Saturday 13 March 2010

In My Mailbox (24)

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:

Captivate by Carrie Jones Captivate by Carrie Jones (yes, I received this last week, but it was a US ARC from a competition win; this is a finished copy for review for the UK release date)

Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people becomes weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town. A turf war is imminent. The new pixie king is moving in quickly. He swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Zara isn't so sure. Despite herself, she wants to trust the new king, but there's a lot more than her relationship with boyfriend Nick at stake. It's her life - and his. From Amazon UK

The Fool’s Girl by Celia ReesThe Fool’s Girl by Celia Rees

Violetta and Feste have come to London to rescue the holy relics taken from the church in Illyria by the evil Malvolio. Their journey has been long and their adventures many, but it is not until they meet the playwright William Shakespeare that they get to tell the entire story from beginning to end! But where will this remarkable tale ultimately lead Violetta and her companion? And will they manage to save themselves, and the relics from the very evil intentions of Malvolio? From Amazon UK

Inside My Head by Jim CarringtonInside My Head by Jim Carrington

This cleverly constructed narrative consists of three points of view: of Gary, constantly victimised by the school bully in a nasty, name-calling and vindictive way; the bully's friend, David and a new girl to the school, Zoe. All viewpoints are revealing. Gary reveals the painful and often unsuccessful attempts by a young man to control his anger under great provocation - and his inability to communicate. David is someone who is uncomfortable with the bullying but doesn't dare to do anything about it - until the end. Zoe is a young woman who can see Gary through different eyes and is independent, freethinking and brave. Also featured in this title are rampaging tractors, shotguns and cheese puffs. From Amazon UK

The Island by Sarah SingletonThe Island by Sarah Singleton

Otto, Jen and Charlotte have planned the trip of a lifetime to India for their gap year, before going their separate ways to university. For Charlotte, it's an opportunity to get involved in an environmental project and finally feel like she's doing something worthwhile; for Otto, it's the perfect opportunity to take some real photos to help his career as a photojournalistic; for Jen, it's the realisation of a lifelong dream. But when Otto discovers the body of a girl on the beach, things take a sinister turn as he finds himself a prime suspect in her murder. Together Otto, Charlotte and Jen start to unravel the mystery behind the girl's death. Can they discover the truth and clear Otto's name and even if they do will they be able to handle what they find as their dreams of paradise crumble around them... From Amazon UK

The Reckoning by Kelley ArmstrongThe Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

The nail-biting climax to Kelley Armstrong's bestselling Darkest Powers trilogy Chloe Saunders is fifteen and would love to be normal. Unfortunately, Chloe happens to be a genetically engineered necromancer who can raise the dead without even trying. She and her equally gifted (or should that be 'cursed'?) friends are now running for their lives from the evil corporation that created them. As if that's not enough, Chloe is struggling with her feelings for Simon, a sweet-tempered sorcerer, and his brother Derek, a not so sweet-tempered werewolf. And she has a horrible feeling she's leaning towards the werewolf...Definitely not normal.

Perfect by Joanna KenrickPerfect by Joanna Kenrick

Dan and Kate are perfect together. But then the lies start and someone else wants in. Is it all too good to be true? From

Baby Father by Joanna KenrickBaby Father by Joanna Kenrick

"Mickey ... I'm pregnant."

Mickey's a typical 15 year old. He doesn't do responsibility. Until his girlfriend changes everything. Is Mickey going to be a dad now? Or is there a way out?

Mine by Joanna KenrickMine by Joanna Kenrick

Everyone does it, right? You get drunk at a party and get off with a girl. But what if things get out of hand? Matt's like any teenage boy - but little does he know that his actions will have consequences that affect both himself and another person for the rest of their lives. An incredibly powerful and thought-provoking story on a highly sensitve issue. From

Out by Joanna KenrickOut by Joanna Kenrick

"I think I'm gay" are not the words a teenage girl wants to hear when she's about to confess to her best friend that she fancies him. But Natalie's got to disguise her own feelings for Will when he tells her his secret. Can she help him as he comes out to the rest of their class at school? A challenging drama. From

The Five Lords of Pain: The Lord of the Mountain by James LovegroveThe Five Lords of Pain: The Lord of the Mountain by James Lovegrove

Tom Yamada seems like any 15-year-old but he's actually a supreme martial artist, training daily to face a terrifying challenge when he turns 30. It's his destiny to fight the 5 Lords of Pain - demons who have been trying to break into our world for centuries. But something's gone wrong. Tom must face the 5 Lords now - and no way is he ready. If he loses, a new Dark Age will begin. No pressure, then... From

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams - No cover image available yet.

Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated community without questioning the fact that her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters, with two more on the way. That is, without questioning them much---if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with Joshua, the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.

