Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!
This week's picks:
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
"Kami Glass loves
someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever
since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during
her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English
town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not
fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is
only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just
the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.
But all that changes when the Lynburns return.
The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that
overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters
who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with
their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to
Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s
determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the- Vale is
suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths
of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary
friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate
him? Can she trust him?"
This one sounds like it could be a lot of fun. The name of her town is fantastic and mysterious manors are, of course, inherently awesome. I'm interested in how the whole imaginary-friend-turned-real thing is going to be explained.
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
"A DYING LAND
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse;
decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of
the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, land choked with toxic
pollution, wildlife ravaged by mass extinctions.
AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of Shima's imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to
capture a thunder tiger – a legendary beast, half-eagle, half-tiger.
But any fool knows thunder tigers have been extinct for more than a
century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.
A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a hidden gift that
would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on
the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in
Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for
company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved
his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than
But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire."
Japan + steampunk + fantasy = majorly different from everything else out there! Plus, the girl on the cover is not swinging a sword while dressed in a pretty gown, which makes it seem so much more realistic. Love the crimson blossoms!
What books are you waiting for?