The Sobeks 2017 – Part 2

Hello everyone, and welcome to my run down of the best books that I read in 2017. If you missed my last post, these are the novels that I gave 4+ stars to on Goodreads – the ones that I found utterly engrossing and would recommend to everyone.

Unfortunately, this list is kind of short. Over this time I read fewer books as I took an exam and started a new job, and unfortunately most of those that I did read failed to earn this highly prestigious and sought-after literary award.

Anyhow, without further ado, here is the list of gems that I discovered between April and June:

April

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Page Count: 480 pages

Series: Harry Potter #3

Genre: Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it’s the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run – and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry’s tea leaves . But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss.

 

May

The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman

Publisher: Scholastic

Page Count: 368 pages

Series: His Dark Materials #2

Genre: Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Will has just killed a man. He’s on the run. His escape will take him far beyond his own world, to the eerie disquiet of a deserted city, and to a girl, Lyra. Her fate is strangely linked to his own, and together they must find the most powerful weapon in all the worlds…

 

Moonlocket by Peter Bunzl

Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd

Page Count: 384 pages

Series: The Cogheart Adventures #2

Genre: Science Fiction / Alternative History

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Storm clouds gather over Lily and Robert’s summer when criminal mastermind the Jack of Diamonds appears. For Jack is searching for the mysterious Moonlocket – but that’s not the only thing he wants.

Suddenly, dark secrets from Robert’s past plunge him into danger. Jack is playing a cruel game that Robert is a part of. Now Lily and Malkin, the mechanical fox, must stay one step ahead before Jack plays his final, deadly card…

 

Legion by Julie Kagawa

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Page Count: 384 pages

Series: The Talon Saga #4

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Dragon hatchling Ember Hill was never prepared to find love at all–dragons do not suffer human emotions–let alone with a human, and a former dragonslayer at that. With ex-soldier of St. George Garret dying at her feet after sacrificing his freedom and his life to expose the deepest of betrayals, Ember knows only that nothing she was taught by dragon organization Talon is true–about humans, about rogue dragons, about herself and what she’s capable of doing and feeling.In the face of great loss, Ember vows to stand with rogue dragon Riley against St. George and her own twin brother, Dante–the heir apparent to all of Talon, and the boy who will soon unleash the greatest threat and terror dragonkind has ever known. Talon is poised to take over the world, and the abominations they have created will soon take to the skies, darkening the earth with the promise of blood and death to those who will not yield.

 

June

One of us is Lying by Karen M McManus

Publisher: Penguin

Page Count: 368 pages

Series: None

Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Mystery

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.

Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.

Bad body Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.

Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.

And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.

He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.

Everyone has secrets, right?

What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.

 

The Conscript by Nate Kirtis

Publisher: Nate Kirtis Associates LLC

Page Count: 428 pages

Series: Adventures of Avi Garza #1

Genre: Science Fiction

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

World-FIVE is a dangerous place to live…and the perfect place to hide.
When fifteen year old Avi Garza survives a raid on his boarding school he is abducted and conscripted into a foreign military academy. Separated from his friends he is forced to train and compete to stay alive.

He doesn’t know who the enemy is—but then—no one knows him.

 

Sea by Sarah Driver

Publisher: Egmont

Page Count: 336 pages

Series: The Huntress Trilogy #1

Genre: Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

In the sky, the fire spirits dance and ripple. Grandma says they showed our Tribe that I’d be a captain, before I was even born.

Ever since Ma died, Mouse has looked after her little brother, Sparrow, dreaming of her destiny as captain of the Huntress. But now Da’s missing, Sparrow is in danger, and a deathly cold is creeping across Trianukka . . .

Sea-churning, beast-chattering, dream-dancing, whale-riding, terrodyl-flying, world-saving adventure.

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