Saturday, 30 June 2012

Stacking the Shelves #6

Hi guys!

From now on I'll be posting my Stacking the Shelves posts on Saturdays! This meme is hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews. :)

*Blurbs from Goodreads and Smashwords

eBook Amazon and Stashwords Freebies: 
1. Parallel Worlds: Nothing is as it Seems - Heather Macauley Noell
Cover for 'Parallel Worlds:  Nothing is as it seems'On the surface, the story is about a pair of teenagers, trapped in a parallel world. They must retrieve information from their past lifetimes before they can return to their own world. Yet underlying the story is a message so powerful, so life-changing and controversial, it has been concealed for thousands of years - because these truths are capable of changing our current world forever. 

2. The Puppet Queen - Mira Zamin 
Cover for 'The Puppet Queen: A Tale of the Sleeping Beauty'fter Selene's homeland falls to the Pari curse, she is forced to must contest for the throne by her insidious fiancĂ©. When rivalries threaten to plunge the country into civil war, Selene must fight through magic and malice—her family's fate hangs in the balance. The Puppet Queen is a young adult fantasy retelling of Sleeping Beauty infused with the folklore of the Middle East 

3.  The Girl in Converse Shoes - Yaritza Garcia 
Cover for 'The Girl in the Converse Shoes'A geek is in search of the mysterious girl that kissed him on Halloween, but his only clues are her blonde hair...and her pink Converse shoes. 

4. Sleepers - Meg Jenson 
Sleepers (The Swarm Trilogy, #1)An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she's filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her.

Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she’s always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due to rumors surrounding the queen’s alleged affair, who will Lianne protect and who will she destroy?

5. Intuition - J. Meyers
IntuitionLuke and his twin sister Sera have unusual abilities. Hers is a gift—she can heal with a touch of her hand. His is a curse—he can see the future but he can’t do anything about it.

On a hike up the mountain, Luke has a vision unlike any other—one that leaves him terrified. Knowing that it will come true—and that he must do everything in his power to stop it—leaves his own future uncertain.

6. Haunted Waters - Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry
Haunted WatersFrom the bestselling writers of the Left Behind: The Kids series comes a new series starring Bryce and Ashley Timberline, twins from Colorado whose growing faith and the strong example of their parents guide them through even the most life-threatening situations.

7. A New Home - Chasing Destiny 
A New Home (Chasing Destiny)
Twelve year old, Hannah is a normal girl, as far as anyone can see. She likes to swim and enjoys playing computer games. When she starts to have visions of the world ending, and how she can prevent it from happening, she doesn’t really want to prevent it. Why should she give up her life to save the world? How can she possibly convince people she’s not crazy?

8. The Vincent Boys - Abbi Glines 
The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys, #1)Being the good girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Ashton Gray has grown weary of playing the part to please her parents, and to be worthy of the town’s prince charming, Sawyer Vincent. Maybe That’s why she’s found herself spending time with Sawyer’s cousin, Beau, while he’s away for the summer camping with his family. Beau is nothing like her perfect boyfriend. He’s the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, dangerous in ways she’s only day dreamed about, and the one guy she should stay away from. 
Beau never envied Sawyer his loving parents, his big nice home, or his position as quarterback. He loves him like a brother. Which is why he's tried everything in his power to keep his distance from Sawyer’s girlfriend. Even if he has loved her since the age of five, Ashton is Sawyer’s girl, so therefore she’s off limits. But when Sawyer leaves for the summer, Ashton, the one girl Beau would move Heaven and Earth for, decides she wants to get into trouble. Stabbing the one person who’s always accepted him and stood by him in the back, is the cost of finally holding Ashton Gray in his arms. Is she worth losing his cousin over?.... Hell Yeah.
9.  Clockwise - Elle Strauss
Clockwise (Clockwise, #1)Casey Donovan has issues: hair, height and uncontrollable trips to the 19th century! And now this—she’s accidentally taken Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time. Awkward.
Protocol pressures her to tell their 1860 hosts that he is her brother and when Casey finds she has a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, something changes in Nate. Are those romantic sparks or is it just “brotherly” protectiveness?

