Posts tagged ‘Caitlin Kittredge’

In My Mailbox (32)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren and inspired by Alea @ Pop Culture Junkie

I had some great books come through my mailbox this week – one of which was a nice surprise was sent through for review. Things have been a bit quiet around here lately – and I’m sorry about that! I’ve been reading loads but haven’t been feeling too inspired to finish any reviews. So now, of course, I’ve got loads of half written reviews to catch up on!

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February Releases

Here are some of the upcoming books I am particularly excited about! There are lots this month, so this will be a bit longer then usual!


The Boy on Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone


1st February 2012

A story about a wounded girl and the boy who won’t give up on her.

7th grader Louise should be the captain of her school’s gymnastics team – but she isn’t. She’s fun and cute and should have lots of friends – but she doesn’t. And there’s a dreamy boy who has a crush on her – but somehow they never connect. Louise has everything going for her – so what is it that’s holding her back?

Phoebe Stone tells the winning story of the spring when 7th grader Louise Terrace wakes up, finds the courage to confront the painful family secret she’s hiding from – and finally get the boy.

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Waiting on Wednesday (19)

The Nightmare Garden (Iron Codex 2) by Caitlin Krittredge

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine to spotlight any upcoming releases you are eagerly anticipating!

Long wait for this one unfortunately – its not out until February 14th next year, but I’m so excited about it. I was pretty blown away by the first book which definitely stood out among so many others when I read it. This is a rich and complex series and I just loved pretty much everything about it, the mood, the atmosphere, the characters (you can read my review here). I’m generally not a fairy kind of person, but I love the dark, sly creatures from in these. Bonus – this cover is just as lovely as the first book – I’ll definitely be pre-ordering the hardcover version.

‘Everything Aoife thought she knew about the world was a lie. There is no Necrovirus. And Aoife isn’t going to succomb to madness because of a latent strain—she will lose her faculties because she is allergic to iron. Aoife isn’t human. She is a changeling—half human and half from the land of Thorn. And time is running out for her.

When Aoife destroyed the Lovecraft engine she released the monsters from the Thorn Lands into the Iron Lands and now she must find a way to seal the gates and reverse the destruction she’s ravaged on the world that’s about to poison her.

What are you waiting on this week?

Top Ten Tuesdays (6)

Find out which Top Ten Sequels I’m dying to read!

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Book Review: The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge

The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge

‘In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft’s epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical—born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day.

Aoife Grayson’s family is unique, in the worst way—every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.’

The Iron Thorn was a really unusual novel in so many ways, and my first steampunk novel – a genre I think I could really come to love!

The whole novel has this really… gritty feel to it which I really liked – and a dark atmosphere with some truly terrifying creatures, not to mention more than a few creepy characters. Quite unlike any other YA novel I have read before, The Iron Thorn is a rich, complex story set in a world of iron and machinery where logic and reason rule and witchcraft and sorcery is deemed heretic. Then there is the Necrovirus… Read more

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