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  1. Unravelling questions in a rollicking good adventure

    Posted Jul 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... YP reader Ronaq Mathur The Warlock Michael Scott Published by Random House ISBN 9780375899564 Michael Scott has finally published the fifth book in his brilliant Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. After the first four bestsellers- The Alchemy ...

  2. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

    Posted Dec 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... final) Twilight novel- possesses more puff than poignancy, as the filmmakers mistake dragged-out depictions of broodiness and angst as signs of epic drama. Breaking Dawn Part 1 begins ...

  3. Lose yourself in the utter fantasy of the Gatekeepers

    Posted Feb 22nd 2009, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... John Millen Necropolis by Anthony Horowitz Published by Walker Books ISBN 978 1 84428 622 5 The fourth novel in The Power of Five series Necropolis continues the story of five teenagers with the power to save humanity from The Old Ones, an ancient evil that is threatening to destroy civilisation as we know it and turn the world into chaos. These five youngsters are The Gatekeepers, ...

  4. Fittingly exciting finale to a brilliant fantasy trilogy

    Posted Feb 01st 2009, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... But how can a father destroy his own daughter no matter how evil she is? Publisher Barry Cunningham called Hill's first Icemark novel 'the best movie I have ever read', and Hill has ... is skilful enough to know that brilliantly realised battles do not a novel make. There have to be interesting characters at the centre of the mayhem. Last Battle of the Icemark is a strong ...

  5. Channel hop

    Posted Oct 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Yvonne Lai Supernatural drama True Blood (HBO, Thursdays at 10pm) has never been for the squeamish or faint of heart. Over the past three seasons, Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin; X-Men), part-fairy waitress and heroine of the tale, has, it appears, fought ...

  6. Rollicking adventure as mystery man takes on kidnappers

    Posted Sep 14th 2008, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... Inventive, funny and quirkily romantic, Goldman's cult novel is suitable for any older reader looking for the thrills of a traditional adventure story with lots of unexpected bonuses and laughs ... The Princess Bride is pure enjoyment. Goldman's sharp wit, cracking dialogue and fantastic characters make this tongue-in-cheek adventure novel something special. Whether you're a young ...

  7. Tale of teenage upheaval too trouble-free to be true

    Posted Mar 16th 2008, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... John Millen The latest novel from Australian writer Kirsty Murray is aimed squarely at teenage female readers. The Secret Life of Maeve Lee Kwong focuses on a 13-year-old who goes through typical teen problems and a few which are less common. Once Murray introduces her eponymous heroine, the book holds few surprises. It's a slice of a young girl's life with its highs ...

  8. The Fourth Bear

    Posted Sep 16th 2007, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde Penguin, HK$112 Ever wondered why, in Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the porridge in the kitchen was too hot, too cold and just right when the gruel was poured into the bowls at the same time? This is just ...

  9. Dead Reckoning

    Posted Jun 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... James Kidd Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris (read by Johanna Parker) Orion unabridged (audiobook) How old is Sookie Stackhouse, heroine of Charlaine Harris' vampire novels, better known now as True Blood? At the start of this 11th instalment, Sookie reveals she's in her late 20s. Despite her supernatural gifts (she is telepathic) that will soon change: while her ...

  10. What's good for the goose

    Posted Apr 25th 2004, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... Will Princess Ani claim her rightful inheritance and marry a handsome prince? John Millen reviews a new book based on a classic fairytale For her impressive debut novel, American writer ... with teenage readers today. With a lot of restructuring and fleshing out, a traditional story from hundreds of years ago could just well end up as an intriguing new novel. Hale's idea is a simple ...




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