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November 2010 | The Best of YA Fiction
After all of the essays, exams and assignments are done and dusted, when the realities of life are shoved out of the way and the long summer holiday looms, the temptation is to forgo all reasonable pursuits and to dive head-first into folly. A responsible adult would tell you to pause and consider not wasting the holidays in hedonistic pursuits and to use the holidays to get a head start on next years work or to take a volunteer job an the art gallery or work experience at a law firm... Blue Bloods

I'm not a responsible adult. What I have to offer you is an orgy of paranormal delights. We aren't going to stop anyone from relaxing. Let your hair down (or tie it up, colour it purple, cut it off) and buy a stack of these novels. Do so, and you'll be sure to have the kind of holiday you've worked hard all year to earn - a wasteful one.

Kind Regards

John Purcell
The Booktopia Book Guru

P.S. For those who find all of this paranormal stuff a bit... well, you know... I have put together a list of novels which are set here, in the real world -  a selection of tough, gritty reads which will make you think... Umm... I mean, great books you won't want to put down. Click here.
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Forget Vampires, Fallen Angles and Zombies...

The Replacements are here!

Strange things have always happened in the small town of Gentry and something even stranger is going on with Mackie Doyle. Mackie has never quite fitted in but now it's clear he is literally dying in a human world.

All Mackie wants to do is belong but as a replacement for the baby he was swapped for sixteen years ago, he doesn't quite fit in the human world or in Mayhem, the secret underworld of Gentry where he came from - a place of fairytales, or nightmares. One thing is clear and that is that his time in the human world is coming to an end. The question is whether he can find the power and the key to resisting Mayhem.

When I read The Replacement I got the same shiver of excitement I had when I read Hush Hush last year. There is so much paranormal fiction out there at the moment that it's hugely exciting when a book comes along that redefines, or extends the genre. The Replacement is a wildly imaginative, dark but ultimately redemptive faerie tale of friendship, belonging and discovering the truth of who you are.

Mackie is a wonderful anti hero and for someone who isn't actually human, humane, brave, flawed and totally believable. Tate, our heroine is fantastically tough and wonderfully fragile at the same time and a great role model for young women. They and all those who love them will stay with you for a long time after you reluctantly finish the last page of this book.

Brenna Yovanoff is a really exciting new author. She has always been an observer, a bit of an outsider. According to her "Mackie Doyle's supernatural origin seemed like a perfect metaphor for feeling like an outsider. In a dark and unusual world, he is searching for a place to belong". I can't wait to see more from her.
(Guest reviewer,  Lou Johnson, Managing Director, Simon & Schuster Australia)

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Click here for more details or to buyBecca Fitzpatrick

Sequel to the extraordinarily successful and much loved Hush, Hush.

Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described as anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy, Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.

The further Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim bloodline has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine? 

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This fast-paced, high-drama adventure series will appeal to fans of series such as Alex Rider, Cherub and Boy Soldier.

You're a better man than you think... Find Waterman - are the words that have been keeping Charlie West going ever since his nightmare started. Wanted for murder and implicated in terrorist plots Charlie is on the run from everyone - completely unable to remember what actually happened...

But now he's found Waterman will he finally learn the truth and manage to clear his own name?

This is the third action-packed instalment in the  Homelander Series.

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This is fantasy at its most fantastic - Bartimaeus is back in this companion to the bestselling trilogy!

Fans of Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus books will devour this book - a cracking adventure brimming with magic, intrigue and a treasure trove of characters that the reader can't help but fall for. We find everyone's favourite irascibly insolent djinni serving at the court of King Solomon in 950 BC Jerusalem, where he is causing his customary chaos and must help a girl assassin sent by the Queen of Sheba steal the all-powerful ring of Solomon.

The comic relief is perfectly timed, the dialogue sharp and snappy and the fiendishly clever plot perfectly handled with Jonathan's trademark flair and command of language. Thrills, chills and a danger-spiked finale - this is one of the publishing events of the year.

