May and June TBR

Here’s a rundown of the books I’m hoping to read in May and June. I might not read them in the order I’ve put them though.

The 1,000 Year Old Boy by Ross Welford

There are stories about people who want to live forever.

This is not one of those stories.

This is a story about someone who wants to stop…

Alfie Monk is like any other nearly teenage boy – except he’s 1,000 years old and can remember the last Viking invasion of England.

Obviously no one believes him.

So when everything Alfie knows and loves is destroyed in a fire, and the modern world comes crashing in, Alfie embarks on a mission to find friendship, acceptance, and a different way to live…

…which means finding a way to make sure he will eventually die.

The Secret Deep by Lindsay Galvin

When Aster wakes alone on a tropical island, she has no idea what has happened, why she is there, or where to find her younger sister, Poppy. Meanwhile Sam, who once met the sisters on a plane, makes links between the mystery of their disappearance and suspicious happenings in his own life. In a stunning dual narrative, the truth unravels with devastating effect – and the answer lies in the secret underwater world surround the desert island, populated by the beautiful and the impossible.

The Boy Who Flew by Fleur Hitchcock

Athan Wilde dreams of flight. When his friend, Mr Chen, is murdered, Athan must rescue the flying machine they were building together and stop it falling into the wrong hands. But keeping the machine safe puts his family in terrible danger. What will Athan choose – flight or family?

Enchantee by Gita Trelease

Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries – and magician… When seventeen-year-old Camille is left orphaned, she has to provide for her frail sister and her violate brother. In desperation, she survives by using the petty magic she learnt from her mother. But when her brother disappears Camille decides to pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

Using dark magic Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and presents herself at the court of Versaille, where she soon finds herself swept up in a dizzying life of riches, finery and suitors. But Camille’s resentment of the rich is at odds with the allure of their glamour and excess, and she soon discovers that she’s not the only one leading a double life.

Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

A Teenage spy. A Nazi boarding school. The performance of a lifetime.

Sarah has played many roles – but now she faces her most challenging of all. Because there’s only one way for a Jewish orphan spy to survive at a school for the Nazi elite. And that’s to become a monster like them.

They think she is just a little girl. But she is the weapon they never saw coming…with a mission to destroy them all.

Classic Works from Women Writers (collection of stories by famous women) by Editors of Canterbury Classics

Women writers have been making their voices heard for centuries, but their works were not always taken seriously. Over time, as women gained more social and political freedom, these works have reemerged as subjects that are considered to be worth of closer study. Classic Works from Women Writers is a collection of more than thirty novels, short stories, poems, and essays by prominent and lesser-known female writers since the 17th century. Included in this volume are groundbreaking works such as Mary Shelly’s Frankenstien; Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles,the first Hercule Poirot novel; Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper”and her follow-up essay; and poetry from the likes of Christina Rossetti, Amy Lowell, and Sara Teasdale. The words of these authors offer a multitude of perspectives on different issues that affect not only women but the wider world as well.

The Midnight Gang by David Walliams

Welcome to the Midnight Gang! Midnight is the time when all children are fast asleep, except of course for…the Midnight Gang. That is when their adventures are just beginning.

When Tom gets hit on the head by a cricket ball, he finds himself a Lord Funt Hospital, and is greeted by a terrifying-looking porter. Things go from bad to worse when he meets the wicked matron in charge of the children’s ward…But Tom is about to embark on the most thrilling journey of a lifetime!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Solider. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Aline Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold – a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.

Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country’s magical military elite – and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believe Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.

As the threat to the Kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.

Welcome to Ravka…a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Alina Starkov’s power has grown, but not without a price. She is the Sun Summoner – hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Shadow Fold. But she and Mal can’t outrun their enemies for long.

The Darkling is more determined than ever to claim Alina’s magic and use it to take the Ravkan throne. With nowhere else to turn, Alina enlists the help of an infamous privateer and sets out to lead the Grisha army.

But as the truth of Alina’s destiny unfolds, she slips deeper into the Darkling’s deadly game of forbidden magic, and further away from her humanity. To save her country, Alina will have to choose between her power and the love she thought would always be her shelter. No victory can come without sacrifice – and only she can face the oncoming storm.

