September 2013

The Spook's Nightmare by Joseph Delaney‏

Summary from Goodreads


The Spook, Tom and Alice return from Greece to find the County under siege – and the Spook’s home burnt to the ground. With his precious library of knowledge destroyed, they seek refuge on the nearby island of Mona. But with Mona in the thrall of a twisted Shaman there is little respite from hostility or denizens of the dark. And as Alice dodges the ever-tightening net of the island’s witch hunters, a more deadly enemy emerges…

Bony Lizzie, freshly-escaped from the Spook’s bonds, has grand ambitions: to take for herself the throne of isle. She has harnessed the services of a tunnel-dwelling buggane, an evil creature which thrives on stealing the animas, or life force, from its unsuspecting victims.… Read more >>>

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Split Second by Sophie McKenzie - Review & Guest Post

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Bound together by the devastating consequences of a terrorist attack on a London market, teenagers Charlotte (Charlie) and Nat appear at first to have much in common. But, as Charlie gets closer to Nat and his family, she begins to wonder if perhaps he knows more about the attack than he has let on. Split Second is an action-packed thriller that shifts between the perspectives of its two main characters as their courage and their loyalties are tested to the limit.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 12th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

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My Review

Split Second is a powerful book that is tense, thrilling and definitely thought provoking!Read more >>>

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The Jade Boy by Cate Cain - Guest Post

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Sorcery and mystery with a dose of horror and history.

Eleven-year old Jem Green works as a kitchen boy in the London household of a powerful Duke. He doesn’t know who his father is and his life consists of never ending drudgery. But when the sinister Count Cazalon pays a visit to the Duke, Jem’s world is turned upside down. The count is planning something terrible and Jem appears to be central to his wicked scheme. With the help of newfound friends – apprentice sorceress Ann, mind-speaking mute Ptolemy and his pet monkey Cleo, all prisoners of the Count in his macabre mansion – Jem must find out why he is so important to Cazalon and stop the devastation the count is about to unleash.… Read more >>>

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The Spook's Sacrifice by Joseph Delaney

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As the Spook’s apprentice Tom’s first duty is to protect the County from the dark. But now Mam needs his help in her homeland of Greece. One of the most dangerous of the old gods, the Ordeen, is about to return there, bringing slaughter and devastation. Meanwhile, the Devil himself is still loose and if he and the Ordeen join forces, a new age of darkness will descend.

Mam has summoned a powerful group to her side but among them are Tom’s old enemy, the Pendle witches, including the assassin Grimalkin, and the cunning clan leader Mab Moldheel.
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Start of the Week Sneak Peek (#1)

Hi guys! I was thinking, what better way to kick start the week than with a sneaky little peek inside some awesome books! So here it is: Start of the Week Sneak Peeks!

I will probably only do this feature every other week. Basically I will feature a sneaky peek of a book, it can be a prologue, first chapter or just a random page from throughout a book. If you are a publisher/author and would like your book featured, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

From next week I will also be running this feature on my picture book blog, if you would like to check it out!

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The Spook's Mistake by Joseph Delaney‏

Summary from Goodreads

‘The moment of danger is close. Very soon our enemies will be here.’

As danger increases, the Spook sends his apprentice, Tom, to be trained by another spook whose methods are harsh and tough.


But faced with a powerful water witch, Tom’s new master makes a fatal mistake, leaving Tom to face his enemies alone.


Can the Spook get there in time to save Tom?


Together can they beat such terrible dark power?


And will the Spook’s own mistakes give final victory to the dark?


The fifth chilling tale in the Wardstone Chronicles, the series that inspired the forthcoming movie The Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore.
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The Elites by Natasha Ngan - Guest Post

Hi Guys, I have a wonderful guest post from Natasha Ngan to share with you all today. I find querying agents and things all very interesting, so I hope you enjoy Natasha’s post as much as I did! I really wanted to post my review along with this but I haven’t managed to finish the book yet…..but it’s really good so far and I know everyone has been buzzing about it! Watch out for my review soon – Carly 🙂
 

Summary from Goodreads
‘There is a rumour that the Elites don’t bleed.’

Hundreds of years into the future, wars, riots, resource crises and rising sea-levels have destroyed the old civilisations.

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Charm by Sarah Pinborough‏

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CHARM is a beautifully illustrated re-telling of the Cinderella story which takes all the much-loved elements of the classic fairytale (the handsome prince, the fairy godmother, the enchanted mouse, the beautiful girl and, of course, the iconic balls) and puts a modern spin on the characters, their motives and their desires. This is fun, contemporary, sexy, and perfect for fans of ONCE UPON A TIME, GRIMM, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and more.This edition contains 15 original pen and ink illustrations by Les Edwards.

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 18th 2013 by Gollancz
 
My Review
 
Charm is a wickedly dark and sexy fairytale retelling and I think more fairy tales should be rewritten this way!… Read more >>>
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Don't Look Back by Erica Spindler - Review & Interview

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When seventeen-year-old Katherine McCall awakened one morning to find her beloved sister, Sara, brutally murdered, her whole life changed in the blink of an eye. Kat was named the prime suspect and, on a string of circumstantial evidence, charged and tried. While the jury found her innocent, not everyone else agreed, and her only choice was to go into hiding. But she carried a dark secret with her, one that made her worry she might actually have had something to do with Sara’s death . . .

Now, years later, Kat is still haunted by her sister’s unsolved murder and continues to receive chilling anonymous letters, but she has tried to move on with her life.… Read more >>>

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The Spook's Battle by Joseph Delaney‏

Summary from Goodreads

Warning: Not to be read after dark

‘I see your future clearly. Your master will be dead and you will be alone.’

The Spook and his apprentice protect County from the dark abut now a terrible danger threatens.

The witches are rising and the three most powerful clans are uniting to conjure an unimaginable evil – the Devil himself.

If they succeed, will Tom and his master have the courage and cunning to defeat the most powerful enemy of all…?

Paperback, 514 pages
Published 2009 by Red Fox (first published January 1st 2007) 
 
My Review

 

This is the 4th book in the Wardstone Chronicles and it’s yet again another great instalment!… Read more >>>
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