Happy New Year!

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Now that The Sobeks are over, it’s time to start looking forward to what this year has to bring. I’ve decided to take a break from my scheduled reviews to do something a little more exciting. Over January, I’m going to be looking at a few things that I didn’t have time to get to before Christmas – one final festive submission and the books that I received from LibraryThing‘s secret santa event – but then I’m going to finish up the month with a few brand new releases.

Will it be a positive glimpse of what is yet to come, or will it make me want to return to the safety of 2017. Check back over the next few weeks to find out!

Without further ado, here is what’s coming up in January on Arkham Reviews:

Footprints in the Snow by Maggie Holman

The Scratchling Trinity by Boyd Brent

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

The Girl Who Dared to Think by Bella Forrest

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Chainbreaker by Tara Sim

Everless by Sara Holland

Runaways: An Original Novel by Christopher Golden

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The Sobeks 2017 – Part 4

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Happy New Year! I hope you had a fantastic 2017 and are all ready to see what 2018 brings. I, for one, am really excited to discover some new favourite authors and series. My resolution is, as always, to post as many honest reviews as possible. Yet, before I get stuck into this year’s reviews, it’s time for my final look back on the gems of 2017.

In case you missed my previous posts, The Sobeks are my yearly blog awards. Rather than declare any one book as being the best, it is a look back at all of the stand-out novels that I read in 2017. These are the ones that I awarded 4 or 5 stars to on Goodreads. As you know, I’m a pretty critical reader so this is high praise indeed!

Read on if you’d like to learn about the best books that I read between October and December.

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The Sobeks 2017 – Part 3

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Is your Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket? To help you decide how to spend it, I thought I’d spend a few posts telling you about the very best novels that I have read this year. All of these books were worthy of a 4 or 5 star review on Goodreads and, as you know how fussy I can be, this means that I was absolutely blown away by them.

In today’s post, I’m going to be reminiscing about the books I read between July and September. Over this time, there was a decent number of books that made the cut. Read on for a wide variety of recommendations, links to my full reviews and adorable photographs of Sobek.

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The Sobeks 2017 – Part 2

Hello everyone, and welcome to my run down of the best books that I read in 2017. If you missed my last post, these are the novels that I gave 4+ stars to on Goodreads – the ones that I found utterly engrossing and would recommend to everyone.

Unfortunately, this list is kind of short. Over this time I read fewer books as I took an exam and started a new job, and unfortunately most of those that I did read failed to earn this highly prestigious and sought-after literary award.

Anyhow, without further ado, here is the list of gems that I discovered between April and June:

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The Sobeks 2017 – Part 1

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As Christmas has now passed, perhaps you have found yourself in possession of the greatest of gifts – the book token. As I appreciate that you might be struggling to decide which brilliant book to buy, I figured it was time to post up this year’s winners of the coveted Sobek Award. These are the novels that I read over the course of the year that I awarded 4 or 5 stars to on Goodreads – the ones that I would definitely recommend that you go out and buy.

As I’m a very picky reader, take it from me that these books are something really special. Let’s take a look at my hot picks from January, February and March:

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Winter is Coming

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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

This Summer on Arkham Reviews

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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

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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

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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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