Friday October 19, 2012
Junior Reading Room
Compiled by TAN SHIOW CHIN
Prince Of Thorns
Author: Mark Lawrence
Publisher: Harper Voyager, 399 pages
FOURTEEN-year-old Jorg Ancrath is the charming, immoral leader of a band of bloodthirsty thugs who make their living killing, robbing and raping through the countryside.
But he wasn’t always so. At the age of nine, the young prince witnessed the murders of his beloved mother and brother by the evil Count Renar, even as he was hung from a bush of thorns, setting him on his path of destruction. Now, he aims to retake the throne that is rightfully his, but dark magic and treachery await him in his father’s castle.
Author: Sophie Jordan
Publisher: Harper, 294 pages
IN this sequel to Firelight, we meet draki shapeshifter Jacinda and her family as they try to get back to the hidden draki community after Jacinda reveals her secret to save her human boyfriend – and draki hunter – Will.
Pursued by the hunters, Jacinda is ostracised by her fellow drakis for her actions, while her sister Tamra is now the favoured one after having manifested as a rare shader draki.
However, Jacinda finds some consolation in the arms of fellow draki Cassian. That is, until Will, who supposedly had his memory wiped of her existence, comes looking for her and asks her to run away with him.
Brothers To The Death
Author: Darren Shan
Publisher: HarperCollins, 240 pages
THIS is the last book in The Saga Of Larten Crepsley, the prequel to The Saga Of Darren Shan, which tells us the origins of the vampire Larten Crepsley.
The story starts near the beginning of World War II, with the Nazis trying to recruit the vampires as allies in their cause.
But there is another war a-brewing as Wester Flack continues to try to persuade more vampires to aid his vendetta against the vampeneze. The final straw for Crepsley comes when he loses a loved one to the vampeneze Randel Chayne.
Those who have read Cirque Du Freak know how the story ends for Crepsley, but the journey is more complicated than it appears.
Through Her Eyes
Author: Jennifer Archer
Publisher: HarperTeen, 374 pages
SIXTEEN-year-old Tansy Davis is used to moving whenever her horror novelist mother starts a new book. That doesn’t make it any easier, however, when her mother packs them up and moves them back to her grandfather’s hometown of Cedar Canyon, Texas.
In the house that they move into, the ghost of Henry, a troubled teen who committed suicide there decades ago, waits for someone to help him. Soon, Tansy discovers that she can experience Henry’s world through her camera and a crystal pendant of his that she finds in the cellar, along with his journal and pocket watch.
But as she gets more and more absorbed by Henry’s world, she starts to lose touch with her own.
Author: Robison Wells
Publisher: HarperTeen, 310 pages
AFTER the events in Variant, Benson and Becky have managed to escape the robot-run Maxfield Academy. However, with Becky wounded badly, they cannot run far. Benson discovers a town where people he recognises from the Academy live; people he thought he had killed, or had died. The pair discover that these are the real teens, connected to their robot counterparts in the academy via a chip in their brain.
Benson vows to free them, but that means going back to Maxfield Academy....
Department 19: The Rising
Author: Will Hill
Publisher: HarperCollins, 702 pages
IT is 12 weeks after Lindisfarne, and 91 days until the Rising. Jamie Carpenter, Kate, and vampire Larissa are recovering at the super-secret Department 19’s headquarters – Britain’s classified government agency for policing the supernatural – after the events in Department 19.
Dracula’s ashes have been stolen, the vampires are gathering, and his Rising is imminent unless the department’s operatives can find a way to stop it. The hunt is on to find out where the father of vampires is hiding before he can regain his full strength and become invincible.