The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin

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Dazzling with imagination, brimming with passion and crackling with wit, The City We Became is a modern masterpiece of culture, identity, magic and myth in contemporary New York City.

Every great city has a soul.  Some are ancient as myths; others are as new and destructive as children.  New York?  She’s got six – and all six will be called to arms in the greatest battle the city has ever fought.

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Kitty And The Starlight Song by Paula Harrison and Jenny Løvlie

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A magical adventure by the light of the moon.

Kitty is preparing for her school’s concern.  As a superhero-in-training with cat-like superpowers, Kitty can do all sorts of marvellous things.  But as a regular girl, Kitty is terrified to sing in front of everyone at school.  On top of that, Figaro hurts himself during a dangerous rooftop chase and his birthday plans are ruined.

Kitty will surely need the help of her fur-midable cat crew to rescue Figaro’s birthday and overcome her stage-fright.  

KITTY AND THE STARLIGHT SONG was released in the United Kingdom on 2nd September 2021.  Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.

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The Worries: Jaz And The New Baby by Jion Sheibani

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New baby, new worries …

Jazmin’s mum is about to have a baby and Jaz is so excited!  Ok, it might mean some changes to their family but Jaz is sure everything will be just fine.

So imagine her surprise when a host of furry, fretful friends arrive to cause serious mischief.  That’s right, it’s the Worries – gloomy Loner, nervous Change, pushy Jealousy and DJ Disaster, always waiting for something to go wrong.

Jaz tries to keep her worries to herself, but with her birthday party coming up fast, they see, set on turning her into the Worst Sister EVER!

THE WORRIES: JAZ AND THE NEW BABY was released in the United Kingdom on 19th August 2021.  Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.

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Tiger Warrior: Attack Of The Dragon King by M. Chan

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Tiger Warrior.

Jack loves his grandad’s stories about the Jade Kingdom, a world of heroes, beasts and adventures.

But when Grandad gives him a magic coin, Jack discovers the kingdom is real … and he has to save it from terrible danger.

Can Jack and his new friend Princess Li stop the deadly Dragon King?

TIGER WARRIOR: ATTACK OF THE DRAGON KING was released in the United Kingdom on 8th July 2021.  Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.

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The Liar Of Red Valley by Walter Goodwater

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Do not trust the Liar.

Do not go in the River.

Do not cross the King.

In Red Valley, California, you follow the rules if you want to stay alive.  But even that isn’t enough to protect Sadie now that she’s unexpectedly become the Liar: the keeper and maker of Red Valley’s many secrets.  In a town like this, friendships are hard-won and bad blood lasts generations, and when not everyone in town is exactly human, it isn’t a safe place to make enemies.

And though the Liar has power – power to remake the world, with just a little blood – what Sadie really needs is answers: Why is the town’s sheriff after her?  What does the King want from her?  And what is the real purpose of the Liar of Red Valley? 

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Kitty And The Kidnap Trap by Paula Harrison and Jenny Løvlie

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A magical adventure by the light of the moon.

Kitty is supposed to be looking after her friend’s pet hamster, Marvin, for the weekend, but disaster strikes when he is kidnapped!

Kitty must follow the kidnapper’s trail and return Marvin to his home safe and sound, before the night is out.

It’s time for Superhero Kitty to save the day!

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The Renegades: Defenders Of The Planet Flames Of Amazonia (Vol 2) by Jeremy Brown, Katy Jakeway, Ellenor Mererid, Libby Reed and David Selby

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The Amazon is burning.  Fire-breathing creatures run amok through the trees and The Renegades must unite with indigenous activists to stop them

Protecting the climate are Professor Katelyn, who is haunted by sinister visions …

What do these new visions mean?

… Leon, whose stealthy spying skills have risen to the next level …

I’m going to find out where these creatures come from … 

… And Mo, who can blast solar energy from his fingertips.

I hope I can protect my friends from danger.

CAN THEY STOP THE LATEST THREAT TO EARTH?

You can buy THE RENEGADES DEFENDERS OF THE PLANET VOLUME 2 – FLAMES OF AMAZONIA by Jeremy Brown, Katy Jakeway, Eleanor Mererid, Libby Reed and David Selby from Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstone’s or Bookshop.org UK.  I earn commission on any purchases made through these links.

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The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson

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They call me Yanka the bear.  Not because of where I was found – only a few people know about that.

Found abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, Yanka has always wondered where she is from.  She tries to ignore the strange whispers and looks from the villagers, wishing she was as strong inside as she is on the outside.  When Yanka has to flee her house, looking for answers about who she really is, a journey far beyond anything she ever imagined begins – from icy rivers to smouldering mountains, meeting an ever-growing herd of extraordinary friends along the way. 

