Saturday, 6 February 2010

In My Mailbox (19)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren. Check out her awesome YA reviews.

I received a fair few this week!

For Review:

Pretty Bad Things by C. J. SkusePretty Bad Things by C. J. Skuse

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 to hit the road - and make headlines again. Holding up fast-food joints might seem extreme but if they can get on the news, and tell their dad they need him, they might get the dream reunion they thought could happen. From Amazon UK


Koh Tabu by Ann KelleyKoh Tabu by Ann Kelley

Wonderful day, wonderful island -THE WRONG ISLAND, but who cares? For Bonnie MacDonald it didn't matter that they'd blown off course, she and her friends were off on an adventure to a beautiful tropical island. And there were no parents or teachers to spoil things. There was Layla Campbell, of course, but she didn't count as a proper grown-up-she was so cool, so beautiful, and treated the girls as equals, not like children. But how can a place go from paradise to hell in just one night? How can life go from being a wonderful adventure to a desperate struggle to survive? Sun... sea... sand... destruction... danger... death... From Amazon UK


Where I Belong by Gillian CrossWhere I Belong by Gillian Cross

There are guns and bandits in this story. And supermodels. And there's drought and starvation too. Are you wondering how they can all come together? Well, that's how life is these days. Things don't happen neatly, in separate little places. We're all caught by the great spider's web of media that spans the world. That's where this story is set. The world. It's the story of Abdi and Khadija and Freya (that's me) and what happened to us because of Somalia... From Amazon UK


Diary of a Dr. Who Addict by Paul MagrsDiary of a Dr. Who Addict by Paul Magrs

It's the 1980's and David has just started secondary school. He's becoming a teenager, but still hanging onto the rituals of childhood, particularly his addiction to Doctor Who, sharing the books with his best friend and neighbour, Robert, and watching the TV show. But time moves relentlessly on, and Robert starts rejecting the Doctor in favour of girls, free weights and new music. Against a backdrop of Bowie, Breville toasters and trips to Blackpool, David acknowledges his own abilities and finds his place in the world. From Amazon UK


If I Grow Up by Todd StrasserIf I Grow Up by Todd Strasser

In the Frederick Douglass Project where DeShawn lives, daily life is ruled by drugs and gang violence. Dropping out of school and joining a gang is the norm and every kid knows someone who's died. Gunshots ring out on a regular basis. DeShawn is smart enough to know he should stay in school and keep away from the gangs. But while his friends have drug money to buy anything they want, DeShawn's family can barely afford food for the month. How can he stick to his principles when his family is hungry? In this gritty novel about growing up in the inner-city projects, award-winning author Todd Strasser opens a window into the life of a teenager struggling with right and wrong under the ever-present shadow of gangs. From Amazon UK


Dark Secrets by Elizabeth ChandlerDark Secrets by Elizabeth Chandler

Legacy of Lies When Megan arrives at her grandmother's house she immediately feels that there is something curiously familiar about the place. She's been there in her dreams, or rather her nightmares, but still cannot place what exactly it is that gives her the creeps. All Megan wants to do is get through the visit without any drama, but as the house starts to reveal its secrets and the past comes to light, Megan finds herself caught up in a twisted love triangle with potentially fatal consequences. Don't Tell Lauren knows that by returning to the town where her mother "accidentally" drowned seven years ago, she'll be reliving one of her most haunting memories. When she arrives, she is propelled into a series of mysterious events that mimic the days leading up to her mother's death. Could it be that her mother's drowning wasn't an accident after all? And as the past unravels around her Lauren begins to wonder whether she might be next... From Amazon UK


Dark Life by Kat FallsDark Life by Kat Falls

Ty has lived under the ocean for his entire life. Following global warming and the rise of the seas, his family joined an underwater community in hopes of living in the new frontier of the ocean floor. But When Ty meets Gemma, a girl from "topside", who is searching the seas for her brother, she quickly makes his life very complicated. Together Ty and Gemma face dangerous sea creatures and venture into the frontier town's rough underworld as they search for her missing brother. But the deeper they dig, the more attention they attract, and soon Ty and Gemma find themselves being hunted by a gang of outlaws who roam the underwater territories causing havoc, and who seem to have eerie abilities. But Ty has a secret of his own, living underwater for his entire life has meant he has also developed a "special" power. Can he keep it a secret from Gemma and his family or is it time for him to finally tell everyone the truth? From Amazon UK


