May looks like a very well stocked month for some great reads. Whilst I have already read, reviewed and mentioned some of the amazing books to be published in May already on my blog, this list is of some of the more tasty books that I have just not mentioned . . . . . . until now! Anyway, I'm really looking forward to reading these next month. Are there any from the list that are already tickling your fancy?
Kathy Reich - Virals - Published by Arrow - 12 May 2011
With the cold-case murder suddenly hot, Tory realises that they are involved in something fatally dangerous. And when they rescue a sick dog from a laboratory on the same island, it becomes evident that somehow the two events are linked.
On the run from forces they don’t understand, they have only each other to fall back on. Until they succumb to a mysterious infection that heightens their senses and hones their instincts to impossible levels. Their illness seems to have changed their very biology – and suddenly it’s clear that the island is home to something well beyond their comprehension. It’s a secret that has driven men to kill once. And will drive them to kill again…
Patrick Ness & Siobhan Dowd - A Monster Calls - Published by David Fickling - 5 May 2011
The monster showed up just after midnight.But it isn’t the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming... The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Costa Award winner Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final idea of much-loved Carnegie Medal winner Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel of coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults.
Sarah Prineas - The Magic Thief:Found - Published by Quercus Publishing - 26 May 2011
Sneaking out of prison isn't easy, unless you are a thief, or a wizard. Luckily, Conn is both! Trouble is, once he's out, where does he go? His home is a pile of rubble since he blew it up doing magic. His master, the wizard Nevery, is furious. With a new order of exile, this time with a death penalty, Conn has never been in such a tight fix.
But Wellmet is in danger from an evil predator coming to destroy the city. Now Conn must set off on a quest to find something that will help him fight back. After an explosive experiment, he follows the call of his magic stone to a distant land. When Conn is swept away in the mouth of a magnificent Dragon, he is to face a power unlike any other... but is he a match for it and can he save his city, and himself, in time?
Peadar Ó Guilín - The Deserter - Published by David Fickling - May 2011
The humans are weak and vulnerable. Soon the beasts that share their stone-age world will kill and eat them. To save his tribe, Stopmouth must make his way to the Roof, the mysterious hi-tech world above the surface.
But the Roof has its own problems. The nano technology that controls everything from the environment to the human body is collapsing. A virus has already destroyed the Upstairs, sending millions of refugees to seek shelter below. And now a rebellion against the Commission, organized by the fanatical Religious, is about to break.
Hunted by the Commission’s Elite Agents through the overcrowded, decaying city of the future, Stopmouth must succeed in a hunt of his own: to find the secret power hidden in the Roof’s computerized brain, and return to his people before it is too late.
Nigel Hinton - Ghost Game(Heroes) - Published by Heinemann - 27 May 2011
Danny and his Dad have barely begun unpacking their rented Victorian house when Danny feels the deathly chill of an evil presence. It's the last thing he needs after the recent deaths of his brother and mother. Increasingly terrified by freezing rooms, slamming doors and ghostly footprints in the carpet, Danny turns to the next door neighbour, a weird old woman who claims to have "The Sight". A haunting tale of terror unfolds as Danny must battle the malign forces in the house to free himself, and his family.