The Sobeks 2019 – Part 1

Hello Everyone!

Sorry it’s taken me so long to getting around to posting about the highlights of 2019 this year – I’d just gotten so behind on writing up my December reviews!

Anyhow, without further ado, welcome to The Sobeks! This prestigious and intangible award is named for my blog’s reptilian mascot and is a chance for me to take a look back over my favourite reads of 2019 and give you my choice recommendations, based on everything that I gave 4+ stars on Goodreads. These books vary in themes and target audiences, but are all utterly fantastic and so I would certainly recommend that you check them out.

Without further ado, here are my hot picks from January, February and March:

January

Jumper by Steven Gould

Publisher: HarperVoyager

Page Count: 352 pages

Series: Jumper #1

Genre: Science-Fiction

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

At seventeen the world is at your feet… especially if you can teleport.

David Rice barely remembers his mother. She left his alcoholic father when Davy was very young. She left Davy too, and since then all of William Rice’s abusive anger has been focused on his young teenage son.

One evening, as he is about to receive another brutal beating, Davy shuts his eyes and wishes to be safe. When he opens them again, he finds himself in his small town’s library. Slowly, he realises he is very special, he can teleport.

Armed with his new power, Davy sets out with new purpose: he will leave his abusive home and find his long lost mother. Davy’s confidence grows as his skills do, but they also draw unwanted attention and soon Davy finds that he too is hunted.

 

The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Page Count: 180 pages

Series: N/A

Genre: Science-Fiction

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Martha can tell things about a person just by touching their clothes, as if their emotions and memories have been absorbed into the material. It started the day she fell from the tree at her grandma’s cabin and became blind in one eye.

Determined to understand her strange ability, Martha sets off to visit her grandmother, Mormor – only to discover Mormor is dead, a peculiar boy is in her cabin and a terrifying creature is on the loose.

Then the spinning wheel starts creaking, books move around and terror creeps in…

 

February

Firestarter by Tara Sim

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Page Count: 528 pages

Series: Timekeeper #3

Genre: Fantasy / Steampunk / Paranormal Romance

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

The crew of the Prometheus is intent on taking down the world’s clock towers so that time can run freely. Now captives, Colton, Daphne, and the others have a stark choice: join the Prometheus’s cause or fight back in any small way they can and face the consequences. But Zavier, leader of the terrorists, has a bigger plan—to bring back the lost god of time.

As new threats emerge, loyalties must shift. No matter where the Prometheus goes—Prague, Austria, India—nowhere is safe, and every second ticks closer toward the eleventh hour. Walking the line between villainy and heroism, each will have to choose what’s most important: saving those you love at the expense of the many, or making impossible sacrifices for the sake of a better world.

 

The Shield of Kuromori by Jason Rohan

Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd

Page Count: 352 pages

Series: Sword of Kuromori #2

Genre: Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Science meets myth when ogres armed with high-tech weaponry steal a huge telescope as part of an insane plan to cast the world into permanent darkness. With global catastrophe looming, Kenny and Kiyomi take the fight to the enemy, even if it means going out of this world.

But all is not well between the friends. Kiyomi’s behaviour is growing increasingly erratic and it soon becomes clear that her life – and her humanity – are in danger. Kenny is faced with an impossible choice – does he save his friend or fulfil his duty?

 

March

Amelia Fang and the Half-Moon Holiday by Laura Ellen Anderson

Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd

Page Count: 240 pages

Series: Amelia Fang #4

Genre: Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

It’s the half-moon holiday in gloomy Nocturnia which means no school for Amelia and her friends! Instead they are going to spend it with their Rainbow Rangers troop, (led by unicorns Ricky and Graham) earning badges on Sugarplum Island.

But whilst exploring, Amelia and the gang stumble upon an ancient curse – and are shrunk to the size of bugs! How will they make the bloodcurdlingly BIG journey to break the curse when they are all so very TINY?

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