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  • Lists, Rachel, Sci Fi, Space: The Final Frontier

    Space Jam

    08.04.14 | Permalink | 1 Comment

    I loooove books set in outer space. It’s something that most of us will never be able to experience, so to read about it is pretty exciting. Here are some of my picks of books set in outer space:

    Book cover courtesy of Syndetics172 Hours On The Moon, Johan Harstad

    Three teenagers from across the globe have the opportunity to win a place on the next space launch thanks to NASA’s worldwide lottery. It’s been decades since anyone set foot on the moon, and Mia (Norway), Midori (Japan) and Antoine (France) are among the few who will be next. But before they even get to the launch site, things seem off. Something sinister is waiting for them on the moon’s surface, and in the vaccuum of space, no one can help them.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsAcross the Universe, Beth Revis

    Seventeen-year-old Amy is cryogenically frozen, along with her parents, and loaded onto the vast spacecraft Godspeed, set to wake up three hundred years in the future. But her hibernation comes to an abrupt end 50 years too early, thrusting her into the thriving living community on Godspeed. Amy discovers out she was awoken not by accident, but by a murder attempt by one of the several thousand people on board. And if she doesn’t act quickly, Amy’s parents could be next.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsEnder’s Game, Orson Scott Card

    This one has just been made into a movie. To defend themselves from hostile alien attacks, the human race has begun breeding genius children and training them as soldiers. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is one such child drafted into military training. His skills make him a leader in battle school, but leave him lonely and fearful of the impending alien attack intended to wipe out all humans. Ender could be the military general the battle has been searching for for the last hundred years, but is he prepared to face such huge responsibility?

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsLosers in Space, John Barnes

    It is the year 2129 and fame is all that matters. Everyone has a rating and the more people that ID you, the better. Susan and her almost-boyfriend Derlock hatch a scheme to stow away with seven of their friends on a Mars-bound spaceship. They figure the stunt and their story of survival will skyrocket their ratings across the globe. But Susan stumbles across a hitch: Derlock is a sociopath. Losers in Space combines an ominous countdown, an awesome heroine and accurate science (!) all bundled up into a great sci-fi novel. What more could you need?

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsGlow, Amy Kathleen Ryan

    Decades ago two ships were launched, both bound for mysterious New Earth where they hoped to settle and create new life. The only difference between the ships was their religious following – New Horizons contained the religious crew, and the Empyrean had a non-religious crew. Sixteen-year-old Waverly and Kieran live aboard Empyrean and are expected to marry soon. Waverly’s not so sure about the arrangement, but since she’s supposed to have four children while she’s still young so that the generations won’t die out, there’s not a whole lot of choice involved. What the Empyreans don’t know is that all the young girls on New Horizons have died – and the New-Horizoners plan to kidnap the girls from Empyrean. Suddenly Waverly and Kieran are separated and they quickly learn that not all enemies come from the outside…

    And one about aliens, for good measure:

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe True Meaning of Smekday, Adam Rex

    The True Meaning of Smekday is structured like an essay, written by 12-year-old Gratuity Tucci (Tip) for a contest. The essay contest winner will have their essay included in a time capsule to be opened in 100 years, and Tip reckons her unique experience of Smekday will be important to future generations. Smekday (a.k.a Christmas) was the day a huge spaceship filled with Boov (aliens) descended on Earth, declared it a colony named Smekland, abducted Tip’s mother and forced all Americans to relocate to Florida via rocketpod. Tip enlists a renegade Boov mechanic called J.Lo to help her track down her mother at Happy Mouse Kingdom, and together they must try to save the Earth from yet another alien invasion.

    172 Hours on the Moon is probably one of my personal favourites – it involves Japanese culture, it’s suuuper creepy, and it’s a translated novel (originally Norwegian) which are all checkboxes for things I like in a novel. Have you got any space-themed favourites, either included on this list, or not?


  • Fashion Friday, Style Catalogue

    Miss Vogue

    04.04.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Miss Vogue

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    The rumours are true! Miss Vogue Australia magazine will soon be hitting Central Library shelves. With all the glamour of Vogue, specially directed at the younger fashion set, ya’ll are going to love this. It isn’t available on the catalogue just yet, but it will be available from next week onwards. So keep an eye out!

