in the end, that perhaps put me off but I finished this book feeling somewhat unsatisfied. 
What this story needed to be was more character driven, with a greater focus on the internal journey Luna was travelling rather than the external one. The strong focus on ‘second life’, which included long descriptions of each ‘world’, certainly distracted from the characters and the conspiracy which they were embroiled in. However I will say I loved the unpredictability of the plot and the way it surprised me, for me it just needed to be more character-driven. Mind games does intrigue with its many mysteries and its characters while not central enough in the story are likeable and engaging. This read is for anyone looking for something a little different in the dystopian genre.
Courtney :)

The Crossover

Kwame Alexander is an award winning teenage author.
'The Crossover' has won the Newbery Medal in the United States.

Basketball is a central theme in this original novel, and the style and rhythm of the book conveys all the tension and action of a fast-moving basketball game.

'At the top of the key, I'm MOVING & GROOVING, POPping and ROCKING -Why you BUMPING' raps basketball enthusiast, Josh Bell.

Josh and his twin brother Jordan are talented basketball players, and are egged on by their enthusiastic father.
But as the basketball season unfolds more is revealed about their lives. Josh is jealous of Jordan's new girlfriend and their father has an increasingly worrying health problem.

This novel is a great contribution to teen fiction. The movement contained in each line practically leap off the page-

'See when I play ball, I'm on fire. When I shoot, I inspire. The hoop's for sale, and I'm the buyer.

Josh is at the top of his game!

-Ann

Heaven is for Real


Title: Heaven is for Real
Author: Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent
Type of story: Other

Tell us about it: This book is about a boy named Colten Burpo having to go to the hospital because his appendices exploded. when he is at the hospital about to die his parents ( Todd and Sonja Burpo ) are praying for him. Surprisingly God answered their prayers. Not only did God answer the prayers he even took Colten with him into heaven. Colten says that he went out of his body to heaven explaining what he did and saw in heaven. And everything that the boy said he saw matches the bible exactly.

How good was it? Fantastic

Jordan
Age 12

Weightless

Blurb:"When Carolyn Lessing moves from New Jersey to Alabama with her mother, she rattles the status quo of the juniors at Adams High. Gorgeous, stylish, a great student and gifted athlete without a mean  bone in her body, Carolyn is gobbled up right away by the school's cliques. She even begins dating a senior, Shane, whose on again/off again girlfriend Brooke becomes Carolyn's bitter romantic rival. When a make-out video of Carolyn and Shane makes the rounds, Carolyn goes from golden girl to slut in an instant, with Brooke and her best friend responsible for the campaign.
Carolyn is hounded and focused on, and becomes more and more private. Questions about her family and her habits torture her. But a violent confrontation with Shane and Brooke in the student parking lot is the last attack Carolyn can take."
My View:Wow, this book should be compulsory reading for all parents and teenagers!It tells the story of the typical "new girl" at high school. Carolyn has just moved into the area and doesn't know anyone at the local high school. She is a bright, talented student, who is just keen to fit in and make some friends. Unfortunately she befriends the ex-boyfriend of one of the clique of girls, and from there on she goes from being a normal girl to a victim of unfounded gossip. The clique even stalks her Facebook account and their comments and posts about her grow legs with each entry. It shows just how social media has changed things these days, sometimes not for the better.
The novel is told from the first person plural. "We" are not named throughout the novel but that is not important to the story. This book should make teenagers think before they make assumptions about people, and how dangerous their actions can be, both to the person they are talking about, and the consequences for themselves as well.
Weightless had me hooked from the beginning and I would highly recommend reading it. It's a debut novel by Sarah Bannan and is one author to watch out for. It would make an excellent Book Club read as well. The library has it available to borrow as a book or as an e-book through Bolinda Digital.
You might like this if you like......:
Pretty Little Liars
The Lying Game
It is a ......: Book
Janine

Avengers: Age of Ultron



“Avengers: Age of Ultron”, the sequel to Marvel’s 2012 hit, had a monumental task in living up to its predecessor. It did not disappoint.The sequel sees the titular team up against an artificial intelligence (the ominously named Ultron (James Spader)) attempting to save the human race by wiping it out, because who’s going to hurt people if there are no people left? Complicating matters is the fact that Ultron is a creation of the team’s own Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), and the involvement of the mysterious Maximoff twins Pietro (Alan Taylor Johnson) and Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen).The film is darker and more personal than the original while maintaining director Joss Whedon’s trademark wit, and is stuffed with fantastic action sequences. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) takes a far more central role this time around and is a stand out amongst the already tremendous cast, and Andy Serkis leaves quite an impression in his brief role as South African smuggler Ulysses Klaue. Marvel newcomer James Spader is incredible as the villainous android Ultron, being completely terrifying in some scenes and utterly hilarious in the next, and is more entertaining and, strangely, more human than most of the villains that Marvel has had to offer so far.Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has his own intriguing subplot that clearly was for the most part abandoned on the cutting room floor, and Captain America (Chris Evans) is far more interesting as a character thanks to his characterization in his last solo outing. Paul Bettany is clearly loving his upgrade from voice (Iron Man’s AI JARVIS) to Vision, who has some of the best moments in the film despite not appearing until the last thirty minutes. Olsen and Johnson similarly revel in their vaguely European accents, and their powers are visually astonishing.The only thing really holding the film back was a ham-fisted romance between Banner and the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) which felt incredibly forced, and sacrificed the fantastic characterizations the fan-favourites from the first film had in order to slap them together in what can only be described as way too much way too soon. That’s not to say the duo didn’t act their hearts out, because they did do an amazing job, but it wasn’t quite enough to save the poor writing.Overall, the film was entertaining and some truly amazing action sequences and effects, with a creative and exiting finale that leaves the first film’s alien invasion dead in the water, and worked well by itself as well as setting up the plots for movies for years to come. It’s fast moving and had so much stuffed into it that a repeat viewing or two is definitely necessary, but sits high on the list of Marvel’s triumphs regardless.Highly recommended, 8.4/10-Marcus

Mountain Wolf

'Mountain Wolf ' is a stunning novel by Rosanne Hawke.
Fourteen year old Razaq lives in a mountainous region of Pakistan.
The story begins with a devastating earthquake which kills his family.
His dying father tells Razaq to find his uncle Javaid who lives in the city.
Razaq is offered assistance by a man who is a stranger to him. The man, known as Ikram, lures Razaq to the city and offers him work and money. It soon becomes clear that Ikram has evil intentions.
Razaq has to use all his wits to survive. He enters a world of exploitation and child sex slavery. Against all odds he stays true to his upbringing and beliefs.

There are moments of grim reality and horror in this novel, but they are also balanced by the kindness of many people whom Razaq encounters.
And does he find his uncle?  You will need to read 'Mountain Wolf' to find the answer.

Rosanne was employed as an aid worker in Pakistan and she captures the harsh beauty of the landscape and its people.
'Mountain Wolf' takes us on an incredible journey to another country.
Highly recommended.

-Ann

New - Harry Potter Illustrated Edition!


I'm very excited to share the cover of 
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay.


"Bloomsbury reports that it will be "published globally on 6th October 2015 this will be the first fully illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s original Harry Potter novel. The hardback edition will include ribbon marker, head and tail bands, illustrated endpapers and colour artwork on every spread. It is set to be the landmark publishing event of 2015."
Reserve your copy today! 
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay.

Nona and Me

If you are looking for a smart and intelligent teenage novel, then 'Nona and Me' by Clare Atkins may be the book for you!

Rosie is a white teenager who lives with her mother on an Aboriginal community.
As a child, she was best friends with Nona, an Aboriginal girl, and they were brought up as sisters or 'yapas' due to strong family connections.

