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Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.
I've been wanting to read this for eons, and I'm so excited that it's finally out in the UK. I have to say that I prefer the US hardback cover with its nifty dust jacket (it's reversible and has a very cool blueprint style 'boy cover') but that shouldn't and doesn't affect how psyched I am that I finally get to read this- the online extract was amazing.
UK ARC of Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton- Thank you so much to Faye and Leanda!
Everywhere Silla Kennicott turns she sees blood. She can't stop thinking about her parents' alleged murder-suicide. She is consumed by a book filled with spells that arrives mysteriously in the mail. The spells share one common ingredient: blood, and Silla is more than willing to cast a few. What's a little spilled blood if she can uncover the truth? And then there's Nick—the new guy at school who makes her pulse race. He has a few secrets of his own and is all too familiar with the lure of blood magic. Drawn together by a combination of fate and chemistry, Silla and Nick must find out who else in their small Missouri town knows their secret and will do anything to take the book and magic from Silla.
I absolutely love the premise of this one- it sounds gritty, dark, and above all, very original. Although the paranormal side of YA is saturated with books featuring mythical creatures as the main paranormal attraction, I have a soft spot for those with a traditional magical element. (For example, Beautiful Creatures) It's also got Maggie Stiefvater's seal of approval, and since I love her Wolves of Mercy Falls series, that's a major reason I'm looking forward to reading this!
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