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Small Things by Robert J. Crane (16 years and over) SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE PRECEADING BOOKS IN THE SERIES!

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Title: Small Things.

Author: Robert J. Crane.

Year of Publication: 2017 (UK).

Publishers: Revlen Press (UK).

Website: http://www.robertjcrane.com

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £15.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback, and as an ebook.

Age Range: 16 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

This is the 14 book in the Out of the Box series.

 

Sienna is growing as a person. She no longer sees herself as the ultimate badass who can’t be beaten, but getting her head blown to pieces in the last book by a couple of kids, and only being saved by her polar opposite (Kat) made her re-evaluate her perspective. She is learning that she is only one person, despite the voices in her head.

But it is the voices in her head who have given her the most trouble in the past that are surprisingly the ones who are most useful now. Especially when an old pain in her ass turns up on her doorstep in need of help. He’s a man that Sienna has always disliked, but is persuaded that not even he deserves to die. So, she is forced into taking on his fight to save his life. But her enemy is not like her usual foes; this one is smart, and Sienna must learn to ask for help in order to succeed, especially when the root of the problem is the same organisation that her brother and his team are also investigating.

I’m really glad that this series has started to change direction a little, away from the whole ‘Sienna is Queen’ thing that was getting a little repetitive. Sienna is a great character, so it is good to see her growing and changing as a person, and learning to accept that she might always be an outcast. Though luckily for her, at the end of the book an unexpected opportunity arises for her that could give her some respite from being the most hunted person in America.

The next book in the series is called Hunters, and will be released on 25th July 2017.

 

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough” Albert Einstein.

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The Fireman by Joe Hill (16 years and over)

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Title: The Fireman. 

Author: Joe Hill.

Year of Publication: 2016 (UK).

Publishers: Gollancz (UK).

Website: www.joehillfiction.com

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback, audiobook, and as an ebook.

Age Range: 16 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

 

A deadly virus has been released upon the world. Some say it is Islamic terrorists who let it loose, while others say it is Christian fundamentalists. No one knows for sure, and while the people on TV debate its origins the world is burning. 

When school nurse Harper Greyson see’s what happens when people burn in the schoolyard, it doesn’t really matter who released the virus. The only thing that matters is keeping her unborn baby safe. So, Harper is forced to survive anyway she can, but when the apocalypse arrives in a ball of flame, how exactly do you survive with sacrificing everything that you are?

This has been a fantastic book; one that I have not wanted to put down. I stayed up until 3am to finish it, though I felt very tired the next day. It is certainly a great book, and I will be reading more from this author.

 

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” Franklin D. Roosevelt. 

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Title: Four.

Author: Veronica Roth.

Year of Publication: 2014 (UK).

Publishers: Harper Collins Children’s Books (UK).

Website: http://www.veronicarothbooks.com

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback, audiobook, and as an ebook.

Age Range: 12 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

This is an accompanying book in the Divergent series.

 

This is a collection of four short stories following Tobias, otherwise known as ‘Four’. He may not be the main character in the main books of the series, but he is very important to the story, because without him Tris’s story wouldn’t have happened the way it did. The stories follow Tobias in the events that lead up to him meeting Tris, and how it affected the choices that he made. I really enjoyed reading things from his perspective, as it adds a new dimension to the whole story, and it makes a change to see someone other than a main character take centre stage.

Thanks to Demelza for suggesting this series.

 

“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” Indira Gandhi.

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Allegiant by Veronica Roth (12 years and over) SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE PRECEADING BOOKS IN THE SERIES!

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Title: Allegiant.

Author: Veronica Roth.

Year of Publication: 2013 (UK).

Publishers: Harper Collins Children’s Books (UK).

Website: http://www.veronicarothbooks.com

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback, audiobook, and as an ebook.

Age Range: 12 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

This is the 3rd book in a series called Divergent.

