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Maximum Ride Volume 7 by James Patterson

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Fang's blog has brought ITEX and their cruel research to the world's attention, and his readers take a stand at the facility where Max and the girls are being held, shutting the organisation down. But Max isn't through saving the world yet! When the Flock is asked to aid a group of environmental scientists studying the effects of global warming, the expedition seems like a perfect combination of adventure and activism. But even in Antarctica, Max is an irresistible target with the eyes of the world upon her. For whoever controls her powers could also control the world...

"While Ari closely resembles Wolverine from the X-Men, Patterson goes onto parody the characters as having mutant-like traits from these comics. Max is a strong female role model while Ari tries desperately to change who he is and find Max. This manga shows that anyone can change, even the bad guys." Sandra Scholes, Fantasy Book Review

Animal Farm by George Orwell

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Animal Farm is set in a farmyard where the animals decide to seize the farmer's land and create a co-operative that reaps the benefits of their combined labours. However, some animals see a bigger share of the rewards than others, and the animals start to question their supposed utopia. Little by little, the rules begin to mysteriously change, and the pigs seem to gain power little by little, making the animals question what society they were striving for in the first place and whether their new-found freedom is as liberating as they might have hoped.

"Animal Farm by George Orwell was first published in 1945 and will be celebrating its seventieth birthday next year. It is still a keen area of debate whether it remains relevant for readers of this generation - I certainly believe it is, and the fact that it is still studied as part of the United Kingdom’s English Literature curriculum would add further credence to this opinion. I re-read the novella last night and found its themes and messages just as powerful, moving and relevant as they must have been seven decades ago." Floresiensis, Fantasy Book Review

Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box by George Mann

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Summer, 1915. As Zeppelins rain death upon the rooftops of London, eminent members of society begin to behave erratically: a Member of Parliament throws himself naked into the Thames after giving a pro-German speech to the House; a senior military advisor suggests surrender before feeding himself to a tiger at London Zoo; a famed suffragette suddenly renounces the women's liberation movement and throws herself under a train. In desperation, an aged Mycroft Holmes sends to Sussex for the help of his brother, Sherlock.

"If you enjoy the Sherlock Holmes stories I would highly recommend this as Mann has clearly put a lot of effort into keeping the original Holmes and Watson’s character traits and even if the story itself is a bit ridiculous, it’s a fun read." Cat Fitzpatrick, Fantasy Book Review

The Relic Guild by Edward Cox

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Magic caused the war. Magic is forbidden. Magic will save us. It was said the Labyrinth had once been the great meeting place, a sprawling city at the heart of an endless maze where a million humans hosted the Houses of the Aelfir. The Aelfir who had brought trade and riches, and a future full of promise. But when the Thaumaturgists, overlords of human and Aelfir alike, went to war, everything was ruined and the Labyrinth became an abandoned forbidden zone, where humans were trapped behind boundary walls 100 feet high. Now the Aelfir are a distant memory and the Thaumaturgists have faded into myth. Young Clara struggles to survive in a dangerous and dysfunctional city, where eyes are keen, nights are long, and the use of magic is punishable by death. She hides in the shadows, fearful that someone will discover she is touched by magic. She knows her days are numbered. But when a strange man named Fabian Moor returns to the Labyrinth, Clara learns that magic serves a higher purpose and that some myths are much more deadly in the flesh. The only people Clara can trust are the Relic Guild, a secret band of magickers sworn to protect the Labyrinth. But the Relic Guild are now too few. To truly defeat their old nemesis Moor, mightier help will be required. To save the Labyrinth - and the lives of one million humans - Clara and the Relic Guild must find a way to contact the worlds beyond their walls.

"When I first started reading The Relic Guild, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I soon found myself engaged in the richness of Labrys Town and its varied residents. The story structure itself was split between many different perspectives and two different timelines, but this never felt confusing. Instead it was this structure that drew me in, wondering what had happened in the past that would lead to the events in the present." Michelle Herbert

Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead

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Richelle Mead turns what could be a standard vampire graphic novel into something more interesting.

God is Dead by Hickman Costa and Amorim

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The artwork in this novel is great, with a real depth and an amazing colour palate. When reading this you get a good sense of the destruction of the world and the darkness the survivors are facing. The gods have different colour schemes as well with a rich yellow backdrop surrounding the Egyptian gods. This is an action-packed graphic novel with most of the story focusing on battles between the American military and the Aztec gods.

Dirty Beasts by Roald Dahl

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Dirty Beasts is a far more diverse book than revolting Rhymes and one which definitely shows Dahl's calibre as an author, while possibly not as appealing for its relationship to traditional childhood stories, it's still a lot of fun, being in parts disturbing, funny wondrous and ironic, and highly worth the attention of any Roald Dahl fan young or old.

Sweet Sixteen by Francesca Jeffries

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The story goes back and forth at times to give readers an idea of what happened in the past. As her life gets worse, the story leaves you feeling as though anything could happen.

The Twilight Herald by Tom Lloyd

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Tom Lloyd’s The Twilight Reign series is surely shaping up to be one of the best epic fantasy series of the past several decades, and while I’m late to the party, I can’t wait to keep going.

Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl

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Revolting Rhymes is a book all children (and adults) should appreciate, and one which perhaps no other author could've gotten away with so completely, or so effortlessly. If you love Dahl's rhyming and surreal humour, or if you’re sick of the fluffiness and general predictability of the usual brand of Fairy tales, Dahl’s' Revolting Rhymes is absolutely a must read.

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