Sunday, 16 August 2009

In My Mailbox - 16 August

I have been a little preoccupied this week with getting sick, reading the longlist books for the Inky awards and discovering The West Wing (oh how I am in love). Here are the titles that I have been sent to review or kindly lent to me.

IMM is kindly brought to us by Alea and Kristi.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist - David Levithan/Rachel Cohn
It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who's just walked in to his band's show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City;and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date.

I have read and reviewed this title already. I have to admit to not loving it as much as many but I very much enjoyed Levithan's contributions. This lovely is being released as the dvd is coming out on September 16th (without the benefit of being released in the cinemas). I am very excited to see the adaptation.

Chinese Cinderella: The Mystery of the Song Dynasty Painting - Adeline Yen Mah
Chinese Cinderella is the perfect title for Adeline Yen Mah's compelling autobiography in which, like the fairy-tale maiden, her childhood was ruled by a cruel stepmother.

I admit to not having heard of this title before but it intrigues me.

The True Story of Butterfish - Nick Earl
With his chart-topping band, Butterfish, Curtis Holland lived the cliched rock dream. Residing in hotels and recording studios, travelling in custom-built buses, he got married after a soundcheck in a wedding chapel in Nevada and barely noticed when his wife left him in Louisville.

But no dream lasts forever.

When Annaliese Winter walks down Curtis Holland's front path, he's ill-prepared for a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl who's a confounding mixture of adult and child. He's back in Brisbane trying to build a life and he is not used to having a neighbour at all.

So when Curtis receives an invitation to dinner from Annaliese's mother, Kate, he is surprised when he not only accepts but finds himself being drawn to this remarkably unremarkable family. Even to fifteen-year-old Mark who is at war with his own surging adolescence.

Curtis soon realises that with Kate divorced, Annaliese and Mark need a male role model in their lives, but it's hard for him to help when he's just starting to grow up himself and harder still when Annaliese begins to show an interest in him that is less than filial.

I am a big Nick Earls fan so I was very pleased when a friend lent this lovely to me!

Wounded #1: The Wereling - Stephen Cole
Kate Folan comes from a family of werewolves. She'll only become fully 'wolf herself when she mates with a male werewolf. But she vows that will never happen. The last thing she wants is to give in to her evil heritage.

Then she meets Tom Anderson. Tom is a wereling-a werewolf who retains his humanity even in his wolf form. He was "turned" by Kate's mother, who chose wisely.
Tom and Kate can't help falling for each other. But if they give in to their feelings, Kate will become the thing she hates most. Unless they can find a cure. . . .

It's not vampires so consider me happy :)Though I admit my first thought was "Jacob-ina".

The Moorehawke Trilogy: The Poison Throne - Celine Kiernan
Fifteen-year-old Wynter Moorehawke returns home after a five-year sojourn in the bleak Northlands. All has changed in her absence. Wynter is forced to make a terrible choice: stay and bow to the King's will, or abandon her ailing father and join her friend Razi and the mysterious Christopher Garron in their efforts to restore the fragile kingdom to its former stability. But this changed kingdom is a dangerous place, where all resistance is brutally suppressed and the trio constantly risk assassination, torture or imprisonment.

One of the most truly gorgeous covers of the year. Did you know that when all three titles are released they will stretch out and combine to become one unified picture? I have another friend who is unbelievably excited about this one so I am pleased as punch it was sent to me as a review copy.


Rebecca said...

Great books you got this week. Hope you enjoy reading all your books. I read Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist last year and I liked it but it did annoy me a little bit.

Alea said...

I iz sad. I looooved Nick and Norah the book. The movie was fun too.

Orchid said...

Happy reading. :)

The Story Siren said...

great books! few i hadn't heard of! love me some werewolf books too! hope you enjoy them all! and as always happy reading!

towerofbooks said...

Happy reading! I still need to read Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist. :P

Kate said...

Good looking books. Hope you enjoy them.

Color Online said...

I think we have Chinese Cinderella.

Do you know about the SE Asia Challenge at Chasing Ray's? Lots of good recommendations for the region.

Lizzy said...

A lot of people loved Nick & Nora, so I might have to go pick it up myself. Hope you enjoy your books!

Jaime said...

Chinese Cinderella does look intriguing. I have a soft spot for books that have to do with Asian culture.

prophecygirl said...

I really like the new cover for Wereling. It's an okay book! :)

Thao said...

I heard so many different ideas on Nick and Noah, I want to know your opinion. I like how Chinese Cinderella sounds too.

Thao said...

I heard so many different ideas on Nick and Noah, I want to know your opinion. I like how Chinese Cinderella sounds too.

PolishOutlander said...

The Poison Throne sounds fascinating! I'll have to look into that one. Great week! Happy reading!

*Samantha* said...

I am quite fond of just about anything David Levithan. I like Nick & Norah, it was good. The movie was alright too. The movie was in theaters though, that's where I saw it.

I've not really heard of some of the others though. Enjoy your books!