Winter is Coming

Hello everyone.

I had hoped to bring you my review of Tempus Abbey by Sammy Woodford today but I’m having a really hard time getting through the book. Really, it serves me right for reading two super long novels back to back. Instead, I thought I’d give you an idea of what’s coming up next on Arkham Reviews in the run up to Christmas.

After Tempus Abbey, next up on the blog will be Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! by Mariko Tamaki. Over the months that follow, my plans get a bit more vague. There are so many great novels coming up – including Phillip Pullman’s new epic – that I’m likely to throw my neatly made plan out of the window. However, I do know that there will be a few very special reviews in the near future. These include my 350th review and book tours for Ultimate Sacrifice by S.E. Green and Wolves and Roses by Christina Bauer.

Here are a few more things that you can expect:

Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson

Three Words Promised by Ingrid Seymour

Raptors of Paradise by J.J. Burredge

Sky by Sarah Driver

Cloud Cuckoo by R.E. Palmer

The Last Namsara by Kirstin Ciccarelli

The Book of the Wise by J.T. Cope IV

Under by Abigail Blakely

dEaDINBURGH: Vantage by Mark Wilson

The Change #1-3 by Guy Adams

Ruby in the Rough by Stephen Ruby

The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

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This Summer on Arkham Reviews

Hello Everyone!

We’re into that part of the year when the terrible day-star is at its hottest and I start to contemplate moving to that place where it’s dark for six months of the year. Yes, I’m not much of a sun worshipper, but I appreciate that I’m in the minority. The one good thing about sun bathing is that it gives you plenty of time to get stuck into a new book. So, in case you’re looking for recommendations, here’s an idea of what’s coming up next on Arkham Reviews!

I’m currently working my way through Gaslight by Eloise Williams and, hopefully by the time I’ve finished it, my copy of The Savage Dawn – the final part of Melissa Grey’s The Girl at Midnight Trilogy – will have arrived. Unless I get similarly distracted, here’s a sneak peak of the other things on my mountainous to read pile:

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

Wanted by Jo Ho

Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer

Curse of Stars by Donna Compositor

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

The Wheel Mages by Aimee Davis

Contagion by Teri Terry

The Spectra United by Christie Valentine Powell

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Tempus Abbey by Sammy Woodford

The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson

Three Words Promised by Ingrid Seymour

Kickstarter Spotlight – The World Next Door

Hello there!

If you follow me on Goodreads, you’re probably aware that I’m also a huge fan of comic books. I even wrote a post about all my favourite YA graphic novels a few months back (you can check it out here if you’re interested). If any of that tickled your fancy, I’m pleased to announce that my friend’s Kickstarter may be for you!

The World Next Door is a young adult graphic novel written by Maegan Cook and illustrated by Jessica Howard. It’s set in 1947 in a world not too dissimilar to our own. Well, apart from the fact that that the end of the world is fast approaching. The finished product will by 120 pages long and is perfect for fans of science fiction.

Curious? Well, if you’d like to see more you can head on over to their Kickstarter page. It’s running until 3rd August and you can snag yourself a copy of the PDF for a mere $10 (or $15 plus postage if, like me, you prefer to have a copy you can hold in your hands). It really is a scream, and you get the good karma points for supporting two independent artists!

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE KICKSTARTER PAGE

Revealed – Alwyn Hamilton’s Next Book

Hello everyone!

Today’s post is very exciting. Thanks to my friends at Faber & Faber, I’m able to reveal the title of the final book in Alwyn Hamilton’s amazing Rebel of the Sands Trilogy.

Are you ready for this?

Feeling excited yet? I know I am. But wait, there’s more! I’m also able to give you this teaser of what is to come.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin:

The rebellion has been betrayed. The Rebel Prince has been captured. And the remnants of the rebellion lie in hands more used to shooting a gun than managing an army: The Blue Eyed Bandit’s. Amani, to those who know her as the girl instead of the legend.

With the Sultan ruthlessly reclaiming the desert with his inhuman army, only a few know that the Rebel Prince is still alive, imprisoned. And if there’s any hope of resurrecting the country’s failing faith in the rebellion, Amani, Jin and their few remaining allies will have to rescue him from a prison deep in the mountains. A place which, until now, Amani thought was a only myth.

Now Amani must return to where she came from, confronting towering walls of fire, dangerous foreign armies, and legendary tricksters. Heading quickly down a road which Amani knows ends in an all out war, and her finding out just how much she can bring herself to sacrifice to save her whole country.

Oh my. Now I’m excited. The only problem now is that I’ve got to wait to find out more…

Spotlight – The Waterfall Traveler

This post is brought to you in association with Xpresso Book Tours. Look out for my full review on 18th May!

Author:  S.J. Lem

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  The Waterfall Traveler (#1)

Page Count: 381

Release Date: 17th April 2017

Synopsis:

All eighteen-year-old Ri wants is to cure her adoptive father Samuel from his hallucination-inducing illness. Everyone in her village tells her it’s impossible. But when she meets two newcomers in the forest—a gruff rogue with a vendetta against the gods and a charming fugitive with the power to travel through water—she’ll be torn away from Samuel and swept across the sea to an oppressed city governed by a ruthless tyrant. Once there, she’ll not only have to confront Samuel’s unlawful past, but a vicious evil that threatens all mankind.

