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Review: Darkness Hidden by Zoe Marriott

Initial reaction:

Can’t wait for book 3. This instalment of Mio’s quest is pacy, tense and heartbreaking by turns. One of my favourite things about this brilliant novel is that it progresses Mio’s big story but also absolutely wraps up its own story. I loved seeing more of the Kitsune, and learning more of Mio’s family’s story, in amongst all the danger and action.

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If you haven’t read the first in the series, don’t read on here – it’ll only spoil it. Instead, have a look at my review for The Night Itself.

This series is fantastic in every darkness hiddensense. It’s a kick-ass urban fantasy with plenty of pace and action, combined with emotional depth and satisfying character development. As much as I felt Zoe Marriott had put me through the wringer in the first book in The Night Itself, she outdid herself here.

Mio’s development as a hero figure and her relationships with those around her are stretched and tested in this novel. I loved Jack especially in the first book, and also Shinobu (of course!), so I was keen to see how things could play out next. I could never have predicted what would happen, but it was absolutely perfect, if heart-wrenching.

One of the book’s strengths is in how it works as book 2 of a trilogy. There’s always the possibility for book 2 to be either a bit limp or to not conclude  – no such problems here. The action and pace are strong, there is clear character development and the main plot threads introduced in this instalment are concluded. Yes, there is an ending that leaves you desperate for the next book, but not because it’s unsatisfying or unfinished. I also really appreciated the “story so far” summary provided at the front of the book, to refresh our memories of book 1 – very useful when the action of book 2 follows on almost immediately. I’d love to see this more often (publishers, take note!)

Overall, I’m strongly recommending this sequel and am waiting for announcements on book 3. Thank you Walker for allowing me a review copy.

Darkness Hidden is out now from Walker. More info from Goodreads here.

Review: Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

Initial reaction:

Fab combo of Agatha Christie and the best boarding school tales. Tuck, midnight feasts and murder – what more could you want! Great for its intended 9-12 audience and for those of us a little older too. I was certain I knew who it was for most of the story and was wrong – always a good sign!

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murder most unladylikeThis really is a delight and I’m looking forward to the second in the series, Arsenic for Tea. Set in the 1930s in Deepdean Academy, it beautifully captures everything that’s magical about boarding school tales, while also cleverly including all the key ingredients of a cosy mystery with the flavour of Agatha Christie. If Blyton and Christie had collaborated on a book, this – or something very like it – would be the result. It fulfils both genres and is a gorgeous reading experience.

Little Flame (my 10 year old daughter) and I both read and enjoyed this one. Aside from the book’s obvious charms, I also particularly appreciated the subtlety of its representations, using the character of Hazel Wong to introduce the experience of an Asian immigrant (as she goes about her Dr Watson-like business of documenting the case). I also, of course, enjoyed the mystery itself and the warm familiarity of many elements from the school story genre. This is a comfort read if ever I encountered one.

One of the book’s strengths is its characterisation – not only Daisy and Hazel, but the secondary characters are clearly delineated and carefully crafted. Little Flame was especially fond of the French mistress and the school nurse. It’s also a joy to see how Daisy and Hazel’s relationship develops and is tested by their detective work. Firm friends with quite different personalities, it’s refreshing and realistic to see them debate and at times argue.

As with all school stories, one of the things readers will love is the food. Who hasn’t read a boarding school story and wanted their very own tuck box? This series’ addition to the genre is the concept of bunbreak, which has certainly caused plenty of excitement on Twitter.

Overall, this book is highly recommended, both for its 9-12 target audience, and for older readers (much older readers who enjoyed boarding school stories in their youth very much included!).

Murder Most Unladylike is out now from Random House Children’s. Arsenic for Tea will follow in Jan 2015 (check out an opening extract on Robin Steven’s website!). My grateful thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy via NetGalley.

Review:Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

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My initial comments on closing the book:

heir of fireBrilliant continuation of Celaena’s story, plus some fantastic new characters. Loved it! If you liked the first two, it’s definitely worth grabbing this one too.

Warning: it’s another shocker of an ending, not that it’s half a story or anything: threads are tied, but more are shaken loose in the process. Book 4 should be amazing!

