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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

State of Grace by Hilary Badger

Despite it’s beautiful and eye catching cover, this book has been described as a  refreshing, chilling and compelling read!

Ever since she was created, Wren has lived in an idyllic garden with her friends. Wren’s deity Dot ensures the trees are laden with fruit and the water in the lagoon is crystal clear. Wren and her friends have everything they could possibly need right there, in Dot’s Paradise.

If only Wren could stop the strange, disturbing visions she’s started having. Do these visions make her less worthy of Dot’s love? And what does Blaze, the most beautiful and mysterious of Dot’s creations, know about what’s going on in Wren’s head?

Wren is desperate to feel Dot’s love, just like everyone else. But that’s harder than ever when a creation she’s never met before arrives in the garden. He claims to be from outside and brings with him words and ideas that make Wren’s brain hurt.

Gradually Wren and Blaze uncover the truth: they’re part of a clinical trial of an ominous drug called Grace. 

And as she deals with this disturbing knowledge, Wren confronts a horrific secret from her past. Now she must decide whether to return to the comforting delusion of faith or fight for the right to face the very ugly truth.

 

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October 17, 2014 Posted by | Fantasy, Utopian Fiction | , | Leave a comment

Lucien (Silvermay #3) by James Moloney

For fans of James Moloney the wait is over, Lucien  is the thrilling conclusion to the Silvermay series!

Silvermay Hawker has crammed more adventure into her seventeenth year than others manage in a lifetime. She has also found Tamlyn, the man she wants to spend the rest of her lifetime with ,but first the pair must fulfill the promise they made to a dear friend.
Young Lucien, the little boy Silvermay has raised as her own, must be freed of his Wyrdborn magic, and it′s not just for him she must see this done. Lucien might yet destroy whole kingdoms.

And so the three travel to Erebis Felan where the terrible power in Lucien changes him in a way no one could possibly imagine. Now Silvermay′s love is challenged like never before, as it is the kind of love Lucien now wants from her that may determine the fate of everyone she cares for.

The other books in this series are Silvermay and Tamlyn.

June 17, 2013 Posted by | Fantasy, Great series | | Leave a comment

Quintana of Charyn (Book Three of the Lumatere Chronicles) by Melina Marchetta

There’s a babe in my belly that whispers the valley, Froi. I follow the whispers and come to the road . . . 

From internationally best-selling and multi-award-winning author Melina Marchetta comes the unforgettable final book in the Lumatere Chronicles.

Separated from the girl he loves and has sworn to protect, Froi must travel through Charyn to search for Quintana, the mother of Charyn’s unborn king, and protect her against those who will do anything to gain power. But what happens when loyalty to family and country conflict? When the forces marshalled in Charyn’s war gather and threaten to involve the whole of the land, including Lumatere, only Froi can set things right, with the help of those he loves.

‘A story of both the harm that people can inflict, and the healing . . . .It is about hope, but the hope that is earned by blood and tears, the hope that is willed into being because of a desire that life should be better than what it is . . . Lest this sound too emotional, too romantic, rest assured it is also action packed.’ School Library Journal

November 1, 2012 Posted by | Fantasy, Great series, Romance | Leave a comment

Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta

Fans of Melina Marchetta who have been waiting for the Book Two of the Lumatere  Chronicles will have to wait no longer. Froi of the Exiles is here….the gripping sequel to Finnikin of the Rock!

Blood sings to blood … Those born last will make the first … For Charyn will be barren no more.
Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home… Or so he believes…

Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been trained roughly and lovingly by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper. But when he is sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn, nothing could have prepared him for what he finds. Here he encounters a damaged people who are not who they seem, and must unravel both the dark bonds of kinship and the mysteries of a half-mad Princess.

And in this barren and mysterious place, he will discover that there is a song sleeping in his blood, and though Froi would rather not, the time has come to listen.

Gripping and intense, complex and richly imagined, Froi of the Exiles is a dazzling sequel to Finnikin of the Rock, from the internationally best-selling and multi-award-winning author of Looking for Alibrandi, Saving Francesca, On the Jellicoe Road and The Piper’s Son

March 5, 2012 Posted by | Fantasy, Great series | | Leave a comment

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races

For fans of the Shiver triology here is another unforgettable reading experience that blends fantasy, magic and romance for a high adventure race to the finish! A must read for fans of Stiefvater and anyone that’s looking to experience a magical adventure.

Stiefvater has a way of bringing it to life for the reader, whether it’s the cold icy woods of Mercy Falls, or the cliff-side ocean breeze of Skarmouth. She creates such vivid back-drop that you can actually imagine along with the characters having ocean mist spray your face and the sea water confuse your senses. Arlene Good Reads

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

February 20, 2012 Posted by | Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance | | 1 Comment

Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

Hades is the sequel to the bestselling Halo

Heaven Help Her.

Bethany Church is an angel sent to Earth to keep dark forces at bay. Falling in love was never part of her mission, but the bond between Beth and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier Woods, is undeniably strong. But even Xavier’s love, and the care of her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can’t keep Beth from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, the demon Jake Thorn bargains for Beth’s release back to Earth. But what he asks of her will destroy her, and quite possibly, her loved ones, as well.

