The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) – Rick Yancey

The 5th waveCassie is on the run: from Them. The 5th wave is dawning and, after what has gone before, she cannot afford to trust anyone. Cassie thinks she will only be safe if she hides from other survivors and, of course, Them. However, when she comes across Evan Walker it’s not so easy to stay alone anymore. Especially not if she wants to have any hope of rescuing her brother. Taut and action-packed prose will keep you on the edge of your seat in this, the first instalment of the 5th Wave series.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) – Sarah J. Maas

throne-of-glass-sarah-j-maasCelaena has been doing time. A year of hard labour in the salt mines to be precise. One day, unexpectedly, she is offered a choice by the Crown Prince, Prince Dorian; a chance at freedom. She must serve as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin and – if she wins – serve him for three years. Trained up by Chaol, the captain of the guard, Celaena relishes the challenge of fighting the most dangerous men in the kingdom. When the Prince takes a more personal interest in her, things become more interesting – though it is somewhat complicated by her relationship with the captain of the guard. The fact that there also seems to be a killer on the loose adds to the suspense and action, and keeps you reading on!

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Skin Deep – Laura Jarratt

skin deepJenna’s life changes after the car crash: her best friend is dead and she is scarred, literally, for life. Her parents are pretending it hasn’t happened, that there isn’t anything wrong with her, and Jenna just can’t seem to put the shattered emotional pieces back together. Ryan’s life isn’t so easy either: he’s a traveller who faces prejudice everyday and whose mother has bi-polar disorder. When he and his mother moor their boat at the edge of Jenna’s village, after an initial misunderstanding he and Jenna connect and fall in love. But, of course, it’s not that easy …

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A Company of Swans – Eva Ibbotson

a-company-of-swansNineteen-year-old Harriet Morton lives with her father and aunt in Cambridge; her life is loveless and bleak, with her aunt and father living frugal, dreary lives, and actively making sure she does the same. Somehow, Harriet manages to maintain her beloved ballet lessons and when a Russian ballet master comes looking for dancers for a South American tour, Harriet manages to escape her dreary life – and the man her father was going to force her to marry! Lying to her father and running off to London, she is soon on a boat bound for a new world. Performing in grand opera houses in the jungle seems a lifetime away from Cambridge and Harriet meets the mysterious and handsome Rom Verney, a British exile. Delightful and enchanting like all of Ibbotson’s books, this is a lovely read.

The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks

The NotebookSet in North Carolina, one of the southern states of the USA, we first meet Noah Calhoun who has recently returned from the Second World War. Noah is still in love with the girl he met fourteen years earlier and he dreams of her as he restores his nineteenth century plantation home. When Allie returns to town it seems as though a beautiful love story is coming to fruition. However, we soon realise that there are hidden layers of complexity to this story, and in fact their story is only just beginning. Deeply romantic and sentimental, this has been an incredibly popular film and novel.

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Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion

WarmBodiesIn a ruined city, in a dreary world, ‘R’ meets Julie – a girl who attracts him immediately and who is everything he is not. However, ‘R’ and Julie’s burgeoning relationship could change the very nature of the world in which they live. For a start, she isn’t a zombie and he is… ‘R’, though, is different to his fellow zombies: he thinks, speaks and dreams in a way they do not. His link to Julie is forged when he eats the brains of a teenage boy in love with her and their romance begins. Surprisingly philosophical and sweet, this zombie story still has all the gory elements you might expect, with the main character inspiring rave reviews from many readers.

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Wool – Hugh Howey

woolThis is a great new series. The dystopia in which the characters live, an enormous underground silo, is an original premise and you really are gripped from the opening chapters. It has a complex and well-constructed plot line, which actually makes it difficult to predict what will happen next and there are a numberĀ of very unexpected twists. The community who lives in this underground silo have very strict rules, the most important of which limit hope for the individual: you cannot mention the outside or what happened to drive them into this silo life. At first I wondered why the author had included some of the earlier characters and plot points, but as you get further in you realise why. A very enjoyable read; I definitely want to read the rest of the trilogy!