But Rosie hasn't seen Nona in years and is now ensconsed with her best friends Selena and Anya and is developing a relationship with Selena's brother. Selena is bright and bitchy and peer group pressure is well evident as the girls go 'fridging' (stealing alcohol) before a party. Rosie is uncomfortable but goes along. It is also evident that Selena has little time for Rosie's Aboriginal friends and connections and Selena could easily write her off.

'Nona and Me' is set in the era of the Northern Territory intervention in 2007, when the Australian Government sought fit to send in the Army to bring about an overhaul in Aboriginal health and education.
Was this action good or bad? Positive or negative? Nothing is simple and there are differing and complex ways of looking at these issues. Many Aboriginal people were terrified and felt that the intervention would bring about another era of the Stolen Generation.
In many respects Rosie lives in two different worlds. Can she find a path through for herself?

Strong and capable writing that gives the reader an insight into race relations, peer pressure and modern communities.

-Ann

Day 21: Kass Morgan

Humans left the earth as it plunged into an eternal darknessNow as their home in the sky crumbles,100 have returned…but things are not as they expected.They've survived 21 days…But the days to come will be the hardest yet…
Twenty-one days have passed since the 100 landed on Earth. They have loved and lost, grieved and enjoyed. They have survived. But now the hardest days are ahead of them. A mystery illness is striking them down as well as an unknown enemy. Wells struggles the keep those left united while dealing with the burdens of leadership and the loss of Clarke. Clarke strikes out with Bellamy to find his sister and perhaps others while back on the ship Glass faces the consequences of Wells ill-thought actions. Things are not as they appear; secrets will come to light and the 100 will learn the only way to survive is together.

Day 21 is the pulsating edge of your seat sequel to the The100; while I did find the plot of this novel to be a bit more predictable that the first but Day 21 doesn't disappoint. What drives this novel are the characters, their diversity in both physical traits and personality engage the reader into the lives of the characters and the plot as well. In this sequel the reader not only gets to watch these characters develop as the face their own shortfalls and those of the people around them but you also get to witness the complexity of that age between childhood and adulthood in perhaps the most extreme circumstances. What I really enjoy about this series are the characters, I enjoy bouncing between the characters perspectives, not only does it add different dimensions to the overall plot but it also makes for a refreshing read; the next chapter is always a new voice, a new personality to tell their part of the tale. My one criticism of this book is that it ended rather abruptly; one minute the plot is moving along and the next it is going full pelt, everything happens at once and then the story is over. So while I was a bit disappointed with the ending I enjoy the concept of the tale as well the characters enough to come back next time and do it all again. The hundred series is for those who enjoyed watching Lost and reading the Hunger games; no-one knows what’s going on and survival is what will be what counts in the end. 
Also check out the screen adaptation- first season is available on DVD from the library. 



Courtney :)

The Eye of the Sheep


'The Eye of the Sheep' is a magnificent young adult novel written by Sofie Laguna.

The story is written from the point of view of Jimmy, a boy with behavioural difficulties, and the individual and extraordinary way in which he sees and interacts with his world makes for compelling reading.

Jimmy's mother, Paula, stands out as the only person who can truly deal with him.

Thrown into this mix is a situation of inter-generational family violence.

If you are like me the characters in this novel will stay in your mind long after you have finished reading.

Highly recommended.

-Ann

Vietnam Diary


Vietnam Diary
Author: Mark Wilson

This book was about the Vietnam War. This war was after the First and Second World War. This would've been a realistic fiction book because people might have actually sent letters to their loved ones on that time. This war was real but the only thing that might not be real are the the characters. A main theme that came out of this book is love because to show that the brothers really love each other, they play together, they both loved cricket and they couldn't be separated. But when Jason has to go to war Leigh is alone. On the weekends all he ever talked about was the Vietnam War. This made me connect to all the wars in the world because there was a lot of wars over many years and this is one of them.

