The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

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32614919Title: The Disappearances

Author: Emily Bain Murphy

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always kept her secrets guarded. She was a vibrant mystery. When her mother dies Aila is sent to live in Sterling, her mother’s hometown, while her father fights in the war. It turns out Sterling is a place with many secrets of its own. Aila and her brother aren’t welcomed by the whole community, and she is starting to notice that things aren’t exactly normal. For example, the flowers have no scents, she can’t see her reflection, and she no longer dreams. Apparently, they are called the disappearances and something vanishes every seven years. No one knows what caused these occurrences but the town suspects Juliet, which puts Aila in an uncomfortable situation where she has to take the brunt of the blame in the place of her mother. Aila is determined to find out exactly what caused the disappearances and how to stop them.  Continue reading “The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy”

Flight of a Starling by Lisa Heathfield

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34208318Title: Flight of a Starling

Author: Lisa Heathfield

Publisher: Electric Monkey

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Rita and Lo are inseparable – sisters and best friends. Always on the move, and always flying through the air, holding on to each other for support for their trapeze act. Fearless and weightless, they find the magic in everything. Behind the act they put on, they know that the true magic in their family, not the circus. However, in one insignificant town, Lo meets a boy and decides she wants to be on the ground and stood still. Rita can’t understand, and suddenly their close-knit circus community is under threat when secrets are revealed. Continue reading “Flight of a Starling by Lisa Heathfield”

Shattered Minds by Laura Lam

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35438883Title: Shattered Minds

Author: Laura Lam

Publisher:  Pan MacMillan

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Carina is an ex-neuroscientist, and she was pretty damn good. Until she got addicted to a drug that takes her into a virtual reality. A virtual reality where she doesn’t have to fight her conscience and her urge to kill, she can give into it without hurting anyone. She’s on the path to self-destruction, caused in part by Sudice, the company she used to work for. When she starts seeing a dead girl in her virtual reality, a dead girl she didn’t create, she finally discovers what Sudice did to her, and how she can stop them. But she can’t do it alone. She teams up with a group of hackers to finally take down the mega-corporation. Continue reading “Shattered Minds by Laura Lam”

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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isbn9781473667402Title: When Dimple Met Rishi

Author: Sandhya Menon

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Rating: ★★★★★

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Dimple is passionate about coding and has been dreaming of going to Insomnia Con, a summer program for aspiring web developers where the winner gets to meet Jenny Lindt – a successful woman in the technology buisness – an idol of Dimple. So when her parents agree to pay for this program, she finally starts to believe that her parents have finally come around to the idea that she isn’t ready for a husband yet. But then Rishi comes along. He is romantic, traditional, and artistic, but when he introduced himself jokily as her future husband, she throws her drink in his face. Turns out, her and Rishi’s parents arranged their meeting believing them to be a match… Continue reading “When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon”

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber

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33236256Title: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow

Author: Mary Weber

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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Years ago, the Earth was ravaged by a World War. Then the Delonese ice-planet and it’s alien arrived in their solar system and put an end to the war and attempted to mediate. A system was set up on Earth where corporations rule in the place of governments. Sofi’s only constant was her brother, Shilo. However, Sofi mother enrolled her brother in the Earth’s Fantasy Fighting games, a mix of real and virtual blood sport, where Sofi also battles behind the scenes as the online gamer. However, a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, and it is believed that her brother is dead but Sofi doesn’t believe it. Sofi, on the run from her own corporation and the rest of the world, knows he’s on the Delonese ice-planet because she’s had dreams that are telling her he’s there. However, no one but ambassadors is allowed there – so she enlists the help of the charming playboy, Miguel.  Continue reading “The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber”

Pieces by G. Benson

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Pieces_1600x_2560_300dpi (1)Title: Pieces

Author: G. Benson

Publisher: YLVA Publishing

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Carmen in sixteen and, due to her largely absent mother, she’s looked after her little brother for as long as she can remember. However, her mother dies and Carmen will do anything to keep her and her brother together and out of foster care. Ollie life is more stable – parents, friends, school, and summer plans. When the two fall into each other’s lives, Ollie is infatuated with Carmen after a kiss they shared at a party but then struggles to find her again. Months later they meet, in a bar of all places, but everything is different and the two have secrets and losses they have suffered that make their relationship harder.  Continue reading “Pieces by G. Benson”

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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34931507Title: One of Us is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Publisher: Penguin

RATING: ★★☆☆☆

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This review contains major spoilers for the book.

Five students end up in detention on a normal Thursday afternoon. Most of them are there because of a mistake – they all got caught with a phone in class. But, it wasn’t their phone, it was planted there. In detention there is:
Bronwyn, the brain.
Addy, the princess.
Nate, the criminal.
Cooper, the athlete.
And finally, Simon, the outcast and creator of the school’s most notorious gossip app responsible for wreaking havoc on the school and tormenting numerous pupils.
However, only four of them get out of detention alive. It was murder. It is later discovered that Simon was about to post a piece of gossip on all four students and they are all prime suspects. Who is the murderer and have they been set up? Continue reading “One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus”

Troublemakers by Catherine Barter

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35217696Title: Troublemakers

Author: Catherine Barter

Publisher: Anderson Press

RATING: ★★★☆☆

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Alena never knew her political activist mother, who died when she was a baby. She has been looked after by her older half-brother Danny and his boyfriend Nick. They’ve acted like parents to Alena. When someone starts leaving bombs around London, the atmosphere and area are precarious. It is in this fearful situation that Alena starts to learn about her activist mother which causes tension at home, especially when Danny starts working for a controversial politician, which also causes problems between him and his boyfriend. Continue reading “Troublemakers by Catherine Barter”

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

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23308087Title: Flame in the Mist

Author: Renee Ahdieh

RATING: ★★★★☆

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Mariko has been raised for one important purpose – to marry. She is the only daughter of a prominent samurai and she is being used by her father to gain political advantage. Her fate was sealed as soon as she was born. It didn’t matter how intelligent or cunning she was. However, on a journey to the Imperial Palace to meet the man she is betrothed to, but on her way, her convoy is attacked by the Black Clan who were hired to kill her. Mariko was the only survivor, so when she’s alone and lost in the woods she decides to get her revenge and sets out to disguise herself as a peasant boy to infiltrate the Black Clan. However, she finds that the Black Clan are more than what meets the eye, and for the first time, Mariko and her intellect are actually admired. Continue reading “Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh”

The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein

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34593693Title: The Pearl Thief

Author: Elizabeth Wein

RATING: ★★★★★

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Before Verity, and before Queenie, there was Julie Beaufort-Stuart. It’s 1938 and Julie Beaufort-Stuart is heading back to her family’s ancestral home, the Strathfearn estate, in Perthshire. Her grandfather’s death and debts have led to the forced sale of the estate, all the belongings, and Julie’s childhood goes with it. But not just that, the McEwens family, a Scottish Traveller family, have been a part of the landscape for as long as Julie remembers. Their families and the estate go back generations. However, a man is missing and presumed murdered, and it’s the McEwens, who are loathed by all but her family, that are assumed to be the culprits. But Julie is determined to prove her friends innocent, as well as figuring out where her family’s missing pearls have gone… Continue reading “The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein”