Sunday, 19 July 2009

In My Mailbox - 19 July

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It seems that paranormal is the way to go this week. Everything is dark and somewhat bloodstrained. Should be some interesting reading. I am back at school tomorrow so I will be reading less and marking more (oh joy). Realy excited to introduce my student's the their text this term though.

Review Copies
The Eternal Kiss
There’s an allure to vampire tales that have seduced readers for generations. From Bram Stoker to Stephanie Meyer and beyond, vampire stories are here to stay. For those fresh-blooded fans of paranormal romance or for those whose hunt and hunger never dies, these stories have what readers want! This collection of original tales comes from some of the hottest, most popular, and best-selling YA writers, including: Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Tithe) Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty) Melissa De La Cruz (Blue Blood) Cassandra Clare (City of Bones) Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires) Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie (Wicked) Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof, Queen of Cool) Kelley Armstrong (Women of Otherworld) Maria V. Snyder Sarah Rees Brennan Lili St. Crow Karen Mahoney Dina James They will make everyone a sucker for eternal kisses.

Very freaking exciting to have this as I am very much looking forward to what these lovely ladies have some up with. Short stories a-plenty with a vampire theme. What's even better? There's a great mix of estbalished and up-and-coming authors in the mix.

Big Fat Manifesto - Susan Vaught
Jamie is a senior in high school and, like so many kids in that year, doing too much—including trying to change the world—and fighting for her rights as a very fat girl. And not quietly: she's writing a column every week in the paper with her thoughts and fears and gripes. As her column raises all kinds of questions, so too, must she find her own private way in her world, with love popping up in an unexpected place, and satisfaction in her size losing ground to real frustration.

This sounds like a book that I will throw myself into. I love the title and the cover is pretty simplistic but involving.

The Parliament of Blood - Justin Richards
George Archer, Liz Oldfield and Eddie Hopkins have made a rather unfortunate discovery: vampires actually exist, and they really do feed on human blood. Using an underground labyrinth of tunnels beneath Victorian London, these sinister creatures intend on destroying the human race, and they’ll start by taking over the most powerful place in London: the House of Parliament.
Through their research on ancient mysteries and a secret London Gentlemen’s Club, George, Liz and Eddie come up with a plan to beat the vampires at their own game. And they better do it soon, before they become the vampires’ next meal . . .

Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps, and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them. In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Happy dance. Can't wait to read this but am waiting for a time where I can read it in one hit. And this baby is gigantic so it might be a few days :) Thanks to Sarah for sending me it!

Ghostgirl - Tonya Hurley
Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is invisible. Even worse: she's dead. And all because she choked on a gummy bear. But being dead doesn't stop Charlotte from wanting to be popular; it just makes her more creative about achieving her goal.

The Demon's Lexicon - Sarah Rees Brennan
Nick and his brother, Alan, have spent their lives on the run from magic. Their father was murdered, and their mother was driven mad by magicians and the demons who give them power. The magicians are hunting the Ryves family for a charm that Nick's mother stole -- a charm that keeps her alive -- and they want it badly enough to kill again.
Danger draws even closer when a brother and sister come to the Ryves family for help. The boy wears a demon's mark, a sign of death that almost nothing can erase...and when Alan also gets marked by a demon, Nick is des-perate to save him. The only way to do that is to kill one of the magicians they have been hiding from for so long.
Ensnared in a deadly game of cat and mouse, Nick starts to suspect that his brother is telling him lie after lie about their past. As the magicians' Circle closes in on their family, Nick uncovers the secret that could destroy them all.

I have read this much hyped new release and my review will be up sometime in the next 24 hours.

The Devil You Know - Leonie Norrington (Aust.)
Damien can't bear the thought of 88 coming back to live with him and Mum; memories of past violence are too strong. But there's glamour in having a father who rides a Harley Davidson and it leads Damien to run with the in-crowd at school and abandon his real friends.

I have not heard of this one beforebut it's got an interesting cover.

Vulture's Gate - Kirsty Murray (Aust.)
One girl - could she be the last girl alive? One boy, pursued by reckless men who have kidnapped him from his fathers.Bo and Callum go in search of a safe haven, a place to call home. But where can they turn and who can they trust? When every stranger is a threat, does their only hope lie in reaching Vulture's Gate?Following a journey that takes them across barren deserts and lost valleys, Bo and Callum must discover how to survive alongside runaway boys and crazed religious terrorists, in a world with an uncertain future.And what is the disturbing secret at the ruined city's core?

To find review, following link.

Happy reading folks!


Melanie said...

Beautiful Creatures looks like such an amazing book! I really enjoyed To Kill a Mockingbird. It was one of those required reading assignments in school.

Enjoy these awesome books!

Thao said...

I've never seen that cover of To Kill A Mocking Bird before, it's so simple and cute. I'm interested in Beautiful Creatures and Big Fast Manifesto, looking forward to your reviews ^^

Lenore said...

I never thought I'd read as much paranormal as I am these days!

Cat said...

How wonderfully coordinated your books are this week! Colour and style. Even the classic has "kill" in the title. I'm impressed!

(I also envy your copy of Beautiful Creatures with every ounce of my being!)

Dame Orchid said...

I really want to read The Parliament of Blood, it sounds so good.
I really enjoyed reading To Kill A Mockingbird when I read it. Hope you enjoy all of your books. :)

The Book Girl said...

Big Fat Manifesto sounds pretty good :-) And I am so very jealous of Beautiful Creatures! Happy reading :-)

Kristen said...

Great books this week. I really need to read Beautiful Creatures too! Oi!

The Book Explorer said...

Everyone's getting Beautiful Creatures!

I'm so jealous! =(

Great haul! Enjoy!

Amelia said...

Sooo jealous of Beautiful Creatures. I hope you enjoy all your books!

Yan said...

to kill a mockingbird!! :D


amazinggggggggggggggggggg books!

Lazygal said...

Loved Big Fat Manifesto, ditto Ghostgirl (check out the sequel, too). Enjoy!

a flight of minds said...

Ack. I'm jealous of Beautiful Creatures and The Eternal Kiss. I'll be waiting for the review of The Demon's Lexicon to see what you think. :)

- Alex

prophecygirl said...

Beautiful Creatures... nice! Hope you like it, I hear it's really good. Looking forward to your Lexicon review, by the way.