Totally Teens

Teenager browsing for a library book.

So many great authors…so many great books. Alex Scarrow, Charlie Higson, Malorie Blackman, Marie-Louise Jensen… Where to start? Your local library. In fact, the Children’s team have so many books on the go at once, perhaps you’d like to let them know your favourite reads?

Our latest book reviews…

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Revolution by Jennifer DonnellyAndi is broken. She is failing school and failing life. Since the death of her brother all she cares about is music. Taken to Paris by her estranged father, she makes a discovery there that could transform everything. Hidden in the compartment of an old guitar case is a lost diary from Revolutionary France…

Alexandrine is a street performer who is trying to save a young life from the devastation of war. She writes her deepest thoughts in her diary, hoping that one day someone will read them and understand.

These two girls, though centuries apart, are tied together by more than just the diary. As its words transcend paper and time, Alexandrine’s past becomes Andi’s present and lives are changed forever.

The lady in the Tower by Marie-Louise Jensen

Lady in the tower by Marie-Louise JensenSpring 1540….. Eleanor’s mother is imprisoned in the Lady Tower. For four years Eleanor’s only comfort has been their secret notes to one another. A chance discovery reveals a plot to murder her mother. Eleanor must free her before it is too late. Danger and betrayal are at every turn, she can trust no one. Not even her father.

Eleanor must use all her cunning to survive. For she soon realizes that it is not just her mother she needs to save ….. but also herself.

Rosebush by Michelle Jaffe

Rosebush by Michelle JaffeJane doesn’t remember being hit by a car and left for dead. But, stuck in the hospital, she realizes that her friends’ stories and her memories of what happened that night aren’t adding up.

And now, the only thing she does know is that one of her friend’s isn’t so friendly. One of them was trying to kill her. One of them still is.

Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari

Artichoke Hearts by Sita BrahmachariMira levenson’s family is always chaotic – with a little brother and a baby sister, busy parents and her artistic, outspoken grandma. She loves them all, but sometimes it feels like nothing is private and there’s nowhere for Mira to just be herself. And the thing is…Mira does have secrets – her beloved Nana Josie is dying, she’s drifting away from her best friend, and she can’t stop thinking about mysterious, confident Jide Jackson, who is definitely keeping some secrets of his own.

Everything is spinning out of control… can Mira let someone into her heart when it feels like it’s about to break?

Dark Ride by Caroline Green

Dark Ride by Caroline GreenA shiver crawled up my spine. It felt like the loneliest place in the world. For a second I thought I caught a snatch of music in the air, but it was just the wind whistling through cracks in the fairground hoardings.

Bel has never met anyone like Luka. And the day she follows him into the abandoned fairground, she is unprepared for the turn her life is about to take.

Fracture by Megan Miranda

Fracture by Megan MirandaBy the time seventeen year old Delaney Maxwell is pulled out of the icy waters of a frozen lake, her heart has stopped beating. She is officially dead. Then she starts breathing… The doctors are mystified, but Delaney knows something is very wrong, even though outwardly she has completely recovered.

Pulled by sensations she can’t control, Delaney now finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her brain predicting death or causing it? Then Delaney meets Troy Varga. Is Troy a kindred spirit who somehow understands her weird and frightening gift? Or are his motives chillingly more sinister…..

My Dad is ten years old by Mark O’Sullivan

My Dad is ten years old by Mark O’SullivanHis name is Jimmy, they told us not to call him Dad anymore as it might freak him out.  Eala’s dad has been involved in an accident and now has the mind of a ten year old. From one crazy day to the next Eala’s family lose a little more of the man they knew and loved. And then a shocking discovery about the past makes them question everything…. Did they ever really know him at all?

Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Hereafter by Tara HudsonThe only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead, trapped alone in a nightmarish existence.

But everything changes when she finds Joshua drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet it is an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

But as Amelia and Joshua struggle to keep their secret bond hidden from the living, a frightening spirit is doing everything in his power to drag Amelia back into the ghost world….forever.

