How I Live Now by Reg Rosoff This Guardian Fiction Prizewinner book centers around fifteen-year-old Daisy, sent to live with estranged cousins in the countryside for the summer. Finding love and herself, Daisy's life is thrown into turmoil when the country is hit by the effects of war that leave even the furthest reaches [...]
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Esther lives in New York. She works as a writer and socialises with the most elite circles a woman can hope to. Her life seems like something she ought to be proud of and content with, until you walk a mile in her shoes. Everywhere Esther turns she [...]
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld Tally's life doesn't begin, in her opinion, until she turns sixteen. When she turns sixteen, she will undergo a mandatory, life-changing series of brutal operations, and be spat out the other side of it fully transformed from an Ugly to a Pretty. Pretties live glorious lives of celebrity, luxury... and [...]
Magnus Chase and The Ship of The Dead by Rick Riordan Magnus was always worried about how he was going to manage the sea voyage, but when your cousin is dating the son of the sea god, things should be fine right? Of course by the time the team from floor 19 of the [...]
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak Sometimes we face the fortress in our own minds, sometimes it is a computer game, and sometimes it is a local shop that stocks both computers and Playboy magazine. If you’re a fourteen year old boy in 1987, the Impossible Fortress is a combination of all three and [...]
Welcome to our new biweekly column! In SKETCHY REVIEWS, we will be reviewing and celebrating some of our favorite books - giving you a treat for the mind and the eye, with our signature "only-a-little-nonsense" approach. Without further ado... The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas gave me, conversely, zero hate. What it did [...]
Gilded Cage by Vic James Modern Britain is ruled by a magical elite, but those without the skill must give 10 years servitude in slave towns. Luke's parents decide the family will serve together once his little sister turns ten, but Luke is taken away and must find his own destiny...
By Ally Carter. Cammie goes to boarding school, a very special boarding school where she and her friends are training to be spies. They learn many useful skills: hand to hand combat, weapons training, surveillance, R&D; all the things a girl might need, but with one very large gap in their education: Boys. But Cammie [...]