The Sobeks – Part 4

Hello friends!

I hope you had a fantastic New Year. Today, I’m posting the final instalment of the Sobek Awards, this time showcasing all of the best books that we looked at between October and December.

Now that the holidays are over, we’ll be returning to our normal reviews. What can you expect form Arkham Reviews in 2016? Well, more reviews of course! I’m planning to spicing up the schedule by reviewing more new releases and posting the occasional editorial to add a little more variety to site.

Hope you enjoy this last look back over 2015. Here’s hoping that 2016 brings a whole new run of enthralling reads!

October

OmegaOmega by Lizzy Ford

Publisher: Captured Press

Page Count: 300 pages

Genre: Dystopian Science Fiction

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Before Beauty and the Beast, there was Alessandra and Adonis …

In a modern world ruled by territorial Greek gods, the human race has been oppressed, exploited and now, nearly destroyed by the constant infighting of gods.

However, a human girl with the power of a goddess is coming of age. Alessandra is the Oracle of Delphi – the last prophesized – and bears the mark of the double omega. Soon after she turns eighteen, Alessandra is told her destiny: to step between the warring gods and the human race and save her world from certain ruin.

For the gods, her appearance marks the beginning of the end – their end. They and the Triumvirate – leaders of the human elite – who serve them will stop at nothing to preserve their power.

Alessandra emerges from the forest where she spent her life hidden from gods and men and immediately plummets into a race against time, gods, and herself to discover who and what she is in a world where everyone she meets has a hidden agenda, and those pulling the strings remain in the shadows.

Before she can determine exactly what kind of savior her world needs, she must first master her power by completing three trials devised by the Triumvirate to enslave her.

One lone girl stands between warring gods and the people she’s destined to protect, but it’s the battle to understand who she is that she must win first.

 

If You Find MeIf You Find Me by Emily Murdock

Publisher: Orion Children’s Books

Page Count: 257 pages

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

What happens in the woods, stays in the woods. . .

Carey is keeping a terrible secret. If she tells, it could destroy her future. If she doesn’t, will she ever be free?
For almost as long as she can remember, Carey has lived in a camper van in the heart of the woods with her drug-addicted mother and six-year-old sister, Jenessa. Her mother routinely disappears for weeks at a time, leaving the girls to cope alone. Survival is Carey’s only priority – until strangers arrive and everything changes . . .

 

Snowball - Chronicles of a WererabbitSnowball: Chronicles of a Wererabbit by M.Y. Zeman

Publisher: F.B. Publishing

Page Count: 245 pages

Genre: Science Fiction / Fantasy / Middle Grade

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

I wasn’t born with a scar on my forehead. I’m not an heir to a distant kingdom. I was born a rabbit. My destiny was simply to die in a laboratory. But becoming a hero doesn’t happen overnight and destiny is a funny thing. In one moment the kindness of a stranger- or in my case a vampire – can change everything.

My name is Snow and I am a wererabbit.

Snow Everly was born a rabbit and believes that her destiny was to die in a cold laboratory. Then one winter night, a vampire named John breaks in searching for his missing research. When the lab goes up in flames he goes back and rescues her. He names her Snowball and has no idea that she is no ordinary rabbit. John’s partner, Edgar tells him that he is now a father but it takes time for John to realize how right he is. When Snow turns three years old, Snow gains the ability to shift into a girl. Why was she created? Who and what are the mysterious figures following her? Follow Snow on her journey as she makes friends with werewolves, a telepathic mouse and searches for answers. Her dream is to one day become a hero and above all else – she wants to be accepted for who she is – a wererabbit.

 

TalonTalon by Julie Kagawa

Publisher: MIRA Ink

Page Count: 461 pages

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

‘There are a dozen soldiers hiding in that maze. All hunting you. All looking to kill you.’

To the outside world Ember Hill is an ordinary girl, but Ember has a deadly secret. A dragon hiding in human form, she is destined to fight the shadowy Order of St. George, a powerful society of dragonslayers.

St. George soldier Garret is determined to kill Ember and her kind. Until her bravery makes him question all he’s been taught about dragons.

Now a war is coming and Garret and Ember must choose their sides – fight to save their bond or fulfil their fate and destroy one another.

 

November

Rebel of the SandsRebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Page Count: 368 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

“Tell me that and we’ll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that’s how you want your story to go and we’ll write it straight across the sand.”

Dustwalk is Amani’s home.
The desert sand is in her bones.
But she wants to escape. More than a want. A need.

Then a foreigner with no name turns up to save her life, and with him the chance to run.

But to where?

The desert plains are full of danger. Sand and blood are swirling, and the Sultan’s enemies are on the rise.

 

December

Wolf by WolfWolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Publisher: Orion Children’s Books

Page Count: 400 pages

Genre: Alternate History / Dystopian

Review: [Link]

Buy it here:[Link]

Synopsis:

Once upon a different time, there was a girl who lived in a kingdom of death. Wolves howled up her arm. A whole pack of them-made of tattoo ink and pain, memory and loss. It was the only thing about her that ever stayed the same. Her story begins on a train.

Germania, 1956. Over ten years since the Nazis won the war. 17-year-old Yael is part of the resistance, and she has just one mission: to kill Hitler.

But first she’s got to get close enough to him to do it.

Experimented on during her time at Auschwitz, Yael has the unique ability to change her appearance at will. The only part of her which always remains are the five tattooed wolves on her arm; one for each of the people she’s lost. Using her abilities, she must transform into Adele Wolfe, Germany’s most famous female rider and winner of the legendary Axis Tour; an epic long distance motorcycle race from Berlin to Tokyo, where only the strongest (and wiliest) riders survive. If she can win this, she will be able to get close enough to kill the Fuhrer and change history forever.

But with other riders sabotaging her chances at every turn, Yael’s mission won’t be easy…

 

Red QueenRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: Orion

Page Count: 401 pages

Genre: Dystopian High Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart…

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