Sunday, 25 January 2009
In My Mailbox: New Books This Week
Idea from The Story Siren.
These are the books I got this week, either in the mail (thank you, Amazon!) or from work.
* The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons [bought]: A powerful love story set in war-torn Leningrad. In June 1941,Tatiana meets a confident and attractive young officer, Alexander. As the Russian winter wreaks its havoc and the bombs fall, Alexander and Tatiana struggle with their growing love in the face of death and destruction.
This is an adult novel, but is so amazing that I thought it deserved to be mentioned. I just finished it today, and it's one of the most emotional and powerful books I've ever read.
* Beautiful Americans by Lucy Silag [bought]: Alex, Olivia, Zack and PJ are spending a year at the prestigious Lycée de Monceau in the sparkling city of Paris. This is their chance to sip cafe au lait in Le Marais, throw secret parties in their host families' Versailles-size apartments, and have the time of their lives. But when the secrets they thought they left behind come out, everything could be ruined...
This one sounds a bit like Gossip Girl, which is why I bought it. You can't go wrong with secrets and lies!
* Handcuffs by Bethany Griffin [bought]: Parker Prescott’s parents want her to break up with her boyfriend. But she already did, two weeks ago. And then she realized it was a mistake. He came over. He had the handcuffs in his pocket. Everything went downhill from there. Sort of. Parker Prescott’s world is changing and she no longer knows who she is. Does anyone?
My friend wrote a glowing review of this book, hence my purchase. It sounds intriguing, and I'm sure I'll love it.
* Chasing Boys by Karen Tayleur [bought]: El Marini just isn’t fitting into the new life she’s been forced to create without her dad. Life at her new public school would have been unbearable if weren’t for Eric Callahan. But then she meets Dylan, a quiet artistic-type who is both unnerving and annoying as he shines a light on El’s misguided attempts to attract Eric.
Read my review here.
* Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz [bought]: Up until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes anything but ordinary.
Read my review here.
* Need by Carrie Jones [bought]: Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal. Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie—and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara.
This one just sounds great! A pixie, romance, danger... what's not to like the sound of?
* The Fetch by Laura Whitcomb [bought]: Calder is a Fetch, a death escort, the first of his kind to step from Heaven back to Earth.The first to fall in love with a mortal girl. But when he climbs backwards out of that Death Scene, into the chaos of the Russian Revolution, he tears a wound in the ghost realm, where the spirits begin a revolution of their own.
I really enjoyed Whitcomb's debut novel, A Certain Slant of Light, so I'm looking forward to reading this. It's also one of the nicest books I own, in terms of the cover and presentation.