The Middle of Nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean

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ISBN: 1409570517
Published: 1st October 2013
Paperback, 304 pages
Genre: YA, Middle Grade, Adventure, Historical, Cultural
Rating: 6.5/10

The Middle of Nowhere is set in remote telegraph station in Australia near the Wire. At the beginning of the story Comity and her father are grieving over the loss of Comity’s mother. Comity becomes friends with Fred an Aboriginal boy. However when her fathers new assistant ,Mr Hogg, arrives Comity must stop him from hurting both her father and Fred.

“The piano arrived to late to stop the sky falling in. If it had come earlier, things might have ended on a sweet note. As it was, everything was jangled, unstrung, struck dumb.”

This was a very quick read and an enjoyable one. The plot moves at a fast pace and keeps giving fantastic details and descriptions to really create the Australian outback in your head. The story definitely had its themes on how you shouldn’t judge people on their beliefs or their skin colour but also further on in the plot showed that little lies can turn into big lies that have dramatic consequences.

This isn’t a book that I would usually read and have only read it because it is on the Carnegie shortlist, however it was an interesting read and I can see how it got there.

Currently Reading

Thank you all for the support so far! I have to say that the WordPress community is much better than the blogger one! As I have exams over the next couple of months my reading level is at a slower pace than usual so I though instead of leaving for weeks on end until i’d actually finished a book and posted a review I though it might be a good idea to do a Currently Reading post to say how I feel about the books I’m currently reading.

I am also thinking about doing some extra things on my blog(as I get that review on review can be very boring) so if you have any ideas of what I could do please leave a comment below.

The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore

I am in love with this series! I have read all the books up to this one and I love them all! Having not read one in a while it has taken me quite a while to get back into the world of the Lorien’s. However now that I have nothing is stopping me from getting this book finished!  Current Rating: 7/10

More Than This by Patrick Ness

As part of my book group we are reading books off the CILIP Carnegie Book Award and that is why I started reading More Than This. The plot is pretty good but it is going along at a pretty slow pace, that may just be because I haven’t got to much action yet.
Current Rating: 5/10

Oak and Mist by Helen Jones
I recieved this book recently from Helen and I have only  just over a chapter in so I can’t really make a good judgment on it yet but from what I’ve read I think it’s going to be a pretty good book.

Tinder by Sally Gardner

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ISBN:1780621493
Published: 7th November 2013
Hardback, 256 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Dark Fantasy
Rating: 9.5/10

Oh my days….I am in love! Not only is the storyline great but the pictures are perfect! Thank you Sally Gardner and David Roberts!

Otto Hundebiss is wounded in battle but cheats death. He is met by a half-man half-beast who gives him a pair of dice which will tell him the way. O his travels he meets Safire a beautiful and mysterious girl. With the power of the tinderbox Otto would give anything to be with his love.

“My captain once said that you meet people in your life who you believe will be your companions on the road, only to discover that they fall by the wayside. Others who you meet without design climb mountains with you.”

I love the plot and how the story unfolds. I think that the images really bring the story to life alongside the descriptions. Sally Gardner’s writing is very poetic and beautiful and makes the story flow perfectly.

I’m not sure if this is entirely suitable for the Greenaway medal as there are some more adult themes in the book that are not for younger readers.

Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

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ISBN: 0330519735
Published: 8th May 2014
Paperback, 409 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy, Mystery, Magic, Historical
Rating: 8/10

When Triss wakes up after falling in the Grimmer, she finds that everything is just a tiny bit different. She is hungry all the time and wakes up with leaves in her hair. Her sister is terrified of her, Triss must travel to the Underbelly of the city to find out about who she is.

I really liked the plot of the book. I felt it was quite unique with the type of magic that was incorporated into the story. However I didn’t feel that I connect with that characters as I usually do, They were well formed but they just felt like they were missing something to make them realistic.

“The first things to shift were the doll’s eyes, the beautiful grey-green glass eyes. Slowly they swiveled, until their gaze was resting on Triss’s face. Then the tiny mouth moved, opened to speak”

In the beginning it was quite confusing as to where and when it was set but that really helps the later stages of the story come to life. It went along at quite a nice pace and I loved the tiny little details that were added to create the full picture.

I liked the way the Architect and Violet were presented. The Architect was a sharp and mysterious character who knew what he wanted but almost couldn’t execute it very well. Violet was very hot-headed and acted before she had thought it through but she did care for Triss and Pen when they needed it.

Say Her Name by James Dawson

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ISBN: 1471402444
Published: 5th June 2014
Paperback, 287 pages
Genre: YA Horror, Paranormal, Mystery, Romance
Rating: 7.5/10

Now, I can deal with most supernatural creatures, vampires, werewolf’s, mage’s and necromancers, zombies but when it comes to ghosts they are the one thing that I cannot deal with…this novel made that a hell of a lot worse.

Bobbie, Naya and Caine are dared on Halloween night to summon Bloody Mary, but this night sparks of a chain of event’s that are leading up to Mary coming to kill them. Bobbie and her friends must uncover what happened to Mary in the five days that they have left.

” Drip, drip, drip.
Drip, drip, drip.
  Drip, drip, drip. “

I really liked how it was set out and how all the different things happened to each character on different days. I also like how it was always leading up to what was going to happen to them. When it got to about day three it was quite predictable what was going to happen.

I loved the whole boarding school theme as it really paints a new picture of what it is like and how it differs from popular opinion. Apart from the fact that I haven’t been able to read the book without a the light on it was great! Just no more ghost stories for me for a while I think!

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

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ISBN: 0141345845
Published: 16th September 2014
Paperback, 336 pages
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Aliens, Post-Apocaliptic
Rating: 10/10

Oh…My….Days….

