Archive for the ‘Mystery’ Category

At The Sign of The Sugared Plum by Mary Hooper

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

At the Sign of the Sugared Plum is one of those books that draws you in and really makes you feel like you are in London; alive while you watch others become infected and cry out in pain before slipping away. This is a gripping tale of terror!

When the plague strikes London people begin to drop like flies. Can sisters Hannah and Sarah stay alive during this terrible time, when the Bills of Mortality are saying that there are 10 thousand dead in a week.

Here is what the dust jacket reads:

” You be going to live in the City, Hannah? ” Farmer Price asked, pushing his battered hat up over his forehead. ” Wouldn’t think you’d want to go there . . . Times like this, I would have thought your sister would try and keep you away.”

It is 1665 and Hannah is full of excitement at the prospect of her first trip to London. She is going to help her sister, Sarah, in her sweetmeats shop, ‘The Sugared Plum’. But Hannah does not get the welcoming reception she expected. Sarah is horrified that Hannah did not get her message to stay away: the Plague is threatening to take hold of London . . .

Through Hannah’s eyes, Mary Hooper brilliantly recreates the smells, sounds and sights of seventeenth-century London life. Hannah’s excitement at coming to the big city is vividly evoked, as is the growing terror of a seemingly unstoppable plague that takes hold of the city, street by street, house by house.

An amazing book that everyone should read! With delicious recipes for sweetmeats and candies!

‘ Talk about Horrible History!!’ Henrietta

‘ Couldn’t put it down!!’ Susie

Only The Good Spy Young by Ally Carter

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

The fourth and final book (so far) of the Gallagher Academy Series. Another amazing read, a fast-paced, exhilarating book.

After having a very close encounter with the Circle of Cavan, Cammie, Bex, Liz and Macey are trying to discover as much about the Circle as possible but with one of their teachers accused of aiding the Circle the girls no longer know who to trust. Can they defeat the Circle and prove their teacher isn’t a double agent at the same time?

Here’s what the dust jacket reads: Despite having known him for almost a year, there were a lot of things I still didn’t know about Zachary Goode. Like how soap and shampoo could smell so much better on him than anyone else. Like where he went when he wasn’t mysteriously showing up at random (and frequently dangerous) points in my life. And, most of all, I didn’t know how, when he mentioned the jacket, he made me think about the sweet, romantic part of the night last November when he’d given it to me, and not the terrible, bloody, international-terrorists-are-trying-to-kidnap-me-part that came right after.

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

The third book in the Gallagher academy series and another exhilarating read!
Ally Carter is a truly amazing author and she has had all of my friends at school frantically trying to get their hands on these books.

Here’s a little bit about the book: Here’s the thing about covert operations: bad things happen when you least expect them. The enemies __________ don’t give you a heads-up. And they never let you stop to put on comfortable shoes.

A spy-in-training, Cammie Morgan has a cover for every occasion. But what happens when she is forced to break it to save her best friend, Macey? Cammie and her friends are determined to hunt down the group that threatens to tear their secret sisterhood apart. This time it’s personal.

Cross My Heart And Hope To Spy by Ally Carter

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Book Two of the Gallagher Academy series and another incredible read.
With adventure, missions, fake Id’s and …….. BOYS!!!!

This book is fast paced, exciting with a fabulously gripping story-line. You can’t help but turn over the page. This book will keep you reading all day and all night. I finished it in a day : it was THAT good!!!!

Here is what the dust jacket reads: There I was: the Gallagher Girl who had risked the most sacred sisterhood in the history of espionage. For a _____________ boy. But I was through with lying. And sneaking around. I was going to be . . . myself.

Despite Cammie’s best intentions to be a normal student, danger seems to follow her . . . and this time the stakes for Cammie’s heart – and her beloved school – are even higher.

‘If ever there was a new series to make Harry, Ron, Hermione et al look like wimps, then this is it.’ THE BOOKBAG

I’d Tell You I LOVE YOU, But Then I’d Have To KILL YOU by Ally Carter

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Book One in the Gallagher Academy series. Cameron Morgan is a young sophomore at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women except the Gallagher Academy may hold many exceptional young women but no one thought they were spies.

Here’s a snippet from the back of the book : ” Do you ever feel like you’re invisible? I know I do – just call me Cammie the Chameleon. But at my ________ school, that’s seen as cool. Why? Because the Gallagher Academy might say it’s for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies.”
Cammie Morgan might be capable of killing a man in seven different ways, but she’s about to begin her most dangerous mission yet: falling in love.


I read this book and so did some of my friends and we all agreed; “This is a brilliant book you just can’t put down! Everyone should read it!”