When they return to the present, things go back to the way they were before: Casey parked on the bottom of the rung of the social ladder and Nate perched high on the very the top. Except this time her heart is broken. Plus, her best friend is mad, her parents are split up, and her younger brother gets escorted home by the police. The only thing that could make life worse is if, by some strange twist of fate, she took Nate back to the past again.

Which of course, she does.
10. Bound - C.K. Bryant 
BOUND (The Crystor, #1)When a photo shoot ends in tragedy, Kira discovers her best friend, Lydia, has been keeping a secret. Knowing the truth, and accepting it, will change Kira's life forever and thrust her into a world of ancient curses, magical objects, and savage enemies. What happens next will challenge everything Kira knows about her world, herself and the shape-shifting warrior she's falling in love with. No longer the timid mouse her mother accused her of being, but a woman who finds the mental and physical strength to endure and survive.
BOUND is a heroic tale of true friendship, infinite sacrifice and untamed love.
11. Artemis Rising - Cheri Lasota 
Artemis RisingOn the voy­age home to the Azores Islands, Eva accepts the pagan name of Arethusa but learns too late that her life will mir­ror the Greek nymph’s tragic end. Her mother reveals that her des­tiny lies with Diogo, the shipowner’s volatile son. But Eva has a vision of another...

When the ship founders in a storm off the coast, Tristan, a local boy, saves her life and steals her heart. Destined to be with Diogo yet aching for Tristan’s for­bid­den love, Eva must some­how choose between them, or fate will choose for her.

12. A Gift of Two Silver Pistols - Nan Coleman 
A Gift Of Two Silver Pistols1781, right before the Battle of Yorktown, British General Cornwallis sends his second in command, the evil Banastre Tarleton, to Charlottesville, Virginia to kidnap senator and future president Thomas Jefferson in hopes of hanging him and ending the war in order to keep America under the jurisdiction of England. Unbeknownst to the British, however, Jefferson is dining with Patrick Henry and Benjamin Harrison at his Monticello home this night. A chance encounter with the Tarleton and his troops leads Jack Jouett to jump on his horse Sallie in the middle of the night, riding over forty miles on Indian trails through dense forest and across a river to reach Monticello before dawn and warn Jefferson in time for him to make his escape.

In 2011, Ainsley Grant is visiting her grandfather not far from Charlottesville and once again is listening to the exploits of her distant relative, Jack Jouett. Intrigued, she decides to see his path through the woods and across the river—albeit at three in the morning, when Jack rode through. Shadows move and contort in the creepy night, around the shells of long-forgotten buildings and strangely shaped trees. But she gets the shock of her life when she suddenly sees Jack, and their chance encounter may very well change the course of history. (from the author's website)

 13. The Quill Pen - Michelle Isenhoff
The Quill PenIf you owned a pen that wrote the future, would you use it? What if the consequences spread like ripples in a pond? What if they raged out of control? What if the pen demanded blood? 

Thirteen-year-old Micah has found such a pen. One that’s ensnared him in a curse dating back generations. One that’s devastated two families and now threatens his whole New England village. But how can Micah destroy the pen when it offers him his only chance at the future he dreams of?

14. The Fate of Destiny - Danielle Bourdon
The Fate of Destiny (Fates)
Up until three days before her eighteenth birthday, Farris Landry's life fit neatly into three categories: consuming, troublesome and downright tricky.

Consuming because of the unnatural passion (obsession) she had for writing 'stories'.

Troublesome for the mother who descended into the realm of the insane right before her eyes.

Tricky when she found herself on her own, forced to carve out an existence by the skin of her teeth.

Farris quickly discovers that consuming-troubling-tricky is nothing compared to the Chaos that ensues after a visit to her grandmother. Determined to go on with her life, Farris finds out the hard way that sometimes, Fate has other ideas. In the blink of an eye, her life gets turned upside down: a tornado rips through town, her loft catches fire, and an explosion decimates her workplace.

