January72012
City of Lost Souls - out 8th May 2012
The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon. Can the lost be reclaimed? What price is too high to pay for love? Who can be trusted when sin and salvation collide? Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

City of Lost Souls: Excerpt
Simon stood and stared numbly at the front door of his house.

He’d never known another home. This was the place his parents had brought him home to when he was born. He had grown up within the walls of the Brooklyn row house. He’d played on the street under the leafy shade of the trees in the summer, and had made improvised sleds out of garbage can lids in the winter. In this house his whole family had sat shivah after his father had died. Here he had kissed Clary for the first time.

He had never imagined a day when the door of the house would be closed to him. The last time he had seen his mother, she had called him a monster and prayed at him that he would go away. He had made her forget that he was a vampire, using glamour, but he had not known how long the glamour would last. As he stood in the cold autumn air, staring in front of him, he knew it had not lasted long enough.

The door was covered with signs—Stars of David splashed on in paint, the incised shape of the symbol for Chai, life. Tefillin were bound to the doorknob and knocker. A hamesh, the Hand of God, covered the peephole.

Numbly he put his hand to the metal mezuzah affixed to the right side of the doorway. He saw the smoke rise from the place where his hand touched the holy object, but he felt nothing. No pain. Only a terrible empty blankness, rising slowly into a cold rage.

He kicked the bottom of the door and heard the echo through the house. “Mom!” he shouted. “Mom, it’s me!”

There was no reply—only the sound of the bolts being turned on the door. His sensitized hearing had recognized his mother’s footsteps, her breathing, but she said nothing. He could smell acrid fear and panic even through the wood. “Mom!” His voice broke. “Mom, this is ridiculous! Let me in! It’s me, Simon!”

The door juddered, as if she had kicked it. “Go away!” Her voice was rough, unrecognizable with terror. “Murderer!”

"I don’t kill people." Simon leaned his head against the door. He knew he could probably kick it down, but what would be the point? "I told you. I drink animal blood."

He heard her whisper, softly, several words in Hebrew. “You killed my son,” she said. “You killed him and put a monster in his place.”

"I am your son—"

"You wear his face and speak with his voice, but you are not him! You’re not Simon!" Her voice rose to almost a scream. "Get away from my house before I kill you, monster!"

"Becky," he said. His face was wet; he put his hands up to touch it, and they came away stained: His tears were bloody. "What have you told Becky?"

"Stay away from your sister." Simon heard a clattering from inside the house, as if something had been knocked over.

"Mom," he said again, but this time his voice wouldn’t rise. It came out as a hoarse whisper. His hand had begun to throb. "I need to know—is Becky there? Mom, open the door. Please—"

"Stay away from Becky!" She was backing away from the door; he could hear it. Then came the unmistakeable squeal of the kitchen door swinging open, the creak of the linoleum as she walked on it. The sound of a drawer being opened. Suddenly he imagined his mother grabbing for one of the knives.

Before I kill you, monster.

The thought rocked him back on his heels. If she struck out at him, the Mark would rise. It would destroy her as it had destroyed Lilith.

He dropped his hand and backed up slowly, stumbling down the steps and across the sidewalk, fetching up against the trunk of one of the big trees that shaded the block. He stood where he was, staring at the front door of his house, marked and disfigured with the symbols of his mother’s hate for him.

No, he reminded himself. She didn’t hate him. She thought he was dead. What she hated was something that didn’t exist. I am not what she says I am.

He didn’t know how long he would have stood there, staring, if his phone hadn’t begun to ring, vibrating his coat pocket.

He reached for it reflexively, noticing that the pattern from the front of the mezuzah—interlocked Stars of David—was burned into the palm of his hand. He switched hands and put the phone to his ear. “Hello?”

"Simon?" It was Clary. She sounded breathless. "Where are you?"

"Home," he said, and paused. "My mother’s house," he amended. His voice sounded hollow and distant to his own ears. "Why aren’t you back at the Institute? Is everyone all right?"

