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NEW BOOKS IN APRIL 2019 (12+)

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[New books in April for 0-55-8, 8-12]

We Are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo, published by Bloomsbury

A stunning and original YA fantasy from a fantastic new talent. Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Laini Taylor

In a sealed-off city, a young woman, Lena, is running for her life. She has been sentenced to death and her only way to survive is to trust those she has been brought up to fear – those with magic. 

On the other side of the locked gates is a masked lady, Constance, determined to find a way back in. Years ago she escaped before her own powers were discovered. But now she won’t hide who she is any longer. 

A powerful and terrifying storm cloud engulfs the city. But this is more than a thunderstorm. This is a spell, and the truth behind why it has been cast is more sinister than anyone can imagine … But what neither Lena and Constance realise is that the stormcloud binds them – without it, without each other, neither can get what they desire…

The Fall of Crazy House, by James Patterson & Gebrielle Charbonnet, published by Young Arrow

Sequel to New York Times bestseller Crazy House.

Twin sisters Becca and Cassie barely escaped the Crazy House alive. Now they’re trained, skilled fighters who fear nothing – not even the all-powerful United regime. Together, the sisters hold the key to defeating the despotic government and freeing the people of the former United States.

But to win this war, will the girls have to become the very thing they hate?

The Hand, The Eye & The Heart by Zoe Marriot, published by Walker Books

Zhilan was assigned female at birth. Despite a gift for illusions, they know they are destined to live out their life within the confines of the women’s quarter. But when civil war sets the empire aflame, Zhilan is determined save their disabled father from the battlefield. By taking his place. Surviving brutal army training as a boy – Zhi – is only the first challenge. In the glittering court of the Land of Dragons, love and betrayal are two sides of the same smile, and soon the fate of a nation rests on Zhi’s shoulders. But to win, they must decide where their heart truly belongs…

Read our Q&A with Zoe Marriot here

General Knowledge Genius!, published by DK

The brilliant quiz book for clever kids – answer the questions correctly on your favourite subjects to test if you’re a general knowledge genius.

For every topic, pages are packed with eye-popping pictures – but do you know what they show? To help you, “Test Yourself” panels list what you’re looking for. With three levels of difficulty, the challenge gets harder as you work your way from Starter, to Challenger, and finally the truly tricky Genius category. If you need it, there’s a fun fact with every picture to give a helpful clue.

With more than 60 topics, from across the encyclopedia, there’s something for everyone. Can you name the most famous rivers worldwide? Do you know your cranium from your clavicle, or do you need to bone up on the parts of the human skeleton? Are you a demon on dinosaurs, and able to spot the difference between an archaeopteryx and an allosaurus? Then what are you waiting for! Open the pages of General Knowledge Genius to find out what you know, and challenge yourself to learn even more.

Defy Me, by Tahereh Mafi, published by Egmont

The breath-taking and heart-pounding fifth instalment in the incredible New York Times and UK kindle bestselling SHATTER ME series.

She was never meant for you.
She was never meant for any of this.
That girl was sentenced to death the moment I named her Juliette.

Juliette Ferrars isn’t who she thinks she is.

Nothing in her world is what it seemed. She thought she’d defeated The Reestablishment. She thought she’d finally taken control of her life, her power, her pain. But a lifetime of lies unravelling before her has changed all that. 

Stronger, braver, and more resilient than ever, Juliette must fight for life and love. But first she has to survive the war being raged against her mind.

She has to remember who she was.

Sing Like No One’s Listening by Vanessa Jones, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

Since her mother died, Nettie Delaney hasn’t been able to sing a note. This wouldn’t be a problem if she wasn’t now attending Dukes, the most prestigious performing arts college in the country, with her superstar mother’s shadow hanging over her. Nettie has her work cut out for her and everyone is watching.

But one night, in an empty studio after college, Nettie finds herself suddenly singing, as someone behind the curtain accompanies her on the piano. Maybe all is not lost for Nettie. Maybe she can find her voice again and survive her first year at Dukes. But can she do it before she gets thrown out?

Sing Like No One’s Listening by Vanessa Jones is a novel about dreaming a dream, finding your voice, and not throwing away your shot!

The Red Scrolls of Magic, by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu, published by Simon & Schuster

All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.

Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been side-tracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.

Viper, by Bex Hogan, published by Hachette Children’s Group

Seventeen-year-old Marianne is fated to one day become the Viper, defender of the Twelve Isles.

But the reigning Viper stands in her way. Corrupt and merciless, he prowls the seas in his warship, killing with impunity, leaving only pain and suffering in his wake.

He’s the most dangerous man on the ocean… and he is Marianne’s father.

She was born to protect the islands. But can she fight for them if it means losing her family, her home, the boy she loves – and perhaps even her life?

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