A stranger, Emerson Ferrera, inserts himself into the violence, becoming guardian and protector. Farris begins to suspect her grandmother's warning of impending death might more serious than she thought.

Tragedy and betrayal follow, throwing Farris into a tailspin. Will she be able to trust the stranger she's become close to, or will his deception tear them apart?

Find out if Farris' writing obsession is just a unique gift or a clue to a talent with a more supernatural twist in The Fate of Destiny, book #1 in the Fates series.

15. Prince of Wolves - Quinn Loftis

Prince of Wolves (The Grey Wolves, #1)Jaque Pierce was just an ordinary 17 year old girl getting ready to start her senior year in high school in Coldspring, Texas. When a mysterious foreign exchange student from Romania moves in across the street, Jacque and her two best friends, Sally and Jen, don't realize the last two weeks of their summer was going to get a lot more interesting. From the moment Jacque sets eyes on Fane she feels an instant connection, a pull like a moth to a flame. Little does she know that the flame she is drawn to is actually a Canis lupis, werewolf, and she just happens to be his mate; the other half of his soul. The problem is Fane is not the only wolf in Coldspring, Texas. Just as Fane and Jacque are getting to know each other, another wolf steps out to try and claim Jacque as his mate. Fane will now have to fight for the right to complete the mating bond, something that is his right by birth but is being denied him by a crazed Alpha. Will the love Fane has for Jacque be enough to give him the strength to defeat his enemy, will Jacque accept that she is Fane's mate and complete the bond between them?

16. The Mind Readers - Lori Brighton 
The Mind Readers (Mind Readers, #1)Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth... that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like her, Mind Readers.

But as Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with Lewis, but her very life.

17. The Fallen Star - Jessica Sorenson 
The Fallen Star (Fallen Star, #1)For eighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at school, she can feel electricity that makes her skin buzz. Not to mention the monsters that haunt her nightmares have crossed over into real-life. But with Alex seeming to hate her and secrets popping up everywhere, Gemma's life is turning into a chaotic mess. Things that shouldn't be real suddenly seem to exist. And as her world falls apart, figuring out the secrets of her past becomes a matter of life and death.

18.  Six Moon Summer - SM Reine 
Six Moon Summer (Seasons of the Moon, #1)Rylie's been bitten.

She's changing.

And now she has three months to find a cure before becoming a werewolf... forever.

Rylie Gresham hates everything about summer camp: the food, the fresh air, the dumb activities, and the other girls in her cabin. But the worst part is probably being bitten by a werewolf. Being a teenager is hard enough, but now she's craving raw flesh and struggles with uncontrollable anger. If she doesn't figure out a way to stop the transformation, then at the end of summer, her life is worse than over. She'll be a monster.

19. All Hallows Moon - SM Reine
All Hallows Moon (Seasons of the Moon, #2)  Rylie survived becoming a werewolf at great cost. She moves to her aunt’s ranch in the hopes she can enroll in a new high school and quietly continue her life... with a few distinct changes. She transforms into a beast every new and full moon and struggles to control her murderous urges.

Without many werewolves left, it’s hard to stay in hiding. A family of hunters -- Eleanor, Abel, and Seth -- recognize the signs and follow Rylie to her new home. They want to stop her before she murders someone, and the only way to do it is with a silver bullet. Seth soon realizes the werewolf is Rylie, the one monster he failed to kill. Worse yet, he’s still in love with her.

Torn between family and love, Rylie struggles to reconcile her feelings and control the wolf within while Seth fights to do what’s right. But what is right-- obeying 
desire or duty? 

20. Long Night Moon - SM Reine
Long Night Moon (Seasons of the Moon, #3)  Something is killing innocent people around Rylie Gresham's town. The police think it's a wild animal, but she has other suspicions. There are new kids at school, and they have a lot in common with her: gold eyes, super strength, and a habit of turning furry. It seems Rylie's not the only werewolf around anymore.

