Happy New Year from Arkham Reviews

Hello Everyone and Happy New Year! I hope that you’ve had a fantastic festive season, however you chose to celebrate it.

Following the tradition of my previous years on this blog, I decided to take part in LibraryThing‘s “SantaThing” event. This is a Secret Santa in which you post up your reading preferences (such as young adult novels) and a random person selects a handful of books for you on that basis.

As my books did not quite arrive in time for the holiday, I’ve decided that I will dedicate my next few reviews to looking at them all. Here’s what you have to look forward to over the next couple of weeks:

Arabella of Mars by David D Levine

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Jumper by Steven Gould

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

It’s quite a varied selection and so I’m really excited to get started. If none of these take your fancy, check back in two weeks time for a sneak peak of my reading plans for the next few months!

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The Sobeks 2018 – Part 4

Woohoo! We made it! Happy New Year everyone!

Yet, before I start on my substantial pile of 2019 reads, it’s time to take one last look back over the previous year. The Sobeks are my prestigious annual awards that showcase the very best novels that I have reviewed. These are the ones that I have awarded 4 stars or above to on Goodreads, which is a select few as I am a bit stingy when it comes to giving out high ratings!

Just in case your Christmas money is still burning a hole in your pocket, here is the last set of winners. They are all taken from novels that I read and reviewed in October, November and December. Check back on the 3rd January for a sneak peak about what will be coming up next on Arkham Reviews over the first few weeks of this wonderful new year!

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The Sobeks 2018 – Part 3

Hello again. There isn’t much left of 2018 now and so it’s a good time to look back and remember all the brilliant worlds that I have had been able to explore in the last year.

The Sobeks are my annual awards where I showcase my favourite reads of the year. These are the ones that I awarded 4 or 5 stars to on Goodreads. As I don’t give high ratings out to just any book, you can consider these to be the absolute cream of the crop and certainly worth your time.

Curious? Well, read on to find out what my recommendations are. This time, I’ll be looking back at the novels which I reviewed in July, August and September.

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The Sobeks 2018 – Part 2

Hello and welcome to my continuing retrospective of my favourite reads of 2018.

In case you missed my previous post, the Sobeks are my prestigious annual blog awards. I take a look back over the previous twelve months and showcase every review that I awarded 4 stars or above on Goodreads. As I’m very stingy when it comes to giving high ratings, you just know that all of these books are of the highest quality.

In this post, I’m going to be talking about the winners from April, May and June. If you’re looking for some great ideas of things to read in the new year, look no further. My recommendations lie beneath the cut…

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The Sobeks 2018 – Part 1

Hello Everyone! I hope that you are having a wonderful festive season and welcome to the third annual Sobek Awards.

Named for this blog’s crocodilian mascot, this is a series of four posts that showcase the very best books that I have had the pleasure of reviewing in the past year. As I’m a bit stingy when it comes to giving “starred” reviews on Goodreads, I have selected my choices for each month based on the novels that I have awarded four stars or more. Hopefully, it will give you an idea of what to spend your obligatory Christmas book tokens on!

Anyhow, without further ado, here are winners for January, February and March:

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Spotlight – Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil

This post is brought to you in association with Xpresso Book Tours. Look out for my full review on 11th November!

Author:  Mary Fan

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  Flynn Nightsider #1

Page Count: 615

Release Date: 15th May 2018

Synopsis:

Break the enchantments. Find the truth. Ignite the revolution.

A century ago, the Enchanters defeated the evil Lord of the Underworld, but not before he’d unleashed his monsters and ravaged the earth. The Enchanters built the Triumvirate out of what remained of the United States, demanding absolute obedience in exchange for protection from the lingering supernatural beasts.

Sixteen-year-old Flynn Nightsider, doomed to second-class life for being born without magic, knows the history as well as anyone. Fed up with the Triumvirate’s lies and secrecy, he longs for change. And when he stumbles across a clue that hints at something more – secrets in the dark, the undead, and buried histories – he takes matters into his own hands.

Before long, Flynn finds himself hunted not only by the government, but also by nightmarish monsters and a mysterious man with supernatural powers … all seeking him for reasons he cannot understand. Rescued by underground rebels, he’s soon swept up in their vision of a better world, guided by a girl as ferocious as the monsters she fights. But as the nation teeters on the brink of revolution, Flynn realises three things.

The rebellion is not what it seems.

Flynn himself might be more than he seems.

And the fate of the world now rests in his hands.

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Lazy Blogger Alert

Hi Everyone! Hope you’re all doing well.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a new post for you today. As you might be aware, I recently got back from a fabulous week-long trip to New York City. And I have never been so tired in all my life. I have now exhausted my supply of reviews that I had queued up and have been too sleepy to finish anything new.

However, I have had a very lazy weekend and hope to be back on form in time for my Wednesday review. In a meantime, I thought I’d just give you an idea of what to expect between now and Christmas. While I may be a bit slow over November due to the NaNoWriMo, I have gathered together a pretty exciting selection of novels to read between now and Christmas. These include another visit to Hogwarts for my 450th review, a place on the virtual tour for Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil by Mary Fan and a brand new Amelia Fang novel which should arrive just in time for Halloween!

However, that’s not all I have squirrelled away. Here is a sneak peak of some of the things I plan to read and review in the lead up to the new year:

The Story Collector by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

Skycircus by Peter Bunzl

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

A Good Night for Shooting Zombies by Jaco Jacobs

The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

Soulbinder by Sebastien de Castell

Day 7 by Kerry Drewery

Inimical by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge

A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe

The Shield of Kuromori by Jason Rohan

This Summer on Arkham Reviews

Hello readers! I hope you all are well.

We’re well into the summer now, which is a great time to relax in the sun with a good book. Which is exactly what I plan to do. Although I’m not planning to go away myself until the end of September, I do have some exciting reviews planned that should give you a few ideas of things to take with you on your travels.

Next up is The Raging Ones by Krista & Becca Ritchie, but here’s a sneak peak of what to expect over the next couple of months:

The Unauthorised Autobiography and The Beatrice Letters by Lemony Snicket

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Ice Crypt by Tiana Warner

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Beetle Queen by M.G. Leonard

My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp

Diamonds and Deceit by Leila Rasheed

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr

Our Lady of the Street by Tom Pollock

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

Day 7 by Kerry Drewery

A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe

The Shield of Kuromori by Jason Rohan

 

The Season of Sequels

Hi Everyone! I hope you’re all well.

With both Camp NaNoWriMo and my UKYA month over, it’s time to get back to business as usual here on Arkham Reviews. However, I can’t help but notice that there are a lot of sequels to previous novels that I’ve reviewed coming out over the next few months and so I would really like to have a chance to get my grubby little mitts on them. I have a lot of pre-orders winging their way to me at the moment, so expect my regularly schedule reviews to be randomly interrupted with the likes of the following:

Inferno by Julie Kagawa

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

The Extinction Trials: Exile by S.M. Wilson

Lumberjanes: The Moon is Up by Mariko Tamaki

Storm by Sarah Driver

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Charmcaster by Sebastien de Castell

Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova

Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Fourth Closet by Scott Cawthorn and Kira Breed-Wrisley

In between these exciting new releases, I will be picking my way through the many, many other books that are eagerly waiting for me on the always massive to read pile. This has recently been augmented by a few fantastic looking series that I managed to snaffle through YA Shot giveaways and I’m really excited to be able to share them with you:

Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard

Sapphires and Secrets by Leila Rasheed

The Glass Republic by Tom Pollock

Cell 7 by Kelly Drewery

The Sword of the Kuromori by Jason Rohan

Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

The Book Knights by J.G. McKenney

Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor

The Runaways and the Everlasting by Monifa Anderson

The Girl Who Dared to Stand by Bella Forrest

Satellite by Nick Lake

Well, I guess it’s time for me to get started on them. Hope they give you some great ideas for potential summer reads!

A Celebration of UKYA

Hello everyone!

As you’re probably aware, today is YA Shot and I’ve been trying to think of a good way that I can celebrate. My reviews over the next few weeks may be a little slower than usual because of Camp NaNoWriMo, but I’ve decided to ignore my regularly scheduled reviews and instead bring to you a look at some exciting titles from UK based YA authors instead!

Normal service will resume after the NaNoWriMo is over, but here’s what you can look forward to in the meantime:

The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant

After the Fire by Will Hill

The Other Alice by Michelle Harrison

How I Live Now by Meg Rossoff

Love Song by Sophia Bennett

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

The Beneath by S.C. Ransom

Nina is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi

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