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    Goblin Secrets – William Alexander

    “Rownie woke when Graba knocked on the ceiling from the other side. Plaster dust drifted down from the knocking. Graba knocked again. Baskets hung on chains from the rafters, and they shook when she knocked.  Rownie sat up and tried to blink sleep-sand and plaster dust from one eye. The whole floor was covered by a bed made up of straw, stolen clothes sewn into blankets, and sleeping siblings.” Rownie barely remembers a time when he wasn’t one of Graba’s many grandchildren. Before that he lived with his mother and his older brother, but when his mother drowned in the vast Zombay river, Rownie and his brother were taken under…

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    Siege and Storm (Grisha #2) – Leigh Bardugo

    ***Please note that this is the second book of the Grisha trilogy and may contain spoilers for the first, Shadow and Bone*** “The boy and the girl had once dreamed of ships, long ago, before they’d ever seen the True Sea. They were the vessels of stories, magic ships with masts hewn from sweet cedar and sails spun by maidens from thread of pure gold. Their crews were white mice who sung songs and scrubbed the decks with heir pink tails.  The Verrhader was not a magic ship.”  Alina and Mal were on the run. Hiding in a bed bug ridden lodging house in the back streets of Cofton they…

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    The Bell Between Worlds (The Mirror Chronicles #1) – Ian Johnstone

    “‘Their voice is clear and true, yet it us not breathed, not carried upon the air. It echoes like thought inside the skull, speaking words where none are spoken.’ Gabblety Row was quite the most peculiar and ramshackle building in town. Its undulating walls, hiddledy-piggledy red tiles and winding iron drainpipes all showed an utter disregard for straight lines. The frontage of four shops with three floors above rose in an astonishing disarray of red brick and dark brown beams, leaning here and lurching there until it reached the garret rooms at its top.” Having spent the past few years running through the hallways of Gabblety Row on errands for…

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    The Night Itself – Zoe Marriott

    “Stealing the sword was a bad idea. I can’t pretend I didn’t realise that at the time. I wasn’t even supposed to know about the thing let alone sneak up and snaffle it from the attic where it was carefully concealed in the dark, under layers of cobwebs and rotting Christmas decorations.” Mio’s Grandfather was never meant to show her the Katana – the Yamato family’s most precious heirloom – not until she was sixteen anyway. But he did, when she was just ten years old, and ever since she’s been having nightmares. She never thought the two were connected until one evening just before her sixteenth birthday she steals…

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    The Shadow Lantern – Teresa Flavin

    “The Wee Cuppa Cafe was packed with chattering teenagers who had just escaped from nearby Braeside High School. Every seat was taken and the tables were covered with cups, crumbs and scrunched-up napkins. So many backpacks and wet jackets were piled on the floor that Ellie the waitress had to kick them aside with her foot as she bustled over to Sunni Forrest and Blaise Doran’s table.” Its been a year since Sunni and Blaise found themselves inside the famous work of art, The Mariner’s Return, by Fausto Corvo, talking to the man himself and most people still don’t know what went on inside the painting. Since then they have…

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    Curse of Kings – Alex Barclay

    “Fourteen Years Ago… Wind rushed in from the cold night and quenched all but three of the torches that lit the great hall of Castle Derrington. King, Micah, weakened by illness, lay slumped on his throne, his breathing dry and shallow. A towering band of men on horseback surrounded him, flames dancing in their eyes, their cheeks streaked with blood.”  Orland Born is a slave in Castle Derrington, that is the only life he has known. But when he is branded a champion in the areas Games, he fears he is in danger. When he receives a letter from a long dead king and a mysterious man tries to kidnap…

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    Pantomime – Laura Lam

    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…

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    The Assassin’s Curse – Cassandra Rose Clarke

    “I ain’t ever been one to trust beautiful people, and Tarrin of the Hariri was the most beautiful man I ever saw. You know how in the temples they got those paintings of all the gods and goddesses hanging on the wall above the row of prayer-candles? And you’re supposed to meditate on them so as the gods can hear your request better? Tarrin of the Hariri looked jut like one of those paintings. Golden skin and huge black eyes and this smile that probably worked on every girl from here to the ice-islands. I hated him on sight.” Ananna of the Tanarau clan flees when her parents try to…