You might like this book because it is about war. It is good to learn about history and their mistakes. I was interested in this book because i didn't know that much about the Vietnam War. You might also like this book because you might know how some characters feel,  because you might have experienced their pain or you can connect to them. You might have known someone that went to war and never came back.

Sana
Age: 12

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

'The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl' is Melissa Keil's second young adult novel. Her first novel was the award winning 'Life In Outer Space'.

'The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl'  is set in small town Eden Valley.

Our heroine is Alba - a teenage girl with attitude - and aspiring comic book artist.

A prediction is going around that the world will soon end, and that Eden Valley will be the only place to survive. This leads hundreds of newcomers to the town. They swarm into town, hippy style, and set up home wherever they can find space.
 
Meanwhile Alba and her close circle of friends have end-of-school decisions to make. Alba, although outwardly confident, is uncertain and scared.

And what of Grady, Alba's best friend since they were babies. Where is this all leading?

Great characterization and storyline.

Colourful and warm.

Recommended reading for teenagers.

-Ann

Twilight


Title:Twilight
Author: Stephenie Meyer

This book is amazing . I love this book because it makes me feel in control and helps me feel nice about myself .

Meggan

The Fault in our Stars

Author: John Green

The Fault in our Stars is all about a girl named Hazel Grace and she is a cancer sufferer. She didn't want to go to a Support Group and she likes it when she ends up meeting someone named  Augustus Waters. Firstly they were acquaintances and then when Augustus went to Hazel's house and then they became friends and they fell in love. They were the cutest couple. He made her wish came true, which was going to Amsterdam and meeting her favourite author of "An Imperial Affliction" by Peter Van Houten so they did that. But this is a sad book that's not such a good thing though because Augustus ends up having a prefuneral because... to find out the rest of this terrific book go and get The Fault in our Stars now. I recommend it
would be rated PG=)
How good was it? Fantastic

Samantha
Age: 8

The Sorrows of Ava Lavender

‘Love makes us such fools.’

On the surface The Strange and Beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavendar by Leslye Walton is about Ava, a sixteen year old girl born with wings, who yearns to fit in with everyone else. But this novel also traces her family history, a history of love gone wrong, of myths and fables.

It begins with her grandmother, Emilienne, who fell in love three times before she was nineteen. After the deaths of her siblings, all due to love, or the lack thereof, she married a man she thought would never leave her. Love didn’t enter into the equation.

Ava’s mother Vivianne is just as much troubled by love as the rest of her family. Falls in love with a boy who, after a one night stand, leaves her. From this one night, Vivianne has two children, winged Ava and silent Henry….but all the time waits for her errant lover to return.

This novel is an interesting mixture of fable and magic realism. Nothing and no one are really how they appear. Vivianne has an unnatural sense of smell and can detect the seasons.

"Summer rain smelled like newly clipped grass, like mouths stained red with berry juice – blueberries, raspberries, blackberries. It smelled like late nights spent pointing constellations out from their starry guises, freshly washed laundry drying outside on the line, like barbecues and stolen kisses in a 1932 Ford Coupe."

One of Emilienne’s siblings cuts out her own heart, another quietly turns into a bird. Ghosts freely roam this book as though it is the norm. Now it is Ava’s turn to try and find her place. She longs to leave the safety of her home, all that she has ever known. With the help of a friend she sneaks out but now becomes the obsession of a man who believes her to be no mortal woman but an angel.

This novel is like a grown up fairy tale.  If you accept that fact and allow yourself to be swept along with some beautiful writing, you’ll definitely enjoy this book.

