Saturday 3 October 2009

In My Mailbox (2)

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in my mailbox books

I'm a pretty happy bunny! Though this is three weeks worth of books here. Still, 'm pretty chuffed!

Donated by the lovely Jess of Nayu’s Reading Corner (Thank you!!):

changeling by steve feaseyChangeling by Steve Feasey

Trey thought he was an ordinary teenager. Then he meets a mysterious stranger, Lucien Charron - luminously pale, oddly powerful, with eyes that seem flecked with fire and skin that blisters in sunlight. Somehow Trey finds himself in a luxury London penthouse, like a Bond villain's lair. It's the heart of a sinister empire, built on the powers of the netherworld - werewolves, vampires, sorcerers, and djinns. And Trey himself has a power that's roaring to break free. Is he a boy or is he a beast?

changeling: dark moon by steve feaseyChangeling: Dark Moon by Steve Feasey

Fourteen-year-old werewolf Trey is getting more powerful by the day. But can he control his powers - or will they bite back? Trey is sent on a dangerous mission to Iceland, where he must infiltrate the evil empire of the vampire Caliban. Trey's abilities are tested to the max, challenged by a rage he cannot regulate and a dark angel with looks that kill. Lucien Charon, Trey's mentor, lies in a coma in London, Trey is his only hope for survival. But the Netherworld is intent on destruction and Trey's about to face his nemesis...

roxy’s baby by Catherine macphailRoxy’s Baby by Catherine MacPhail

'Roxy was shaking with fear. She drew in a deep breath. She would not let her fear take over. She couldn't. She had too much to lose. She had to be strong, to be brave. For once in her life she had to think of someone other than herself.' Roxy is wild, uncontrollable. She hates her parents - and her goody-two-shoes sister. Her only solace is her equally wild friends, Pat, Tracey and Jacqueline. Then there is the night of the party, where she lets that boy kiss her, and more and Roxy is pregnant. Wilfully, she won't tell her mother, her family. She decides to run away to London. And in London Roxy is found by Mr and Mrs Dyce. They are understanding, sympathetic, and promise her a way out of her troubles. They will take her to a comfortable place, along with other girls in the same position and look after her and her baby - which is exactly what happens. Roxy cannot believe her luck. But Roxy eventually works out the dark truth of the outwardly genial Dyces. They are 'farming' the babies in a truly horrible way, and selling the baby organs. There is only one dramatic way out for Roxy - and it's dangerous. But she is dealing with dangerous people and she has to take it. And now she has her baby to look after. A gripping and completely compelling story of a girl forced to grow up and think of others other than herself in the most nightmare of circumstances. These circumstances would seem too horrible to be true - were they not based on fact. A network doing exactly this was discovered to be operating in Italy in 2003, causing outcry, and has formed the basis for this story.


generation dead by Daniel watersGeneration Dead by Daniel Waters from vvb32 reads.

All over the tri-state area, something strange is happening. Teenagers who die aren't staying dead. They are coming back to life, but they come back different - they stutter and their reactions to everything are slower. Termed 'living impaired' or 'differently biotic', there are lots of conspiracy theories to explain this new phenomenon. But as their numbers keep on growing, so does the discomfort of the living people in the community. When Phoebe falls for Tommy Williams, her best friend and star of the football team, Adam, has conflicting emotions. And when Tommy decides to try out for the football team, it sets off a chain of events that escalates into deadly violence.

back to life by Joanna NadinBack To Life by Joanna Nadin from Teen Librarian

Carpe diem i.e. seize the day! Which means utter experimenting as far as snogging is concerned. Am never going to find the ONE if just keep having accidental liaisons with Jack or ill-advised flirtations with Justin. The ONE is out there somewhere. Maybe even right under my nose. I just need to be open-minded. And open-armed. And possibly open-mouthed. Life, as they say, is what you make it. And am definitely, no doubt about it, going to make mine fabulous. Starting now. Read the hilarious results of Rachel Riley's 'seize the day' philosophy in this fantastic fifth instalment of her diaries.


boy meets boy by david levithanBoy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Love meets love. Confusion meets clarity. Boy meets boy. "There isn't really a gay scene or a straight scene in our town. They all got mixed up a while back, which I think is for the best! And whether your heart is strictly ballroom or bluegrass punk, the dance floors are open to whatever you have to offer. This is my town." Meet PAUL. Gay his whole life, and finding love as wonderful, confusing and heartbreaking as every other teenager in his high school. Meet Paul's friends: JONI -- his best friend, who may not be his best friend any more; TONY -- his other best friend who can't leave the house unless his parents think he's going on a date! with a girl; INFINITE DARLENE -- homecoming queen AND star quarterback in the football team; KYLE -- the ex-boyfriend who won't go away; RIP -- the school bookie who sets the odds; And NOAH -- the boy who changes everything. Witty, engaging, refreshingly upbeat and slightly surreal, David Levithan's debut has been attracting glowing reviews in the USA. After all, being in love at high school is a challenge for any teen -- regardless of sexual preference!

