Sunday, 19 July 2009

In My Mailbox #26: New Books This Week

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

This is my second favourite book week of 2009, because I got a copy of Hush, Hush. All I'll say is it's AMAZING, and I can't wait 'til it's officially released. So, a HUGE thanks to S&S UK. I don't think I've ever been so excited to open my mail!


Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (For review. UK proof/ARC. It came with a promo postcard thing, and a black feather. SO COOL! Oh, and I'm totally in love with Patch!)

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.


Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter by R. J. Anderson (I've read good reviews, so I hope I like it!)

Deep inside the great Oak lies a dying faery realm, bursting with secrets instead of magic. Long ago the faeries mysteriously lost their magic. Robbed of their powers, they have become selfish and dull-witted. Now their numbers are dwindling and their very survival is at stake. Only one young faery—Knife—is determined to find out where her people's magic has gone and try to get it back. Unlike her sisters, Knife is fierce and independent. She's not afraid of anything—not the vicious crows, the strict Faery Queen, or the fascinating humans living nearby. But when Knife disobeys the Faery Queen and befriends a human named Paul, her quest becomes more dangerous than she realizes. Can Knife trust Paul to help, or has she brought the faeries even closer to the brink of destruction?


Young, Loaded & Fabulous: Secrets & Liars
by Kate Kingsley
(For review. Really enjoyed the first book, so looking forward to this!)

Addictive, scandalous and glamourous new fiction series for sophisticated teens. Love is in the air at St Cecilia's: Alice Rochester has a new man in her life, much to her ex Tristan's dismay, Tally Abbott and hot new teacher Mr Logan's secret tutorials are getting cosier and new girl Dylan Taylor is being well and truly romanced by Jasper. But when the crew all head over to Rome for Alice's cousin's lavish engagement party hosted by Italian Vogue tensions are high. Will it all end happily ever after?


The Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams (I love the cover of this!)

For the past nine years, Helena Waite has been returning to summer camp at Southpoint. Every year the camp and its familiar routines, landmarks, and people have welcomed her back like a long-lost family member. But this year she is returning not as a camper, but as a counselor, while her best friend, Katie Bell remains behind. All too quickly, Helena discovers that the innocent world of campfires, singalongs, and field days have been pushed aside for late night pranks on the boys' camp, skinny dipping in the lake, and stolen kisses in the hayloft. As she struggles to define herself in this new world, Helena begins to lose sight of what made camp special and the friendships that have sustained her for so many years. And when Ransome, her longtime crush, becomes a romantic reality, life gets even more confusing.


Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick (For review. I finished it yesterday and loved it!)

1910. A cabin north of the Arctic Circle. Fifteen-year-old Sig Andersson is alone. Alone, except for the corpse of his father, who died earlier that day after falling through a weak spot on the ice-covered lake. His sister, Anna, and step-mother, Nadya, have gone to the local town for help. Then comes a knock at the door. It's a man, the flash of a revolver's butt at his hip, and a mean glare in his eyes. Sig has never seen him before but Wolff claims to have unfinished business with his father. As Sig gradually learns the awful truth about Wolff's connection to his father, Sig finds his thoughts drawn to a certain box hidden on a shelf in the storeroom, in which lies his father's prized possession - a revolver. When Anna returns alone, and Wolff begins to close in, Sigs choice is pulled into sharp focus. Should he use the gun, or not?


The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (I'm sure I'll love Dairy Queen, so I bought this one while Amazon still had it in stock).

*Dairy Queen spoilers*

Life is looking up for D. J. Schwenk, star of Dairy Queen. She?s made it to eleventh grade, she?s reconnecting with her best friend, and she?s got a thing going with Brian Nelson. But best of all, she?s playing for the Red Bend High School football team?as the first female linebacker in northern Wisconsin.
But then the season goes suddenly, horribly wrong: her brother Win is put into the hospital after getting a devastating injury during a game. Once again, D.J. is forced to step up and be there for her family. It?s a heavy burden, even for D.J.?s strong shoulders. She?ll have to dig deeper than she?s ever had to before.


Viola in Reel Life
by Adriana Trigiani (For review. US ARC. This sounds great!)

