The Sobeks – Part 1

Hello friends!

Is your Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket? Are you wondering what to buy first in the Boxing Day sales? Well, worry no more. Over the next week, I’m going to dedicate four special posts to reminiscing about the best books that I’ve had the pleasure of reading this year.

The list is comprised of everything that I’ve read since 1st January 2015 AND awarded 4+ stars to on Goodreads. Wecome to the first annual Sobek Awards!

Today, we’ll be taking a quick look at the books that I read between January and March. Enjoy!

January

Slawter by Darren ShanThe Demonata 3 + 4

Publisher: Harper Colins Children’s Books

Page Count: 272 pages

Genre: Horror

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Nightmares haunt the dreams of Dervish Grady since his return from the Demonata universe, but Grubbs takes care of his uncle as they both try to continue a normal, demon-free existence. When a legendary cult director calls in Dervish as consultant for a new horror movie, it seems a perfect excuse for a break from routine and a chance for some fun.

But being on the set of a town called Slawter stirs up more than memories for Grubbs and his friend Bill-E.

 

Ice MassacreIce Massacre by Tiana Warner

Publisher: Rogue Cannon Publishing

Page Count: 377 pages

Genre: Fantasy / Horror

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

A mermaid’s supernatural beauty serves one purpose: to lure a sailor to his death.

The Massacre is supposed to bring peace to Eriana Kwai. Every year, the island sends its warriors to battle these hostile sea demons. Every year, the warriors fail to return. Desperate for survival, the island must decide on a new strategy. Now, the fate of Eriana Kwai lies in the hands of twenty battle-trained girls and their resistance to a mermaid’s allure.

Eighteen-year-old Meela has already lost her brother to the Massacre, and she has lived with a secret that’s haunted her since childhood. For any hope of survival, she must overcome the demons of her past and become a ruthless mermaid killer.

For the first time, Eriana Kwai’s Massacre warriors are female, and Meela must fight for her people’s freedom on the Pacific Ocean’s deadliest battleground.

 

ShiverShiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic

Page Count: 448 pages

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

This chilling love story will have you hooked from the very first page. When a local boy is killed by wolves, Grace’s small town becomes a place of fear. But Grace is fascinated by the pack, and finds herself drawn to a yellow-eyed wolf. There’s something about him – something almost human. Then Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away…

 

Days of Magic, Nights of WarDays of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Page Count: 576 pages

Genre:  Fantasy / Horror

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:  

In this, the second volume in Clive Barker’s extraordinary fantasy for both adults and children, Candy’s adventures in the amazing world of the Abarat are getting more strange by the Hour. Christopher Carrion, the Lord of Midnight, has sent his henchmen to capture her. Why? she wonders. What would Carrion want with a girl from Minnesota? And why is Candy beginning to feel that the world of the Abarat is familiar to her? Why can she speak words of magic she doesn’t even remember learning?

There is a mystery here. And Carrion, along with his fiendish grandmother, Mater Motley, suspects that whatever Candy is, she could spoil his plans to take control of the Abarat.

Now Candy’s companions must race against time to save her from the clutches of Carrion, and she must solve the mystery of her past before the forces of Night and Day clash and Absolute Midnight descends upon the islands.

A final war is about to begin. And Candy is going to need to make some choices that will change her life forever…

 

February

The Sin Eater's DaughterThe Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melissa Salisbury

Publisher: Scholastic

Page Count: 352 pages

Genre:  High Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court. She’s the executioner. As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company. But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen. However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favour of a doomed love?

 

The Enchanted RoseThe Enchanted Rose by Nadia Nader

Publisher: Nadia Nader

Page Count: 135 pages

Genre:  Paranormal

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

When Vivian’s mother dies in a tragic accident, Vivian’s world is turned upside down. Her life, as she knows it, is over. A new life, full of her mother’s secrets, begins…

Sent away by her father to live with two eccentric aunts on the mysterious Tremaine Estate, Vivian comes to learn that a powerful curse lurks over her family – one that only she may have the power to break. With each day she spends in Misty Hills, Vivian uncovers more unsettling discoveries about the town, her reclusive family, and herself.

Can Vivian let go of every truth she’s ever believed and discover who she really is, before the dark secrets hidden within the supernatural town threaten to consume her and those she loves?

 

Soul CrossedSoul Crossed by Lisa Gail Green

Publisher: Full Fathom Five

Page Count: 294 pages

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

One Demon. One Angel. One Soul. Josh lived a reckless, selfish life. So when he dies, assuming the role of a powerful, soul-corrupting Demon to escape the eternal torments of Hell is an easy choice. His first soul assignment seems like a piece of cake: the mortal Camden is already obsessed with weapons, pain, and torture. If only Josh wasn’t distracted by Cam’s beautiful friend, Grace. Grace never expected to die violently at age sixteen, but now she’s an Angel, responsible for saving a soul. She can already see past Camden’s earthly flaws, so the job should be easy. If only that handsome playboy Josh would stop getting in the way… It’s forbidden for an Angel to be with a Demon, so if Josh and Grace can’t resist each other, the results will be disastrous. And only one can claim Cam’s soul.

 

SeraphinaSeraphina by Rachel Hartman

Publisher: Ember

Page Count: 528 pages

Genre:  High Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

The kingdom of Goredd is populated by humans and by dragons who fold themselves into a human form. Though they live alongside each other, the peace between them is uneasy. But when a member of the royal family is murdered, and the crime appears to have been committed by a dragon the peace and treaty between both worlds is seriously threatened…

Into this comes Seraphina, a gifted musician who joins the royal court as the assistant to the court composer. She is soon drawn into the murder investigation and, as she uncovers hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace in Goredd for good, finds herself caught desperately in the middle of the tension.

For Seraphina hides a secret – the secret behind her musical gift – and if she is found out, her life is in serious danger…

 

March

Daughter of Smoke and BoneDaughter of Smoke and Bone by Liani Taylor

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Page Count: 433 pages

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.

When Brimstone called, she always came.

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

 

Fire in FrostFire in Frost by Alicia Rades

Publisher: PaperPlane Publishing

Page Count: 241 pages

Genre:  Paranormal

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Crystal Frost has spent her whole life believing she’s ordinary, and her mother has long held the secret of her heritage. When Crystal begins seeing the ghost of a dead classmate, her life spirals out of control. She’s faced with the threat that everyone will find out she’s a freak, as if the struggle to figure out her new-found abilities wasn’t enough pressure. Crystal has to find some way to save the people who have come to her for help all while trying to keep her abilities a secret. Will she be able to fulfill these overwhelming demands while solving the mystery that is the ghost of Olivia Owen?

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