beauty by robin mckinleyBeauty by Robin McKinley for Fairy Tale Week

When the family business collapses, Beauty and her two sisters are forced to leave the city and begin a new life in the countryside. However, when their father accepts hospitality from the elusive and magical Beast, he is forced to make a terrible promise - to send one daughter to the Beast's castle, with no guarantee that she will be seen again. Beauty accepts the challenge, and there begins an extraordinary story of magic and love that overcomes all boundaries. This is another spellbinding and emotional tale embroidered around a fairytale from Robin McKinley, an award-winning American author.

 Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine by McCaughrean Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine by McCaughrean for Fairy Tale Week

Neverland is calling again... Something is wrong in Neverland. Dreams are leaking out-strangely real dreams, of pirates and mermaids, of warpaint and crocodiles. For Wendy and the Lost Boys it is a clear signal-Peter Pan needs their help, and so it is time to do the unthinkable and fly to Neverland again. But back in Neverland, everything has changed-and the dangers they find there are far beyond their dreams. . . Specially commissioned by Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children as the winner of their competition to write the official sequel to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, Peter Pan in Scarlet is a thrilling adventure that you will never forget. Proceeds from every copy sold will go to benefit Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
For Review:

 Fallen by Lauren Kate Fallen by Lauren Kate (ARC) from Random House

What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours? 17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross...only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart. Get ready to fall...

What did you get this week?


  1. I've seen Fallen around and it looks good - very dramatic cover too.

    I want to read Peter Pan in Scarlet, but I'll need to re-read Peter Pan first. Been so long since I read that one.

  2. Wow, wonderful books, and what a mixture! Happy reading - can't wait to hear your thoughts on them!

  3. Catherine - I've not read the first Peter Pan, but it's a story that's well known, so I think I'll be fine. Fallen looks amazing!

    Chicklish - Thank you! I'm so glad I found the books I bought - great finds thanks to Oxfam! :D

  4. Awesome selection. *So* envious of Fallen, I'm desperate to read that book. I can't wait to read your review!

  5. Fallen looks so good! I signed up for a copy through Shelf Awareness, but don't see myself getting one...since there were probably a TON of people that wanted one, lol.

    I have Boy Meets Boy (my copy came this week via Bookmooch!)

    I also have Generation Dead on my TBR's been sitting here for awhile, really want to read it.

  6. I'm jealous! I really wanna Fallen =)

  7. Fabulous haul of books Jo :)

    Robin McKinley is full of awesomeness!

  8. Hi Jo :)
    I love your book selection!
    Should I follow this blog or Ink & Paper?
    All the best,

  9. Lauren - Cheers! I was suprised to receive it this morning, but it sounds amazing! I can't wait to read it!

    Jenni - Oh, what's this Shelf Awareness? I don't know it. I do hope you get a copy though, it looks really good!
    Boy Meets Boy looks good! I'll be reading it for one of my reading challenges :)
    I'm looking forward to reading Generation Dead. I've heard about it for ages, and it sound so good!

    Tynga - Fallen does sound amazing :) I'm quite chuffed!

    Bella - Cheers! I've not read McKinley before, so thanks for the tip! :)

    RK - Cheers! Both! Once Upon a Bookshelf is for YA of any genre, where as Ink and Paper is fantasy specific, adult or YA. If I have a YA fantasy review, it will be on both blogs, but any other YA will be on here, any adult fantasy will be on Ink and Paper.

  10. A lot of people got Fallen this week, lucky! Like another commenter I also requested it from Shelf Awareness but I'm not sure if I'll get one or not.

  11. I hadn't heard of Fallen before it arrived, but it sounds awesome! I don't know this Shelf Awareness. I'm going to have to look into it.

  12. Great haul! Everyone seems excited about Fallen and I admit it does sound good, even though it's not really my cup of tea. :) Happy reading!

  13. Thank you! Ahh, I'm a big fantasy fan, so it sounds brilliant to me! :)

  14. I think Fallen deserves a big YAY! It sounds so good, and the proof is lovely. Have a great reading week matey!

  15. I am SO looking forward to reading it! :D

  16. Great books you got this week. Generation Dead is a really good book. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

  17. I am dying to read "Fallen." I love that cover, it is so eye-catching. Are you going to host a Fairy Tale week? I love fairy tale re-tellings.

    Happy reading!

  18. Rebecca - Thank you! I'm looking forward to Generation Dead!

    Katie - As my copy of Fallen is an ARC, it doesn't have that cover, but it is beautiful! I'm not hosting Fairy Tale Week, Vanessa of Today's Adventure is. Perhaps you should think of joining :)