It's up to Rylie and her werewolf-hunting boyfriend, Seth, to stop the killings. But saving lives doesn't come naturally to a monster, and territory battles could risk the life of her sickly aunt--not to mention her own. Rylie has no choice but to stand her ground, protect her home, and stop the murderers before anyone else gets hurt. 

21. The Battle Hymn Blues - Baker Lawley
The Battle Hymn BluesStoney Nix can play anything, from Beethoven to the Blues, on his old rattletrap piano. It’s just a gift, and a good one. Music is his ticket out of Pinewood, Alabama, his ironic, dying hometown, where they reenact the Civil War but cancel marching band because it’s too small. Then Sadie Green, the hilarious and beautiful new girl (and Stoney’s major crush), convinces him to fight in the fake Civil War battle. What happens there will haunt Stoney forever—and only through voices of the past, struggle, friendship, and his music, will Stoney find himself.

A young adult-paranormal-gothic-comedy-romance, The Battle Hymn Blues is a story filled with ghosts and pranks, music and mystery. It’s a love song to the blues we all share, how the past and the future and happiness have the strangest ways of finding you.

22. Nine Lives - Beth Balmanno
Nine Lives  Nick Ziegler has a problem. He keeps almost dying. What's worse, a mysterious black cat named Mike keeps saving him. Not cool when you're eleven years old and just trying to enjoy the start of summer. But no matter where he goes—the lake, a tree in a neighbor's yard or just walking down the road—he finds himself staring death squarely in the face. Each time, though, the cat appears and somehow manages to keep him alive. Nick can't figure out who the cat belongs to or why he keeps showing up and as more people begin to take notice of his newfound protector—particularly his worried mother and his obnoxious older brother—he is determined to find out exactly what is going on. As his friends begin to back away and make fun of him, Nick finds an ally in Emma, his former nemesis. When his mother delivers some devastating news, he and Emma begin to put the pieces together and they come to the realization that Mike may have a far bigger place in Nick's life than either of them could have ever imagined. 

23. The Annihilation of Foreverland - Toni Bertauski
The Annihilation of ForeverlandWhen kids awake on an island, they’re told there was an accident. Before they can go home, they will visit Foreverland, an alternate reality that will heal their minds. Reed dreams of a girl that tells him to resist Foreverland. He doesn’t remember her name, but knows he once loved her. He’ll have to endure great suffering and trust his dream. And trust he’s not insane. Danny Boy, the new arrival, meets Reed’s dream girl inside Foreverland. She’s stuck in the fantasy land that no kid can resist. Where every heart’s desire is satisfied. Why should anyone care how Foreverland works? Together, they discover what it’s really doing to them.

24. Deep Green: Colour Me Jealous - Melody Carlson
Deep Green: Color Me Jealous (TrueColors, #2)Jordan Ferguson and Shawna Frye became good friends when Jordan made cheerleader. But when Timothy suddenly dumps Shawna to start seeing Jordan, rumors fly.

Shawna gets her revenge, first by smearing Jordan's reputation, then by tempting Timothy with an offer he can't refuse. Jordan feels absolutely green with envy--so much so that she considers doing everything in her power to get Tim back. Everything.

This second book in the teen fiction series TrueColors deals with jealousy and relationships. Includes discussion questions.

35. Ethereal - Addison Moore

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Thursday, 28 June 2012

Review - The South African Alphabet - Alex Latimer

Title:The South African Alphabet
Author:Alex Latimer
Genre:Picture book 
Publication:May 30 2012, Penguin Books South Africa
Source:Thank you so much to Penguin Books South Africa for giving me this book to review! :)

Uniquely and beautifully illustrated by Alex Latimer The South African Alphabet includes illustrations of South African elements – animals, people, products, plants. The illustrations are quirky and fun and the objects include very recognisable characters. From Nelson Mandela, mielies, a braai, ivory, Joburg, koeksisters and Table Mountain. This book will be enjoyed and appreciated by young and old – proud South African and tourists alike.

I love this book! The illustrations are beautiful and the words are so South African! :) I would recommend this book to adults who have small children, I'm sure the kids will be immensely attracted to the gorgeous, colourful illustrations. The South African Alphabet is a great way for smaller children to learn about South Africa in a colourful, fun and interesting way.

