Archive for the ‘Terror’ Category

Annexed by Sharon Dogar – The incredible story of the boy who loved Anne Frank

Friday, March 4th, 2011

This is what the dust jacket reads:  

I’m scared.

Scared I’m a coward.

Scared we’re trapped.

Scared that it’s my own

ghost standing at the bottom

of the stairs, waiting for me . . .

That this is it –

all that’s left of my life.

In this incredible re-creation of life in the annexe, Sharon Dogar re-awakens Peter van Pels: his thoughts, his hopes, his fears, his feelings, his words and his dreams.

As I read this book I was drawn into the annexe. When Peter wished to be outside, I did too. When he wanted to scream at the world and yell as loud as he could , no matter who heard him, I wanted to scream too. Slowly Peter begins to fall in love with Anne. He has so much longing for her that he hardly notices all the signs indicating that they may have been found out.

Then the moment comes; the eight in the annexe are betrayed. From here on the book tells of the camps, of the torture, the hangings, the gasing, the screaming, all the death.

 I would recommend this book to older children and adults. It is a wonderful story, although there are obviously terrible subjects such as the Holocaust and impossibly terrifying places like Auschwitz.

This book is definitely worth a five star rating – ***** Thank you Sharon Dogar for writing a wonderful book and helping to keep this important subject fresh in our minds.

Petals in the Ashes by Mary Hooper

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

The amazing sequel to At the Sign of the Sugared Plum.

It is a year after the plague and Hannah is desperate to get back to London and re-open her and her sister’s sweetmeats shop. However Sarah, Hannah’s older sister, is not so sure after all many are saying that the plague may still be around and there have been terrible prophecies indicated to this year – 1666.

When fires begin to rage in London, Hannah is sure they will be stopped. The king is helping put them out afterall.
However as smoke begins to fill the air and block out the sun she’s not so sure.
What if the fire gets to the shop? … What would Sarah say? … What should she do? … How would she get her little sister out alive? …

Join Hannah in this excellent adventure as she along with her younger sister try to escape the Great Fire of London!!

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

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’

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

The books in the Noughts and Crosses series are books you just cannot put down.

In this the first book of four, Malorie creates an amazing and unfair setting for her characters to live in.

An incredibly immense and emotive tale of two children – a nought (white) and a cross (black) – trying to be together in a world where noughts and crosses just don’t mix.

Here is what the dust – jacket says: Callum is a nought – a second-class citizen in a world run by the ruling Crosses….
Sephy is a Cross, daughter of one of the most powerful men in the country…..
In their world, noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. And as hostility turns to violence, can Callum and Sephy possibly find a way to be together? They are determined to try.
And then the bomb explodes …..

This is a gripping and totally absorbing novel set in a world where black and white are right and wrong
‘Will linger in the mind long after it has been read’ OBSERVER
‘Dramatic, moving and brave’ GUARDIAN
‘Flawlessly placed’ THE TIMES
‘Intelligent, emotional and imaginatively wicked’ BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH

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.

The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

I think this book is good for bold spirits.

It is an nail biting adventure story which shows YOU SHOULD NEVER STEAL FROM A WIZARD!

These are the main characters Benet, Conn, Nevery Flingas, Pettivox, Rowan ForEstal and The Duchess.

Connwaer should have dropped dead the day he stole a banished wizard’s locus stone, but miraculously he survived. Intrigued, the wizard Nevery takes Conn on as his apprentice and the boy becomes embroiled in his master’s plan to save the city from the death of magic. But Conn is hiding his own dark secret …..

The first book in a captivating trilogy.