So, I’m cutting it a little fine this year, having so many books that I want to read before the year is over but not finding the time to do so. However, I thought I’d compose this little post all about them so I can try and have a little challenge for myself to finish 2020 off right. It’s not all bad!
The Witchling’s Girl | Helena Coggan (ARC)
Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy
Summary: In a quiet street far from the river, with an ancient tree growing through its walls and floors, is the House of the Dead. There lives the witchling: healer, midwife and conduit between the world of the living and the world below. A witchling must give up her family and friends and spend her life alone, tending to the sick and carrying the dead down dark tunnels to the underworld.
Haley was born with the gift of death-magic, and at the age of seven her mother abandons her to the witchling to be raised as her successor. But as Haley grows older and learns her craft – as invading armies pass through her town, people are born and die on her floor, and loyalties shift and dissolve around her – she finds it harder and harder to keep her vows and be the perfect and impassive healer.
But if she can’t, it will be her downfall – and that of everyone she’s not supposed to love . . .
Blood Metal Bone | Lindsay Cummings (ARC)
Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy, Teens & YA
Summary: Wrongly accused of her brother’s murder, Sonara’s destiny was to die, sentenced to execution by her own mother. Punished and left for dead, the shadows have cursed her with a second life as a Shadowblood, cast out and hunted by society for her demon-like powers.
Now known as the Devil of the Deadlands, Sonara survives as a thief on the edge of society, fighting for survival on a quest to uncover what really happened to her brother and whether he is even dead at all…
Shiver | Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Werewolves, Fiction
Summary: When a local boy is killed by wolves, Grace’s small town becomes a place of fear. But Grace is fascinated by the pack, and finds herself drawn to a yellow-eyed wolf. There’s something about him – something almost human. Then Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away…
She Must Be Mad | Charly Cox
Genre: Poetry, Feminism, Health, Mental Health, Nonfiction, Womens, Memoir
Summary: She Must be Mad explores coming-of-age: the pain and beauty of love, the relief and the agony of turning from girl to woman, the isolation of an untethered mind and the power and subjugation of the body.
Charly captures the formative experiences of today’s young women from the poignant to the prosaic in writing that is at once witty, wry and heartfelt. Wayward nights out that don’t go as planned; the righteous anger at those men with no talent or skill or smarts who occupy the most powerful positions in the world; the strange banality of madness and, of course, the hurt and indecision of unrequited love.
For every woman surviving and thriving in today’s world, for every girl who feels too much; this is a call for communion, and you are not alone.
Vampire Knight Vol. 1 | Matsuri Hino
Series: Vampire Knight
Genre: Sequential Art, Manga, Paranormal, Vampires, Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult
Summary: Yuki Cross has no memory of her past prior to the moment she was saved from a vampire attack ten years ago. She was adopted by the headmaster of Cross Academy, and now works alongside Zero to guard the Academy’s secret. Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy’s dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!