I started a new book today, and I’m already enjoying it so much that I had to put it down for a sec to tell you about it!
When Days Tilt is Karen Ginnane’s debut novel, and the first in her Time Catcher series. It’s historical fiction fantasy for teens and it grabbed me right from the prologue. Here’s the blurb from the Penguin website.
It’s 1858, and there are two queens on the throne. Victoria reigns over London, the biggest city the world has ever known. But London has a secret shadow city, called Donlon, where another queen, the Green Witch, rules her own domain – time.
London is in turmoil. The Thames is at the height of the Great Stink; a blazing comet is searing the sky; technology is moving so fast it seems otherworldly; and the city is exploding with more people than it can hold. Darwin is about to publish his theory of evolution and humanity’s very place in the world is in question. On top of all this, people are disappearing into thin air. If they return, it is with empty eyes and torn souls, never to be the same again. Ava, a fourteen-year-old Londoner, feels trapped by the limited life of a young Victorian woman and by her watchmaking apprenticeship with her father. Her predictable world is turned upside down when she discovers that the body in her mother’s grave is not her mother, but a stranger.
When Ava goes in search of her real mother and her true identity, she is thrust into the dark world of Donlon and must fight a battle to save those she loves and the future of both worlds . . .
Does it sound FANTASTIC?
Big thanks to Karen and the team at Penguin for sending me an early copy! This one is out 2 July.