Asylum (#1) by Madeleine Roux

jimbobBlurb: For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, the New Hampshire College Prep program is the chance of a lifetime. Except that when Dan arrives, he finds that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline Dorm formerly a psychiatric hospital. As Dan and his new friends Abby and Jordan start exploring Brookline’s twisty halls and hidden basement, they uncover disturbing secrets about what really went on here . . . secrets that link Dan and his friends to the asylum’s dark past. Because Brookline was no ordinary mental hospital, and there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.”

Age: 14+

Price: £7.99

You probably know that it is Halloween tomorrow and I am soooooo excited as it is one of my favourite times of the year (can’t wait to go ‘Trick or Treating’). So here is a creepy/scary book for you.

This book is absolutely terrifying  and addictive. I am absolutely obsessed with this book. My best friend lent it to me after reading the whole series (this is the first one by the way) and said I should read it, so I did, and BAM!!!! I love it! It is so scary and creepy and I couldn’t put it down. My favourite character was definitely Abby and I like Jordan as well. There was a really clever plot twist at the end that I really enjoyed. My favourite bit however was near the end when suddenly everything pieced together and you finally understood everything. You should definitely read this book as it is perfect for giving you nightmares on Halloween night (don’t worry, it’s not that creepy). I give it a 10 out of 10!!!!!! And recommend it to both genders and to anyone who loved ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’. And…….

happy-halloween

 

Skulduggery Pleasant (#1) by Derek Landy

skulduggsBlurb: “With his sunglasses gone there was no denying the fact that he had no face. All he had was a skull for a head.”

Meet Skulduggery Pleasent: wise-cracking detective, powerful magician, sworn enemy of evil.

Oh yes. And dead.

Age: 11+

Price: £4.99 (library)

OH MY GOODNESS, YOU MUST READ THIS!!!!!!!

So as you may know from my last blog post, I have been in Spain this summer, so this is another of my holiday novels. You already know that I love this book by the rather large phrase in red, so I apologise if this review is very long, but you will understand when you read it, that you want to do nothing but talk about it…..

Anyway, onto the review. This is a fantasy – action novel and I LOVED IT! It’s super original with the skeleton as the good guy and that there is another world lurking in the shadows to be found. My favourite characters were Skulduggery (obviously), Stephenie and Tanith who is just awesome in every way. The way it has been written is similar to Rick Riordan’s style of writing, so if you like his book you should read this, if you don’t like his books, you should read it anyway. This is the first book in the skulduggery series and I am definetly going to read the rest! Also, would you be interested in seeing a series review after I have read them all rather than 12 different ones, think about and let me know. I would say that this is aimed at both boys and girls and I really hope you enjoy this book (you better read it).

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The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

lie treeBlurb: Faith’s father has been found dead under mysterious circumstances, and as she is searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. The tree only grows healthy and bears fruit if you whisper a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, will deliver a hidden truth to the person who consumes it. The bigger the lie, the more people who believe it, the bigger the truth that is uncovered.

The girl realizes that she is good at lying and that the tree might hold the key to her father’s murder, so she begins to spread untruths far and wide across her small island community. But as her tales spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter . . .

Age: 12+

Price: £6.99

As you may know, this is a well recognised book, having won the Costa Award which is a very big book award, and was nominated for the Bookseller YA shortlist award 2016. I read this book and I really enjoyed it. I have read another Frances Hardinge book called ‘Cuckoo Song’ click this link to read the review of it….http://larawhitfield.co.uk/?p=162 but personally I preferred ‘The Lie Tree’. Unlike her other books, this one includes a murder and I know all of them are mystery books, but this one is an actual murder story! I liked that you have no idea who the murderer is right up until just before it is revealed. This book is set in the 1860s as Frances said at Hay Festival and I found it really sad that the main character Faith, was turned down by her Father and his scientist colleges because she was female. This book is full of secrets and lies and it is very superstitious which I could relate to. However, the thing that made love the book the most and that probbly pushed it from a 9 to a 10 was simply the way that it was written, I just love the way that Frances Hardinge writes her books. The way a book is written tends to change things, maybe it’s just me (oh well).  I had my copy of this book signed by Frances Hardinge at  the Hay Festival as well which is an extra bonus. This book is for both genders and I give this book a 10 out of 10 stars and hope you enjoy it too.

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The Withered Arm by Thomas Hardy

twaBlurb: The road from Anglebury to Holmstoke is in general level; but there is one place where a sharp ascent breaks its monotony. Farmers homeward-bound from the former market-town, who trot all the rest of the way, walk their horses up this short incline. The next evening, while the sun was yet bright, a handsome new gig, with a lemon-coloured body and red wheels, was spinning westward along the level highway at the heels of a powerful mare. The driver was a yeoman in the prime of life, cleanly shaven like an actor, his face being toned to that bluish-vermilion hue which so often graces a thriving farmer’s features when returning home after successful dealings in the town. Beside him sat a woman, many years his junior—almost, indeed, a girl. Her face too was fresh in colour, but it was of a totally different quality—soft and evanescent, like the light under a heap of rose-petals

Price: £1.00 or free on the kindle

Age: 13+

This book is a short story by a very well respected author. The book is creepy and weird, but not so much scary (I don’t know if I was meant to find it scary, so watch out) yet it still comes into the horror category. It is a victorian so some readers may struggle with the language, but I didn’t find it very difficult so you probably won’t either. I got this book for my birthday and it took me about 45 mins to read it, it is very short and definetly worth reading. It is about a woman who accidently curses her ex-husbands new wife. Hence the title, it’s about a woman with a withered arm and lots of odd things happen along the way. This book is absolutely amazing and I highly reccommmend it to anyone who is into short but intruiging stories. This is aimed at both girls and boys and I hope you enjoy the book.