Alex Latimer is a really talented author and illustrator and I could stare at the pictures the whole day. A beautifully illustrated book. :)

I give it: 5 CUPCAKES

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Review - War Horse - Michael Morpurgo

War Horse: (Movie Cover)
Title:War Horse (Movie Cover)
Author:Michael Mopurgo
Genre:War, Friendship, Young Adult, Juvenile Fiction
Publication:Egomont, November 1, 2011
Pages:182 pages, Paperback
Source: Kindly provided by Penguin Publishers in exchange for a honest review! Thank you so much! :)

In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?


While I am typing this sentence, I am trying to think of a review that will give this book justice. I can honestly say, that this is one of the best books that I have EVER read. I have always enjoyed Michael Morpurgo's books and it's quite safe to say that almost all of them usually left me with a tear in my eye, but War Horse? I was blubbing like a baby, it a truly beautiful and uplifting story.

When Albert's father took Joey and sold him, I was furious and upset, I wish I could've been there and called Albert so he could stop him, but of course I couldn't and I was so frustrated with Albert's father. 

As Joey was passed along from person to person, my empathy for Joey was so great it made my heart wrench. When Captain Nicholls died, I wasn't sure what to do, he had promised Albert that he would take care and protect Joey with his life and when he died, I was like that poor horse. But throughout the story, Joey finds and makes friends, and in the terrible conditions he faces, he manages to find a glimmer of love somewhere. 

The ending was! I was crying for most of the last couple of chapters. It was such a beautiful bond that Joey and Albert had, and how everyone just admired and respected that horse, that he had battled through the whole of war, lost one of his best friends and that he had caught a life-threatening illness, yet he still managed to find his true master in the end.

War Horse is such a beautiful tale, of friendship and love, and it shows that even when you are in the most brutal of situations, if you have love by your side and a good friend, it can get you through any situation.

You have to read War Horse and I can honestly say, that even one of the hardest people on earth could be weeping while reading it. This is a story I KNOW I will treasure forever, even an hour after reading it I'm still breathless after such a heart-wrenching tale. Read this book, you will not regret it. 

I give it: 5 CUPCAKES!

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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

WWW Wednesday #5

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly book meme that is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
My answers!
What I am currently reading:
1. War Horse - Michael Morpurgo
War Horse: (Movie Cover)In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

What I have recently finished reading:
FlorenceSeventeen-year-old Florence Waverley is out of her depth. Literally. Kidnapped and taken below the waves to the mer world of Niemela, she is the ultimate gift for merman Prince Kiren: a human familiar tied to his side. But nothing is what it seems amid the beauty and danger of a dark ocean.

Every Niemelan has a role to play, from the mermaids who weave towers out of kelp to the warriors who fight sea monsters. But in trying to survive, Florence will end up in the middle of a war between the mer and the Darkness. A conflict that will push her between two brothers: Kiren, the charmer inexplicably drawn to both her and the monsters; and Rolan, the loner who has been pushing her away since the day they met. But in order to take a stand--and find out where she belongs--Florence will have to risk it all: her life, her heart... and her very soul.

What I think I will read next:
A stunning middle-grade debut--full of heart, humor, and nonstop action

It's tough to be thirteen, especially when somebody's trying to kill you.

Not that Egg's life was ever easy, growing up on sweaty, pirate-infested Deadweather Island with no company except an incompetent tutor and a pair of unusually violent siblings who hate his guts.

But when Egg's father hustles their family off on a mysterious errand to fabulously wealthy Sunrise Island, then disappears with the siblings in a freak accident, Egg finds himself a long-term guest at the mansion of the glamorous Pembroke family and their beautiful, sharp-tongued daughter Millicent. Finally, life seems perfect.

Until someone tries to throw him off a cliff.

Suddenly, Egg's running for his life in a bewildering world of cutthroat pirates, villainous businessmen, and strange Native legends. The only people who can help him sort out the mystery of why he's been marked for death are Millicent and a one-handed, possibly deranged cabin boy.

