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Miscellaneous / December 28, 2012

I just couldn’t let this year pass without picking my Top 10 books of 2012! I wanted to recap a fabulous year in book reading and spend one last moment urging everyone to pick up these books. Seriously, they are incredible!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
10. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (UK title: The Gathering Dark)
An enchanting tale about a young girl Alina discovering her unique powers. This book brought tsar-punk into our lexicon and has one of the most intriguingly mysterious villains (or is he…?) I’ve read in a long time in The Darkling.
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By: Daphne
Review, Young Adult / November 12, 2012
Pantomime by Laura LamPantomime
Author: Laura Lam
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Date: February 2013
392 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Fantasy

R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass—remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone—are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimaera is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star.

But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.

When the cover was first revealed, my first impression was that it was gorgeous and intriguing. It wasn’t until after I finished the book that I realised how appropriate the cover is. With a finger on the lips, like a modern day Mona Lisa, the cover has a secret. And when you discover the secret within the beautifully crafted Pantomime, boy, is it a good one. read more

By: Daphne
Showcase Sunday / October 28, 2012

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea, and gives us an opportunity to talk about all the books we’ve begged, borrowed or stolen recently acquired!

Daphne’s Showcase Sunday

This has been an exciting book week as I’ve got so many awesome books for review!

Showcase Sunday 4

Books for Review

Thank you to Random House Children’s Publishers UK, Templar Publishing, Macmillan Children’s Books, Strange Chemistry, Quercus Books and Hodder & Stroughton for sending me these books for review. You’ve made my week! read more

By: Daphne
Cover Reveal, Young Adult / September 21, 2012

Today’s cover reveal is from a 2013 (gosh are we there already?) debut author. I have to say I loved the sound of this book from the minute I read the synopsis and it comes from what is quickly becoming my favourite imprint, Strange Chemistry. I’m really thrilled to be bringing you this beautiful reveal today, but first a bit about the author: read more

By: Daphne