Saturday 20 February 2010

In My Mailbox (21)

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Things just get better and better for me with books each week!

For Review:

Tagged by Mara PurnhagenTagged by Mara Purnhagen

Can Kate Morgan stand up for herself—without being labeled a snitch?

Kate is just as confused as her best friend, Lan, when she arrives at Cleary High to find the building's been "tagged" with a life-size graffiti mural. Could the culprit be one of their friends or classmates? And is the kind-of-amazing creation really vandalism, or a work of art? She's tempted to stay out of it—mostly because, as the police chief's daughter, she's worried about being labeled a snitch. But when the same mysterious graffiti starts appearing throughout the state, putting more pressure on the authorities to catch the vandal, her investigative instincts kick in.

Now Eli, Kate's favorite coworker at the local coffee shop, is MIA. With Lan preoccupied with her own boy troubles, Kate needs to figure out some things on her own. Like why she can't stop thinking about Eli. And what she will do when all the clues about the graffiti point to someone she's close to…
From Amazon UK

The Iron King by Julie KagawaThe Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.
From Amazon US

My Soul to Save by Rachel VincentMy Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent

When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.

So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn't wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can't cry for someone who has no soul.

The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad's ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend's loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can't possibly understand.

Kaylee can't let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk…
From Amazon US

Lex Trent Versus the Gods by Alex BellLex Trent Versus the Gods by Alex Bell

A quirky and original comic fantasy from talented Gollancz author Alex Bell

Law student Lex Trent’s world is inhabited by fearsome magicians, ageing crones and a menagerie of Gods and Goddesses. And while Lex is seemingly dedicated to his legal studies he’s always enjoyed a challenge – which is why he leads a double life as the notorious cat burglar ‘The Shadowman’ who has been (luckily) evading capture for years.

But Lex’s luck is about to run out because the Goddess of Fortune has selected him to be her player in the highly dangerous Games. Losing is not an option for Lex (particularly as it so often involves dying) but can he really win each of the perilous rounds? Given that the reward for doing so is money, fame and glory – all things that Lex is quite keen on – he’s going to do whatever it takes to make sure he will... and he’s certainly got good experience of cheating.
From Amazon UK

Love is Hell AnthologyLove is Hell Anthology

Sure, love is hell. But it’s totally worth it.

In these supernatural stories by five of today's hottest writers—Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely), Scott Westerfeld (Specials), Justine Larbalestier (Magic or Madness), Gabrielle Zevin (Elsewhere), and Laurie Faria Stolarz (Blue is for Nightmares)—love may be twisted and turned around, but it's more potent than ever on its quest to conquer all.

From two students who let the power of attraction guide them to break the hard-and-fast rules of their world to the girl who falls hard for a good-looking ghost with a score to settle, the clever, quirky characters in this exciting collection will break your heart, then leave you believing in love more than ever.
From Amazon US

Finding Violet Park by Jenny Valentine - New cover image to be released!

Narrated by the most compelling voice since Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, this is a quirky and original voyage of self-discovery triggered by a lost urn of ashes.

The mini cab office was up a cobbled mews with little flat houses either side. That's where I first met Violet Park, what was left of her. There was a healing centre next door, a pretty smart name for a place with a battered brown door and no proper door handle and stuck-on wooden numbers in the shape of clowns. The 3 of number 13 was a w stuck on sideways and I thought it was kind of sad and I liked it at the same time.

Sixteen-year-old Lucas Swain becomes intrigued by the urn of ashes left in a cab office. Convinced that its occupant -- Violet Park -- is communicating with him, he contrives to gain possession of the urn, little realising that his quest will take him on a voyage of self-discovery and identity, forcing him to finally confront what happened to his absent (and possibly dead) father!
From Amazon UK

Princess for Hire by Lindsey LeavittPrincess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt - Signed copy (see below!)