Vicki @ Pakenham

Ghost House- Alexandra Adornetto

A girl with a gift...or perhaps a curseA boy who with dark secrets buried
And a story that simply won’t die…
Chloe Kennedy, 17 years old and once quite normal; but alas no more. Now Chloe is motherless awash in grief and haunted by the dead, she thought she had banished from her life. Sent halfway around the world with her grandmother and brother in tow Chloe soon meets Alex, a boy carrying his own burden of grief and loss. An unlikely friendship is forged in their common grief and soon Chloe is learning to accept and live with her new life circumstances; a life without her mother but plenty of ghosts. However as the past and the present begin to collide in dangerous ways it will be up to Chloe to settle the past even if it might risk her future.
There is an old saying that things get better with age and this rings true in respect the writing talents of Adornetto. First published at 13 I have been a reader of Adornetto’s for many years and have enjoyed watching with each series her novels mature. Ghost House is her most sophisticated tale yet, adding her own twists to the traditional ghosts stories, Adornetto has created a story and characters uniquely her own. As with all her books what stands out here is Adornetto’s way with words; she manages to forge strong connections between the reader and the characters, especially in regards to the protagonist Chloe, whose every emotion from grief, to anger to indignation seeps through the pages and into the reader. Chloe is a pleasure to read, she is real in her emotions and actions, and manages to be sarcastic without being rude. She is an engaging and likeable protagonists who will have you hooked on reading. Alex, is an untraditional male protagonists, he is not billed at the “flawlessly perfect” male of most YA fiction these days, which is refreshing and I like that he remains a man of his time, for not only is it realistic but it also makes for some interesting interactions between the characters. Ghost house is a story that will excite you, there are some fantastical and unpredictable plot twists that make this a page turner and the characters themselves are so endearing that you will find it hard to let go. Get excited about this one, it is perhaps the best writing so far of one of Australia’s most promising writers. I absolutely cannot wait to see where Adornetto take this…because I have no idea and I love that.

Courtney :)

The devil walks – by Anne Fine

“His tone changed. Thrusting his face at mine, he told me threateningly, ‘you’d best take care. More than one thing can sting under this roof.’”


The devil walks is a story set in the 19th century about a boy named Daniel Cunningham whose  name isn't really Cunningham. He is a blank page upon which anything might be written that has been hidden away from the outside world and told he suffers from a mysterious illness (even though he isn’t) by his mother who has stolen away his childhood he can not understand why until a forceful knock at the door reveals just how many secrets his silent and protective mother has kept from him and how many she’s told. Torn away from his home Daniel slowly piece’s together a chilling legacy of vicious cruelty and fiendish spite that has gripped his family for years 
by cam narre work experience 

Horns by Joe Hill

Horns by Joe Hill is an interesting book. It depicts the tale of Ig, a man who had just lost his girlfriend who was murdered. People suspect him for the crime and his life becomes a living hell. Ig wakes up one morning to find out he has grown demon horns. He finds out that the horns make others tell him their secrets. He can also control people based on what they have said to him. Ig then decides to use this ability to find out who murdered his girlfriend, and get revenge.

At first I read this very slowly, as I had other things going on but as soon as I found the time to read I was stuck into the book. At first I thought it was boring, with no development happening. I then read on and found it really interesting. Ig is an interesting character, a man who had lost everything he had loved and now cannot stop hearing people’s secrets. Ig is portrayed as kind of gloomy, always looking at the past with his girlfriend and trying to find out who had murdered her. Ig’s best friend Lee is portrayed as a shifty kind of character, always acting suspicious and doing suspicious things. Lee is by far the most interesting character in the book, with his lost eye and his shifty attitude.

The book also plays on a bit of religion, with Ig being more of a demon while Lee is more of an angel or god. The book also explains that Ig’s power cannot work on people wearing an holy item (e.g. a cross). This also pushes the religious aspect up. The book also has some parts played in a church, with the priests scared of Ig, as he has demon horns and demon powers. The religion that is displayed in the book however, is very limited, which is a very good thing.

In the end Horns is a very good book, depicting Ig’s journey to find his girlfriends killer. I would recommend this book to people who don’t mind reading something a bit adult, or are fans of things to do with demons and angels. The book is also getting a movie in the upcoming years, with it staring Daniel Radcliffe as Ig. I would recommend this book to those aged 15+

By Damon Slatter (Work experience student @ Endeavour Hills library)

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