Saturday 27 March 2010

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For BI&SP Month:

King of the Screwups by G. L. GoingKing of the Screwups by K. L. Going - For Review

Liam Geller is Mr. Popularity. Everybody loves him. He excels at sports; he knows exactly what clothes to wear; he always ends up with the most beautiful girls in school. But he's got an uncanny ability to screw up in the very ways that tick off his father the most.
When Liam finally kicked out of the house, his father's brother takes him in. What could a teenage chick magnet possibly have in common with his gay, glam rocker, DJ uncle who lives in a trailer in upstate New York? A lot more than you'd think. And when Liam attempts to make himself over as a nerd in a desperate attempt to impress his father, it's his "aunt" Pete and the guys in his band who convince Liam there's much more to him than his father will ever see.
From Amazon US

Leaving Paradise by Simone ElkelesLeaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles - bought

Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad - her chance to escape everyone and their pitying stares - has been cancelled. After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb's free ...if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming home should feel good, but his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers. Caleb and Maggie are outsiders, pigeon-holed as "criminal" and "freak." Then the truth emerges about what really happened the night of the accident and, once again, everything changes. It's a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other. From Amazon UK

From the Headline Meets Online event:

I am Not a Serial Killer by Dan WellsI am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells - signed!

John works in his family’s mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person, but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic 'normal' behavior.

Then a demon begins stalking his small town and killing people one by one, and John is forced to give in to his darker nature in order to save them. As he struggles to understand the demon and find a way to kill it, his own mind begins to unravel until he fears he may never regain control. Faced with the reality that he is, perhaps, more monstrous than the monster he is fighting, John must make a final stand against the horrors of both the demon and himself.
From Amazon UK

Mr Monster by Dan WellsMr Monster by Dan Wells - signed!

From the author of I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER...

John Wayne Cleaver has always known he has a dark side but he’s fought hard to oppress it and live a normal life – separating John from Mr Monster to survive. But after confronting and destroying the vicious killer that was terrorizing his town, his inner monster is getting stronger and harder to contain.

And now more bodies are being discovered...

With the police failing to catch Clayton County’s second serial killer John is going to have to use his secret knowledge of the first demon-killer to trap the second...but will he be able to avoid suspicion falling on him, and, in the face of extreme horrors, will he be able to restrain Mr Monster?
From Amazon UK


Nobody’s Girl by Sarra ManningNobody’s Girl by Sarra Manning - Possibility that the blurb below is spoilery. I’ve not read the book, but it sounds it to me.

Bea thinks she's the most boring seventeen-year-old in the world. She's not pretty or popular or funny, unlike her mother who had Bea when she was 17. The only glamorous thing about Bea is the French father who left before she was born and lives in Paris.

She yearns for la vie Parisienne every moment of her dull existence. So when Ruby Davies, the leader of her school's most elite clique picks Bea as her new best friend and asks her to go on holiday with them, she's wary but delighted. If nothing else it's two weeks away from her over-protective mother.

But when the gang arrive in Spain, Bea is crushed to realise that Ruby and her posse have simply been using her. Bea wreaks vengeance on her so-called friends, and plans to decamp to Paris to find her father. But when she falls asleep on the train and wakes up in Bilbao, she meets a group of American students who are backpacking around Europe and bonds with them straight away, especially the gorgeous Toph who helps heals Bea's hurting heart.

Though Bea has a shock in store when they finally get to Paris. The 'City of Lovers' really works it magic on Bea and Toph who spend a week wandering the sun-dappled streets of Paris, talking, holding hands and falling in love. When it comes time to go home to confront her Mum about her mysterious father, the new version of Bea is determined that she'll never go back to her old, boring way of life - she's no longer Nobody's Girl; she belongs to herself and to Toph...

But with an ocean between them, will he wait for her?
From Amazon UK

Borrowed from my cousin:

The Truth About Forever by Sarah DessenThe Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

On the outside, Macy Queen is cool and calm. On the inside, she's breaking. Silently struggling with her Dad's death, and spending the summer apart from her oh-so-perfect boyfriend, Macy is smiling her way through - she's 'fine'. It's only when she meets a group of new friends - and artistic, sexy Wes catches her eye - she realizes she can wear her heart on her sleeve sometimes. Because life doesn't stop when someone disappears - and even though she's lost so much, can Macy see what she has to gain? Hugely engaging and with great emotional depth, Sarah Dessen's rich, warm, atmospheric writing makes this the perfect summer read for teenage girls. From Amazon UK

For review:

Ghost Hunter by Michelle PaverGhost Hunter by Michelle Paver

As winter approaches and Souls' Night draws near, the Eagle Owl Mage holds the clans in the grip of terror. To fulfill his destiny, Torak must seek his lair in the Mountain of Ghosts. He must defy demons and tokoroths, and find his way through the Gorge of the Hidden People. Wolf must overcome terrible grief. Renn must make an agonizing decision. And in the final battle against the Soul-Eater, Torak must face the most heart-rending choice of all. From Amazon UK


A box of Thorntons Chocolates from HarperCollins:

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Bit of a good week, eh? Check out Ink and Paper for the adult books I received this week.

ETA: Also, last week, some people wanted to see the Mockingjay badge I received with Catching Fire, so here it is:

mockingjay badge

Cool, huh?


  1. You got all that and chocolate too?? :-)

    I. Must. Have. Ghost Hunter!! My son is madly in love with the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series. I am also intrigued by King of the Screw-ups and Leaving Paradise.

