Sunday, May 29, 2016

Show the Books Showcase #12, May 29th

There are a ton of books out there! So here's a chance to organize some books and show them off in various ways!

So this week's theme is Synopsis' That Hooked Me!

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Publisher: St. Martin`s Griffin
Published: March 26th, 2013
From Goodreads:
There are some things you can’t leave behind…

A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

What's Interesting: Only living in a broken down camper hidden in a forest! Being taken from that home and into society! Founding out that her mom abducted her!

Moonpenny Island by Tricia Springstubb
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Published: February 10th, 2015
From Goodreads:
From Tricia Springstubb, author of What Happened on Fox Street and Mo Wren, Lost and Found, comes a deeply affecting and memorable story about a young girl’s coming of age on her small island home.

Moonpenny is a tiny island in a great lake. When the summer people leave and the ferries stop running, just the tried-and-true islanders are left behind. Flor and her best, her perfect friend, Sylvie, are the only eleven-year-olds for miles and miles—and Flor couldn’t be happier.

But come the end of summer, unthinkable things begin to happen. Sylvie is suddenly, mysteriously whisked away to school on the mainland. Flor’s mother leaves to take care of Flor’s sick grandmother and doesn’t come back. Her big sister has a secret, and Flor fears it’s a dangerous one.

Meanwhile, a geologist and his peculiar daughter arrive to excavate prehistoric trilobites, one of the first creatures to develop sight. Soon Flor is helping them. As her own ability to see her life on this little lump of limestone evolves, she faces truths about those she loves—and about herself—she never imagined. 

Tricia Springstubb tells a warm and deeply affecting story about what it means to see, and why the biggest feat of all may be seeing through someone else’s eyes.

What's Interesting: Growing up on a small island with a great beach and a close friend! Having that friend leave and her mom leave, and her sister having secrets! A new girl coming to town and some geological things!

A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: April 15th, 2014
From Goodreads:
After saving themselves and their fellow students from a life pitched against one another, Sophie and Agatha are back home again, living happily ever after. But life isn't exactly a fairytale. When Agatha secretly wishes she'd chosen a different happy ending with Prince Tedros, the gates to the School for Good and Evil open once again. But Good and Evil are no longer enemies and Princes and Princesses may not be what they seem, as new bonds form and old ones shatter.

What's Interesting: Saving themselves from having to fight each other! Good and Evil, Princes and Princesses and roles and the school opening up again!

Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly
Publisher: HarperCollins for Children's Books
Published: February 10th 2015
From Goodreads:
The city of Bryre suffers under the magic of an evil wizard. Because of his curse, girls sicken and disappear without a trace, and Bryre’s inhabitants live in fear. No one is allowed outside after dark.

Yet night is the only time that Kymera can enter this dangerous city, for she must not be seen by humans. Her father says they would not understand her wings, the bolts in her neck, or her spiky tail—they would kill her. They would not understand that she was created for a purpose: to rescue the girls of Bryre.

Despite her caution, a boy named Ren sees Kym and begins to leave a perfect red rose for her every evening. As they become friends, Kym learns that Ren knows about the missing girls, the wizard, and the evil magic that haunts Bryre. 

And what he knows will change Kym’s life. 

Reminiscent of Frankenstein and the tales of the Brothers Grimm, this debut novel by MarcyKate Connolly stands out as a compelling, original story that has the feel of a classic.

What's Interesting: A city under a curse with sickening and disappearing girls! Being created to rescue the girls of the town, but that she wouldn't be understood because of her wings, bolts and spiky tail!

Clariel by Garth Nix
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: October 14th, 2014
From Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Clariel is not adjusting well to her new life in the city of Belisaere, the capital of the Old Kingdom. She misses roaming freely within the forests of Estwael, and she feels trapped within the stone city walls. And in Belisaere she is forced to follow the plans, plots and demands of everyone, from her parents to her maid, to the sinister Guildmaster Kilp. Clariel can see her freedom slipping away. It seems too that the city itself is descending into chaos, as the ancient rules binding Abhorsen, King and Clayr appear to be disintegrating.

With the discovery of a dangerous Free Magic creature loose in the city, Clariel is given the chance both to prove her worth and make her escape. But events spin rapidly out of control. Clariel finds herself more trapped than ever, until help comes from an unlikely source. But the help comes at a terrible cost. Clariel must question the motivations and secret hearts of everyone around her - and it is herself she must question most of all.

What's Interesting: Feeling trapped within the city walls! Having to deal with the politics of the citizens! Finding out that there's a Free Magic creature free in the city!

Forbidden to Love by D.A. Wills
Publisher: Debbie Wills
Published: March 28th, 2013
From Goodreads:
The Gods Made Me. They Own Me. They Rule Me.

Well, they like to think they do.

Almost a year ago I was rejected and banished by Eros the God of Love. Now I've been forced by Eros to live a life of slavery in the mortal world completely forbidden to love anyone but him - unless I want pain, heartbreak and torture to feature heavily in my future.