    Also, I wanted to share with you a little somethin’ somethin’ that’s on my geek chic wish list this week…

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    Epic literary classic + seriously covetable designer label =♥!! Perfect for my librarian wardrobe, methinks.

    And lastly… get excited. Wellington Fashion Week is coming. Next week, actually! To kick off the week’s events, there will be a free fashion movie screened on Wellington’s waterfront. To get all the deets, and to have your say on which fashion flick will be screened, have a looky here.


  • Espionage, Fantasy, Great Reads, Horror, New, Nicola, Sci Fi

    New books

    04.04.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on New books

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsSwagger, Carl Deuker (297 pages)When high school senior Jonas moves to Seattle, he is glad to meet Levi, a nice, soft-spoken guy and fellow basketball player. Suspense builds like a slow drumbeat as readers start to smell a rat in Ryan Hartwell, a charismatic basketball coach and sexual predator. When Levi reluctantly tells Jonas that Hartwell abused him, Jonas has to decide whether he should risk his future career to report the coach. (Goodreads)

    First lines: All this started about a year and a half ago. Back then I was a junior at Redwood High in Redwood City, a suburn twnty-five miles south of San Francisco. In those days, before Hartwell, before Levi, I took things as they came, without thinking a whole lot about them. Maybe that’s because most of the things that came my way were good.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsAnything to have you, Paige Harbison (303 pages)Natalie and Brooke have had each other’s backs forever. Natalie is the quiet one, college bound and happy to stay home and watch old movies. Brooke is the movie—the life of every party, the girl everyone wants to be.Then it happens—one crazy night that Natalie can’t remember and Brooke’s boyfriend, Aiden, can’t forget. Suddenly there’s a question mark in Natalie and Brooke’s friendship that tests everything they thought they knew about each other and has both girls discovering what true friendship really means.(Goodreads)

    First lines: I heard her before I saw her. Music blasted from inside her car despite the fact that she was in a quiet neighborhood. I climbed in, and she turned down the volume.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe Osiris Curse, Paul Crilley (286 pages) When Nikola Tesla is murdered and blueprints for his super weapons are stolen, Tweed and Nightingale are drawn into a global cat and mouse chase with his killers. What’s more, it seems that the people who shot Nikola Tesla are the same people responsible for Octavia’s mother’s disappearance. As the two cases intertwine, Tweed and Nightingale’s investigations lead them to a murdered archeologist and a secret society called The Hermetic Order of Set. Fleeing the cult’s wrath, they go undercover on the luxury airship, The Albion, setting out on her maiden voyage to Tutankhamen’s View, a five star hotel built in the hollowed-out and refurbished Great Pyramid of Giza.In Egypt, the duo begin to unravel the terrible truth behind Tesla’s death, a secret so earth-shattering that if revealed it would mean rewriting the entire history of the world. But if the cult’s plans aren’t stopped, Britain may lose the future.(Goodreads)

    First lines:Death stalks the streets of London. The winter wind, sensing its presence and feeling some distant, ancient kinship, soars above the frozen city, tossing snowflakes though the oil-black sky as it searches for its location.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsHalf Bad, Sally Green (394 pages)Half Bad by Sally Green is a breathtaking debut novel about one boy’s struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches.You can’t read, can’t write, but you heal fast, even for a witch. You get sick if you stay indoors after dark. You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one. You’ve been kept in a cage since you were fourteen. All you’ve got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday.(Goodreads)

    First lines: There’s these two kids, boys, sitting close together, squished by the arms of an old chair. You’re the one on the left. The other boy’s warm to lean close to, and he moves his gaze from the telly to you sort of in slow motion.
    “You enjoying it?” he asks.

