Sunday, 29 November 2009

In My Mailbox #45: New Books This Week

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

I have had one of the worst weeks ever this week. I don't know if any of you have heard, and I won't go into it too much, but Borders UK (where I work) has gone into administration. Unless someone buys the company, we'll lose our store and our jobs. It's a sad time for UK bookshops and booksellers at the moment, but I just want to say: good luck to all employees at every store, and you're all amazing. May the force be with us.

For review:

Girl, Aloud by Emily Gale (I am so looking forward to reading this!)

Kass Kennedy is in the spotlight, thanks to her Dad. He plans on selling her soul to the Devil - or at any rate to Simon Cowell when she finds herself pushed into an X-Factor audition. Kass could just say no, but her dad's manic-depressive mood swings are a cnstant worry and he has her in an emotional half-Nelson. Just when things couldn't get worse, Kass falls for a gorgeous older boy, also named Cass. She's amazed when he appears to like her, but it turns out this boy, is her best friend's long-term crush. What's a girl to do? Everything Kass thought she understood starts to fall apart and the only person she can turn to ... grumpy Simon Cowell (literally in her dreams|). She might not be able to sing her way out of a paper bag, but Kass discovers that she isn't a choker when it comes to sorting out real life.


Magic Under Glass by Jackie Dolamore (UK proof/ARC. I was very excited when I opened this! Yay!)

Nimira is a music-hall performer forced to dance for pennies to an audience of leering drunks. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to do a special act - singing accompaniment to an exquisite piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumours abound about ghosts, a mad woman roaming the halls, and of Parry's involvement in a gang of ruthless sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. When Nimira discovers the spirit of a dashing young fairy gentleman is trapped inside the automaton's stiff limbs, waiting for someone to break the curse and set him free, the two fall in love. But it is a love set against a dreadful race against time to save the entire fairy realm, which is in mortal peril.


Monster Republic: The Divinity Project
by Ben Horton
(I love the cover of this book, and it sounds ace!)

An explosion in a nuclear power plant. Kids patched up with scavenged body parts and bionic implants. A growing army of superhuman soldiers programmed for destruction. 'No', whispered Cameron to the monster in the glass. And he watched it shaking its hideous head. 'That's not me. You're not me'. As commercial and compelling as a computer game, this is the first book in a major new series.


The Looking Glass Wars
by Frank Beddor
(I love the sound of this, and I don't know why I haven't bought it before!)

Alyss, born in Wonderland, is destined to be a warrior queen. After a bloody coup topples the Heart regime, Alyss is exiled to another world entirely, where she is adopted into a new family, renamed Alice and befriended by Lewis Carroll. At age 20 she returns to Wonderland to battle Redd and lead Wonderland into its next golden age of imagination.


Seeing Redd by Sarah Frank Beddor (How nice is this cover?!)

*The Looking Glass Wars spoilers*

Alyss of Wonderland's rule has only just begun, but the Queendom and her White Imagination are already under threat. Someone has resurrected the brutal Glass Eyes, and they are attacking Wonderland on all sides. Has renegade Redd Heart freed herself and her assassin Cat from the prism of the Heart Crystal? Can Alyss trust Boarderland's King Arch, as he extends a benevolent helping hand? A battle is raging but who is the enemy?


Night World: The Ultimate Fan Guide
by L. J. Smith & Annette Pollert
(This is a must-buy for all Night World fans!)

You loved Secret Vampire and are counting down to the Strange Fate apocalypse. But who was the first made vampire? How do you properly greet a witch? And why are shapeshifters and werewolves rivals? Prepare to test your Night World knowledge with trivia questions from all nine books; get the inside information about the clans, the soulmate principle, Circle Daybreak, and the four Wild Powers; and take two quizzes to find out how you fit into the Night World.

Best of all, L.J. Smith shares her inspiration for the series, answers the questions you've been asking, and even reveals fun facts about herself in this official guide. Plus, look for the sneak peek at the dramatic conclusion to the series, Strange Fate!


Shadowland by Alyson Noel (Again, I love this cover. And it's hardback! :D )

*Evermore & Blue Moon spoilers*

Ever and Damen have traveled through countless past lives—and fought off the world’s darkest enemies—so they could be together forever. But just when their long-awaited destiny is finally within reach, a powerful curse falls upon Damen…one that could destroy everything. Now a single touch of their hands or a soft brush of their lips could mean sudden death—plunging Damen into the Shadowland. Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses herself in magick—and gets help from an unexpected source…a surfer named Jude. Although she and Jude have only just met, he feels startlingly familiar. Despite her fierce loyalty to Damen, Ever is drawn to Jude, a green-eyed golden boy with magical talents and a mysterious past. She’s always believed Damen to be her soulmate and one true love—and she still believes it to be true. But as Damen pulls away to save them, Ever’s connection with Jude grows stronger—and tests her love for Damen like never before…


Book Chick City said...

Sorry to hear about your troubles :( But at least you have some awesome books to read. I reviewed Monster Republic back in October and it is just brilliant!! Make sure you bump it up to the top of your pile as you wont be disappointed :D

Catherine (On The Nightstand) said...

Oh dear, that's horrible.

But ooh, you have Magic Under Glass and the Night World guide!

The Book Bug said...

I'm really sad about Borders too! I really hope it turns out okay- I love borders! I got Magic Under Glass As well, it looks amazing

Rebecca said...

Sorry to hear about Borders, hopefully things work out for your store. In the meantime, hope you enjoy reading your books.

LovesSam said...

Hey hey my lovely, some good books this week :-) I've read evermore but never picked up the 2nd book, so may give it a try :-)

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you xoxo

Chicklish said...

I'm so sorry about your bad week and am thinking of you loads.
Great books, though! I got Magic Under Glass too, and I've just reviewed Girl, Aloud as you know - I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Fantastic book.
I've heard a lot about The Looking Glass Wars, too. Happy reading!

Becky said...

Great books this week. I'm really looking to your review of Magic Under Glass.

Thinking of you with the whole work situation. Hope that it resolves itself but I know you will make a fabulous librarian so maybe it is time to think of making that change! One door closes, another will open. You are an amazing blogger any book store, library or publishing house would be lucky to have you. Chin up!

Rhiannon Hart said...

So sorry to hear about your job. I hope things work out for you.

KatW said...

Some great new books, thanks for the recommends.

Sorry to hear about your job. Wishing you good news soon.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I'm so sorry about Borders, I hope it works out for you. At least you've got some great books to lift your spirits! :)

April said...

That's so sad, what's going on with Borders UK. I hope for all the best.

The Looking Glass Wars is excellent, it's great for escapism. :-D

Jo said...

Oh Jenny, I'm so sorry to hear about your work problems! My Mum told me about Borders the other day, but I had completely forgotten that you worked there. This sucks so much! Hope everything turns out ok!

Great haul! I am jealous of Magic Under Glass! My copy of Girl, Aloud should be arriving soon, I'm really looking forward to it! :D

Book Crazy Jenn said...

Oh that stinks about Borders - I hope someone buys it! :(

I just read Shadowland - I hope you like it, it's um, a good "bridge" kinda book - maybe LOL no honestly I liked it ok...just not as much as the others!

Enjoy your reading week!

Thao said...

Magic Under Glass and Shadowland looks lovely. Happy reading all these books ^^

Laura (The Bookie Bunch) said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your job! You do have some great books - I hope they can take your mind off of things!

KatieDoll said...

Awesome books this week! I also got Shadowland but I plan on exchanging it for one that I'll actually read since I'm not an Immortals fan. Happy reading! :)

Zia said...

I hope things work out at your store. The cover of Monster Republic makes me want to read the book. Great mailbox this week.

Lauren said...

That's terrible about Borders, as soon as I heard that I thought about you. (I think you're Borders' most famous employee!) I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you all.

Awesome haul, though. I'm especially eager to read Girl, Aloud and Magic Under Glass. Hope you enjoy them, and best wishes to you. :)

ladystorm said...

The only Barnes and Noble store that I have close to me is closing its doors. The B. Dalton bookstore has been at are mall forever and I couldn't believe it when I heard about it. It is a sad time for bookstores indeed..

You got a great haul, I hope you enjoy reading them.

PolishOutlander said...

I really really hope the Borders situation gets worked out somehow. Thinking happy thoughts...
I haven't gotten a chance to read the books by Frank Beddor but I am quite intrigued by these UK covers for them. I'll have to finally buckle down and read them before the new movie comes out in the spring. Happy reading :)

I Want To Read That said...

I'm sorry to hear about Borders - hopefully it will all work out okay:) Hope you enjoy all your books:)

The Book Owl said...

You'll make it through. :) Awesome books! I love the cover for Looking Glass Wars. Have fun reading.

ExtremeReader said...

I bought both of "The Looking Glass Wars" this week too! I also got "Shadowland" last week. Good luck with you job.

Bookworm said...

Girl Aloud looks super cute! Enjoy!

Nikki @ Bookizzle said...

That's really unfortunate to hear about your job. :( Keeping my fingers crossed that things turnaround soon!

Wonderful book haul. I hope you enjoy them all!

Clover said...

I was very sad to hear about Borders :( I worked for Books Etc for many years and anyway, I do hope something is worked out so jobs won't be lost.

What a great collection of books! Girl, Aloud and Magic Under Glass in particular sound wonderful! I've read The Looking Glass Wars as an ARC ages ago but never got around to reading Seeing Redd. I might have to reread the first and get to that..

Lauren said...

I'm sorry to hear about Borders. I hope someone ends up buying it, because I can't even begin to imagine how upset you (along with the rest of the employees) must be about this. So, good luck and always remember that what's meant to happen will be and if it's not mean to happen, other good things will come your way still.

Anyway, I hope you have a better week this week and happy reading! I can’t wait to hear what you think about Magic Under Glass! It looks so great.

Kristen said...

So jealous about Magic Under Glass.. and oh no about the job! Keep us updated!

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