Grave Mercy, by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)Title: Grave Mercy
Author:
Robin LaFevers
Publisher:
  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 3rd April 2012
Pages: 550
ISBN: 054762834X
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 3/5
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Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and 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. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

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The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge


The Lie TreeTitle:
The Lie Tree
Author:
Frances Hardinge
Publisher:
  Macmillan Children’s Books
Publication date: 7th May 2015
Pages: 411
ISBN: 9781447264101
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 5/5
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The leaves were cold and slightly clammy. There was no mistaking them. She had seen their likeness painstakingly sketched in her father’s journal. This was his greatest secret, his treasure and his undoing. The Tree of Lies. Now it was hers, and the journey he had never finished stretched out before her.
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Night of Pan, by Gail Strickland

Night of PanTitle: Night of Pan
Author:
Gail Strickland
Publisher:
 Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: November 7th 2014
Pages: 254
ISBN: 9781620077559
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 1.5/5
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The slaughter of the Spartan Three Hundred at Thermopylae, Greece 480 BCE—when King Leonidas tried to stop the Persian army with only his elite guard—is well known. But just what did King Xerxes do after he defeated the Greeks?

Fifteen-year-old Thaleia is haunted by visions: roofs dripping blood, Athens burning. She tries to convince her best friend and all the villagers that she’s not crazy. The gods do speak to her.

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Jackaby, by William Ritter

JackabyTitle: Jackaby
Author:
William Ritter
Publisher:
Algonquin Young Readers
Publication date: September 16th 2014
Pages: 299
ISBN: 9781616203535
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4/5
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Jackaby sighed and drew to a stop as we reached the corner of another cobbled street. He turned and looked at me with pursed lips. “Let’s see,” he said at last. “I observed you were recently from the Ukraine. A young domovyk has nestled in the brim of your hat. More recently, you seem to have picked up a Klabautermann, a kind of German kobold attracted to minerals. Most fairy creatures can’t touch the stuff. That’s probably why your poor domovyk nestled in so deep.”

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Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell

Title: Cloud Atlas
Author:
David Mitchell
Publisher: 
Random House
First publication date: August 17th 2004
Pages: 509
ISBN: 0375507256
Source: Myself
Rating:
5/5
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Synopsis

The narrators hear their echoes in history and change their destinies in ways great and small, in a study of humanity’s dangerous will to power. A reluctant voyager crosses the Pacific in 1850. A disinherited composer gatecrashes in between-wars Belgium. A vanity publisher flees gangland creditors. Others are a journalist in Governor Reagan’s California, and genetically-modified dinery server on death-row. Finally, a young Pacific Islander witnesses the nightfall of science and civilization.

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The Crimson Ribbon, by Katherine Clements

Title: The Crimson Ribbon
Author:
Katherine Clements
Publisher: 
Headline Review
First publication date: March 27th 2014
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781472204196
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4/5
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Synopsis

England 1646. The Civil War is raging and society turned upside down.

What should be a rare moment of blessing for the town of Ely takes a brutal turn and Ruth Flowers is left with little choice but to flee the household of Oliver Cromwell, the only home she has ever known. On the road to London, Ruth sparks an uneasy alliance with a deserting soldier, the battle-scarred and troubled Joseph. But when she reaches the city, it’s in the Poole household that she finds refuge.

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I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith

Title: I Capture the Castle
Author:
Dodie Smith
Publisher:
 Vintage Classics
Publication date: 1948 
Pages: 408
ISBN: 0099460874
Source: Tea Party Princess
Rating: 
5/5
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Synopsis

‘This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I’ve ever met’ J. K. Rowling.

‘I write this sitting in the kitchen sink’ is the first line of this timeless, witty and enchanting novel about growing up. Cassandra Mortmain lives with her bohemian and impoverished family in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere. Her journal records her life with her beautiful, bored sister, Rose, her fadingly glamorous stepmother, Topaz, her little brother Thomas and her eccentric novelist father who suffers from a financially crippling writer’s block. However, all their lives are turned upside down when the American heirs to the castle arrive and Cassandra finds herself falling in love for the first time…
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Copper Magic, by Julia Mary Gibson

Title: Copper Magic
Author:
Julia Mary Gibson
Publisher:
 Starscape
Publication date: July 1st 2014
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780765332110
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4/5
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Synopsis

Debut author Julia Mary Gibson explores turn-of-the-century Native American culture, ecology, and conservation, in her historical fiction novel, Copper Magic.

The year is 1906, and on the shores of Lake Michigan twelve-year-old Violet Blake unearths an ancient talisman—a copper hand. Violet’s touch warms the copper hand and it begins to reveal glimpses of another time. Violet is certain that the copper hand is magic—and if anyone is in need of its powers, it’s Violet. Her mother and adored baby brother are gone, perhaps never to return. Her heartbroken father can’t seem to sustain the failing farm on the outskirts of Pigeon Harbor, on the shores of Lake Michigan. Continue reading

This House is Haunted, by John Boyne

Title: This House is Haunted
Author:
John Boyne
Publisher: 
Black Swan
First publication date: April 25th 2013
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780552778428
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 2/5
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Synopsis

1867. On a dark and chilling night Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall. As she makes her way across the station platform, a pair of invisible hands push her from behind into the path of an approaching train. She is only saved by the vigilance of a passing doctor.

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The Museum of Extraordinary Things, by Alice Hoffman

Title: The Museum of Extraordinary Things
Author:
Alice Hoffman
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster Ltd
First publication date: February 18th 2014
Pages: 384
ISBN: 1471112136
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4/5
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Synopsis

From the beloved, bestselling author of The Dovekeepers, a mesmerizing new novel about the electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the twentieth century.Coney Island: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show that amazes and stimulates the crowds. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father’s “museum,” alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a one-hundred-year-old turtle. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man photographing moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River.

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