Author Archives: Fergus

  • Thunderhead

    Book Review – Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

    Thunderhead, the second novel in the Scythe Arc by Neal Shusterman, picks up from where the first novel left off. Our two main characters, Rowan and Citra, have both parted their ways from each other after they were forced to kill each other at the clave meeting. Rowan has now adopted the moniker of Scythe …

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  • Book Review – Highway Bodies by Alison Evans

    Highway Bodies is the second novel from Australian author Alison Evans after their debut novel Ida, which received a mixed opinion from readers, reviewers and critics. Set to be released in the February of 2019, Highway Bodies tells the tale of three distinct groups of Melbourne teenagers as the world around them falls victim to …

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  • Book Review – The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius

    Jakob Wegelius’ middle-grade novel The Murderer’s Ape tells the story of Sally Jones, an anthropomorphic gorilla working closely with a man known as ‘The Chief.’ Together, the two journey all around the coastlines and rivers of Europe and its surrounding areas aboard a grand sailing ship known as the Hudson Queen. When a midnight expedition …

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  • Book Review – Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerry Maniscalco

    Stalking Jack the Ripper is a gripping, fast-paced novel written by first-time author Kerri Maniscalco. The novel follows Audrey Rose Wadsworth, a young woman apprenticing with her Uncle in a mortuary deep within the alleyways and public houses in 1800s London. Wadsworth is soon caught up in a dangerous set of mass murderers as a …

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  • Book Review – The Girl Who Fell by Violet Grace

    Released to the public on September 3rd of 2018, Violet Grace’s novel The Girl Who Fell tells the tale of Francesca ‘Chess’ Raven, an adolescent girl living with a woman named Gladys after the death of her parents. Chess Raven is a hacker, and becomes swept away in a grand and interesting adventure after the …

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  • Scythe

    Book Review – Scythe by Neal Shusterman

    Scythe is a dystopian young adult novel by Neal Shusterman, and it tells the tale of a futuristic society in which all forms of death have been eradicated, and the only way a human can die is by being ‘gleaned’, a word which is synonymous with murder. However, only a few selection of trained individuals–known …

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  • Skulduggery Pleasant

    Book Review – Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

    Skulduggery Pleasant follows herione Stephanie Edgley, whose uncle–a famed horror author–dies mysteriously, leaving Stephanie with his fortune and mansion, but as Stephanie spends the night in her late uncle’s house, she is thrust into a magical underworld full of murderous hunters, vampires, ghosts and monsters that appear to mirror those written about in her uncle’s …

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  • The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

    Book Review – The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

    The Wishing Spell follows twin siblings Alex and Conner Bailey, who grew up with fairy tales read to them by their grandmother. But when Alex and Conner are magically transported inside their grandmother’s fairy tale treasury, they will be thrust into a world where all their fairy tale characters are extremely real. The two will …

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  • A Curse of Ash and Embers

    Book Review – A Curse of Ash and Embers by Jo Spurrier

    A Curse of Ash and Embers follows Elodie, who is sent away from her stepfather, mother and siblings to work at Black Oak Cottage. But as Elodie journeys there, she will discover that she is working for a mistress named Aleida, who is left to care for the house after the passing of Gyssha Blackbone, …

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  • Book Review – Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James

    In the first book of a fantastic new middle-grade series ‘Tilly and the Boookwanderers‘ we follow Matilda ‘Tilly’ Pages, an eleven-year-old book lover who is cared for by her loving grandfather and grandmother in the five-storey London bookshop Pages & Co. Tilly has lived with her grandparents for as long as she could remember, since …

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