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On My Radar: DOMNALL AND THE BORROWED CHILD by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley/ELEANOR by Jason Gurly

More books I’m looking forward to this year! So many books…


Domnall and the Borrowed Child by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
(Tor.com |Nov. 10, 2015)

SYNOPSIS:

The best and bravest faeries fell in the war against the Sluagh, and now the Council is packed with idiots and cowards. Domnall is old, aching, and as cranky as they come, but as much as he’d like to retire, he’s the best scout the Sithein court has left.

When a fae child falls deathly ill, Domnall knows he’s the only one who can get her the medicine she needs: Mother’s milk. The old scout will face cunning humans, hungry wolves, and uncooperative sheep, to say nothing of his fellow fae!

WHY IT’S ON MY RADAR:
In a fiction landscape filled with young, sexy, kickass Mary Sue human hotties and hunks saving the universe as standard operating procedure, here is a cranky and creaky old fae, who uses experience instead of martial arts skills and high tech hardware, on a mercy mission to save one child. A sequel, “Ceridwen and the Coblynau,” on the horizon. Oh, and check out that adorable bed “map” on the author’s homepage.


Eleanor by Jason Gurley
(Crown | Jan 12th, 2015)

SYNOPSIS:
Eleanor and Esmerelda are identical twins with a secret language all their own, inseparable until a terrible accident claims Esme’s life. Eleanor’s family is left in tatters: her mother retreats inward, seeking comfort in bottles; her father reluctantly abandons ship. Eleanor is forced to grow up more quickly than a child should, and becomes the target of her mother’s growing rage.

Years pass, and Eleanor’s painful reality begins to unravel in strange ways. The first time it happens, she walks through a school doorway, and finds herself in a cornfield, beneath wide blue skies. When she stumbles back into her own world, time has flown by without her. Again and again, against her will, she falls out of her world and into other, stranger ones, leaving behind empty rooms and worried loved ones.

One fateful day, Eleanor leaps from a cliff and is torn from her world altogether. She meets a mysterious stranger, Mea, who reveals to Eleanor the weight of her family’s loss. To save her broken parents, and rescue herself, Eleanor must learn how deep the well of her mother’s grief and her father’s heartbreak truly goes. Esmerelda’s death was not the only tragic loss in her family’s fragmented history, and unless Eleanor can master her strange new abilities, it may not be the last.

WHY IT’S ON MY RADAR:
“Gurley flings genre boundaries to the wind and finds his own way through the intertwined threads of trauma, magic and love. … By turns adventurous and contemplative but always heartfelt, Gurley’s first foray into major publishing will surely not be his last.” —Shelf Awareness

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