Showcase sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week.
Liesl and Po.
Liesl lives in a tiny attic locked away by her stepmother. She is very alone, until she meets a ghost called Po. The night they meet, there is also Will. He is an alchemist's apprentice and he accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with a less remarkable one. This has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po.This story has a fairytale feeling to it. The cover is so pretty and full of details. The synopsis gave me a little 'Cinderella'-ish feeling, with the evil stepmother part. I'm really looking forward to this one.
The thirteenth princess.
A retelling from the popular 'The twelve dancing princesses.' This time, the king has enough of his daughters and he wants a son. His wife dies giving birth to his thirteenth daughter, Zira. He abandons her to the kitchen staff. When Zira finds out about her real father, she is thrilled! From that moment, she and her sisters are pretty close. That's when she finds about a curse, which is making her sisters very ill. Is Zira, with the help of her friend Breckin, capable of breaking the curse?I've read a couple of books about this subject now and each of them has been very original. This book, I'm almost done, surprises me again. The twist with another sister is nice and I like Zira.
It's about a boy Jacob who found a portal which transports him to another magical world. When his younger brother follows him and gets infected, Jacob must fight to save him. Jacob will need all the wit, courage, and reckless spirit he can summon to reverse the dark spell—before it's too late.This book reminded me a bit of Narnia, with the portal to another world. I haven't read any books from Funke before, but I saw the movie from Inkheart and I liked the concept.
Thanks to The secret writer
Italy, 1453. Seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is brilliant, gorgeous—and accused of heresy. Cast out of his religious order for using the new science to question old superstitious beliefs, Luca is recruited into a secret sect: The Order of the Dragon, commissioned by Pope Nicholas V to investigate evil and danger in its many forms, and strange occurrences across Europe, in this year—the end of days.
Isolde is a seventeen-year-old girl shut up in a nunnery so she can’t inherit any of her father’s estate. As the nuns walk in their sleep and see strange visions, Isolde is accused of witchcraft—and Luca is sent to investigate her, but finds himself plotting her escape.
Despite their vows, despite themselves, love grows between Luca and Isolde as they travel across Europe with their faithful companions, Freize and Ishraq. The four young people encounter werewolves, alchemists, witches, and death-dancers as they head toward a real-life historical figure who holds the boundaries of Christendom and the secrets of the Order of the Dragon.