After Crown of Midnight, I couldn’t wait to see what Celaena would do and face next. If, like me, you thought that Sarah Maas couldn’t possibly torment her further, you’d better brace yourself for this one. And if you’re a YA high fantasy fan who hasn’t yet dived into this series, this is a mistake that you must correct.

Part of the joy of a great fantasy series is the gradual discovery of the world, so carefully and lovingly constructed by the author. This series delivers that pleasure in spades as we follow Celaena and other characters positioned around the world and learn about their histories and experiences, and their struggles in the book’s timeframe. The series as a whole so far has shown considerable richness and complexity together with deft writing that keeps all the plot threads, locations and characters under tight control.

There are a few new characters in this instalment, each of which adds to the developing story of the Adarlan King’s cruel empire. I dare you to read this without Rowan or Manon getting under your skin. Sarah Maas’ characterisation is as much a strength as her world building: no flat stereotypes populate her lands.

Overall, this is a must-read if you’ve read the others in the series. And if you haven’t and you have any interest in well-crafted high fantasy: get started now with Throne of Glass, but don’t read the blurb below.

Goodreads summary:

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend; as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy. 

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

Heir of Fire is published by Bloomsbury on Sept 2nd. My grateful thanks to the publisher for granting me access to an e-proof via NetGalley.

Review: Cracked by Eliza Crewe

Cracked-144dpiMeet Meda. She eats people.

Well, technically, she eats their soul. But she totally promises to only go for people who deserve it. She’s special. It’s not her fault she enjoys it. She can’t help being a bad guy. Besides, what else can she do? Her mother was killed and it’s not like there are any other “soul-eaters” around to show her how to be different. That is, until the three men in suits show up.

They can do what she can do. They’re like her. Meda might finally have a chance to figure out what she is. The problem? They kind of want to kill her. Before they get the chance Meda is rescued by crusaders, members of an elite group dedicated to wiping out Meda’s kind. This is her chance! Play along with the “good guys” and she’ll finally figure out what, exactly, her ‘kind’ is.

Be careful what you wish for. Playing capture the flag with her mortal enemies, babysitting a teenage boy with a hero complex, and trying to keep one step ahead of a too-clever girl are bad enough. But the Hunger is gaining on her.

The more she learns, the worse it gets. And when Meda uncovers a shocking secret about her mother, her past, and her destiny… she may finally give into it.

(Text from publisher’s website)

Cracked review aagLike the sound of that blurb? I did and I was not disappointed. This book is for you if you like your urban fantasy sassy and somewhat dark.  I whipped through this novel, alternately gasping in shock and laughing out loud at Meda’s observations on the journey of discovery she finds herself on. Meda is a fabulous creation: definitely no ‘cleaner than clean’ hero protagonist, she is complicated, intriguing and more than a little scary, although she does of course have morals about whose soul she will eat.

There is some gory description in the book, so it’s not for the very young or faint-hearted, but I wouldn’t classify it as a horror as it isn’t written to scare. Being presented from Meda’s often rather inhuman point of view results in some original descriptions and commentary on events, as well as allowing us close access to her thoughts and feelings as she spends time with the crusaders to try to learn more about her kind.

The awkward situation of Meda’s infiltration of the very group who will happily wipe out her kind is exploited brilliantly – both for dramatic/emotional tension and for laughs. For all its mayhem and action, this is a very funny book and I would readily recommend it to fans of smart-talking urban fantasy. I’m sticking to the UF description as, although some of it does take place in an alternative society, it’s definitely a contemporary setting in our world (rather than a completely invented world or the eternal medieval society of some high fantasy).

Episode two in the series, Crushed, will be out in August. I’m keen to read it and see what Meda will do next.

Thanks to Strange Chemistry for providing a review copy via Netgalley.

Little Flame Review: Opal Moonbaby Forever by Maudie Smith

Today I am introducing a new feature here at the hearthfire: Little Flame Reviews. These are written by my youngest daughter, currently aged 10. Today she is reviewing the final instalment in a series that we have both loved: Maudie Smith’s Opal Moonbaby series.

opal moonbaby foreverMartha’s best friend is an alien. Opal Moonbaby can move things with her eyes, make popcorn fountains, and travel all over the world in her very own spaceship. Martha can’t imagine life without her.

