Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books: Children's/Young Adult Book Picks October 2018 - US Post Two

Brandon Mull - Wrath of the Dragon King (Dragonwatch) - Published by Shadow Mountain (October 23, 2018) - ISBN-13: 978-1629724867 - Hardback

Dragons have declared war on humanity

After a humiliating defeat at the hands of Kendra and Seth, Celebrant, King of Dragons, prepares to unleash his fury and take control of his native preserve. Two of the seven dragon sanctuaries have already fallen. Will Wyrmroost be next?

Armed with secret information from a new ally, Celebrant seeks a talisman that will guarantee victory in the war against the humans. With a cursed castle and traitorous creatures standing in the way, Kendra and Seth must attempt to foil Celebrant’s plan and beat him to his prize.

Will the two young caretakers rally enough support from the creatures of Wyrmroost to quell the uprising and protect the world from draconic dominion? One thing is certain—dragons are deadly foes, and one wrong move could bring swift defeat. It will take more than Kendra, Seth, and their current allies have ever given to endure the wrath of the Dragon King.

Cressida Cowell - The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic - Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 9, 2018) - ISBN-13: 978-0316508384 - Hardback 

This was once the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who had been taught since birth to hate each other like poison.

But now, the boy Wizard and girl Warrior have been brought together in the Badwoods and they have witnessed the shocking consequences of the Stone That Takes Away Magic. They will need to cast aside their differences once more--for an Evil Spell has broken free.

It's up to Xar and Wish to find the ingredients. But it means entering dangerous territory unannounced...

Cressida Cowell brings her trademark wit to this spellbinding sequel, along with the stunning artwork and heartfelt adventure that has made her beloved around the world, weaving a story that is sure to transport readers to a world that will enchant and bewitch them.

Ally Condie & Brendan Reichs - The Darkdeep - Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books (October 2, 2018) - ISBN-13: 978-1547600465 - Hardback 

Everyone in Timbers knows Still Cove is off-limits, with its creepy Beast sightings and equally terrifying legends. But when a bullying incident sends twelve-year-old Nico Holland over a cliff and into Still Cove's icy waters, friends Tyler and Emma--and even Opal Walsh, who usually runs with the popular kids--rush to his rescue . . . and discover a mysterious island hiding in the murky, swirling mists below. 
Though the island appears uninhabited, the kids can't shake a feeling that something about it is definitely not right. Their suspicions grow when they stumble upon an abandoned houseboat filled with all sorts of curiosities: odd-looking weapons, unnerving portraits, maps to unknown places, and a glass jar containing something completely unidentifiable. And in its lowest depths churns a dark, deep secret. 
As the group delves deeper into this mysterious new clubhouse, their lives begin to intertwine in weird and dangerous ways. For something ancient has awakened . . . and it can detect not only their wishes and dreams, but also their darkest, most terrible imaginings. Do they have what it takes to face the shadowy secrets lurking within their own hearts? 
Told from alternating points of view, this pulse-racing tale from bestselling duo Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs is the start of a high-stakes, thrilling series about friendship and believing in yourself--and each other.

Damien Love - Monstrous Devices - Published by Viking Books for Young Readers (October 16, 2018) - ISBN-13: 978-0451478580 - Hardback

On a winter’s day in a British town, twelve-year old Alex receives a package in the mail: an old tin robot from his grandfather. “This one is special,” says the enclosed note, and when strange events start occurring around him, Alex suspects this small toy is more than special; it might be deadly.
Right as things get out of hand, Alex’s grandfather arrives, pulling him away from an attack—and his otherwise humdrum world of friends, bullies, and homework—and into the macabre magic of an ancient family feud. Together, the duo flees across snowy Europe, unraveling the riddle of the little robot while trying to outwit relentless assassins of the human and mechanical kind.
With an ever-present admiration for the hidden mysteries of our world, Monstrous Devicesplunges readers into a gripping adventure that’s sure to surprise.

Michel Guyon (Author), Zina Kostich (Illustrator) - Archibald Finch and the Lost Witches: (Book 1, Illustrated) - Published by Line 8 (October 8, 2018) - ISBN-13: 978-1732569928 - Hardback


Who has never dreamt of being whisked away to a world of fantasy, ruled by magic, and populated by mythical creatures? Well... not Archibald Finch. Exploring his Grandma's manor, an adventure is not what he was looking for --only his Christmas present. Instead, it's a family secret he stumbles upon. Key to that mystery, an ancient terrestrial globe, populated by the most fantastic beasts. When he unlocks the storm trapped inside, Archibald is thrust into the unknown --a dark land where a battle started in the Middle Ages is still unfolding. Beware, broomsticks don't fly in Lemurea. But Marodors do...
A.K.A. the Orbatrum. The last link to a time of great fears and superstitions. What happened 500 years ago would have remained buried forever, if not for an 11-year-old boy.

Cursed with a gift, Archibald knows everything, except why it is he knows so much. But all the knowledge in this world will be of little help in the adventure he just got sucked into.

A land of small wonders and great scares, haunted by a battle born in the darkest of ages. On the frontline, an army of young witches, lost in time. Down here, It's light versus darkness, magic versus fire. Some say, good versus evil.

The likes of which you have never seen. Part beast, part human, they are the original dragons, which will make you forget everything you thought you knew about dragons.

A heart-stopping quest, from a sister left behind. Setting out on her own journey, Hailee will have to adapt, as she unveils the grim plans of a mysterious priest.

Two breathtaking stories, running parallel with one another, but tightly intertwined. Two worlds, on a perilous collision course...

The first installment in a phenomenal series, The Lost Witches reads like an addicting thriller --and sets the stage for more adventures to come for Archibald Finch.

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