Parasites by Matthew Samuels
Books / October 24, 2019

Parasites is a YA science fiction, solarpunk exploration novel that takes place at the end of the universe, just as it slowly starts to contract in the ‘big crunch’. On the planet Lyra, humans evolved late, on a resource-poor world, in a resource-poor solar system. The Lyrans master space flight, only to discover that their nearest worlds have also been stripped of resources. The population begins to decline, until a scientist discovers a technology allowing people and vehicles to travel through ‘thinnings’ – patches of space linking universes. Kael and Alessia are explorers, charting where the thinnings go and bringing valuable resources back to Lyra, trying desperately to extend the lifespan of their home world. Alessia’s father, Ben, set out two years ago to uncover another species’ reference to a ‘solution’ to the big crunch problem – but never returned. A chance discovery leads Kael and Alessia to a clue, prompting another expedition to see if they can avoid the mistakes of the past and help to unravel the mystery. Kael, Alessia and their gruff bodyguard Basteel retrace Ben’s steps, seeking closure for Alessia, a solution for Lyra and together begin a voyage through wild, weird and wonderful planets My…

Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab (Cassidy Blake 2)
Books / September 5, 2019

A unique story combining ghostly hauntings, friendship and history  Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake… even more than usual.  She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities.   Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.  When Cass accidently awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter – and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery.  But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.  And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever. My Review Thanks to Mary at Scholastic UK for my ARC of ‘Tunnel of Bones’ by Victoria Schwab, the 2nd book in her Cassidy Blake series, and follow-up to City of Ghosts. For me, this book is a real departure from my usual Crime Fiction reads, but when asked by Scholastic if I would like a review copy , and on reading the blurb, I thought I would give this a try. Primarily this is young…