Sunday, 22 February 2009

In My Mailbox #5: New Books This Week

In My Mailbox idea from Kristi @ The Story Siren.

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Life, Interrupted by Damien Kelleher (ARC - thanks to Piccadilly Press for this one).

Luke’s world is turned upside down when his mum collapses at the hospital where she works as a nurse. Fourteen-year-old Luke and his football-obsessed younger brother Jesse each cope in their different ways, and, as time passes, they must confront some painful truths.

Honest, funny and deeply moving, this is a story about facing the worst and surviving.


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Perfect Chemistry by Simone Howell

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

Read my review here.

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Raven by Allison Van Diepen

Zin dances with fire in every step, speaks in a honey-sweet voice, and sees with eyes that can peer into your soul. Nicole's friendship with him is the only thing that saves her from the boredom of school and the turmoil of her family life. It's no wonder she is madly in love with him. But she can't understand why he keeps her at a distance, even though she can feel his soul reaching out for hers.

Zin is like no man Nicole has ever met, and he carries with him a very old secret. When Nicole uncovers the truth, her love may be the only thing that can save him from it.

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The Season by Sarah MacLean

Seventeen year old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued -- in a house full of older brothers and their friends, she had to learn to hold her own. Not the best makings for an aristocratic lady in Regency London. Yet her mother still dreams of marrying Alex off to someone safe, respectable, and wealthy. But between ball gown fittings, dances, and dinner parties, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get herself into what may be her biggest scrape yet.

When the Earl of Blackmoor is mysteriously killed, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. But will Alex's heart be stolen in the process? In an adventure brimming with espionage, murder, and other clandestine affairs, who could possibly have time to worry about finding a husband? Romance abounds as this year's season begins!

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The ABC's of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro

Parker Stanhope has played soccer practically since she could walk. And now that she’s a high school junior, everything she’s worked for is finally coming together. She’s paid her dues on the field, and as an upperclassman, she’s a shoo-in for the varsity team. But that’s not what happens.

This year, Coach Hartley moved up every JV player but two—and one of those two was Parker. Now, she’s stuck with the freshmen, her friends are cutting her loose, and her love of the game is seriously beginning to fail. But Parker is determined to get her life back. She has to get on the varsity team, and she has the perfect plan. All she needs now is the right kind of coach.

Read my review here.

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Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham, now seventeen, is finally being confronted with her past. But as the reluctant leader of her boarding school dorm, there isn't a lot of time for introspection. And while Hannah, the closest adult Taylor has to family, has disappeared, Jonah Griggs is back in town, moody stares and all.

In this absorbing story by Melina Marchetta, nothing is as it seems and every clue leads to more questions as Taylor tries to work out the connection between her mother dumping her, Hannah finding her then and her sudden departure now, a mysterious stranger who once whispered something in her ear, a boy in her dreams, five kids who lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago, and the maddening and magnetic Jonah Griggs, who knows her better than she thinks he does. If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she might just be able to change her future.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (My friend got me this US edition from New York, as I'm trying to get hold of as many different covers as I can. Three down, two to go!)

Nine-year-old Liesel lives with her foster family on Himmel Street during the dark days of the Third Reich. Her Communist parents have been transported to a concentration camp, and during the funeral for her brother, she manages to steal a macabre book: it is, in fact, a gravediggers’ instruction manual. This is the first of many books which will pass through her hands as the carnage of the Second World War begins to hungrily claim lives. Both Liesel and her fellow inhabitants of Himmel Street will find themselves changed by both words on the printed page and the horrendous events happening around them.

Read my review (from a while ago) here.

20 comments:

towerofbooks said...

You had a great week. Enjoy reading. :)

Cat said...

Great week! That Jellicoe Road book has been haunting me every where I go. I don't know if it's something I would like, but heck it's starting to make me very curious!

The Book Obsession said...

What an awesome week! Can't wait for your reviews

Carrie said...

oooo...Jellicoe Road. I love that I keep seeing this on everyone's lists. It's so amazing. Hope you enjoy it!

H said...

I really want Jellicoe Road and Perfect Chemistry! Are these out in the UK or was this an amazon buy?

Lauren said...

You had an amazing week!! I can't wait to see what you think about Raven, since I can't decide if I should buy it or not.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Niiiice week. I really want Life, Interrupted. It sounds good.

Jellicoe Road as well!

-Lauren

The Story Siren said...

what a great week! such fab books!!

susan said...

I picked up Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, too. Looking forward to reading it.

Bookworm said...

Can't wait for Perfect Chemistry and the Season...I won them in separate contests in the same week--lucky me, they both look great! (:

Erika Lynn said...

you had a great week, i think i might come hang out in your mailbox for a while

Amy said...

WOW! I wish I was you right now ;)
do publishers send you all those, or do you buy them?
-Amy

prophecygirl said...

H - they're not out in the UK yet, they were from Amazon.

Amy - I buy most of my books! I get a couple from publishers, but not many. :)

Lindsay Champion said...

I love the cover for "The ABCs of Kissing Boys."

lindsay || newyorkwords.net

Janssen said...

I don't really understand how the whole "In My Mailbox" thing works (which makes me feel super dumb). What does it mean?

Marie said...

Raven is a really fun book!

Ravenous Reader said...

WOW!! what an amazing week. You had a bunch of great books. The Season is really good, full of romance and set in regency England. I have yet to read the Book Theif, but I hear it is amazing. What are you going to read first?

prophecygirl said...

RR - I'm trying to decide between Jellicoe Road and The Season. It's a difficult decision!

Chicklish said...

I can't wait to read the reviews you write for this lot! :)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

So jealous! I really want to read ABC's and Raven. You haad a really great week.