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The Maker Of Monsters by Lorraine Gregory

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Brat has always lived in the isolated castle on the island, taking care of the vicious creatures that his master creates, waiting in terror for the moment when they are ready to be put to use.  But then the unthinkable happens.  The monsters get out.  Now Brat must overcome his features, and venture into the world he has hidden from his whole life.  For the fate of the everyone rests on his shoulders alone …  

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The Outlaws Scarlett & Browne by Jonathan Stroud

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WANTED: SCARLETT AND BROWNE

Scarlett McCain is a shoot-first-ask-questions-later kind of outlaw.  She survives on bank heists, her wits – and never looking back.

That is until she meets Albert Browne, a boy with a dark past and an even darker talent.  Thrown together in a lawless future Britain, populated by strange and savage beasts, the two must escape across the wilderness – with deadly enemies close behind. 

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This Careless Life by Rachel McIntyre

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”In this job, festering skeletons have a nasty habit of tumbling out, sooner or later.  So think carefully – is there anything you need to tell me?”

Four best friends with perfect lives.

A once in a lifetime opportunity.

Who can resist the call of fame and fortune?

When Liv, Hetty, Jez and Duffy audition for a new reality TV show, they’re confident they can handle the pressure of being in the public eye.  After all, they don’t have anything to hide.  Do they?  But that’s before Cass produces the photo of the body …

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Forged by Benedict Jacka

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Alex Verus faces his dark side … 

To protect his friends, the probability mage Alex Verus has had to change – and embrace his dark side.  But the life mage Anne has changed too, and made a bond with a dangerous power.  She’s going after everyone she’s got a grudge against – and it’s a long list.

The Council’s death squads are hunting Alex as well as Anne, and the only way for Alex to stop them is to end his long war with the Council by whatever means necessary.  It will take everything Alex has to stay ahead and stop Anne from letting the world burn.

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Digger: The Complete Omnibus Edition by Ursula Vernon

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Digger is the story of a shrewd, sensible wombat engineer named Digger-of-unnecessarily-convoluted-tunnels, who finds herself stranded in a fantasy world that is far from sensible.  Thrust into the middle of a puzzling and often perilous situation involving gods, demons, destiny and redemption she finds her way based on a pragmatic honesty and the sincere belief in doing the right thing.  He only wish is to return home, but along the way she makes enemies into friends, friends into heroes, the weak into warriors, and monsters into … better monsters.

Digger is a serious fantasy tale that manages to be both meaningful and light-hearted.  It explores complex themes of honor, responsibility, and the grey areas between right and wrong, but it does so with a frequent application of humour, wit and absurdity that keeps the story lively.  It is an adventure story that can be fully enjoyed by young adult readers, but it also has levels of complexity in its humour and themes that become deeper and more meaningful with age and experience.  

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Children Of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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They killed my mother.

They took our magic.

They tried to bury us.

NOW WE RISE.

Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic.  When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared.  Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.  Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must stay hidden.

Zélie is one such person.  Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters.  Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy.

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Embassy Of The Dead: Hangman’s Crossing by Will Mabbitt

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Welcome to the Embassy of the Dead.

Leave your life at the door.  (Thanks).

Awarded an official position working for the Embassy of the Dead, Jake’s job is to protect souls in need.  But journeying deep into the mysterious world of ghosts, Jake overhears a plot to destroy the very fabric between the land of the living and the dead.

With a ghostly gang at his side Jake must do the impossible.  He has to be a hero.  HIs life – and the fate of EVERYONE ON EARTH – depends on it …

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Gunnerkrigg Court Volume 1: Orientation by Thomas Siddell

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Antimony Carver is a precocious and preternaturally self-possessed young girl starting her first year of school at gloomy Gunnerkrigg Court, a very British boarding school that has robots running around alongside body-snatching demons, forest gods, and the odd mythical creature.

The opening volume in the series follows Antimony through her orientation year: the people she meets, the strange things that happen, and the things she causes to happen as she and her new friend, Kat, unravel the mysteries of the Court and deal with the everyday adventures of growing up. 

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Deadpool: The Complete Collection Volume 1 by Daniel Way, Andy Diggle, Steve Dillon, Paco Medina, Carlo Barberi and Bong Dazo

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He’s the Marvel Universe’s Merc With A Mouth!  As quick with a pistol as he is with a one-liner!

Fan-favourite writer Daniel Way brings the crazy with his character-defining run on the Crimson Comedian, the Regeneratin’ Degenerate, the Asinine Assassin … Deadpool!

The X-Men’s favourite frenemy, Deadpool straddles the line between hero and villain, sanity and insanity.  So when a Skrull invasion force lands on Earth, it’s anyone’s guess which side the unpredictable Wade Wilson will join!  The wisecracking, gun-toting, one-man army single-handedly saves a baseball stadium full of fans from a Skrull attack – and promptly surrenders to the invaders, leaving everyone scratching their heads.

