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The Treatment By C.L. Taylor

The Treatment‘The Treatment’ is C.L.Taylor’s first Young Adult novel.

All sixteen year old Drew Finch wants is to be left alone. She’s not interested in spending time with her mum and stepdad and when her disruptive fifteen year old brother Mason is expelled from school for the third time and sent to a residential reform academy she’s almost relieved.Everything changes when she’s followed home from school by the mysterious Dr Cobey, who claims to have a message from Mason. There is something sinister about the ‘treatment’ he is undergoing. The school is changing people. Determined to help her brother, Drew must infiltrate the Academy and unearth its deepest, darkest secrets.

I’ve been a fan of CL Taylor’s books for a number of years and I’m not the only one, as she recently won a Dead Good Reader Award for her latest book, ‘The Escape’. So, when I heard that she was releasing her first YA book, I was curious to see how she would write for the younger market and I wasn’t disappointed with this fast paced drama.

The story is seen solely through the eyes of Drew, a quick-witted girl who enjoys nothing more than surfing the web and online gaming, than interact with real people. She’s content in her life until one day, it’ all blown apart when a woman approaches her with a letter, claiming her little brother needs her help and so Drew finds herself in a cult like society, which rids rebellious teenagers and children of their personalities and turns them into clones through various methods of treatment.

Drew’s priority is stop her brother getting the treatment, that he would lose his outgoing and fun personality so the only way she can get prevent that from happening is to get inside the Residential Reform Academy. Once inside, Drew uncovers a lot of secrets about the institute and discovers a lot more than she expected in the eerie place.

I loved this story. Even though it’s set in the present and in UK, it does read like a dystopian and futuristic book. It flows at quite a fast pace with a fascinating lead character, who’s bold, outspoken and most importantly determined. She’s a confident young woman, who’s not afraid to stand up to the bullies and the staff at the school and she becomes friends with the quiet underdogs that others may take advantage off.

Throughout the story, there’s an eerie undertone, that only fully comes to a head when the story comes to an end, revealing quite a few secrets, not only to the reader but also to Drew and Mason. The book is cleverly written and it reads like an episode of ‘Black Mirror’, which is also scarily realistic. ‘The Treatment’ is an exciting introduction to a new series by C.L. Taylor and one series that all people of all ages will enjoy.

You can pre-order The Treatment from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 19th October 2017.

Alyson Noel Writers Tip

Alyson NoelAuthor of ‘Unrivalled’, Alyson Noel shares her writing tip. The best advice I can give any writer is to read—and read widely. Read different genres and learn from books you like and those you don’t because you can take something away from every one to develop your own style.

Cecelia Ahern Releases First Young Adult – Flawed

FlawedMulti-best-selling author Cecilia Ahern is returning to our bookshelves this year, with her first Young Adult novel called ‘Flawed’.

The story of ‘Flawed’ is –

Set in a powerfully realised society where perfection is valued above humanity, with an intense love story at its centre. Good-girl Celestine has always agreed with the system but following an act of kindness towards one of the Flawed is herself excluded and soon she is fighting for her own survival – and for love.

With ‘Flawed’ being Ceceilia’s first step into the Young Adult genre, it sounds like a must read!

You can pre-order Flawed from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 24th March 2016.

Win A Copy Of Hello, Goodbye And Everything In Between By Jennifer E. Smith

Hello, Goodbye And Everything in BetweenOne of all time favourite Young Adult authors, Jennifer E. Smith is back with a brand new story called ‘Hello, Goodbye And Everything in Between’ and the generous people at Headline Publishing have given me two copies of the book, one for me and one for a lucky winner.

The story of ‘Hello, Goodbye And Everything in Between’ is –

One night. A life-changing decision. And a list…

Of course Clare made a list. She creates lists for everything. That’s just how she is.

But tonight is Clare and Aidan’s last night before college and this list will decide their future, together or apart.

It takes them on a rollercoaster ride through their past – from the first hello in science class to the first conversation at a pizza joint, their first kiss at the beach and their first dance in a darkened gymnasium – all the way up to tonight.

A night of laughs, fresh hurts, last-minute kisses and an inevitable goodbye.

But will it be goodbye forever or goodbye for now?

To be in with an chance of winning this book, simply reply below with your answer to the question by Monday 7th September and I shall pick a name at random.

What does Clare create?

Good luck everyone!

Bones And All By Camille DeAngelis

Bones And All‘Bones And All’ is Camille DeAngelis’s first book.

Abandoned by her mother with only some cash, her birth certificate and the rucksack on her back, a young woman named Maren sets off on a long journey of self-discovery. She doesn’t blame her mother for leaving; she’s only too aware of the trail of pain and tragedy that lies in her wake, following her like a ghost. Innumerable schools and relocations later, Maren is determined to find the key to who she is, and why she does the things she does. For Maren has urges that she can’t control. Cannabalistic urges. And now she’s desperate to take control.

This is Camile’s debut novel and it’s quite a dark and eerie story that leaves a bitter taste in your mouth.

The story is written solely in the first person and is seen from the perspective of sixteen year old Maren, a quiet and timid girl who harbours a terrible secret, a secret so terrible that it makes her mother abandon her leaving her only with her birth certificate and some money. Lonely and scared, Maren then goes off on her own journey, hoping to find her father and hopefully get an explanation as why to she is the way she is. As she travels along, Maren encounters some strangers along the way including Lee, a caring, older boy who is like her in so many ways. Together, the pair of them embark on a tentative friendship confiding and helping each other along the way.

This story is incredibly dark and unsettling as it is primarily about cannibalism and it’s hard to have a dislike towards Maren as she is the bad guy of the story but she is quite a sweet and caring girl, who does try to keep people at distance so no-one gets hurt, so she does live quite a lonely existence and that does make for sad reading, as people would get close to her unaware of the danger they were putting themselves in and she had to deal with the guilt and repercussions of her actions.

A unique, coming of age story about family, love, growing up and finding yourself, ‘Bones And All’ is a stunning story with an original tale and an intriguing lead that made the book impossible to put down and with its strange combination of the sweet and the macabre, this book is perfect for fans of horror.

You can buy Bones And All from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.