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We apologise for not having posted in a while, but that doesn’t mean we’ve been lazing about. In fact, we’ve been hunting for ever new, ever more exciting books to bring to Romania. We’ve managed to come up with a selection of novels of different genres and written for varied target audiences; but have we selected well? Would you be interested in reading any of these books, and if so, which? We would really appreciate as much feedback as possible, so we’re listing them here, cover, blurb, publishers’ wesbsites and all.

 

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

Genre: historical fiction, literary fiction

Summary: Paris, 1937. Andras Lévi, an architecture student, has arrived from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he has promised to deliver to Clara Morgenstern, a young widow living in the city. When Andras meets Clara he is drawn deeply into her extraordinary and secret life, just as Europe’s unfolding tragedy sends them both into a state of terrifying uncertainty.

From a remote Hungarian village to the grand opera houses of Budapest and Paris, from the despair of Carpathian winter to an unimaginable life in forced labour camps and beyond, The Invisible Bridge tells the story of a marriage tested by disaster and of a family, threatened with annihilation, bound by love and history.

Publisher: Penguin

RRP: £8.99

The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin (first volume in the Dreamblood sequence)

Genre: fantasy

Summary: In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers – the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe . . . and kill those judged corrupt. But when a conspiracy blooms within Gujaareh’s great temple, Ehiru – the most famous of the city’s Gatherers – must question everything he knows. Someone, or something, is stalking its prey both in Gujaareh’s alleys and the realm of dreams. Ehiru must now protect the woman he was sent to kill – or watch the city be devoured by war and forbidden magic.

Publisher: Orbit – read a sample here

RRP: £7.99

Memoirs of a Master Forger by William Heaney

Genre: fantasy, steampunk

Summary: William Heaney is a fraud. A charming fraud, but a fraud nevertheless. He writes poetry so that a more attractive friend can pass it off as his own, he produces fake Jane Austen first editions so that he can fleece foolish and greedy book collectors. He can see demons. He drinks rather too much wine. This is his story. The story of a man who is living with regret. The story of a man who is prey to his own demon and who can see the demons of others: shadowy indistinct figures waiting, hunched, at people’s shoulders. Waiting for a mistake, for a moment of weakness. And meanwhile William is waiting. Waiting without knowing he is waiting. Waiting for love. But until then, perhaps just one more drink…

Publisher: Gollancz

RRP: £7.99

The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Mark Hodder

Genre: fantasy, steampunk

Summary: A clockwork man is abandoned in Trafalgar Square. A ghost displays a craving for diamonds. A lost aristocrat returns ten years after being lost at sea and instigates riots in London. The Rakes are indulging in seances. The Technologists are growing giant insects and transforming them into steam-driven vehicles. The British Empire’s capital is in chaos, and in the midst of it all, Sir Richard Francis Burton and his wayward assistant, Algernon Swinburne, are beginning to suspect that someone, somewhere, is up to no good! A clockwork man is abandoned in Trafalgar Square. A ghost displays a craving for diamonds. A lost aristocrat returns ten years after being lost at sea and instigates riots in London. The Rakes are indulging in seances. The Technologists are growing giant insects and transforming them into steam-driven vehicles. The British Empire’s capital is in chaos, and in the midst of it all, Sir Richard Francis Burton and his wayward assistant, Algernon Swinburne, are beginning to suspect that someone, somewhere, is up to no good!

Publisher: Snowbooks

RRP: £7.99

The Undrowned Child by Michelle Lovric

Genre: children & young adults’ fiction, fantasy

Summary: It’s the beginning of the 20th century; the age of scientific progress. But for Venice the future looks bleak. A conference of scientists assembles to address the problems, among whose delegates are the parents of eleven-year-old Teodora. Within days of her arrival, she is subsumed into the secret life of Venice: a world in which salty-tongued mermaids run subversive printing presses, ghosts good and bad patrol the streets and librarians turn fluidly into cats. A battle against forces determined to destroy the city once and for all quickly ensues. Only Teo, the undrowned child who survived a tragic accident as a baby, can go ‘between-the-linings’ to subvert evil and restore order.

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Publisher: Orion – teachers’ notes available here

RRP: £6.99

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Genre: children & young adults’ fiction, fantasy

Summary: September is a twelve-year-old girl, Somewhat Grown and Somewhat Heartless, and she longs for adventure. So when a Green Wind and a Leopard of Little Breezes invite her to Fairyland – well, of course, she accepts (mightn’t you?). When she gets there, she finds a land crushed by the iron rule of a villainous Marquess – she soon discovers that she alone holds the key to restoring order. Having read enough books to know what a girl with a quest must do, September sets out to Fix Things. As September forges her way through Fairyland, with a book-loving dragon and a boy named Saturday by her side, she makes many friends and mistakes, losing her shadow, her shoes and her way. But she finds adventure, courage, a rather special Spoon, and a lot more besides…

Publisher: Corsair

RRP: £9.99

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Genre: fantasy, mystery

Summary: The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Publisher: Vintage Books

RRP: £7.99

These are all books that have met with extensive appreciation in the UK. But would you be willing to read any of them? And if so, which ones? Please do let us know either by leaving a comment to this blog post or by commenting on our facebook page.

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