The Sobeks 2017 – Part 4

Hello everyone.

Happy New Year! I hope you had a fantastic 2017 and are all ready to see what 2018 brings. I, for one, am really excited to discover some new favourite authors and series. My resolution is, as always, to post as many honest reviews as possible. Yet, before I get stuck into this year’s reviews, it’s time for my final look back on the gems of 2017.

In case you missed my previous posts, The Sobeks are my yearly blog awards. Rather than declare any one book as being the best, it is a look back at all of the stand-out novels that I read in 2017. These are the ones that I awarded 4 or 5 stars to on Goodreads. As you know, I’m a pretty critical reader so this is high praise indeed!

Read on if you’d like to learn about the best books that I read between October and December.

October

Ultimate Sacrifice by S.E. Green

Publisher: Oftomes Publishing

Page Count: 298 pages

Series: None

Genre: Horror / Mystery

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Vickie has always lived a quiet, ordinary life in an equally quiet and ordinary small town. Yet one fateful night a child turns up dead in the woods behind her house in a ritualistic slaughter. Vickie and her family are suddenly thrown into a national spotlight. But as the investigation unfolds, she begins to realize her family isn’t so ordinary after all. Evil is inching closer to those she holds dear and Vickie isn’t sure who she can ultimately trust.

 

Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Page Count: 416 pages

Series: Spellslinger #1

Genre: Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

MAGIC IS A CON GAME. 
Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage’s duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There’s just one problem: his magic is gone.
As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace. But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path.
Ferius Parfax is one of the mysterious Argosi – a traveller who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She’s difficult and unpredictable, but she may be Kellen’s only hope…

 

Three Words Promised by Ingrid Seymour

Publisher: Ingrid Seymour

Page Count: 358 pages

Series: Djinn Empire #3

Genre: Paranormal Romance / Horror

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Can one love destroy the world?

Marielle and Faris have risked it all for love: their safety, their lives, even humanity itself. Their mistakes are grave and the entire world is paying dearly. Akeelah has created a vicious, half-djinn army and is bent on killing every single human on the planet. Her powers are second only to her hatred. No one is safe, not when the creature’s goal is to rule the physical realm.
Only Marielle and Faris know how Akeelah built her army, and only they know how to destroy it. Marielle would rather forget the role she plays in this terrible game. She would rather run away with Faris, never to return—humanity be damned—but who is she kidding? There is no way she can let the evil Djinn win. Marielle’s fate was sealed the day she unwittingly gave Akeelah the answers to her thousand-year-old questions. Now Marielle’s guilt is too heavy to simply walk away. The fate of every citizen on Earth, especially her father, depends on her and the man she loves.

 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Page Count: 640 pages

Series: Harry Potter #4

Genre: Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter – but that doesn’t stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe’en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through – alive!

 

November

The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Page Count: 320 pages

Series: None

Genre: Mystery / Thriller

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Two girls, one fatal reading…because the truth always lies in the cards
Skye’s mother believes she has ‘the gift’ – the ability to see the future. Skye however can only see the opportunity to make money – and happily fleeces her gullible classmates into handing over their cash to hear their futures through Skye’s well-worn tarot cards. But it’s all for a good cause, right? Skye needs to save her hard-earned cash to go to New York with her best mate Drew.
Then the local mayor’s daughter, Paige, disappears – and Skye has a tip off about her whereabouts. Skye is uncomfortable about the source and masks the tip off as a vision.
But things get wildly out of control when Paige is found murdered and Skye is a prime suspect…

 

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Page Count: 528 pages

Series: Rebel of the Sands #3

Genre: Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Once, in the desert country of Miraji, there was a Sultan without an heir.

The heir had been killed by his own brother, the treacherous Rebel Prince, who was consumed by jealousy and sought the throne for himself.

Or so it was said by some. There were others who said that the Rebel Prince was not a traitor but a hero…

In the final battle for the throne, Amani must fight for everything she believes in, but with the rebellion in pieces, and the Sultan’s armies advancing across the desert plains, who will lead, who will triumph, who will live and who will die?

 

December

The Last Namsara by Kirsten Ciccarelli

Publisher: Gollancz

Page Count: 432 pages

Series: Iskari #1

Genre: Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Destroyer. Death bringer. Dragon-slayer. I am more weapon than girl.

Asha is a dragon-slayer. Reviled by the very people she’s sworn to protect, she kills to atone for the wicked deed she committed as a child – one that almost destroyed her city, and left her with a terrible scar.

But protecting her father’s kingdom is a lonely destiny: no matter how many dragons she kills, her people still think she’s wicked.

Even worse, to unite the fractured kingdom she must marry Jarek, the cruel commandant. As the wedding day approaches, Asha longs for freedom.

Just when it seems her fate is sealed, the king offers her a way out: her freedom in exchange for the head of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard.

And the only person standing in her way is a defiant slave boy…

THE LAST NAMSARA is an extraordinary story about courage, loyalty and star-crossed love, set in a kingdom that trembles on the edge of war.

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