The Sobeks 2019 – Part 4

And here it is – the final part of The Sobek Awards for 2019.

Are you feeling the January blues? Well, here are some ideas of things that you can read next to get your spirits back up! The Sobeks are named for my blog’s mascot and are a celebration of all the very best books that I have read over the last twelve months. These are determined based on the ones that I awarded 4+ stars to on Goodreads.

For this final post, I will be looking at the books that I reviewed between October and December. While I was a bit lax in my posting over this time, I was still lucky enough to find some real gems. You should definitely check these authors out!

October

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Publisher: Little Brown Young Readers

Page Count: 352 pages

Series: N/A

Genre: Fantasy / Horror

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Aderyn (“Ryn”) only cares about two things: her family, and her family’s graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote Welsh village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to fae creatures known as the Otherfolk. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don’t always stay dead.

The risen corpses are known as “bone houses,” and legend says that they’re the result of a decades-old curse. Ryn has always been quick to deal with this inconvenience whenever they wander too close to her graveyard, but when Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with renewed purpose. What is it about Ellis that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they stop them for good?

Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a quest that will bring them deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and long-hidden truths about themselves.

 

Bendy and the Ink Machine: Dreams Come to Life by Adrienne Kress

Publisher: Scholastic

Page Count: 304 pages

Series: N/A

Genre: Horror

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Buddy Lewek has spent most of his life dreaming of escaping the slums of 1939 New York City. Counting pennies to survive, it doesn’t seem likely that Buddy’s dreams of becoming an artist will ever be realized, but that all changes when he meets Mr Joey Drew, the eccentric owner of an animation studio.

Mr D takes Buddy under his wing as an apprentice, and Buddy couldn’t be happier – maybe, as Mr D says, dreams do come true. But not everything at the studio is as picture-perfect as it seems.

Something is going bump at night in the studio, something that leaves behind trails of thick, dark ink. Buddy is determined to find out just what is tormenting the studio after-hours, even if it means tracking the trail to Mr D himself.

 

Amelia Fang and the Lost Yeti Treasures

Publisher: Egmont Publishing Ltd

Page Count: 240 pages

Series: Amelia Fang #5

Genre: Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

When Amelia and her friends are invited to Florence’s grandmother 350th birthday party, they are very excited! Grand-yeti Clemence lives in the Yeti Pits, a maze of candle-lit tunnels and caves carved into Yeti Mountain.

But not long after arriving, the precious glittery treasures of the ancient yetis start to go missing. And when Tangine goes missing too he becomes the prime suspect! Not only that but the tunnels of Yeti Mountain have started to collapse on themselves and it looks like Florence and her family will have to move far away. It’s looking like the gang might never see each other again!

Will Amelia be able to solve the mystery of the missing yeti treasure? And will she and her friends survive the perils of the crumbling Yeti Mountain and all the booby traps on the way?

 

November

Red Winter by Annette Marie

Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc

Page Count: 346 pages

Series: The Red Winter Trilogy #1

Genre: Fantasy / Paranormal Romance

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

Emi is the kamigakari. In a few short months, her life as a mortal will end and her new existence as the human host of a goddess will begin. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess—and not once has she doubted her chosen fate.

Shiro is a yokai, a spirit of the earth, an enemy of the goddess Emi will soon host. Mystery shrouds his every move and his ruby eyes shine with cunning she can’t match and dares not trust. But she saved his life, and until his debt is paid, he is hers to command—whether she wants him or not.

On the day they meet, everything Emi believes comes undone, swept away like snow upon the winter wind. For the first time, she wants to change her fate—but how can she erase a destiny already wrought in stone? Against the power of the gods, Shiro is her only hope … and hope is all she has left.

 

December

The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch by Tom Fletcher

Publisher: Puffin

Page Count: 432 pages

Series: The Christmasaurus #2

Genre: Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]

Synopsis:

A year has passed since a boy named William Trundle had an incredible adventure with the most extraordinary dinosaur: the Christmasaurus.

Now, William is about to be swept back to the North Pole and meet the icy, mysterious and magical Winter Witch, whose power to control time allows Santa to travel all around the world on Christmas Eve.

And when William learns that the fate of Christmas hangs in the balance, he and the Christmasaurus must risk everything to save it…

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