"That’s just it," she said. "Just after you left, Maryse came back down from the roof where Jace was supposed to be waiting. There was no one there."

Simon moved. Without quite realizing he was doing it, like a mechanical doll, he began walking up the street, toward the subway station. “What do you mean, there was no one there?”

"Jace was gone," she said, and he could hear the strain in her voice. "And so was Sebastian."

Simon stopped in the shadow of a bare-branched tree. “But he was dead. He’s dead, Clary—”

"Then you tell me why he isn’t there, because he isn’t," she said, her voice finally breaking. "There’s nothing up there but a lot of blood and broken glass. They’re both gone, Simon. Jace is gone… ."

What are your thoughts, speculations and theories?

City of Lost Souls - out 8th May 2012
The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon. Can the lost be reclaimed? What price is too high to pay for love? Who can be trusted when sin and salvation collide? Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

City of Lost Souls: Excerpt
Simon stood and stared numbly at the front door of his house.

He’d never known another home. This was the place his parents had brought him home to when he was born. He had grown up within the walls of the Brooklyn row house. He’d played on the street under the leafy shade of the trees in the summer, and had made improvised sleds out of garbage can lids in the winter. In this house his whole family had sat shivah after his father had died. Here he had kissed Clary for the first time.

He had never imagined a day when the door of the house would be closed to him. The last time he had seen his mother, she had called him a monster and prayed at him that he would go away. He had made her forget that he was a vampire, using glamour, but he had not known how long the glamour would last. As he stood in the cold autumn air, staring in front of him, he knew it had not lasted long enough.

The door was covered with signs—Stars of David splashed on in paint, the incised shape of the symbol for Chai, life. Tefillin were bound to the doorknob and knocker. A hamesh, the Hand of God, covered the peephole.

Numbly he put his hand to the metal mezuzah affixed to the right side of the doorway. He saw the smoke rise from the place where his hand touched the holy object, but he felt nothing. No pain. Only a terrible empty blankness, rising slowly into a cold rage.

He kicked the bottom of the door and heard the echo through the house. “Mom!” he shouted. “Mom, it’s me!”

There was no reply—only the sound of the bolts being turned on the door. His sensitized hearing had recognized his mother’s footsteps, her breathing, but she said nothing. He could smell acrid fear and panic even through the wood. “Mom!” His voice broke. “Mom, this is ridiculous! Let me in! It’s me, Simon!”

The door juddered, as if she had kicked it. “Go away!” Her voice was rough, unrecognizable with terror. “Murderer!”

"I don’t kill people." Simon leaned his head against the door. He knew he could probably kick it down, but what would be the point? "I told you. I drink animal blood."

He heard her whisper, softly, several words in Hebrew. “You killed my son,” she said. “You killed him and put a monster in his place.”

"I am your son—"

"You wear his face and speak with his voice, but you are not him! You’re not Simon!" Her voice rose to almost a scream. "Get away from my house before I kill you, monster!"

"Becky," he said. His face was wet; he put his hands up to touch it, and they came away stained: His tears were bloody. "What have you told Becky?"

"Stay away from your sister." Simon heard a clattering from inside the house, as if something had been knocked over.

"Mom," he said again, but this time his voice wouldn’t rise. It came out as a hoarse whisper. His hand had begun to throb. "I need to know—is Becky there? Mom, open the door. Please—"

"Stay away from Becky!" She was backing away from the door; he could hear it. Then came the unmistakeable squeal of the kitchen door swinging open, the creak of the linoleum as she walked on it. The sound of a drawer being opened. Suddenly he imagined his mother grabbing for one of the knives.

Before I kill you, monster.

The thought rocked him back on his heels. If she struck out at him, the Mark would rise. It would destroy her as it had destroyed Lilith.

He dropped his hand and backed up slowly, stumbling down the steps and across the sidewalk, fetching up against the trunk of one of the big trees that shaded the block. He stood where he was, staring at the front door of his house, marked and disfigured with the symbols of his mother’s hate for him.