But Opal’s time on Earth is almost at an end. They have one final summer together. So why is Opal acting so strangely all of a sudden?

A madcap story of friendship, fun – and aliens! If you love Jacqueline Wilson, Cathy Cassidy or Liz Kessler, you’ll love reading about Opal Moonbaby.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought it was very little flame review logounexpected what happened and I could read it again and again and yet still never get bored. I thought it was well written and had a beautiful ending. I loved the twist at the end! I would most DEFINITELY recommend this anyone, any age as although it is aimed at children, it can be enjoyed by many different ages too!

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I agree wholeheartedly with Little Flame here. This book concludes the series beautifully and I would strongly recommend it to any child of 8+. I love the gentle way it incorporates Martha’s worries about her mother’s new relationship – a well-tackled common challenge for children – as well as developing Opal and Martha’s relationship. Finally, I was happy to see Garnet (Opal’s pet mingle) playing a bigger role in this book than the last one. We’re massive Garnet fans in this house!

If you haven’t read the earlier Opal Moonbaby books and we’ve piqued your interest, we’d really recommend going back to the first in the series, Opal Moonbaby. Here‘s my review and the publisher’s page is here.

You may have noticed that above I’m also introducing another new feature: a review at-a-glance. I’ve become a bit stale in blogging lately so I thought I’d try something different.

Opal Moonbaby Forever is out now from Orion Children’s Books. We are grateful to the publisher for providing us with a review copy.

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Review: Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton

witch finderRichly evoked historical fantasy with adventure and romance. A treat of a read.

Having enjoyed Ruth Warburton’s first series, the Winter trilogy (A Witch in Winter, A Witch in Love and A Witch Alone), I was excited to read this. Like that series, this novel revolves around witches, but where the first was set in the contemporary UK, this novel reaches back into the past and is set in nineteenth century London. I was delighted to find that organisations from the Winter series are also part of the universe for this story. Having said that, if you haven’t yet read the Winter novels, this would not be a problem as everything is perfectly clear (and of course, chronologically this series comes first!) Yes, I did say series – there will be more to come, much to my delight.

I loved Luke the blacksmith (and Malleus Maleficarum initiate) from the very beginning. Young, determined and eager to please, he has our sympathy easily. His world is dark and the people around him lead difficult lives. Ruth Warburton conjures up the Victorian world in crisp and grimy detail. Although firmly in the fantasy genre thanks to its witches, this is a gem of a historical novel which fully immerses you in a realistic setting. At the same time, Rosa Greenwood, the young witch who is Luke’s first challenge, rapidly gained my sympathy. I also enjoyed the contrast between Luke’s Spitalfields world of poverty and dirt and Rosa’s life in finer society. As I’m sure you can see, the novel has plenty of tension focused around the central conflict.

Overall, I enjoyed the book for its development of Luke and Rosa’s characters and their relationships  -which is clearly the primary focus of the novel. I also found a lot of pleasure in the way Ruth Warburton expands and refers to the universe created in the Winter trilogy. I would absolutely recommend this novel to readers of fantasy, witchcraft and historical novels.

From the Book Description:

London. 1880. In the slums of Spitalfields apprentice blacksmith Luke is facing initiation into the Malleus Maleficorum, the fearsome brotherhood dedicated to hunting and killing witches.

Luke’s final test is to pick a name at random from the Book of Witches, a name he must track down and kill within a month, or face death himself. Luke knows that tonight will change his life forever. But when he picks out sixteen-year-old Rosa Greenwood, Luke has no idea that his task will be harder than he could ever imagine.

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Out now from Hodder Children’s Books – see their website for more information. My grateful thanks for allowing me a review copy via NetGalley.

Review: All is Fair by Emma Newman (Split Worlds 3)

17190382This series just keeps getting better and better. It’s easily my current favourite series. Emma Newman’s world building is superb; it’s simultaneously simple to imagine yourself in the world she has created and excruciatingly difficult to explain it to someone who hasn’t yet had the pleasure.

If you are one of those yet to discover the Split Worlds, please get yourself a copy of Between Two Thorns, the first in the series (my review here), and prepare for full immersion.

