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Your Questions About How To Discover New Books

Ruth asks…

If a normal person was discovered with learned/developed ability to fly, How will people react?

If an ordinary person is discovered with the ability to fly, and he/she says or believes that this is one of the many undiscovered and unlearned abilities of Humans, and this feels “impossible” because we have created our own definitions and rules of possibilities, How will other people react? In short term and long term?

New Niche Finder answers:

Because it is extraordinary skill without previous demonstration it would have to very rigerously proved without doubt. Then they’d probably be considered a bit of a freak. You’d have lots of dead people who tried to learn by jumping of buildings.

We’ve created our definitions and rules of impossibility based on what is demonstrably possible or not. We’d need a very good evidence to change this. There’ve been frauds before. So there’d be a lot of healthy cynicism, and then assuming it was true phsycists, biologists and psychologists would get very excited about new theories, and pop psychology self help book writers would make millions from the gulliable.

Michael asks…

What are some good teenage romance books?

I want to read some good books over the Christmas break so I’m not bored:) Can anybody give a list that are appropriate for teenage girls to read with some romance.

New Niche Finder answers:

How about Romiette and Julio by Sharon M. Draper?  It’s about an African-American girl and a Hispanic boy who fall in love online, then discover that they go to the same high school.  Like the troubled teens in Shakespeare’s play, Romiette and Julio find plenty of people who don’t want them together, including a local gang and their own parents. (236 pages)

Linda asks…

What’s a good book about a person who begins to question their reality?

So I know this may sound familiar *cough*(Matrix), but I would like something newer. I just find the idea of living in a world that isn’t real fascinating. Also I think the person’s journey to discover the truth is more important than the final destination, oh great I referenced another movie. Anyways like I said before I think the journey is more important, however I would like the plot to be resolved, but if the ending is left ambiguous on a good note that’s okay too.

New Niche Finder answers:

May be sidhartha by hermann hesse or his other books
or victor frankl’s books

Robert asks…

Is there an easy way to discover which travel agents cover a particular hotel?

Want to go back to a hotel in Cyprus which we have visited many times. We know that we can book direct with them but travelled with Thomas Cook last year for considerably less. Cant find the same hotel with TC this year. Anyone got any ideas please?

New Niche Finder answers:

Book the flight with TC and book with the hotel directly? Most travel agents can contact hotels and get deals (that’s basically their job) so if you speak personally with an agent they may be able to get you a deal. TC typically only has certain hotels available in order to keep costs down.

Betty asks…

What are some good books/series that involve romance and magic?

Im looking for books that involve romance , magic and mystery. Im not really into sci fi or anything like that. Suggestions would be awesome :)
Ive read harry potter – love them
just ordered a hunger games book.
Read books like old magic by marianne curley and others i cant remember :) thank you

New Niche Finder answers:

Romance, magic, and mystery – all of these include those themes.

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb – Dead Helen attaches herself to one human host after another for 130 years, until she meets James, a kindred spirit who has occupied the living body of a teenage boy whose soul has left. When he teaches Helen to do the same with the vacant body of a teen girl, the pair begin a romantic relationship that mixes old-fashioned courting and modern morals. More importantly, they begin to unravel the mysteries of their pasts. Caution: the physical aspects of the romance are explicit.

Down the Dead Road by David J. Nix – Teen “Cowboy” is pursued by Death, who has made multiple attempts on his life. He is an easy target, having lived on the streets his entire life, raised by a homeless woman. A series of events, including encounters with a supernatural figure, a brutal street gang, and a beautiful girl, lead him to search for his origins. The mayhem leaves both his heart and life in danger, but leads toward the astonishing truth. A story that gives humane treatment to the lesser of society, with a sweet romance thrown in. The multiple twists will leave you guessing.

The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance by Margaret Mahy – Laura has latent supernatural power, but has kept it in check. However, when she sees the face in the mirror, she knows it is a warning of dire things to come. The utterly evil Carmody Braque has marked her little brother, and now the boy’s illness is growing worse. Laura knows that she must “change over” – release her supernatural gifts – for the inevitable battle. But that requires joining forces with the enigmatic Sorenson, who she may hate, or may love. Outstanding!

The China Garden by Liz Berry – When Clare goes with her mother to an English estate with dark secrets, she begins an unexpected journey. The ensuing story spins itself into many layers, featuring mystery, fantasy, and romance, all centered around an ancient family feud of which Clare is unwittingly a part. This novel is very rich in detail with a lot of historical and mythological references, so it is not for the faint of heart. For those who like deep stories with realistic romance, this is an outstanding read.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diane Wynne Jones – In a complex and compelling fairy tale, Sophie’s hopelessly mundane life is interrupted when a witch’s curse turns her into an old hag to distract the girl from discovering her latent powers. Taking refuge in the strange moving castle of the wizard Howl, she is soon swept up in his madcap attempts to rid himself of his own curse. As her powers grow, so does her love for Howl, and the story grows deliciously complicated from there. The ending is wonderfully satisfying!

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh – When popular Isobel is partnered with sullen goth Varen for a report on Edgar Allan Poe, her life takes a dramatic and unexpected turn. After snooping Varen’s journal, she finds herself drawn into a creepy dreamworld populated by ghosts, ghouls, and other Poe characters. The remainder of this difficult-to-describe story follows Isobel’s attempts to escape and save Varen, and the romance that slowly grows between them. A great read, especially for more literary readers.

Sabriel by Garth Nix – In a mystical land, Sabriel takes up her father’s duties as a necromancer who returns troubled souls back to the land of the dead. This duty requires her to travel to the realm of Death where she faces all manner of evil beings wishing to escape to the land of the living to wreak destruction. As a bonus, she finds unexpected romance along the way. The way Nix melds a recognizable modern world with one of magic sets this series apart from everything else. Read it!

And, one with no magic, but incredible mystery:
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta – Taylor finds herself the leader of her boarding school’s Underground Community, whose mission is to battle their counterparts at an all-male Cadet encampment and the public high school. For two decades the three factions have waged a game of negotiation, pranks, and sometimes physical violence for control of paths, places, and facilities. One problem: Taylor might have a crush on the leader of the Cadets. The author weaves in a back story about how the whole war started, and how Taylor is unwittingly tied to it. Romance, action, mystery, and plot twists, this is just a great story.

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