Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Twitter Picks

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A brand new feature on Serendipity Reviews for 2015!
Inspired by Friday Finds from, Should Be Reading. A chance to showcase all the books that have caught my interest on Twitter in the last couple of weeks. Please feel free to post your own finds and use the button if you would like to join in.
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Not As We Know It by Tom Avery – published by Anderson Press in March 2015. Found via @moontrug
I hope Abi Elphinstone doesn’t mind, but I have pinched her tweeted picture to show this book that caught my eye. I love the cover!!!
Book Summary
Jamie and Ned are twins. They do everything together: riding their bikes, beachcombing outside their house, watching their favourite episodes of Star Trek.
But Ned is sick, and one day, he may leave Jamie behind.
When they discover a strange creature on the beach, Ned wants one more adventure and decides to keep him secretly in their garage. But Jamie begins to hope that the creature might bring some miracle, and stop his brother from going where he can no longer follow . . .
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The Uninvited by Cat Winters published by  US Harper Collins in August 2015 Found via @catwinters
I loved Cat’s first book In The Shadow of Blackbirds, so I am a little disappointed to see that there isn’t a UK publisher yet for this one as it sounds awesome.
Summary
Set during the fear and panic of the Great Influenza of 1918, The Uninvited is part gothic ghost-story, part psychological thriller, perfect for those who loved The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield or The Vanishing by Wendy Webb.
Twenty-five year old Ivy Rowan rises from her bed after being struck by the flu, only to discover the world has been torn apart in just a few short days.
But Ivy’s life-long gift—or curse—remains. For she sees the uninvited ones—ghosts of loved ones who appear to her, unasked, unwelcomed, for they always herald impending death. On that October evening in 1918 she sees the spirit of her grandmother, rocking in her mother’s chair. An hour later, she learns her younger brother and father have killed a young German out of retaliation for the death of Ivy’s older brother Billy in the Great War.
Horrified, she leaves home, to discover the flu has caused utter panic and the rules governing society have broken down. Ivy is drawn into this new world of jazz, passion, and freedom, where people live for the day, because they could be stricken by nightfall. But as her ‘uninvited guests’ begin to appear to her more often, she knows her life will be torn apart once more, but Ivy has no inkling of the other-worldly revelations about to unfold.
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The Death House by Sarah Pinborough – published by Gollancz in February 2015 – found via @wetdarkandwild
I loved Sarah’s book Poison when it came out in 2013 and I keep meaning to read more of her books. This one sounds amazing.
Summary
Toby's life was perfectly normal... until it was unravelled by something as simple as a blood test.
Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House: an out-of-time existence far from the modern world, where he, and the others who live there, are studied by Matron and her team of nurses. They're looking for any sign of sickness. Any sign of their wards changing. Any sign that it's time to take them to the sanatorium.
No one returns from the sanatorium.
Withdrawn from his house-mates and living in his memories of the past, Toby spends his days fighting his fear. But then a new arrival in the house shatters the fragile peace, and everything changes.
Because everybody dies. It's how you choose to live that counts.
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All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher published by Sphere in April 2015 found via @keris.
Most people know my love for all things McBusted, but it doesn’t end there. I am fascinated by Tom Fletcher’s extremely talented little siter, Carrie Anne. Not only is she a mega You Tuber but she is also a talented singer and actress, who has recently appeared in Les Miserables. Carrie has her very own book club,Tumblr account and vlog, so it isn’t surprising  that she now has  book out too that is based on her social media sites as well as helping kids to navigate through the rocky journey that is known as the  teen years.
So these are my Twitter Picks. What books have you discovered on Twitter recently?

2 comments:

  1. Love this new feature! I find a lot of great books via Twitter as well. Can't think of any recently though!

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    1. Thank you! I seem to get all my recs from there these days.

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