In this tale of bravery, friendship, and unexpected love, Ri must discover her own strength to save the men she cares for.

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Short Delay

Hi everyone.

As you know, I aim to post at least one review every week on this blog. Unfortunately, this week has proven to be a bit of a challenge. I’m starting a new job today and my current read – Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly – is taking more time to get through than I imagined. I don’t want to rush the book or give a half-hearted review, so I’m going to be taking a week of hiatus and posting this one next Monday (24th April). Hope that this is okay.

Since I haven’t done one of these update posts in a while, in the next month I’m going to be taking part in a book tour for The Waterfall Traveler by S.J. Lim, as well as posting up reviews for two of May’s hottest new releases – Moonlocket by Peter Bunzl and Legion by Julie Kagawa. Here’s what else you have to look forward to:

The Three Worlds by Nara Duffie

The Madness Underneath and The Boy in the Smoke by Maureen Johnson

The Spectra Unearthed by Christie Valentine Powell

The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman

The Conscript by Avi Garza

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Heart of Power by S.L. Giger

Sea by Sarah Driver

The Spirit of Stratos: The Shadow Virus by R.E. Larrison

The Dark Days Pact by Allison Goodman

The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles

Tree Magic by Harriet Springbett

The Never Dawn by R.E. Palmer

Next on Arkham Reviews

Due to exams and various other unforeseen circumstances, this blog has taken a bit of a backseat of late. I can only apologise about that, both to my readers and to the independent authors who have kindly donated their work for me to review.

To ensure that I get to these submissions quicker, I’ve had a reshuffle of my “to read” pile. I can’t promise that I won’t be distracted by other pretty covers, but here’s a list of the reviews that I hope to bring to you over the next couple of months. Monday’s post will be a look at Laini Taylor’s upcoming novel, Strange the Dreamer, and I’ll have more Animorphs reviews and a special 300th review post for you soon after, but here’s what else you have to look forward to:

Snow Island by M.Y. Zeman

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Two Hearts Asunder by Ingrid Seymour

The Three Worlds by Nara Duffie

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

The Spectra Unearthed by Christie Valentine Powell

The Madness Underneath and The Boy in the Smoke by Maureen Johnson

The Conscript by Avi Garza

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

Heart of Power: The Siren’s Awakening by S.L. Giger

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

The Spirit of Stratos: The Shadow Virus by R.E. Larrison

Sea by Sarah Driver

Wererabbits Need Your Support!

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Hi everyone. This is a post of different sort. If you’ve followed me for a while, you might remember that I’ve posted a couple of reviews about M.Y. Zeman’s Chronicles of a Wererabbit series. These are great books for young teens, which focuses on the adventures of the world’s only Wererabbit. They also contain things like werewolves, hyper-intelligent rats, talking motorbikes and sabre-toothed tigers. Oh, and Snow’s dads are both vampires – how neat is that?

The long and the short is that the series is tonnes of fun, however it’s published entirely out of the author’s pocket. As she wants to make the third book – Snow Island – as cool it can be, she’s taken to Kickstarter to raise funds to cover its publication.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT SNOW ISLAND’S KICKSTARTER PAGE!

The author is looking to raise $1,000 to cover her expenses and offers all kinds of things as rewards, from copies of her books to crocheted mice. If you could spare a little change to help her out, she’d be massively grateful. Plus, you’d have done your bit to help out independent publishing and woodland creatures would love you. I think…

Anyhow, if you need any more convincing, here are some links to my reviews of the first two books. You can bet that I’ll also be reviewing the third, just as soon as I get my hands on a copy!

Snowball: Chronicles of a Wererabbit

Snow Bunny: Chronicles of a Wererabbit

Coming up next on Arkham Reviews

Hi everyone!

I hope you enjoyed my little series of Secret Santa reviews. It was certainly more Historical fiction than I’ve read in a long while! It’s time to return to my actual scheduled reviews so expect a more variety (and indie books) over the coming weeks.

At the moment, I’m reading both Boudica’s Daughters by Sheridan Winn and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon and Dean Hale and I hope to share the reviews with you very soon. I also intend to continue with my series of Animorphs reviews now that Christmas and my Birthday are both out of the way.

Here’s a sneak peak of the reviews that will follow!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Born Scared by Kevin Brooks

American Monsters by Derek Landy

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

The Three Worlds by Nara Duffie

The Madness Underneath and The Boy in the Smoke by Maureen Johnson

One of us is Lying by Karen M McManus

The Spectra Unearthed by Christie Valentine Powell

Sea by Sarah Driver

The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

dEaDINBURGH: Vantage by Mark Wilson

Countryside: The Book of the Wise by J.T. Cope IV

Secret Santa Book Reviews

Hello everyone!

I hope you had a great time over the festive season and got plenty of new books to read.

Following tradition, I took part in LibraryThing‘s Secret Santa this year but unfortunately my books arrived too late to be used for my Christmas review. Instead, now I’m going to ignore my ominous “to read” pile and celebrate the dawn of 2017 with my recommendations from my gifter, iShanella.

iShanella has really taken note my love of female protagonists, urban fantasy and steampunk. On top of the four books that she sent me, she also recommended two others which I’ve added to the list for completeness sake. Here’s what you have to look forward to next on Arkham Reviews:

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier

The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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