Sunday, 26 April 2009

In My Mailbox #14: New Books This Week

In My Mailbox idea from Kristi @ The Story Siren, and all descriptions from Amazon/author sites.

I got a great mix of books this week, from Amazon, publishers and lovely friends. I can't wait to read them all!


Devil's Kiss
by Sarwat Chadda
(for review. I've heard really good things about this one!)

Fifteen-year-old Billi SanGreal never meant to make history. Dragged at the age of ten into the modern-day Knights Templar by her father, the Grandmaster, Billi's the first girl ever to be a Templar warrior. Her life is a rigorous and brutal round of weapons' practice, demon killing and occult lore – and a lot of bruises. But then temptation is placed in Billi's path – an alternative to her isolated life. But temptation brings consequences. In this case – the tenth plague – the death of all first borns and so Billi must choose her destiny. And as she soon discovers, death isn't even the worst . . .


by Laurie Halse Anderson
. (I can't wait to read this book. Thanks to Steph for sending me a copy!)

Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe. Because there's something she's trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens.


The New Kid by Temple Mathews (This one sounds cool!)

Will Hunter is used to being the New Kid; Harrisburg High School is his fifth new school in less than three years. By now, he knows not to be fooled by the bright pep rallies, the wholesome jocks, the innocent cheerleaders. He knows the evil lurking underneath. It's the same evil that took his dad eight years ago; the same evil he battles every day.

Natalie Holand's life fell apart the night her sister Emily disappeared. No one believes her when she tells them what she saw: yellow eyes, glowing beneath the surface of the water in which Emily supposedly drowned. And Emily isn't the only person to go missing in Harrisburg lately. The town is changing, not for the better, and Natalie doesn't know why. What she does know is that, whatever's happening, it's bad, and the New Kid is right in the middle of it.

Because Will's got a secret even bigger than Harrisburg's . . . and there's more to it than even he knows.


Jumping to Confusions
by Liz Rettig
(for review. I'm looking forward to this - Liz Rettig's books are hilarious!).

Cat is fat and boring - or so she thinks. Her mum is a stick insect and so is her twin sister Tessa - a bit of a spoilt brat who can get any boy she wants. There's a new arrival in their town from the USA - Josh, the son of their dad's boss. He's gorgeous so Tessa is keen and Cat knows she doesn't have a chance...But Josh seems strangely uninterested in Tess. Cat thinks there must be more to the situation...She and Josh become friends and eventually she thinks she's got to the bottom of the mystery...maybe Josh just isn't into girls at all...Now she has a new best gay friend, cat's life is much happier, and she and Josh get on wonderfully. If only things could stay that simple...


City of Glass
by Cassandra Clare,
+ promo poster & bookmarks. (I won all this in a contest over at YA Reads (thanks guys!). The book also has a signed bookplate inside, and is a lovely Australian paperback version. Review here).

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together?


Vamped by Lucienne Diver (Vampire fun!).

Top Five Perks of the Vamp Life

1. Eternal youth and beauty rocks!
2. Free clothes. Hey, might as well embrace the dark side.
3. Going vamp turns geeks, like my new boyfriend Bobby, into studs.
4. No need to breathe, except when a dramatic sigh or a heaving chest is called for.
5. Superhuman powers, like I can totally spot a hot Versace skirt a mile away—literally!

Top Five Drags of Vamping Out

1. No reflection! Oh well, I'll just have to sire my own entourage to confirm my hotness.
2. An all-liquid diet and no tanning options.
3. This vampy queen Mellisande who's taken an interest in my boyfriend.
4. Pointy-stick phobia.
5. Getting locked up by skanky Mellisande, who's transforming the entire high school into her own personal vampire army. The nerve!


If I Stay
by Gayle Forman
(A lovely finished hardcover copy... woohoo! You can read my review from a couple of months ago here).

