Thursday, October 29, 2009

YA new releases for 2009 Part One

I have compiled a list of books that have been released this year by New Zealand authors. I have added some descriptions and some images. So keep an eye out for these really interesting sounding titles.

Nina of the Dark by Ken Catran

Nina of the dark was slave-born and fated to seek a terrible truth from lost centuries. Her only allies a thief, a giant and an ancient prophesy, Nina must battle the darkness in herself and the ungodly creatures of evil who threaten humans with a new dark age.

The Bone Tiki by David Hair

What do you do when you meet a tohunga makutu? You run. When reality dissolves and myths and legends come alive? You run faster. And when the dead come to life and blood debts have to be paid, will you have the courage to do what must be done? Matiu Douglas has a bone tiki he stole from a tangi. His father's important new client wants it. Badly. And he has some very nasty friends. When Mat is forced to flee for his life, an unexpected meeting with a girl called Pania sets his world spinning. Suddenly he's running through the bush with a girl-clown, a dog who is way too human, and a long-dead warrior. Fearful creatures from legend are rising up around him, and Mat faces a terrifying ordeal. And there is nowhere left to hide...not even in another world.

The Crossing by Mandy Hager

The Crossing, the first of the 'Blood of the Lamb' trilogy, is set on a fictional Pacific island, approximately three generations after an apocalyptic event (a solar flare) in 2012 threw the world into complete chaos. At that time, a large cruise ship 'Star of the Sea' had just foundered at the entrance to the main lagoon. This cruise ship, and her accompanying crew, forms a temporary sanctuary for the island's inhabitants. Over the intervening years, the descendants of the original ship's captain and officers manipulate Christian texts to implant themselves as 'gods'. With greater resources and reserves than the islanders, this white elite re-builds a society that is predominantly designed to meet its own needs - especially one specialised 'need'...the need for blood. A leukaemia-related disease (attributed to the radiation from the solar flare) has reached epidemic proportions, with few able to escape its grasp. As pharmaceutical intervention is no longer an option, the elite have developed a method of maintaining their strength and prolonging their lives once diagnosed The trilogy follows the fate of fifteen-year-old Maryam and three other main characters - Joseph, Lazarus and Ruth.

Brainjack by Brian Falkner

Sam, a teenage computer genius, takes up an invitation to join a secret online convention for the best hackers in the world. The location for the convention? The White House. But Sam finds out that it is really a challenge to find expert hackers to protect the country. Sam is thrown into a world of international high-risk security and double crossing traitors where he must protect the world from a metasystem, connected to every computer terminal satellite and secuitry camera, that seeks to erase the human race.

Real Life by Ella West

Despite their gifts, Nicky and her fellow travellers are back at the Project. They've been isused with new tracking bracelets that can't be removed, leaving them all feeling trapped and betrayed. But Nicky won't be confined. She continues to brood on escape, but discovers a swim team in the nearby town, returning to what she loves. But for how long will the Project tolerate her small slice of freedom? Meanwhile, the project is caught up in sinister, questionable affairs. When terrorists threaten, Nicky is sent to the dangerous heart of the matter. No longer afraid of her remarkable abilities, and no longer willing to let others decide for her, Nicky is on the brink of retrieving her own real life. But destructive forces close in.

Fire on High by David Hill

Jonno has won an essay writing competition, and his prize is a trip to South America to watch a total eclipse of the sun. When Jonno arrives he notices more about the country he is visiting than the eclipse, as a group of local people, the NUF, are protesting against the government. Armed soldiers are also walking the streets and there are reports of violence and death on both sides. Jonno is looking forward to returning to the safety of home but when he and his fellow travellers get on an aeroplane, their plane is hijacked by members of the NUF.

Ruined by Paula Morris

Rebecca couldn't feel more out of place in New Orleans, where she comes to spend the year while her dad is travelling. She's staying in a creepy old house with her Aunt Claudia, who reads Tarot cards for a living. And at the snooty prep school, a pack of filthy-rich girls treat Rebecca like she's invisible. Only gorgeous, unavailable Anton Grey seems to give Rebecca the time of day, but she wonders if he's got a hidden agenda. Then one night, in Lafayette Cemetery, Rebecca makes a friend. Sweet, mysterious Lisette is eager to talk to Rebecca, and to show her the nooks and crannies of the city.

Lake of the Dead by Stu Duval

Six classmates are on a hiking trip to study the geological features of the vast and wild Bellevue Forest when the mighty Mount Darius erupts. The group are swept into a violent landslide of soil and rock. Josh and Greer find themselves alone in a dramatically changed landscape. Lost they stumble upon an eerie, abandoned town and its long-forgotten secrets. And they discover why the lake that surrounds the town was once given the name "Lago da Morte", Lake of the Dead.


  1. Loving the cover of Nina of the Dar. Story sounds good too.

  2. Beautiful covers!
    Ruined by Paula Morris sounds very good, do want to read that. :)

  3. I had no idea Ruined was by a kiwi! I really want to read the crossing too. I'm an Aussie and my boy's a JAFA, so I keep an eye out for NZ books ;)


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