Archive | December 2012

You are browsing the site archives by date.

H.I.V.E. (H.I.V.E. #1)

H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Walden My rating: 4 of 5 stars What would you do if you woke up in a helicopter, flying to goodness knows where? In the opening chapter of H.I.V.E., this is the exact scenario that Otto and Wing find themselves in – taken from their respective homes […]

Spark (Elementals 2)

Spark by Brigid Kemmerer Gabriel Merrick loves fire. As an Elemental his affinity for it is strong, but it is also unpredictable and uncontrollable. Gabriel is both drawn to and wary of his talent, just as Layne Forrest is drawn to Gabriel, despite him being a senior and her a sophomore.This is a clever and […]

Uglies (Uglies #1)

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld My rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow! This really is an interesting, thought provoking book. Westerfeld builds his story around the premise that, at age 16, Uglies are taken away and medically manipulated to become Pretties. Children stay with their ‘parent’ until about age 4, and then they are taken away […]


Originally posted on Welloflostplots:
This is the first in the Scott Westerfeld speculative fiction series, set in a futuristic world whereby everybody undergoes cosmetic surgery at the age of 16 to become a “Pretty”.  “Pretties” have no other purpose in life initially other than to have fun. Tally Youngblood can’t wait for the operation, she…

Night Beach

Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar My rating: 5 of 5 stars Night Beach is very creepy. And very good. Abbie is at a stage in her young life where everything is doubt, worry and fear. She fears her Mum doesn’t love her, she worries that she won’t be able to complete her final artwork for […]

Path of Beasts

Path of Beasts by Lian Tanner My rating: 4 of 5 stars Goldie and Toadspit are at it again – right in the thick of the intrigue and politics of the town of Jewel. After their trials in the City of Lies, Goldie and Toadspit return to Jewel to find that it, and the Museum […]

Hatched (The Grimstones 1)

Hatched by Asphyxia My rating: 3 of 5 stars While The Grimstones are creepy kooky characters, something has been lost in the translation from marionette puppets to book form. The diary format isn’t entirely successful, especially when a single event happens on two different days, and the voices switches disconcertingly from past to present tense, […]