Deadpool infiltrates the Skrull ranks – and through all the allegiance swapping, back-stabbing and mental instability, he tries to make good on a contract and get PAID!  But all hell breaks loose when the objective is compromised and his big, fat pay check gets cancelled.  Wade sets out to settle the score – even if that means he has to fight his way through Norman Osborn’s new team of Dark Avengers, made up of the Marvel Universe’s greatest villains in disguise.

And as Deadpool storms his way to the top of Avengers Tower, Osborn goes all in and deploys his bloodthirsty black-ops team of assassins, the Thunderbolts!  Plug up your ears, kids – it’s gonna get loud!

Plus: Two men who can’t die slice one another to ribbons and then blow those ribbons up with lots of explosives as Wolverine and Deadpool hash out their differences in a showdown for the ages! 

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A Pocketful Of Stars by Aisha Bushby

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This place is magic … but it’s not the sort of magic that comes from wands and spells …

Safiya and her mum rarely see eye to eye.  But when her mum falls ill, something mysterious happens.  Saff finds herself transported back in tie to her mum’s childhood home in Kuwait.  And it becomes clear that this isn’t just a magical place: it’s a game.  As Saff figures out how to play the game, she realises that opening her heart to the past is the key to changing her future … 

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The Price Guide To The Occult by Leslye Walton

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All Nor Blackburn wants is to live an unremarkable teenage life.  But as a descendant of the witch Rona Blackburn, who famously cursed her family over a century ago, Nor is no stranger to suffering.  She has reason to hope, however, that she may have escaped the thornier side effects of Rona’s curse.

Then a mysterious book comes out, promising to cast any spell for the right price.  The author – Nor’s own mother – is performing magic that should be far beyond her capabilities.  And such magic always requires a sacrifice.

A storm is coming.  It’s coming for Nor.

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Skulduggery Pleasant Midnight by Derek Landy

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Skulduggery Pleasant is dead.

Valkyrie Cain is cool.

Omen Darkly is neither.

The eleventh book in the bestselling SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT series.

For years, Valkyrie Cain has struggled to keep her loved ones safe from harm, plunging into battle – time and time again – by Skulduggery Pleasant’s side, and always emerging triumphant.

But now the very thing that Valkyrie fights for is in danger as a ruthless killer snatches her little sister.

With Skulduggery racing to catch up and young sorcerer Omen scrambling along behind, Valkyrie only has six hours to find Alice before it’s too late. 

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Skulduggery Pleasant – Resurrection by Derek Landy

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Skulduggery Pleasant is dead.

Valkyrie Cain is cool.

Omen Darkly is neither. 

The tenth book in the bestselling SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT series – and the first of a whole new story arc.

Valkyrie Cain has been out of action for years recovering from the war against her alter-ego Darquesse.

But Skulduggery Pleasant is still fighting to save the world.

When an old enemy threatens to return, he persuades Valkyrie to join him for just twenty-four hours.  But they need someone else, someone inconspicuous.

Enter Omen Darkly.  Not a warrior.  Not a detective.  And definitely NOT the chosen one … 

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Dancing Jax by Robin Jarvis

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Some books should be banned or destroyed.  This is the story of one of them …

In a coastal town, a strange, out-of-print children’s book is found, full of colourful stories of castles, knights and unicorns.  But the book is no fairytale.  Written by Austerly Fellows, a mysterious turn-of-the-century occultist, it is no mere entertainment.  In fact, those who start it find that they just can’t put it down, no matter how much they may want to. 

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Fallen by Benedict Jacka

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Everything is on the line for probability mage Alex Verus …

Once Alex was a diviner trying to live under the radar.  Now he’s a member of the Light Council who’s found success, friends … and love.  But it’s come with a price – the Council is investigating him, and if they found out the truth, he’ll lose it all.

Meanwhile, Alex’s old master, Richard Drakh, is waging a war against the Light mages.  To protect those he cared for, Alex will have to become something different.  Something darker … 

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The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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”I used to think to make people feel afraid was a curse, an awful thing … But I’d love for them to fear me … I want them to look at me and weep.”

On the even of their divining, the day Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are to discover their fate, they’re captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Vallarta.

Far away from their beloved Traveller community, and forced to work in the harsh castle kitchens, Lil finds some comfort in the storm-eyed Mira, a fellow slave who she’s drawn to in ways she doesn’t understand.  But too soon she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying man of myth, who takes girls as gifts.

They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate …  

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Stunt Double: Jungle Cruise by Tamsin Cooke

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Fearless stunt double Finn is in Thailand working on the latest Rio Dining blockbuster.  It’s a dream job, but are the whispers around set true?  Is the film really cursed?

When stunts go wrong it’s serious, and on this movie, they could be deadly.  So far, Finn’s survived all sorts of smashes and crashes, even an elephant stampede, but it’s the secrets on set that might finally break him. 

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