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Clockwork angel – Cassandra Clare

Magic is dangerous – but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by–and torn between–two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length…everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world…and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.



Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld

Arch-Duke Ferdinand and his wife have been assassinated and the world is on the brink of war.
Their son Aleksander has been whisked into hiding, but plans go awry when the huge flying ship “Leviathan” crash lands on a glacier near their hiding place.
On board is a mysterious lady scientist, Dr Barlow with her cargo of strange eggs and Deryn Sharp, who is a girl masquerading as a boy in order to join the air corps as a midshipman.
“Leviathan” is a living ship which relies on its army of bees, bats and birds to gather food so that it can produce the hydrogen needed to power it, but there is no food to be had on the glacier.
Aleksander comes to the rescue with first-aid kits, but he is quickly captured.
Will he be able to convince them to let him go before his counts come with their war machine to rescue him?

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