Archive for February, 2014

Loved the Cherub series? Try these!

Posted: February 24, 2014 in Good reads

Robert Muchamore’s Cherub series is definitely one of the most popular in our library for lovers of junior spy adventure thrillers. Luckily there are approximately 700 books in the series so if you have recently discovered a love for Muchamore’s writing you have plenty of books to look forward to. But what about those of you who have read all of them twice through? What then? Never fear: we have compiled a list of books for Muchamore fans that will let you gently expand your reading horizons while still getting the adventure/thriller buzz that you crave.

Ten Days to Zero by Bernard Ashley

Ten Days To Zero“When journalist Ben Maddox is thrust full-throttle into an investigation for Zephon TV, he worries that he’s in over his head. But as he digs deeper, he realises that what’s really important is being prepared to fight for what you believe in, and if that means risking his life, then that’s exactly what he will have to do…”



Boy Soldier Series by Andy McNab & Robert Rigby


Danny Watts’ grandfather, Fergus, was a Deniable Operator in the SAS before he was betrayed, imprisoned, and falsely denounced as a traitor. Now Fergus has escaped, but the real traitor is determined to silence Fergus and Danny for good. Together Danny and Fergus are forced to go on the run in an against-the-odds battle for survival. As they try to clear Fergus’ name, Danny learns all the military field craft, trade skills, and covert operations techniques that are second nature to his grandfather. When Fergus is recaptured, Danny must put those skills to the test and rescue Fergus before it’s too late.

The books in the series are: Boy Soldier, Payback, Adventure, and Meltdown..

Spy Girl Series by Carol Hedges


Alex Rider meets Nancy Drew in a futuristic spy thriller full of adventure and suspense. Jazmin Dawson’s alter ego, Jaz, is a gorgeous super-spy, and she doesn’t have a serious snack habit, unlike Jazmin herself. In real life, the closest Jazmin gets to dangerous missions is waving goodbye to her mum, who works for secret intelligence.



Jimmy Coates series by Joe Craig


Who or what is Jimmy Coates? Eleven-year-old Jimmy is on the run. The good news is that he has some sweet new abilities that let him outrun, outjump, and outkick anybody even adults. The bad news is that the mysterious organization that kidnapped Jimmy’s parents is after him and he has no idea why. Except that it might have something to do with his new fighting capabilities. And the fact that he might not be entirely human. . .



Young Bond series by Charlie Higson

images (1)“Before the name became a legend. Before the boy became a man.” Young Bond is a series of five young adult spy novels by Charlie Higson featuring Ian Fleming’s secret agent James Bond as a young teenage boy attending school at the very fancy Eton College in the 1930s. The books in the series are Silver Fin, Blood Fever, Double or Die, Hurricane Gold, and By Royal Command.



The Shapeshifter series by Ali Sparkes

Dax Jones turns into a fox, and is taken away by the government to a remote college where other children his age have also suddenly developed paranormal powers. He soon makes new friends – cheeky Gideon, who can move things with his mind, gentle Mia, who can heal people and spoilt little madam Lisa, who is sick and tired of getting messages from the dead. As the Children Of Limitless Ability begin to develop their powers, Dax wonders what whether the college is there to protect them, or to control them…

The five books in this series are: Finding the Fox, Running the Risk, Going to Ground, Dowsing the Dead, and Stirring the Storm.


New Releases in 2014

Posted: February 10, 2014 in Good reads

Salut, bibliophiles! This week’s blog post is brought to you by the letter E for EXTREME EXCITEMENT as we look into our crystal ball at some of the young adult titles that are set to be released this year. We don’t have these books in the library yet but you better believe that we will be sprinting to the bookshop to buy them as soon as they are released!

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

The sixth and final installment in the Mortal Instruments series will soon be upon us and it is fair to say that there is a lot of anticipation in the air. Who will survive? We will have to wait until June to find out!


Panic by Lauren Oliver

The ever-popular author of DeliriumBefore I Fall and a bunch of other books which are all kind of intense, Lauren Oliver has written a new book all about “a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher”. It’s coming out next month!


Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Fans of Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy will be very pleased to hear that the third and final book is soon to be arriving on our shelves. What will Karou and Akiva get up to next? All will be revealed when Dreams of Gods and Monsters comes out in April.



Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

From the author of the Raven Boys books and The Scorpio Races comes this new young adult novel which is meant to be a ‘companion novel’ to the extremely popular Shiver trilogy which follows the story of secondary characters Cole and Isobel. It’s due to be released in July.



Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

If you loved the 1920s party girl good times of The Diviners as much as we did, then you will be very happy to hear that after wrestling with a nasty bout of writer’s block, Libba Bray has come out on top and produced a sequel which will be out in August. We can’t wait!

Hello book lovers, and welcome to the UHS library in 2014! We are looking forward to another fantastic year in the library with lots of new books and an exciting calendar of library events due to take place over the coming four terms.

To get the year started on the blog, here are a few of the new books that have arrived in the library office this week and are about to make their way onto our shelves!

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

The arrival of Allegiant, the final installation in Roth’s Divergent trilogy, is sure to create excitement for fans of this dystopian series. The book was released in October last year and follows the ongoing adventures of Tris Prior as she deals with a pretty epic raft of problems, both personal and political. Let’s see what Goodreads has to say:

“The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. ”

OR PERHAPS NOT. Read the book to find out!

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

We are pretty keen to read this unusual-sounding book which is kind of a thriller but also kind of about the power of coincidence. According to the blurb: “Laureth Peak’s father is a writer. For years he’s been trying, and failing, to write a novel about coincidence. His wife thinks he’s obsessed, Laureth thinks he’s on the verge of a breakdown. He’s supposed to be doing research in Austria, so when his notebook shows up in New York, Laureth knows something is wrong. On impulse she steals her mother’s credit card and heads for the States, taking her strange little brother Benjamin with her. Reunited with the notebook, they begin to follow clues inside, trying to find their wayward father. Ahead lie challenges and threats, all of which are that much tougher for Laureth than they would be for any other 16-year old. Because Laureth Peak is blind.”

It’s nice, and sadly still pretty rare, to see an interesting YA book where the main character has a disability, and especially great that Sedgwick has written a character who is not helpless and is not defined but her disability, but is a smart, tough hero.

The League of Sharks by David Logan

All you really need to know about this book is that it is basically about TIME-TRAVELLING SHARK MEN. If that didn’t send you running to the fiction shelves then I don’t know what to say to you. Recommended for lovers of adventure books and fans of the Percy Jackson stories, this is the first book in a forthcoming series. Here’s what Amazon says:

“In a world where humans have disappeared, sharkmen are the ultimate predators.

Junk’s sister has been stolen.

Snatched from her bed in the dead of night, Ambeline doesn’t stand a chance. No one believes Junk saw a monster take his sister. No one believes he’s not to blame.

So begins Junk’s quest to find Ambeline’s kidnapper. His journey will take him to a future world where animal species have evolved, and where the cult of the League of Sharks – the cult that stole Junk’s sister – is etched into folklore…”

When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan

We can’t wait to read this book: it sounds amazing, kind of like if the movie The Bucket List was about a teenager with Tourette’s syndrome instead of being about two old guys! Here is the blurb from the Bloomsbury website:

“Dylan Mint has Tourette’s. His life is a constant battle to keep the bad stuff in – the swearing, the tics, the howling dog that seems to escape whenever he gets stressed. But a routine visit to the hospital changes everything. Overhearing a hushed conversation between the doctor and his mum, Dylan discovers that he’s going to die in March. So he makes a list of things he must do before he dies: first, he wants to have real sex with gorgeous Michelle Malloy; second, he’s got to find his autistic best friend Amir a new best bud; third, he’s got to get his dad back home from the army so they can say goodbye properly. It’s not a long list, but it’s ambitious, and he doesn’t have much time. Sometimes you’ve just got to go for it – no holding back – and see what happens. “