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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (Corgi Childrens, 27 August 2015)
EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING is a short and sweet love story that's relatable but somewhat lacking in depth.
Madeline Whittier has SCID – Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, or bubble baby disease. She's stayed inside her house for as long as she can remember, because she could be allergic to anything and she might die if she goes outside. One day, a new family moves in next door, with a boy called Olly who wears all black and climbs walls. Maddy takes a liking to Olly immediately – but how can a girl who can never leave her house fall in love with anyone?
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I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle (Corgi Childrens, 2 July 2015)
An intriguing, beautiful, and haunting contemporary novel that blends very real and serious issues with paranormal elements, THE ACCIDENT SEASON should be more aptly named THE SECRET SEASON. This is a book about secrets – horrible ones, heartbreaking ones – and how we all drown in our own secrets sometimes.
Every year, towards the end of October, Cara and her family become far more accident-prone than usual. They fall and cut themselves and break their bones, and worse – as the deaths of several relatives have shown before. Whenever the accident season rolls around, Cara's mother wraps her children up in layers and tries to make the house as safe as possible with soft rugs and bubble wrap. This year looks to be no different at first – but as Cara starts to plan a Halloween party together with her sister, Alice, her ex-stepbrother, Sam, and her best friend, Bea, things get even stranger than usual. Is this the year they will finally break free of their curse?
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Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (#1 in the Seraphina series) (Corgi Childrens, 3 January 2013)
SERAPHINA is a smart and stunning new take on dragons that uses the contrast between dragons and humans to bring human emotion to the fore of the book, making for a fascinating and often moving story.
Prince Rufus has been murdered – his head bitten clean off, evidence that it could only have been the work of a dragon. Dragons and humans have enjoyed peace for four decades, thanks to the treaty negotiated by Ardmagar Cormonot, leader of the dragons, and Queen Lavonda, but now this fragile peace might be easily lost. Seraphina, a musician at court, finds herself somehow entangled in the investigation into the murder, led by Prince Lucian Kiggs. But Seraphina has a terrible secret to hide...
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