Brilliant Book Titles #151

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Zach is eighteen. He is bright and articulate. He’s also an alcoholic and in rehab instead of high school, but he doesn’t remember how he got there. He’s not sure he wants to remember. Something bad must have happened. Something really, really bad. Remembering sucks and being alive – well, what’s up with that?

I have it in my head that when we’re born, God writes things down on our hearts. See, on some people’s hearts he writes Happy and on some people’s hearts he writes Sad and on some people’s hearts he writes Crazy on some people’s hearts he writes Genius and on some people’s hearts he writes Angry and on some people’s hearts he writes Winner and on some people’s hearts he writes Loser. It’s all like a game to him. Him.God. And it’s all pretty much random. He takes out his pen and starts writing on our blank hearts. When it came to my turn, he wrote Sad. I don’t like God very much. Apparently he doesn’t like me very much either.

5 New Young Adult Novels to Watch Out For

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Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
(11 Oct 2016)
It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths those afflicted with the ability to create illusions through art captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny s crowds, and by day they con Boston s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, she realises how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron s hires are shot and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn. An ideal next read for fans of Libba Bray s The Diviners.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (13 Oct 2016)
Hanna Donnelly is the station captain’s pampered daughter and Nik Malikov is the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. Together they struggle with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, blissfully unaware that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall with news of the Kerenza invasion.

Picking up about five minutes after Illuminae ends, Gemina is the electrifying sequel to the hottest YA novel of 2015.

Nemesis by Anna Banks (13 Oct 2016)
Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponise it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his a grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude. Tarik has just taken over ruler ship of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face to face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined. Sepora’s gift could save Tarik’s kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

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What Light by Jay Asher (20 Oct 2016)
Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon – it’s an idyllic place for a girl to grow up, except that every year they have to pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life begins to eclipse the other. . .

Glitter by Aprilynne Pike (15 Nov 2016)
From #1 “New York Times” bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel “Breaking Bad” meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.
Outside the palace of Versailles, it s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it s the eighteenth century with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls is one risk she has to take.”


The Wordsmith by Patricia Forde


I spotted this book as it was on the CBI Book of the Year awards shortlist and couldn’t wait to read it. The Wordsmith is set a future where the world is a very dangerous place, the environment has been destroyed, water is not safe to drink and wild animals run free.  Letta lives in the Ark and in a time where survival is paramount it is a safe haven. It was created by John Noa and to live there means to abide by the rules he imposes on society- no music, no dancing, no art, freedom of expression is not encouraged  and even words are controlled.

Letta is the Wordsmiths apprentice. The Wordsmith, Benjamin, produces the list of words that people are permitted to use as set down by John Noa. He also collects books and words to keep them safe so that they cannot be used by society in the ark. Only a chosen few can use words not on the prescribed list including the Benjamin and Letta. Benjamin disappears, a boy from outside the Ark turns up on the run and Letta finds out a terrible secret- John Noa has a plan to abolish language altogether.

This is a great story, full of suspense, I love that words are seen as important and powerful, that you must choose your words carefully and that they are seen as something to collect-not that they are restricted though!  The background to the story is also thought provoking, a world that has reverted back to nature, wolves roam free and conservation is on everyone’s minds. This dystopian young adult novel is a fantastic read, hoping there will be a sequel!


You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.