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MPer Jennifer shares her thoughts on ‘addictively page turning’ horror ‘Sick’ by Tom Leveen.

YOU REVIEW: MP!er Jennifer shares her thoughts on ‘Sick’ by Tom Leveen. His first step into the realms of horror YA fiction. 



Describe the plot of ‘Sick’ in a tweet – Less than 140 characters please!

A story of high school friends and the battle they have to stay alive while all around them there are infected students killing any living person they see. [MP! note: Slightly more than a tweet but we'll let you off.]


What genre would you class the book as?


What was the best bit?

For me there wasn’t a best bit I found it additively page turning from start to finish. It really surprised me as I wouldn’t usually go for a book in the horror genre. I really engaged with the storyline between Brian and Kenzie as it was very true to life, almost all of us have known someone affected by cancer and it helped me connect to the characters on a personal level.

Anything you didn’t like?

I don’t think I disliked any part of the book, only the cover as it lacked imagination. The content was well written and kept me engaged though out.

Would you recommend ‘Sick’ to your friends?

I would recommend this book to anyone, it’s easy to read and very well written.

Do you think it would appeal to girls or boys more? Or both?

I think it would appeal to both sexes, there’s different layers to the book and underlying stories.

Anything else you’d like to tell us about ‘Sick’?

The characters in the book were all very believable, Brian and his friends all came to life on the page. This book would make an incredible film!

Keep an eye out for free chapter giveaways, author Twitter takeovers, competitions and exclusive content, only on Maximum Pop!

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October’s MP! Book Club: Sick by Tom Leveen

Sickness rips through Brian’s school, blood devouring zombies that won’t let anyone or thing stand in their way. What would you do if you were stuck in school and everyone around you was slowly being taken away into sickness? Prepare to not be able to put this book down. 


Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd. They’re the misfits, the troublemakers — the ones who jump their High School’s electrified fence to skip school regularly. So when the virus breaks out, they’re the only ones with a chance of surviving. The virus turns Brian’s classmates and teachers into bloodthirsty attackers who don’t die easily. In other words: Zombies.

The whole school goes on lockdown and the military surrounds the fence and Brian and his best friend Chad are safe (and stuck) in the theater department — far from Brian’s sister, Kenzie and his ex-girlfriend with a panic attack problem, Laura. Brian and Chad, along with some of the theater kids who he’d never given the time of day before, decide to find the girls and bring them to the safety of the theater. But it won’t be easy, and it will test everything they thought they knew about themselves and their classmates. In a world turned upside down, who exactly are the real monsters?

Keep an eye out for free chapter giveaways, author Twitter takeovers, competitions and exclusive content, only on Maximum Pop!

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October’s MP! Book Club: Yolo by Lauren Myracle

The fourth book in the Internet girls series, ‘Yolo’ by Lauren Myracle  is a modern tale of three BFF’s trying to cope with long distance relationships and the struggles of moving away from home. Could you cope with making new friends all over again and getting dumped by text? 


It’s freshman year of college for the winsome threesome and *everything* is different. For one, the best friends are facing their first semester apart. Way, way apart. Across the country. And it’s not just the girls who are separated. Zoe’s worried that Doug wants to break up now that they’re at different schools and Maddie’s boyfriend Ian is back in Georgia. And Angela joins a sorority, which is SO not a Maddie thing to do. In the face of chance and diverging paths, Maddie’s got a plan to keep the friends close and it involved embracing the present, making memories and skydiving!

Using of-the-moment technology, Lauren brings her ground-breaking series into the brave new virtual world of texting and tweets.

Keep an eye out for free chapter giveaways, author Twitter takeovers, competitions and exclusive content, only on Maximum Pop!


A year in books. 2015 Young Adult book releases to look out for

From fantasy and thrillers to real life and books that’ll have you crying with laughter, Maximum Pop! rounds-up the biggest YA releases of 2015 so you never miss your favourite words. Browse the best titles from all the big book publishers and star authors, and click through to amazon.co.uk to pre-order.

Each month we choose one fantastic book and champion it as the MP! Book Club title. Free chapters, author Twitter take overs, reviews and give ways. Plus you can join in too, with You Review. We’ve marked our Book Club titles below.

