Top Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer
I've changed this slightly as I'm on vacation right now, hopefully with a bag of really great books, some great weather and getting some quality reading time in! This is pretty much what I'm going to try and squeeze in my bag, whether I get to read them all is another matter! I've picked a mix of new and old with a few re-reads thrown in and a couple of titles to finish off too.
A week after Mother
found her sleeping on the ceiling, Amy Thomsett is delivered to her new
school, Drearcliff Grange in Somerset. Although it looks like a regular
boarding school, Amy learns that Drearcliff girls are special, the
daughters of criminal masterminds, outlaw scientists and master
magicians. Several of the pupils also have special gifts like Amy’s, and
when one of the girls in her dormitory is abducted by a mysterious
group in black hoods, Amy forms a secret, superpowered society called
the Moth Club to rescue their friend. They soon discover that the Hooded
Conspiracy runs through the School, and it's up to the Moth Club to get
to the heart of it.
Umm, may I have this now please? I love Kim Newman and so this is probably one of my more anticipated reads of this year! Creepy school, magic, secret society... What could be any better?
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the fabulous gals cover at The Broke & The Bookish. This week's topic is one of your own choosing so I've gone with -
Top Ten Nine Favorite Books I've Read But Never Reviewed
I know I constantly talk about certain books and/or authors on here even though I've never reviewed them. The more I like a book or an author the harder I find it to actually write a review without it consisting of me gushing about how awesome it was! That's going to change though so here is a list of some of my all-time favorite books that I'm going to re-read and write a review for - this year... If anybody is at all surprised by this list I'll be doubly surprised!
Welcome to the May New Release Giveaway Hop, hosted by It Starts At Midnight and Librarian Lavender!
The hop runs from today through to midnight on May 31 2015. Up for
grabs is any new release this month up to the value of $20 from the Book Depositoryas long as they deliver to your country - find the list of countries here. All
you have to do is choose any new release published in March and fill out the rafflecopter!
There is a house. Surrounded by a high wall. Behind which magic happens. Luke
Mountfathom knows he is special and odd. He is told so by everyone he
knows. His parents are special and odd too - they are the keepers of the
House of Mountfathom, a magnificent stately home where the wrong door
could take you to a far away land, and strange animals appear to stalk
the grounds at midnight. The house is his home - but it is also the
headquarters of the Driochta, a magic-weaving group of poets, artists,
politicians and activists charged with keeping the peace in Ireland.
They have many powers - have mastered Mirror-Predicting and
Smoke-Summoning and Storm-Breaching - and a final ability: that of
Mogrifying; taking on a unique animal form. But Luke's idyllic existence
at Mountfathom cannot last. Word reaches the House of protests across
Ireland. There is a wish for independence, a rising discontent and
scenes of violence that even the Driochta cannot control. In Dublin,
death and disease is running rife in the tenements; a darkness is
clogging the air, and is intent on staying. Then four members of the
Driochta are murdered. Luke's father is hurt and his mother goes
missing. And now it is up to Luke, his cat Morrigan and his best friend
Killian to worm out the heart of the evil in their land.
I absolutely adored Tall Tales From Pitch End and The Black North so I'm extremely excited for The House of Mountfathom. Nigel McDowell revealed the stunning cover at the end of April so I could finally use it as one of my Waiting On Wednesday choices. The artwork is by artist and illustrator Leo Nickolls and you can see more of his work here.
Will add links to Goodreads and purchase sites as soon as they're available!
I've been extremely lucky in my career as a bookseller to meet lots of amazing authors - Terry Pratchett, Patrick Rothfuss, Joe Hill, Raymond E Feist, Jasper Fforde, Sarah Pinborough, Rainbow Rowell, Sarah J Maas, Jo Walton... I've also been lucky enough to go to some amazing events so this list probably isn't anywhere near as long as it could have been! There are also people I've met that I wouldn't have gone out of my way to do so. Bill Clinton anyone? Noel Edmonds? Here are the authors that I would do just about anything to meet, and I mean anything - except maybe get on a plane! Frances Hardinge shouldn't really be on this list as I saw her at YALC last year but thanks to being on the verge of fainting thanks to the insane heat I had to leave before the end of the panel she was on so missed out on the signing. This year? There will be nothing in my way, nothing...
A rich, dark fantasy of destiny, death, and the supernatural world hiding beneath the surface.
Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted
with sand. She's a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks
who don't call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing
else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not
even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the
heart with a chunk of wood, and he turns into black sand.
And just like that, Nettie can see.
But her newfound sight is a blessing and a curse. Even if she doesn't
understand what's under her own skin, she can sense what everyone else
is hiding -- at least physically. The world is full of evil, and now she
knows the source of all the sand in the desert. Haunted by the spirits,
Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead to her
true kin... if the monsters along the way don't kill her first.
I don't know where I first stumbled across Wake of Vultures but I absolutely adored the cover and the synopsis sounds amazing. Another one for the wishlist!