This roundup of YA titles in the Irish Times culminates in a summary of And The Ocean Was Our Sky, the latest title form Patrick Ness:
“This is an elegant novella with a mythic feel, beautifully illustrated by Rovina Cai, whose black-and-white (with the occasional striking, powerful splash of red) drawings capture the dreamy sense of this world, even as its preoccupation with power reflects our own. Another modern classic from Ness.”
Other novels reviewed in this piece (by Claire Hennessy are:
- Dark Wood, Dark Water by Tina Callaghan
- It Ends With You by S.K. Wright
- That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger
- The Hurting by Lucy can Smit
Nell’s family arrives in Norway in financial disgrace. She is dominated by her family – her religious father and her sister, whose cancer stops Nell from embracing her dreams of a musical career. She doesn’t believe in love, either, until she falls for Lukas. But Lukas has his own dark agenda, and in this tale of hidden secrets and shocking twists, he manipulates Nell closer to the point of no return. How far is she willing to go for love?
“Nell’s capacity to recognise the potential dangers while also yearning to be with this charismatic boy makes this taut thriller completely believable. She’s a compelling heroine from a writer to watch.”
The next hotly anticipated YA novel from bestselling American author of THE DUFF…
It’s been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah’s story – that she died proclaiming her faith.
But it’s not true.
I know because I was with her when she died.
“Keplinger’s psychological insights are shrewd, not just in relation to Leeanne’s existential crisis but also in her depiction of the media obsession with tragedy.” Irish Times
Everyone loves Eva. Beautiful, bright, fun, generous – she’s perfect. So when her body is found in a ditch in the local woods the only thing anyone wants to know is: Who could have done this?
It has to be Luke, her boyfriend. He has the motive, the means, the opportunity and he’s no stranger to the police. Even though the picture is incomplete, the pieces fit. But as time passes, stories change.
It Ends With You is clever and compulsive. It challenges preconceptions, makes you second-guess yourself with each chapter, and it holds an uncomfortable mirror up to the way societies and systems treat outsiders.
“The social commentary, though on point, never overwhelms the engaging, page-turning plot.” Irish Times
A debut horror novel…
“Action is plentiful and there’s an intriguing shadow cast by the “impossible memories” of a long-ago ship, its captain, and an act of treachery.” Irish Times
ussia in 1938 is a place of great terror. Joseph Stalin is in charge. His Secret Police are everywhere, searching for anyone who might be his enemy. People have no idea who they can trust. Seven-year-old Shura doesn’t know about any of this. He’s happy in his little home in Leningrad going to school in the mornings, playing with his best friend in the afternoon, fighting with his big sister, spending time with his Mama, Papa and baby brother Bobka. Until one day everything changes. Mama and Papa and Bobka disappear without a trace.
“Detailed and original, yet never sacrificing the human story for fantasy, this is a fabulous book that will enchant and inspire.” BookTrust
In this highly anticipated sequel to the award-winning The Nowhere Emporium, readers will once again be transported into a magical realm where imagination is power and anything is possible. Loyal fans will be astonished by the new wonders beyond the Emporium’s doors as the gripping mystery unfolds.
“Ever wondered what makes a mandarin different from a clementine? A nectarine from a peach? A tornado from a cyclone? Then this is the book for you! It’s a simple but glorious concept that is a lot of fun for both parents and children. ” BookTrust
Illustrator website: Guillaume Plantevin
“beautiful homage to Narnia” BookTrust
Torday pays tribute to reading, libraries and imagination in one of the most clever and ambitious children’s books you’ll read this year * The Bookseller
The many stories of the Library are locked in eternal war, and the children’s only hope is to find their creator – a magician who has been lost for centuries. What they find will change not just their own lives, but the fate of the world, for ever …