Fang by James Patterson

FangFang is the next in the Maximum Ride adventure series by James Patterson. In this fast-paced, action-packed book, Max continues her quest to save the world from evil forces. She faces a huge foe though – her perfect other half, Dylan. Dylan is a winged boy, raised in a lab, and exists only to be Max’s partner. Fang, though, is Max’s best friend and soul mate, and he is in trouble. Max tries desperately to protect Fang as the battle rages between science and the soul, perfection and passion.

You won’t be able to put this book down!

8.5/10

RF

Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson

Red Riding HoodThe town of Daggorhorn, deep within a forest, has been feeding a terrifying wolf every full moon with animal sacrifices. When a blood moon hangs over the forest, the townspeople are nervous. They haven’t seen the blood moon for many years. When the wolf brutally kills a young girl the town’s nerves are justified, but they have had enough and seek revenge. The main character, Valerie, is the sister of the girl who was murdered by the wolf. Struggling to come to terms with her sisters death, Valerie also has to deal with being betrothed to the blacksmith while having feelings for the woodcutter, and is pained to see her father drinking too much, and her mother’s grief. The town is turned on its head when it’s discovered the wolf is a werewolf that my be a member of their community by day.

This book will capture your attention from the very beginning. It is a bit like Twilight, with the love triangle, but set in a different era with different values. It is a murder-mystery book, and one that will keep you guessing.

RF 7/10

This book is also a major motion picture.

A waltz for Matilda by Jackie French

published by Angus & RobertsonThis story is set between 1894 and 1915 and Jackie French has incorporated many historical facts into this story.  Women’s rights and the federation of Australia are part of this story.

Matilda’s aunt and than her mother die so she leaves the city slums to find her unknown father and his farm.  Her search leads her to a community divided by the shearers’ strike and because of this and a very serious drought; her father has decided to turn swaggie.  Maltilda and her dad hit the road but are caught by the troopers and the local squatter, at a billabong.  They say that Matilda’s dad had stolen a sheep, so he tries to escape by jumping into the billabong but he is caught in the water weeds and drowns.  Matilda takes over the farm with the help of an aboriginal elder Auntie Love and some of her father’s friends.  During her journey through life, Matilda discovers that there are many kinds of love.

Great read.