ArchivesPosts Tagged ‘YA’


SYNOPSIS Suppose a terrorist took over an American boys’ school in Italy, forcing the politically and industrially powerful fathers to pressure the U.S. government into acceding to his demands. A Delta force team decides it cannot storm the fortress-like school without killing most of their men and the hostages in the process. Enter 15-year-old Billy […]


The prolific writer behind Bzrk, the Animorphs saga and most importantly (for me anyway) the GONE series has finally put the last full stop on the sixth and concluding instalment of the latter, called Light, which was published last month. I critiqued it on this site and it was about that review that Michael and […]


SYNOPSIS He calls himself Alif – few people know his real name – a young man born in a Middle Eastern city that straddles the ancient and modern worlds. When Alif meets the aristocratic Intisar, he believes he has found love. But their relationship has no future – Intisar is promised to another man and […]


Lauren Oliver is the best-selling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy. The final book in the latter series – Requiem – has just been released. It wraps up the story of Lena, a plucky young woman who lives in a future America where love is classified as an illness and young people […]


SYNOPSIS There’s bad news and good news about the Cutter High School swim team. The bad news is that they don’t have a pool. The good news is that only one of them can swim anyway. A group of misfits brought together by T. J. Jones (the J is redundant), the Cutter All Night Mermen […]


Saci is an internationally-acclaimed author and activist. Her first novel, The Carbon Diaries 2015, was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award and is in development with the BBC. Her new book is Quantum Drop, a thriller about an ordinary kid caught up in a dangerous world. The boundaries between real and virtual are more and […]


Author: Andrew Lane My Age Recommendation: 11+ Publisher: Macmillan (read on Kobo E-reader Touch) SYNOPSIS Sherlock knows that Amyus Crow, his mysterious American tutor, has some dark secrets. But he didn’t expect to find a notorious killer, hanged by the US government, apparently alive and well in Surrey – and Crow somehow mixed up in […]


American-born writer CJ Daugherty is the author of the successful Night School series, the first of which was the #5 bestselling YA debut of 2012. It tells the story of Allie Sheridan, an angry teenager with a dysfunctional family who is sent to Cimmeria Academy, a secretive boarding school where all is not what it […]


Allen Zadoff is an award-winning American author of YA books, whose novels include Since You Left Me and My Life, The Theater and Other Tragedies. He recently signed a big publishing deal for a new teen assassin thriller called Boy Nobody which will be out next summer. I grabbed him for a quick chat about […]


SYNOPSIS This action-packed follow-up to international bestseller Harlan Coben’s striking young adult novel, Shelter, follows Mickey Bolitar as he continues to hunt for clues about the Abeona Shelter and the mysterious death of his father – all while trying to navigate the challenges of a new high school. When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey […]