Sunday, 1 November 2009

In My Mailbox #41: New Books This Week

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

Another great week... I received some very exciting UK proofs, all of which I can't wait to read!


For review:

The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh (UK proof/ARC. This sounds really good!)

It's 1347 and fifteen-year-old Will, an orphan boy, lives at Crowfield Abbey. Sent into the forest to gather wood, he rescues instead, a creature from a trap - a hob, who shares with Will a terrible secret. Somewhere in the forest behind the abbey where he lives,is a grave. And buried deep in the snow is an angel. But how can an angel die? What has it to do with the monks of the Abbey? When two hooded strangers arrive at Crowfield asking questions about the angel's grave. Will is drawn into a world of dangerous Old Magic. The Crowfield Feather was short-listed for the Times Chidren's Fiction Competition in 2008. This is a stunning debut novel and the first of a two part series.


The Raven Mysteries: Lunatics & Luck
by Marcus Sedgwick
(UK proof/ARC. So excited to read this - I love the RM series!)

Join the wonderfully weird Otherhand family and their faithful guardian, Edgar the raven, and discover the dark secrets of Castle Otherhand. Solstice and Cudweed are appalled to find their father has appointed a new school master. But things get even worse when the grumpy, viciously mean teacher actually arrives. The Otherhand children are sure there's something more to him than meets the eye - the trouble is, who will believe them? No one it seems. Except, perhaps, Edgar.


Pretty Bad Things
by C. J. Skuse
(UK proof/ARC. This sounds like another great book from Chicken House).

SIXTEEN-YEAR OLD TWINS IN CANDY-STORE CRIME SPREE Twins, Paisley and Beau Argent are in the headlines again. Last time, they were the 'wonder twins', when as six-year-olds they were found alive in woods after three days missing following their mother's death -three days spent looking for their dad. Now at sixteen, life's not so wonderful. Out-cast and exploited by their money-grabbing grandmother they're still clueless about their dad's whereabouts. Until they discover an old letter from him. That's when they decide.


by Sam Osman
(UK proof/ARC. This also sounds like a great read - I'm looking forward to it!)

Dark powers from the past are searching for three extraordinary chilren... Wolfie, Tala and Zi'ib were born on the same day on opposite sides of the world. They are brought together by astonishing coincidence - or so it seems. But only they can fulfil an ancient prophecy - and find a treasure of incalculable power. Can the mysterious energies that flow through the Earth's prehistoric leylines be controlling their lives? And will they discover the chilling truth of who they really are?


Tombstone Tea by Joanne Dahme (US ARC. This was a complete surprise, and I think it's out in the UK in February. Sounds good, eh?)

This title features a page-turning tale in which a young girl accidentally discovers her ability to communicate with the spirits of the dead - she must use this newfound power to bring peace to a cemetery full of disgruntled ghosts. In order to fit in at her new high school and be accepted in the 'in crowd', Amy accepts a dare to spend one night in a local cemetery. Once inside the gate of the dark and frightening burial ground, Amy meets Paul, a handsome boy who works as a caretaker at the cemetery. Paul explains to Amy about Tombstone Tea: a performance in which actors impersonate the people buried in the cemetery. The actors are supposedly rehearsing on this particular evening, but Amy discovers that they are actually ghosts of the deceased. Will Amy be able to settle the ancient dispute that creates danger and unrest within the cemetery walls?


The It Girl: Devious
by Cecily von Ziegesar
(More excitement when this arrived... I think everyone knows by now that I'm a big fan of this series!)

The ninth book in the New York Times bestselling IT GIRL series

Jenny Humphrey could have lost everything she'd worked so hard for when the reality show her adoring freshman fans were filming backfired on her in the most publicly humiliating way...but it meant she found out who her friends were - maybe Waverly is big enough for four IT girls?



Happy reading, everyone!


Catherine (On The Nightstand) said...

Oooh, Tombstone Tea sounds really really good. And the Crowfield Curse as well.

Looks like you had a great week. Enjoy!

Becky said...

The Crowfield Curse sounds intriguing. Looking forward to your review. Hope you enjoy Witch and Wizard too!

The Book Bug said...

tombestones tea sounds great! I really want to read witch and wizard!

Lori(Pure Imagination) said...

You got some great books this week! I'm going to have to put some of them on my wish list!

Lauren said...

Wow, that's a great week, especially considering the post here has been so erratic. I'm especially intrigued by The Crowfield Curse, which I haven't heard of before but definitely want to hear more about!

Chicklish said...

Great books! I'm intrigued by Pretty Bad Things, and I've always wanted to read something by Ellen Hopkins as I've heard a lot about her books. Happy reading!

Book Chick City said...

Great bunch of books. Hope you enjoy reading them all. I want to read Blue Bloods too.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

All of these sound really good but I am especially intrigued with The Crowfield Curse. I am putting it on my TBR list on my blog.

THanks for bringing it to my attention.

WilowRaven said...

I'm adding most of your books to my wishlist :)
Love the cover of Tombstone Tea!
Happy Reading!

Kelsey said...

I love the Blue Bloods series and Ellen Hopkins books!

Letter Garden said...

The Blue Bloods Box looks great!! :D

Emily said...

The Crowfield Curse sounds excellent- I hadn't heard of it before now so thanks for mentioning it!

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Jo said...

Great haul, Jenny! Quick Silver and Tombstone Tea sound amazing! Happy reading, and I look forward to your reviews!

Jessica Kennedy said...

Nice loot!

Enjoy the Blue Bloods series! I'm on book 3 now. Read the other two this week. :) A good series. I'm really into it!

PolishOutlander said...

The Crowfield Curse sounds SO good. Tombstone Tea sounds like a great read too! Haven't heard of it before and just looked and it IS in fact available in the US. Will have to check it out now. Happy reading!

I Want To Read That said...

Tombstone Tea sounds really good and I really want to read the Blue Blood series. Happy reading:)

Allison said...

I still need to read Glass. Enjoy!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

The Five People You Meet in Heaven is really good and I'm looking forward to eharing what you think about the Blue Bloods series. I've wanted to read those for ages!

choco (In Which a Girl Reads) said...

Wow, those books all look great!

Happy Reading :D

Book Monster said...

ooh Tombstone Tea looks amazing, I can't wait till it comes out :)

The Book Owl said...

Tombstone Tea looks great. Have fun reading! :)

Rhiannon Hart said...

Lovely books! I have Crank to pick up from the library. Sounds very interesting.

Tena said...

wit woo, amazing week for you when it came to books!!

Happy Reading

P.S. Here is mine if you want to take a peek

Rebecca said...

Looks like you got some superb books this week. Enjoy.

Just Blinded Book Reviews said...

You got the Ellen Hopkins box set? I'm so jealous! Is it as beautiful as I dreamed?

Kate said...

All the books look like good reads. I hope you enjoy them. Happy reading =D