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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

Valentine by Jodie McAlister

Valentine is the first in a smart and page-turning YA series with a paranormal twist.

The is Not a Fairytale
Four teenagers – all born on the same Valentine’s Day – begin to disappear. As the bodies mount up, Pearl Linford has to work out what in the supernatural hell is going on, before it happens to her.

 

Finn Blacklin is the boy with whom Pearl shares a birthday, the boy she has known all her life and disliked every second of it, the boy her subconscious has a totally annoying crush on. Finn is also the Valentine: a Seelie fairy changeling swapped for a human boy at birth. The Unseelie have come to kill the Valentine – except they don’t know who it is. And now both the Seelie and the Unseelie think Pearl is the Valentine, and if they find out she isn’t, she’ll disappear too.

 

Pearl must use all her wits to protect herself. Finn must come to terms with his newfound heritage. And then there’s the explosive chemistry between them that neither of them know quite what to do about . .

Review: Good Reads, Retrieved Feburary 7th, 2017, http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32334268-valentine.

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February 9, 2017 Posted by | Paranormal, Relationships, Supernatural | | 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

Muse by Rebecca Lim

Did you read Mercy and Exile and fall in love with them? Well the third book in the MERCY series by Rebecca Lim is now here.

An angel in exile, caught between lives…… and loves…..searching for answers, for her destiny…

In the third MERCY paranormal romance, Mercy wakes in a new unknown host, her love for Ryan and Luc burning stronger than ever. But who will she make the ultimate sacrifice for?

There’s something very wrong with me. When I wake up, I could be anyone…

Mercy is thrust into the excessive world of fashion when she awakes in the body of a troubled Russian supermodel, Irina: bitchy, hot-tempered and known to be dabbling in things she shouldn’t, Irina is on the verge of a very public breakdown.

Against the glamorous background of opulent Milan, Mercy continues her increasingly desperate search for Ryan to lead her back to her immortal lover, Luc. But this time Mercy is aware that her memories and powers are growing ever stronger – and she begins to doubt Luc as The Eight reveal more of her mysterious past. Are Luc’s desires as selfless as her own or does he want her for a more terrifying purpose?

The grand scale celestial battle for Mercy’s soul builds to an incredible stormy crescendo as archangels and demons clash in a cataclysmic showdown that not all will survive…..  review by Good Reads

March 26, 2012 Posted by | Paranormal, Romance | | 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

Shift by Em Bailey

IMITATION IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF FLATTERY. UNTIL IT ISN’T.

Olive is not crazy – although there was that incident last year and that spell in the psych ward, but now she’s taking her meds and staying away from the toxic ‘in’ crowd. But when new girl Miranda turns up, Olive knows that there is something very dangerous about her, even if everyone else doesn’t. But who will believe her, when everyone probably thinks she’s crazy anyway? That is, everyone except her best friend, Ami, whom her mother disapproves of for some strange reason. But all is not what it seems in this page-turning thriller and there are twists and turns that you just cannot predict.

Pitched as a cross between Liar and Single White Female, Shift is a wonderfully absorbing and impressive first outing into YA writing for the children’s author also known as Meredith Badger. She takes you along for a rollercoaster of a ride and tosses you off at the end, still a little unsure of what just happened. Best of all: even though there is a hint of the supernatural in the tale, there’s nary a vampire or werewolf in sight.

Review by Angela Crocombe, Readings St Kilda

October 20, 2011 Posted by | Mystery, Paranormal | | Leave a 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

The eternal ones by Kirsten Miller

What if love refused to die?

Haven Moore can’t control her visions of a past with a boy called Ethan and a life in New York that ended in fiery tragedy. In our present, she designs beautiful dresses for her classmates with her best friend Beau. Dressmaking keeps her sane, since she lives with her widowed and heartbroken mother in her tyrannical grandmother’s house in Snope City, a tiny town in Tennessee. Then an impossible group of coincidences conspire to force her to flee to New York, to discover who she is, and who she was. In New York, Haven meets Iain Morrow and is swept into an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Iain is suspected of murdering a rock star and Haven wonders, could he have murdered her in a past life? She visits the Ouroboros Society and discovers a murky world of reincarnation that stretches across millennia. Haven must discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves, before all is lost and the cycle begins again.

