Sunday, 14 June 2009

In My Mailbox #21: New Books This Week

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

I thought I'd only end up with a couple of books this week, but some turned up for review, which was cool (and unexpected).


The Thornthwaite Inheritance
by Gareth P. Jones
(For review. It sounds really funny!)

Ovid and Lorelli Thornthwaite have been trying to kill each other for so long that neither twin can remember which act of attempted murder came first. But whoever struck first, trying to take each other's lives is simply what they do. Until one day a lawyer arrives at their house to take stock of its contents, and his accompanying son attracts their attention. Soon a new battle evolves - one in which the twins have to work together to solve the mystery of their parents' deaths. Can Lorelli and Ovid overcome their old animosities, and will they ever get to finish that game of chess?


Pimpernelles: The Pale Assassin
by Patricia Elliott
(My friend said this is brilliant, so I can't wait to read it).

Eugenie de Boncoeur is growing up in Paris, unaware that her guardian has contracted her to marry the sinister spymaster known as 'le Fantome' when she turns sixteen. She finds herself falling for the handsome lawyer, Guy Deschamps, but there is little time for romance; France is descending into chaos as the Revolution takes hold. Soon Eugenie is fleeing for her life. Her brother Armand has become involved in a plot to save the King from the guillotine, the mob is searching for aristocrats, and le Fantome, the pale assassin, is on their trail - desperate for revenge.


Selina Penaluna
by Jan Page
(For review. I really like the sound of this one. And oh, look who's on the cover again!)

Selina Penaluna is a merrymaid or so she believes... Ellen and Jack are evacuated from London to Cornwall during the Second World War. Ellen relishes the opportunity to better herself. Jack is different. He finds the attention from his new family stifling and seeks freedom in the arms of Selina, the mysterious local girl he sees at the shore. Selina, Ellen and Jack's lives are intertwined in a series of events that lead to tragedy.


by Celia Rees
(For review. I've never read anything by this author, but it sounds great).

Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution and its impact on British politics, this action-driven novel shows once again that Celia Rees is one of our very best writers for teenage readers. Wild and beautiful, spoilt and wilful, Sovay finds that her cosseted life in rural England has not prepared her for life as a highway robber, for defending the honor of her family or for trying to save herself from corruption and evil. As Sovay becomes more and more embroiled in adventures she could scarcely have imagined, a story of dark intrigue, thwarted passions and sinister intentions is revealed to her. Will she be able to survive, and if she does so, at what cost?


Good Girls
by Laura Ruby
(Thanks to Luisa for recommending this one).

Audrey is a good girl: a good student, daughter and friend. She's also the last person anyone expects to be with Luke DeSalvio, the biggest player at school. On the night she dumps him, someone takes her picture doing something good girls just don't do...The next Monday, messages begin popping up on people's phones and email inboxes. Soon everyone knows, including her teachers, her mum and her dad! Now she must discover strength she never knew he had, find friends where she didn't think she would, and learn that life goes on - no matter how different it is to how you think it's going to be.


Fly on the Wall
by E. Lockhart
(For review. I read this the other day, and it is hilarious!)

At the Manhattan School for Arts, where everyone is 'different' and everyone is 'special', Gretchen Yee feels ordinary. She sits alone at lunch, drawing pictures of spider-man, so she won't have to talk to anyone; has a crush on Titus but won't do anything about it and has no one to hang out with when her best (and only real) friend Katya is busy. One day, Gretchen wishes that she could be a fly on the wall in the boys' locker room - just to learn more about guys. What are they really like? What are they really cretins most of the time? Fly on the Wall is the story of how that wish comes true.


Girl Meets Cake
by Susie Day (I finally got a finished copy. It's lovely! You can read my review here).

Geeky fangirl Heidi, 15, has a great fantasy life thanks to her TV and her laptop - and no wonder, when she's stuck at the boarding school for crazy drop-outs where her parents teach, with only a cake-shop Saturday job to escape to. At least she's got her best mates - but when they all start coupling up, Heidi needs a boyfriend - and fast. Enter Gingerbread Ed, a sexy lovemuppet with a motorbike. He'd be perfect - if he actually existed.


I also got a couple more copies of The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. I loved it so much that I bought the US hardcover edition, which seriously has to be one of the nicest books I own. The cover and presentation, not to mention the image on the book itself, is beautiful!

Jo from Ink & Paper very kindly got me a signed UK copy, from Sarah RB's signing on Monday. She sent some promo goodies too, which are so cool! Thanks Jo :)


Rebecca said...

