Library Loot: War, Hope and Storms

Library Loot: War, Hope and Storms


libraryloot 29th apr

The Hand, The Eye and the Heart by Zoe Marriott

Zhilan was assigned female at birth; despite an unusual gift for illusions, they know they will live out their life in the perfumed confines of the women’s quarters. But when civil war sets the country aflame, Zhilan is the only one who can save their disabled Father from death on the battlefield.

By taking his place.

Surviving brutal army training as a male recruit – Zhi – is only the first challenge. Soon Zhi’s unique talents draw them into an even more perilous fight, in the glittering court of the Land of Dragons, where love and betrayal are two sides of the same smile. The fate of an Empire rests on Zhi’s shoulders. But to win, they must first decide where their loyalty, and their heart, truly belongs.

This sounds brilliant! Everything about the summary and the cover makes me want to read this. I have read previous books by this author and really enjoyed them so I am hoping that this will be a new favourite.

Killer T by Robert Muchamore

Our world is about to change in ways we can barely imagine. KILLER T is a novel about growing up in that world.

Harry and Charlie are teenagers whose lives are shaped by a society that’s shifting around them. He is a lonely Brit in his first term at a Las Vegas high school. She is an unlikely friend, who gets accused of mixing a batch of explosives that blew up a football player.

The two of them are drawn together at a time when gene editing technology is starting to explode. With a lab in the garage anyone can beat cancer, enhance their brain to pass exams, or tweak a few genes for that year-round tan and perfect beach body. But in the wrong hands, cheap gene editing is the most deadly weapon in history. Killer T is a synthetic virus with a ninety per-cent mortality rate, and the terrorists who created it want a billion dollars before they’ll release a vaccine.

Terrifying. Romantic. Huge in scope. A story for our times.

Honestly, my first impression was that I really didn’t like the cover. However the summary sounds interesting and the hardback is actually nice – I love the endpapers! I was lucky enough to attend an event with this author at the weekend, so I am looking forward to reading this.

We Are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo

In a sealed-off city, it begins with a hunt. A young woman, Lena, running for her life, convicted of being a mage and sentenced to death. Her only way to survive is to trust those she has been brought up to fear – those with magic.

On the other side of the locked gates is a masked lady, Constance, determined to find a way back in. She knows only too well how the people of Duke’s Forest loathe magic. Years ago she escaped before her powers were discovered. But now she won’t hide who she is any longer.

A powerful and terrifying storm cloud unites them. It descends over the dukedom and devastates much in its wake. But this is more than a thunderstorm. This is a spell, and the truth behind why it has been cast is more sinister than anyone can imagine … Only Lena and Constance hold the key to destroying the spell. Though neither of them realise it, they need each other. They are the blood and they have the thunder within.

I love fantasy and dystopia so this sounds like my cup of tea!

The Dog Who Lost His Bark by Eoin Colfer and P.J. Lynch

A warm, uplifting story about a boy, his dog, and the healing power of music marks a first-time collaboration between two former Irish Children’s Laureates, Eoin Colfer and P.J. Lynch.

Patrick has been desperate for a dog of his own for as long as he can remember, and this summer, with his father away, he longs for a canine friend more than ever. Meanwhile, in his short doggy life, Oz has suffered at the hands of bad people. Somewhere out there, he believes, is an awesome boy — his boy. And maybe, when they find each other, Oz will learn to bark again. Illustrated in light charcoal by two-time Kate Greenaway Medalist P.J. Lynch, this heartwarming story by Eoin Colfer, internationally best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, is certain to enchant.

This just sounds adorable! I am attempting to read more work by Irish authors this year, as I read a lot growing up in Ireland (most of O’Brien Publishers back catalogue) but have ti seek it out more now that I live in England. This combo of Eoin Colfer and P.J. Lynch is bound to be great!

The Boy Who Flew With Dragons by Andy Shepherd

Tomas can’t imagine life without his little dragon Flicker. He’s become more than a pet – he’s a friend like no other. And growing dragons on the dragonfruit tree in the garden with his friends Ted, Kat and Kai is the most amazing thing ever. But Tomas has promised Grandad something – that he and his friends will let their dragons go back to where they belong. The only problem is – that isn’t such an easy thing to do. Not when they are still having so much fun with dragons Flicker, Sunny, Crystal and Dodger. Not when they still have to work out where the dragons’ home is, and how to get the dragons to leave. And not when Tomas is so close to uncovering the true story of the mysterious dragonfruit tree …

I have read the first two books in this trilogy and loved them – can’t wait to find out what will happen next!

What did you think of my choices this week?

Did you spot any you might read?


Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

See my previous library loots here:

Mysteries, Paris and Hope

Feminism, Folklore and Body Positivity

Gymnastics, Mermaids and Achieving Your Dreams

Birds, Cages and Secrets

Dragons, Magic and Fairytales

Sequels and Secrets

Outer Space, Winter and Magic

Witches and War

Fantasy, Intrigue and Misunderstandings

Magic, Romance, More Magic

UK YA Bests

Aliens, Fences and Fairies

What do you think of the books I have chosen?

Would you like to read any of them?

Or are there any you would recommend me moving straight to the top of the TBR list?

Do you have a library near you?

How often do you borrow books?

Do you ever buy books after having already read them?

Find me on Twitter , Goodreads or Instagram

Thanks for reading!

12 Comments Add yours

  1. I picked up my reservation of Sing (Like No One’s Listening) this week 😊
    Will probably read We Are Blood and Thunder at some point from your haul 💜
    Amy x

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It sounds really good – from the summary alone it’s probably the one I’m most excited about! One of the librarians commented that I am a very ‘active’ member of the library as I picked up my pile of reservations, lol.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I have had very similar comments from librarians and booksellers- never sure whether or not it’s a compliment but I choose to take it as one 😂


  2. (Kitty) Cat Strawberry - Meow! says:

    I’ve recently gotten hold of The Hand The Eye and The Heart. I haven’t read it yet but the cover is so gorgeous and I love the fact it’s based loosely on Mulan 😁. Would love to know what you think when you read it😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I love the story of Mulan and there are lots of other stories of warrior women in China too! I love the cover and am very excited to read it! I will let you know what I think and would love to hear what you think too!

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.