The gifted hide their talents, but dare they step into the light?
Micah's Chimaera powers are growing, until his dark visions overwhelm him. Drystan is forced to take him to Dr Pozzi, to save his life. But can they really trust the doctor, especially when a close friend is revealed to be his spy?
Meanwhile, violent unrest is sweeping the country, as anti-royalist factions fight to be heard. Then three chimaera are attacked, after revealing their existence with the monarchy's blessing - and the struggle becomes personal. A small sect decimated the chimaera in ancient times and nearly destroyed the world. Now they've re-emerged to spread terror once more. Micah will discover a royal secret, which draws him into the heart of the conflict. And he and his friends must risk everything to finally bring peace to their land.
A blink is all you need. A second of distraction, and you trick them with that precious moment of time. Magic is both the easiest and the hardest thing you will ever do.
— From the soon-to-be published memoirs of the Maske of Magic
Every chapter in the Micah Grey series has a short found document at the start, ranging from a variety of sources: history books, diaries, songs, poetry, and more. It’s basically a sneaky way to add in more worldbuilding and detail about Ellada & the Archipelago.
Magic and misdirection is a large part of the Micah Grey series. In the first book, there is the circus performance, weaving a story or a pantomime underneath the big top. In the second book, it shifts to the magician’s stage, with sleight-of-hand and grand stage tricks. The third book takes that magic to a different location, which I won’t spoil. But misdirection and magic crops up in other ways too—in people’s interactions with each other, in the way the myths of the world are possibly returning. Don’t blink.
If you buy Pantomime or Masquerade & send your receipt to Laura, you can claim a free 10k short story, “The Mechanical Minotaur,” set in the same world. If you buy all three, you can claim 60k of free fiction as well. More details here.
Laura Lam was raised near San Francisco, California, by two former Haight-Ashbury hippies. Both of them encouraged her to finger-paint to her heart's desire, colour outside the lines, and consider the library a second home. This led to an overabundance of daydreams. She relocated to Scotland to be with her husband, whom she met on the internet when he insulted her taste in books. She almost blocked him but is glad she didn't. At times she misses the sunshine.
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Cousins Amy and Dee were kidnapped by a stranger as children. Now, sixteen-year-old Amy is back with her parents. Dressed in purple and clutching a plastic doll, she refuses to answer questions. As Amy struggles towards a normal teenage life, her family - and the police - press her for information. Unable to escape her past, Amy realizes she has to confront the truth. How did she survive? How did she escape? And what happened to Dee?
My first UK book!
I’m so excited to be able to share Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee with readers in the UK! This is my fourth book, and finally I’ve made it across the pond! I am originally from Cottage Grove, Oregon, which is a town of about seven thousand people an hour and a half from the Pacific Ocean.
When I was seventeen I went to college in Boston and learned that most American east coast people can’t place Oregon on a map. One person asked me if my family owned a telephone. Another person asked if it was “near San Francisco” as if my entire state was just a city in California. Since then I’ve been on a mission to prove to the world that my home exists and interesting things happen there! Previously the interesting things I wrote about were monsters, aliens, and fairies. So why did I choose to write about something as serious and, unfortunately, as realistic as a kidnapping?
I have always been interested in real life stories of survival. I read memoirs and true crime reporting about kidnapping cases and was always fascinated by the strength of these young women and by the psychological changes that victims go through. We all face struggles that test our resilience, but some people have faced situations that are unthinkable to most of us, yet escape and are able to resume their lives. One of the things that fascinates me the most is that you can’t tell by looking at someone what they are capable of. You and I don’t really know how we would react to any situation until it happens, and you and I might each react differently to the same circumstances.
Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee is the story of what happens to Amy and Dee over the course of six years of captivity, but it is also about the important, valuable, and often overlooked inner lives of people who start out as ordinary. It is an affirmation of the value of these girls living in a small town somewhere no one has ever heard of. Behind the eyes of every small town girl is the will to survive and the ability to face the most challenging circumstances. I hope no one reading this is ever kidnapped, but maybe Amy’s story will convince someone that they too might be able to find inner strength. At the very least, I hope people will be moved by Amy’s story.
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~I was sent a copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - This book was brilliant. It was so gripping and so terrifying that I couldn't put it down once I started it.
