Library Loot: Magic and Spookiness

Library Loot: Magic and Spookiness


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My visit to the library was a fleeting one this week, as I was rushing to get school for our annual fireworks display – it was incredible! I still find fireworks so exciting and magical, perhaps because they are quite heavily restricted where I’m from so the only chances we got to see them were in organised displays. I still managed to pick up a few books that I am very excited about reading though!

Here’s what I borrowed this week:


The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave


Gothic, intoxicating, feminist, darkly provoking and deeply romantic – this is the breathtakingly imagined untold story of the brides of Dracula, by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave in her much-anticipated YA debut.

They say the thirst of blood is like a madness – they must sate it. Even with their own kin.

On the eve of her divining, the day she’ll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community.

Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn’t understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts.

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

This sounds incredible so I am really looking forward to reading this, particularly with Hallowe’en creeping closer and the Autumnal weather now seeming here to stay.


Frostheart by Jamie Littler


Bursting with brilliant characters, heart-stopping adventure and tons of laughs, this magical tale is perfect for fans of Nevermoor, Frozen and How to Train Your Dragon!

Way out in the furthest part of the known world, a tiny stronghold exists all on its own, cut off from the rest of human-kin by monsters that lurk beneath the Snow Sea.

There, a little boy called Ash waits for the return of his parents, singing a forbidden lullaby to remind him of them… and doing his best to avoid his very, VERY grumpy yeti guardian, Tobu.

But life is about to get a whole lot more crazy-adventurous for Ash.

When a brave rescue attempt reveals he has amazing magical powers, he’s whisked aboard the Frostheart, a sleigh packed full of daring explorers who could use his help. But can they help him find his family . . . ?

This just sounds like all sorts of perfect! Adventure, grumpy yeti, monsters,magic and exploration. I can’t wait to read this!


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The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay

From acclaimed author and Costa winner Hilary McKay comes The Time of Green Magic: a beautiful, spell-binding novel about a new families, a magical old house and a mysterious cat . . .

When Tom and Polly marry, blending their single parent families together, their children find it hard to relinquish their old lives. Max realizes his birth dad will never come home now, while Abi suddenly finds herself a middle child, expected to share far too much – especially with grubby little Louis. The family start over together, stretching their finances to the limit and renting an eerie, ivy-covered house, big enough for all of them.

But when the children are alone there, strange things start to happen. Worried, Louis summons comfort from outdoors, and a startling guest arrives – is it a cat, or an owl, or something else? Abi reads alone, tumbling deep into books. Max loses his best friend and falls in love.

Meanwhile, Louis’ secret visitor is becoming much too real. And when Max and Abi too start to see the great spotted cat-thing that arrives in the night, it becomes a problem the three of them must find a way to solve – together. But where has the creature come from, and how will he get back?

I would read a shopping list if Hilary McKay wrote it (see my review of Straw into Gold here), but The Time of Green Magic sounds like exactly my cup of tea. I love magic in any form, as well as strange magical creatures and family bonds. Can’t wait to get stuck into this!


Grave Matter by Juno Dawson

Since the crash, since Eliza died, Samuel can’t find a way to go on. His need to see his love again is overwhelming, and so he ventures into the strange, terrifying world of Hoodoo. Samuel is about to make a pact with powers he cannot comprehend, let alone control…

I actually already read this, despite only having borrowed it yesterday! I wanted to read it because it seems like the perfect read for Hallowe’en and I had yet to read anything by Juno Dawson beyond a few short stories and the World Book Day novella so this seemed like a good place to start. It is genuinely creepy, with lots of delicate threads of story that let the reader imagine a much bigger story arc within which this one takes place. The ending was a little rushed but, overall, it was great.

 


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What did you think of my choices this week?

Did you spot any you might read?


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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

War, Hope and Storms

Clockwork, Curses and Fossils

Family, Dreams and Secret Agents

Magic, Memory and Climate Change

Independence, Love and Being Different

Society, Magic and Warriors

Dragons, Villains and Lost Property

Quests, Ghosts and Swimming

Invisible Women, Peer Pressure and Folklore

Mysterious Boys, Rain and Wellington Boots

Bravery, Love and Loneliness

Middle Grade Madness

Opposites, Worries and Families


What do you think of the books I have chosen?

Would you like to read any of them?

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? (I do, all the time!)


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Thanks for reading!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. I have the Time of Green Magic out too because a friend was raving about it, and I bought Frostheart in Waterstones since it was book of the month. Looking forward to reading both 😊
    Amy x

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  2. Deathless Girls is brilliant! I have Frostheart to read. And I must check out that Juno Dawson book

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  3. Been years since borrowed books but did a library tag last week that saw on a Little but a lot. Maybe when get through. Tbr shelf should look at library rather than buying. Library is less than 10mins away but not open in evenings.

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