No, he reminded himself. She didn’t hate him. She thought he was dead. What she hated was something that didn’t exist. I am not what she says I am.

He didn’t know how long he would have stood there, staring, if his phone hadn’t begun to ring, vibrating his coat pocket.

He reached for it reflexively, noticing that the pattern from the front of the mezuzah—interlocked Stars of David—was burned into the palm of his hand. He switched hands and put the phone to his ear. “Hello?”

"Simon?" It was Clary. She sounded breathless. "Where are you?"

"Home," he said, and paused. "My mother’s house," he amended. His voice sounded hollow and distant to his own ears. "Why aren’t you back at the Institute? Is everyone all right?"

"That’s just it," she said. "Just after you left, Maryse came back down from the roof where Jace was supposed to be waiting. There was no one there."

Simon moved. Without quite realizing he was doing it, like a mechanical doll, he began walking up the street, toward the subway station. “What do you mean, there was no one there?”

"Jace was gone," she said, and he could hear the strain in her voice. "And so was Sebastian."

Simon stopped in the shadow of a bare-branched tree. “But he was dead. He’s dead, Clary—”

"Then you tell me why he isn’t there, because he isn’t," she said, her voice finally breaking. "There’s nothing up there but a lot of blood and broken glass. They’re both gone, Simon. Jace is gone… ."

What are your thoughts, speculations and theories?

November132011

SOME EXCITING NEWS: The Fallen Series

Okay. Listen up Lauren Kate fans! We have details about Book Four of the Fallen Series. Book four is called Rapture and is in stores 13 June 2012.


We also have some other exciting news.

There is a new novel set in the world of Lauren Kate’s bestselling Fallen series.

FALLEN IN LOVE is a riveting collection of four intertwined love stories featuring the Fallen characters that fans have grown to know and love: Miles, Shelby, Roland, Arriane, and Luce & Daniel.

The novel, FALLEN IN LOVE, will be released in Australia 26th January 2012, before the fourth and final title in the series, RAPTURE, is published.


There is also more news. A FALLEN movie is pre-production. Disney optioned the rights to the four-part series.

What are your thoughts?

June252011
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Are you 12 - 18 years, love to read and win stuff? Be part of our first ever teenReadmonth

4 easy steps

• Become a member of the library or swap your old card over for one of the new Young Adult cards
• Register online or grab a registration form and drop it off to your nearest library
• Read 5 things : books, eBooks, magazines, manga or graphic novels
• Complete a reading log online or complete one and drop it off at your nearest library. If you read some great books… write us a review

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Get reading $75 gift card
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The more you read…the more entries you get


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June142011
minnielovesbooks:

