In My Mailbox #34

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Another week of quality over quantity. Which is not a bad thing as it allowed me to catch up on some of my reading :-). Just some great books from the library this week. All synopsis’ via Goodreads:

Library:

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Vulpi (Thyla #2) by Kate Gordon

Synopsis: Cat Connolly is a Thyla now. She’s not sure where her life is heading, but she knows she doesn’t want to go back to the human world.

But all is not well among the shapeshifters. The treaty between the Thylas and the Sarcos is causing tension and the malevolent Diemens are still on the hunt.

Then into Cat’s life wanders someone who should be an enemy but acts like a friend – and everything changes again. She discovers more about shapeshifters and Diemens, about Tessa, and about her own heart.

Vulpi continues the story of Tasmania begun in Thyla. It is the story of how the shapeshifters were created, and a clue to what they might become. It is the story of what happened to Cat, and about the decisions we all must make as we learn how to be.

Comment: I reviewed the first book in this series Thyla last year and really enjoyed it so couldn’t help but grab this one at the library 🙂

Old Magic by Marianne Curley

Synopsis: Jarrod Thornton is mesmerising.

But Kate Warren doesn’t know why.

The moment the new guy walks into the room, Kate senses something strange and intense about him. Something supernatural. Her instincts are proven correct a few minutes later when, bullied by his classmates, Jarrod unknowingly conjures up a freak thunderstorm inside their classroom.

Jarrod doesn’t believe in the paranormal. When Kate tries to convince him that he has extraordinary powers that need to be harnessed, he only puts up with her “hocus pocus” notions because he finds her captivating. However, the dangerous, uncontrolled strengthening of his gift finally convinces Jarrod that he must take Kate’s theories seriously. Together, they embark on a remarkable journey — one which will unravel the mystery that has haunted Jarrod’s family for generations and pit the teens against immense forces in a battle to undo the past and reshape the future.

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Reckoning (Strange Angels #5) by Lili St. Crow
Defiance (Strange Angels #4) by Lili St. Crow
Black Heart (Curseworkers #3) by Holly Black

Comment: no synopses for the above, alas, as I have not yet read books 1-3 of Strange Angels series nor book 2 of the Curseworker series and did not want to inadvertently spoil myself. However if you click on the titles, they will take you each books’ Goodreads page.

So what was in your mailbox this week?

Review: Thyla by Kate Gordon

Title: Thyla
Author: Kate Gordon
Released: 1 April 2011
Source: Boomerang Books Critics Club
Reviewed by: Sapphired Dragon
Sapphired Dragon rating : ***** 

Synopsis via Goodreads  
My name is Tessa. I am strong. I am brave. I do not cry. These are the only things I know for certain. 

I was found in the bush, ragged as a wild thing. I have no memory – not even of how I got the long, striping slashes across my back. They make me frightened of what I might remember. 

The policewoman, Connolly, found me a place in a boarding school and told me about her daughter, Cat, who went missing in the bush. 

I think there is a connection between Cat, me, and the strange things going on at this school. If I can learn Cat’s story, I might discover my own – and stop it happening again.(less)

Review:

This novel’s mystery had me hooked from the first page. Actually I think I was hooked from the moment I read the back of the book and the acknowledgements at the beginning and the story did not disappoint. In fact I was so hooked that I finished this story in less than a day and after reading some during my lunch break, seriously thought about not going back to work and finishing the story there and then instead. 

I had some theories of what I thought it would be about but it became clear quite quickly that was way of the mark and that this was not a bad thing.  

Set in Tasmania in the present day, the author Kate Gordon weaves colonial history and the supernatural in to a tale that exquisitely balances giving the reader enough information to move the story along at a good pace whilst simultaneously keep turning the pages in an effort to find out who Tess is and how it ties with the rest of the story.   It has an uniquely Australian feel to it and Gordon uses legends of the area to make this more authentic. 

Written in the first person, I loved reading through the perspective of a girl who can remember her name, how to read and much of the history of her city but doesn’t remember things like cars, or television  or waffles. I felt her bewilderment as she struggled through situations where she just didn’t remember how she was supposed to act or what something was and felt her frustration as the things she knew just didn’t add up. 

I also loved the supernatural aspect of this tale. It starts off subtle and so surprises as you read more. I won’t say more than that as I think not knowing too much about the story really added to the enjoyment of it. 

Long story short, if you a a fan of a good Australian speculative  or YA story or even just a good speculative or YA  from any country, then I thoroughly recommend this novel. 

I have no hesitation giving this book 5 stars. 

Buy this book: Boomerang Books | The Book Depository

Sapphired Dragon xx