Sunday, 10 May 2009

In My Mailbox #16: New Books This Week

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

I had a great week for books this week! It was my birthday, so I bought some of them with birthday money. I'm still waiting for Amazon to get a few more in stock, so... more on those soon, hopefully!


Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink (UK proof/ARC, for review).

An ancient prophecy divides two sisters-
One good...
One evil...

Who will prevail?

Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.

Lia and Alice don't know whom they can trust. They just know they can't trust each other.


Wicca Omnibus #2: Blood Witch
& Dark Magick by Cate Tiernan
. (I love the covers of these reprints!)

Wicca has changed sixteen-year-old Morgan's life. She has lost friends, her heart and the person she used to be. But she has discovered her true heritage and great love. Yet there is so much more to learn – powers of good and evil. The difficult part is knowing which is which . . .


Wicca Omnibus #3: Awakening
& Spellbound by Cate Tiernan
(Again... nice cover).

Wicca has changed sixteen-year-old Morgan's life. She has lost friends, her heart and the person she used to be. But she has discovered her true heritage and great love. Yet there is so much more to learn – powers of good and evil. The difficult part is knowing which is which . . .


When It Happens
by Susane Colasanti
(I've been meaning to get this one for a while).

Sara and Tobey couldn’t be more different. She is focused on getting into her first-choice college; he wants to win Battle of the Bands. Sara’s other goal is to find true love, so when Dave, a popular jock, asks her out, she’s thrilled. But then there’s Tobey. His amazing blue eyes and quirky wit always creep into her thoughts. It just so happens that one of Tobey’s goals is also to make Sara fall in love with him. Told in alternating points of view, Sara and Tobey’s real connection will have everyone rooting for them from the minute they meet!


What Would Emma Do?
by Eileen Cook
(This sounds quite fun!)

While juggling friendship issues (her best friend isn't speaking to her), a love triangle-turned-square (okay, maybe she shouldn't have kissed her best friend's boyfriend...but it was totally an accident!...sort of), and escalating mayhem in her small religious town (uh-oh...what would Jesus do?), Emma realizes she has to stop trying to please everyone around her and figure out what she wants for herself. It's time to start asking, "What would Emma do?"


Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph (I am in love with the cover of this book).

High school senior Teresa Adams is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class. But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out -- doing mock broadcasts for Miami's hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tere surprises herself by blossoming behind the mike into confident, sexy Sweet T -- and to everyone's shock, she's a hit! Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ's awesome taste in music. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest -- and a prom date with Sweet T is the grand prize -- Sweet T's dream could turn into Tere's worst nightmare....


Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (I thought it was about time I bought this one!)

Choose: A quick death...or a slow poison...About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace - and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust - and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonising death from the poison. As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear...


I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone
by Stephanie Kuehnert (I'm really excited about reading this, it looks brilliant).

Punk rock is in Emily Black's blood. Her mother, Louisa, hit the road to follow the incendiary music scene when Emily was four months old and never came back. Now Emily's all grown up with a punk band of her own, determined to find the tune that will bring her mother home. Because if Louisa really is following the music, shouldn't it lead her right back to Emily?


How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier (I've heard good things about this one, and I really enjoyed Justine's story in the Love is Hell anthology).

Welcome to New Avalon, where everyone has a personal fairy. Though invisible to the naked eye, a personal fairy, like a specialized good luck charm, is vital to success. And in the case of the students at New Avalon Sports High, it might just determine whether you make the team, pass a class, or find that perfect outfit. But for 14-year-old Charlie, having a Parking Fairy is worse than having nothing at all—especially when the school bully carts her around like his own personal parking pass. Enter: The Plan. At first, teaming up with arch-enemy Fiorenza (who has an All-The-Boys-Like-You Fairy) seems like a great idea. But when Charlie unexpectedly gets her heart’s desire, it isn’t at all what she thought it would be like, and she’ll have resort to extraordinary measures to ditch her fairy. The question is: will Charlie herself survive the fairy ditching experiment?


Breathing Underwater
by Julia Green (Another UK author... we're doing well this year!)

Freya has come to visit her grandparents who live on a remote island. Last year she visited them with her brother - but last year her brother died alone in a boating accident. Whilst back on the island, Freya finds a way, with the calming presence of her grandparents and the gentle care and attention of the people around her, to adjust to the fact that her brother has gone, and that life - and love - are still vibrantly in the air.


Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman (Amazon UK finally got it in stock! Yey!).

Savannah would be happy to spend the summer in her coastal Carolina town working at the library and lying in a hammock reading her beloved romance novels. But then she meets Jackson. Once they lock eyes, she’s convinced he’s the one—her true love, her soul mate, a boy different from all the rest. And at first it looks like Savannah is right. Jackson abides by her mama’s strict rules, and stays by her side during a hospitalization for severe asthma, which Savannah becomes convinced is only improving because Jackson is there. But when he’s called away to help his family—and seems uncertain about returning—Savannah has to learn to breathe on her own, both literally and figuratively.


The Importance of Being Emma
by Juliet Archer (Not strictly YA, but still. I met the author at an event at work, so I bought her book, which she signed. She was lovely!)