Awesome books you got this week, The Thornwaite Inheritance, Fly on the wall and Girl meets cake sounds really good. Enjoy.

Thao said...

I wonder how many books that picture has presented as a cover for. That kinda looks boring to me now. Oh and I love Fly On The Wall

Kate said...

It sounds like you got some really good books this week. I can't wait for your reviews! Happy reading :D

Princess Neve Reviews said...

You are so Lucky getting these books.

Happy Reading...

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Good Girls is great and Fly on the Wall is hilarious. Happy reading!

Lenore said...

I hope that girl got paid well, geez!

Jacqueline C said...

Girl Meets Cake sounds good. Nice stuff! Here's what I got.

Chicklish said...

wow, you have some great books there. I love Fly on the Wall, Girl Meets Cake and Good Girls. I'm looking forward to hearing your opinions on the others!

Jo said...

Ohh, great haul, Jenny! You're welcome for The Demon's Lexicon :) I look forward to most of your reviews, but especially for Good Girls, Girl Meets Cake, and Fly on the Wall! Happy reading!

The Book Obsession said...

Great books this week!

Cat said...

That first book looks so cool! Will be on my wishlist for sure!

That cover girl gets around, doesn't she? Haha! Professional YA book model!

Brooke Reviews said...

The Thornwaite Inheritance <--- this sounds really good! I love the cover. Great week!

a flight of minds said...

You got some great books this week! I've read Good Girls and Fly on the Wall, and they're both really good. I love seeing all the UK covers- they're so different. Happy reading!

- Alex

Amelia said...

Great books! The Thornthwaite Inheritance looks hilarious. I hope you enjoy reading them all!

Carrie said...

Awesome week!! That Pimpernelles book looks great. May have to order that one.

I hope that cover model gets royalties every time her face is on a book. She must be richie rich.

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Wow, that model is very popular. Awesome week, you always end up with a bunch of good books I've never heard of. The Thornthwaite Inheritance does sound really funny. Happy reading!


Shooting Stars Mag said...

Ohh I really really want to read The Thornthwaite Inheritance. It does sound hilarious, and like something I would LOVE!!!


Lizzy said...

Great books this week! The Thornthwaite Inheritance seems funny, and I think the Pimpernelles looks interesting. Happy reading.

deltay said...

Wow, so many awesome reads, I'm kind of envious. As for the cover of Selina Penaluna - whoa, that's how many covers that one stock photo has been on now? ;) haha, pretty awesome. Happy reading!

katie said...

Good Girls is amazing. Sovay also looks really good but I haven't read it yet. So many great books. Happy reading!

ZAC said...

Celia Rees was one of my first inspirations for becoming a writer. I didn't know she had a new book out!

Callie said...

Alot of these books look really cute. Happy reading!

Shalonda said...

I loved Good Girls! Hope you do as well!

bec_fitzpatrick said...

AHHH! I went out and bought The Demon's Lexicon last night - so awesome!!! Well, so far. I'm not done yet, but I have total high hopes :)

robin_titan said...

ah awesome books! I love the cover of Sovay. That one's been on my tbr list for a while haha

wow, yeah it seems that north of beautiful cover girl is all over YA books.

ali said...

Pimpernelles looks great, and I love the cover. Sovay is on my tbr list, I'm a huge Celia Rees fan!

Linna said...

I love the cover of Sovay, but I wonder if it has anything to do with the story. Have a good time reading to your heart's content.

Jess said...

The Thornthwaite Inheritance sounds fantastic and what a great cover!

Fantastic Book Review said...

The Demon's Lexicon was great! You had a great week! Happy Reading!

LV Books =) said...

All of those look good ! I like the sound of Girl Meets Cake and Good Girls =)

Kristen said...

I LOVED Sovay and I hope you do too, I just added most of the rest of your books to my to-read list. Have fun reading this week!

Laina said...

Oh, my gosh, I am jealous of those bookmarks. I'll trade you a Fairy Tale bookmark for one them! Lol

Dani said...


the cover of "Selina Penaluna"(shown above)
and then the cover of "North of Beautiful" by Justina Chen Headley. It is so the same girl reversed and blue-tinted.


Anonymous said...

just finished selina penaluna.

it is a great book. a really good read. i wish there were more to follow it. it is so cleverly written. i read it in two days. couldnt put in down. once you get past the first few chapters the story is so fantastic and dramatic, its glued to your mind. there a few odd bits it in. :S but i really cant tell you how good this is . :) ope you like it as much as i did