  2. I am dying to read Leaving Paradise :D

  3. Oooh fab books! Leaving Paradise looks really good and Sarah Dessen's books are always amazing! Yummy chocolates :)

  4. OMG chocolates! :D Okay, and I totally lol-ed @ 'borrowed from my cousin'. I wasn't expecting that line, and it just caught me :)

    Leaving Paradise is amazing - I found a lot of depth in the love story that goes beyond just plain old romance - hope you enjoy it!

    Nobody's Girl is also on my TBR pile - lucky you've got it already :)

  5. Great selection you got there! The truth about forever sounds good, I really want to read more of Sarah Dessen.

  6. Oh, great books, and congratulations on the chocolates. I'm so happy you have Nobody's Girl - I loved that book! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it. I really want to read the K.L. Going book, too. Happy reading (and eating!)

  7. Stephanie - I know, I am so lucky! I only won the chocolates because of a question I answered correctly from a newsletter! :) I've not yet started the Michelle Paver series, so it'll be a whilebeforeI read Ghost Hunter, but I've heard awesome thing about them all! I look forward to them! I am SO excited for Leaving Paradise, and King of the Screwups sounds intriguing!

    Maria - Me too! It sounds so good! And I absolutely adored PerfectChemistry, so...

    Sasha - Awesoem,cheers for the tip on The Truth about Forever.I'm only borrowing it for now though,I may not get round toreading it before I've got to give it back. Leaving Paradise's arrival = an excited me! I fell in love with PC so I'm just chuffed that I can now read this one too! funny thing - Mum gets the choccies as none of them are just plain milk chocolate, I'm a fussy eater, lol.

    Dwayne - Haha! Gladto have made you laugh! I always assume "borrowed" on it's own normally means from the library, so I thought I would clear that up, in case it doesn't get reviewed sharpish. :)
    Oooh, thank you so much for the tip on Leaving Paradise! I am just too excited to read it!
    Thanks! I love the books by Sarra Manning I've read so far, so I thought I would buy Nobody's Girl as I was shopping :) Can't wait to read it!

    Kay - TTAF does sound good! I've three Sarah Dessen's on my TBR pile now that I've got to read. I'm excited!

    Luisa - Thank you! Oh, I can't wait to read Nobody's Girl! Diary of a Crush 2 is going to take a while to arrive, so I thought I'd get this one too to read while I wait - with Guitar Girl ;) King of the Screwups sounds so good! I'm really intrigued! K.L. told me it would fit BI&SP because it's kind of in reverse; he has self-esteem issues because he IS good looking - his dad values brains over looks, and he feels his looks get in the way and he has to proove himself. Sounds so good! Mum'll enjoy the eating! :) But thanks!

  8. Great books this week!! I am honestly really looking forward to your themed month, it seems like you got some pretty good books on the list :-)

  9. Nobody's Girl is fab, I hope you enjoy it.

  10. Carla - Cheers! Oh, it's going to be awesome! I'm really looking forward to it, too! :)

    Leah - Cheers! It sounds great!

  11. Leaving Paradise is amazing, but you'll definitely be hankering for the sequel (out soon) at the end of it. King of the Screwups looks good! I hadn't seen it anywhere before you post. Have a great week! x

  12. It's great news to hear that I'm going to enjoy Leaving Paradise so much! I'm so excited for it! :) King of the Screwups looks awesome, I can't wait to see what it's like! :) Cheers!

  13. You have some great books on your list. I'm hoping to read Leaving Paradise for BISP month.

    Nobody's Girl is one I hadn't heard of before but it sounds good.

    I love Sarah Dessen's books. The Truth About Forever was fantastic. I hope you enjoy it and all your new books. Congratulations on winning the chocolate too!

  14. Thank you! Me too, I love the sound of Leaving Paradise, so excited to read it!

    Sarra Manning is one of my fave British authors, and I only discovered her this year. I am so looking forward to Nobody's Girl, it sounds gret!

    I've yet to read any Sarah Dessen, but now have three to read! I'm looking forward to them! :) Cheers!

  15. The truth about forever is really really good, it's my second favourite by Dessen, also make sure to read "This Lullably" (it's one of my all time favourite ya books). Great list you have here. Next week I'll be reading "Looking for Alaska" by John Green, can't wait!

  16. Good reads AND chocolate? Lucky!

    Have a good week!

  17. Emily - Awesome, thanks for the tip about Sarah Dessen. I haven't got This Lullaby, but it sounds awesome! Looking for Alaska sounds amazing, I hope you enjoy it!

    Marie - I know! Thank you :)

  18. Nobody's Girl and The Truth About Forever are two of my favourite books and Leaving Paradise looks brilliant. Hope you enjoy your books!

  19. I can't wait to read them both! They sound so good! And Leaving Paradise... just sounds amazing! Cheers!

  20. Wow! Another great list of mailbox (and shopping) fun! I almost didn't recognize "the Truth About Forever" with the cover version change there....but I like it (not better than the US one, but about equal in this case). Thanks for sharing!

  21. No problem! I'm not a big fan of the UK covers for Sarah Dessen's novels, I much prefer the US covers. I'm in for some good reading! :)

  22. Cool button! I really like the sound of King of the Screwups by G. L. Going and I think Michelle Paver's series sounds great(read about it a little while back on Empire of books)! I hope you enjoy all of your new books, Jo!

  23. King of the Screwups is actually by K. L. Going, I made a typo, but I've fixed it now. Sorry! Haha, I also heard about Michelle Paver's series on Ryan's blog - he's the reason I bought the first in the series :) Thank you!