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Fantastic new Young Adult series of novels from the Sunday Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs

When Tory Brennan's mother dies suddenly she is sent to live with the father she has never met on a remote island in South Carolina. Tory might find getting to know her dad difficult, but she has no trouble making friends with the island's other teenage inhabitants: Shelton, Hi and Ben. They quickly form their own gang, united against the snobby pupils of the posh high school they all attend.

Things change dramatically for them, though, when they rescue a sick wolf dog puppy who they find locked in a secret cage in a research laboratory. The four nurse him through his illness, in their bunker hideout, until he is better. But it's not long before they all fall sick. Could their illness have something to do with the puppy? And what does the head of the laboratory have to hide?

Sneaking back onto the island to try to find out what's going on the four are shocked to discover some long-buried human bones. But before they can dig them out, they are shot at and chased off the island. Fleeing for their lives, something strange starts to happen. Suddenly Tory feels she could run all night. Shelton sees more sharply; Hi can smell odours he's never noticed before. And Ben's eyes have changed colour.

Alarmed by the change in each other, they retreat to their bunker. It's clear they have become involved in something fatally dangerous. And if they don't find out what's going on soon, they could end up like the poor person buried on the island.

And what on earth is this strange change in them all about? Could they possibly have developed canine powers? They soon realise that if they can harness their powers, it just might save their lives.

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A collection of humorous stories featuring a teenaged mummy, a homicidal turkey, and the world's largest pool of chocolate milk.

Ten stories guaranteed to delight, amuse, and possibly make you spit your milk in your friend's face, from the following esteemed writers:

Mac Barnett, Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paul Curtis, Paul Feig, Jack Gantos, Jeff Kinney, David Lubar, Adam Rex, David Yoo, Kate DiCamillo & Jon Scieszka

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Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life. The daughter of a renowned surgeon and a prominent Washington DC politician, Clea has grown to be a talented photojournalist who takes refuge in a career that allows her to travel to the most exotic parts of the world. But following Clea's father's disappearance while on a humanitarian mission, Clea's photos begin to feature eerie, shadowy images of a strange and beautiful man - a man she has never seen before.

Author, Hilary Duff When fate brings Clea and this man together, she is stunned by the immediate and powerful connection she feels with him. As they grow closer, they are drawn deep into the mystery behind her father's disappearance, and begin to discover the centuries old truth behind their intense bond. Torn by a dangerous love triangle and haunted by a powerful secret that holds their fates, together the pair find themselves in a race against time to unravel their pasts in order to save their futures...

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Five complete novels. One fascinating world. The NEW YORK TIMES-bestselling author's tales of forbidden love, bound together in one gorgeous volume.

SHAPESHIFTERS tracks the lives of five teenagers who live in a land that has long seen war between the avian and serpiente shapeshifters rage. Although a fragile peace has been established, they face many threats in the following years.

Danica Shardae, an avian shapeshifter, will do anything in her power to stop the war that has raged between her people and the serpiente - even pretend to be in love with Zane Cobriana, the terrifying leader of her kind's greatest enemy, and accept him as her pair bond. But will Zane strike as swiftly and lethally as the cobra that is his second form?

A surprising union has brought peace to the avians and serpiente. Soon a child will be born to carry on their royal lines. But Syfka, an ancient falcon, is claiming that one of her people is hidden in the avian and serpiente land. Is Syfka's lost falcon just a ruse to stir up controversy among them?

FALCONDANCE Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Nicias is a falcon, the son of two exiles from Ahnmik, and images of this distant island have always haunted his dreams. When his visions become more like reality, his parents send him back to the homeland - and a royal falcon - they've tried their best to forget.

Oliza Shardae Cobriana is heir to Wyvern's Court, home of the avians and serpiente, whose war with each other ended just before Oliza was born. But hatred is slow to die, and Oliza's serpiente suitor is found beaten in avian land. How can she be expected to lead a unified society if her people still cannot live peacefully together?

Hai, daughter of a falcon mother and a deceased cobra father, is considered a mongrel by most, an ally by some, and a friend by few. When Hai's cousin abdicates the throne of Wyvern's Court, Hai has visions of destruction. Now she will do anything to protect her new home - even if it means betraying the very people who need her most.

