Daughter of The Burning City by Amanda Foody

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35626564Title: Daughter of the Burning City

Author: Amanda Foody

Publisher: HQ Young Adult

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Gomorrah is a festival of magic and wonders. It is a travelling circus home to people deemed unusual and those known as ‘jynx-workers’. Sorina is part of this circus, she is the first illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. She is also the adopted daughter of the leader of Gomorrah. She can create illusions. Illusions that are sometimes so realistic, that others can see, feel, and touch them, and they even have their own personalities, ambitions, and dreams. Illusions that are her family. Despite how real they seem, they are still illusions. That is what Sorina thought until one of them ended up dead. But how can they die if they aren’t real in the first place?  Continue reading “Daughter of The Burning City by Amanda Foody”

Odd & True by Cat Winters

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34646495Title: Odd & True

Author: Cat Winters

Publisher: Amulet Books

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Trudchen grew up hearing stories, from her older sister Odette, about her monster-slayer mother and a curse that was placed upon the family. Tru is older now, and Odette has been absent for a year, seemingly sent away by her aunt. Tru doesn’t know whether she should believe in the stories her sister told her, unsure whether they were just lies used to comfort her. Until one day, Od reappears with an old suitcase that supposedly has a magical weapon in. She promises to battle the monsters on the way to attack Tru. The sisters’ start search for their mother which leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil. Tru then starts to believe that perhaps monsters do exist, and she might, in fact, have magic.  Continue reading “Odd & True by Cat Winters”

A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe

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34453167Title: A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars

Author: Yaba Badoe

Publisher: Head of Zeus

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Fourteen-year-old Sante doesn’t know where she comes from and is haunted by a past she doesn’t remember. The only clue she has is a recurring dream where she is escaping a shipwreck in a chest as a baby, along with her companion, an eagle named Priss. Along with this chest, she was found with treasures – an African bamboo flute, a drum, and a dagger, along with diamonds. Sante was found and raised by Mama Rose and her nomadic family who make a living as circus street performers. During one of their performances, Sante recognises two men from her dream. She wants to find out about her past and where she came from, and they want to retrieve to treasures she was found with. But her past and these men lead her down a dangerous road. Continue reading “A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe”

Charlotte Says by Alex Bell

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35005611Title: Charlotte Says

Author: Alex Bell

Publisher: Stripes Publishing

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Jemima flees to the remote island of Skye to take up a job is an all-girls boarding school. Jemima is fleeing her mother’s death and her past that went up in flames. While at the boarding school, desperate to flee her past, she receives a box of Frozen Charlotte dolls from a mystery sender. These dolls help her to remember what happened on that fateful night – a seance, violence, and a fire that destroyed her home and her mother. When a series of sinister accidents start happening at the school, it is soon revealed that the dolls are at the centre of what is happening. Continue reading “Charlotte Says by Alex Bell”

Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls

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35085757Title: Things a Bright Girl Can Do

Author: Sally Nicolls

Publisher: Anderson Press LTD

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Things a Bright Girl Can Do follows three young women who join the fight for the vote. Evelyn is seventeen and from a rich background. She is smart and ambitious, but because she is a woman she can’t follow her brother’s footsteps to university. She is expected to marry her childhood sweetheart and settle into the domestic life. Enraged by her lack of freedom, she joins the Suffragettes. May is fifteen and is already fighting for the vote. However, her and her mother are part of the Suffragists who refuse the violence used by the Suffragettes. Nell is a working-class girl who isn’t just fighting for the vote, she wants the freedom to be who she wants to be, and she doesn’t have anything to lose. When May and Nell meet, the two fall in love. Challenges arise, and relationships strain, and the three girls discover just how much they are willing to sacrifice. Continue reading “Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls”

The Dire King (Jackaby #4) by William Ritter

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31438747Title: The Dire King (Jackaby #4)

Author: William Ritter

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Following along with previous events, Abigail Rook and Jackaby are still trying to find out who is creating rends between Earth and the Otherworld and figure out how to close them – before an all-out war between New Fiddleham and the Otherworld breaks out. Apparently, an evil king long thought dead is behind it – The Dire King. Alongside this, a case leads Abigail and Jackaby to have a run in with literal zombies. Romance is in the air, but no one can think about their own futures until they defeat the evil trying to take away that future. Continue reading “The Dire King (Jackaby #4) by William Ritter”

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

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34040303Title: Mask of Shadows

Author: Linsey Miller

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Sallot Leon is an orphan and a thief. However, Sallot wants to escape that life as a highway robber living on the outskirts of society. Sal wants to get close to the nobles that destroyed their family and their home. During a robbery, Sal comes across a piece of paper that features an audition to become a member of the Left Hand – the Queens elite and personal assassins. And Sal plans for the perfect infiltration to get revenge. Continue reading “Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller”

Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence

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33786522Title: Indigo Donut

Author: Patrice Lawrence

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Indigo is new to London, having lived in the foster system her whole life, she’s moved from school to school and has a tendency to lose her cool, especially when people bring up her mother. Bailey is a 17 year old boy in the same sixth form as Indigo. When the two meet, they instantly hit it off. All Indigo wants to know is who she is, as she doesn’t remember her parents and lost contact with most of her siblings. When Bailey gets contacted by a homeless man that seems to know more about Indigo than she does herself, he has to make a decision that may ruin his new-found relationship with Indigo. Continue reading “Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence”

Now I Rise by Kiersten White

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34705195Title: Now I Rise (The Conqueror’s Trilogy)

Author: Kiersten White

Publisher: Penguin Random House UK Children’s

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Lada Dracul is desperate for the throne and the crown she believes is hers. After already failing to seize it in the past, she’s angry. She storms the countryside with the few men who follow her and terrorises anyone she comes across. She has no allies, no strategic positioning, and she is no good with politics, which is a stark reminder of her separation from her brother, Radu. Lada is desperate for her brother’s skills, but Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople, to be his inside man when he decides to take the city.  Continue reading “Now I Rise by Kiersten White”