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It’s the second day of December and therefore also the second day of advent. How did that happen? I could have sworn January was only last week!
Anyway despite the year slipping though my fingers quicker that I’d like, advent is a time of waiting and thinking about that waiting, so while my home and work life is only going to get busier for the next couple of weeks. (I’m already finding it more and more difficult to set some time aside to properly enjoy my reading.) I thought I’d take a look at those books I’m waiting to be released and/or will be looking to spend those christmas vouchers I’m hoping to get on the 25th. 😉
I’ve already pre-orded my signed copy of this one. I’ve never read a John Green I’ve not liked and this one looks pretty special.
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means) Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. Enter Augustus Waters.
A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly, to her interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.
Due out January 10th
The first book in the series was a bit of a slow starter for me, but by the time I reached the end, I was flipping the pages like mad.
This one is not due out until March, but I’m hoping that the Christmas ARC elves will be generous to us early in the new year. 😉
‘We’re coming. The martyrs are awakening. Spirits are gathering. This will be our time…’
In York and London, strange shapes are taking form, emerging from the shadows. And who is the man who lies in a pitch-black room, listening to a voice that seems to speak from the darkness itself? Jud Lester knows that something evil is afoot.
He also knows that it can’t be investigated by any normal brand of counter-intelligence…
This is a case for CRYPT: a team of elite teenage agents who use their extra sensory perception and arsenal of high-tech gadgets to investigate crimes that the police can’t solve.
Another one that’s not due out until the 15th March, but this series is I think my favourite of this last year, the first two books were just so much fun to read!
Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And its just as well – he’s already had run ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho.
Progression in the Police Force is less easy. Especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn’t even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at.
And then there’s his love life. The last person he fell for ended up seriously dead. It wasn’t his fault, but still. Now something horrible is happening in the labyrinth of tunnels that make up the tube system that honeycombs the ancient foundations of London. And delays on the Northern line is the very least of it.
Time to call in the Met’s Economic and Specialist Crime Unit 9, aka ‘The Folly’. Time to call in PC Peter Grant, Britains Last Wizard.
But, you haven’t come here to wait! 😉 So I thought I’d leave you with this animation I found on youtube. The song is by one of my favourite artists, Kate Rusby, based on While Shepherds Watched, it’s called Sweet Bells. Not sure whether it’s an official video or not, but it’s pretty impressive.