Library Loot: Hallowe’en Reads
My visit to the library was an epic fail this week as, despite the fact that I know I have reservations waiting, I forgot to bring my books to return and, having maxed out my card, was actually unable to pick these up today. The library is now closed until Tuesday, and I am really excited to get my hands on these books!
Doll Bones by Holly Black and Eliza Wheeler
Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice.
But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity . . .
This sounds like a suitable creepy read for Hallowe’en and I have really enjoyed pretty much anything I have read written by Holly Black so this definitely is one that I should probably have picked up by now!
The Velvet Fox by Catherine Fisher
After rescuing Tomas from enchantment, orphan Seren Rhys is enjoying her first summer at Plas-y-Fran. But as autumn arrives, it brings with it a mysterious new governess who seems intent on drawing Tomas away from Seren and his family.
Dangerous figures from a bewitched toy carousel stalk the house, and fearing the worst, Seren calls on her old friend, the clockwork crow, to help her.
I adored The Clockwork Crow and was very hopeful that it would be the first book in a series, so I was delighted to see The Velvet Fox. I will, of course, be buying my own copy but borrowing books also supports authors and shows the importance of library services, so I often borrow books I love multiple times or borrow books that I know I will also buy!
Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti
This all happened a long time ago, in your grandmother’s time, or in her grandfather’s. A long time ago. Back then, we all lives on the edge of the great forest.
Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattoti both remember the horror and fascination with which they read the Grimm Brothers’ “Hansel and Gretel.” The writer and the artist now join forces for a brilliant reimagining of one of humanity’s most enduring tales. Be brave, be bold, and keep your wits about you–Gaiman and Mattoti are welcoming you into the woods.
I really enjoyed The Sleeper and the Spindle and I am a fan of Neil Gaiman’s dark sense of humour and his imagination is taking familiar stories and turning them on their heads. This seems like a suitable spooky read for the season!
Thornhill by Pam Smy
Parallel plotlines, one told in text and one in art, inform each other as a young girl unravels the mystery of a ghost next door.
Mary is an orphan at the Thornhill Institute for Children at the very moment that it’s closing down for good. But when a bully goes too far, Mary’s revenge will have a lasting effect on the bully, on Mary, and on Thornhill itself.
Years later, Ella moves to a new town where she has a perfect view of the dilapidated, abandoned Thornhill Institute. Determined to befriend the mysterious, evasive girl she sees there, Ella resolves to unravel Thornhill’s history and uncover its secrets.
Ella’s story is told through striking, bold art; Mary’s is told through diary entries. Each informs the other until the two eventually intersect to reveal the truth behind Thornhill’s shadowy past, once and for all. Strikingly told and masterfully illustrated, Pam Smy bends genres and expectations alike.
This is a book that I have been meaning to pick up for ages as I have heard lots of great things about it – finally I am planning to read it near Hallowe’en which seems appropriate for a ghost story!
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.
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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?
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How often do you borrow books?
Do you ever buy books after having already read them? (I do, all the time!)
Thanks for reading!