Book Review: Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins
Rating: 4/5PROS: Full-throttle rebellionCONS:  Rushed ending, not cool. Feels almost like a cop out. To Buy or Not to Buy: I own the boxed set, sooo…..yah!Future Movie Prospects?: Lol. As if people don’t already know the movie prospects for this book  series. It’s gonna be huge. Assuming “Hunger Games” takes off (which it  most certainly will!), once “Catching Fire” is released, the hype for  “Mockingjay” will be pretty intense. But I’m ASSUMING that the movie  franchise will be a hit. You just never know with movie audiences how  they’ll take to a movie. But considering the fandom for the books series  is so intense, I think the movies will be okie dokie smokies. What  awards would this movie win? Hmmm…best believe, it’s gonna grab some MTV  awards and maybe some Teen Choice boards (do they still give out those  surfboard? Lol..is there even still a Teen Choice Awards or am I still  stuck in the early 2000s?). Honestly, I don’t see this flick winning  much else. Look, the Academy and Golden Globes just don’t honor teen  movies. They really really don’t. And you can call it prejudice and rant  about the unfairness…but hey. Most teen movies just have a lot of  pretty faces and mediocre everything else (Or see the critics seem to  think). However, considering the subject matter of The Hunger Games, I’d  say the movie has a slightly better chance at nabbing a real, credible  award. I mean, after, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson have had  their name thrown around with some Oscar Buzz before, so why not now??Minh’s Theatre (movie reelin’ in my mind while reading): HOLY…..mother  of….snickers. This movie was INSANELY epic. And also incredibly sad and  heartbreaking. Honestly, Katniss got a liiiiittle annoying what with  her being so broody all the time,  but  chick has been through a lot. It’s really not fair to complain about  her depressing onscreen time. Anyway, Peeta actually got some good  screen time in this third installment where he’s not just being so  freakin’ nice all the time. The action scenes were great. The battle  scene at the Capitol was great. I loved it, basically! EPIC EPIC movie  playing in my mind. It’s pretty awesome.  ♥Cover:  4/5 Normally, with a cover so plain, I’d give it 3 stars, tops. But, look at  that mockingjay! I mean come on. It holds a lot of meaning. So lemme  give you another star, cover. Cuz you deserve it.  ♥Plot:  4/5 Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games not once, but twice. Girl  has got it goin’ on. The Capitol is still all pissed off about her  winning so many times because this means that people aren’t gonna be  terrified of their government, and no government would ever want that  (hahaha. Yeah right. Everyone in America look to the right across the  ocean. Ya’ll know what I’m talking about.). And now the Capitol is even  MORE bitchy because Katniss had the nerve to start a rebellion. Whatever  are they going to do about this chick? And what will Katniss do when  she realizes that the rebellion she has set off will have incredible  consequences not just for herself and her family and friends, but for  everybody in Panem?  BAM! Rebellion is in full-on mode now! And it’s gonna get real nasty. I  loved this plot. It says so much about the limits humanity can have  while being oppressed and the evils of mankind. This is NOT a fluffy  book. It is heartbreaking, intense, and violent (one scene near the end  involving hundreds of children was particularly terrifying. So  terrifying, I actually got dizzy. And there wasn’t even alcohol  involved…it was just disturbing on so many different levels). And even  though this is the last book in the series, don’t expect a happy ending.  You’re really not going to get one. Bittersweet maybe. But after  everything these people have been though? Do you really expect them to  be happy?  Nope. And they aren’t. Mockingjay is wonderful at showing the broken fragments that remain after a person  has been through hell and back and back to hell and then back again to  fight the spawn of hell. I mean…it’s intense.
Read my full review here!

minnielovesbooks:

Book Review: Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins

Rating: 4/5
PROS: Full-throttle rebellion
CONS:  Rushed ending, not cool. Feels almost like a cop out.
To Buy or Not to Buy: I own the boxed set, sooo…..yah!
Future Movie Prospects?: Lol. As if people don’t already know the movie prospects for this book series. It’s gonna be huge. Assuming “Hunger Games” takes off (which it most certainly will!), once “Catching Fire” is released, the hype for “Mockingjay” will be pretty intense. But I’m ASSUMING that the movie franchise will be a hit. You just never know with movie audiences how they’ll take to a movie. But considering the fandom for the books series is so intense, I think the movies will be okie dokie smokies. What awards would this movie win? Hmmm…best believe, it’s gonna grab some MTV awards and maybe some Teen Choice boards (do they still give out those surfboard? Lol..is there even still a Teen Choice Awards or am I still stuck in the early 2000s?). Honestly, I don’t see this flick winning much else. Look, the Academy and Golden Globes just don’t honor teen movies. They really really don’t. And you can call it prejudice and rant about the unfairness…but hey. Most teen movies just have a lot of pretty faces and mediocre everything else (Or see the critics seem to think). However, considering the subject matter of The Hunger Games, I’d say the movie has a slightly better chance at nabbing a real, credible award. I mean, after, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson have had their name thrown around with some Oscar Buzz before, so why not now??
Minh’s Theatre (movie reelin’ in my mind while reading): HOLY…..mother of….snickers. This movie was INSANELY epic. And also incredibly sad and heartbreaking. Honestly, Katniss got a liiiiittle annoying what with her being so broody all the time,  but chick has been through a lot. It’s really not fair to complain about her depressing onscreen time. Anyway, Peeta actually got some good screen time in this third installment where he’s not just being so freakin’ nice all the time. The action scenes were great. The battle scene at the Capitol was great. I loved it, basically! EPIC EPIC movie playing in my mind. It’s pretty awesome.