The Eternal Ones is an engrossing and utterly enchanting story of true love, discovery and destiny that defies time. Thrilling and magical. A must read.” Amazon Books

April 29, 2011 Posted by | Paranormal, Romance | | Leave a comment

Angel by L. A Weatherly

In a world where angels are beyond redemption, Alex thinks he’s found one that might deserve mercy. Alex is a ruthless assassin – of angels. Forget everything you’ve heard about them before. Angels are not benign celestial creatures, but fierce stalkers whose irresistible force allows them to feed off humans, draining them of their vitality until there is barely anything left. As far as Alex is concerned, the only good angel is a dead angel…until he meets Willow. She may look like a normal teenager but Willow is no ordinary girl. Half-angel, half-human, Willow may hold the key to defeating the evil angels. But as the hunter and the hunted embark on an epic and dangerous journey and Willow learns the dark and terrifying secrets of her past, Alex finds himself drawn to Willow…with devastating consequences.

Eoin Colfer reinvented the fairy, Stephenie Meyer reinvented the vampire, L.A. Weatherly reinvents the angel! This is a heart-pounding, knuckle-whitening, paranormal romance action-adventure for fans of the “Twilight” series. This is the first in a devastating new trilogy.

Sounds intriguing, then watch the book trailer:

March 28, 2011 Posted by | Paranormal, Romance | | Leave a comment

Jekel loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents rules;especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father’s office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she’s tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be the key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.
To improve her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen’s sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything, even Tristen’s love just for the thrill of being . . . bad

It was captivating and intriguing, the plot moving forward from one surprising revelation to the next. Twists that you didn’t originally see coming soon developed into influencing the ending.It was captivating and intriguing, the plot moving forward from one surprising revelation to the next. Twists that you didn’t originally see coming soon developed into influencing the ending.    Katie YAreads

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

Twilight???

Are you looking for an alternative to Twilight and all the other vampire books that are everywhere at the moment?
For those of you who would like a change, try a parody (a. A literary or artistic work that imitates the characteristic style of an author or a work for comic effect or ridicule) instead. We can recommend these two as good reads and funny as well.

The Reformed Vampire Support group

 reformed vampire‘If being a vampire were easy, there wouldn’t have to be a reformed vampire support group.’

 Nina became a vampire in 1973 when she was fifteen, and she hasn’t aged a day since then. But she hasn’t had any fun either, because her life is so sickly and boring.
It becomes even worse when one of the other vampires in her therapy group is staked by a mysterious slayer. Threatened with extinction, she and her fellow vampires set out to hunt down the culprit. Trouble is, they soon find themselves up against some gun-toting werewolf traffickers who’ll stop at nothing.
Can a bunch of feeble couch potatoes win a fight like this? Is there more to being a vampire than meet the eye?

“it managed to hold my attention the whole way through. The comedy aspect of it is actually pretty great – Jinks doesn’t go with the whole romanticized version of vampire-dom that is so widespread nowadays. Instead, she portrays vamps as sickly moaners with a depression complex who need a support group (sort of like vampire AA) to get through life”    Good Reads

Nightlight: a Parody

twilight-parody-nighlight_a“The basic storyline of Nightlight is similar enough to mock Twilight, yet different enough to be its own work of fiction.  Belle Goose moves from Phoenix to Switchblade, Oregon to live with her father Jim, a window wiper.  Belle has an obsession with dating a vampire. At her new school she meets Edwart Mullen, a super-hot (yet fictitious) computer nerd with such a lack of social skills, one could argue he has negative social skills. After noticing a few events, such as Edwart  leaving his lunch untouched, Belle realises that Edwart is a vampire. Clearly this girl is a master of the scientific method.”

“Nightlight is hilarious! The book is like a Mel Brooks movie. It’s totally cheesy, it’s a bit stupid at times, but overall, it is amazing! Some parts will make you laugh out loud. ”    3 evil cousins.

 

April 21, 2010 Posted by | Humor, Paranormal, Parodies | Leave a comment