Year 8 Bookworm Recommendations (Fantasy/Paranormal/SciFi)

To Hold the Bridge: A Tale of the Old Kingdom and Other Stories

To Hold the Bridge: A Tale of the Old Kingdom and Other Stories

Garth Nix

A collection of Garth Nix's best short stories, featuring a diverse cast of characters - protectors, travellers, warriors - ranging across vividly evoked worlds and times.

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 Read reviewPandora Jones: Admission

Pandora Jones: Admission

Barry Jonsberg

Pandora Jones wakes in a changed world at The School - a sanctuary for survivors of a plague pandemic. Haunted by terrible dreams, surrounded by traumatic events, Pandora must trust her instincts if she is to stay safe. And her...

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Pandora Jones: Deception

Pandora Jones: Deception

Barry Jonsberg

Pandora and her team are already two members down. The survival of humanity in the post-plague world depends on them. But who can she trust? Book two in the thrilling, action-packed Pandora Jones series.

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Pandora Jones: Reckoning

Pandora Jones: Reckoning

Barry Jonsberg

Pan blinked. Something strange was happening to her mind and body. She felt relaxed, but at the same time, acutely aware of everything. She remembered the Professor's words: she was the cause of the destruction of humanity. And...

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The Tribe Book 1: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

The Tribe Book 1: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

Ambelin Kwaymullina

The Reckoning destroyed civilisation and humanity has had to rise from the ashes. But there are now people with abilities -- Flyers, Firestarters, Rumblers … and society is scared of them. The government calls them Illegals.

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The Tribe Book 2: The Disappearance of Ember Crow

The Tribe Book 2: The Disappearance of Ember Crow

Ambelin Kwaymullina

The Tribe is settling back into life in the Firstwood. But Ashala Wolf is struggling to control her Sleepwalking ability -- it has become unpredictable and dangerous. Then Ember Crow goes missing and Ashala discovers her friend...

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The Tribe Book 3: The Foretelling of Georgie Spider

The Tribe Book 3: The Foretelling of Georgie Spider

Ambelin Kwaymullina

A storm was stretching out across futures to swallow everything in nothing, and it was growing larger, which meant it was getting nearer...

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 Read reviewThese Broken Stars

These Broken Stars

Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

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This Shattered World

This Shattered World

Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

This second instalment in the epic Starbound trilogy which began with THESE BROKEN STARS introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war: Jubilee Chase, a tough soldier who has faced more than her fair...

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 Read reviewA Corner of White: The Colours of Madeleine Book 1

A Corner of White: The Colours of Madeleine Book 1

Jaclyn Moriarty

A mesmerising story of two worlds; the cracks between them, the science that binds them and the colours that infuse them

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The Young Elites

The Young Elites

Marie Lu

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it's...

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The Cracks in the Kingdom: The Colours of Madeleine Book 2

The Cracks in the Kingdom: The Colours of Madeleine Book 2

Jaclyn Moriarty

Madeleine and Elliot must unlock the dangerous cracks between the Kingdom and the World to save the royal family.

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Seed

Seed

Lisa Heathfield

Fifteen-year-old Pearl has lived her whole life protected within the small community at Seed, where they worship Nature and idolise their leader, Papa S. When some outsiders arrive, everything changes. Pearl experiences feelings...

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Burn: The Rephaim Book Four

Burn: The Rephaim Book Four

Paula Weston

As kick-ass as Buffy, as cool as True Blood and as sexy as Fallen, Burn is the fourth and final book in Paula Weston's explosive Rephaim series, completing the story started in Shadows, Haze and Shimmer.

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 Read reviewSpark

Spark

Rachael Craw

One day Evie's an ordinary seventeen year old, grieving for her mother. The next, she's a Shield, the result of a decades-old experiment gone wrong, bound by DNA to defend her best friend from an unknown killer...

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Stray

Stray

Rachael Craw

It's hard to remember hating anything as much as I hate Affinity; a bone-deep loathing for the faceless unknown and the concrete walls of my own DNA. Evie is a Shield: designed to kill in order to...

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Echo Boy

Echo Boy

Matt Haig

Audrey's father taught her that to stay human in the modern world, she had to build a moat around herself; a moat of books and music, philosophy and dreams. A moat that makes Audrey different from the echoes: sophisticated,...

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 Read reviewMagonia

Magonia

Maria Headley

Maria Dahvana Headley's soaring YA debut is a fiercely intelligent, multilayered fantasy where Neil Gaiman's Stardust meets John Green's The Fault in Our Stars in a story about a girl caught between two worlds ... two races ......

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The Double Shadow

The Double Shadow

Sally Gardner

London 1937: 17-year-old Amaryllis tries to free herself from the terrifying double shadow of her childhood and forge her own future, but she is trapped in a memory machine created by her father.

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Afterlight

Afterlight

Rebecca Lim

Dark, thrilling and spooky. A dangerous love story that reveals the unworldly and deadly pull of the past.

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The Astrologer's Daughter

The Astrologer’s Daughter

Rebecca Lim

Avicenna Crowe's mother, Joanne, is an astrologer with uncanny predictive powers and a history of being stalked. Now she is missing. The police are called, but they're not asking the right questions. Like why Joanne lied about her...

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