Saturday, 24 April 2010

In My Mailbox (30)

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:

Girl, 16, Five Star Fiasco by Sue LimbGirl, 16, Five Star Fiasco by Sue Limb

The teenage world of Jess Jordon is looking characteristically chaotic: Mum has joined an online dating programme and has recruited Jess as advisor, while Jess' best friend Flora has a rich new boyfriend who Jess can't possibly keep up with. Then Jess' own boyfriend, Fred, does something unbelievably treacherous and spineless. Jess is becoming completely fed up with the male sex, and is beginning to think that the only reliable form of male is e-mail ...Never mind, there's Valentine's Day to look forward to. Fred is sure to make amends then. Isn't he? Full of Sue Limb's very funny take on teenage life and problems, fans of "Girl, 15" will be thrilled to have available a new Fred and Jess story. It's only when you've stopped laughing that you realise that, in addition to writing with wit and warmth, Sue Limb has also dealt effortlessly with bigger and important themes of friendship and loyalty. From Amazon UK

The Named by Marianne CurleyThe Named by Marianne Curley

Imagine if you were able to change history. By altering one tiny thing you could start a chain of catastrophic events. Ethan is one of the Named, fated to stop this ever happening, although the forces of chaos have other ideas and Ethan is finding it more and more difficult to stay one step ahead. He is also a normal schoolboy, whose life is rapidly becoming far too confusing. So when Isabel arrives on the scene she is only going to make matters worse ...or is she? This is history in the making - literally. From Amazon UK

The Maharajah's Monkey by Natasha NarayanThe Maharajah's Monkey by Natasha Narayan

Dark secrets at the maharajah's palace...Lost treasure and a bear attack in the Himalayas...And a naughty Indian monkey, filled with an ancient evil...When world-famous explorer Gustav Champlon disappears just before a trip to India to find lost treasure, Kit Salter is determined to discover why. Tiny footprints in Gustav's room put her on the trail of a naughty Indian monkey. Before long she and her friends are aboard a steamer to India, on a quest to find the monkey and save Champlon. Welcomed into the palace of the boy Maharajah, a fabulous adventure ensues: Tiger hunts, court intrigue and a mountain expedition to find the lost paradise of Shambala...A second fantastic story in a wonderfully exotic setting from an exhilarating writer. From Amazon UK

The Magic Theif by Sarah PrineasThe Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas

Conn should have dropped dead the day he stole a wizard's locus stone, but miraculously he survives. Becoming the wizard's apprentice, Conn becomes embroiled in his master's plan to save the city, whose magic is slowly dying. Meanwhile, the Wizard, Nevery, is secretly beginning to question Conn's past: why did the thief survive in the Twilight and why is he immune to injury? But Conn is hiding a much darker secret. Sarah Prineas has imagined a richly detailed magical world like no other. Enter the world of The Magic Thief. It provides beautiful illustrations, maps and extra material. Use the runic code at the back of the book to discover hidden messages. It features an interactive website that ties in with maps and games.

The Magic Theif: Lost by Sarah PrineasThe Magic Thief: Lost by Sarah Prineas

Conn's quest to save his city's magic has become urgent: his power stone is lost and Shadowmen, ruthless assassins, are stalking the city's people. But when Conn blows up Wizard Nevery's beloved home, he is banished by his own master. Determined to return and save Wellmet, he travels to Desh, a glittering city in the desert, home to the Shadowmen and run by a mysterious Sorcerer-King...Sarah Prineas has created a terrific adventure that crosses new magical lands. Conn meets new friends and enemies and his quest to discover the truth about magic takes on exciting twists. The second Magic Thief novel is as un-put-downable as the first.

The Magic Thief: Found by Sarah PrineasThe Magic Thief: Found by Sarah Prineas

Conn is following a shooting star through a wilderness of woods and mountains, far from his home. What is he up to? Conn thinks the star will lead him to his locus magicalicus, or wizard stone. He needs this to save his city of Wellmet, whose magic is close to dying. With a new order of exile from Wellmet, this time with a death penalty, Conn has never been in such a tight fix. When a flame dragon shoots from the sky to pick him up in his mouth, Conn is swept away to a further adventure. Who is the dragon and will Conn ever get back to save his city, and himself, in time? INTERACTIVE WEBSITE Visit for fun games, lost diary entries and author interviews. From Amazon UK

Triskellion by Will PetersonTriskellion by Will Peterson

Rachel and Adam are sent to stay with their grandmother, following their parents' divorce. But the quiet English village is a sinister, unsettling place. Is there a dark heart beating beneath the thatched roofs of Triskellion? It is a place protected by an ancient, three-bladed artefact; a village where crops never fail and where the war memorial is blank; a community with much to protect. With the help of the mysterious Gabriel, Rachel and Adam begin to unearth centuries-old secrets and make a shocking revelation about their family’s past – and their own future... From Amazon UK

For Blog Tour:

Della Says: OMG! by Keris StaintonDella Says: OMG! by Keris Stainton

Don't miss this fantastic debut novel - Keris Stainton is a fabulously contemporary, witty and fresh new voice who teen girls will adore.

