• The Lie Tree, 2015 cover with the tree and a girl stood next to it, on a wooden background with an overlay on top of the image which says "The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge Book Review"
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    The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge

    The leaves were cold and slightly clammy. There was no mistaking them. She had seen their likeness painstakingly sketched in her father’s journal. This was his greatest secret, his treasure and his undoing. The Tree of Lies. Now it was hers, and the journey he had never finished stretched out before her.When Faith’s father is found dead under mysterious circumstances, she is determined to untangle the truth from the lies. Searching through his belongings for clues, she discovers a strange tree. A tree that feeds off whispered lies and bears fruit that reveals hidden secrets.But as Faith’s untruths spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter……

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    The Book of Dust Vol 2: The Secret Commonwealth – Philip Pullman

    The second volume of Sir Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed.Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right.Theirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary, and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford,…

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    Poisoned – Jennifer Donnelly

    Once upon a time, a girl named Sophie rode into the forest with the queen’s huntsman. Her lips were the color of ripe cherries, her skin as soft as new-fallen snow, her hair as dark as midnight. When they stopped to rest, the huntsman took out his knife … and took Sophie’s heart. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Sophie had heard the rumors, the whispers. They said she was too kind and foolish to rule — a waste of a princess. A disaster of a future queen. And Sophie believed them. She believed everything she’d heard about herself, the poisonous words people use to keep girls like Sophie…

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    Darkness Hidden (The Name of the Blade #2) – Zoe Marriott

    “The Kitsune were celebrating.  Their court – a massive natural amphitheatre, hidden deep underground – echoed with wild music and giddy laughter. Immortal fox spirits in both human and animal form wandered upend down the grassy terraces and danced around the huge golden trees that ringed the steep earthen bowl. Some of them were making so merry that it was kind of hard to know where to look.” Mio and her friends defeated the terrifying Nekomata, against every odds and now there was cause for celebration. But Mio is still connected to the Katana, still compelled to protect it, and the celebrations are cut short when it is discovered that…

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    Cracked – Eliza Crewe

    “There are some people you know you shouldn’t anger because it isn’t right. Like your mom – if she’s the nice sort.  There are other people you know you shouldn’t anger because they have the authority to punish you. Police officers, politicians, insane asylum wardens, your mom – if she’s the bad sort.  But there are some people you shouldn’t anger that you don’t know about, because no one ever survived to warn you.  I’m the third kind.” Meda is a demon halfing. She eats peoples souls. Brought up by her human mother who tried her hardest to ensure Meda didn’t turn into the demon that was nestled in her…

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    Finding Sky – Joss Stirling

    “The car drew away, leaving the little girl on the verge. Shaking with cold in her thin cotton t-shirt and shorts, she sat down, arms locked around her knees, her light blonde hair blowing messily in the wind, pale as a dandelion seed head. Be quiet, freak, or we’ll come back and get you, they’d said.” After being dumped at age 6, Sky found a new live and love when her parents,Sally and Simon, adopted her. Ten years later they uproot Sky from their happy home in Richmond-upon-Thames and move her to small town Colorado. She doesn’t mind too much, except when she gains the attention of bad-boy Zed at…

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    Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

    “Walking to school over the snow-muffled cobbles, Karou had no sinister premonitions about the day. It seemed like just another Monday, innocent but for its essential Mondayness, not to mention it’s Januaryness. It was cold, and it was dark – in the dead of winter the sun didn’t rise until eight – but it was also lovely. The falling snow and the early hour conspired to paint Prague ghostly, like a tintype photograph, all silver and haze.” Karou is a student at the Art Lyceum of Bohemia in Prague. By day she spends her time drawing, having fun with her friend Zuzana, aside from her strange drawings and her blue…