Friday, September 12, 2014

Fast Five Friday (12/11/2014)

Fast Five Friday is a meme we are started here at Reader Noir!

Basically you choose five books you are looking forward to reading and tell us a little bit about them. You can share your list in the comments or link to your blog!

Thanks for joining and enjoy!

Note: This is going to be the last FFF for a while, but hopefully we'll able to resume it soon. 
#1 Jackaby

by William Ritter (September 16th 2014, Algonquin Young Readers)

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

Pre-order Jackaby on Book Depository.

#2 The Conjuring Glass (The Phoenix Girls # 1)

by Brian Knight  (March 8th 2013, JournalStone)

When thirteen-year-old orphan Penny Sinclair moves to the small town of Dogwood to live with her godmother, she expects her life to become very dull. She doesn't expect to find a strange talking fox roaming the countryside near her new home, a kindred spirit in her new friend Zoe, or the secret grove where they discover the long hidden magic of The Phoenix Girls.

Learning to use magic isn't easy, though; Penny and Zoe get their magic wrong almost as often as they get it right. When something sinister threatens Dogwood, their often accidental magic may be the only thing that can stop it.

Get the Conjuring Glass on Book Depository.

#3 Lily

by Holly Webb (October 6th 2011, Hodder & Stoughton)

The first in a fun, frightening series about two magical sisters

In a world where magic is outlawed, Lily runs wild and neglected. Once rich and powerful magicians, now Lily's family hide away in their crumbling house, while her older sister, Georgie, is trained secretly in magic. But when Lily discovers her parents' dark plan to use Georgie in a terrible plot to restore the country to its magical glory, she knows she must rescue her sister, and flee.

Get Lily on Book Depository.

#4 Frostborn (Thrones & Bones #1)

by Lou Anders (August 5th 2014, Crown Books for Young Readers)

Meet Karn. He is destined to take over the family farm in Norrøngard. His only problem? He’d rather be playing the board game Thrones and Bones.

Enter Thianna. Half human, half frost giantess. She’s too tall to blend in with other humans but too short to be taken seriously as a giant.

When family intrigues force Karn and Thianna to flee into the wilderness, they have to keep their sense of humor and their wits about them. But survival can be challenging when you’re being chased by a 1,500-year-old dragon, Helltoppr the undead warrior and his undead minions, an evil uncle, wyverns, and an assortment of trolls and giants.

Get Frostborn on Book Depository.

#5 Nest

by Esther Ehrlich (September 9th 2014, Wendy Lamb Books)

For fans of Jennifer Holm (Penny from Heaven, Turtle in Paradise), a heartfelt and unforgettable middle-grade novel about an irresistible girl and her family, tragic change, and the healing power of love and friendship. In 1972 home is a cozy nest on Cape Cod for eleven-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein, her older sister, Rachel; her psychiatrist father; and her dancer mother. But then Chirp’s mom develops symptoms of a serious disease, and everything changes.

Chirp finds comfort in watching her beloved wild birds. She also finds a true friend in Joey, the mysterious boy who lives across the street. Together they create their own private world and come up with the perfect plan: Escape. Adventure. Discovery.

Nest is Esther Ehrlich’s stunning debut novel. Her lyrical writing is honest, humorous, and deeply affecting. Chirp and Joey will steal your heart. Long after you finish Nest, the spirit of Chirp and her loving family will stay with you.

 Get Nest on Book Depository.


  1. Friday shot by in a hurry so now that its Monday I only have time to share one title: A new one by Newberry winner Jack Gantos- THE KEY THAT SWALLOWED JOEY PIGZA.

    1. I actually read Dead End in Norvelt last year. It wasn't my favorite type of book, but Jack Gantos certainly knows how to be funny. Thanks a lot for the recommendation!

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    1. No, can't do. Sorry. ;) Thanks for commenting!

  3. Not much time today, but I will give you some titles: The Paper Cowboy, Breadcrumbs, All Four Stars, Nest, and The Drop (yes, I do read adult books now and then).

    1. Thanks for the great recommendations! Nest is actually on that list and All Fours Stars is one that I'm really looking forward to reading. This actually isn't our MMGM, I posted it late, unfortunately. Ah, well.