The Sobeks – Part 3

Hello friends!

I hope that you’re having a great holiday, no matter how you celebrate. The gorging, the presents, the general feeling of good will – it’s certainly my favourite time of the year!

In case you’re wondering what to spend you Christmas money on, here’s the continuation of my list of awesome reads. These posts showcase the very best novels that I’ve reviewed this year – the ones that I awarded 4+ stars to on Goodreads. Today, I’m going to be revisiting the reviews between July and September.

Enjoy!

July

SleeplessSleepless by Michael Omer

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Page Count: 180 pages

Genre: Horror

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

I never wanted to move to Narrowdale. And doing so at the beginning of my freshman year of high school? Ugh, this is going to be the worst year ever.

But it turns out that getting used to a new school is the least of my problems. There’s creepy whistling outside my window every night. I’m having the same spine-chilling nightmares over and over again. Sleep deprived, I begin to listen to vague and cryptic warnings of a scary homeless guy. Is something haunting me?

There’s something wrong in this town. Dark secrets are hiding beneath the surface, waiting for me to uncover them, and I’m afraid…

 

The Spiderwick ChroniclesThe Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK

Page Count: 608 pages

Genre: Fantasy / Middle Grade

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

When the Grace children moved into the old, abandoned Spiderwick Mansion, little did they realise that their lives would never be the same again. Having uncovered a fantastical world of sprites, faeries and goblins there’s no turning back.

 

The Sprite Sisters - The Circle of PowerThe Circle of Power by Sheridan Winn

Publisher: Sheridan Winn

Page Count: 242 pages

Genre: Fantasy / Middle Grade

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

The four Sprite Sisters – Flame, Marina, Ash and Ariel – live at Sprite Towers, deep in the Norfolk countryside. Each sister has a magic power related to one of the four elements of Fire, Water, Earth & Air. When they work together and are in balance, their magic is strong – but being sisters, things are not always so simple.

When Ariel discovers her power of Air on her ninth birthday, their circle of power is complete. The girls’ magic must be kept secret, and used only for good. If not, the consequences could be dire. The Sprites’ big house in the country is full of laughter and sunshine, but a shadow is falling. Everything the Sprite Sisters hold dear will soon be shattered by the arrival of someone who is intent on destroying their power…

 

August

MechanicaMechanica by Betsy Cornwell

Publisher: Clarion Books

Page Count: 304 pages

Genre: Steampunk / Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her Mechanica to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have pushed her into a life of dreary servitude. When she discovers a secret workshop in the cellar on her sixteenth birthday-and befriends Jules, a tiny magical metal horse-Nicolette starts to imagine a new life for herself. And the timing may be perfect: There’s a technological exposition and a royal ball on the horizon. Determined to invent her own happily-ever-after, Mechanica seeks to wow the prince and eager entrepreneurs alike.

 

The City's SonThe City’s Son by Tom Pollock

Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books

Page Count: 422 pages

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Hidden under the surface of everyday London is a city of monsters and miracles, where wild train spirits stampede over the tracks and glass-skinned dancers with glowing veins light the streets.

When a devastating betrayal drives her from her home, graffiti artist Beth Bradley stumbles into the secret city, where she finds Filius Viae, London’s ragged crown prince, just when he needs someone most. An ancient enemy has returned to the darkness under St Paul’s Cathedral, bent on reigniting a centuries-old war, and Beth and Fil find themselves in a desperate race through a bizarre urban wonderland, searching for a way to save the city they both love.

 

September

The Snow SisterThe Snow Sister by Emma Carroll

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Page Count: 112 pages 

Genre: Historical Fiction / Middle Grade

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Ever since her sister, Agnes, died, Pearl has a tradition every time it snows. She makes a person out of snow. A snow sister. It makes Christmas feel a little less lonely.
On Christmas Eve, her father receives a letter about a long-lost relative’s will. Is their luck about to change? In anticipation of a better Christmas, Pearl goes to beg credit at Mr Noble’s grocery to get ingredients for a Christmas pudding. But she is refused, and chased down the street where she is hit by a hansom cab. The snow is falling so hard that they can’t take her home. She’ll have to stay at Flintfield Manor overnight, in a haunted room… Will Pearl make it home for Christmas?

 

ChaosChaos by C.M. Fenn

Publisher: C.M. Fenn

Page Count: 554 pages

Genre: Science Fiction / Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

The Shades in Chaos have one goal: get to Earth Realm and wreak havoc. For a select group of people called Realmwalkers, sleep is the gateway to another Realm known as Chaos.

When 17-year-old Addy is called to Chaos, she yearns to conquer her crippling fears and prove her mettle by fighting alongside her fellow Realmwalkers. While she hopes to impress their handsome leader, Sam, she’s also keenly driven by the urge to protect the ones she loves on Earth.

The Realmwalkers are baffled, however, when they encounter a powerful and seemingly invincible Shade with strange motives and a dark obsession with Addy. As they work to unravel the mystery to defeating this new threat, Addy finds herself at odds with the Walkers. Gut instinct says to put her faith in Mikhail, the black sheep of the group, but she fears losing the respect and friendship of the others.

Addy is willing to die to keep Earth safe, but the Walkers are her new family, and she’s on the verge of falling in love. With Addy coming into her own, death shouldn’t be on the horizon. But when the doors of hell are ripped open, there are no guarantees.

 

AscendersAscenders: High School for the Recently Deceased by C.L. Gaber

Publisher: Big Picture Media

Page Count: 482 pages

Genre: Paranormal

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Walker Callaghan doesn’t know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago…and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no homework, no rules, and no consequences. Walker Callaghan, 17, is dead. She doesn’t go to heaven or hell. She lands at The Academy, a middle realm where teenagers have one thing in common: They were the morning announcement at their high schools because they died young.

These high school kids are now caught in a strange “in-between” zone where life hasn’t changed very much. In fact, this special teen limbo looks a lot like life in a quaint Michigan town complete with jocks, popular girls and cliques. “There are even cheerleaders in death,” Walker observes. It’s not a coincidence that the music teacher is a guy named Kurt who “used to have this band.” The drama teacher, Heath, is crush worthy because back in his life, he starred in some superhero movie.

Principal King explains the rules — there are none. Why? You can’t die twice.

There is no homework. No tests. No SATS. You’re just there to learn because the human brain isn’t fully formed until you’re 24.

By the way, you can’t get hurt physically, so race your Harley off that hillside. But falling in love is the most dangerous thing you can do …because no one knows how long you’ll stay in this realm or what’s next.

“Losing someone you love would be like dying twice,” Walker says.

 

The SixThe Six by Mark Alpert

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

Page Count: 368 pages

Genre: Science Fiction

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Crippled by muscular dystrophy, Adam spends his days playing virtual reality games, until a dangerously advanced artificial intelligence program that can control other machines tries to kill him. Created by Adam s father, Sigma has escaped its cyber prison and is threatening world domination. In order to stop Sigma, Adam and five other terminally ill teens sacrifice their bodies and upload their minds into weaponized robots. Together, The Six must learn how to manipulate their new mechanical forms and prepare for epic combat before Sigma destroys humanity.

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