Well it worked quite well last week, as I managed to read all 3 books I wanted to, quiet easilly, so I thought I’d talk again about the books I’m hoping to read (and start to review) during the upcoming week. I’m using up the last of my holiday allocation as well this week and have a couple of days off, so I’m hoping I’m adding an extra book to the pile.
Acknowledging that she was different from everyone else wasn’t difficult for Wendy Everly she’d always felt like an outsider. But a new world and new family is a hard for any girl to accept easily. Leaving behind the mysterious country of her birth, she is determined to fit back into normal life.
But the world she’s left behind won’t let her go that easily. Kidnapped and imprisoned by her true family’s enemies, Wendy soon learns that the lines between good and evil aren’t as defined as she thought. And those things she’d taken for granted may have been lies all along.
With the help of the dangerously attractive Loki, she escapes back to the safety of Forening only to be confronted by a new threat. It’s time to make a choice can she put aside her personal feelings for the sake of her country?
While it wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read, the first in the series, Switched, was certainly still an amazing page-turner. So when the publisher offered me the second book for review, I quickly accepted. Torn was published by Tor on the 1st March.
Johnny and his friends have finished school for the summer. One sweltering day, on their way back from a water fight at the park, they spot an old lady who has wound them up by bursting their football. They make a bad decision. The boys pedal up to the old lady’s parked car and commit a drive-by soaking, before pedalling away as quickly as they can.
Revenge isn’t all that’s on Johnny’s mind, however, as he spots an impossibly cool, black-clad, pale-skinned girl on the bus. He can’t stop thinking about her, but has she even registered his existence? When Johnny discovers that the old lady suffered a heart attack after the drive-by and subsequently died, he is totally guilt-stricken.
And when Johnny wakes up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night, feeling a presence in his room, he believes that he’s being haunted and the strain starts to show…
Another book I received for review, and as well as loving the cover, it sounds amazing! Can’t wait to start reading it. Drive By was published by Bloomsbury on the 1st March.
All Joe Spork wants is a quiet life. He repairs clockwork and lives above his shop in a wet, unknown bit of London. The bills don’t always get paid and he’s single and has no prospects of improving his lot, but at least he’s not trying to compete with the reputation of Mathew “Tommy Gun” Spork, his infamous criminal dad.
I’m fairly certain I won’t manage to finish this one during this week as it’s quite the chunkster! and probably a little to large to haul on the bus to work every day, but I do hope to make a decent dent in it!
A long time ago magic faded away, leaving behind only yo-yos, the extremely useful compass-pointing-to-North enchantment and the spell that keep bicycles from falling over. Things are about to change. Magical power is on the rise and King Snodd IV of Hereford has realised that he who controls magic controls almost anything.
One person stands between Snodd and his plans for power and riches beyond the wildest dreams of avarice. Meet Jennifer Strange, sixteen-year-old acting manager of Kazam, the employment agency for sorcerers and soothsayers. With only one functioning wizard and her faithful assistant ‘Tiger’ Prawns, Jennifer must use every ounce of ingenuity to derail King Snodd’s plans.
It may involve a trip on a magic carpet at the speed of sound to the Troll Wall, the mysterious Transient Moose, and a powerless sorceress named Once Magnificent Boo. But one thing is certain: Jennifer Strange will not relinquish the noble powers of magic to big business and commerce without a fight.
I grabbed this one when it was released in November last year, but I’ve not managed to read it, I’m always a fan of Fforde’s books and I really enjoyed his first foray in to YA books (and the first in this series) The Last Dragon Slayer when I read in back in 2010.