The Sobeks 2017 – Part 3

Hello everyone.

Is your Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket? To help you decide how to spend it, I thought I’d spend a few posts telling you about the very best novels that I have read this year. All of these books were worthy of a 4 or 5 star review on Goodreads and, as you know how fussy I can be, this means that I was absolutely blown away by them.

In today’s post, I’m going to be reminiscing about the books I read between July and September. Over this time, there was a decent number of books that made the cut. Read on for a wide variety of recommendations, links to my full reviews and adorable photographs of Sobek.

July

The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

Publisher: Walker Books

Page Count: 512 pages

Series: Lady Helen #2

Genre: Historical Fiction / Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Brighton, July 1812. Lady Helen Wrexhall is spending the summer season in Brighton, where she will continue her Reclaimer training and prepare for her duties as a fully fledged member of the Dark Days Club. Her mentor, Lord Carlston, believes that a Grand Deceiver has arrived in England, and there is no time to lose in preparing Helen to fight it.

As she rushes to complete her training, Helen finds herself torn between her loyalty to Carlston and the orders of the Home Office, who wish to use her to further their own agenda. Meanwhile, the Duke of Selburn seems determined to try and protect her, irrespective of the risk to himself. With so much at stake, Helen must make an agonizing choice between duty and devotion.

 

The Never Dawn by R.E. Palmer

Publisher: FrontRunner Publications

Page Count: 352 pages

Series: The Never Dawn #1

Genre: Dystopian Science Fiction

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

All his young life, Noah has longed to see the sky he’s only heard about in stories. For over one hundred years, Noah’s people have toiled deep beneath the Earth preparing for The New Dawn – the historic day when they will emerge to reclaim the land stolen by a ruthless enemy.

But when Rebekah, the girl of his forbidden desire, discovers a secret their leader has been so desperate to keep, Noah suspects something is wrong. Together, they escape and begin the long climb to the surface. But nothing could prepare them for what awaits outside.

 

Wanted by Jo Ho

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Page Count: 410 pages

Series: Chase Ryder #1

Genre: Science Fiction / Thriller

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

It’s so easy to take things for granted. Take, for example, trees.

Oaks provide shade and plenty of foliage to protect against sudden showers and prying eyes, but there was also the added bonus of load-bearing lower branches that someone nimble could scramble onto should trouble come calling… and you should know, trouble had me on speed-dial.

Living on the streets wasn’t a walk in the park, but it was still preferable to what I had to deal with at home, and after some eight months of being on my own, I’d gotten my routine down to a fine art when one day I stumbled upon this mangy dog being attacked. It wasn’t a big deal to help him, but then he ended up saving my life which is when I realized there was something special about him: Muttface wasn’t a normal dog – he was crazy intelligent. I’m talking Mensa levels. And he wasn’t an accident either, having recently escaped from a mysterious lab.

We were just getting to know each other when things took a bloody turn. The vet, Sully, a troubled guy who had recently lost his wife to cancer, did what he could and I guess that would’ve been the end of our story if we hadn’t been attacked by a gang of mercenaries who destroyed Sully’s clinic and seemed intent on doing the same to us.

So now here we were, the three of us. On the run across the country against a powerful enemy. Who were they and what did they want with us?

Through the danger, terror, and pain, one thing was becoming clear to me: I had finally found the family I had always wanted and I would do anything to keep them safe – even if it meant risking my own life.

 

August

Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer

Publisher: Canongate Books

Page Count: 368 pages

Series: None

Genre: Horror / Humour

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Mara’s senior year is proving to be a lot less exciting than she’d hoped, until the day – KABAM! – Katelyn Ogden explodes during third period. Katelyn is the first, but she won’t be the last senior to explode without warning or explanation. The body count grows and the search is on for a reason, while the students continue to pop like balloons. But if bombs or terrorists or a government conspiracy aren’t to blame, what is?

With the help of her oldest friend, her new boyfriend, a power ballad and a homemade disco ball, will Mara make it to graduation in one piece? It’s going to be one hell of a year, where the only test is how to stay alive and where falling in love might be the worst thing you can do…

 

Contagion by Teri Terry

Publisher: Orchard Books

Page Count: 464 pages

Series: Dark Matter #1

Genre: Horror / Thriller

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

URGENT! An epidemic is sweeping the country. You are among the infected. There is no cure; and you cannot be permitted to infect others. You are now under quarantine. The very few of the infected who survive are dangerous and will be taken into the custody of the army. Young runaway Callie survived the disease, but not the so-called treatment. Her brother Kai is still looking for her. And his new friend Shay may hold the key to uncovering what truly happened.

 

The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club by Alex Bell

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Page Count: 352 pages

Series: The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club #1

Genre: Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

It sounded like a respectable and worthy enough death for an explorer – tumbling from an ice bridge to be impaled upon a mammoth tusk – but Stella really, really didn’t want that to happen, just the same.

Join Stella Starflake Pearl and her three fellow explorers as they trek across the snowy Icelands and come face-to-face with frost fairies, snow queens, outlaw hideouts, unicorns, pygmy dinosaurs and carnivorous cabbages…

When Stella and three other junior explorers get separated from their expedition can they cross the frozen wilderness and live to tell the tale?

 

September

Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball by Laura Ellen Anderson

Publisher: Egmont

Page Count: 224 pages

Series: The Amelia Fang Series #1

Genre: Fantasy / Horror / Humour

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Welcome to the world of Nocturnia, where darkness reigns supreme, glitter is terrifying, and unicorns are the stuff of nightmares! Amelia Fang would much rather hang out with her pet pumpkin Squashy and her friends Florence the yeti (DON’T CALL HER BEAST!) and Grimaldi the reaper than dance at her parents’ annual Barbaric Ball.

And when the King’s spoiled son Tangine captures Squashy, Amelia and her friends must escape the party to plan a daring rescue! In their race against time, they begin to realise things in Nocturnia may not be quite what they seem…

Join Amelia on her very first adventure. She won’t bite!

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