I was so lucky to get two parcels on the same day, both with books from two different publishers, Shrine Bell and Walker Books.  I got some great new books which you’ll see here later, once I’ve had a chance to read and write a review, but for now check out these great books!

The first book is from Shrine Bell and is not out until about February next year:

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The Goblin’s Blue Blanket by Kieron BlackWhen Ogie the goblin’s blanket goes missing, he and his cat Gerald hunt high and low through the magical and mysterious places on the island of Goblinia. Does Grandad have it in the snowpark? Is it in the Slimewoods? Or caught in the Singing Stones? The Goblin’s Blue Blanket by author and illustrator Kieron Black follows Ogie and Gerald on their adventure through the goblin world in this fantastic story about why there is nothing you need so much as friends and family.

The first book is a special coffee table type from Walker Books:

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Helen Oxenbury: A life in Illustration by Leonard S. Marcus A fascinating, beautiful and definitive account of the life of esteemed artist Helen Oxenbury.  Filled with insights that span Helen Oxenbury’s life, from her early childhood through a unique career in children’s books that began in 1964 and is still going strong today, here is an exquisitely designed and thoroughly entertaining celebration of one of the finest English illustrators of our time. Written by acclaimed author Leonard S. Marcus, Helen Oxenbury: A Life in Illustration is a keepsake that is sure to engage and delight everyone from scholars to art aficionados to the many children and adults who have grown up with Helen Oxenbury’s enchanting books.


The next two books are both the first and second books in the Lady Helen trilogy.  They match up nicely to the third book I got a few weeks ago, don’t they?

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The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman –  London, April 1812.  Lady Helen Wrexhall is set to step into Regency Society and find a husband.  But this step will take her from glittering ballrooms and the bright lights of Vauxhall Gardens into a shadowy world of demonic creatures and deadly power.
Drawing her into the underworld is Lord Carlston, a man of dubious reputation and infuriating manners.  He believes Helen has a destiny beyond the ballroom; a sacred duty to protect humanity.  Not the usual aspirations of a young lady in her first London season.

The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman –  Brighton, July 1812.  Lady Helen Wrexhall has taken refuge in Brighton following the scandalous events at her presentation ball.  Now she must complete her Reclaimer training, ready to battle the Grand Deceiver believed to have arrived in England.
Her mentor, Lord Carlston, is facing his own inner battle, and as he fights the violent darkness within his soul, Lady Helen’s loyalty is tested.  entrusted with a secret mission by the Home Office, she must make the agonising choice between betraying those around her or breaking her own oath to the Dark Days Club.

Do you like these books?  What books have you gotten for Christmas or are you looking forward to getting?  Let me know what you are thinking in the comments below 🙂