NPR’s best-ever teen fiction poll

NPR polled just over 75,000 people asking their favourite teen novels of all time. And now, the final results are in. While it’s no surprise to see Harry Potter and the Hunger Games trilogy on top, this year’s list also highlights some writers we weren’t as familiar with. For example, John Green, author of the […]

Remember when it was all about unicorns?

Justine Larbalestier: Here’s the historical graph of the usage of the words “vampires” “zombies” and “unicorns” over the last two hundred years:

The fault in our stars, by John Green – 3 point review.

Story about teenagers living with terminal cancer and their approach to life and death. As you’d expect from John Green, it is very cleverly written with some nice touches of humour. If you like Green’s other stuff, you’ll probably like this. See also: Jenny Downham’s Before I die.

Factotum (Monster Blood Tattoo, book 3), by D. M. Cornish

Factotum is the third and final installment in D. M. Cornish’s fantastic Monster Blood Tattoo series (now called The foundling’s tale in USA). This is a series that you should definitely read in order so if you have not read books 1 and 2 yet, I suggest you give them a look. You can read what I thought of them […]

Liar, by Justine Larbalestier

Micah Wilkins is a liar. Her whole family are liars. But when Micah’s classmate is killed she plans to come clean and stop lying. She tells us that we can trust her, that she doesn’t lie anymore. Mostly. Of course she can’t keep this up and then has to point out the lies she has told us. […]

The reformed vampire support group, by Catherine Jinks

Here’s my review of The reformed vampire support group as posted over at my library’s blog.   The plain fact is, I can’t do anything much. That’s part of the problem. Vampires are meant to be so glamorous and powerful, but I’m here to inform you that being a vampire is nothing like that. Not […]

Read the first chapter of Lili Wilkinson’s Pink

If you’re excited about Lili Wilkinson’s new book Pink but haven’t got your hands on it yet, you can pop over to Lili’s blog and read the first chapter. I think it looks good and can’t wait for the copies we have on order to come in.

Leviathan trailer

Those of you who have been following BookBoy for a while may have picked up that I have a bit of a thing for Scott Westerfeld. I mean, he’s not Johnny Depp, but boy can he write. Anyway, you may also have heard me mention his upcoming book Leviathan, due out very soon. Just to […]

The adoration of Jenna Fox, by Mary E Pearson

I used to be someone. Someone named Jenna Fox. That’s what they tell me. But I am more than a name. More than they tell me. More than the facts and statistics they fill me with. More than the video clips they make me watch. More. But I’m not sure what. Jenna Fox has just […]

Sacred scars getting close

One of my two most anticipated books of 2009 is coming out in August. That’s next month! The book is Sacred scars by Kathleen Duey and it is the sequel to 2008 Golden Bookboy winner, Skin hunger. I previously mentioned that you can read the first chapter online, but perhaps you haven’t even read Skin […]