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The final chapter to the true born series finished with an amazing ending. The final novel followed heartbreak, loss, betrayal and new meaning for the characters. Reunited with the families…
I really enjoyed the storyline and the plot twists with the characters. It got a bit steamy between Fen and Phoebe which they have quite an unusual relationship. By the…
The first half of the book was so slow and boring that I felt sorry for Lu. It eventually got more exciting and fast paced with action as Lu leaves…
The way the story unfolded was amazing. The sparked relationship between Lucy and Jared, love and hate, was just magnificent. The connections that were made throughout the novel left you…
Such a beautiful book and so well written! The storyline was absolutely amazing and you could really connect with the characters. I really enjoyed this and I’m happy to say…
A perfect insight into what could have happened if the characters chose something just a little bit different that fateful day when the dog ran in front of Eva on…
The storyline had good meaning to it, however I believe it was a bit slow. I couldn't really get into it at first, it took me until about halfway before…
Any Doctor Who fan is sure to enjoy this collection! The writers have captured the unique characteristics of each Doctor (4th, 9th, 11th and 12th) and their companions in these…
Just as good as the first book! The way the story continues, the more you find out about certain characters, the more the story unfolds. I really enjoyed the second…
Such an amazing ending to a great series!! I didn’t expect any of that at all. Such a great little series to read and enjoy. Fast paced and easy to…
How good was this book!! So fast paced and such an amazing storyline. I actually kept forgetting that the children were only 13 but they’ve been written like they’re much…
To All The Boys I've Loved Before is a book about first loves, embarrassing moments and family struggles. Lara Jean is a middle child with a single dad and a…
When survival is everything what do you sacrifice to protect yourself?
The message behind the storyline was visible to see and understand. It really makes you see things in so many perspectives. The ending was crazy and it really makes you…
S.T.A.G.S author M.A. Bennett is back with her second novel, The Island. This book reads from an outsider perspective with a kid that doesn't fit in and an elite group…
Shaun Tan's latest book conveys a deep and saddening emotion with only a few short lines to a page.
This book has mixed reviews and you will either love it or you will hate it. Pick it up now and decide for yourself
Becoming an adult can be very confusing. This handy guide will help you transition from being a teen to an adult, or an adult to a fully functioning adult.
When the king and his heir die suddenly in battle, the fate of the kingdom is left in the hands of the royal 17 year old twins. Everything seems peaceful,…
When all Sophie wants to do is cook, but the producers of a teen based cooking reality TV show have other ideas, will Sophie participate in the saucy drama, or…
When Alyssa starts to hear flowers and bugs talking, is she going insane like her mother, or is it something deeper and more mysterious, linked to the ever mystical Wonderland?
A slightly different take on the Zombie genre, where instead of people being turned into Zombies, what if Zombies could be cured and turned back into people?
Love, Simon is an uplifting, romantic, sweet and hilarious movie based off the popular novel Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda!
I really enjoyed this novel and I can't wait for the next novel to be released! If you like sci-fi and thrillers this is the book for you! A lot…
Just as good as the first! This volume explored how the mystics and the skeksis came about and why the crystal was purple. I was amazed by how well they…
The beginning before the movie. I really enjoyed reading this and seeing what has happened to explain things I had not known when I watched the movie. As a comic…
Fleur's latest book is an intense and energetic novel that will grab your interest until the very end.
I really enjoyed this book! It sort of reminded me of ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ but obviously not the same. It was definitely not something I usually read but…
This book was amazing from the start. The way the story wove with the history of the storyline was brilliant! It reminded me a bit of the villages in the…
I am ecstatic with how this book was written! Start to finish it had you hooked! The connection between Hadley and Archer and his family throughout the book was beautiful.…
A great book for anyone who enjoys warlocks/witches/wizards and a magical adventure! I’m very pleased with how this book ended. I can’t wait for book 2 to be released. I…
I really enjoyed this novel. It captured me from the start. The way everything entwined together was amazing. The relationships built between the characters. The doubt, the certainty and the…
Small Spaces is definitely a book you want to read, even if you don't know it yet because you won't be able to put it down or stop your fascination…
A beautiful movie which explores the topic of bullying and the impacts that it can have on the victim, the people surrounded by the bullying and even the impact it…
Legendary brings the readers back to the dangerous world of Caraval with Tella and Scarlett following the competition to a new city.
A classic 90s film to watch over and over.
A fantastic read that will keep you intrigued the whole way through!
Starry Eyes is a fantastic new book with friendship, humor, camping, astronomy and romance!
After an incredible first book in the series Citra, Rowan and the other scythes are back in Thunderhead.
Leah & Simon are back and about to graduate, go to college and attend prom - plenty of daunting & exciting experiences all at the same time.
An easy guide to assist teens with managing anxiety and depression.
A Court of Frost and Starlight is a new novella from Sarah J. Maas set after the events of the books in A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy.
I can't believe I have finally finished the series! It was an amazing series and what an ending! Wrapped up storylines nicely and showed Sasuke's change of will in such…
The Nevermoor audiobook is somehow even more magical, hilarious, and entertaining than the already incredible novel.
The Obernewtyn Chronicles are a classic fantasy/dystopian series written by an Australian author.
Is friendship worth lying to police and everyone around you? Goodbye, Perfect is the story of a teenage struggle between right and wrong.