My hatred for Eros is almost as strong as my desire to escape this life of loneliness, which is looking very unlikely. Until I see him, the auraless mortal, who steals my breath and burns my heart. Now I have to find a way to be with him even if that means losing everything I have and starting a war to end all worlds. Lucky for me this guy's willing to kill to give me a life.

I may be forbidden to love but I'm determined to live.

What's Interesting: Being owned and ruled by the gods! Live a life of slavery in the mortal world! Falling in love even though it means losing everything and starting a war!

Glimpse by Steven Whibley
Publisher: Steven Whilbey Books
Published: April 11th, 2013
From Goodreads:
"Save them, Dean. Save them all...."

Dean Curse avoids attention the way his best friend Colin avoids common sense. Which is why he isn’t happy about being Abbotsford’s latest local hero – having saved the life of a stranger, he is now front page news. Dean’s reason for avoiding the limelight? Ever since his heroic act, he’s been having terrifying visions of people dying and they’re freaking him out so badly his psychologist father just might have him committed. Dean wants nothing more than to lay low and let life get back to normal.

​But when Dean’s visions start to come true, and people really start dying, he has to race against the clock – literally – to figure out what’s happening. Is this power of premonition a curse? Or is Dean gifted with the ability to save people from horrible fates? The answer will be the difference between life and death.​

What's Interesting: Saving a stranger's life and then becoming a hero, even if you want to avoid society! Seeing visions of people dying, and then they start coming true! How to fight fate!

Wild Song by Jane Eagland
Publisher: Stoke Books
Published: July 1st, 2012
From Goodreads:
Living in a creaking castle on a remote, windswept island off Scotland, Anna has never known anyone other than her father, his assistant and their two servants. She is kept away from books, pictures and other children by her father, a mathematical genius, who is slowly losing his mind. Then one wild stormy day a boy washes up on the shore, a boy who will change her whole world and make her question everything she has ever believed in. With her eyes opened to life outside of the island Anna soon realises that someone close to her is determined to destroy what is left of her father’s fragile sanity. Determined to protect him Anna faces her fears and, with the help of her new-found friend, breaks free from her isolation.

This atmospheric short story inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest will hook readers from the first rain-drenched paragraph. The wild storms and the isolation of the island are images of Anna’s passions and her pains, much as The Tempest uses an island as a literal image of banishment, and a magical storm as the manifestation of a magician’s anger and desire for revenge.

What's Interesting: Short story inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest! Living isolated on Scotland and then having a boy wash up on the shore! And that making her question everything!

The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes
Publisher: Penguin Group Viking
Published: April 9th, 2013
From Goodreads:
As the youngest of the five Walsh girls, Helen has had a tough time finding her way in the world—at thirty-three, she has her job as a private investigator that has proven less than fruitful and after losing her flat, she’s moved back in with Mammy Walsh. Her hunky new boyfriend, Artie, and his three adorable children are a great distraction, but his beautiful ex-wife lives a little too close for comfort. 

Meanwhile, Helen runs into her ex-boyfriend Jay Parker and reluctantly signs on to help him locate Wayne Diffney, the recently disappeared fourth member of Ireland’s biggest mid-nineties boy band, Laddz. Of the five Laddz, the Talented One has long gone on to better things, but the Cute One, the Gay One, and the Other One are all busily shunning carbs and rehearsing their reunion tour, and it’s Helen’s job to track down Wayne, the Wacky One. Wayne hasn’t left a trace, and Helen throws herself into the search wholeheartedly, leaving no stone unturned while watching her own life slowly fall apart, one unpaid bill at a time.

What's Interesting: Finding your place in the world! Running into your ex-boyfriend and having to look for a missing 90's boy band member! Having her life fall apart!

The Dark Army by Joseph Delaney
Published: September 20th, 2016
From Goodreads:
The second book in a new trilogy from Joseph Delaney, the author of the internationally best-selling Last Apprentice series. 

Tom Ward is now spook of the county, and with his apprentice, Jenny, he continues the fight against boggarts, witches, and terrifying new creatures of the dark. Together with the witch assassin, Grimalkin, Tom and Jenny lead an army into battle against a dangerous enemy—but it all goes catastrophically wrong. The situation seems hopeless until Alice—Tom’s lost love and a powerful witch—appears. But Alice had turned to the dark: can Tom trust her now? 

Joseph Delaney’s deliciously scary imagination continues Tom’s saga, introducing new readers to the struggle against the encroaching dark and taking longtime fans back to familiar settings, where they will find old friends—and old enemies.

Perfect for every reader who loves thrills, chills, action, and adventure—no prior knowledge of the Last Apprentice series is necessary! 

What's Interesting: Fighting against the creatures of the dark, ones that are new and more terrifying! Working with an assassin but things going wrong! Alice coming back but having turned to the dark!

And next week's theme is going to be  Alphabet in the Title's First Word! Since I ran out of things, I'm going to make this a cycle, and start back at the beginning again, but taking away what was first because it conflicts with a later one!

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