Title: Inkheart

Author: Cornelia Funke

Pages: 563 Pages

Publisher: Scholastic

The Blurb

From internationally acclaimed storyteller Cornelia Funke, this bestselling, magical epic is now out in paperback!

One cruel night, Meggie’s father reads aloud from a book called INKHEART— and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured this nightmare. For only she can change the course of the story that has changed her life forever.

This is INKHEART–a timeless tale about books, about imagination, about life. Dare to read it aloud.

(Goodreads Blurb)

The Review

What a gorgeous story and shame on me for not having read it before. I have to admit, I read Inkheart because a student of mine recommended it. He was reading at and I wanted to encourage him to carry on with the chunky book. What happened was that I got lost in the world of Inkheart. That was pleasantly unexpected.

I have often wanted to live in the world of my my books. I want my Hogwarts letter and I frequently check wardrobes just in case I get to go to Narnia. After reading Inkheart and knowing that it may not go the way that I want it to and that in fact living in a book world may end completely awfulIy for me I am starting to rethink that decision…but still how exciting would it be?

What I am most grateful for is that I have two other books in the series are already waiting for me to read. I would be stressed out if I had to wait for the sequels.

If you are looking for a beautiful series of books to fall in to then I thoroughly recommend Inkheart. It is a must for anyone who loves book and to celebrate the whole world of literature. 

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke is available now.

For more information regarding Cornelia Funke (@CorneliaFunke) please visit www.corneliafunke.com.

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Title: Speechless

Author: Hannah Harrington

Pages: 288 Pages

Publisher: HarlequinTeen

The Blurb

Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret

Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.

Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she’s ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

But there’s strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she’s done. If only she can forgive herself.

(Goodreads Blurb)

The Review

I firmly believe that it is better to have your nose in a book and not in someone else’s business. Someone would have given this advice to gossipy Chelsea Knot before she found out the hard way.

At a New Year’s Eve party, Chelsea’s love of gossip lands her in a lot of trouble and she has fallen from the top the social pyramid to being a social pariah.

What Chelsea learns from this is that there are more important things than being popular and that it takes a whole lot more to be someone’s friends.

I really liked Speechless. It is one of the better YA novels that I have read recently. It had everything – social issues and realistic responses. Furthermore, Harrington showed the ugly side to her characters. We are flawed and for Chelsea to recognise that about herself was refreshing. It wasn’t twee and super happy but you did leave the Speechless feeling hopeful. With Speechless, Hannah Harrington has a really, really good story.

Speechless by Hannah Harrington is available now.

For more information regarding Hannah Harrington (@)hharrington_ please visit www.hannahharrington.com.

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Title: The Cheerleaders

Author: Kara Thomas

Pages: 384 Pages

Publisher: Delacorte Press/Macmillan Children’s Books

The Blurb

There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.

First there was the car accident—two girls gone after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they lost.

That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.

There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe.

(Goodreads Blurb)

The Review

Oooh The Cheerleaders is a clever little book. It is a murder mystery meeds psychological thriller wrapped in YA fiction and it is a stonking good read. 

Five years ago 5 girls – all part of the same cheerleading squad – all die in mysterious ways. Monica, the sister of one of the victims, cannot shake off the loss of her sister. She cannot lay it to rest and she spends the majority of her final year trying to figure it out. She knows that there is something more to it and she is determined to uncover the truth.

I got lost in The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas. I am the perfect reader for this kind of novel because I never see who the killer is, I never guess ahead of time and everybody is a suspect. I literally had everyone down for the culprit. The Cheerleaders is twisty and turny and every time you think you have it figured out Thomas throws in something new to make you question everything you believe.

I cannot wait to share this novel with my students because I know that they will love it to.

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas is available now.

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Title: We Were Liars

Author: E Lockhart

Pages: 242 Pages

Publisher: Hot Key Books

The Blurb

A beautiful and distinguished family.

A private island.

A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.

A group of four friends – the Liars – whose friendship turns destructive.

A revolution. An accident. A secret.

Lies upon lies.

True love.

The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times best selling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honouree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

(Goodreads Blurb)

The Review

We Were Liars is the haunting story of Cadence Sinclair and the legacy of the Sinclair family.

The Sinclair’s go to their private island every summer but when an accident happens, Cadence is deeply affected by it. She can’t think about it, and others refuse to talk to her about it. She has been told by the doctors that it is best to let the memories come back slowly. After a trauma of this magnitude she needs to figure it out herself. Cadence is medicated and struggles day to day but being on the island makes her more determined to figure out the truth and slowly but surely the events of the past come stumbling back to her.

We Were Liars is a brilliantly written novel. It is intriguing and can genuinely be described as a real page turner. Lockhart has created an eery atmosphere which is perfect for the unraveling of this mystery. The isolation of the island reflects the isolation of Cadence Sinclair and you are desperate for her to figure this mystery out. As a reader, you are filled with the feeling of mystery and intrigue and this book will keep you on edge until the very end.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is available now.

For more information regarding E. Lockhart (@elockhart) please visit www.emilylockhart.com.

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Title: Quarantine – A Love Story

Author: Katie Cicatelli-Kuc

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: Scholastic

The Blurb

Oliver wants a girlfriend, and there’s a girl back home who might be interested in him. The problem is, he has to spend his spring break on a volunteer trip in the Dominican Republic. Flora, on the other hand, isn’t really looking for a boyfriend. She just wants to end a miserable spring break visiting her dad and her new stepmom in the D.R.

The solution to both their problems? Get back home to New York ASAP. Sadly, they won’t be getting there anytime soon. 

Their hopes are dashed when Flora’s impulsiveness lands them in quarantine — just the two of them. Now, the two teens must come together in order to survive life in a bubble for 30 days. In that time, love will bloom. But is it the real thing, or just a placebo effect? 

In her debut novel, Katie Cicatelli-Kuc delivers an introspective and witty story about finding love in the most unexpected place.

(Goodreads Blurb)

The Review

Quarantine is the quirky love story of Oliver and Flora. Both meet on a plane home from the Dominican Republic. On the same flight, the man sitting next to Oliver takes ill. Everyone is put on a 24 hour quarantine. Flora, however feels unwell and in a moment of madness kisses Oliver. They are both forced to stay on a 30 day quarantine together.

Oh Quarantine is adorable. It is told in relatively short chapters of differing perspectives – Oliver and Flora’s – and we seem the blossoming of their relationship. We are faced with fame hungry friends, overbearing mothers and sleazy junior doctors. It really does have it all.

If you want a dose of romance then Quarantine is the book for you.

Quarantine – A Love Story by Katie Cicatelli-Kuc is available now.

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