A mysterious metamorphosis has taken hold of Ida MacLaird – she is slowly turning into glass. Fragile and determined to find a cure, she returns to the strange, enchanted island where she believes the transformation began, in search of reclusive Henry Fuwa, the one man who might just be able to help…
Instead she meets Midas Crook, and another transformation begins: as Midas helps Ida come to terms with her condition, they fall in love.What they need most is time – and time is slipping away fast.
I became aware of this one because of Ali Shaw’s blub on The Snow Childby Eowyn Ivey, it sound like another wonderful book and looked to have some great reviews, so I downloaded a copy to my Kindle.
How does one talk about love? yearning, n./adj.
At the core of this desire is the belief that everything can be perfect. We are all beginners when it comes to love, from those tentative first dates to learning how to live with, or without, someone. But how does one describe love? How does one chart its delights and pleasures, its depths and desolations? Do we even have the right words to describe something that can be both utterly mundane and completely transcendent, pulling us out of our everyday lives and making us feel a part of something greater than ourselves?
I was just messing about, perusing the Kindle store last Saturday, when I came across this one, on sale for just 99p! How could I resist that!
The Bonding is a love story told from two different perspectives, based around a young couple in an ordinary world, but with subtle differences.
In Lillian Tempest’s world there is a hint of magic, not great big spells with pointy witches hats, but delicate magic, enhancing and complimenting their lives.
Get lost in Lillian’s life, as she turns 17 and is told she is to marry a stranger because of a ancient prophecy. Hold her hand as she falls in love, almost looses everything, including herself as she grows from a shy, innocent (and to be quite honest, a terrible witch) into powerful, confident Lady.
Another one, I found when looking through the Kindle store on Saturday. I know nothing about this one, even if it’s any good, though it seemed to have a few decent reviews and it was free, so worth the risk I feel.
As a Junior Press Officer for the British government, Jake is sent to cover a ‘non-story’ – a demonstration against the construction of a laboratory on the supposed site of an ancient fairy ring. But what Jake sees there is shocking and terrifying and leads him to investigate a clandestine organisation – the Order of Malichea. And then sinister things start happening: Jake is ‘accidentally’ pushed, almost falling under a tube train; Lauren, Jake’s girlfriend, has all her notes on the Order stolen; and then Jake returns home to find a dead body in his flat and is accused of murder.
Who is trying to scare Jake? Is it the British government? Or other, more sinister agencies? Either way, Jake and Lauren must fight for their lives…
Many thanks to Bloomsbury for sending me this one.
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?
Many thanks to Tor for sending me this one.
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…
Many thanks to Bloomsbury for sending me this one.
Seventeen-year-old Elliott hasn’t slept properly for six months. Not since the accident that nearly killed him. Now he is afraid to go to sleep. Sometimes he wakes to find himself paralysed, unable to move a muscle, while shadowy figures move around him. Other times he is the one moving around, while his body lies asleep on the bed.
According to his doctor, sleep paralysis and out of body experiences are harmless – but to Elliot they’re terrifying. Convinced that his brush with death has opened up connections with the spirit world, Elliott secures a live-in job at one of England’s most haunted locations, determined to find out the truth. There he finds Sebastian, the ghost of a long-dead servant boy hanged for stealing bread. He also meets the living, breathing Ophelia, a girl with secrets of her own.
She and Elliott grow closer, but things take a terrifying turn when Elliott discovers Sebastian is occupying his body when he leaves it. And the more time Sebastian spends inhabiting a living body, the more resistant he becomes to giving it back. Worse, he seems to have an unhealthy interest in Ophelia. Unless Elliott can lay Sebastian’s spirit to rest, he risks being possessed by him for ever, and losing the girl of his dreams…
Many thanks to Simon Pulse for sending me this one.
For 17-year-old Rhine Ellery, a daring escape from a suffocating polygamous marriage is only the beginning!
Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again.
With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago — surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness. The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous — and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious.
Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion by any means necessary.
In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price — now that she has more to lose than ever.
Many thanks to HarperCollins for sending me this one.