Reviews Teenage

The Dead Men Stood Together

Chris Priestley

£10.99

dead menIn a harbour town long ago, a boy is entranced by his uncle’s stories of adventure in lands far away. Ignoring the crazy talk of the harbour pilot’s son about the uncle being the Devil, the boy boards a ship with his uncle. But the uncle soon makes enemies of the captain and crew and, in frustration at their superstition, kills an albatross that has befriended the ship.

As the ship sails on, madness and death ensue, and the boy and the crew face unimaginable horrors. A superbly gripping and haunting tale for fans of all classic horror.

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Every Day

David Levithan

£7.99

EverydayThis is a truly fascinating book that deals with the nature of personal identity in a really amazing way.

Every day I am someone else. I am myself – I know I am myself – but I am also someone else. It has always been like this.

Each morning, A wakes up in a different body. There’s never any warning about who it will be, but A is used to that. Never get too attached.

Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. And that’s fine – until A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon.

From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with – every day…  A stunningly original novel that will make you view the world from a different perspective.

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Skulk

Rosie Best

£7.99

SKULKTo some, Meg Banks’ life might look perfect – she lives in a huge house in West London, goes to a prestigious school, and has famous parents. Only Meg knows the truth: her tyrannical mother rules the house and her shallow friends can talk about nothing but boys and drinking. Meg’s only escape is her secret life as a graffiti artist.

While out tagging one night, Meg witnesses the dying moments of a fox – a fox that shapeshifts into a man. As he dies, he gives Meg a beautiful and mysterious gemstone. It isn’t long before Meg realises that she’s also inherited his power to shift and finds an incredible new freedom in fox form.

She is plunged into the shadowy underworld of London, the territory of the five warring groups of shapeshifters – the Skulk, the Rabble, the Conspiracy, the Horde, and the Cluster. Someone is after her gemstone, however, someone who can twist nature to his will. Meg must discover the secret of the stone and unite the shapeshifters before her dream of freedom turns into a nightmare.

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More Than This

Patrick Ness

£12.99

NessAnyone who thinks children’s books are somehow inferior to ‘real’ literature or are intrinsically lightweight ( looking at you, Martin Amis) should read Mr. Ness. This book deals with life, death and the whole damn’ thing.

An enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life – or perhaps afterlife – of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world. A boy called Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes.
He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he is here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighbourhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this…

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LONGSHADOW: The Days of Amy Davis

Ben Rostul

£6.99

Longshadow

This is the first book in a new adventure series and it has a very visual, fast-paced story featuring an intriguing mix of supernaturally gifted teenagers and futuristic technology. The lead female character is a very tough but sympathetic cookie with some very smart and funny dialogue.

I think this will have great appeal to Hunger Games type fans and will crossover to having a grown-up audience as well. Read it now before Hollywood studios get their hands on it!

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Going Vintage

Lindsey Leavitt

£5.99

VintageSixteen-year-old Mallory loves her boyfriend, Jeremy. Or at least likes him more than she’s ever liked any other boy. She’s suree feels the same way.  Until she happens upon his online Authentic Life game and discovers he’s cheating on her …online Mallory’s life is falling apart and technology is the cause. And then she finds a list, written by her grandma when she was Mallory’s age. All her grandma had to worry about was sewing dresses and planning dinner parties.

Things were so much simpler in the 1960s. And there’s nothing on the list that Mallory couldn’t do herself. Maybe it’s time for Mallory to go vintage and find the answers to her modern-day problems.

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The Night Itself

Zoe Marriott

£7.99

NIGHTAncient Japanese gods and monsters are unleashed on modern-day London in this epic trilogy from an acclaimed fantasy writer. When Mio steals the family’s katana – a priceless ancestral sword – from her parents’ attic, she just wants to spice up a fancy-dress costume. But the katana is much more than some dusty antique and her actions unleash a terrible, ancient evil onto the streets of unsuspecting London. Soon Shinobu, a fearless warrior boy, appears to protect Mio – and threatens to steal her heart. With the gods and monsters of Japanese myth stalking her and her friends, Mio realizes that if she cannot keep the sword safe, and learn to control its legendary powers, she will lose not only her own life…but the love of a lifetime. An original and spell-binding adventure – first in the series: The Name of the Blade

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The Hit

Melvyn Burgess

£7.99

The HIT

A New drug is out. Everyone is talking about it. Death. Take it, and you have one amazing week to live. It’s the ultimate high. At the ultimate price Adam is tempted. Life is rubbish; his girlfriend’s over him, his brother’s gone. So what’s he got to lose? Everything as it turns out. It’s up to his girlfriend, Lizzie to show him. Burgess is known for his hard-hitting books that fearlessly take on the pressures and problems of teenage life and this is a tough, intelligent book on the temptations and dangers of looking for answers in drugs.

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City of Bones

Cassandra Clare

£7.99

City Bones

This first book in the Mortal Instruments series is about to be released as a film – so read it now!!! Sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is an ordinary teenager, who likes hanging out in Brooklyn with her friends. But everything changes the night she witnesses a murder, committed by a group of teens armed with medieval weaponry. The murderous group are Shadowhunters, secret warriors dedicated to driving demons out of this dimension and back into their own. Drawn inexorably into a terrifying world, Clary slowly begins to learn the truth about her family – and the battle for the fate of the world.

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Maggot Moon

Sally Gardner

£6.99

MOON

Narrated against the backdrop of a ruthless regime determined to beat its enemies in the race to the moon, this is the astonishing new novel from award-winning author Sally Gardner. When his best friend Hector is suddenly taken away, Standish Treadwell realises that it is up to him, his grandfather and a small band of rebels to confront and defeat the ever-present oppressive forces of the Motherland. Utterly original and stunning, it is impossible not to be moved by this powerful emotional story and the unforgettable heroism of Standish.

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Eve & Adam

Michael Grant/Katherine Applegate £6.99

Eve & AdamThis is a stunning new mystery-thriller from the bestselling writers of “Animorphs” and “Gone” and it’s a real page-turner.
16-year-old Eve Spiker lives an easy life with her geneticist mother, Terra. That is, until she’s involved in a freak accident and left with life-threatening injuries. Injuries that seem to be healing faster than physically possible.
Recuperating at her mum’s lab, Eve meets Solo, a hot teenage lab assistant who seems to know more about what’s going on at Spiker Biotech than he should do. Joining forces to investigate, Solo and Eve uncover a secret so huge it could change the world completely. Because Terra’s research is about more than just saving human lives.
It’s about creating them…

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The Paladin Prophecy

Mark Frost  £9.99

Paladin_ProphecyWill West is careful to live life under the radar. At his parents’ insistence, he’s made sure to get mediocre grades and to stay in the middle of the pack on his cross-country team. Then Will slips up, accidentally scoring off the charts on a nationwide exam, and he is recruited by an exclusive and mysterious prep school – the best school no one’s ever heard of, with technology the likes of which no one’s ever seen.

At the same time, coincidentally – or not so – Will realizes he’s being followed by men in dark hats, driving black sedans who pose a terrifying threat to his family. What follows is a series of events and revelations that places Will smack in the middle of a millennia old struggle between titanic forces …

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