I had the privilege of meeting the lovely Steph on Friday so there was no way I could give this week’s Six for Sunday a miss! After this week there’s just one more Autumn Feels prompt to go before we hit November and a whole new set of prompts!
Autumn Coloured Books
For me Autumn is a bit of a weird season, I’m really not a fan of the nights drawing in, and it’s something I notice even more since I moved up to Scotland. On the other hand I love watching the trees change colour and the rich jewelled tones that appear on clothes in the shops for me to buy! So while traditionally autumn might just be about oranges and reds I’m expanding it to include some of my favourite rich jewel tones, rich purples and emerald greens along with burgundies and rich orange and mustard tones!
Moonlocket by Peter Bunzl
It’s hard to escape the secrets from the past.
Storm clouds gather over Lily and Robert’s summer when criminal mastermind the Jack of Diamonds appears. For Jack is searching for the mysterious Moonlocket – but that’s not the only thing he wants.
Suddenly, dark secrets from Robert’s past plunge him into danger. Jack is playing a cruel game that Robert is a part of. Now Lily and Malkin, the mechanical fox, must stay one step ahead before Jack plays his final, deadly card…
I only recently got around to adding Moonlocket to my shelves, along with Skycircus which I could have easily included as well. I absolutely adored Cogheart so I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series. I love the purple of this cover and I love that my dear Malkin is featured there in the middle
Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret. She’s a gumiho—a nine-tailed fox who survives by consuming the energy of men. But she’s also half-human and has a soft spot for people. So she won’t kill indiscriminately. With the help of a shaman, Miyoung only takes the lives of men who have committed terrible crimes. Devouring their life force is a morbid kind of justice . . . or so she tells herself.
But killing men no one would ever miss in bustling modern-day Seoul also helps Miyoung keep a low profile. She and her mother protect themselves by hiding in plain sight. That is until Miyoung crosses paths with a handsome boy her age as he’s being attacked by a goblin in the woods. She breaks her mother’s cardinal rule—revealing herself and her nine tails—to save Jihoon from certain death. In the process, she loses her fox bead—her gumiho soul. Without it, she will die.
When Miyoung and Jihoon next meet, there’s no doubt they are drawn to each other. But their tenuous romance could be over before it even begins, as Miyoung’s efforts to restore her fox bead by the next full moon ensnares them in a generations-old feud, forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.
An enthralling tale inspired by Korean folklore and set in a rich contemporary fantasy world, Wicked Fox is an absorbing love story that heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in YA.
This arrived in my Fairyloot box and has a beautiful pinky-purple cover, there are even some falling leaves for bonus Autumn points! I’ve not actually read it yet of course but it sounds interesting!
The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
It is twenty years since the events of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One unfolded and saw the baby Lyra Belacqua begin her life-changing journey.
It is seven years since readers left Lyra and the love of her young life, Will Parry, on a park bench in Oxford’s Botanic Gardens at the end of the ground-breaking, bestselling His Dark Materials sequence.
Now, in The Secret Commonwealth, we meet Lyra Silvertongue. And she is no longer a child . . .
The second volume of Sir Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed.
Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right.
Theirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary, and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford, across Europe and into Asia, in search for what is lost – a city haunted by daemons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust.
I actually own the special edition of The Secret Commonwealth but the standard edition really shows off its Autumn colours to the fullest, it really is a beautiful mix of reds and purples! I’ll let you in on a secret I’ve not actually got around to reading La Belle Sauvage yet but shhh don’t tell Charlotte…
The Bad Luck Lighthouse by Nicki Thornton
In solving the mystery of the Last Chance Hotel, Seth has discovered a bewildering new world of magic. But the truth about his mother’s fate and other secrets remain, stolen away with the firefly cage by his nemesis, the wicked Tiffany Bunn. Determined to chase her down – and prove himself as a magician – Seth and his cat Nightshade are quickly embroiled in the latest MagiCon case, a murder investigation at a deserted lighthouse…
This cover reminds me of an Autumn sunset. or indeed a sunrise! I’ve not yet read The Last Chance Hotel but I might pick it up this afternoon!
A Heart So Fierce And Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
In the sequel to New York Times bestselling A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer returns to the world of Emberfall in a lush fantasy where friends become foes and love blooms in the darkest of places.
Find the heir, win the crown.
The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.
Win the crown, save the kingdom.
Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?
The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.
I know most people would probably associate green more closely with Spring rather than Autumn but for me this is an example of the really rich jewel toned greens which say Autumn to me! In news that will shock exactly no-one I’ve not read A Curse So Dark And Lonely yet but I will do maybe even before this one is officially released in January!
The Collective by Lindsey Whitlock
Stuck in the traditional community of Badfish Creek, Elwyn longs for change. When his uncle offers him the chance to leave his rural roots behind, he jumps at the opportunity, eager to move to Liberty to gain an education and become part of a flourishing world. Finally, life seems to be opening up to him.
But it is not long before he understands that all that glitters is not gold: there are things going on in Liberty that Elwyn cannot ignore. Things that profoundly threaten the world he has rejected and things that he has to fight against.
The Collective is a richly realised debut novel about tradition, change, the meaning of home and the struggle to be true to yourself.
This is a beautiful cover and a wonderful sounding book. Once again I love the rich purple and orange tones! I really must get around to reading it sooner rather than later!
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