Looking for a new book to add to your reading list? Here are nine critically acclaimed books published this month.
SPELLBREAKER BY CHARLIE N HOLMBERG
In this world, magic is cast by the privileged elite and is undone by the naturally gifted. Born with the ability to break spells, Elsie sees herself as a Robin Hood figure who narrows the gap between the wealthy and the less fortunate.
Her secret is discovered by magic user Bacchus, and the two strike a deal to work together fixing spells. At the same time, more wizards are getting murdered, and Elsie hastens to find the truth without getting caught.
THE ICKABOG BY JK ROWLING
Set in a mythical kingdom called Cornucopia, The Ickabog is the latest novel by JK Rowling. The book starts off light and humourous but quickly takes a dark turn as lies spin out of control, threatening the kingdom to fall apart. This unconventional fairy tale features full colour illustrations by winners of The Ickabog competition.
THE MOTH AND THE MOUNTAIN BY ED CAESAR
In the 1930s, Maurice Wilson dreamed of climbing the Mount Everest. His plan was to fly halfway around the globe to Tibet, crash-land high up on the slopes and climb to the top – alone – despite being an amateur pilot and having never climbed a mountain.
The Moth and the Mountain tells a compelling true story about a man determined to reach the summit at all costs.
INK BY JONATHAN MABERRY
Something strange is happening in the town of Pine Deep. People are losing their tattoos, and so are the memories associated with them.
In this standalone supernatural thriller, a monster runs wild stealing precious memories, plunging the town into confusion and disorder.
THE SUN COLLECTIVE BY CHARLES BAXTER
It’s a difficult time for Harold Brettigan. His son, Timothy, has gone missing and is probably living on the streets, and his wife has started talking to their cat and dog after having a medical episode.
While searching for their son, the Brettigans stumble upon a local community group called the Sun Collective that seems to be linked to Tim, but something isn’t quite right.
THE CIPHER BY ISABELLA MALDONADO
When Nina was 16, she narrowly escaped from a serial killer. Now an FBI special agent, she unintentionally becomes an Internet sensation after her fighting skills are recorded and uploaded online. All eyes are on her – including the very same murderer from her dark past.
THE BOY BETWEEN BY JOSIAH HARTLEY, AMANDA PROWSE
At the age of 19, Josiah contemplated taking his own life. His mother, Amanda, found herself at loss as to how to help him. Together, Josiah and Amanda paint the raw reality of fighting against depression, the endless love a mother has for her son, and show that there is hope in this world.
Given the heavy premise of this biography, it may not be suitable for everyone.
FANTASTIC TALES OF NOTHING BY ALEJANDRA GREEN, FANNY RODRIGUEZ
This is a treat for fans of fantasy graphic novels. In the fantastic land of Nothing, you are either human or a magical creature called volken.
Nathan, a seemingly ordinary human, meets Haven who is neither human nor a volken.
The two are joined by a pair or volken mercenaries, and the four embark on a quest to defeat evil and save the land.
Fantastic Tales of Nothing features stunning full-colour illustrations on every page.
A WEALTH OF PIGEONS BY STEVE MARTIN, HARRY BLISS
A Wealth of Pigeons is perfect for anyone looking for a laugh and a light read.
Comedian Steve Martin and New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss teamed up to produce this delightful collection of cartoons. It also includes a commentary about Steve and Harry’s unexpected but certainly welcomed collaboration.