One great new book every month reviewed by… YOU. Love it, hate it, couldn’t put it down. Read on to see how your opinion on the follow up to the best-selling smash hit book Night School can be featured right here on Maximum Pop! next week.
Night School: Legacy, book two in C.J. Daugherty’s thrilling Night School series is out now – and we want you to exclusively review it for Maximum Pop!
In the last year kick-arse, red-headed, Doc Marten-wearing heroine, Allie Sheridan has survived three arrests, two breakups and one family breakdown. Cimmeria Academy is pretty much the only place where she feels she belongs.
But far from being a safe-haven, the cloistered boarding school walls prove more dangerous than Allie could ever imagine. Nobody – the faculty, her friends, her family – is safe.
When everyone is lying, who do you trust . . ?
A mix of crime thriller and teen romance set in a boarding school with its very own Skulls-style secret society. If you’ve ever watched the films Cruel Intentions or Skulls then you’re along the right lines.
Watch the book’s trailer and complete the form below to be in with a chance to review Night School: Legacy.
MP! loved psychological thriller Torn by Cat Clarke but did you? Let’s find out. We read it, you read it and Kirsty Clift and Alexandria Morison read it. Take a look at what they thought and then utilise the comment functionality to let us know why you massively disagree. For those of you not familiar with the Book Club – we all go away and impress our parents by reading an MP! endorsed title – and then come back and have our say on the highs, lows and bits that made you punch yourself in the ear, or the air in glee.
Check out Kirsty’s review below:
I really liked the fact that, even though the main character was going through a lot of stress because of what she had done, she was still easy to relate to. While I was reading it, I felt like if I had been in the same situation, I would have done very similar things to what she did.
The only thing I disliked was that the book wasn’t even longer, I couldn’t find a bad point in it at all!
Definitely, I’ve never read a book with a bigger cliffhanger than the one it left me on. If a second book was released I’d definitely read it to find out what happens next!
Definitely, it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. I’ve already recommended it to a few friends.
Keep reading for Alexandria’s review:
Budding authors, listen up. How would YOU fancy the chance to get one of your short stories showcased online for everyone to read AND a selection of new books for you to sink your teeth into? No, it’s not a dream – it’s the prize that Bloomsbury are genuinely offering in their 247tales competition.
In a nutshell: Every month, a Bloomsbury author will write their own short story on a particular topic – then it’s up to all 10 – 16 year olds in the UK that want to be a writer to pen their own story on that topic too. The catch? Your story can only be 247 words!
The competition launches at 2:47pm TODAY (World Book Day) with a 247tale from bestselling author Tony Bradman on the theme of The Ship. Details on how to enter this once-in-a-lifetime competition can be found right here. Authors taking part include Anne Cassidy, Jim Eldridge, Sarah Crossan, A.F. Harrold, Laura Powell and Sue Limb.
Read a book hand-selected by team MP!, love it or hate it, come back and chat about it with other MP!ers, feel very grown up and knowledgeable – welcome to MP! Book Club Month 2. This month’s release is Torn by Cat Clarke. Read our review below, order a copy here, then join us same time next week to discuss the book with other MP!ers including the 5 of you that already got a copy free.
Torn by Cat Clark is a psychological thriller set in the bleak wilderness of Scotland and the bustling streets of London. It follows the story of a school trip that goes terribly wrong. Alice, her best friend Cass, Queen bee Tara, social outcast Polly and moody emo Rea are stuck together in a cabin. Plans start to form and friendships begin to unravel after Cass decides to teach Tara a lesson she’ll never forget. Back home in London each girl struggles with the weight of their terrible secret, should they admit their guilt or stay true to their pact of silence?
Packed with characters that you’d expect to see walk right off the page and into your own school, Torn is frighteningly realistic. Despite the shocking events at the heart of the novel the way Alice and her accomplices deal with their burden brings the story crashing back down to reality. Alice is the perfect lead, the girl with the tragic past who (despite her circumstances) longs for normality, a bit of romance with gorgeous Jack and to fit into her skinny jeans. Meanwhile the book’s “villain” Tara is a character that could have stepped right out of Mean Girls but like Alice she has her own past to thank for her present.
The characters are the real strength of the book but sometimes the constant shifting of the story is frustrating – there’s a lot to pack into 300 pages and some characters (like Rea) are left to fend for themselves. But Torn is really Alice’s story and the shift from horror to romance to psychological thriller is what makes the book so exciting, the sudden change in emotions in Alice is something we can all relate to. The secret that lies at the heart of the story may be out of the realms of our reality but Alice and her actions are so believable, and that’s what makes Torn so frightening.
5 lucky MP!ers are going to kick start the book club with their expert reviews – then don’t forget to leave your comments below to tell us what YOU thought of the characters, story and more!
Name: Jess Montague
What did you like?: Whilst reading the book I found myself being drawn to the characters and becoming attached to their journeys throughout the book.
What didn’t you like?: Some parts of the book were a little bit predictable.
Recommend to a friend?: Yes, definitely.
The first book that we’re all reading for our brand new MP! Book Club is the supernatural Touch Of Power by Maria V. Snyder – packed with magical battles, an epic journey and, of course, a touch of romance, it’s the story of Avry, a mysterious healer, set in the years following an outbreak of a devastating plague. And we loved it.
If we’ve not done our job very well and you’re still unconvinced, we’re going to give you the chance to read the first chapter of Touch Of Power for free (yeah baby!) – but that’s not all. One lucky person will also win a Kindle. Interested? Keep reading to find out how to enter…
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
Touch Of Power by Maria V. Snyder is available to buy from Amazon.co.uk for just £6.11 now.
Congratulations to the lucky ten who will all recieve a copy of Touch Of Power to read for the first ever MP! Book Club:
Jack Sargeson, Jess Montague, Nuzhat Ali, Nadia Madoui, Jade Maiden, Tyler Damara, Rachel Jones, Louise Schiavone, Leah Carter and Becca Lever!
Remember, you have two weeks to finish the book and then we’ll meet you all right here (on January 30th) to read your comments and discuss what everyone thought.
For those of you who weren’t chosen but still want to take part – Touch Of Power by Maria V. Snyder is available to buy from Amazon.co.uk for just £6.07 now.