In this book we follow Amy, or as she's been renamed - Chelsea. When she was younger her and her cousin Dee(Stacie) got kidnapped and it's been about 6 years since. One day Amy turns up at her home and everyone is happy that she is safe. But why does she only wear purple? Why is she back? And most of all, what happened to Dee?
Amy is scared to tell anyone what happened in those 6 years she was missing as the person who did it is still out there. Amy knows she has to be strong for her family and what she left behind and most of all, for Dee. She knows she has to stand up to her demons but she's scared, can she do it?
I love the transition of Amy through this book. She has been through something terrible and you see her grow in this book and she opens up more about what has happened and she is able to face her fears and become stronger.
If you're a fan of Louise O'Neill you definitely need to read this book. You'll be gripped from the very start and, like me, won't stop until you've found out what has happened to these girls and why.
Still mourning the loss of her beloved grandmother and shaken by her mysterious, dying request to "find the baby", Abbi has arrived at uni to start her first year. But on her second day, she wakes up to a different world: 1983. That is just the first stop on Abbi's journey backwards through time. Will is a charming student from 1927 who travels forwards through time. When Abbi and Will meet in the middle, love adds another complication to their lives. Communicating across time through a buried time capsule, they try to decode the mystery of their travel, find the lost baby and plead with their champion, a kindly physics tutor, to help them find each other again ...even though the tutor gets younger each time Abbi meets him.
Waking In Time by Angie Stanton publishes:
· In the UK by Curious Fox on 9th March 2017, priced £7.99, ISBN: 978-1-78202-593-1
· In the US by Switch Press on 1st March 2017, priced $17.95, ISBN: 978-1630790707
· Age: 13+
Favorite Scene from Waking in Time
By Angie Stanton
There are so many scenes from Waking in Time that are special to me, but my favorite is when the main character, Abbi, wakes in her dorm room and discovers that she’s travelled back in time again, and that her new roommate is her grandmother, an 18-year-old freshman. In present day, Abbi’s grandmother had recently passed away, so to set eyes on her again, but as a young, svelte college student, pretty much blows Abbi’s mind. After spending so much energy trying to get back to her own time, she now has a reason to try to stay where she is.
Another reason I love that scene is because Abbi learns that her grandmother is a bit of a wild thing. When a blizzard hits, she skips school to go sledding, she’s the life of the party at the campus bar, and she scandalously declares she’ll never marry but instead travel the world funded by rich boyfriends. Of course, Abbi knows exactly how her grandmother’s life turns out, and she cherishes every moment they have together, which usually means getting into trouble with the pesky house mother. But like all good things, their time together ends, leaving Abbi devastated, but it also opens up an entirely new world of challenges for her, as she tumbles further back in time.
I hope you get a chance to read Waking in Time and meet Abbi Thorp and her cast of intriguing friends as she continually falls through time and tries to unravel why this is happening to her and how to get home. There’s a brilliant professor who vows to get Abbi home, a dashing young time traveler who only jumps forward in time, and a mysterious buried treasure containing secret messages.
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I give it -4/5
My review - I haven't read a time travelling story in awhile and I was so excited when this book arrived at my house. It was such a fun, fast paced story with a lot of family relationships and love all the way through it.
Abbi is starting college. Her grandmother has recently just passed away and she made her promise she would find something for her-Abbi has no idea how or where to start looking or even what her grandmother was going on about.
Until one day she wakes up and finds herself in a different time. Abbi has somehow gone back in time and she doesn't know how or why. But, the strange thing is how she keeps on going back in time and she has no idea how to stop it. She meets a professor who knows her and has been trying to help her stop whats going on and get back to her time.
As she goes back in time, Will, seems to be going forward in time and keeps bumping into Abbi. He doesn't know what's going on either but they join forces to help each other out. During their time travel, Abbi bumps into some family members, of course them not knowing who she is, and she starts to realise some things. Can and Abbi and Will take control of the time travel? And can Abbi find what her Grandmother has been looking for her entire life? Or will they just keep going through time?
I loved the strong family relationships in this book. Will misses his family so much and Abbi cared for her family and was really happy when she got to meet certain family members she hasn't before. I also loved her and Wills relationship as they both knew what was happening to each other and started to get closer....
I really enjoyed this book as it had everything from time travel, to romance and to heartbreak. It was just wonderful and everyone should give it a read.