I don’t want to talk about plot too much – spoilers are the cardinal sin of blogging, and it’s too hard to avoid spoiling earlier titles in a series when reviewing mid-series books. What I will say is that the plotting is tight and intricate. We retain the central story of Cathy and her struggle against the Victorian values of Society in this instalment, as well as various brilliant sub plots from the first two titles, along with some newly-added threads. The plot as a whole is like a spiral, getting tighter as we approach the core. I can’t wait to see where this will all end up!

The real strengths of this series, however, lie in the setting (think I may have mentioned amazing world building already…) and characters. Cathy is one of those protagonists I’d love to meet and would expect to get along with, and I am loving Will more as the series goes on. Max and the gargoyle are one of fantasy’s greatest comedy pairings, and yet have genuine depth as individuals. And now I feel bad for not mentioning the hapless Sam, whose chance involvement with the fae world is clearly heading for its own interesting (and please not too catastrophic) conclusion. This is not a fantasy world populated with cookie-cutter archetypes and tropes; rather, Emma Newman clearly enjoys playing with and twisting those familiar figures and ideas, giving them greater depth and believability.

This is a truly fabulous series and I find myself at once desperate for the next instalment and wishing the series never to end (although the weekly stories by email certainly helps!). If you like fantasy, especially combined with smart humour and urban modernity, you need this series.

Book Description (do not read if you haven’t read the first two books in the series!)

In love and war nothing is safe.

William Iris struggles to keep the throne of Londinium whilst hated by his own court and beset by outsiders, while Cathy discovers the legacy of her former governess. But those who dare to speak out about Society are always silenced. Sometimes for good.

While trying to avoid further torments from the mercurial fae, Sam finds himself getting tangled in the affairs of the Elemental Court. But an unexpected offer from the powerful and enigmatic Lord Iron turns out to be far more than Sam bargained for.

Max and the gargoyle are getting closer to uncovering who is behind the murder of the Bath Chapter and the corruption in London and Max finds the gargoyle’s controversial ideas harder to ignore. Can he stay true to his sworn duty without being destroyed by his own master, whose insanity threatens to unravel them all?

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Out now from Angry Robot books

My grateful thanks to the publisher for allowing me a review copy via NetGalley. Please note this provision does not influence my reviews – I only review a book if I’ve enjoyed it.

Blog Tour: Student Bodies by Sean Cummings – I’m All About the Ass-Kicking (plus GIVEAWAY!)

I’m really excited to have Sean Cummings here at the Hearthfire today, having loved both Poltergeeks and Student Bodies (links to my reviews).

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I’m All About The Ass-Kicking

My thanks to Beth Kemp for inviting me to do a guest posting today.

I write urban fantasy – it’s kind of my passion because there’s something liberating about the entire genre. Yes, there are similar kinds of characters with similar kinds of story arcs, but what I really love more than anything is the serious ass-kicking that goes on.

Because slamming evildoers is really something we all might like to do deep down inside. So I tend to live vicariously through the heroes and heroines in books by Jim Butcher, Simon R. Green, Nancy Holzner … I could list all the UF titles I’ve read and probably pick out the best ass-kicking scenes in each one. So when I set about to write a young adult urban fantasy, I really wanted to create a character who epitomizes the kinds of qualities that I’ve found in protagonists by my favorite authors. I also wanted to write a book that was starkly different from what’s currently on the YA shelves at your local bookseller.

In POLTERGEEKS, teen witch Julie Richardson has something to prove to her mother. She’s cocky, snarky, independent and utterly fearless. Unfortunately for her, Mom winds up on the receiving end of a dark spell that rips her soul out of her body and leaves her in a coma. Voila! A hero’s journey. And what kind of hero would you be if you didn’t have a “chosen one” aspect to your life. Julie isn’t really chosen in the sense that she’s messianic – but she does have a magical heritage and part of her journey is to discover what it all means.

In STUDENT BODIES, I’ve really ramped up the tension and raised the stakes. Julie now knows what her place in the world is supposed to be and there’s a threat to every person at her school. She must also balance our the normal teenage mother-daughter conflict in a way that doesn’t make her come off sounding like she’s a petulant teen. Because Julie, like it or not, needs her mother. Mom is her anchor and in this second book, she still has a lot to prove. Her mother also has to begin to let her daughter figure things out for herself – Mom’s challenge is every parent’s challenge: letting go.

