Catch up with what our Bookworld Super Reviewers have enjoyed recently! We have one copy of Waiting for Doggo by Mark B. Mills up for grabs. To enter, simply tell us which book you have enjoyed lately in the comments below. Entries close midnight Sunday 1 February. Australia only.
Pre-order now! Out February 2015
Let me tell you about a tale of a girl. A girl and her brother. A girl and her brother and a town that connects to the land of the fae.
Let me tell you about a tale where the writing is reminiscent of Maggie Stiefvater’s. That slow, lyrical feel that makes you think of moonlit nights and pure magic.
Let me tell you about a tale that simply *is* pure magic.
Let me tell you about a tale with fantastic protagonists, protagonists with a sibling relationship that is realistic in its secrets and fighting and honesty and love.
Let me tell you about a strange twist on Sleeping Beauty, where it is the boy who sleeps. A boy who has horns, who is fae, is he good or evil?
Let me tell you about the changeling whose foster mother refused to give him back, even after receiving her own child. The changeling who wants to fit in, and yet is drawn to the monthly celebrations of his own race. The changeling named Jack.
Let me tell you now: you want a copy of this book.
A Bookworld Book of the Month!
I usually get a little squeamish when I hear that animal books are making a splash on the literary circuit. Mainly because I have no inclination to read about a loveable animal that then dies a tragic death. So it was with trepidation that I commenced reading Waiting for Doggo.
But, for those of you who would prefer to know straight up – ITS ALL GOOD!
Waiting for Doggo is a different type of “pet changes his owners life” type of story. Dan, an out of work ad man is stuck with a mangy looking dog when his flighty girlfriend and her guardian angel (of the non-corporeal type) dash off to find herself with a new lover in New Zealand. Dan and Doggo (a stand in name until something more suitable and fitting could be found) have a tense relationship whereby they eye each other off suspiciously, and Doggos stare has the weight of judgment behind him.
He’s got to go.
Where dragons walk amongst us…
We all know dragons are only the stuff of myths and fairytales, right? But what if they lived among us, appearing and behaving as ordinary humans? In Julie Kagawa’s Talon, dragons have the ability to shift into human form, adapting to survive and avoid their enemy; the Order of St. George.
Born in Talon, the hidden and isolated dragon capital, Ember and her twin, Dante, are hatchling dragons entering the human world for the first time, learning to blend in among humans. Ecstatic to be away from the watchful eyes of her elders, Ember is keen to throw herself into the life of an ordinary teenager. However, things don’t go as planned when a rogue dragon and soldiers of St. George learn her location and force her to question her loyalties.
Conflicted, Ember must choose between a safe, but restricted life with Talon or leave it all behind and become a rogue, hunted by Talon and the Order alike.
Disconcertingly funny, and truly satisfying
This was one of those books that I was unsure how I felt about at first; I found the first half of the book to be very cleverly written and hilarious from the witty protagonist of Anika Dragomir, but almost too similar to other contemporary YA novels. Once I finished the book, though, I was so shocked and horrifically impressed (you’ll understand what I mean once you read it!) by the outcome of the novel that my overall review of it is that it is a really fantastic read. Sure, the typical high school dramas are there and may seem cliche to some– there’s the love triangle, the social hierarchy and sinister queen bee of school life, and less-than-amazing home life – however, the way Anatomy of a Misfit is written is guiltily, almost disconcertingly funny, and truly satisfying. I really enjoyed it– it’s different, dark and brilliantly sarcastic.
Kids pick of 2014!
First in the Mapmaker Chronicles trilogy by A. L. Tait, this book is quite honestly – amazing, fantastic, awesome. Following along with Quinn and Aysha, the ‘race to the end of the world’ involves a monster, people who will do anything to get to the prize before they do, a stowaway and so much more. I’d love to say more but that would be spoiling it. Let’s just say that there’s never a dull moment when you’re racing to create the first ever map of the entire world.
This book is easy to read, fast moving, full of adventure and surprises, and over way too soon…I already can’t wait for the next instalment.