Sunday, 31 May 2009

In My Mailbox #19: New Books This Week

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

I got some cool books this week, and I'm excited to read them all!


Blood Water
by Dean Vincent Carter
(For review. I love the cover!).

They're all dead now. I am the last one. Dr Morrow can't identify the 'thing' he found living in the lake but he knows it's dangerous ...then it goes missing ...Caught in the flood that is devastating the town, brothers Sean and James stumble across Morrow and the carnage left at his lab. The missing specimen is some kind of deadly parasite that moves from person to person, destroying its hosts in disgusting, gory ways. The death toll will rise along with the waters unless the brothers can track down the homicidal specimen and find a way to destroy it.


The Dead and the Gone
by Susan Pfeffer
(We hardly ever get this in at work, so I thought I'd better buy it now!)

Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated readers with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event--an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex's parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle.


City of Ghosts
by Bali Rai
(For review. This sounds unusual, but good).

It's 1919 and Amritsar is a city on the brink of rebellion. Riots, violence and tension spill onto the streets ...Bissen Singh fought bravely for the British Empire during World War One. Now he waits patiently for news from England. Gurdial, a young orphan, is desperate to marry Sohni, the daughter of a rich and evil man. And Jeevan, Gurdial's oldest friend, is swept up in the revolution and changing beyond all recognition. Bissen, Gurdial and Jeevan are looking to the future whilst trying to escape ghosts from the past. But as the fight for Amritsar reaches a terrifying climax, their lives will be changed for ever.


Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott (Woohoo!)

Get this, I'm supposed to be starting a journal about "my journey." Please. I can see it now: Dear Diary, As I'm set adrift on this crazy sea called "life" . . . I don't think so. It's been seventy-five days. Amy's sick of her parents suddenly taking an interest in her. And she's really sick of people asking her about Julia. Julia's gone now, and she doesn't want to talk about it. They wouldn't get it, anyway. They wouldn't understand what it feels like to have your best friend ripped away from you. They wouldn't understand what it feels like to know it's your fault. Amy's shrink thinks it would help to start a diary. Instead, Amy starts writing letters to Julia. But as she writes letter after letter, she begins to realize that the past wasn't as perfect as she thought it was—and the present deserves a chance too.


Secrets at St. Jude's: New Girl by Carmen Reid (For review. This sounds like a fun read!).

Gina's mother is fed up with her staying out late, spending too much money on clothes and too much time IM-ing her friends. But her solution to sort out her wayward LA IT girl is pretty drastic - she's sending Gina to Scotland to go to the same boarding school she attended. Suddenly taken from a world of malls, mobile phones, en-suite wet-rooms, designer clothes and sophisticated boys, Gina is suddenly forced to find her way through games of hockey, communal meals and showers, horrible public schoolboys and stuffy housemistresses. Will she ever survive? Her dorm buddies might just help - they're a strange bunch but they seem to be good fun ...And there are always the boys from the local school to help keep them entertained.


The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan (I couldn't resist this one - it's about vampires! I know it's adult fiction, but I think I'll still review it here. I reckon' it will appeal to some other YA readers).

A plane lands at JFK and mysteriously 'goes dark', stopping in the middle of the runway for no apparent reason, all lights off, all doors sealed. The pilots cannot be raised. When the hatch above the wing finally clicks open, it soon becomes clear that everyone on board is dead -- although there is no sign of any trauma or struggle. Ephraim Goodweather and his team from the Center for Disease Control must work quickly to establish the cause of this strange ocurrence before panic spreads. The first thing they discover is that four of the victims are actually still alive. But that's the only good news. And when all two hundred corpses disappear from various morgues around the city on the same night, things very rapidly get worse. Soon Eph and a small band of helpers will find themselves battling to protect not only their own loved ones, but the whole city, against an ancient threat to humanity.


City of Glass
by Cassandra Clare
(UK advance copy: yes, they're printing it with the US cover! Cool eh? It's so much better than the creepy blue guy. My CoG review is 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?

Walker UK also sent me this very cool City of Glass promo t-shirt. I love it!


Thao said...

Love You Hate You Miss You hardcover looks cooler than I thought it would be. And I heart the tee, Walker is so sweet ^^

Liyana said...

Great books! Wowww you got a shirt, nice! And I love the quote. xD Jace (L)!

Rebecca said...

Awesome books you got this week. I haven't read any of them but Love you Hate you Miss you is on my list. Enjoy.

Chicklish said...

Wow, great books and a great t-shirt! Yay!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

The Dead and the Gone is brilliant and you got another ciopy of CoG?! Are they still going to print it with the creepy blue guy?

H said...

Wow, Love You Hate You Miss You! That T-shirt's cool, but is anyone else getting a leetle annoyed by the Stephenie Meyer endorsements of so many books?

The Book Obsession said...

Ahh! That t-shirt is so awesome =]
Great book haul

Emily said...

Dead and Gone looks AMAZING (:

Steph Su said...

I've wanted to read The Dead and the Gone for forever, because Life As We Knew It is one of my favorite books. Yay, Jenny, for having a good week! And, um, can I steal the t-shirt, pretty please? :)

Amelia said...

Great books this week! I absolutely LOVED CoG and that shirt is excellent. Happy Reading!

21 said...

Sounds like a good week!
I loved Life As We Knew It! I should read the next one, but I'm a chicken butt and I'm not sure I wanna see what happens to the kids in NY.
Strain sounds right up my alley, vampires and the CDC?! I can't wait for your review of that one. :)

Janssen said...

That t-shirt is so so funny. Have just emailed it on to all my Mortal Instrument-reading friends.

And I really enjoyed Love You, Hate You, Miss You.

Ali said...

Looks like an awesome week! I've heard so good things about Love You Hate You Miss You, I can't wait to read it. Have fun!!

Jo said...

Love the sound of Blood Water! Sounds awesome!

Amy said...

You always manage to find great ones! I like the little quote at the bottom:-D

katie said...

Love You Hate You Miss You is really good and I love the T-shirt. Happy reading!

deltay said...

Ahhh, you got Love You Hate You Miss You?! Lucky, that one looks great. And wow, the promo t-shirt is awesome. Happy reading!

Ravenous Reader said...

Ohh what a great week. I adored City of Glass and the T-shirt Rocks. I hope you enjoy all your reads.

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Haha that shirt is hilarious! Awesome week!

Callie said...

Haha cool shirt! And Love You Hate You Miss You and CoG both look really good. Happy reading!

Erica said...

Love You Hate You Miss you looks really good! Happy Reading!

Bookgeek said...

Loved the Dead and the Gone (and this is a much better cover than the US version) and the Strain looks awesome. Happy reading

Kate said...

These books sound great (and the promo stuff looks awesome). Happy reading :D

bookmania said...

aah. i am soo jealous of your shirt! its soo awesome! and enjoy your books! ;]

PolishOutlander said...

Love that t-shirt! I need to start reading that series! Great week for you!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I love Stephenie Meyer's quote. It cracks me up. I really want to read The Strain as well. Looks great.


Mishel said...

Oh my goodness Jenny, I'm super jealous of you and your treasure trove of delicious books! I especially want to know your thoughts on The Strain hurry up and read it!! =)

towerofbooks said...

Haha, nice shirt! I like the cover of Blood Water too.

KB said...

That tshirt is funny! I love the cover of the dead and the gone - so much more lively than ours. Look forward to hearing your thoughts on LUHUMU!

Jess said...

Great haul. Have a fantastic week of reading.