The Sobeks 2016 – Part 1

It’s that time of year again!

To ring in the new year (and help you to spend that Christmas money), here’s a look back at the very best novels that I’ve discovered since 1st January 2016. This list is comprised of every book that I’ve read that I awarded 4+ stars to on Goodreads. As you are aware, I’m very stingy at giving these out so please take this as a sign that the books are really excellent!

Today, I’m going to be looking at all of the books that I reviewed between January and March. Enjoy!

January

The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary

The Night ParadePublisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Page Count: 336 pages

Genre: Fantasy / Folklore

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

“I thought you might sleep through it.” The creature smiled.
Saki’s voice was little more than a whisper. “Sleep through what?”
It leaned over. She stared into its will-o’-the-wisp eyes.
“The Night Parade, of course.”

The last thing Saki Yamamoto wants to do for her summer vacation is trade in exciting Tokyo for the antiquated rituals and bad cell reception of her grandmother’s village. Preparing for the Obon ceremony is boring. Then the local kids take interest in Saki and she sees an opportunity for some fun, even if it means disrespecting her family’s ancestral shrine on a malicious dare.

But as Saki rings the sacred bell, the darkness shifts. A death curse has been invoked…and Saki has three nights to undo it. With the help of three spirit guides and some unexpected friends, Saki must prove her worth-or say goodbye to the world of the living forever…

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenPublisher: Quirk Books

Page Count: 368 pages

Genre: Fantasy / Horror / Mystery

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

A mysterious island.
An abandoned orphanage.
A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow impossible though it seems they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

 

February

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StonePublisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Page Count: 352 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

 

The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury

The Sleeping PrincePublisher: Scholastic Press

Page Count: 336 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater’s Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified …and desperate for more. Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin’s life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep. When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won’t reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help Errin, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds splits the world as she knows it apart, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom…

 

March

Desire in Frost by Alicia Rades

Desire in FrostPublisher: PaperPlane Publishing

Page Count: 222 pages

Genre: Paranormal

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

CRYSTAL FROST recently discovered she can see ghosts and predict the future, yet the mystery of Hope Ross’s abduction still haunts her dreams. While traveling to Florida for Thanksgiving, Crystal’s visions of Hope only grow stronger. She enlists the help of her soon-to-be step-cousin Robin, a decision that complicates the entire picture—and her feelings. Can she figure out what happened to Hope and learn why Robin is so guarded, or will her newfound abilities fail her?

 

Perijee and Me by Ross Montgomery

Perijee and MePublisher: Faber & Faber

Page Count: 240 pages

Genre: Science Fiction

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

When 11-year-old Caitlin discovers a shrimp-like alien creature on the shores of her island home, she takes responsibility for teaching it about the world. Mostly, this just involved stopping little Perijee from eating everything! Caitlin becomes increasingly close to her alien friend, treating him like a brother.

There’s only one problem – Perijee won’t stop growing.

Then the authorities try to hunt him down and through his fear, Perijee disappears and starts causing trouble. Caitlin must leave home and travel across the country to try and convince Perijee to stop destroying everything before it’s too late.

 

The Saga of Darren Shan #4-6 by Darren Shan

The Saga of Darren Shan 4-6Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books

Page Count: 469 pages

Genre: Horror

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

The nightmare continues… Vampire Rites trilogy comprising: Vampire Mountain, Trials of Death and The Vampire Prince. Join Darren Shan’s descent into the darkness.

VAMPIRE MOUNTAIN
Darren Shan and Mr Crepsley embark on a dangerous trek to the very heart of the vampire world. But will a meeting with the Vampire Princes restore Darren’s human side, or turn him further towards the darkness?

TRIALS OF DEATH
The Trials: seventeen ways to die unless the luck of the vampires is with you. Darren Shan must pass five fearsome Trials to prove himself to the vampire clan – or face the stakes in the Hall of Death.

THE VAMPIRE PRINCE
Can Darren reverse the odds and outwit a Vampire Prince, or is this the end of thousands of years of vampire rule…?

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