The Sobeks – Part 2

Hello friends!

I hope that you’re having a great time over this festive period. Welcome back to the Sobek Awards. Named after our site mascot, this post is a celebration of the very best books that we’ve reviewed over the last twelve months (i.e. those that we’ve awarded 4+ stars to on Goodreads).

Today, I’m going to be revisiting the novels we enjoyed between April and June. It’s a great list and I’d personally recommend every single title on it.

Enjoy!

April

AwakeningAwakening by Shannon Duffy

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Page Count: 352 pages

Genre: Dystopian Science Fiction

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Desiree Six (because she was born on a Friday) believes in everything the Protectorate stands for. She likes the safety and security of having her entire life planned out—her career, her mate, even the date of her death. She doesn’t even think to question when Darian, her childhood friend and neighbor, is convicted of murdering his parents. They had seemed like such a loving family. But if he was convicted, then he must have done it.
Then Darian shows up in her room late one night. He has escaped the Terrorscape—a nightmare machine used to punish all Noncompliants—and he needs Desiree’s help. What he tells her rocks her world to its core and makes her doubt everything she’s ever been told. With this new information, will Desiree and Darian be able to escape the Protectorate before it’s too late?

 

In Darkling WoodIn Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Page Count: 320 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

‘You’re telling me there are fairies in this wood?’

When Alice’s brother gets a longed-for chance for a heart transplant, Alice is suddenly bundled off to her estranged grandmother’s house. There’s nothing good about staying with Nell, except for the beautiful Darkling Wood at the end of her garden – but Nell wants to have it cut down. Alice feels at home there, at peace, and even finds a friend, Flo. But Flo doesn’t seem to go to the local school and no one in town has heard of a girl with that name. When Flo shows Alice the surprising secrets of Darkling Wood, Alice starts to wonder, what is real? And can she find out in time to save the wood from destruction?

 

Sleeping in the MorgueSleeping in the Morgue by Jennifer Tressen

Publisher: Jennifer Tressen

Page Count: 153 pages

Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Paranormal

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Paige Thorton, a sweet overachieving high school senior only has one month to come up with ten thousand dollars to pay for college, but her family mortuary has no business. Desperate to escape her little town and go to her dream school, she decides to take matters into her own hands and drum up some clients. Soon “accidents” begin happening to local residents. However when her boyfriend, Brock Harrington, the rookie hotshot cop begins to investigate things get hairy. Will Paige be able to pull it off in time or will she be doomed to forever sleep in the morgue?

 

May

The Book of Kindly DeathsThe Book of Kindly Deaths by Eldrich Black

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Page Count: 247 pages

Genre: Horror

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF THE MONSTERS IN A BOOK BECAME REAL? When twelve-year-old Eliza Winter finds a secret room in her missing grandfather’s sprawling, Gothic house, her safe, sheltered life is blown apart. Inside, below a stained glass window where moonlight shines no matter the time of day, sits The Book of Kindly Deaths. In defiance of her controlling mother, who has always forbidden her to read anything strange or imaginary, Eliza takes the book. As night sets in, Eliza reads one haunting story after another. And the further she journeys inside the book, the more the boundaries between our world and a shadowy land of monsters and forbidden places begin to blur. When the strange, crooked man from the book arrives on the doorstep claiming to be a rare-book collector and demanding entry into the house, Eliza’s world is turned upside down. To escape him, she must dive all the way into the spine-tingling world of The Book of Kindly Deaths to save her grandfather–and write an end to the nightmare she’s caught inside.

 

The Ask and the AnswerThe Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

Publisher: Walker Books

Page Count: 576 pages

Genre: Dystopian Science Fiction

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s new order. But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode…

 

Winter QueenWinter Queen by Amber Argyle

Publisher: Starling Publishing

Page Count: 256 pages

Genre: High Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Becoming a winter queen will make Ilyenna as cold and cruel and deadly as winter itself, but it might be the only way to save her people from a war they have no hope of winning.

Mortally wounded during a raid, seventeen-year-old Ilyenna is healed by winter fairies who present her with a seductive offer: become one of them and share their power over winter. But that power comes with a price. If she accepts, she will become a force of nature, lose her humanity, and abandon her family.

Unwilling to pay such a high price, Ilyenna is enslaved by one of the invaders, Darrien. While in captivity, she learns the attack wasn’t just a simple raid but part of a larger plot to overthrow her entire nation.

With the enemy stealing over the mountains and Darrien coming to take her to his bed, Ilyenna must decide whether to resurrect the power the fairies left behind. Doing so will allow her to defeat Darrien and the other invaders, but if she embraces winter, she will lose herself to that destroying power—forever

 

June

The Scorpio RacesThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic

Page Count: 400 pages 

Genre: Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Stay alive, stay astride, stay out of the water… Every November, the Scorpio Races are run beneath the chalk cliffs of Skarmouth. Thousands gather to watch the horses and the sea that washes the blood from the sand. The mounts are capaill uisce: savage water horses. There are no horses more beautiful, more fearless, more deadly. To race them can be suicide but the danger is irresistible. Sean Kendrick knows the dangers of the capaill uisce. With one foot in the ocean and one on land, he is the only man on the island capable of taming the beasts. He races to prove something both to himself and to the horses. Puck Connolly enters the races to save her family. But the horse she rides is an ordinary little mare, just as Puck is an ordinary girl. When Sean sees Puck on the beach he doesn’t think she belongs. He doesn’t realize his fate will become entwined in hers. …

 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Page Count: 368 pages

Genre: Contemporary Fiction / LGBT

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When they meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the two loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special kind of friendship–the kind of friendship that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through their friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves–and about the kind of people they want to be.

 

Summer QueenOf Fire and Ash / Summer Queen by Amber Argyle

Publisher: Starling Publishing

Page Count: 64 pages / 418 pages

Genre: High Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link] / [Link]

Synopsis:

Of Fire and Ash

There is one rule above all others: never make a deal with the fairies. Nelay is about to break that rule.

One promise can change everything.

The fairies must never know of Nelay’s sight, for the attention of such dark and terrible creatures brings more things dark and terrible. But when Nelay’s father is near death, the fairies are the only ones who can save him. All they require is a simple promise that she’ll return the favor one day.

Some promises are lethal.

Summer Queen

Poised to become the most powerful priestess in Idara, Nelay doesn’t have time to become a pretty bauble for the king. She’s too busy saving her people from the invading army sweeping across her kingdom. But in defeat after defeat, Nelay begins to realize a bigger power is at play than that wielded by mere mortals. Only she can stand between the cinders of her once-great nation and the vengeance of a goddess. If she fails, the remnants of her kingdom will turn to ash.

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