HAPPY NEW YEAR
ALL MY LOVE AND APPRECIATION MONROE
Sunday Afternoon Reads: I had just a tiny bit too much fun doing this SAR image for A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty (book one from The Colours of Madeliene series)...
This version is actually toned down from all the sparkle-larkles I had in the original! Didn't want to blind anybody..
In any case, this is one amazing Oz YA fantasy so far! I'm not sure exactly how to explain it... It has this 'The Magicians' by Lev Grossman kind of twist that's blowing me away; it's incredibly quirky, yet amazingly philosophical! There's all this unexpected depth hidden amongst all the humour, that has me hooked on every weirdly structured chapter. I haven't read a YA like this in a very long time.. I'm extremely excited to have all three books in the series here, so I may be mainlining them straight until I'm done!!
This is a tale of missing persons. Madeleine and her mother have run away from their former life, under mysterious circumstances, and settled in a rainy corner of Cambridge (in our world).
Elliot, on the other hand, is in search of his father, who disappeared on the night his uncle was found dead. The talk in the town of Bonfire (in the Kingdom of Cello) is that Elliot's dad may have killed his brother and run away with the Physics teacher. But Elliot refuses to believe it. And he is determined to find both his dad and the truth.
As Madeleine and Elliot move closer to unraveling their mysteries, they begin to exchange messages across worlds -- through an accidental gap that hasn't appeared in centuries. But even greater mysteries are unfolding on both sides of the gap: dangerous weather phenomena called "color storms;" a strange fascination with Isaac Newton; the myth of the "Butterfly Child," whose appearance could end the droughts of Cello; and some unexpected kisses...
I have yet to see kisses... I wonder who is kissing whom?!?
The first two in the series A Corner of White, and The Cracks in the Kingdom are out now, and A Tangle of Gold is out in March 2016.. (psst. stay tuned! I am doing a Q&A with Ms. Moriarty in late March!)
Sunday Afternoon Reads: No fancy image today due to cruddy health.. But! I was lucky to chose a book that has the most wonderful dedication, that's actually pretty relevant today!
It's from Oneiros by Markus Heitz, a celebrated German fantasy writer that I've been wanting to read for quite some time. This actually looks to be more on the thriller side of fantasy (maybe closer to horror?), so it'll be a nice change of pace!
In Leipzig an undertaker named Konstantin Korff harbours a cruel secret.
In Minsk an unscrupulous scientist performs questionable experiments.
And in Paris a plane that is about to take off crashes into an airport terminal with deadly consequences for its passengers.
An investigation into the accident begins immediately, but the results are puzzling: all occupants were dead before the plane hit the building. What the police do not know is that there was one survivor. But even as they blunder into the investigation, Konstantin Korff and the mysterious scientist are already on his trail, all three bound together by the same curse. A curse that makes them a danger to everyone around them.
Curses! A curse! Me wonders what it might be, and from what!?
It's out right now through Quercus books (means I think I got it from.. Hachette Australia!)
Have an awesome week guys! K.