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Abandon by Meg CabotPierce knows what it’s like to die.

Last year she flatlined following an accident. During that time Pierce saw a dark world and met a mysterious, irresistible boy.

Now that boy, John Hayden, has turned up at school. Every time she sees him Pierce finds herself in terrible danger. Yet she is still drawn to him.

John wants to take her back to the place she fears the most: the Underworld.

The question is, why?

Between by Jessica Warman

Between by Jessica Warman

Elizabeth Vachar is young, beautiful and popular. Everything is right in her expensive, glossy life…. until the night of her eighteenth birthday party, on her parents’ yacht. A persistent thumping noise from outside the boat wakes her up.

What Liz finds changes everything she thought she knew about her life, her friends, and what lies in-between….

My sister lives on the mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

My sister lives on the mantelpiece by Annabel PitcherTen year old Jamie hasn’t cried since it happened…

Everyone kept saying it would get better with time, but that’s just one of those lies that grown-ups tell in awkward situations. Five years on it’s worse than ever. Dad drinks, mum’s gone and Jamie’s left with questions that he must answer for himself.

This is his story, am unflinching account of a young boy’s struggle to make sense of the loss that tore his family apart.

The dead of winter by Chris Priestley 

The dead of winter by Chris Priestley Deep in the English countryside there is a house which holds a terrible secret.

Evil happened here and now madness lies behind every door. The house is Hawton Mere and it does not take kindly to strangers. This house is Michael Vyner’s new home…

Paradise by Joanna Nadin

Paradise by Joanna Nadin

When Billie inherits her grandmother’s house, it’s a fairytale come true. Maybe she can find the father she’s never met. But moving back to her mum’s childhood home dredges up secrets – and Billie soon discovers that people may die, but the past lives forever.

No ordinary love song by Alison Prince

No ordinary love song by Alison PrinceCal hates what humans are doing to the planet – and his dad, most of the time.

Cal likes music – and Kerry from Australia, who’s so beautiful it hurts.

But when liking turns to love, everything changes….

Previous book reviews

Dead Boy Talking by Linda Strachan

Dead Boy Talking

Josh has 25 minutes left to live. Lying alone in a pool of blood, he hasn’t much time to think, yesterday he stabbed his best friend and now it’s happened to him. How did he get into this mess? Will anyone find him in time? Will his girlfriend forgive him? As his life slips away, the events of the previous 24 hours start to look very different.

If you have ever thought about carrying a knife – read this.

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd

Bog Child

Digging for peat, Fergus finds the body of a child and it looks as if she’s been murdered. As he tries to make sense of the mad world around him – his brother on hunger strike, his parents arguing over the ‘Troubles’, being blackmailed into acting as a courier for the IRA, a little voice comes to him in his dreams and the mystery of the bog child unfolds.

Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman

Boys Don't CryDante is waiting for his exam results- university then a career as a journalist beckons. When the doorbell rings it’s not the postman, but a former girlfriend with a baby – his baby. When she disappears leaving the baby with Dante, his glittering future looks very different.

Dead Gorgeous by Malorie Blackman

Dead GorgeousLife is tough for Nova. Her parents are obsessed with running their hotel and her older sister seems too grown up and good looking to spend time with her anymore. Then Nova meets the gorgeous Liam and things start to look up. He’s permanently stuck at the hotel and can’t attract his brother’s attention either. Why?

Wolf Blood by N.M. Browne

Wolf BloodIt’s the first century AD and Britain is overrun by invading Romans and warring tribes. A Celtic warrior girl escapes from the rival tribe which has enslaved her, straight into the path of two Roman foot soldiers. She expects to be killed, but using her gift of second sight she sees that one of the soldiers has a secret. Celtic blood runs through his veins too – and he is a shapeshifter… a wolf-man. Their only chance of survival is to help each other. But what will happen when their extraordinary powers are combined? And who will they choose to fight for?

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