Della’s over the moon when she kisses her long-standing crush at a party – but then she discovers her diary has disappeared...
When scans of embarrassing pages are sent to her mobile and appear on Facebook, Della’s distraught – how can she enjoy her first proper romance when someone, somewhere, knows all her deepest, darkest secrets?
From Amazon UK

Gifted/For Review:

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah OcklerTwenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

For sixteen-year-olds Anna Reiley and Frankie Perino, their twenty day-long, minimally supervised California vacation will be the 'Absolute Best Summer Ever' and according to Frankie, if they meet one boy every day, there's a pretty good chance that Anna will get her first real boyfriend. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there's something she hasn't told Frankie - she's already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie's older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago. From Amazon UK

Bought for BI&SP Month:

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen HeadleyNorth of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

As he continued to stare, I wanted to point to my cheek and remind him, But you were the one who wanted this, remember? You're the one who asked-and I repeat-Why not fix your face?

It's hard not to notice Terra Cooper.

She's tall, blond, and has an enviable body. But with one turn of her cheek, all people notice is her unmistakably "flawed" face. Terra secretly plans to leave her stifling small town in the Northwest and escape to an East Coast college, but gets pushed off-course by her controlling father. When an unexpected collision puts Terra directly in Jacob's path, the handsome but quirky Goth boy immediately challenges her assumptions about herself and her life, and she is forced in yet another direction. With her carefully laid plans disrupted, will Terra be able to find her true path?

Written in lively, artful prose, award-winning author Justina Chen Headley has woven together a powerful novel about a fractured family, falling in love, travel, and the meaning of true beauty.
From Amazon UK

Looks like I've got some great reading ahead of me!


  1. That's a lot! I'm in awe of bloggers like you who get so many books in a week and manage to juggle all the reading and reviewing so well - I don't think I could handle more than three or four a week. These look fab though. Really interested to read everyone's reviews for Della Says: OMG! and I love the sound of North of Beautiful. Hope you enjoy! :)

  2. Lol, I have the attitude "I've received these books, I'll read them when I get to them," and try not to stress out about it. ButI do have far too many now. It's time to email publishers and ask for no more.
    I can't wait to read Della Says: OMG! It sounds amazing, and I am SO intrigued by North of Beautiful. I'm itching to read it! Thank you!

  3. Jo, First off I love your blog. It's really beautiful; second, you've got some awesome books - happy reading; but, I'm confused. Is Sue Limb's book new this year? I've read Girl 15, Girl (nearly) 16 and Girl, going on 17 and adored them all. We're going back to 15?

    I kind of answered my own question when I checked the availability of it online here in the U.S. It's not available here, Girl 15, Flirting for England is the latest import. It's interesting though.

    Have fun reading.


  4. Oops. Not 15, 16! And it's making its way here. I just saw that the arc was in the mailbox of Sweet Bonjour.

  5. Awesome books! The Named looks awesome and North of Beautiful was such a beautiful read!

    Here's my IMM for the week:

    I hope you have an awesome Sunday!
    Laura from the Bookie Bunch ;D

  6. I haven't heard of the Named. It looks great! Have fun because you have quite the stack!

    Our IMM is here.

  7. What a great haul! I am intrigued by Triskellion. Enjoy. :-)

  8. First time I've heard of most of these books so I'm going to have to go and do some adding! I love finding new books to read :). Great post!

    Here's my IMM if you'd like to stop by!

  9. Proseandkahn - Thank you, I'm so glad you like my blog! I don't know the Girl, 16 series, this is the first book in the series I've come across, so I'm glad you answered your own question! Sorry! The Sweet Bonjour is a British blog though, so that might make a difference to you? Thanks for commenting!

    Laura - Thank you! The Named looks so good, I'm really looking forward to reading it! North of Beautiful sounds awesome and really intriguing! I'm looking forward to both! :)

    Alyssa - Thank you! I'm really looking forward to The Named, it sounds great! :)

    Rose - Thanks! I hope you enjoy the books if you read any of them! :)

  10. The Named is ace - I think you'll like it! Happy reading as always :)

  11. Thank you! I'm really looking forward to The Named, it sounds great!

  12. The Named looks awesome! Happy reading! =)


  13. Thank you! I'm really looking forward to reading it! :)