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Michael Grant – Gone

I went looking for the book trailer for Michael Grant’s new book Light but it’s not there yet so I thought I’d put up this little clip about Gone as a teaser.

Black Spring

This was sent to me by the publisher as a review copy.9781921977480By: Alison Croggon

Red House isn’t a bad place to live but it is a tainted one. Lina is a child with royal blood in her veins, blood that has saved her from having a very shortened life, for Lina is a witch. She can be endearing but is incredibly wilful. She grows up privileged, spoilt. her childhood companion Damek is as devoted to her as she is to him. Life is on the brink of change though, for the village is about to get swept into a Vendetta. Tragedy will strike close to home and things will never be the same.

Croggon has bought us a world that sweeps you up into it’s tragic tones. Lina isn’t a pleasant character, she has very harsh edges and her selfishness comes through in nearly everything she does, especially the way she treats other people. Damek is dark, driven and ultimately quite a despicable man,

The story is told through the eyes of Anna – a woman who grew up with Lina as a servant and friend when they were young. This tempers the view we get of Lina with Anna’s compassion, something that makes the story interesting and the characters of Lina and Damek more palatable.

A darkly engaging story. Well worth a read if you like to sink into something with a bit of a gothic feel to it.

Publisher: Walker Books Australia

Published: 01 October 2012

Format: Paperback

Categories: Gothic

ISBN 13: 9781921977480

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page.


Sea Hearts

By: Margo Lanagan

Rollrock Island is a very isolated community. Miskaella knows she is different, she has a strange connection to the ocean, especially to the seals that come up on the shore. As she grows in her isolation she discovers she’s a sea-witch with the power to draw a girl out of the heart of the seal. Once discovered it becomes known that any man might buy himself a sea-wife – for a price. The true price is far more costly than any man can guess. Over the generations Rollrock Island becomes more insular and darkly strange due to its not quite secret, secret.

This is a devastating tale of the harm hurtful words and attitudes can cause, especially when a little power is added to the mix. It is a darkly woven story of weakness, choices and the rippling effect they have. It is told from different perspectives, across several generations. A complex story that unfolds; from the secret beginnings to its sweeping, dark consequences, full circle to a glimmer of redemption as one person’s hurt turns to revenge and through to a breaking of the dark chain. If you like something a little twisted and dark, that prods at the hidden parts of people, then Margo Lanagan is an author you should sample.

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Published: 01 February 2012

Format: Paperback 360 pages

Categories: Fiction, Fantasy, Magic

ISBN 13: 9781742375052

Purchase: here or use link to Booktopia on side of page

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