The story that Alexandra Adornetto built in her New York Times-bestselling debut, Halo, comes alive in action-packed and unexpected ways, as angels battle demons, and the power of love is put to the test.  Good Reads

October 12, 2011 Posted by | Fantasy, Paranormal | | Leave a comment

Silvermay by James Moloney

Sixteen-year-old Silvermay Hawker feels drawn to the newcomer in her village
– a young man of solemn good looks named Tamlyn. But only heartache can come of
this, because Tamlyn is devoted to Nerigold and to little Lucien, her son.

So things seem, until the dark forces of Coyle Strongbow come in search of
Nerigold′s baby and Silvermay is swept up in the young family′s escape. When
Lucien is entrusted to her care, she discovers the startling horror of what he
might become, and the truth about Tamlyn, too.

Can Lucien be spared his fate, or is he doomed to become like Coyle? And
Tamlyn, can he be trusted, can he be loved and can he love in return?
Silvermay′s heart will not give him up, but what happens when devotion becomes a
weapon in the hands of the ruthless?

Silvermay is the first book in a new fantasy adventure series by Australian author James Moloney. It is a thrilling read that outlines the importance of friendship and the fight between good and evil.

Watch the following book trailer: http://bcove.me/vuh92stu

June 16, 2011 Posted by | Fantasy, Good and evil | | Leave a comment

Book of the Year -2011 Shortlist Titles

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowly

“Let me make it in time. Let me meet Shadow. The guy who paints in the dark. Paints birds trapped on brick walls and people lost in ghost forests. Paints guys with grass growing from their hearts and girls with buzzing lawn mowers.”

It’s the end of Year 12. Lucy’s looking for Shadow, the graffiti artist everyone talks about.
His work is all over the city, but he is nowhere.
Ed, the last guy she wants to see at the moment, says he knows where to find him. He takes Lucy on an all-night search to places where Shadow’s thoughts about heartbreak and escape echo around the city walls.
But the one thing Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.

The Midnight Zoo by Sonya  Hartnett

World War II, Eastern Europe: Tomas and his younger brother, Andrej, have fled their Romany encampment which has been besieged by the Germans; they carry Wilma, their baby sister, in a sack. In an abandoned, bombed-out town, the children discover a zoo. In it are a wolf and an eagle, a monkey, bear, lioness, seal, chamois and llama. The animals tell their stories to the children as they try to begin to understand what has become of their lives and, when they try to figure out a way to release the animals, what it means to be free.

About a Girl by Joanne Horniman

 A spellbinding love story between two young women that unfolds like a series of paintings and explores the tender moments that pull them together and the secrets that push them apart.

Anna is afraid she must be unlovable – until she meets Flynn. Together, the girls swim, eat banana cake, laugh and love. Some days Flynn is unreachable; other days she’s at Anna’s door – but when Anna discovers Flynn’s secret, she wonders if she knows her at all.
A beautifully crafted novel by award-winning author Joanne Horniman that explores the tension between the tender moments that pull people together and the secrets that push them apart.

The Life of a Teenage Body-snatcher by Doug MacLeod

This is the story of a young man growing up in England in 1828. Thomas Timewell lives a rather sedate life with his mother, but all that changes when he meets a man who steals corpses from cemeteries and sells them to hospitals for dissection. At first reluctantly and later willingly Thomas follows Plenitude, as the man calls himself, through a series of macabre and dangerous escapades that include murderous bodysnatchers, a vengeful teacher, and a mad woman of the moors. Along the way Thomas falls in love with the lovely Victoria (who who hides a secret of her own) and makes a startling discovery about his own lineage.

The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta

 

Melina Marchetta’s brilliant, heart-wrenching new novel takes up the story of the group of friends from her best-selling, much-loved book Saving Francesca – only this time it’s five years later and Thomas Mackee is the one who needs saving.

Thomas Mackee wants oblivion. Wants to forget parents who leave and friends he used to care about and a string of one-night stands, and favourite uncles being blown to smithereens on their way to work on the other side of the world.

But when his flatmates turn him out of the house, Tom moves in with his single, pregnant aunt, Georgie. And starts working at the Union pub with his former friends. And winds up living with his grieving father again. And remembers how he abandoned Tara Finke two years ago, after his uncle’s death.

And in a year when everything’s broken, Tom realises that his family and friends need him to help put the pieces back together as much as he needs them

Six Impossible things by Fiona Wood

Fourteen year old nerd-boy Dan Cereill is not quite coping with a reversal of family fortune, moving house, new school hell, a mother with a failing wedding cake business, a just-out gay dad, and an impossible crush on Estelle, the girl next door. His life is a mess, but for now he’s narrowed it down to just six impossible things…

May 6, 2011 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Fantasy, Past, people and places, Romance, Shortlisted Books, War | | Leave a comment

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls Book 2) by Maggie Stiefvater

Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love—the light and the dark, the warm and the cold—in a way you will never forget.

In Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabel, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

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 Now can’t wait for the third and finalbook: Maggie reads a teaser from FOREVER!

 

March 24, 2011 Posted by | Fantasy, Romance | | Leave a comment

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

“If you are a fan of Twilight, then you will love Shiver.  Beautifully written, with alternating chapters from Grace and Sam’s points of view, this is a wonderful debut”

Waterstone’s Books Quarterly

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Shiver begins the story of the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, followed Linger and the final book which will be published in July, Forever.

To find out more information about Maggie and her books go to her website: http://www.maggiestiefvater.com/

March 18, 2011 Posted by | Fantasy, Great series | | Leave a comment