Archive for May, 2012

Code name Verity
By Elizabeth Wein

I am so looking forward to getting this book from the library. No vampires or fantasy, no dystopia but instead, a good solid read set during World War II. Two best friends (young women) are separated. One is left to bail out of a faulty plane over France. She is then captured by the Gestapo and becomes a prisoner of war.
“Truth or lies? Honour or betrayal? Everything they’ve ever believed in is put to the test… ”

This trailer is perfect. The music, the colours, the whole format has wonderful appeal. The story is intriguing and I do confess to enjoying gritty realistic war stories.

Grave Mercy
His fair assassin trilogy
By Robin LaFevers

This isn’t released until June but I can’t wait.
Escaping from the brutality of an arranged marriage Ismae ends up in the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Ismae soon learns that the god of Death himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts but also a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death but if she is to claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

“Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?”

INSURGENT is the much-anticipated sequel to the number 1 New York Times bestselling DIVERGENT
by Veronica Roth.

Tris is fighting for survival in a shattered world where truth may be her only hope. Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family but the cost has been high. Too high. Tris needs to uncover the truth about her world but she must be stronger than ever because there are more shocking choices and sacrifices ahead.

Shadow and Bone (Us title)
The gathering dark (UK title)
By Leigh Bardugo
Book one in The Grisha Trilogy

This is not out until June and no matter whether it is the Uk or US edition I do hope the libraries here pick up this title as it sounds so good.
I love the soundtrack in this very intriguing trailer.
The once-great nation of Ravka is surrounded by enemies and has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, where a near impenetrable darkness is crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh.
Alina Starkov reveals a dormant power that saves her friends life. It is a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Alina is taken away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Nothing is what it seems and danger and darkness is looming. Can Alina save an entire kingdom with her new untamed power.
If you want more then check out the author’s site.
Watching the clips of where the author got her inspiration is inspiring itself.

Graceling Realm series
by Kristin Cashore


Bitterblue

(the latest book in the Graceling Realm series)
Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of a kingdom that was under the spell of a madman for thirty-five years. If you want to read an excerpt just click this link.

Graceling
Katsa is a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill.
She has the ability to kill, a skill she has had since she was eight years old. With her new and unexpected friend Prince Po, they uncover a secret which could destroy all seven kingdoms. Full of adventure and action.

Fire
“War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.” This is a companion book to Graceling.

Young Samurai
The ring of wind
By Chris Bradford

Jack Fletcher was left stranded and shipwrecked in Japan in the 17th century after his father and crew were slaughtered by ninja pirates. He was rescued by the legendary sword master Masamoto Takeshi and taken to his martial arts school where he trained to become a samurai warrior. Ever since he has had to face danger and fight for his survival.
This is the latest book in the series where the fight continues. Heaps of action and just great for primary and intermediate.

The ring of wind

The ring of water

Northwood
By Brian Falkner

It has been around a wee while now but it is one of those delightful must reads, especially for younger readers.
Fantasy and black lions of Northwood.

The catastrophic history of you and me
By Jess Rothenberg

The story of love after death
At 16 Brie’s boyfriend tells her it is over between them and her heart literally breaks in two causing her death. However, “dying of a broken heart is just the beginning…”
What secret was her best friend keeping from her. And what of the mysterious new guide in the afterlife.

Changeling
By Philippa Gregory

Changeling is the first book in the new Order of Darkness series.
Isolde is a seventeen-year-old girl shut up in a nunnery so she can’t inherit her father’s estate. She is also accused of witchcraft and threatened with burning. Along comes seventeen-year-old Luca Vero who is recruited into a secret sect: The Order of the Dragon and commissioned by Pope Nicholas V to investigate evil. Together, and with new friends, Freize and Ishraq they journey into a world of werewolves, alchemists, witches, and death-dancers. An historical novel with mythical beliefs. Due out this month. Keep an eye out if you like historical novels with a twist.