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. The nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

The Darkling rules from his shadow throne while a weakened Alina Starkov recovers from their battle under the dubious protections of the zealots who worship her as a saint. Now her hopes lie with the magic of a long-vanished ancient creature and the chance that an outlaw prince still survives.

As her allies and enemies race towards war, only Alina stands between her country and a rising tide of darkness that could destroy the world. To win this fight, she must seize a legend’s power – but claiming the firebird may be her ruin.

The Vinyl Detective – Written in Dead Wax

He is a record collector – a connoisseur of Vinyl, hunting out rare and elusive LPs. His business card describes him as the “Vinyl Detective” and some people take this more literally than others. Like the beautiful, mysterious woman who wants to pay him a large sum of money to find a priceless lost recording on behalf of an extremely wealthy, yet shadowy, client. So begins a painful and dangerous odyssey in search of the rarest jazz record of them all…

The Vinyl Detective – The Run-Out Groove

His first adventure consisted of a search for a rare record; his second the search for a lost child. Specifically the child of Valerian, lead singer of a great rock band of the 1960s, who hanged herself in mysterious circumstances after the boy’s abduction.

Along the way, the Vinyl Detective finds himself marked for death, at the wrong end of a shotgun, and unknowingly dosed with LSD as a prelude to being burned alive. And then there’s the grave robbing.

The Vinyl Detective – Victory Disc

When one of his cats accidentally discovers a rare Victory Disc, the Vinyl Detective and his girlfriend Nevada are whisked into the world of big band swing music, and a mystery that began during the Second World War.

Hired to track down the rest of the highly sought-after recordings of the Flare Path Orchestra, our hero will discover that the battles of the last world war aren’t over yet. And if all this sounds simple, it’s only because we haven’t mentioned drive-by shootings, murderous neo-Nazis, or that slight case of being buried alive…

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a constant, overwhelming Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets. Then Todd Hewitt unexpectedly stumbles on a spot of complete silence. Which is impossible. And now he’s going to have to run…

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd and Viola once again face their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately imprisoned and separated from Viola, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s new order. And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode…

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

Three armies march on New Prentisstown. The New World is at war. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape. How can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they’re so hopelessly outnumbered? And if war makes monsters of men, what terrible choices await?

Mrs Hudson and the Spirits’ Curse by Martin Davies

An evil stalks London. Stories of cursed rats and malign spirits haunt the garrets of Limehouse. A group of merchants are, one by one, dying – murdered. The elementary choice to investigate these deaths is, of course, Holmes and Dr Watson.

Yet instead of deduction, it will be the unique gifts of their housekeeper Mrs Hudson, and her orphaned assistant Flotsam, that will be needed to solve the case. Can she do it all under the nose of Sherlock himself?

From the coal fire at Baker Street to the smog of Whitechapel and the jungles of Sumatra, from snake bits in grand hotels to midnight carriage chases at the docks, it’s time for Mrs Hudson to step out of the shadows…

Mrs Hudson and the Malabar Rose by Martin Davies

As snow falls on Baker Street, the city is abuzz with excitement: the Malabar Rose – a fabled ruby – is to be displayed as a gift to Queen Victoria and the nation. But how can the safety of the priceless jewel be assured?

The authorities enlist Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, and fortunately they are helped by Holmes’ redoubtable housekeeper Mrs Hudson and her assistant Flotsam.

The Malabar Rose isn’t the only attraction sparking frenzy. Wold-famous magician, the Great Salmanazar, and the fire dancer Lola Del Fuego are putting on a spectacular.

With all goings on and a peculiar disappearence in Ealing, Mrs Hudson and Flottie will surely have their hands full.

Mrs Hudson and the Lazarus Testament by Martin Davies

A man is accidentally knocked down outside 221B Baker Street. His dying words are clear: he has seen a man rise from the grave.

A visitor arrives with a mystery of unparalleled international importance. The Viscount Wrexham is missing, presumed dead, in strange circumstances.

Rumours stir in the North of a dead man haunting the moors. Broomheath Hall is, apparently, beset by ghostly lights and spectres. Can arcane knowledge bring people back from the dead?

The redoubtable Mrs Hudson – Sherlock Holmes’ housekeeper and best-kept secret – and her assistant Flotsam are thrown into dark adventure full of gripping turns and murderous intrigue.

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