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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.

February 9, 2017 Posted by | Paranormal, Relationships, Supernatural | | Leave a comment

Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behaviour - John Corey Whaley

About Highly Illogical Behavior

Teen and adult fans of All The Bright Places, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and Everything, Everything will adore this quirky story of coming-of-age, coming out, friendship, love…and agoraphobia.

Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him.

A hilarious and heartwarming coming-of-age perfect for readers of Matthew Quick and Rainbow Rowell, Highly Illogical Behavior showcases the different ways we hide ourselves from the world—and how love, tragedy, and the need for connection may be the only things to bring us back into the light.

October 28, 2016 Posted by | Chick Lit, Relationships, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Our Chemical Hearts John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this irresistible story of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together again.

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.

 

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28186273-our-chemical-hearts?from_search=true

 

 

ABOUT KRYSTAL SUTHERLAND

Credit: Lisa Fahey Photography

Hello. It’s me.

I am Krystal Sutherland, writer of books. Or, more specifically, I am the writer of one book, Our Chemical Hearts, which is being published in October 2016 by Penguin in the US and ANZ, and Hot Key in the UK.

I was born and raised in Townsville, in the far north of Australia. Since moving to Sydney in 2011, I’ve also lived in Amsterdam, which was awesome but cold, and Hong Kong, (though I speak neither Dutch nor Cantonese).

Growing up, I never dreamed of being a writer. I wanted to be a) a florist, then b) a volcanologist, then c) an actress. It wasn’t until shortly after my 18th birthday that I sat down to write my first (terrible) novel.

Our Chemical Hearts, thankfully, is slightly better than that hot mess. Nonetheless, I am notoriously bad at explaining what it’s about, except to say that it involves the terribly tragic and awful experience of falling in love for the first time.

I have no pets and no children, but in Amsterdam I owned a bicycle called Kim Kardashian. It was somewhat difficult to get along with. I was fond of it regardless.

 

 

October 27, 2016 Posted by | Relationships, Romance | | Leave a comment

Me Before You by Jojo Moyles

Get in quick and read the book before the movie is released. The book is sure tug at the heart strings of every reader. It’s been described a “heart stopping read” and “utterly compelling”


Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
Review by Good Reads, retrieved April 18th, 2016. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15507958-me-before-you.

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April 18, 2016 Posted by | Chick Lit, Relationships, Romance | | Leave a comment

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost. 

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named Leila. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most. 

There’s Hudson, a small town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And Bree, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday – and a few stolen good along the way. Elliot believes in happy endings….until his own life goes off-script. And Sonia worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost her ability to love.

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila’s own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth—sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you’re looking for is to get lost along the way.

If you are a fan of John Greene books than this book will surely be for you.

Fresh Fiction describe it as “captivating, mysterious, fun and deep…for readers of JOHN GREEN”

February 5, 2016 Posted by | Relationships, Romance | Leave a comment

The Book of the Year 2015 award winner has been announced!

The winner is……. The Protected by Claire Zorn

the protected

I have three months left to call Katie my older sister. Then the gap will close and I will pass her. I will get older. But Katie will always be fifteen, eleven months and twenty-one days old.

Hannah’s world is in pieces and she doesn’t need the school counsellor to tell her she has deep-seated psychological issues. With a seriously depressed mum, an injured dad and a dead sister, who wouldn’t have problems?

Hannah should feel terrible but for the first time in ages, she feels a glimmer of hope and isn’t afraid anymore. Is it because the elusive Josh is taking an interest in her? Or does it run deeper than that?

In a family torn apart by grief and guilt, one girl’s struggle to come to terms with years of torment shows just how long old wounds can take to heal

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22419562-the-protected

September 4, 2015 Posted by | Relationships | | Leave a comment

Every Breath by Ellie Marney

Every Breath  has been described a smart, sexy and fast-paced……with the reader is hooked from the first page.

 

download (34)Rachel Watts has just moved to Melbourne from the country, but the city is the last place she wants to be.

James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old who’s also a genius with a passion for forensics.

Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. He’s even harder to resist when he’s up close and personal – and on the hunt for a cold-blooded killer.

When Rachel and Mycroft follows the murderer’s trail, they find themselves in the lion’s den – literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again…

Sizzling chemistry and urban intrigue combine in this thriller from a fresh, exciting new talent.

‘I loved this book. It’s quirky and real, fast-paced and full of great characters. Mycroft and Watts are smart, sexy, flawed detectives. The tension between them is electric. I was hooked from the first page.’ – Cath Crowley, author of Graffiti Moon

Every Breath has also been nominated in both the 2014 Davitt Awards for Australian Women’s Crime Writing (Best YA and Best Debut Book categories), and the Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing, (First Fiction category).

September 12, 2014 Posted by | Crime, Mystery, Relationships | | Leave a comment

2014 Book Of The Year Award Winner: Older Readers

And the winner is………Wildlife by Fiona Wood

Life? It’s simple: be true to yourself.
The tricky part is finding out exactly who you are…

In the holidays before the dreaded term at Crowthorne Grammar’s outdoor education camp two things out of the ordinary happened.
A picture of me was plastered all over a twenty-metre billboard. 
And I kissed Ben Capaldi.
 

Boarding for a term in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sibylla expects the gruesome outdoor education program – but friendship complications, and love that goes wrong? They’re extra-curricula.

Enter Lou from Six Impossible Things – the reluctant new girl for this term in the great outdoors. Fragile behind an implacable mask, she is grieving a death that occurred almost a year ago. Despite herself, Lou becomes intrigued by the unfolding drama between her housemates Sibylla and Holly, and has to decide whether to end her self-imposed detachment and join the fray. 

And as Sibylla confronts a tangle of betrayal, she needs to renegotiate everything she thought she knew about surviving in the wild.

This is excellent and entertaining story about first love, friendship and NOT fitting in.

 

August 15, 2014 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Relationships, Romance, Shortlisted Books | , | Leave a comment

Kate by Kevin Burgemeestre

This is a story of growth and mistakes. Kate’s lucky to find Wilde, a battered, heroic hound she rescues from the street, and Mal a trouble young man with a dark pat. when things go really wrong they’ll need each other and they’ll have to run!

Relationships are important. Kate is struggling to deal with her best friend leaving, and trying to deal with a school bully and with the death of her mother. She believes that life is hard. Then a chance encounter with a battered, heroic hound she rescues from the streets, and Mal, a troubled young man with a dark past, leads Kate into more danger and excitement than she could have wished for. Her ‘mentor’ is the artist Frida Kahlo, best known for her self portraits whom Kate uses as a reference for how she might act.

She wonders about her unusual friendship with this damaged young man, but when things go really wrong, they’ll need each other and they’ll have to run!

 

June 6, 2014 Posted by | Relationships | , | Leave a comment

The Killing woods by Lucy Christopher

The gripping new psychological thriller from the author of Stolen…..this book has been described as hard to put down and stunningly gripping!

Dangerous games are played at night………

Emily’s dad is accused of murdering a teenage girl. Emily is sure he is innocent, but what happened that night in the woods behind their house where she used to play as a child? Determined to find out, she seeks out Damon Hillary, the enigmatic boyfriend of the murdered girl. He also knows these woods. Maybe they could help each other. But he’s got secrets of his own about games that are played in the dark.

 

May 5, 2014 Posted by | Mystery, Relationships, Suspense, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment