DEEP WATER – LU HERSEY

24389572Deep Water by Lu Hersey
Published by Usborne
Genres: Middle grade, Fantasy, Mythology, Folklore
For fans of: Song of the Sea, Since You’ve Been Gone, Call of Cthulhu Dark Corners of The Earth, any kind of “there’s something wrong with this town” book
My rating: 3 stars out of 5

When her mum vanishes, Danni moves to a tiny Cornish fishing village with Dad – where the locals treat her like a monster. As the village’s dark, disturbing past bubbles to the surface, Danni discovers that she’s not who – or what – she thought she was. And the only way to save her family from a bitter curse is to embrace her incredible new gift.


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THE BLACKTHORN KEY | THE BLACKTHORN KEY #1

25995832The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Published by Puffin
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, YA, Adventure
For Fans of: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Lockwood & Co, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (yes. This one specifically)
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

London, 1665. Fourteen-year-old Christopher Rowe is apprenticed to master apothecary Benedict Blackthorn. In Blackthorn’s shop, Christopher learns the delicate secrets of transforming simple ingredients into powerful medicines, potions and weapons. His beloved master guides him with a firm, steady hand—instilling in him the confidence and independence that prove increasingly vital as Christopher learns of a mysterious cult preying on the most learned men in London. The murders are growing closer and closer to home and soon Christopher is torn from the shop with only a page of cryptic clues from his master and the unambiguous warning—‘Tell no one.’

Helped by his best friend, Tom, Christopher must decipher his master’s clues, following a trail of deceit towards an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart.


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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME – MARK HADDON

41bz6juMwiL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgThe Curious incident of the dog in the nighttime by Mark Haddon
Audio book Option: Presented by Recorded Books, an Unabridged Reading Narrated by Jeff Woodman
Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
Ratings: 3.5/5
Genre: Fiction, YA, Classic
Post Book Thoughts: Well that was strangely frustrating and fun at the same time

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for a fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbour’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened.
Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favorite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.


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THE GRAVEYARD BOOK – NEIL GAIMAN

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetThe Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Illustrated by Chris Riddell (This piece of information is so very important because he’s only like one of the greatest illustrators out there)
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing, London, Oxford, New York, New Delhi and Sydney
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Children’s literature, Paranormal
Rating: Am I allowed to go above 5 stars here?!
Post Book Thoughts: I currently cannot think of a thought worthy of this book so leave me alone.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts.

There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard. But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod’s family.

A deliciously dark masterwork by bestselling author Neil Gaiman, with illustrations by award-winning Chris Riddell.


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TOP TEN BOOKS WE READ IN 2015

First of, I need to apologize for the hiatus we went on November. It was an accident, I swear. If I’d known I was going to be too darned busy to blog, I’d have set up a queue or something. Or I’d have informed you guys. But life (and assignments) happened, and I had to neglect the blog for a month. I apologize for not saying anything.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, Top Ten Tuesday is here again! Today’s topic is Top Ten Books We Read In 2015. Or, as I like to call it, “If You Only Read One Book This Year, Make It One Of These”

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Gabrielle’s picks

1. Uprooted – Naomi Novik

The Tor cover, because that's the version I own

This book was magical. It was sent from the Heavens to bring joy to the hearts of YA and fantasy readers. I’ve read this three times now, and I still can’t get enough of it. If you go through the review that I posted when I first read it, you could probably have a blast tallying the number of times I used the word “delightful” to describe this brilliant piece of fantasy writing.

If you’re looking for one really good fantasy novel to read before the year ends, then let this be the one. It’s got all the magic and wonder of your first fairytale back when you were a kid, and it’s so wonderfully original. The protagonist is charming and brave and strong, and the male lead is a grumpy old-man-type. WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT?

 

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THE HOLLOW BOY | LOCKWOOD & CO. #3

Thehollowboy-goodreadscoverThe Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud
Published by Disney Hyperion
Genres: Children’s, Paranormal, Horror,  YA
For Fans of: The Bartimaeus Sequence, Skulduggery Pleasant, Rick Riordan
My Rating: 4.5 of out 5 stars

As a supernatural outbreak baffles Scotland Yard and causes protests against the psychic agencies throughout London, Lockwood and Co. continue to demonstrate their effectiveness in exterminating spirits. Anthony is dashing, George insightful, and Lucy dynamic, while the skull in the jar utters sardonic advice from the sidelines. There is a new spirit of openness between the team now that Anthony has shared his childhood story, and Lucy is feeling more and more like her true home is at Portland Row. It comes as a great shock, then, when Lockwood and George introduce her to an annoyingly perky and hyper-efficient new assistant, Holly Munro. Meanwhile, there are reports of many new hauntings, including an old school where bloody handprints and a glowing boy are appearing. But ghosts seem to be the least of Lockwood and Co.’s concerns when a living assassin makes an attempt on Fittes’s and Rotwell’s lives. Can the team get past their interpersonal issues to save the day on all fronts? Danger abounds, tensions escalate, and new loyalties form in this third delightfully terrifying adventure.


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A MONSTER CALLS – PATRICK NESS

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Published by Walker Books
Genres: Children’s, Middle-grade, Paranormal
For Fans of:  Eren, The Chaos Walking, TFiOS, well-written books that emotionally compromise you
My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.


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THE WHISPERING SKULL | LOCKWOOD & CO. #2

The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud
Published by Disney Hyperion
Genres: Children’s, Paranormal, Horror
For Fans of: The Bartimaeus Sequence, Skulduggery Pleasant, cool heroines, and, middle grade novels that read like YA.
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in
the most haunted house in England, Lockwood & Co. hasn’t made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood’s investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper. Things look up when a new client, Mr. Saunders, hires Lockwood & Co. to be present at the excavation of Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead. Saunders needs the coffin sealed with silver to prevent any supernatural trouble. All goes well—until George’s curiosity attracts a horrible phantom. Back home at Portland Row, Lockwood accuses George of making too many careless mistakes. Lucy is distracted by urgent whispers coming from the skull in the ghost jar. Then the team is summoned to DEPRAC headquarters. Kipps is there too, much to Lockwood’s annoyance. Bickerstaff’s coffin was raided and a strange glass object buried with the corpse has vanished. Inspector Barnes believes the relic to be highly dangerous, and he wants it found.


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EREN – SIMON P. CLARK

Eren by Simon P. Clark
Genres: Middle grade, Childrens, Fantasy
For Fans of: Stories about stories
My rating: 3.5-4 stars out of 5

People are keeping secrets from Oli – about where his father is, and why he hasn’t come to join them at his uncle’s house in the country.
But Oli has secrets too.

He knows what lives in the attic. Eren – part monster, part dream, part myth. Eren who always seems so interested, who always wants to hear more about Oli’s life. Eren, who needs to hear stories to live, and will take them from Oli, no matter the cost.


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