Ingrim view of the future, the environment on the east coast of America has been destroyed by a massive, unexplained explosion. A dying man and his very young son travel south to escape the approaching winter.Categories: Reviews, Staff Pick
Sixteen-year-old Tessa is dying from cancer. After fighting the disease for years, she has been told that she only has a few months left. As her time runs out, Tessa constructs a list of 10 things she wants to do before she dies. At the top of the list is sex, but she also wants to fall in love, experiment with drugs, and break the law. It's a premise that, tackled by a less skilled and sensitive author, could have easily become gimmicky...Categories: Reviews, Staff Pick, New Releases
I got an advanced reading copy of In the Eye of Heaven in the winter of 2005. The buzz around the book was great, and as is a former Winnipegger, I was hoping for a good read. "Good read" turned out to be an understatement.Categories: Reviews, Staff Pick, SciFi & Fantasy
This edgy, dark and funny novel has it all:
committed friendship, love and sex, intrigue, lost parents and sudden death set in the shimmering New York half-world of werewolves, faeries, and demons and the Shadowhunters who stalk them. This is a book to be inhaled for its stunning plot and fast paced action, but re-read for its powerful characters, fascinating setting and sharp writing that makes you look over your shoulder into the thin air around you.
Special is an excellent, chilling read. The story centres around a group of girls sent to enjoy some "summer fun" at a hostel in England's Forest of Dean. Unfortunately, there is no fun to be had. The book is a rather horrifying (although sadly accurate) examination of the jealousy, competition, body image issues and sexual tensions which can taint (and, in this case, destroy) friendships between teenage girls (or, to be honest, females of any age). Bathurst's writing is gripping and sensitive. The terrors the girls inflict upon each other left me feeling shaken. Although the characters are in their teens, this was an important book for me to read in my twenties, and a perfect example of YA litterature that manages to ring true not just for teenagers, but for many women.Categories: Reviews, Staff Pick
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