 

Tris has had everything she once believed in destroyed, and forced to look for a new life beyond the walls of the city she once called home. But what lays beyond is not what she had hoped. All that has happened is that she has changed one set of problems for another, and these problems bring into question everything she thinks she knows about the world.

Difficult choices are in front of Tris and her friends, ones that might well mean bringing the world crumbling around them in order to build a new one out of the ruins.

There is a companion book of short stories called Four, which acts as a prequel to the series.

Thanks to Demelza for suggesting this series.

 

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Dalai Lama.

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Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

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Title: Red Sister.

Author: Mark Lawrence.

Year of Publication: 2017 (UK).

Publishers: Harper Voyager (UK).

Website: http://www.marklawrence.buzz/

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback, audiobook, and as an ebook.

Age Range: 12 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

This is the 1st book in a series called Book of the Ancestor.

 

The Red Sisters are trained to be killers from childhood. Some are specially gifted with gifts not seen for centuries, and Nona is one of them. But not even The Covenant of Sweet Mercy truly knows what they have on their hands when Nona is brought them. She stands accused of murder, and that’s not even the beginning of what she has done.

We start on a journey, one which will change everything for Nona and the world that she lives in.

 

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” Albert Einstein.

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New Edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling (10 years and over)

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Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Author: JK Rowling.

Year of Publication: 2017 (UK).

Publishers: Bloomsbury (UK).

Website: http://www.jkrowling.com

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £12.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback, an ebook, and as an audiobook.

Age Range: 10 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

 

So, you’ve probably read this book already and many of you will have seen the film. So why bother posting about this new edition?

That’s simple, at least for me. This new edition holds some new information on some Fantastic Beasts not seen in the previous edition, and also more information about the author Newt Scamander. In particular there is teasing information about the story behind how he wrote the book, and the part he played in the war with the Dark Wizard Grindlewald. The book is also a little more in-depth than the previous edition with information about how the Fantastic Beasts, and how the Ministry of Magic deals with them.

I enjoyed reading it, and pretending that I am in one of Hagrid’s lessons learning about how to care for those magical creatures.

 

We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” JK Rowling.

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Toxicity by Robert J. Crane (16 years and over) SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE PRECEADING BOOKS IN THE SERIES!

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Title: Toxicity.

Author: Robert J. Crane.

Year of Publication: 2017 (UK).

Publishers: Revlen Press (UK).

Website: http://www.robertjcrane.com

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £12.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback and as an ebook.

Age Range: 16 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

This is the 13th book in a series called Out of the Box.

 

I’ve been reading this series for a while now, and I have been wondering what the author would do to keep the series interesting and full of energy. So I was very pleased that this book mixed things up in an unexpected way.

Sienna is the most powerful Meta in the world, even with her brother and a few others being pumped up with extra power from a syrum. She flies, she can shoot fire and use herself as a bomb to destroy cities, she can read your mind, send you mad, and heal from most mortal wounds in seconds, and that is just a few of her powers. Oh and don’t forget that she can absorb your soul, along with another Meta’s powers, through her skin. She is also on the top of the Most Wanted List for a long list of crimes, most of which she is innocent of.

Because of that she is on a permanent holiday on a tropical island, secretly funding a Meta detective agency, all with money she stole from a criminal, eating and drinking her way into nothing-ness. So when her ex, the man supposedly in charge of arresting her, turns up and asks for help, she is caustiuos of a trap. She decides to help anyway, though the hardest part is dealing with the awkwardness of working with her ex, who’s memories she stole. That is until she walks into a bank robbery, and discovers her own arrogance might just be her undoing.

The incident forces Sienna to re-evaluate her whole life, or at least what is left of it, and the relationships she has failed to value.

The next book in the series is called Small Things, and will be released on 16th May 2017.

 

“I thank God for my failures. Maybe not at the time but after some reflection. I never feel like a failure just because something I tried has failed.” Dolly Parton.

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