Book-A-Like: If I Stay & Thirteen Reasons Why

Exquisitely sad YA stories about life and death,  loss and love feature in this week's Book-A-Like.

BookaLike May 27Clay Jensen is still reeling from the death of his friend and first love, Hannah Baker, two weeks previous. When he arrives home one afternoon to a strange package on his doorstep, what he imagines is inside it is nothing compared to what lurks in the box. A stack of cassette tapes that chronicle Hannah’s reasons for taking her own life are being passed around to the people who lent a helping hand. Clay can’t imagine why he would be included. He never did anything wrong. But in listening to the tapes, he soon learns that what can push people to the edge isn’t always one big, bad occurrence. It can be a domino effect of small events building on top of each other. Hannah’s thirteen reasons why. - Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

If I Stay follows the story of Mia, a girl injured in a car crash that has killed her entire family. Lingering as a spirit, her body on life support, the reader experiences the highs and lows of Mia's life through flashbacks and snaps of reality.  Fighting to survive, Mia must decide, should she stay...or let go? - If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Reviewsday: Troll Mountain by Matthew Reilly

A perilous adventure. An unlikely hero. Matthew Reilly's latest novel Troll Mountain has all the elements of a fantasy masterpiece. 

In a remote valley surrounded by mountains, a tribe of humans is being killed off by a terrible disease.  The disease was horrifying- pus filled sores covered the victim's skin and their gums would begin to bleed. Soon after they would not be able to move and their teeth would start falling out. Covered in boils  they would fall asleep, never to wake again.

9781743537053However a rumour started to spread, the trolls of Troll Mountain have a cure for the illness: a miraculous elixir that healed whoever drank it. The Trolls not only controlled the mysterious cure, they also controlled the flow of water to the valley, often making the tribe beg for what little they received. With their people falling ill, the tribe sent two elders to the Trolls to beseech them to release more water. They never returned.

Raf and Kira are orphaned members of their tribe, living on the fringes of society, their parents killed by a rogue troll when they were young. Increasingly disgruntled, Raf is constantly questioning the Tribal leaders and their decisions. Why should the Tribal leaders get more food than everyone else? Why should they be the only ones with knowledge of weapons? In a small act of rebellion, Raf has started to develop weapons of his own that he practises with daily.

When Raf's sister gets sick and his tribal leaders refuse to help him, he makes a courageous decision. He sets out on his own for Troll Mountain ... to steal the elixir.  Aided by a hermit and a troll will he succeed?

The journey to the mountain has begun...


Colour your world

Adult colouring has exploded onto the scene this year, with fabulous titles like Johanna Basford's Enchanted Forest taking the world by storm! Evoking a sense of nostalgia, adults can act like kids again mixing and matching colours and creating their own designs. It could even be a family activity.

Not only is colouring fun, it's beneficial to your health! The repetitive motion and the focus required relaxes you, lowering activity in the part of the brain affected by stress and stimulating the areas related to creativity,  allowing your brain to work quietly in the background to resolve problems.

We've selected a few of the best adult colouring books on the market to inspire you- so grab those pencils, felt pens or crayons and get inventive! You never know what you might create.

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Spotlight on QBD Liverpool

It's all action and adventure this week as the QBD Liverpool team take the spotlight!

There's something for everyone- take a peek...

9780975231807Leadbelly by John Silvester & Andrew Rule: When the shooting starts in the underworld, war is a short word that covers a lot of ground. It can be a blood feud between criminal families, as savage and irrational as any vendetta. It can be revenge, exacted by enemies with long memories, old grudges and new information. Then, of course, there are the police, who belong to the biggest gang of all. The latest gangland war could prove the bloodiest but it isn't the first. - James (Store Manager)

Kevin Pietersen: Autobiography: I completely loved this book. Kevin was very open and honest about what happened with many encouragements to the reader to verify the facts in the book with the various sources. The ECB is painted in a very bad light here and I look forward to them trying to discredit him and to what lengths they will go. Very well written book and a really good read. - Greg 

9780007562251Farseer 01: Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb: Incredibly engaging and addictive. Hobb creates sprawling, expansive worlds and populates them with a diverse cast of characters that'll feel like old friends by the time you finish reading. On par with Robet Jordan, George R.R. Martin, and other fantasy greats. - Tomasz

American Sniper by Chris Kyle: Excellent read, absolutely enlightening to how thoroughly enjoyable, not to mention competitive, war can be to those that are obviously hooked on the adrenaline rush. The author is such a man, and when promoted out into an office job, a planner, turns it down because what he wants to do is be right in the middle of the action with a gun and his mates and was willing to put up with all kinds of hardship and danger, not to mention turning down a pay rise in order to do so. - Phil 

9780330541336The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga: I can only describe this book in one word: epic. When I think of desolation, despair and a burning need for survival all rolled into one book; well this would be it. It is compelling and gory, yet it is also emotional and riveting. I loved it so much that I continued reading the rest of the series. But I provide a simple warning: be prepared to read it alone! - Kristen

Arrow, Volume 1 by Marc Guggenheim & Andrew Kreisberg:  Based on the hit TV Show from the CW Network, spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city. But to do this he must become someone else. He must become something else... - Daniel

9780207160677What Bird Is That? by Neville Cayley: The iconic classic guide by Neville W. Cayley, now available in a more accessible pocket-sized edition. Cayley's perspicuous and unambiguous descriptions flow off the page at a digestible pace.  Nonetheless, Cayley possesses an ability to employ extravagant language, painting vivid images of his avian subjects, in a style on par with the many of the most exalted wordsmiths. If you often find yourself birdwatching, and thinking "What bird is that?", then this is the book for you. - Troy

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Book-A-Like: American Sniper & Exit Wounds

You wouldn't think a top American sniper and an Australian Major General would have much in common, but you would be wrong. These raw, moving accounts of service and sacrifice are eye-opening and will leave you riveted until the very end. 

Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle's masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the greatest war memoirs of all time. A native Texan who learned to shoot on childhood hunting trips with his father, Kyle was a champion saddle-bronc rider prior to joining the Navy. Book-A-Like May 20After 9/11, he was thrust onto the front lines of the War on Terror, and soon found his calling as a world-class sniper who performed best under fire. He recorded a personal-record 2,100-yard kill shot outside Baghdad; in Fallujah, Kyle braved heavy fire to rescue a group of Marines trapped on a street; in Ramadi, he stared down insurgents with his pistol in close combat. Kyle talks honestly about the pain of war-of twice being shot, and experiencing the tragic deaths of two close friends. - American Sniper by Chris Kyle

Exit Wounds is the compassionate and deeply human account of one man's tour of the War on Terror, the moving story of life on a modern battlefield: from the nightmare of cheating death in a minefield, to the poignancy of calling home while under rocket fire in Baghdad, to the utter despair of looking into the face of a dead soldier before sending him home to his mother. He has hidden his post traumatic stress disorder for decades, fearing it will affect his career. Raw, candid and eye-opening, no one who reads this book will be unmoved, nor forget its imagery or words.- Exit Wounds by Major General John Cantwell