Wanted: teenage girl to serve as substitute princess. Must be willing to travel. Please call Meredith. Ever wanted to be a princess? To float away from your ordinary life and swan about in a tiara, with everyone telling you how fabulous you are? Desi desperately wants to escape her boring, unfulfilling life in Hicksville, Idaho. And now she has the chance - she's got a job substituting for various real princesses when they need a holiday. But not all princesses live in a palace, and not all princes are the whole fairy godmother thing is seriously misleading. Thrown into the job with little training, Desi finds that she'll need an awful lot of luck - and a bit of magic - to get by. Maybe having your wishes granted isn't always as straight forward as it seems. From Amazon UK

Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt signed
It says "Jo - Good to meet you in the blogsphere.
IMPACT! Lindsey Leavitt", with a little crown just above "Lindsey".

Witchfinder: Dawn of the Demontide by William HusseyWitchfinder: Dawn of the Demontide by William Hussey

The first in a terrifying trilogy, read on if you dare: Jake could now see the demon fully. Its body was a mass of steely sinew, its arms roped with muscle. Six fingers sprouted from its hands, each ending in lethal talons. The thing did not possess a nose; instead a large hole, bubbling with green mucus, occupied the middle of its face. Mr Pinch's tongue flickered between his teeth and slurped across his fat lips. He was hungry. When a violent storm rages around the little village of Hobarron's Hollow, a young boy is sacrificed 'for the greater good'. His blood is used to seal a mystical doorway and prevent an apocalyptic disaster known only as the Demontide. Twenty-five years later, another boy, Jake Harker, is about to be drawn into the nightmare of the Demontide. Witches and their demon familiars stalk his every move, and his dreams are plagued by visions of a 17th Century figure known only as the Witchfinder. When his father is abducted, Jake must face the terrible secrets kept by those closest to him and a shocking truth that will change his life forever... From Amazon UK

Impossible by Nancy WerlinImpossible by Nancy Werlin

A beautifully wrought modern fairy tale from master storyteller and award-winning author Nancy Werlin.
Inspired by the classic folk ballad “Scarborough Fair,” this is a wonderfully riveting and haunting novel of suspense, romance, and fantasy. Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that she is the latest recipient of a generations-old family curse that requires her to complete three seemingly impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and passing the curse on to the next generation. Unlike her ancestors, though, Lucy has family, friends, and other modern resources to help her out. But will it be enough to conquer this age-old evil?
From Amazon US

Mr. Monster by Dan WellsMr. Monster by Dan Wells

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

Won from Nayu’s Reading Corner:

That Summer by Sarah DessenThat Summer by Sarah Dessen

For fifteen-year-old Haven this is the summer where everything changes. Dad is remarrying. Her sister Ashley is planning a wedding of her own. They’re both moving on, but Haven is lost in memories of a time when life was happy and her family was whole. And then Ashley’s ex, the charming and funny Sumner Lee, arrives in town. He reminds Haven of carefree days gone by, and she can’t help but wonder – has fate brought this person from her past back to change her future? From Amazon UK

Spirit Gate by Kate ElliotSpirit Gate by Kate Elliot - this will be reviewed on Ink and Paper

For hundreds of years the Guardians ruled the Hundred, but these unearthly beings have faded from human sight and no longer exert their will on the world. Only the reeves, patrolling from the skies, still represent the Guardians' power. But there is a corruption in the land that not even they can control, and fanatics are devastating villages, towns, and cities, slaughtering all who oppose them. Outlanders Anji and Mai are fleeing their homeland with a company of dedicated warriors. On reaching the Hundred, they form an alliance with Reeve Joss, and determine to stand against the devouring horde. But, as region after region slips into chaos, a young woman sworn to the Goddess may be all that keeps them from annihilation ...A haunting tale of individuals swept up by the chaos of war, this is fantasy adventure at its best - rich in texture, filled with colour and excitement. From Amazon US

And a bar of Galaxy!!! Thanks Jess!


