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The Accident Season- Moira Fowley-Doyle


I cannot say whether I really enjoyed this book or not, as it is such a long time since I’ve read a book that deals with such complex, mystical, dark and powerful themes.  The secrets that it holds are painful and difficult, and the way it touches upon such subjects is whimsical, powerful and filled with respect. It shows the reader that lies and secrets are our own undoing, and it does so with grace.

If you enjoyed We Were Liars, this is a whole step up in terms of twisting deception and dramatic, extravagant writing style. It’s dark, borderline fantasy and I recommend if you pick it up have an open mind as there is a lot going on in this Debut Novel.

Synopsis

The accident season has been a part of Cara’s life for as long as she can remember.  A month of mysterious injuries and tragedies, which cast a constant shadow over Cara and her family. This year, the accident season will break more than just bones.  As Cara is starting to ask questions – and all her family’s secrets will rise to the surface.

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Conversion – By Katherine Howe


It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker.   Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.

First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.

Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .

Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really happening to the girls at St. Joan’s?

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The Jade Boy – Cate Cain


The Jade Boy reminded me of the Clockwork Angel series – but set in an earlier time, the early 1700s.

Jem works as a servant in the London house of the of Duke Bellingham. His mother sews for the Duchessjpeg. Life is difficult – hard dirty work with no time for the fun that a normal 13 year old might have.

However a series of suspicious event and the appearance of the sinister Count Carazon, soon changes the world that he has come to know.

An interesting array of characters populate this book (and series) – Ptolemy and Cleo – the ‘mute; African slave and his monkey and Ann an apprentice witch aid Jem on the mission he has to carry out.

Suitable for junior teen readers.