Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday Finds #41

Friday Finds is hosted by Should Be Reading. Each Friday, you share the great books you heard about or discovered over the past week: "books you were told about, books you discovered while browsing blogs/bookstores online, or books that you actually purchased."

Death and the Arrow: A Gripping Tale of Murder and Revenge
by Chris Priestley

Available as: hardcover, paperback, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 230
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date: May 13, 2003
Suggested tags: middle grade, historical fiction, mystery

First in the Tom Marlowe Adventures. From Goodreads:
"Fifteen-year-old Tom lives in the murky city of London where he helps his father run a print shop. Among the customers is wise old Dr. Harker, a retired physician and seafarer, whose patient demeanor and fascinating tales endear him to Tom. Both Tom and Harker become intrigued by a murder in the city where the victim is pierced by an arrow and left holding an illustrated card of "Death and the Arrow." The mystery deepens after more "Death and the Arrow" victims are discovered, and Tom cannot rest until he has uncovered the truth behind the murders. This atmospheric venture into the 18th-century will fascinate young adult readers."

Love in the Time of Global Warming
by Francesca Lia Block

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 240
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: August 27, 2013
Suggested tags: young adult, dystopia

From Goodreads:
"Seventeen-year-old Penelope (Pen) has lost everything—her home, her parents, and her ten-year-old brother. Like a female Odysseus in search of home, she navigates a dark world full of strange creatures, gathers companions and loses them, finds love and loses it, and faces her mortal enemy.

In her signature style, Francesca Lia Block has created a world that is beautiful in its destruction and as frightening as it is lovely. At the helm is Pen, a strong heroine who holds hope and love in her hands and refuses to be defeated.

More Than This
by Patrick Ness

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 480
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: September 10, 2013
Suggested tags: young adult, dystopia

From Goodreads:
"From two-time Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness comes an enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life — or perhaps afterlife — of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.

A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this. . . ."

Only Ever Always
by Penni Russon

Available as: hardcover, paperback, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 176
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication date: July 9, 2013
Suggested tags: young adult, fantasy

From Goodreads:
"Have you ever woken from a dream feeling it was more real than your world? Could there be someone exactly like you living another life? Claire lives in an ordinary world where everything is whole. But now she feels broken into pieces as her world is suddenly shattered with grief. The silvery notes of her music box help her escape from her pain into a dream world, into Clara's world. Clara's world has always been broken. Her fragmented life revolves around scavenging and swapping objects to survive. She is determined to face the sinister side of her cracked reality to save the only family she has ever known. But the cost may be more than she bargained for. Though Claire and Clara live in different worlds, their paths are set to collide when the people they love most are faced with death. But which world is the dream? Who is the dreamer? Penni Russon has written a spellbinding tale that stretches the imagination about what is possible."

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