Today is the last living day for Mateo & Rufus. They don't know when they'll die in the 24 hours or how but it is certain that they will.
Before I Fall is a sweeping story about cruel teenagers, redemption, mistakes and human behaviour. This book knocked me off my feet.
This movie is amazing! It's an awesome mix of fantasy, slice-of-life and science fiction.
Natural death has been eliminated and we no longer fear dying. So how do people’s lives come to an end? By a professional reaper, a scythe.
Batman: Nightwalker book is an exciting, action-filled story about the young man who will become Batman, defender of Gotham.
The Boundless Sublime is an intense story of a deeply disturbing cult that brings in a teenage girl when she’s at her most vulnerable.
Warcross is a virtual reality with impressive landscapes, skill sets for each player and power-ups in this worldwide online competition.
Riverdale is the dark, scandal-filled reinvention of the popular Archie comics. This show is seriously addictive and uncontrollable!
Fifty fears, fifty weeks. Every week Esther will face a fear with the help of her friend Jonah to find Death and break a family curse.
Seconds is one of the best graphic novels that delivers a witty story while your eyes are delighted by the fantastic illustrations.
Romy Silvers is all alone on a voyage to "Earth II". This book is a unique masterpiece with fantastic twists and shocking revelations.
My Life As A Hashtag explores the digital age for teenagers, and where lives are documented on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and it's not always something they want to remain online…
Soppy showcases all the beautiful small moments in a relationship that are pure joy and hilarity along with an adorable comic drawing style.
Geekerella is an adorable fangirling twist on the classic story of Cinderella. A super cute book that's easy to read with drama and emotion.
Begin, End, Begin showcases brilliant Young Adult writers of Australia with fantastic short stories by Amie Kaufman, Michael Pryor and more.
Flame in the Mist is a fantastic new novel influenced by Japanese culture, the legend of Mulan and the 47 Ronin. A thrilling book!
In a small Western Australian town, young Charlie forms an unlikely friendship with outcast Jasper Jones when the death of a child occurs.
A young librarian's dream finding a lost city cursed after war between the Gods and men, but Lazlo finds much more than that on his journey.
A fantastic ending to a thrilling and magical trilogy. Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling, lethal High Lords as war looms.
Join 14 year old Evan on a journey through Gallipoli in World War I. In diary form, we see the war through Evan's eyes and Evan has a secret
The Blue Bloods were once Lucifer's army of angels who fought alongside him in an epic war but became fallen angels forced to live on earth as vampires.
Level Up is the story of Dennis Ouyang, a young Chinese boy who finds relief from strict parents through a love of video games.
Simon is sixteen, in high school and gay. He has an email friendship with another guy in his high school that is gay as well, but they have no idea…
Love an infographic? Want to know who is taller - Wolverine or the Flash? Or who is the heaviest super hero? This is the book for you.
If you love teen romance novels, with a little paranormal flair then this is one for you. It is a series, so the fun doesn't have to stop here.
A fantastic story about the friendship of two girls in the middle of their most emotional years as teenagers.
The Amateurs starts with a missing teenage girl but takes a twist when an online community of crimesolvers investigate years afterwards.
A fairly entertaining horror comic (choked to a rough M rating by the DC publisher), featuring tragicomedy antihero Simon Dark stumbling through various urban mysteries in a city that allegedly…
Recommended for any Young Adult Fantasy addict.
I love the art and simple conversation in this graphic novel as Aria and her cat Jelly Beans work towards completing their mission.
Set in 19th-century Russia two wizards duel for the position of the Imperial Enchanter.
An excellent read for fans of YA, fantasy and assassins.
This is a must read series for anyone who every dreamed of being a Prince or Princess. This last installment wraps up the series wonderfully with a neat little twist.
Ellen Hopkins writing style is similar to poetry giving the whole book an out of this world experience.
The book was better.
Mistaken for a boy, Haruhi is invited to join the boy's-only Host Club at her prestigious private school. Awkward situations ensue.
Similar to "City of Bones" but with a sense of humour. Immersive writing makes the experince visceral.
Callie hates camping but wants to impress her new friends. Things go badly as phones and rations are lost, and voices come from the shadows.
Surfing, dragons, Knights of St George, what isn't there to like about this book?
The original classic book now turned into a TV series.
A teen socialite tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome and becomes a social pariah. An interesting read with a massive twist.
Funny, and completely weird but definitely good.
A unqiue tale about a village without sound, and soon without sight, reliant on a kingdom down a treacherous mountain.
An amazing personal memoir, Lindsey Stirling speaks honestly about relationships with family, bandmates and other personal hurdles.
An excellent twist on an old tale.
Awesome follow up from the Iron Trial! Never sure what's going to happen next or what Col's secret really means. Fantastic series- recommended if you enjoyed Harry Potter.
I'm a sucker for a Holly Black book. And this is no exception. Cassandra and Holly make a great team. It does get a little dark, so recommended for older…
I love Scott Westerfeld, though it dragged on a little in the middle. Awesome concept- superheros with sucky powers. Overall a good read- would recommend.
Love this book. If you enjoy this, read Holly's earlier fae series starting with Tithe. Love the dark faerie theme and LGBT addition makes it feel more like real life.…
Fans will enjoy this action packed read that includes an enemy from the past.
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