When fourteen-year-old Viola is sent from her beloved Brooklyn to boarding school in Indiana for ninth grade, she overcomes her initial reservations as she makes friends with her roommates, goes on a real date, and uses the unsettling ghost she keeps seeing as the subject of a short film—her first.


Ember Fury
by Cathy Brett
(For review. Finished copy - it's lovely!)

Pyromania: A mental derangement, excitement or excessive enthusiasm for fire.
Having celebrity parents isn’t as hot as it sounds. Yes, there’s money to burn, fame and some totally smoking guys...But when your dad’s more interested in blazing a trail to the top of the charts than why you got kicked out of school, again, it can make you seriously angry. And if there’s one thing Ember knows, it’s that the smallest spark of anger can ignite a whole heap of trouble...


Amy said...

Yay I am the first to comment.

Fairy Rebels is so good I hope you enjoy it. Great haul! Can't wait to see your reviews!

Karen said...

Thanks for the new suggestions for my wish list :). Look forward to reading your views on them.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I'm so jealous that you got Hush, Hush! The Lost Summer looks great as well.

Chicklish said...

I have Ember Fury and Secrets & Liars and they sparkle at each other.

Great week! Happy reading!

Lenore said...

Revolver looks fascinating. And that's cool that you got a feather :)

Zombie Girrrl said...

Oh, I'm so jealous! You got Hush, Hush! Hurray for you though! :)

Cat said...

Ember Fury looks so interesting! That's one I'll look for.

Dame Orchid said...

Ember Fury sounds like it could be funny.

Fantastic Book Review said...

Great Batch! Faery Rebels is great! I have Hush, Hush too, but I have only read the 1st 2 chaps from S & S and let me tell you I have a new crush too only after reading the 1st 2 chaps. I know *Shrugs* What can I say? Gotta love those bad boys! LOL! Happy Reading!

DeNiSe MaDnEsS said...

ughhhh Hush Hush I really want to read that book I hope you enjoy it ( patch sound like a great character to like :)

The Book Explorer said...


You have Hush, Hush.


I also want to read Faery Rebels!

Great books

Kristen said...

Awesome books! I was lucky enough to snag Hush, Hush at ALA, so it's sitting on my bookshelf screaming for me to read it.. *hurries to finish her other books*. Awesome books this week - should keep you busy.

susan said...

Love the cover of the first book, Hush, Hush and Ember Fury sounds interesting.

Amelia said...

Awesome books! I hope you enjoy them all!

PolishOutlander said...

I've been reading a lot about Marcus Sedgwick these past few weeks. Looks like I'm going to have to check him out then! Great week!

Yan said...

SO WANT HUSH, HUSH! Feary Rebel was amazing~!

Lizzy said...

Ember Fury looks really interesting, and I'm glad to see a sequel to Dairy Queen (although it feels like Dairy Queen has been out for years).

Happy reading!

Thao said...

I want Hush Hush now. Where did my ARC go. And it was so great it came out with the postcard and the feather.

Becca Fitzpatrick said...

Oooh, I love that postcard! And the Hush, Hush in red is growing on me - looks so sinister!

Library Lounge Lizard said...

oh man! I really , really want to read Revolver! Hush, Hush too...enjoy!

a flight of minds said...

I really want to read Hush, Hush and The Lost Summer. I really love The Off Season, so hopefully you will too. :) Happy reading!

- Alex

Rebecca said...

Great books, Hush Hush looks and sounds really good. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

Erica said...

All those books sound amazing, especially Hush, Hush and The Lost Summer!

The Off Season is really good as well.

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

One day I am going to travel to the UK and steal your mailbox =D Very jealous that you got a copy of Hush, Hush! Can't wait to see your review


Steph Su said...

I hope you like Faery Rebels; and you got the US version--nice! Those Marcus Sedgwick books are sounding better and better... and I want to hear what you think of The Lost Summer!

Kate said...

You have got lots of amazing books this week! I hope you enjoy them all. Happy reading!

Jess said...

I am so jealous over your copy of Hush, Hush! I can't wait to read it!

Lauren said...

Very envious of you getting Viola in Reel Life! Love Trigiani and can't wait to see her dive into YA books!

Bookworm said...

I always love the DJ Schwenk books, and Viola In Reek Life sounds so amazing...can't wait for that one!