Mark Knightley - handsome, clever, rich - is used to women falling at his feet. Except Emma Woodhouse, who's like part of the family - and the furniture. When their relationship changes dramatically, is it an ending or a new beginning? Emma's grown into a stunningly attractive young woman, full of ideas for modernising her family business. Then Mark gets involved and the sparks begin to fly. It's just like the old days, except that now he's seeing her through totally new eyes. While Mark struggles to keep his feelings in check, Emma remains immune to the Knightley charm. She's never forgotten that embarrassing moment when he discovered her teenage crush on him. He's still pouring scorn on all her projects, especially her beautifully orchestrated campaign to find Mr Right for her ditzy PA. And finally, when the mysterious Flynn Churchill - the man of her dreams - turns up, how could she have eyes for anyone else? With its clueless heroine and entertaining plot, this modern re-telling of Jane Austen's Emma stays true to the original, while giving fresh insights into the mind of its thoroughly updated and irresistible hero.


And he's not a book, but my friend bought me this little Watchover Voodoo vampire doll. I've called him Edward!


Thao said...

Hello Edward *waves* haha.

You got so many cool books Jenny, can I borrow When It Happens? It sounds great! And Breathing Underwater's cover is cute, review it soon yeah?

Adele said...

WOW Jenny you have had a very nice birthday! Happy Birthday.

I really would like to read that Susane Colastanti book. I alternating point of view books.

Can't wait to read the reviews.

Chicklish said...

Wow, these all sound great. I can't wait to read your thoughts on them! Brilliant week!

Kate at Read This Book! said...

Woah that's a lot of books! Happy reading! :D

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

When It Happens is really good and I really want to read How to Ditch Your Fairy. I love Edward, he's cool!

And Happy Birthday again!

Rebecca said...

You got some really awesome books. I love that series by Cate Tiernan. Also, Edward looks so cool. Happy Reading.

Amelia said...

Oooh you got a lot of cool stuff this week! All your books look really good.

Michelle said...

Wow, you had a really great week! Happy reading. =D

Cat said...

Hee! I love that little vamp voodoo guy!

I had never heard of the Cate Tiernan series before - I now have TWELVE new books added to my amazon wishlist (since the Canada/US ones don't seem to be in omnibus format). Thanks a lot! :P

Mishel said...

haha I love that doll!

I really want to get a copy of Poison Study and Prophecy of the Sisters.

Happy Reading!!

The Book Obsession said...

Ahhh! I love Cate Tiernan's writing. That would have to tie first for my favortie series ever so enjoy. =]

Also you got some pretty awesome books this week, enjoy!

Cat said...

PS - Wow, um, seems I actually own one of those Care Tiernan books! While adding them to my wishlist I saw one with a cover similar to something I have in my box o' unread books from years ago. Turns out it's "Night's Child". Weird. Picked it up for $1!

PPS - I hope you love Poison Study as much as I did!

Ravenous Reader said...

*snerk* I love Edward... too cute
I hope you had a happy birthday. You recieved some awesome books :)

Lianne said...

You got such a group of great books this week! I love What Would Emma Do!

Steph Su said...

Wow Prophecy! Hehe. And the UK cover of Poison Study is fantastic. Great week!

Senfaye said...

Happy Birthday! Have fun reading all your great books, Prophecy Of The Sisters is AMAZING! :)

KB said...

That Poison Study cover is amazing! If I'd seen that one, I would have bought the book a long time ago!

Picked up When It Happens from the library! We have such similar book wanting tastes!

Bookworm said...

Hi Edward! And I'm so excited about Shrinking sounds so good!


Dahlia said...

How to Ditch Your Fairy = AWESOME!!!!!

Lenore said...

Great books this week and I love the doll :)

Kate said...

I love the look of The Poison Study. You have had a great book. Happy reading!

Fantastic Book Review said...

Happy Birthday Jenny! You had a great week, you got some really good reads and I love the Study Series.

deltay said...

Hey that's so cool, my birthday's this week too! & I also received a copy of Shrinking Violet.

Awesome haul, happy reading!

PolishOutlander said...

What wonderful books! I have Poison Study (not read yet) but that is one gorgeous new cover they have for it. Happy reading!

susan said...

Wicca, has a very cool cover. Love the colors. If you have the #3 in the series does that mean you've read the other two? Can you tell me those titles?

Happy reading.

The Story Siren said...

fantastic book week! lots of great titles! a few i haven't heard of.. must look them up! happy reading!

Callie said...

Happy birthday! You hit the jackpot, eh?

Dame Orchid said...

Looks like you got some great books.

Bookgeek said...

great week for you. I want to read I wanna be your joey ramone badly. And prophesy of the sisters. didn't much care for how to ditch your fairy personally, although I loved her magic or madness series. happy reading

Erika Lynn said...

You got so many good books, i really want to read Joey Ramone too!

vvb32 reads said...

great selection! and looove the edward doll! so cute!

robin_titan said...

oh my gosh! that is the cutest doll i've ever seen! cute and well crafted :D