Did I mention there’s a lot of ass-kicking going on in book two? Because, you know, there is. We’ve got new friendships – Twyla Standingready, an aboriginal magic slinger in her own right. If Julie’s going to solve the threat to everyone at her school, she’s going to need allies because the danger is very real, very dark and it gets very big very fast.

Marcus is still there, but even he’s not safe. Julie has to deal with the fact that her newfound role places her boyfriend in danger. She’s learning that even with her great power, she can’t always protect those who are closest to her, no matter how much she tries.

STUDENT BODIES is a dark, book. Where POLTERGEEKS was light, fluffy and thrilling, STUDENT BODIES deals with some very dark themes that make all the characters much more believable. There’s a ton of magic being thrown around throughout the book and an ending that I promise you simply won’t see coming.

Well, there you go. An ass-kicking teen witch, a threat to basically everyone at her school and the clock is ticking. Do get a kick out of STUDENT BODIES, won’t you?

About the Author:

Sean Cummings is a fantasy author with a penchant for writing quirky, humorous and dark novels featuring characters that are larger than life. His debut was the gritty urban fantasy SHADE FRIGHT published in 2010. He followed up later in the year with the sequel FUNERAL PALLOR. His urban fantasy/superhero thriller UNSEEN WORLD was published in 2011.

2012 saw the publication of Sean’s first urban fantasy for young adults. POLTERGEEKS is a rollicking story about teen witch Julie Richards, her dorky boyfriend and race against time to save her mother’s life. The first sequel, STUDENT BODIES is due for publication in September 2013.

Sean Cummings lives in Saskatoon Canada.
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About the Book:

Student Bodies (Poltergeeks #2)

Release Date: 5 September 2013

Summary from Goodreads:

Whoever said being a teenage witch would be easy? For fifteen-year-old Julie Richardson and the city’s resident protector from supernatural evil, the Left Hand Path doesn’t give a damn if you’ve found true love for the first time in your life. There’s someone lurking the halls of Crescent Ridge High School with enough malice to unleash an epidemic of Soul Worms – supernatural larvae that feed on the very fabric of a victim’s humanity.

After witnessing the death of one of the most popular kids at school, Julie and über genius boyfriend Marcus are in a race against time to find out who is behind the attacks. All the evidence points to a horrifying plot at the City Weir during the Winter Solstice; the place where icy waters of the Bow River and a thunderous spillway will mean the deaths of more than a hundred of Julie’s classmates.

If she has any hope of saving their lives, she’ll need a little help from a coven of white witches and an Aboriginal mage whose snarky attitude is matched only by her magical prowess.

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STUDENT BODIES GIVEAWAY:
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1 Signed Copy of STUDENT BODIES
1 Signed Copy of POLTERGEEKS
1 Signed Copy of FUNERAL PALLOR
1 Signed Copy of SHADE FRIGHT
1 Amazon Kindle
CANADA/US Prize Pack:
1 Signed Copy of STUDENT BODIES
1 Signed Copy of POLTERGEEKS
1 Signed Copy of FUNERAL PALLOR
1 Signed Copy of SHADE FRIGHT
1 Amazon Kindle

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Review: Vortex by Julie Cross

Second in the YA Time Travel Thriller Series

If you haven’t read Tempest, the first in this fab series, I’d suggest you go and read my review of that instead of carrying on here. This review will have spoilers for the first in the series (but not for this title).

This second instalment really ups the pace, with Jackson now working as an agent. He faces considerable challenges since he has to keep his time travelling abilities secret, so all the others assume he’s a spoilt kid who hasn’t earned his place in the unit. Jenni Stewart’s presence in the team, along with her memories of babysitting him but without her 2007 memories of working with him, doesn’t help his acceptance into the group at all.