First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene FrostFirst Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost - this will be reviewed on Ink and Paper

The night is not safe for mortals. Denise MacGregor knows all too well what lurks in the shadows—her best friend is half-vampire Cat Crawfield—and she has already lost more than the average human could bear. But her family's past is wrapped in secrets and shrouded in darkness—and a demon shapeshifter has marked Denise as prey. Now her survival depends on an immortal who lusts for a taste of her.

He is Spade, a powerful, mysterious vampire who has walked the earth for centuries and is now duty-bound to protect this endangered, alluring human—even if it means destroying his own kind. Denise may arouse his deepest hungers, but Spade knows he must fight his urge to have her as they face the nightmare together . . .

Because once the first crimson drop falls, they will both be lost.


  1. What a lovely range of books! I don't know where to begin commenting on them! :) Well, I think Tagged looks great - I'd never heard of it and I must add it to my wishlist. I love your signed Princess for Hire! I've just started reading it and now I understand the significance of "IMPACT", so that dedication made me smile a lot! And... well, all the books look fabulous. Happy reading!

  2. Awesome books! Witchfinder looks terrifying!

  3. What a great group of books. I liked The Iron King, First Drop of Crimson, and My Soul to Save. I hope you do too. The Lex Trent story sounds really good. I'll have to add it to my TBR.

    Happy reading!

  4. Wow great selection of books this week! I hope you enjoy them all :o)

  5. Wow, what a fantastic selection!! Happy reading x

  6. Luisa - Thank you! :) I'd seen Tagged's cover on the internet, but I didn't know much about it. It was a surprise in a parcel along with The Iron King and My Soul to Save from Harlequin Teen, which they offered to send me. I am just so chuffed; not many US publishers like sending internationally, but my contact at HT has been just so lovely, and I'm excited to read them.
    I thought there would be some meaning to "IMPACT" in Princess for Hire, but I haven't started it yet, so I'm still oblivious :) But it's so awesome of Lindsey to sign the book for me, I wasn't expecting it at all! :)

    Nicole - Cheers! Witchfinder does look a little creepy, which worries me slightly; I'm not the biggest horror fan, and can be a bit of a wimp. I'm hoping it's more of a fantasy than horror. Looking forward to it though!

    Kathy - Cheers! I am so excited to all three you liked, they sound amazing; especially First Drop of Crimson and My Soul to Save - I'm a huge Jeaniene Frost and Rachel Vincent fan! :D Lex Trent does sound good, I'm looking forward to reading it! :)

    Sarah & Sasha - Thank you! I'm looking forward to reading them! :)

  7. Whoa, so many books! PFH looks so cute (and it's signed! How awesome!)

    Have fun reading! :D

  8. Thank you! I'm looking forward to Princess for Hire, it looks really good! :)

  9. Great books you got this week. The Iron King looks really good. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

  10. Thank you! I'm really looking forward to reading The Iron King! It looks great!

  11. Oh me, oh my. You have so many this week. I don't know which to comment on. Enjoy them all! Looking forward to your reviews as always.

  12. Thank you! I know, so many! It's been a great week! :D I look forward to reading them all!

  13. Wow, that's a collection to be coveted! I'm definitely envying the signed Princess for Hire and The Iron King. I have that Love Is Hell anthology and I have to say that the Melissa Marr story is one of my favourite short stories ever. Hope you enjoy!

  14. Thank you! I'm looking forward to all the books! Oooh, the main reason I wanted the Love is Hell anthology is for the Melissa Marr story! :D I'm a huge fan of hers! :D

  15. Tagged looks fab, as does Princess For Hire. I hope you enjoy them!

  16. Thank you! I'm looking forward to reading both! :)

  17. Nice haul. Spirit gate sounds and looks awesome! Just wondering if you could link each book to Goodreads or something as it would be nice to find out more about the book etc! Just a thought :) Enjoy your books!

  18. wow, you got some great books last week! i got a few of those this week, and I can't wait to read them :) hope you enjoy them all!

    oodles of books.

  19. Thank you! I'm looking forward to reading them all :)