A birthday book haul has long been overdue, since it is the 14th of July today, and my birthday was on the 22nd
Going up from Stormtide, I’ll give a brief non-spoiler description of the novel for those of you might not have read them ( not hard for Black Bird since it’s a Manga) and leave links to where you can find them.
Note: the Amazon links in posts take you to the book’s UK page as that is where I am based.
Stormtide by Den Patrick
I read Witchsign before I went on holiday a few weeks ago and loved it, so I was eager to get this one, and I’m very excited to read it!
To give a non-spoiler summary of what the first one is about; it follows Blacksmith’s son Steiner who leaves his home of Cinderfell on a ship headed the, Vladibogdan the island and prison those with the witchsign in order to protect his younger sister Kjellrunn following the test the Vigilants of the Emperor use, to detect the arcane in children across the continent of Vinterkveld and soon finds himself thrown into the heart of the Empire’s deepest secrets.
Stormtide follows on from the events of the first novel, following Steiner and his crew as they rise against that which has cost them so much,from the POVs of Steiner, Kimi, Silverdust and Kjellrunn.
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E Shadows
In A Darker Shade of Magic , the first in the Darker Shades trilogy we meet Kell, the last of a line of magicians with the rare and greatly desired skill of being able to travel between the four parallel Londons of the world: Red, Grey, White and the long closed off Black, and an unofficial smuggler. We travel with him along his path, meeting new characters along the way including the cut-pocket Delilah Bard.
In the second novel, four months on from the events of the first, Kell continues to think nearly always of Lila upon waking from dreams, and Red London prepares for its Element Games, a great and international magic competition, while a pirate ship carrying old friends drawers nearer. However, another London is returning to life like a shadow of the night reappearing in the morning, and for this one to return another must fall.
A Darker Shade of Magic
This Savage Song by V.E Schwab
Another Schwab buy; I loved A Darker Shade of Magic so much I wanted to get the second, and decided to get this one too, as the plot intrigued me:
Kate and August are heirs to a city divided, a horrid metropolis where violence is beginning to create monsters that often roam free about the city. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father and August simply wants to be human and as kind as his own father, though he cursed to be that which the humans fear. While the already fragile truce between their families continues to crumble, an attempted assassination forces Kate and August into a shaky alliance. In this unsafe city, who are the true monsters, and how will this unlikely duo survive?
Black Bird Vol 7 by Kanoko Sakurakouji
There are six other volumes that precede this one, so I shan’t go into them all, but in the first one we meet Misao Harada, a high school student who can see the world of myth and magic intersecting our own – but she wants nothing to do with it, all she wants is to live a normal life – but when she is attacked by a Demon, her life changes forever. Her childhood friend Kyo rescues her, healing her wounds with his tongue, and it soon comes to light that she’s the bride of prophecy; her blood giving the demon clan who claims her great power. The only thing is, there are demons who want to keep her power for themselves by eating her, and while Misao tries her best to stay alive, she struggles to figure out how Kyo’s licking of her wounds makes her feel.
In the seventh volume, the tables are turned when Kyo’s life is threatened. He is the leader of the tengu clan, as well as the Senka Maiden’s boyfriend, and gets a lot of attention not a lot of it good. From a reincarnated dragon’s rath, to the hatred of a demon hunter, Misao has to face up to the fact that she’s not the only one of them that’s in danger.
Waterstones (they can order it in)
The EXPLORER by Katherine Rundell
Four children become stranded when their plane crashes in the Amazon jungle, and now they have to survive alone. But, has someone already been there?
(A short one this, but sometimes I like snappy blurbs)
Potkin and Stubbs by Sophie Green
Lil Potkin is an aspiring reporter, and doesn’t scare easily; spending her time creeping around the streets as she searches for a story and sticking her nose in where it doesn’t belong, seeking her next scoop….
She’s about to find out , that scoop can be found almost anywhere – even opposite her in the all-night bus station.
I loved this, and will be posting my review on Tuesday!
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I actually already have this on Kindle, but with Wayward Son coming out soon I had to buy the newest edition of Carry On.
Simon Snow is the worst chosen one to ever be chosen. Half the time he can’t even get his wand to work, and the other half he’s setting things on fire, not to mention his mentor’s avoiding him and his girlfriend broke up with him. Then there’s the magic-eating monster running around wearing his face, and his roommate Baz would be loving all this drama…if he was actually there. It’s their final year at the Watford School of Magicks, and his infuriating nemesis can’t even be bothered to show up.
Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron
This spoke to me in a way that none of the others in this haul, because of the blurb; I already feel like I will connect well with the main character.
Everland: An Addictive Magical Place Where You Do You.
Brody has had enough of real life. Enough of the bullies on his block, of being second best to his genius brother, and of not fitting in at school or at home. Until he meets Nico. Colourful, confident and flamboyant, Nico takes Brody to Everland, a diverse magical place. A place where he can be himself, where there are no rules, time doesn’t pass, and the party never ends. You could lose yourself there forever…
If you’ve read any of the mentioned novels above, what were your thoughts?
You have wings. Believe in them and yourself, and you will fly.