Book title, author, publisher


  • ‘Ensnared’ (Splintered series book 3), A. G Howard, Amulet
  • ‘Talon’, Julie Kagawa, Harlequin Teen
  • ‘Vendetta’, Catherine Doyle, Chicken House
  • ‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It’, Saci Lloyd, Hachette
  • ‘The Here & Now’, Ann Brashares, Hachette
  • ‘Arsenic for Tea’, Robin Stevens, Corgi Children
  • ‘The Storm’, Virginia Bergin, Macmillan
  • ‘The Door That Led to Where’, Sally Gardner, Hot Key Books
  • ‘Captive,’ A.J Grainger, Simon & Schuster
  • ‘Jekyll’s Mirror’, William Hussey, Oxford University Press
  • ‘Soonchild’, Russell Hoban, Walker
  • ‘Scarlet Ibis’, Gill Lewis, Oxford University Press
  • ‘Ratburger’, David Walliams, Harper Collins
  • ‘The New Patrol: Liam Scott’, Andy McNab, Corgi Children’s
  • ‘Department 19: Zero  Hour’, Will Hill, Harper Collins
  • ‘Picture Perfect (Geek Girl)’, Holly Smale, Harper Collins
  • ‘Playlist For The Dead’, Michelle Falkoff, Harper Teen
  • ‘The Last Leaves Falling’, Sarah Benwe, Definitions


  • ‘Strung’, Joss Stirling, Oxford University Press
  • ‘The Sin Eater’s Daughter’, Melinda Salisbury, Scholastic Press
  • ‘Unspeakable’, Abbie Rushton, Atom
  • ‘Gifted’, Donald Hounam, Corgi Children’s
  • ‘SEEKER’, Arwen Dayton, Corgi Children’s
  • ‘The One Safe Place’, Tania Unsworth, Indigo
  • ‘The Dinosaur That Pooped A Lot’, Tom Fletcher & Dougie Poynter, Red Fox
  • ‘Infinity Drake: The Sons of Scarlatti’, John McNall, Harper Collins
  • ‘Spook’s: A New Darkness’, Joseph Delaney, Red Fox

MARCH 2015

  • ‘Under My Skin’, James Dawson, Hot Key Books
  • ‘Half Wild’, Sally Green, Penguin
  • ‘Game Changer’, Tom Bowler, Oxford University Press
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You Review: We need 10 MP!ers to review ‘The Cure For Dreaming’ by Cat Winters

We’re going book crazy at MP! over the spooky months, forget heading out into the cold, dismal English weather to get a thimble full of chocolate from your old neighbours. This year, we’re snuggling in front of the fire with our own nibbles and getting spooky with books.


Abrams and Chronicle are going to be bringing you exclusive snippets, interviews, takeovers and competitions to get you in the mood. Continue reading

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You Review: We need 10 MP!ers to review ‘Sick’ by Tom Leveen.

The second instalment in our bumper book club month is ‘Sick’ by Tom Leveen. With Halloween around this corner this book could give you some inspo for your costume or a creepy night in with your pals.

Abrams and Chronicle are going to be bringing your exclusive snippets, interviews, takeovers and competitions to get you in the mood – or to keep you sweet so you don’t eat them when you turn into a zombie, who knows!? Continue reading

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You Review: We need 10 MP!ers to review ‘YOLO’ by Lauren Myracle

This month we’re going to be bringing your our favourite October picks from Abrams and Chronicle. To get us started we’re going to be chatting about ‘YOLO’ by Lauren Myracle, the forth book in the best selling series.

Grab your hot chocolate, blankets and of course optional reading kitty as we  bring you behind the scenes exclusives, interviews and more.

If you fancy giving it a read and having your review posted on Maximum Pop! for the whole world to see, then drop us a tweet @maximumpop

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Monday’s Twitter Takeover: Author of ‘Flirty Dancing’ @JennyMcLachlan1 will be answering your Q’s on @maximumpop from 7pm

Books are just awesome aren’t they? We’ve found another cracker that you need sitting proudly on your book shelf.

Flirty Dancing‘  by Jenny McLachlan tells a warm, nuanced, hilarious story about friendship, fortitude . . . and dancing is impossible not to fall in love with!

We’ve got Jenny herself taking over the @maximumpop account on Monday at 7pm. This is your chance to answer questions about the characters, get your own writing tips or just generally have a natter!

Head on over to @maximumpop on Monday at 7pm and use the hashtag #FlirtyDancingMaxPop

If that’s not enough reason to join in Jenny will also be running a competition to put someone’s name into the third book in the series! Can we have a dog called Maximum Pop! in the third instalment please?

Buy Flirty Dancing on Amazon for just £3.85