I know that some readers – especially those who saw Tempest as primarily a romance – have found this instalment too big a departure from the first novel. Having enjoyed Tempest as a time travel thriller with romance driving the emotional heart of the plot, I enjoyed this second novel greatly. It focuses considerably more than the first on the time travel and attendant conspiracies, and it rattles along at a breathtaking speed, earning it the ‘thriller’ label even more than book one. Jackson’s love for Holly still affects him deeply, even while her knowledge of him doesn’t include their relationship, and the fact that she crops up in his life again shows that there is clearly some ‘destiny’ or ‘fate’ angle that I expect will be wrapped up somehow in the third book. It’s hard to see how, though, with Vortex closing in such an unexpected way (on which subject, no more will be said except I’m in awe of the ending: the characters are set up nicely for book three, and yet it didn’t feel like one of those cliffhanger endings where you feel cheated).

Overall, I really enjoyed this. It is different in emphasis to the first novel, but I felt this was positive and developed the overall story well. I still love Jackson and think that Julie Cross is very cruel to him, and I also enjoyed some of the new characters in this novel. Kendrick, for example, is a brilliantly complex and sympathetic character. I ached for her desperate attempts to keep a part of her life ‘normal’ even while being a secret agent investigating time travel.

My final verdict, then, is that this is a great read, with plenty of excitement, suspense and time travel complexity. I will definitely be looking to read the next part as soon as it’s available.

The blurb says:

TODAY

Jackson has lost Holly forever

TOMORROW 

She walks back into his life

YESTERDAY

Jackson must choose between saving her … or the entire world

The eye of the storm is a deadly place to be…

Jackson Meyer has completed his training to become an agent for Tempest, the shadowy division of the CIA that handles all time-travel-related threats. As a time-traveller himself he’s on his way to becoming the best of the best. However, everything changes when Holly – the girl he altered history to save – re-enters his life, and Jackson must make an impossible choice: erase the past or change the future?


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Published 3 January 2013 by Macmillan
Find more information at Goodreads
My grateful thanks to the publishers for sending a review copy

Review: Seconds Away by Harlan Coben

Gripping YA crime thriller from a master writer 

This is the second in Coben’s YA series focused on Mickey Bolitar, nephew of his main adult character, Myron Bolitar. The first in the series was the fabulous Shelter, and this follow-up is just as good. As always, since this is a review for a sequel, there may be spoilers for the first book in the series here – please look away if you haven’t read it yet!

The novel’s action picks up from where Shelter leaves off, and takes us deeper into the mystery and conspiracies that were beginning to be unpicked in the first novel. At the end of Shelter, Mickey received some startling news, which naturally he investigates in this instalment, along with other new mysteries that crop up. The shadowy figure of The Bat Lady still hovers and the truth about the Abeona Shelter is clearly going to be a long-running plot thread, which the teens do unravel a bit further here. At the centre of the plot is another death: this time Rachel, who helped to save Ashley in Shelter, is shot along with her mother.

A key strength of both books is the characterisation. I challenge you to read this and not be sucked in and rooting for Mickey, Ema and Spoon! Their determination to do the right thing, and their schemes to sneak around and investigate are endearing and brilliantly drawn. Ema remains delightfully intractable and yet both brave and dependable, while Spoon’s dorkiness knows no bounds. Mickey’s inability to ignore injustice continues to drive the plot and inspire them all to plunge further and further into the murk that surrounds them.

Overall, this is a great read, which completes a new mystery and takes us further in the overarching mystery of the Abeona Shelter. I can’t wait to see what Mickey and co will uncover next!

The blurb says:

This action-packed second book in international bestseller Harlan Coben’s Mickey Bolitar young adult series follows Mickey as he continues to hunt for clues about the Abeona Shelter and the mysterious death of his father—all while trying to navigate the challenges of a new high school.

When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey and his loyal new friends—sharp-witted Ema and the adorkably charming Spoon—find themselves at the center of a terrifying mystery involving the shooting of their classmate Rachel. Now, not only does Mickey need to keep himself and his friends safe from the Butcher of Lodz, but he needs to figure out who shot Rachel—no matter what it takes.

Mickey Bolitar is as quick-witted and clever as his uncle Myron, but with danger just seconds away, it is going to take all of his determination and help from his friends to protect the people he loves, even if he does not know who—or what—he is protecting them from.

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Published Nov 2012 by Indigo
Find out more at the publisher’s website
My grateful thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review