Mainly aimed at young adults, but high quality and readable for adults too, Young Adult Fiction navigates emotional stories and characters searching for who they are. This diverse genre can feature aspects from any other genre, from Family Dramas to Fantasy with a stop off at Horror and Historical Fiction along the way.
Shadowhunters and demons square off, lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed, for the sixth book and the final showdown in the spellbinding, seductive conclusion to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series from Cassandra Clare. The Mortal Instruments and its prequel series, The Infernal Devices, have been sold in more than thirty countries and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has recently been a major motion picture. For information on all the books visit the Mortal Instruments series page. For movie news on twitter follow @InstrumentsUK or on facebook at The Mortal Instruments UK.
Fifth in Cassandra Clare's internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series about the Shadowhunters. Clary and the Shadowhunters struggle to piece together their shattered world after a betrayal by one of their own leaves them reeling.
Fourth in Cassandra Clare's internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series about the Shadowhunters. The Mortal War is over and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and - most importantly of all - she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price. Cassandra Clare on City of Fallen Angels - "Simon has always been one of my favourite characters to write about, and I'm excited to get the chance to tell his story while revisiting some of the other characters that I love from The Mortal instruments series."
This title is the third instalment in the bestselling urban gothic fantasy sequence, The Mortal Instruments. With two of the Mortal Instruments now in Valentine's hands, the world of the Shadowhunters teeters on the brink of civil war. Jace and the Lightwoods are recalled to Idris, the Shadowhunters' remote and hidden home country, where a search has begun for the last of the Instruments, the Mortal Glass.
We were bowled over by Cassandra’s first, City of Bones and from the feedback from readers you clearly were too. This is the second in The Mortal Instruments series and doesn’t disappoint. Utterly captivating, beautifully written, cleverly plotted with characters that you both love and hate, the terrifying underworld of New York is sure to hold you spellbound long after you’ve finished the last page.
July 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month. The story of an unusual but increasingly close friendship, this is a totally original and engrossing novel. Ollie and Moritz strike up a friendship through letters. They are far from each other geographically, but could never meet anyway: Ollie has a strange disability which makes him allergic to any form of electricity and Moritz has a pacemaker. Moritz has other disabilities too which have made him pretty much an outcast at school, while in his necessarily remote cabin Ollie has just one person he can call a friend. Not just their strange situations, but their characters come through the letters they write to each other - these are honest, revealing, sometimes heartbreakingly so. It’s impossible not to be caught up in their lives. ~ Andrea Reece
July 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month. Each October Cara’s family must endure the accident season when for four weeks, no matter how much their mother tries to protect them, covering every surface in padding, removing electrical gadgets, hiding knives, they will suffer falls, cuts, knocks, broken bones. It’s menacing and ominous, despite their determinedly light-hearted tone, and gritted-teeth resignation. Could these strange accidents have something to do with Elsie, who flits through Cara’s memories and is half-caught in old photos? Could there be some hidden, secret anguish that lies at the heart of it? Cara, her siblings and step-siblings are real human beings, convincing and appealing characters, and Moïra Fowley-Doyle succeeds in creating a wonderfully creepy, atmospheric story around them, and springs a shocking climax on her readers too. ~ Andrea Reece
Jace Anotakis is leaving snowy Nova Scotia for a break in Mexico with his mum, aunt and little brother. It’s his eighteenth birthday and he’s determined to lose his virginity, a birthday present to himself. But things don’t work out as planned. Instead, Jace develops a surprise friendship with a macho hockey player, something which leads him to finally acknowledge and accept truths about the death of his brother, who killed himself one year ago. Jace’s grief is palpable but lightened by the sardonic teen humour that runs through the book. It’s a profound and moving story, and, given the depth of the subjects covered, a surprisingly easy read.
July 2015 NewGen Book of the Month. June and Delia had an intense relationship, the kind that is all important, all-consuming even, but hard to maintain. In fact, when June hears the terrible news that Delia has died, they hadn’t spoken for over a year. Then Delia’s ex-boyfriend reveals to June that he thinks she might have been murdered and June feels that she owes it to her friend to find out what really happened. The twists come thick and fast, to keep readers guessing, and tense, and the ending is a real shocker! A thriller for readers who like them dark! ~ Andrea Reece
July 2015 NewGen Book of the Month. Guardian Prize winning author Jenny Valentine’s long-awaited new novel is clever, beautifully written, full of ideas. It tells the story of sixteen-year-old Iris: lonely and desperately unhappy, she finds self-expression and release through starting fires. Her vain, shallow mother, one of the least sympathetic fictional characters ever, has always told Iris that her father abandoned them when she was a little girl. This is a lie and he has in fact been searching for his daughter all her life. They are reunited, but only because her father is dying. The weeks they have together are spent learning about each other – they share a love of art for example, something that Iris’s father has been able to indulge. Just as the beauty and truth of her father’s paintings outweigh any monetary value, so Iris’s love and growing understanding transcends their short time together. Daring to examine what is really important, this original novel is full of insight and intelligence. ~ Andrea Reece
July 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month. Intriguing, stimulating and full of energy, this is a thought-provoking read…it also contains a hidden sting in the tale. 12 year old Linda lives in Norway, she is popular, athletic and fast approaching her 13th birthday. Linda discovers she has a life threatening heart condition and her life instantly changes as she meets an unusual boy and starts to consider the implications of death. The author allows Linda to be completely normal, sometimes she's nice, sometimes she not, however she is still likeable and due to the lurking shadow of death a completely fascinating character. There is a mystery weaving through the pages, it initially nudges your attention and encourages a wider thought process before becoming a major aspect of the story. Challenging observations about death and what could be beyond, this is a sad, yet ultimately hopeful and captivating tale. Please be aware that this book contains a very small amount of lesser swear words. ~ Liz Robinson
Chosen from across the world, a fight to the death is the destiny of the twelve young people who have been selected to represent their families in the Endgame. The Players know who they are and they know which line they represent. Sarah from Omaha is Player of the 223rdline – the Cahokian; Jago Tialoc from Peru, Player of the 21st line, is the son of two Players. They are just two of the twelve who, like all the rest, have been training for the deadly Endgame. It is a challenge of strength and skill with unscrambling puzzles at its very heart. Each of the Players reacts differently to their fate and to the journey they have embarked on. Readers, too, will have to follow the clues to get to tease out this well-crafted and well-knotted puzzle. ~ Julia Eccleshare-------------------------------This exciting new collaboration between James Frey and Google Niantic Labs is a multi-media experience, which links the Engame trilogy, of which The Calling is the first, with an app puzzle. Solve the Endgame mythology puzzle, through clues and riddles found throughout the book, and you get the chance to win $500,000 in pure gold!
Life-lessons, loves, laughs & LOADS more!
Especially compiled for Young Adults, this section is awash with wonderful worlds to escape to, great stories and characters you’ll love.
The years leading up to your 20s are such a vibrant and vivid time in your life. Adventure, friendships, self-discovery are all there in spades, but there’s frustration too, impatience and a strong desire to be understood. This section of fantastic books for young adult readers is filled with stories that reflect all of these feelings in settings that will give flight to your imagination. Be inspired by tales of self-discovery, run the rocky road of romance, battle big issues in mysterious worlds, beat the bleak future of dystopian regimes, or laugh out loud at the ridiculousness of it all. There’s something here for all tastes and moods from half-god heroes to horseback holidays and literally everything in between.
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