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

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Title: Insurgent.

Author: Veronica Roth.

Year of Publication: 2012 (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 2nd book in a series called Divergent.

 

Tris and her friends are on the run after the events of the first book, and are trying to find a safe place to hide. Only there is nowhere safe to hide, and there are enemies everywhere. So after running from place to place, never being able to fully trust anyone, Tris hands herself over, and is subjected to simulations, which end in her being sentenced to death.

Luckily Tris receives help and manages to escape, and discovers a planned insurgency has taken place, which ends with her being but in hand cuffs and labelled a traitor. But she manages to pass on some vital information that will be vital. The book ends with a new force emerging, that is promising peace and freedom, but will things work out the way Tris and her friends hope?

The next book in the series is called Allegiant.

Thanks to Demelza for suggesting this book.

 

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” Omar Khayyam.

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All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai (14 years and over)

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Title: All Our Wrong Todays.

Author: Elan Mastai.

Year of Publication: 2017 (UK).

Publishers: Penguin (UK).

Website: http://www.elanmastai.com

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £16.84 (UK).

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

Age Range: 14 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

In the 2016 that Tom Barren lives, there is no war, no poverty, and technology has solved all of the worlds problems. Only Tom doesn’t really have a place in it. The girl of his dreams has gone, and he comes up with the not so brilliant idea of using his very own time machine to try and change a few things.

Only his plans go wrong, and he ends up in an alternative 2016; ours. Tom desperately tries to fix his mistake, only to find that after meeting the new girl of his dreams and this realities version of his family, he doesn’t want to. When she returns his feelings, it leaves him asking himself some very big questions about what the world is supposed to be.

 

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” Albert Einstein.

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Divergent by Veronica Roth (12 years and over)

Title: Divergent.

Author: Veronica Roth.

Year of Publication: 2011 (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 1st book in a series called Divergent.

 

In the future, the world is ruined, and a new way of running things will determine who you are and your place in the world. Society is divided into factions, and your place in one of these is decided by a test at the age of 16.

Beatrice has never felt like she fits into her parents faction, but little does she now that she doesn’t really fit into any of them. Her test was inconclusive, making her a ‘Divergent’, something that she must keep to herself, for they are feared. She choses to be a soldier, and must complete their initiation or become factionless. Only her faction is forced into attacking her parents faction, and her being a Divergent is the only thing that stops her succumbing to a mind controlling serum and doing so.

Beatrice is forced to make a stand, but what will the cost be?

 

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” Buddha.

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