I seriously loved The 5th Wave and I have been dying to read this since then. I can’t really say much about the plot as it will give way to much away but there are many MANY twists and turns and I loved it so much I can’t stop fangirling!

Cassie was again a good character although you didn’t really see much of her in The Infinite Sea as it was mainly centred around Ringer this time which was a very good section, very clever and very intriguing.

“When you look death in the eye and death blinks first, nothing seems impossible.”

Love the way it was structure in the same format as The 5th Wave as it just breaks up all the action that’s happening.

Evan! I kept thinking to myself as it lead up to the release date that Rick Yancey cannot kill off the hottest character in the book, seriously can you imagine the amount of girls crying all over the world…there’s The 5th Wave right there.

To read my review of the first book in the series The 5th Wave click on the book cover below.

the 5th wave

Finding Jennifer Jones by Anne Cassidy

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ISBN: 1471402282
Published: 24th January 2014
Paperback, 304 pages
Genre: YA, Thriller, Mystery
Rating: 9/10

So I loved Looking for JJ and couldn’t wait to read Finding Jennifer Jones and when it came up on the Carnegie Nominations list it was the perfect opportunity to move it forward on my to-read list.

Finding Jennifer Jones is about Kate Rickman(Jennifer Jones) who cannot come to terms with what she did. She is trying to find her identity and how to overcome the guilt she feels about killing Michelle. I really liked the book for exactly the same reasons as I loved Looking for JJ, it really gets into the characters head and we can see what she feels about her crime and how she is coping with that.

“Kate Rickman looked down at her hands.
Hands that had killed.”

This definitely wasn’t as good as Looking for JJ, I don’t know if that was because this was a sequel or if we already knew what has happened in her life as a child. I still really liked the novel though. I really like how she compares everything to what happened when she was under different names, whether that is Jennifer/Alice/Kate or Becky.

To read about Looking for JJ please click below.
Looking for JJ

City of Halves by Lucy Inglis

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ISBN: 1909489093
Published: 7th August 2014
Paperback, 352
Genre: YA Urban-Fantasy, Thriller, Romance
Rating: 6.5/10

After Lily is attacked by a badogge the mysterious and stunning Regan comes to her rescue. Regan is half-human, he is the Guardian of the Gates and protects the city from the Chaos. As girls start to go missing they must battle with the Chaos and find the girls before time runs out.

First things first, there are SO many clique’s in this book…girl get’s save by boy, boy isn’t human(at least not fully), she finds out she’s a key player in a secret war……there are more but that would totally spoil it for you).

The plot is actually ok, it goes a long at a nice pace picking up where it needs to. Although at the very start I got very confused, I don’t know if my edition was missing pages or what but it just didn’t seem to fit together very well, continuing on through the book though I kept thinking to myself for the first half of the book ‘why would you tell some random human about your secret world?’ obviously one of those pesky little clique’s came along and answered my question for me. There was definitely more work put in some sections and you could see that through the bit’s that hadn’t had as much as they didn’t really fit together or were over and done with to fast.

“She turned. Four yellow eyes blinked at her, glowing blanking at chest height in the wooden alley.”

I really like all the different characters for different reasons. Lily because she was so new to the situation. Lucas and Elijah for being these ‘older figures’ even though they weren’t(well…it’s complicated). Regan, well he was very mysterious and very closed…oh, and hot.

Overall, this is a good book and if it didn’t have as many cliques I would be way more happy with it. If there is going to a be a sequel though I will definitely be reading it. Especially if it has a cover like this one!

#CITYOFHALVES

Itch by Simon Mayo

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ISBN: 0552565504
Published: 25th October 2012
Paperback, 432 pages
Genre: YA Sci-Fi, Adventure
Rating: 2/10

I gained this book through FirstReads.

First things first…why would you call your child Itchingham?

Where to begin…there are going to be a lot of downsides to this book as it’s really REALLY slow and took me over a month to read which really disappointed me as the books on my shelfs are literally crying at me to read them. I nearly put it down a few times with the intention of not picking it back up again.

“The earthquake was a small one. The post office shook only slightly, the window rattling in it’s frame and dislodging a Advent calander.”

The plot’s ok but starts of very slow and gets a tad faster towards the middle. Itchingham Lofte collects elements of the periodic table. Cake(the person he gets the elements off) gives him a piece of rock one day thinking that it was a piece of iron when in fact it was Element 126.

The characters did not connect with me as we only got to see one side of them which was pretty boring, the only one I liked was Chloe as she was the only one who had any common sense.

Overall, this is probably a good book for most people but the time it has taken me to read this has really put me off.

Carrie by Stephen King

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ISBN: 0340951419
Published: 1974
Paperback, 242 pages
Genre: Adult/YA, Horror, Thriller, Paranormal
Rating: 10/10

So, I’ve watched both the film beforehand and origianlly had this at number four on my to-read shelf but what the hell, I started it anyway. I wasn’t sure wether to put this in YA but I didn’t find it totally gruesome so it’s here.

Carrie is a girl in her senior year of high school. She is bullied and tormented by her fellow students. When she starts her first period in the showers at school it leads to a chain of events that will ultimatley lead to the destruction of everything she knows.

“High school isn’t a very important place. When you’re going you think it’s a big deal, but when it’s over nobody really thinks it was great unless they’re beered up.”

At first the structure confused me but as I got deeper into the book I found it easier to understand what was happening. I really liked the fact that it went through what actually happen (through lot’s of peoples POV) and then it gave snipets from after the events of ‘Prom Night’.

I didn’t really have a favourite character in this novel as none of them really stood out for me. I think they all had there unique twist but that didn’t make me like them.

Overall, Carrie is a good book with a great plot and structure, I will definatley be reading more Stephen King novels in the future.