Come along for the ride. You'll be glad you did.

Leave me a link to your WWW post and I'll be sure to stop by! :)
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Waiting on Wednesday #5: 27 June 2012

Waiting on Wednesday
Jodi Lynn Anderson 
Title: Peaches 
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publication date: 19 July, 2012

PeachesPeaches combines three unforgettable heroines who have nothing in common but the troubles that have gotten them sentenced to a summer of peach picking at a Georgia orchard.

Leeda is a debutante dating wrong-side-of-the-tracks Rex.

Murphy, the wildest girl in Bridgewater, likes whichever side Rex is on.

Birdie is a dreamer whose passion for Girl Scout cookies is matched only by her love for a boy named Enrico.

When their worlds collide, The Breakfast Club meets The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in an entirely original and provocative story with a lush, captivating setting.

I think this book looks like a really sweet, summer read! :)

Leave me a link to your Waiting on Wednesday! :)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine
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Monday, 25 June 2012

Stacking the Shelves #5

Hello! Didn't have a big haul this week, but I got some awesome books!
* Blurbs mainly from Goodreads, or Penguin

1.Feeling Sorry for Celia - Jaclyn Moriarty 
Feeling Sorry for Celia (Ashbury/Brookfield, #1)Life is pretty complicated for Elizabeth Clarry. Her best friend, Celia, keeps disappearing, her absent father suddenly reappears, and her communication with her mother consists entirely of wacky notes left on the fridge. On top of everything else, because her English teacher wants to rekindle the "Joy of the Envelope," a Complete and Utter Stranger knows more about Elizabeth than anyone else.
But Elizabeth is on the verge of some major changes. She may lose her best friend, find a wonderful new friend, kiss the sexiest guy alive, and run in a marathon. So much can happen in the time it takes to write a letter...
A #1 bestseller in Australia, this fabulous debut is a funny, touching, revealing story written entirely in the form of letters, messages, postcards--and bizarre missives from imaginary organizations like the Cold Hard Truth Association.
2.Bag of Bones - Vivian French
The Bag of BonesThe good witches of Wadingburn are worried - there's a new witch in town with a bag of magic bones, and she's so evil she makes their toes ache...This is another fun-filled fantasy in the "Tales from the Five Kingdoms" stories that started with "The Robe of Skulls".Truda Hangnail is a very wicked witch, banned from the Five Kingdoms because of her use of deep magic. Then she comes up with a fiendish plan to restore evil to the Five Kingdoms, transforming the good witches of Waddingburn into shrivelled, wicked old witches who will help her take over King Frank's kingdom on his fiftieth birthday. Luckily, a sweet-natured half-human, half-elf named Loobly is witness to Truda's evil spell and sets off to fetch help. As the birthday party looms and Truda's evil gathers strength, Loobly enlists the help of Prince Marcus of Gorebreath and Gracie Gillypot, as well as old friends Gubble the troll and Marlon and Alf the bats, to stop Truda and send her packing to the house of the Ancient Crones to face her just deserts.

3.Destined - Aprilynne Pike
Destined (Wings, #4)Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to tuck her hair behind her ear.

He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn't kiss her, just held her face close to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching.

She hated how much it felt like good-bye.

Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful--and deadly--of all, and Klea plans to use her to help conquer and destroy Avalon. But Klea's reach extends far beyond one wild Winter faerie. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares to face what may be Avalon's final days, in the stunning conclusion to the Wings series.

4.A Book of a Thousand Days - Shannon Hale
The Book of a Thousand Days When Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years for Saren’s refusal to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment.
As food runs low and the days go from broiling hot to freezing cold, it is all Dashti can do to keep them fed and comfortable. But the arrival outside the tower of Saren’s two suitors—one welcome, and the other decidedly less so—brings both hope and great danger, and Dashti must make the desperate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows.
With Shannon Hale’s lyrical language, this forgotten but classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm is reimagined and reset on the central Asian steppes; it is a completely unique retelling filled with adventure and romance, drama and disguise.

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