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    The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

    “First the colours. Then the humans. That’s usually how I see things.  Or at least, how I try.  ~ Here is a small fact ~ You are going to die.  I am in all truthfulness attempting to be cheerful about this whole topic, though most people find themselves hindered in believing me, no matter my protestations Please, trust me. I most definitely can be cheerful. I can be amiable. Agreeable. Affable. And that’s only the As. Just don’t ask me to be nice. Nice has nothing to do with me. “ The year is 1939. A small girl travels from her home to Himmel Street, Molching. Nazi Germany is on…

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    Letterbox Love (#55)

    Welcome to Letterbox Love, this is a UK meme, hosted by the lovely Lynsey at Narratively Speaking and inspired by The Story Siren’s In My Mailbox. This post is a means by which to highlight the books we get in the post and beyond, and especially to bring attention to those books which may be sat on our shelves for a little while yet that we love all the same. A great collection of books this week, sat on my awesome new rocking chair! yay!  For Review:  United We Spy – Ally Carter  This is the sixth and final book in the Gallagher Girls series, its sad to see the series come…

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    The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co #1) – Jonathan Stroud

    “Of the first few hauntings I investigated with Lockwood & Co. I intend to say little, in part to protect the identity of the victims, in part because of the gruesome nature of the incidents, but mainly because, in a variety of ingenious ways, we succeeded in cocking them all up. There, I’ve admitted it! Not a single one of those early cases ended as neatly as we’d have wished.” When Lucy Carlyle goes for her interview at Lockwood & Co. the agency seemed unusual and shabby, there wasn’t the formality that there had been at the other agencies and one of the workers seemed sure she would run screaming…

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    The Oathbreaker’s Shadow – Amy McCulloch

    “Raim sat in the crook of an old, cracked tree, one leg dangling in the breeze, his head leaning back against the trunk. Long, needle-like leaves shaded him from the oppressive hear and hid him from the view of his grandfather, in case he was looking to assign Raim yet another chore. He just wanted a moment to himself. From his vantage point he could see his clan’s settlement of yurts, dome-like tents that made up his home, and watched as smoke lifted lazily out of the circular holes in the centre of the roofs.” Raim and his family live within the Moloti tribe. Everyone in their world have a…

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    The Paladin Prophecy – Mark Frost

    “I couldn’t see his face.  He was running Lang a mountain trail. Running desperately. Pursued by black grasping shadows that were little more than holes in the air, but there was no mistaking their intention. The boy was in unspeakable danger and he needed my help.” Will West is used to moving around, his parents rarely stayed anywhere very long. He was enjoying life in Oaji Southern California but knew that it was only a matter of time before they moved on, he just didn’t know if would be as soon as this. Will’s dad had been teaching him rules to live by all his life and now was the…

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    Time Between Us – Tamara Ireland Stone

    “October 2011 Even from this distance I can see how young he looks. Younger than the first time I saw him. He and his friends have been skating around Lafayette Park for the last couple of hours, and now they ‘re sprawled across the grass, downing Gatorades and passing around a bag of Doritos. ‘Excuse me.’ Eight sixteen-year-old heads spin in my direction, looking confused, then curious.  ‘Are you Bennett?’ I ask and wait for him to nod, even though I’m sure it’s him.” Chicago 1995 – Anna, sixteen, meets the new boy at school, at first things are a little strange but once he saves her from the hands…

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    Dodger – Terry Pratchett

    “The rain poured down on London so hard that it seemed that it was dancing spray, every raindrop contending with its fellow for supremacy in the air and waiting to splash down. It was a deluge. The drains and sewers were overflowing, throwing up – regurgitating, as it were – the debris of muck, slime and filth, the dead dogs, the dead rats, cats and worse; bringing back up to the world of men all those things they thought they hard left behind them”  On a cold wet stormy night Dodger comes to the rescue of a young lady in trouble. A tosher by trade he’s used to keeping to…

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    Double Cross – Malorie Blackman

    ***Double Cross is the fourth and final book in the Noughts and Crosses series. Please note that this review may contain spoilers for the previous books*** “The Glock 23 felt heavy and seductively comfortable in my hand. The pearl stock, warmed by my body heat, fitted snuggly against my palm. I now held McAudley’s custom-made semi-automatic. A real honest-to-God gun in my hand.  A proper killing machine.  Or was that me? Where did I stop and the gun start? I really couldn’t tell any more.  Now what?” Callie Rose’s life has been shot to pieces. A bomb blast has killed her Nana Jasmine and everyone believes a nought terrorist was…

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    Checkmate – Malorie Blackman

    ***Please Note: Checkmate is the third in the Noughts and Crosses Series and this review may contain spoilers for the previous two books***“The General watched as his Liberation Militia commanders took their places around the imposing mahogany dining table. He studied each of them in turn . Years of self discipline honed from childhood made it easy for him to keep his expression neutral. Six mend and three women finally settled and look at him in respectful anticipation.” Sixteen years after the birth of her daughter Callie Rose, Sephy is struggling. Callie Rose can barely be in the same room as her and she’s so full of hatred and anger…

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    Crusher – Niall Leonard

    “It was a bit early for someone to be banging on the front door. I hurried down the stairs, hair still dripping from the shower, and turned the latch. ‘Sorry, son, locked myself out,’ said Dad, shivering as he stepped in. He’d been out in his slippers, I noticed. I wondered why, until I saw the TV trade mag folded in his hand, and my heart sank.” Finns father was an out of work actor, trying to write his first screenplay, they had their differences and struggled for money but they were still close. Until Finn comes home from work to find his father at the dining table, murdered. Finn…