    Backward glass, David Lomax (315 pages) Crack your head, knock you dead, then Prince Harming’s hunger’s fed. It’s 1977, and Kenny Maxwell is dreading the move away from his friends. But then, behind the walls of his family’s new falling-apart Victorian home, he finds something incredible–a mummified baby and a note: “Help me make it not happen, Kenny. Help me stop him.” Shortly afterwards, a beautiful girl named Luka shows up. She introduces Kenny to the backward glass, a mirror that allows them to travel through time. Meeting other “mirror kids” in the past and future is exciting, but there’s also danger. The urban legend of Prince Harming, who kidnaps and kills children, is true–and he’s hunting them. When Kenny gets stranded in the past, he must find the courage to answer a call for help, change the fate of a baby–and confront his own destiny.(Goodreads)

    First lines: Here’s what you need to know: You’re my son and you’re something like negative twenty-two, because that’s how long it will be before you’re born. I have a story to tell you. Most of it happened right here in Scarborough, forty, fifty, even sixty years ago, but it happened to me. Last year. 1977. The year I turned fifteen.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsWhere the stars still shine, Trish Doller ( 336 pages)Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She’s never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love–even with someone who seems an improbable choice–is more than just a possibility.(Goodreads)

    First lines: Yellow light slashes the darkness as Mom sneaks into the apartment again. The muffled creak of the floorboards beneath the shabby carpet gives her away, along with the stale-beer-and-cigarette smell that always follows her home from the Old Dutch.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsMermaid in Chelsea Creek, Michelle Tea (331 pages)Everyone in the broken-down town of Chelsea, Massachussetts, has a story too worn to repeat—from the girls who play the pass-out game just to feel like they’re somewhere else, to the packs of aimless teenage boys, to the old women from far away who left everything behind. But there’s one story they all still tell: the oldest and saddest but most hopeful story, the one about the girl who will be able to take their twisted world and straighten it out. The girl who will bring the magic.Could Sophie Swankowski be that girl? With her tangled hair and grubby clothes, her weird habits and her visions of a filthy, swearing mermaid who comes to her when she’s unconscious, Sophie could be the one to uncover the power flowing beneath Chelsea’s potholed streets and sludge-filled rivers, and the one to fight the evil that flows there, too. Sophie might discover her destiny, and maybe even in time to save them all.(Goodreads)

    First lines: Chelsea was a city where people landed. People from other counrties, people running from wars and poverty, stealing away on boats that cut through the ocean into a whole new world, or on plabes, relief shaking their bodies and they rattled into the sky.

    Boom cover courtesy of SyndeticsI lived on Butterfly Hill, Marjorie Agosin (454 pages)Celeste Marconi is a dreamer. She lives peacefully among friends and neighbors and family in the idyllic town of Valparaiso, Chile;until the time comes when even Celeste, with her head in the clouds, can’t deny the political unrest that is sweeping through the country. Warships are spotted in the harbor and schoolmates disappear from class without a word. Celeste doesn’t quite know what is happening, but one thing is clear: no one is safe, not anymore.The country has been taken over by a government that declares artists, protestors, and anyone who helps the needy to be considered subversive; and dangerous to Chile’s future. So Celeste’s parents, her educated, generous, kind parentsmust go into hiding before they, too, must disappear. To protect their daughter, they send her to America.As Celeste adapts to her new life in Maine, she never stops dreaming of Chile. But even after democracy is restored to her home country, questions remain: Will her parents reemerge from hiding? Will she ever be truly safe again? (Goodreads)

    First lines: The blue cloud finally opens-just when the bell rings to let the Juana Ross School out for the weekend. I’d been wtaching the sky from the classroom windows all day, wondering just when the rain would pour down.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe mirk and midnight hour, Jane Nickerson (371 pages)A Southern girl. A wounded soldier. A chilling force deep in the forest. All collide at night’s darkest hour. Seventeen-year-old Violet Dancey has been left at home in Mississippi with a laudanum-addicted stepmother and love-crazed stepsister while her father fights in the war—a war that has already claimed her twin brother. When she comes across a severely injured Union soldier lying in an abandoned lodge deep in the woods, things begin to change. Thomas is the enemy—one of the men who might have killed her own brother—and yet she’s drawn to him. But Violet isn’t Thomas’s only visitor; someone has been tending to his wounds—keeping him alive—and it becomes chillingly clear that this care hasn’t been out of compassion. Against the dangers of war and ominous powers of voodoo, Violet must fight to protect her home and the people she loves.(Goodreads)

    First lines: he was already dead. Maybe. He had been greviously wounded-he had expected to die anyway-but they did something to him that sucked out the rest of his feeble life and will, except for the tony spark of spul that hunkered mutely deep inside.


