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After destroying the environment, people have been unable to live on Earth, instead living in large space colonies. When scientists and government officials begin to suspect that Earth may be inhabitable, they send 100 juvenile delinquents to Earth to test their theory.  Clearly there will be a sequel. A TV series based on the novel airs in January.

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Summer holidays have only just begun, and yet I’ve stuffed quite a bit of reading into my days. Here’s a little stack of books I’ve enjoyed. I highly recommend all of them. Reviews to follow.

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Over the break, I enjoyed these trashy romance/fantasy novels. Highly entertaining teen escapism.

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I love this series! I’ve read the first 9 book and I’m still eager to read the rest. This is so unusual because I am often disappointed by the third novel. Or even the second.  When it is time to choose his lifelong career, teenager Will chooses to become a Ranger, a loyal servant of the king, who watches over and protects a specific territory in the kingdom. Will is lucky to become Halt’s apprentice, a tough and exacting mentor.

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Gracelings each have a particular skill and Katsa’s in the ability to kill. She was only eight when her Grace was discovered, and since then she has been in the service of the King, killing his enemies. Easily identified as a Graceling by her two different coloured eyes, Katsa, like all Gracelings, is feared and shunned. Although Katsa does have  a couple of friends who help her with the King’s errands, it is only when she is on a special mission that she meets Po, who not only becomes her friend, but helps her to see things differently and to  alter the course of her life.

I loved this Young Adult fantasy/romance book and I am very excited to begin the next book in the series, the prequel Fire.

Speaking about special skills, the Beaumont family have their fair share. Often on their thirteenth birthdays, Beaumonts discover their particular savvy, often in a very dramatic way. Some can create hurricanes and storms and others can make new land, all the more important to learn how to scumble: control one’s special ability enough for everyone’s safety, but not so much that you lose the essential part of yourself. Tricky business.  Almost-thirteen year old Mibs is eagerly awaiting to discover hers when her Poppa is in a terrible car accidents and lies in a coma in a distant hospital. Mibs’ Momma and older brother take off to be by Poppa’s bedside, leaving her with a couple other siblings and in the care of a neighbour. What will happen when Mibs turns thirteen? Will the discovery of her savvy reveal the Beaumont’s secret to all? Will her savvy help Poppa wake up? Read and find out…

Piper is a seemingly normal girl growing up with her parents on a farm, but ever since she was small, she could hover in the air not far off the ground. Her parents, horrified by her special ability and desperately worried that their conservative and judgmental community will find out, forbid her to practice her skill. But Piper finds staying on the ground impossible and it isn’t long before word gets out. Piper is sent off to a unique boarding school for other children with special abilities. At first the school seems to be wonderful, but Piper begins to notice some odd things…

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Wondering what to read after you’ve devoured the Twilight series? The Mortal Instruments is a highly entertaining series about Clary, a seemingly regular teen who is preoccupied by her mother’s strict rules, her best friend Simon, homework and crushes on boys. When Clary starts to see things other people can’t see and her mother disappears, Clary finds out that she isn’t so regular after all. Drawn into a strange and dangerous mystery, encountering supernatural beings – some friendly and many not, Clary begins to discover some secrets about her family and her past and a deepening attraction to Jace, a dangerous warrior who may or may not be trouble. Satisfying in a predictable way, not particularly well written, but with a fast paced plot, The Mortal Instruments is an engaging light read.

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Amulet

I highly recommend this graphic novel series. Book One: The Stonekeeper begins with a punch. A family of four is driving in their car at night when suddenly their car careens off a cliff and the father dies. Broken hearted, the mother and two children move to a creepy old mansion that the mom grew up in. When their mother is kidnapped by a strange beast, the children and the bunny go on a quest to find her taking them to strange worlds with even stranger creatures. Beautifully illustrated.

Stay tuned, I heard number four is rolling out as you are reading this…

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