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Click here for more details or to buy... Alice Henderson, Arthur Byron Cover and John Vornholt

In every generation, there is a Chosen One. A slayer destined to protect the human race. She alone must fight the demons of hell. She alone must risk her life to stop the spread of evil.

Buffy is the Chosen One.

In Coyote Moon, a typical night at the carnival becomes deadly as shape shifters turn the amusement park into their own house of horrors.

Buffy starts having past-life nightmares in Night of the Living Rerun, and must face her historic counterpart before the events of the past repeat in the present.

In Portal through Time, Slayers over the centuries are in danger, and Buffy must protect them in order to save her own life and legacy.

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The first book in the teen vampire romance series that has proved to be an international publishing phenomenon.

When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerising voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable.

Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret. What Bella doesn't realise is that the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And it might be too late to turn back...

Deeply seductive and irresistibly compelling, Twilight is a love story that will stay with you long after you have turned the final page.

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The dramatic sequel to Twilight, following the tale of a teenage girl whose love for a vampire gets her into trouble .

I stuck my finger under the edge of the paper and jerked it under the tape. 'Shoot,' I muttered when the paper sliced my finger. A single drop of blood oozed from the tiny cut. It all happened very quickly then. 'No!' Edward roared...

Dazed and disorientated, I looked up from the bright red blood pulsing out of my arm - and into the fevered eyes of the six suddenly ravenous vampires. For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of an evil vampire but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realise their troubles may just be beginning ...

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click here for more details or to buyStephenie Meyer

The third book in the New York Times bestselling vampire romance series that has developed a cult following among teens

'Bella?' Edward's soft voice came from behind me. I turned to see him spring lightly up the porch steps, his hair windblown from running. He pulled me into his arms at once, and kissed me again. His kiss frightened me. There was too much tension, too strong an edge to the way his lips crushed mine - like he was afraid we had only so much time left to us.

As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob - knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf.

With her graduation approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

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The fourth book in the New York Times bestselling vampire romance series that has developed a cult following among teens.

To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss and strife to reach the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fate of two tribes hangs.

Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating and unfathomable consequences.

Just when the frayed strands of Bella's life - first discovered in TWILIGHT, then scattered and torn in NEW MOON and ECLIPSE - seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed...  forever?

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A beautifully written novel, that takes you into the world of the paranormal, mixed in with some high New York Fashion. An intriguing story about Pandora English a small town orphan, who moves to New York City to live with her mysterious Great Aunt Celia.

After securing a job at the magazine Pandora, (with some help from her great Aunt) Pandora is assigned to cover the release of a new miracle cream "BloodofYouth". She soon discovers however that not everything is as it seems, not the beautiful and alluring model Athanasia the face of "BloodofYouth", nor the strange half abandon Gothic mansion she shares with her great aunt, or her great Aunt who is surprisingly youthful for her age.

A cleverly written novel that keeps you hooked till the very last page.

Highly recommended for fans of " Twilight" and "The Blue Bloods" series and anyone who loves a great paranormal book.

Many thanks to our guest reviewer, Booktopia's own Melody Sharpe.

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The young, the fabulous and the fanged rule the upper echelons of Manhattan society in book five of this fantastically addictive series from bestselling YA author Melissa de la Cruz.

After inheriting the complicated Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler fled to Florence with Jack, risking both of their lives for love. The two of them embark on the mission Schuyler was destined to complete: to find and protect the remaining five gates that guard Earth from Lucifer, Prince of Hell and lord of the Silver Bloods. As the Blue Blood coven weakens yet further, fate leads Schuyler closer to a terrifying crossroads - and a choice that will determine the destiny of all vampires.

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A full colour, behind the scenes look at the bestselling world of the HOUSE OF NIGHT.

Merry meet, fledgling. I trust this guide will serve you well... Every vampyre fledgling who arrives at the House of Night receives a copy of The Fledgling Handbook 101, and now, fans can have one, too, with this gorgeous must-have edition.

Inside you'll find original stories, the complete vampyre history, inside info into rituals, vamp biology, and the Change, and much more.

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In This Issue

The Replacement


Homelander Series

Jonathan Stroud

Kathy Reichs

Guys Read

Hilary Duff



Tara Moss

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