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 EXECUTIONER’S DAUGHTER – JANE HARDSTAFF

The Executioner’s Daughter by Jane Hardstaff17290345
Publisher: Egmont UK Limited
Ratings: 4/5
Genre: Middle Grade Novel, Historical Fantasy
Post Book Thoughts: Gimme gimme more, gimme more, gimme gimme more!

The crowds at the Tower of London love nothing better than watching an execution. Preferably while eating pie.

Not Moss. She’ll never get used to beheading’s, no matter what Pa says. She watches the river as it flows past and longs to escape.

Salter lives on the river. Using his wits and his boat, he believes that life is mostly about staying alive, and if that means stealing – well, that’s life!

But danger is lurking on the riverbank, and its murky depths hide a secret that could change everything…


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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 CREEPING SHADOW – LOCKWOOD & CO. #4

The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud
Published by Disney Hyperion
Genres: Children’s, Paranormal, Horror, YA
For Fans of: The Bartimaeus Sequence, sassy skulls, Skulduggery Pleasant, Rick Riordan
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

After leaving Lockwood & Co. at the end of The Hollow Boy, Lucy is a freelance operative, hiring herself out to agencies that value her ever-improving skills. One day she is pleasantly surprised by a visit from Lockwood, who tells her he needs a good Listener for a tough assignment. Penelope Fittes, the leader of the giant Fittes Agency wants them–and only them–to locate and remove the Source for the legendary Brixton Cannibal. They succeed in their very dangerous task, but tensions remain high between Lucy and the other agents. Even the skull in the jar talks to her like a jilted lover. What will it take to reunite the team? Black marketeers, an informant ghost, a Spirit Cape that transports the wearer, and mysteries involving Steve Rotwell and Penelope Fittes just may do the trick. But, in a shocking cliffhanger ending, the team learns that someone has been manipulating them all along. . . .


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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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EREN: BLOG TOUR

So I’m super psyched to inform you guys that the lovely folk over at Little, Brown Book Group have asked us to be apart of their book tour to promote Simon P. Clark’s debut novel, EREN.

Basically, how this works is, from the 14th September to the 15th October, EREN will be reviewed by a whole bunch of different book bloggers (Thirtyish. I’m too tired to do the math, but I’m pretty sure it’s about thirty-two). Each blog has been assigned a date on which they can post their review, so it’s like a train of book reviews. Imagine us all passing the book to each other and then giving you our thoughts on it.

I’ve attached the Blog Tour Banner below, so if you’re interested, you can stop by all the other blogs that are apart of the book tour with us here at So We Read This Book and give their reviews a look. Find out how they liked the book and get more than one opinion. Stuff like that.

 

eren bannerLook forward to my review on the 4th of October.

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