Stalking Tender Prey by Storm Constantine – Spotlight

Welcome back to my weekly Spotlight series.

This week’s book under spotlight is Stalking Tender Prey by Storm Constantine.

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

The Grigori are an ancient race. Powerful people, possessing abilities and senses humans do not have. They live among us, their presence clear to those who have eyes to see…Owen and Lily Winter, twins, always knew they were different than the others, who lived in the quiet hamlet of Little Moor. Their mother dead, never knowing, who their father was, they lived alone in the large house. When Peverel Othman arrived in Little Moor he was looking for something or someone, he really was not sure which. When he found the twins he knew his search was over. For Lily and Owen their lives would be forever changed. The quiet hamlet of Little Moor just became the new home of a Grigori.

Stalking Tender Prey by Storm Constantine - Spotlight
Stalking Tender Prey by Storm Constantine – Spotlight
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Demons Run by Amy Wood – Spotlight

Welcome back to my weekly Spotlight series.

This week’s book under spotlight is Demons Run by Amy Wood.

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

A nobleman and a thief join forces to reclaim justice in a city of power and secrets.

When Lord Aiden buys Dare out of prison, the thief finds himself indebted to a member of the ruling class he has hated all his life. To redeem this debt, he swears Lord Aiden seven days of service—and rapidly finds himself caught up in a deadly game of vengeance.

Lord Aiden is a man of vast wealth and high rank. Yet he lives as a near outcast. When a commoner girl is found dead, the victim of dark sorcery, he turns all his considerable intellect towards finding her killer.

Working together, the two follow a trail of death from the lowest of dockside taverns to the highest levels of society. In a decadent portside city where deception is the norm, Dare must learn the hardest lesson of all—trust.

Demons Run by Amy Wood - Spotlight
Demons Run by Amy Wood – Spotlight
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Shadow of a Dead God (#1) by Patrick Samphire – Review | Blog Tour

A magical murder mystery.

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

It was only supposed to be one little job – a simple curse-breaking for Mennik Thorn to pay back a favour to his oldest friend. But then it all blew up in his face. Now he’s been framed for a murder he didn’t commit. So how is a second-rate mage, broke, traumatized, and with a habit of annoying the wrong people, supposed to prove his innocence when everyone believes he’s guilty?

Mennik has no choice if he wants to get out of this: he is going to have to throw himself into the corrupt world of the city’s high mages, a world he fled years ago. Faced by supernatural beasts, the mage-killing Ash Guard, and a ruthless, unknown adversary, it’s going to take every trick Mennik can summon just to keep him and his friend alive.

But a new, dark power is rising in Agatos, and all that stands in its way is one damaged mage…

Shadow of a Dead God (#1) by Patrick Samphire - Review | Blog Tour
Shadow of a Dead God (#1) by Patrick Samphire – Review | Blog Tour

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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The Mulberry Tree by Allison Rushby – Review

A captivating novel.

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

Do naught wrong by the mulberry tree, or she’ll take your daughters … one, two, three.

Ten-year-old Immy and her family run away from their storm cloud of problems to a tiny village in Cambridgeshire, England. When they find an adorable thatched cottage to begin a perfect new life in, the only downside is the ancient, dark and fierce-looking mulberry tree in the back garden. And the legend that comes with it – the villagers say the tree steals away girls living in the cottage on the eve of their eleventh birthday.

Of course, Immy thinks this is ridiculous.

Then she starts to hear a strange song in her head…

Allison Rushby’s new novel for middle-grade readers is a captivating, spooky mystery.

The Mulberry Tree by Allison Rushby - Review
The Mulberry Tree by Allison Rushby – Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta – Review | Blog Tour

A commendable debut.

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

Two girls on opposite sides of a war discover they’re fighting for a common purpose–and falling for each other–in Zoe Hana Mikuta’s high-octane debut Gearbreakers, perfect for fans of Pacific Rim, Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Saga, and Marie Lu’s Legend series.

We went past praying to deities and started to build them instead…

The shadow of Godolia’s tyrannical rule is spreading, aided by their giant mechanized weapons known as Windups. War and oppression are everyday constants for the people of the Badlands, who live under the thumb of their cruel Godolia overlords.

Eris Shindanai is a Gearbreaker, a brash young rebel who specializes in taking down Windups from the inside. When one of her missions goes awry and she finds herself in a Godolia prison, Eris meets Sona Steelcrest, a cybernetically enhanced Windup pilot. At first Eris sees Sona as her mortal enemy, but Sona has a secret: She has intentionally infiltrated the Windup program to destroy Godolia from within.

As the clock ticks down to their deadliest mission yet, a direct attack to end Godolia’s reign once and for all, Eris and Sona grow closer–as comrades, friends, and perhaps something more…

Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta - Review | Blog Tour
Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta – Review | Blog Tour

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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The Mostly Invisible Boy by AJ Vanderhorst – Spotlight

A fast-paced middle grade fantasy/adventure book .

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

Eleven-year-old Casey is stubbornly friendly, but he’s eternally the new kid at Vintage Woods Middle School. Students look right through him—and they’re not faking. Casey doesn’t know why he’s mostly-invisible, but when he scales a colossal oak, he discovers a fortress in its branches. The forgotten sentry tree marks the border between his safe, suburban life and a fierce frontier.

Casey and his little sister Gloria infiltrate Sylvan Woods, a secret forest society devoted to ancient, wild things. Sky-high footpaths. Survival sewing. Monster control. Shockingly, people here actually see Casey—but being seen isn’t enough. He wants to belong.

Keeping his identity hidden–while struggling to prove he fits–is hard enough, but Butcher Beasts have returned to Sylvan Woods after a hundred years. Trickery is under siege. As the monsters close in, and the fearsome Sylvan Watch hunts Casey down, he and his newfound friends must unearth abandoned magic, buried at the forest’s roots…or be devoured along with everyone else, Sylvans and civilians alike.

A fast-paced middle grade fantasy/adventure book with all the monsters kids could ever hope for.

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