The Sobeks 2016 – Part 2

Hello Everyone!

Today, I’m continuing my look back at the best books I reviewed in 2016. This time I’ll be taking a look at the reviews I did between May and July. All of these novels are ones that I award 4 stars or above on Goodreads, and I’d personally recommend them to anyone.

If you choose to spend your Christmas money on any of them, I hope that you enjoy them as much as I did!

April

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The Serpent KingPublisher: Andersen Press

Page Count: 384 pages

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

A dark, southern gothic novel about small-town dreams, love and grief.

Dill’s father is in jail for an unspeakable crime. Shunned by the neighbours in their small religious Tennessee town, Dill and his mother try to make ends meet.

Dill’s only respite from poverty and prejudice are his two friends: Lydia and Travis. Travis is an oddball, finding sanctuary from his violent father in his obsession with an epic fantasy saga. Lydia is fast-talking and fiercely creative, pinning her hopes on her achingly cool fashion blog. Dill fears his heart will break when she escapes to a better life in New York.

Dill wants to get through his final year of high school in one piece. But there’s a dark secret at the heart of his family, a serpent poisoning his blood, filling him with despair. Dill must confront this legacy of madness and desperation before it tears him apart.

 

May

Snow Bunny: Chronicles of a Wererabbit by M.Y. Zeman

Snow Bunny - Chronicles of a WererabbitPublisher: F.B. Publishing

Page Count: 230 pages

Genre: Science Fiction / Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

I am a wererabbit and he is a werewolf… I was born a bunny and thought my fate was to live and die in a lab until a vampire saved me. Now I am fourteen and I’ve just rescued a teenage werewolf named Josh from scientists who have been experimenting with a terrible serum which takes away the ability to shift.

We need to find the people who took him; discover who they are working for and what they are planning so we can stop them.

The road ahead is scary, full of twists and a new love. But no one ever said becoming a hero was easy…

 

June

The Graces by Laure Eve

The GracesPublisher: Faber & Faber

Page Count: 423 pages

Genre: Paranormal / Thriller

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Everyone said the Graces were witches.
They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.
They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.
All I had to do was show them that person was me.

Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?

This beautifully-written thriller will grip you from its very first page.

 

The Magic Unfolds / The Secret of the Towers by Sheridan Winn

The Sprite Sisters 2 + 3Publisher: Piccadilly Press

Page Count: 266 pages / 280 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link][Link]

Synopsis:

The Magic Unfolds:

THE SPRITE SISTERS – FOUR SISTERS – FOUR ELEMENTS – FOUR POWERS

The wind tore through the attics, it tore around the towers and it tore through the garden. Tile spun from the roof and crashed on the ground below. The huge house shook and let out an almighty roar. Ariel, Ash and Marina screamed. ‘Hold on – hold the power!’ shouted Flame.

The Sprite Sisters’ home, Sprite Towers, is under threat and the property developer is closing in. Glenda Glass, their vengeful enemy, is determined to expose the sisters’ magic powers and throw them out of the house. Have the Sprite Sisters enough power to save their family home?

 

The Secret of the Towers:

THE SPRITE SISTERS – FOUR SISTERS, FOUR ELEMENTS, FOUR POWERS

Each of the Sprite Sisters has a magical power aligned to one of the four elements: Fire, Water, Earth and Air. Magic runs through the Sprite family, but nobody knows who has got it. This power must be kept secret and only used for good. However the sisters have a formidable enemy – another Sprite who is prepared to use dark power to take the girls’ powers and their home, Sprite Towers.

‘Ariel’s gone!’ screamed Marina. ‘She’s disappeared!’ The three Sprite Sisters stared in horror at the bridge of light. ‘Where is she? What’s happened?’ shouted Ash, her face white with terror. Flame gasped. ‘I think Ariel has passed through the portal! ‘We must find her!’ shouted Marina. ‘And quickly!’

The summer holidays bring campfires and new-found freedom to the Sprite Sisters. When they find the key that promises to unlock the secret of Sprite Towers, it seems that the magic of the mysterious old house is about to be released. But danger is lurking in their midst. Are the Sprite Sisters’ powers strong enough to save them from the dark side of the Sprite family?

 

Guilt Trip by Maggy Farrell

Guilt TripPublisher: Amazon Kindle

Page Count: 179 pages

Genre: Mystery / Paranormal

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

The voice on the wind.
The presence in her dreams.
The feelings she can’t control.

Sixteen-year-old Melissa has been diagnosed with Survivor Syndrome, the guilt of having escaped from a car crash in which her mother died.

However, when on holiday in the rugged moorlands of the English countryside, she begins to see and hear things she can’t explain. And so she must ask herself: are these also symptoms of her illness? Or are they signs that her mother is reaching out to her from beyond the grave?

A tense, psychological chiller. Can YOU spot the clues to the final shocking twist?

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