The Sobeks 2016 – Part 3

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Named after my crocodile mascot, the Sobeks are the Arkham Reviews award for excellence. I award these only to the best novels that I review – those that are worthy of getting a 4 or 5 star rating on Goodreads. As you may have noticed over the previous two posts, this includes novels of many different kinds of genres so there’s something for everyone!

As none of the July reviews made the cut, today I’ll be looking back over the best reviews of August and September. Enjoy!


Awoken by Serra Elinsen

AwokenPublisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Page Count: 324 pages

Genre: Paranormal Romance / Parody

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]


In his house at R’lyeh, great Cthulhu lies dreaming… of her.

What would you do if you discovered you were the only one in the world with the hidden power to keep it from utter annihilation?

What if you had no idea what that power might even be?

Andromeda Slate, the self-proclaimed most ordinary girl in America, can’t figure out why the gorgeous but mysterious new boy at high school seems to hate her so much. It couldn’t have anything to do with the strange dream she had the night before he first showed up in class, could it? The dream where the very same boy rescued her from a giant, green, tentacled sea monster? And it couldn’t have anything to do with that time she read aloud from that ancient tome of eldritch magic, the Necronomicon… could it?

Andi Slate never imagined she’d find herself in a situation where somehow she was the key to saving the world.

Her life is about to get a whole lot less ordinary.


Another Episode S/O by Yukito Ayatsuji and Hiro Kiyohara

Another Episode S-OPublisher: Yen Press

Page Count: 288 pages

Genre: Horror / Mystery

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]


Summer, 1998. Mei Misaki, age fifteen, has gone with her family to their seaside vacation home. There she meets the ghost of Teruya Sakaki, her classmate from Yomiyama North Middle School Class 3-3 who, like Mei, witnessed mysterious events that had transpired at the school. There begins an adventure of memory and mystery as they search for the ghost’s body and his memories alike.


The Raging Torrent by Anthony Pardoe

Star Sapphire and the Land of GemsPublisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Page Count: 180 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]


The Raging Torrent starts off with Star and Jasper facing incredible danger at the hands of the evil pitchblendes! Will they outwit them and find their way to the Crystal Cavern? They must use all their bravery and intelligence to survive! When Jasper is lost, will Star have the courage to face her worst fears and rescue him? Will their shining example of friendship, bravery and loyalty carry them through? Will they EVER get home? Find out what Jasper’s Zodiac birthstone and star sign will be in this uplifting adventure trilogy, full of heart-warming characters and humor.



Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

labyrinth-lostPublisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Page Count: 336 pages

Genre: Fantasy / Horror

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]


Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…


Strange Star by Emma Carroll

strange-starPublisher: Faber & Faber

Page Count: 320 pages

Genre: Fantasy / Historical

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]


Switzerland, 1816. On a stormy summer night, Lord Byron and his guests are gathered round the fire. Felix, their serving boy, can’t wait to hear their creepy tales. Yet real life is about to take a chilling turn- more chilling than any tale. Frantic pounding at the front door reveals a stranger, a girl covered in the most unusual scars. She claims to be looking for her sister, supposedly snatched from England by a woman called Mary Shelley. Someone else has followed her here too, she says. And the girl is terrified.


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