  • Books, Grimm, Most Wanted

    Most Wanted: April 2014

    02.04.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Most Wanted: April 2014

    These are the 10 most reserved Young Adult titles for the month. We now have 2 bestseller copies of The Fault in our Stars at the Central Library (bestsellers are $5.00 for 10 days), so if you’re in town and they’re on the shelf you can grab one.

    1. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green [up 1]
    2. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak [down 1]
    3. City of Heavenly Fire, Cassandra Clare [up 2]
    4. Divergent,Veronica Roth [down 1]
    5. The One, Kiera Cass [up 4]
    6. Allegiant, Veronica Roth [down 2]
    6. Looking for Alaska, John Green [up 3]
    8. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins [back]
    9. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins [back]
    9. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins [down 1]


  • Lists, Rachel

    APRIL FOOLS!

    01.04.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on APRIL FOOLS!

    jklol there’s so many books I could never get through them all! In the spirit of jesting and fun, here are some books featuring jokes and pranks (some are more sinister than others). Maybe you’ll get some inspiration for next year – it’s after midday now so no more prank-pulling today!

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsLooking For Alaska, John Green

    Since The Fault In Our Stars was published, John Green’s following has increased massively, and we have had long reserve queues on his books that came out 8 years ago! Looking For Alaska is probably his second most well-known book, after TFIOS (At the time of writing this, TFIOS has 54 reserves on it!)

    Miles “Pudge” Halter’s life has been a big ball of nothing, so he thinks, and his obsession with famous last words only makes his cravings for “The Great Perhaps” even more painful. He decides to finally shake up his life and enrols at Culver Creek Boarding School. There, he meets Alaska Young. She is interesting, clever, and downright fascinating, far from the safe life Miles is used to. Alaska pulls Miles into her tangled world and launches him into his own “Great Perhaps”.

    The prank in Looking For Alaska involves the infamous fox hat. You’ll understand when you’ve read it.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart

    Yep, I’ve mentioned this one a bunch of times, but there’s no way I could NOT include it on a list about prank-pulling! Frankie is sent off to boarding school, where she does well and has a popular boyfriend. But she discovers that said boyfriend is part of a boys-only secret society called the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds. Frankie can’t stand the ridiculous idea of a boys only club, so she starts giving anonymous instructions to the order to perform outrageous pranks, which they follow! Mayhem ensues.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsHacking Harvard, Robin Wasserman

    This one does what it says on the box: Two groups of guys make a bet that they can get their senior class’s worst student ever accepted into Harvard. They plan to hack into the Harvard administration and select “Accept” against the application instead of “Deny”. Not to mention there’s $25,000 on the line for the winner of the bet. The race is on, and with stakes that high, no-one’s giving up without a fight.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe Lying Game, Sara Shepard

    The Lying Game is the first in another series from the author of Pretty Little Liars. It follows Emma, a foster kid who can’t seem to catch a break, until one day she discovers she has a long-lost twin sister. Emma’s newfound twin Sutton was adopted by a wealthy family, and Sutton has grown up with a life anyone would be jealous of, even kill for. Then someone does. Emma is distraught, but in order to solve the mystery of Sutton’s death and their shared past, Emma takes over Sutton’s identity, a lifestyle completely alien to her. But can Emma fool Sutton’s friends? Her parents? Her boyfriend? And can Emma keep up the charade once she realises Sutton’s murderer is watching her every move?

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsPast Perfect, Leila Sales

    This summer, Chelsea wants just three things:
    1. to hang out with her best friend
    2. to hone her skills as an ice cream connoisseur
    3. to finally get over Ezra, the boy who broke her heart. She hoped to do this while working at the Essex Historical Colonial Village (really!) but that plan falls apart on her first day on the job, finding Ezra working there too. Forgetting him is going to be a lot harder than she imagined, but she knows that if she doesn’t learn from the past, she is doomed to repeat it.


  • Rachel

    No more books.

    01.04.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on No more books.

    That’s it. That’s all the books there are. No more reviews. All done. BYE.



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