Before I start telling you about my books, I just wanted to say I have had such a great bloggy week. It started with reading When I Was Joe by Keren David which was the most fantastically thrilling book. Then I won a goody-bag from Voyager Books although that hasn't arrived yet. I've been promised a copy of Almost True by Keren David from Frances Lincoln when it is ready - it isn't released until August. I hit 150 Followers which is so great. Last and certainly not least, I had some really touching comments from you guys about my When I Was Joe review and my blog and I just adore each and every one of you. So THANK YOU very much.
So what did I get in my mailbox?
(All book summaries are from Waterstones.com)
It's 1347 and fifteen-year-old Will, an orphan boy, lives at Crowfield Abbey. Sent into the forest to gather wood, he rescues instead, a creature from a trap - a hob, who shares with Will a terrible secret. Somewhere in the forest behind the abbey where he lives, is a grave. And buried deep in the snow is an angel. But how can an angel die? What has it to do with the monks of the Abbey? When two hooded strangers arrive at Crowfield asking questions about the angel's grave. Will is drawn into a world of dangerous Old Magic. "The Crowfield Feather" was short-listed for the "Times" Chidren's Fiction Competition in 2008. This is a stunning debut novel and the first of a two part series.
Reed Brennan thought that a winter break in the islands with some of the Billings Girls, old and new, was just what she needed to recover from her traumatic last term at Easton. At first everything is perfect; relaxing, fun and elegant. But then things take a more sinister turn and suddenly Reed finds herself in danger once more. If Reed wants to survive her fateful vacation she must discover who is after her and why, before it's too late.Everwild by Neal Shusterman
Nick the "chocolate ogre" wants to help the children of Everlost to reach the light at the end of the tunnel, and is slowly handing each child a coin which will release them from Everlost. But Mary Hightower wants to trap the children forever, and joins forces with Pugsy Capone, a death boss, who gains allies in a terrible way...Meanwhile, Allie has gone in search for her parents and joins up with a group of "skinjackers". But, as her search takes her further away from Nick and the children of Everlost, Allie uncovers a shocking secret...it seems that "skinjackers" are not actually dead...In this riveting sequel to the imaginative, supernatural thriller, Everlost, there is new dark force to be reckoned with.
Thanks to Simon and Shuster for both books.
Everlost by Neal Shusterman
As Simon and Schuster had sent me the second book to review, I bought myself the first. I just can't cope with reading a series out of sequence. It makes me feel a little crazy just to think about it.
Storm Glass by Maria V. Synder
Untrained. Untested. Unleashed. With her unique magical abilities, Opal has always felt unsure of her place at Sitia's magic academy. But when the Stormdancer clan needs help, Opal's knowledge makes her the perfect choice - until the mission goes awry. Pulling her powers in unfamiliar directions, Opal finds herself tapping into a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening. Now Opal must deal with plotters out to destroy the Stormdancer clan, as well as a traitor in their midst. With danger and deception rising around her, will Opal's untested abilities destroy her - or save them all?As Maria is coming to London for a book signing and film night, I really thought that I should read one of her books before I meet her.
The Spook's Sacrifice by Joseph Delaney
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. Can Tom go against all the Spook has taught him and ally himself to the witches? What is the secret that Mam is keeping from him? And what sacrifices must be made in the battle against the dark?
I adore this series. I really do. This book was sent to me by the wonderful Lauren at Random House Children's Books from her own book collection. She knew how much I wanted this and as it was Christmas decided to gift it to me. It doesn't get any more festive spirited than that!
I also picked up the next two Morganville Vampire Books and the first two Vampire Academy books from the library. But goodness knows when I'll get the time to read them!
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