“AMAZING” Maria
“FANTASTIC” Natasha
“THE BEST SERIES EVER!” Eleanor

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Monday, July 26th, 2010

I could not put this book down as I felt if I stopped reading I would miss something. This was an amazing book and I would reccomend it to anyone child, teen and adult alike

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer is A classic love story with a deadly twist.

Isabella Swan ( Bella ) is a 17 year old girl who has just moved from the sunny town of Pheonix to the small town of Forks. She moved to see her father, Charlie after here Mum and Dad’s devorse.
She does not expect much of Forks, until she meets the dark and mysterious Edward Cullen at high school. Little does she know Edward is Hiding a dark secret : he’s a VAMPIRE! As they fall in love, Edward must battle the thirst for Bella’s blood, not just in him, but also in the gang of ravenous vampires trying to make Bella their prey.
A fast paced adventure, full of emotion, mystery and terror. Now also a best selling film.

The first book of the Twilight saga featuring Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. Also written by Stephenie Meyer ‘The Host’

London Deep by Robin Price

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

London Deep is set in the future, in a flooded London. Instead of Trafalgar Square we have Trafalgar Swamp.

Jemima Mallard is a young, adventurous, happy and curious girl, but when two kids appear and sink her house boat she’s not too pleased. Police are the biggest problem though. You have the YPD (Youth Police Department) and the APD (Adult Police Department). Both sides are fighting it out to prove they are the best. When Jem finds herself arrested by the YPD on suspicion of helping or even being the devious ‘Father Thames’ she doesn’t know what to do. Can Jem uncover the true identity of ‘Father Thames’ before her time is up, – maybe that small white duck can help.

This book contains some brilliant cartoon-illustrations drawn by Paul McGrory. Although I occasionally found some of the pictures seemed a bit irrelevant.

Overall I thought this book was great. It would suit most ages.

Who is Charlie Keeper by Marcus Alexander

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Marcus Alexander is a fabulous author!

Who is Charlie Keeper is one of the best books I have ever read.

Charlie is a 12 year old girl. She is a very strong character although she does have some temper problems. Charlie is a brilliant character I would really like to be like her.

Jensen is a very amusing character with his topnot and funny clothes he is an amazingly interesting Treman. ( Treman sing to trees.)

Bane is certainly not a good character, desperate to take over Bellania. The Stoman Lord (as Bane is known) must be defeated by Charlie and then she can save her parents.

Charlie Keeper has the fate of Bellania resting on her shoulders. Charlie must keep her friends close and her enemies closer!

… BETTER THAN ROWLING…” The Truth About Books

“…It is an awesome book. I had to keep turning the pages and found it next to impossible to put down…” Pharsyde Promotions

I would suggest this book to anyone who has the chance to get it. It is a truly fabulous book.

Hacker by Malorie Blackman

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Hacker by Malorie Blackman is a really brilliant book.

‘Gripping stuff for the computer-literate generation’ Good Book Guide

This book is an amazingly well written book. Malorie can sustain a plot through out the book.

Here is what the first page says: I turned back to the PC screen, ready to start typing. ‘Oh-oh!’ I said. My heart began to hammer inside me. ‘What’s the matter’ Gib asked, stopping his leg exercises to look at the screen. MESSAGE: THIS IS THE SYSTEM OPERATOR. WHO IS USING THIS ACCOUNT? PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF. MESSAGE:

‘Do something!’ Gib said urgently. ‘You’re not supposed to be on the bank’s computer. Vicky, do something. Log off.’

I didn’t even bother to log off. I hit the <BREAK> key twice – fast . . .

When Vicky’s father is arrested, accused of stealing over a million pounds from the bank where he works, she is determined to prove his innocence. But how? There’s only one way – to attempt to break into the bank’s computer files. Even if Vicky is the best HACKER in the world, will she find the real thief before they find her? A page-turner of a novel from the award-winning author of Thief!, Pig-Heart Boy and other titles.

‘Accept the expertise and race along with the plot’ Observer

‘Few writers can sustain a plot as well as Malorie Blackman’ Sunday Telegraph


The Lady Grace Mysteries – Betrayal by Grace Cavendish

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

A brilliant book. Yet another exciting mystery for Lady Grace and her trusty friends Masou and Ellie.

This is how the author describes the book:

MYSTERY AT SEA!

Life a s a stowaway on board an Elizabethan galleon is dangerous and dirty- it’s no place for a lady! But when her fellow Maid of Honour disappeared with a dashing sea captain, Lady Grace knows she just has to investigate.

Hide away with the daybook of Lady Grace, Queen Elizabeth’s favourite Maid of Honour, for a tale of high waves and high adventure …