Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (52)--Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey

Release Date: April 1, 2010 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


This is an intriguing YA urban fantasy in the tradition of Holly Black and Wicked Lovely. Set in New Zealand, Ellie's main concerns at her boarding school are hanging out with her best friend Kevin, her crush on the mysterious Mark, and her paper deadline. That is, until a mysterious older woman seems to set her sights on Kevin, who is Maori, and has more than just romantic plans for him. In an effort to save him, Ellie is thrown into the world of Maori lore, and eventually finds herself in an all-out war with mist dwelling Maori fairy people called the patupaiarehe who need human lives to gain immortality. The strong, fresh voice of the narrator will pull readers in, along with all the deliciously scary details: the serial killer who removes victim's eyes; the mysterious crazy bum who forces a Bible on Ellie telling her she needs it; handsome, mysterious Mark who steals the Bible from her and then casts a forgetting charm on her. All of this culminates in a unique, incredible adventure steeped with mythology, Maori fairies, monsters, betrayal, and an epic battle.

Sounds fantastic!! It also has a completely wicked cover.

Still sick, by the way, buy definitely on the mend. I just wish I could breath through my nose. It's the little things in life that are so breathing through my nose.


  1. Aw, I hope you feel better. Love the cover...freaks me out a bit, but it's still amazing. And I do want to read this one!!!

    I don't know if you entered the Holey Donuts giveaway or not, but if you could check out this post and do so for my blog, it would mean a TON for my family and you can enter for the book afterwards too if you wish (White Cat by Holly Black ARC)!:


  2. Ooooh I picked this last week...I can't wait for it. Most people thought the cover was too creepy, but I think it's fascinating :)

  3. I kept seeing this book cover on other blogs but never looked into it! Now that i read the description i'm so putting this on my Wish List!!
    I think the cover ins intriguing!!

    Super excited for this one Thx

  4. This sounds good. I'll have to add it to my wish list :D