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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

Divergent by Veronica Roth

For the fans of The Hunger Games who are looking for another captivating series to read then look no further  here. Divergent has been described as fascinating,with heart pounding action that keeps you in constant suspense and never short on surprises.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.    Harper Collins

If you read Divergent and loved it then the second book in the trilogy Insurgent is already out and Detergent, the final book in the trilogy is scheduled for release in 2013. For more details go to Veronica’s website http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com.au/

May 28, 2012 Posted by | Dystopian Fiction, Science Fiction, Suspense | | Leave a comment

Books into Film

May 28, 2012 Posted by | Film tie in, Romance, Uncategorized, War | | Leave a comment

Love-shy by Lili Wilkinson

‘Funny and warm and irreverent and chock-full of sass … Lili Wilkinson creates utterly realistic and recognisable worlds, where everything is just a bit funnier, quippier and more colourful than in real life.’ Leanne Hall, author of This Is Shyness

Penny is a schoolgirl investigative journalist in search of a story. And she finds one: a boy at her school who is painfully love-shy. Surely he’s the perfect subject for a feature article. What could possibly go wrong?

Penny Drummond aspires to be a journalist. A good one. A Pulitzer prize-winning journalist. In the meantime, she’s honing her journalistic skills on the East Glendale Secondary College Gazette. When she discovers a boy at her school is posting anonymous messages on loveshy.com, Penny believes she has found just the story that will help make her name. Her mission: find him, fix him, feature-article him. Next stop: Pulitzer Prize.
But what will become of her ‘journey of the soul’ article if the love-shy boy is not who she expects? And what happens when Penny finds that her soul might be in need of a little attention as well?
Love-Shy is a lively, entertaining and warm-hearted romantic comedy filled with serious secrets, ambitious plans, awkward moments and unexpected friendships – funny and engaging to the very last page. Review Good Reads

May 24, 2012 Posted by | Humor, Romance | , | Leave a comment

Balthazar by Claudia Gray

For hundreds of years, the vampire Balthazar has been alone without allies, without love. It’s finally his turn

From the author of the Number One bestselling Evernight series, comes Balthazar, a companion novel to the series.

Haunted by memories from his first days as a vampire, Balthazar has spent hundreds of years alone—without allies, without love. When he emerges from his isolation to help Skye Tierney, a human girl who once attended Evernight Academy, Balthazar has no idea how dangerous it will be. Skye’s psychic powers have caught the attention of Redgrave, the cruel master vampire responsible for murdering Balthazar and his family four centuries ago. Having learned of Skye’s powers and the remarkable effect her blood has on vampires, he plans to use her for his own evil purposes. As they stand together to fight the evil vampire, Balthazar realizes his lonely world could finally be changed by Skye…just as Redgrave realizes that he can destroy Balthazar once and for all by taking her for his own.

In a story filled with forbidden love and dark suspense, one of the most beloved characters in Claudia Gray’s New York Times bestselling Evernight series will captivate readers with his battle to overcome his past and follow his heart.

May 24, 2012 Posted by | Paranormal, Romance, Suspense | | Leave a comment

Revived by Cat Patrick

When the stakes are life and death, someone’s going to get hurt! 

Revived

As a little girl, Daisy Appleby was killed in a school bus crash. Moments after the accident, she was brought back to life.

A secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby, a test subject, has been Revived five times in fifteen years. Daisy takes extraordinary risks, knowing that she can beat death, but each new death also means a new name, a new city, and a new life. When she meets Matt McKean, Daisy begins to question the moral implications of Revive, and as she discovers the agency’s true goals, she realizes she’s at the center of something much larger—and more sinister—than she ever imagined.

For readers who enjoyed Kat Patrick’s first novel Forgotten and those who loved reading the intriguing  The Adoration of  Jenna Fox than Revive will be one for you.

May 21, 2012 Posted by | Mystery, Relationships, Science Fiction | | Leave a comment

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

 This has been described as not your typical teenager dying of cancer read….but instead it’swonderfully rude, filled with humor and really captures what teenager really feel.

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

May 17, 2012 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Humor | | Leave a comment

Legend by Marie Lu

Full of nonstop action, suspense and romance.

Marie Lu has written an exhilarating first novel that is sure to move readers as much as it thrills !!! 

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors.

 Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles.

 Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.

Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

review by Good Reads

May 11, 2012 Posted by | Relationships, Survival, Suspense | | Leave a comment

Slide by Jill Hathaway

Heartbreaking and heart-pounding at the same time!

“Slide” had me hooked. Cynthia Hand

Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth—her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.
Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn’t actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes.  She’s slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed “friend” when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie’s slashed body.
Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can’t bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting off lately, more distant, especially now that she’s been spending more time with Zane.
Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.
review by Good Reads

May 11, 2012 Posted by | Crime, Good and evil, Suspense | | Leave a comment

BZRK by Michael Grant

            A Global War is Raging.

You can’t see it, but it’s happening all around you.

Love The Hunger Games?  Action-adventure thrillers with a dystopian twist? BZRK (Berserk) by Michael Grant, New York Times best-selling author of the GONE series, ramps up the action and suspense to a whole new level of excitement.

Set in the near future, BZRK is the story of a war for control of the human mind.  Charles and Benjamin Armstrong, conjoined twins and owners of the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation, have a goal:  to turn the world into their vision of utopia.  No wars, no conflict, no hunger.  And no free will.

Opposing them is a guerrilla group of teens, code name BZRK, who are fighting to protect the right to be messed up, to be human.

This is no ordinary war, though.  Weapons are deployed on the nano-level. The battleground is the human brain.  And there are no stalemates here:  It’s victory . . . or madness. BZRK unfolds with hurricane force around core themes of conspiracy and mystery, insanity and changing realities, engagement and empowerment, and the larger impact of personal choice.

Which side would you choose?  How far would you go to win?

Review by Good Reads

May 4, 2012 Posted by | Boys' read, Science Fiction, Suspense | | Leave a comment

EREBOS by Ursula Poznanski

The International Bestselling Thriller

‘Enter. Or turn back. This is Erebos.’

Nick is given a sinister but brilliant computer game called Erebos. The game is highly addictive but asks its players to carry out actions in the real world in order to keep playing online – actions which become more and more terrifyingly manipulative.

As Nick loses friends and all sense of right and wrong in the real world, he gains power and advances further towards his online goal : to become one of the Inner Circle of Erebos.

But what is virtual and what is reality?                  How far will Nick go to achieve his goal?                            And what does Erebos really want?

Enter Erebos at your own risk.

Exciting, suspenseful and totally unputdownable.

reviewed by Good Read

May 4, 2012 Posted by | Boys' read, Suspense | | Leave a comment