Guest Reviewer Yasmine ... One of our Lovely Staff Members

Yasmine is our resident YA/Fantasy guru. Here are her reviews of some of her recent reads. If you love YA and Fantasy books as much as Yasmine does, pop in and introduce yourself to her, she would be only to happy to chat to you about her fave books!!

Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood
Hmm. How do I get back the few hours spent reading this book? This is probably one book which I should have stopped reading by about page 50. Unfortunately the book fails to deliver on many fronts. In short, it is about a young teenager Jessamine who has been raised by her father who is an alchemist. Her father has forbid her to enter the ‘poison garden’ in their backyard. Jessamine is a lonely teenager whose life is changed when a young mysterious boy with the name Weed enters her house and her life. The two develop an interesting friendship, which leads to an interesting storyline. Basically the story is a mix of romance and suspense, but it goes a bit pear shaped when the plants from the ‘poison garden’ start communicating with Weed. It would be an okay read for an 8-12 year old, but adults and teenagers should defiantly stay clear. And I hear there is a sequel? Please save me!

The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
Marchetta delivers once again in her latest novel ‘The Piper’s Son’. The story of Tom Mackee and his life is one which will stay with you long after you have read it. I think everyone can relate to a part of Tom’s life with some of their own experiences. The story surrounds Tom, a young Australian who is trying to figure his life out. Marchetta explores the relationships between Tom and his friends in the most beautiful and intriguing of ways. Throughout the novel, you begin to develop a real connection with Tom and his aunty Georgie, and between Tom and his mates. Further, Tom’s relationship between his father and his lost love Tara make you keep on turning the pages to delve deeper into their lives. I really enjoyed this novel, and it was a nice change to read something set in Australian suburbia and through the eyes of a young male.

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
The sequel to Shiver follows the story of Grace and the wolves of Mercy Falls. Having enjoyed Shiver, I was interested to see how the story would evolve in the sequel. Linger continues to deliver with a story of romance, suspense and adventure. Linger takes off from where Shiver ended and follows the gorgeous relationship between Grace and Sam, and the difficulties they face with their unknown future. As Sam’s future is looking promising, and as he is trying to work out what to do with his new human life, it is Grace who is now faced with an uncertain future. Stiefvater cleverly introduces new characters, and explores characters from Shiver in more depth. Linger is part of a trilogy, and very much leaves you wanting more in the third and final instalment.

Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
For the vampire lovers out there who have yet to read the Vampire Academy Series - you are defiantly missing out! Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series is a beautifully written vampire series which covers the lives of Rose, Lissa, Dimitri, Adrian, Christian, among many other gorgeous characters. I was initially hesitant to begin this series, as I was a bit vampire-overloaded. I had to push through the first 40 pages, but soon after became hooked, reading all five books within a couple of weeks. Richelle has developed a rich story line with extremely lovable characters. Although I have well and truly reached my quota ofr vampire books this year I have to admit, Vampire Academy is by far my favourite Young Adult vampire series to date (yes, I did enjoy it more than the Twilight series. Shock horror!). There are five books in the series, with the 6th and final due out in December. So if you haven’t started this series yet, I highly recommend it. I haven’t met someone yet who hasn’t enjoyed them.

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