Storm (Elemental #1) – Brigid Kemmerer

stormThe gorgeous and powerful Merrick brothers have a very strong connection to the elements: Michael controls earth, twins Gabriel and Nick control fire and air, and the youngest, Chris, controls water. They are young and their powers are untrained, but the other Elementals fear them. So when Becca Chandler saves Chris from being beaten up in the car park at school, little does she realise she is putting her own life in danger. And it’s not long before she starts to wonder if she has made a mistake trusting the new kid, Hunter, who keeps turning up at the wrong place at the right time.

Will Buster and the Gelmet Helmet – Odo Hirsch

Helmet GelmetpngSet in the future, Will Buster’s life is very different to ours: he learns history through computer teachers, whizzes around in a Hover-Pod and is served food by a Robo-Chef. One day at school, when he is sitting through another boring lesson about the wizard wars which dominated the 21st century, he discovers he is the recipient of a so-called opportunity-of-a-lifetime. He goes off to Professor Alphonse Gelmet’s Academy of Leadership Excellence which seems a little too good to be true – with special helmets to effortlessly feed knowledge into the student’s minds. But he soon realises that the truth is, literally, mind-altering.

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The Lab (Agent Six of Hearts #1) – Jack Heath

The labGenetically modified super soldier, Six of Hearts works for the Deck as one of their most effective field agents. At only 16 years of age, he is responsible for dealing out justice in this near-future world which is run by an evil corporation. Incredibly action-packed, this novel is the first in a new series.

Pan Macmillan

Starcrossed (Starcrossed #1) – Josephine Angelini

starcrossed-coverDemi-god Helen Hamilton lives on a small island where it is nearly impossible to hide how different she is. And after sixteen years, it is getting even harder, as she starts to hallucinate and have nightmares which seem to be dangerously intertwinned with reality. Desperate desert journeys, women weeping tears of blood, and Lucas Delos – who is destined to be a part of the tragedy she can’t escape. Greek mythological figures and antagonistic fates make this supernatural romance seem likely to fail.

Bookish Delights

The Apothecary – Maile Meloy

apothecaryIt’s 1952 and when fourteen year-old Janie is followed home one day by a mysterious black sedan her parents panic and decide to move from California to London – worried that they are going to be accused of being communist sympathisers. Little do they realise that, in London, Janie will meet a mysterious apothecary and his son Benjamin, and have to outstmart Russian spies with nuclear capability. Using the secrets of the apothecary, it is a race against time to save Benjamin’s father’s life.

Wired

The Scorpio Races – Maggie Stiefvater

With the Celtic legends of water horses as inspiration, The Scorpio Races is set on the small island of Thisby. Each November, water horses emerge from the black ocean and gallop the beach beneath the cliffs of Thisby. And each November, men capture these horses for the thrilling and deadly Scorpio Races. Both Sean Kendrick, four time champion, and Kate “Puck” Connolly, newcomer to the races, will ride this year, and both of them have more to gain — or lose — than in any previous year. But only one can win.

Danger, suspense and intrigue combine in this unforgettable story of romance and wild horses.

Watch the animated book trailer made by Maggie Stiefvater

 

Taken away – Celine Kiernan

Suffering the loss of their home in a fire Patrick and Dom’s family retreat to the house where they spend their summer holidays. It is here that Dom is possessed by the goblin-boy. In a desperate race against time Patrick must fight to save his twin from ‘the grey’ before he is lost to his family forever. In so doing he must unravel more than one story from the past. This is a chilling ghost story about a haunting, grief and loss.