Nearly Departed by Rook HastingsNearly Departed by Rook Hastings

"I've seen a ghost," said Emily. "Well, not seen one exactly. Heard one. At least, I think I have!" Everything has a rational explanation. Unless it doesn't. Welcome to Weirdsville! Woodsville is not like other towns. Night falls a little earlier there, the shadows are darker and denser, and everyone knows it's a place where strange things happen. Even if they won't admit it. Bethan would prefer to be anywhere but here. Jay has his theories, but isn't ready to share. Hashim sees more than he'll say, while Kelly's demons are all too flesh and blood. But Emily's freak-out brings them out of denial and face to face with the supernatural. Anywhere else, Friday night would be date night. But not in Weirdsville! From Amazon UK


I'm a happy girl!

26 comments:

  1. What a lovely load of books, Jo! I got some of those too and I can vouch for the fact that they look lovely in real life, too. :)
    Happy reading, and I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on them.

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  2. Thank you! Ohh, they do look good! Where I Belong and Koh Tabu have proof covers, so not those actual covers, but I so wish they did! How gorgeous are they?! I love them! I look forward to seeing the reviews on Chicklish too!

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  3. Yay, I got Nearly Departed too! Pretty Bad Things looks very good and so does Where I Belong. Happy reading :)

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  4. All of the books sound great. Where I Belong by Gillian Cross sounds terrific, I just added that one to my tbr list! :)

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  5. Sasha - Thank you! I am so excited to read Nearly Departed! And Where I Belong looks really good too! I'm looking forward to them both!

    Nina - They do, I'm looking forward to reading them. That's awesome, I hope you like it when it comes out!

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  6. Looks like a good haul this week. I'm reading Pretty Bad Things at the moment and loving it!

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  7. Oh, that's awesome! I'm so looking forward to reading it, it sounds so good!

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  8. Those all look awesome! That's an amazing haul of review books, isn't it?! I got some of the same ones and I'm really excited about Nearly Departed (love the 'Welcome to Weirdsville' tage line!) especially. I'm definitely interested to hear what you think of Pretty Bad Things too.

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  9. It is, thanks! I'm excited to read them all! Nearly Departed looks amazing - the tag line is just genius! Hopefully I'll have a good review of Pretty Bad Things for you! :)

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  10. Ace books! How good does Nearly Departed and Dark Secrets look?!

    Hope you enjoy them all!

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  11. Thank you, I do too! They look great, I'm excited for them!

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  12. I got a few of those review books too. I can't wait to read Dark Secrets but I'm really nervous about Nearly Departed. I'm pretty wimpish and even the blurb scared me! Enjoy!

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  13. Thank you! I'm excited for Nearly Departed. I'm also a wimp, but I've decided not to look at it as a horror, but as a paranormal. If I keep telling myself that, I should be ok, haha! Dark Secrets also sounds awesome! Looking forward to both! :)

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  14. Great haul! I received Nearly Departed too & am really looking forward to reading it :o)

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  15. Thank you! It looks so good! I can't wait to read it!

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  16. Whoa! That Gillian Cross book sounds amazing and what a great looking cover too!

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  17. It does, I'm so looking forward to reading it!

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  18. Great books you got this week. Dark Secrets looks really good. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

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  19. Thank you! I look forward to reading them!

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  20. fantastic books this week! i hope you enjoy them all! happy reading!

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  21. Great books this week! Dark Life sounds fantastic, I'll have to track down a copy. Enjoy!

    Emily
    What Book is That?

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  22. Lots of great books this week! I am really looking forward to Dark Life and Nearly Departed! Enjoy!

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  23. Thank you! They both look great, I'm looking forward to reading them! :)

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  24. I must say that Dark Secrets and Nearly Departed caught my eye....looks like you've got some good reading ahead! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. It's no problem, thanks for stopping by :) I'm looking forward to reading both! They sound so good!

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