10.5.10

New to Dot Scribbles Shelves


This week I was sent one book for review and it is Young Adult Fiction, I am so pleased that I have re-discovered this genre, I was clearly missing out on some excellent books:
Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody (Bloomsbury)- In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities, it is also dangerous. There is only survival by secrecy, and so she determines never to use her forbidden powers. But they are not easy to keep hidden and their inevitable use brings her to the attention of the totalitarian Council that rules the land.
Sent to remote Obernewtyn, from where escape is said to be impossible, Elspeth must throw off her safe cloak of concealment and pit herself against those who would resurrect the terrible forces of the apocalypse. Only then will she truly learn what and who she is...

I bought the second in the Brenda and Effie series by Paul Magrs which I can't wait to read as I loved Never the Bride:
Something Borrowed by Paul Magrs (Headline)- Brenda longs for the quiet life; a life where she's free to run her B&B and enjoys cups of tea and the occasional night at the bingo with her friend Effie. Unfortunately for Brenda trouble tends to seek her out.
The whole palaver begins with the poison pen letters that start flying around the quiet lanes of Whitby. Then there's Jessie the Zombie Womanzee, an amorous and strangely unaged professor of Icelandic history, and terrifying encounters with bamboo wickerwork gods from the dawn of time. Lord only knows where it will all end- especially if Brenda can't stop herself from going to pieces...

I also saw these two wonderful Sherlock Holmes books on a trip out to Oakham with Mr S, I will admit that I mainly fell in love with the covers but I do enjoy a good mystery!
The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Headline)- As the seamy streets of London drown in a sea of smog, Sherlock Holmes sinks into a drug-induced stupor. That is, until Miss Mary Morstan presents him with a most intriguing case. A terrible death, an unknown benefactor, stolen treasure and a secret pact between criminals stretching back to a mutiny-torn India, lead Holmes into an epic pursuit of the truth.
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Headline)- The coroner may have ruled death by natural causes, but Sherlock Holmes knows there's something more sinister behind Sir Charles Baskerville's demise. The question is, could he really have fallen victim to the legendary phantom hound, the curse of the ancestors and said to have haunted his family for generations? Or is this the work of a very real and calculating murderer?

10 comments:

verity said...

Not read any of those!

Book Chick City said...

Great books! I have all the Sherlock Holmes books on my shelves but for some reason haven't read one of them yet... really should remedy that! Enjoy your books :D

Dot said...

Verity- Nor me! I love the Paul Magrs series though, they're really fun books.

Book Chick City- Thank you, the covers definitely swayed me on the Sherlock Holmes plus I have never read Hound of the Baskervilles.

brizmus said...

Yay for lots of Sherlocke Holmes! Pure awesomeness!

Dot said...

brizmus- He's a brilliant character, I'm really looking forward to reading these two!

Rhiana said...

I have Obernewtyn too, it sounds interesting! I know what you mean about re-discovering YA. I've always kept a (quiet) interest but now, the more I read, the more I love. I've realised though buying YA books is actually an investment for me...just think of the library my daughter will inherit in a few years time :P (I'm sticking with that excuse!)

Dot said...

Rhiana- That's a good excuse! I've still got all my childhood books to pass on too!

Jo said...

Those Sherlock Holmes covers are lovely!

Dot said...

Jo- I know, I had to stop myself from buying the lot!

buddy2blogger said...

I would recommend 'The House of Silk' by Anthony Horowitz. This is a great Sherlock Holmes pastiche.

Check out my review .

Cheers!

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