Everybody has to make choices. Some might break you. For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions might seem tough, but they're all about a future full of music and love, a future that's brimming with hope. But life can change in an instant. A cold February morning ...a snowy road ...and suddenly all of Mia's choices are gone. Except one. As alone as she'll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all.


Adele said...

Vamped looks like something I would enjoy,

Kate at Read This Book! said...

Wow I've never seen that cover of If I Stay before. It's lovely. Awesome stuff!

Chicklish said...

Ooh, lovely set of books! I've read If I Stay, Speak and Jumping to Confusions - I think 3/7 is a record for me for your In My Mailbox posts!

Happy reading!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Yay for If I Stay and major jealously for City of Glass!

Kate said...

"The New Kid" looks like a good book. Liz Rettig's books really are funny. I've got "If I Stay" as well. It is great so far :D

Happy Reading :)

Reverie said...

That cover of If I Stay is sooooopretty!

Michelle said...

Awesome books. The New Kid sounds really good. I hadn't heard of it prior to this. :)

Letter Garden said...

Yes, really beautiful!!! :D

Liyana said...

Ahh, you've got such a great week! I definitely want to read Vamped now.

H said...

I do love the UK cover of If I Stay. I just still can't decide which I prefer :)

The Story Siren said...

Fantastic book week! I love the cover for If I Stay! A few books I haven't heard of! Thanks! Happy reading!

Yan said...

I really need to read Cassandra Clare's books :P

Thao said...

Awesome. I hope you have a good time reading these. I love City Of Glass and the goodies, look so damn great!

Carrie said...

Greta week!! You made quite the haul. Enjoy!!

Amy said...

LOVE the poster. So jealous:-) Looks like you got some great books too!

Cat said...

That's quite the week you've had! Enjoy your reading!

Ravenous Reader said...

WOW WOW WOW!!! what a great week. The cover of If I stay is gorgeous. Winning the contest for City of Glass...WOOT!! The poster looks amazing. Vamped also looks really good and I will have to look into it. Have a great week with all the reading :)

Fantastic Book Review said...

Great Week, you have some good books! Happy Reading!!

towerofbooks said...

You received some interesting looking books. Have fun reading!

Callie said...

Wow you are so lucky to win that contest! Happy reading!

· Alba · said...

Yeahh, Harris rocks!!!! And Eric... Ohh, my Eric *O*!!

Your avatar es so funny xDD
But I prefer Jacob :P

· Alba · said...

Ohm! And I've read that Laurie's novel and: you're gonna love it ;) It's beautiful, sad and it contains a great truth. One of my favourites ^-^

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Awesome week! Love the loot you won from the contest and Thew New Kid and Vamped are both ones that I've been looking forward to reading!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Nice week. The New Kid really does look awesome. I saw it in stores and the cover really stuck out.

I want Vamped. Sounds hilarious, love the cover as well!!!


robin_titan said...

oh my goodness! I'm so jealous of your city of glass awesomeness!! :) The new kids indeed sounds cool :)

MichieBee said...

Oooh! Got some good ones in this there. :)

Erika Lynn said...

I got Vamped too and already finished it. It is really good.

Bookworm said...

Love the cover of Vamped, plus it sounds really cute/good!

wdebo said...

OMG Speak!! Hope you enjoy it!!

Wdebo :)

Rebecca said...

Wow, you got some really great books. Enjoy.

Janssen said...

That cover of If I Stay is just gorgeous. Wow, I love it.

cupcakewitch said...

If I Stay is sooo good! What a different cover than mine! I hope you like it as much as I did!

KB said...

I love that cover of If I Stay. Look forward to seeing what you think about it. City of Glass was my favorite of the 3. Enjoy your week!

KB said...

I forgot to tell you how much I love Speak. It is one of my all time favorites to read with 8th grade girls.

I also love Chains and Twisted and recently bought Catalyst.

Steph Su said...

I'm still surprised at how fast Speak got over to you, haha. Devil's Kiss sounds soooo good. Can't wait to read your review of it. :)