Cover:  4/5

Normally, with a cover so plain, I’d give it 3 stars, tops. But, look at that mockingjay! I mean come on. It holds a lot of meaning. So lemme give you another star, cover. Cuz you deserve it.

Plot:  4/5

Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games not once, but twice. Girl has got it goin’ on. The Capitol is still all pissed off about her winning so many times because this means that people aren’t gonna be terrified of their government, and no government would ever want that (hahaha. Yeah right. Everyone in America look to the right across the ocean. Ya’ll know what I’m talking about.). And now the Capitol is even MORE bitchy because Katniss had the nerve to start a rebellion. Whatever are they going to do about this chick? And what will Katniss do when she realizes that the rebellion she has set off will have incredible consequences not just for herself and her family and friends, but for everybody in Panem?

BAM! Rebellion is in full-on mode now! And it’s gonna get real nasty. I loved this plot. It says so much about the limits humanity can have while being oppressed and the evils of mankind. This is NOT a fluffy book. It is heartbreaking, intense, and violent (one scene near the end involving hundreds of children was particularly terrifying. So terrifying, I actually got dizzy. And there wasn’t even alcohol involved…it was just disturbing on so many different levels). And even though this is the last book in the series, don’t expect a happy ending. You’re really not going to get one. Bittersweet maybe. But after everything these people have been though? Do you really expect them to be happy?  Nope. And they aren’t. Mockingjay is wonderful at showing the broken fragments that remain after a person has been through hell and back and back to hell and then back again to fight the spawn of hell. I mean…it’s intense.

Read my full review here!

(Source: minniethereadingnurse)

June122011

Our Bookclub Pick of the Week: Passion by Lauren Kate. What do you think of the third book?


Before Luce and Daniel met at Sword & Cross and fought immortals at Shoreline, they lived many lives… An incredible new instalment in the series that has taken the world by storm

The third book in the Number 1 best-selling Fallen series serves up what readers are dying to know… Passion not only gives answers and insight into who Luce and Daniel were before we first met them, but also seamlessly moves ahead the main plot, setting up an incredibly thrilling and climactic introduction to the fourth and final chapter in the Fallen series - coming in 2012.

(Source: randomhouse.com.au)

June72011
June42011

Power of Six by Pittacus Lore Coming Late August!


We are the last defence. I’ve seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened to John Smith. To the world he’s a mystery, but to me … he’s one of us. Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us, if we all still believe in our mission.There are six of us left. We’re hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another, but our Legacies are developing and soon we’ll be ready to fight. Is John Number Four - and is his appearance the sign I’ve been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who might be strong enough to bring the six of us together?They caught Number One in Malaysia. Number Two in England. And Number Three in Kenya. They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio … and failed. I am Number Seven. And I’m ready to fight.

April172011

Details about Beautiful Chaos

3rd book in the Beautiful Creatures Novels,
Beautiful Chaos in stores October 18, 2011


Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strangeand impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena’s Claiming. Even Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals is affected – and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What – or who – will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He’s being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn’t by Lena – and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself – forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn’t know why, and most days he’s too afraid to ask.

Sometimes there isn’t just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there’s no going back. And this time there won’t be a happy ending

(Source: beautifulcreaturesthebook.com)

April162011

Bloodiness by Richelle Mead Coming Out August 2011!

The first book in Richelle Mead’s brand-new series - set in the same world as Vampire Academy.

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.

(Source: penguin.com.au)

10AM

Book two of the Infernal Devices is coming out later this year. Keep on checking our blog for more details about the books. Book four of the Mortal Instruments, City of Fallen Angels, is out now. Have you read it?

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