But when the Prophet decrees that she must marry her sixty-year-old uncle---who already has six wives---Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family forever.
From Amazon US

Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean by Justin SomperVampirates: Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper

Connor and Grace are twins, recently orphaned after their widowed father's death. Rather than being adopted by the town's busy-bodies, they decide to set sail for new pastures in their father's last single possession, his sailing boat. But a vicious storm sees their boat capsize and the twins separated. Two mysterious ships sail to their rescue - each picking up one twin before disappearing into the mist. Connor wakes to find himself on a pirate ship and is soon being trained up with a cutlass. Meanwhile Grace finds herself locked in a darkened room, as the vampirates await nightfall...Determined to find each other, yet intrigued by their new shipmates, the twins are about to embark on the biggest adventure of their life... From Amazon UK

Blood Ties by Sophie McKenzieBlood Ties by Sophie McKenzie - for Body Image and Self-Perception Month (Obesity)

When Theo discovers the father he thought died when he was a baby is still alive, he's determined to find him. The clues lead him to the lonely Rachel, who has problems of her own, including parents who compare her unfavourably to her long-dead sister. But when Rachel and Theo are attacked by men from RAGE - the Righteous Army against Genetic Engineering - at Rachel's school disco, they are rescued by strangers and taken to meet a mysterious figure. There, they both make some startling discoveries about their identities, which will affect their past, present, and future in dramatic and life-altering ways... From Amazon UK

Pretty Face by Mary HoganPretty Face by Mary Hogan - For Body Image and Self-Perception Month (low self-esteem/body issues)

I don't speak the language. I don't like meeting new people. And I have no idea where Umbria is. Who cares?! I'm going to Italy! Hayley is overweight, and she's never felt happy in her own skin. But this summer everything is going to change. She's off to Italy, where she'll discover what real pizza tastes like, what real beauty looks like, and maybe even what true amore can be. From Amazon UK

The Mage in Black by Jaye WellsThe Mage in Black by Jaye Wells - Which will be reviewed on Ink and Paper

Sabina Kane doesn't have the best track record when it comes to family. After all, her own grandmother, leader of the vampire race, wants her dead. So when she arrives in New York to meet her mage relatives, the reunion puts the fun in dysfunctional. Not only is mage culture completely bizarre, but everyone seems to think she's some kind of 'Chosen' who'll unite the dark races. Sabina doesn't care who chose her, she's not into destiny. But the mages aren't Sabina's only problem. In New York's Black Light District, she has run-ins with fighting demons, hostile werewolves and an opportunistic old flame. Sabina thought she'd take a bite out of the Big Apple - but it looks like it wants to bite back. From Amazon UK


  1. Oh, wow! Lots of great books! I hope you enjoy them all :D

  2. Thank you! I'm looking forward to reading them!

  3. That's an amazing number of books to get in one week! They look great too. I'm loving the sound of The Fool's Girl.

  4. So am I! The Fool's Girl sounds really good! The Joanna Kenrick and The Lord of the Mountain novels are all very short as they're for struggling and reluctant readers, so they take about 20 - 30 mins to read. I'm looking forward to reading them though! :)

  5. Oh My Goodness, how many books?! I am feeling more than a little book envy at the minute, because check you out!

    Am so stoked to see what you think of The Reckoning, I've been waiting for that to be released for a while now and I am so excited to see where the story ends. Plus, can't wait until the themed week kicks off, should be fun.

  6. Awesome - such a varied collection here! You have books about pregnancy, LGBT, insecurities - amazing! :) Happy reading!

  7. Great week! I saw the shorter Kenrick books at work, but never read one. I'm interested to see what you think! :)

  8. Wow. I though the list would not end! So great! The Fool's Girl looks so nice! I really hope you like it! :-)

  9. Lots of books!

    I'd love to receive The Reckoning early! Lucky you!

  10. I'm really intrigued by Joanna Kenrick's Barrington Stoke books - looking forward to your reviews of those. I've read the Mary Hogan one so maybe I can join in with that discussion when the time comes! All the other books look great too. Happy reading!

  11. Brilliant selection this week. I cannot wait to settle down and read The Fool's Girl. I jst want that book to be outstanding. Fingers crosse. Enjoy!

  12. Carla - I have to say, about five of those books are very tiny, about 75 ish pages long, so they're very quick reads, so they're perhaps a normal sized book and a bit length wise. So it's not too many books when you think like that.
    And I am SO excited for The Reckoning! It's going to be so good, I think (and hope!), I'm really looking forward to it! :D

    Dwayne - Thank you! Oh, I'm a fan of reading about issues that are close to my heart. Baby Father would have worked for Sex in Teen Lit Month last year, and Out just sounds SO good! I've got some fun reading ahead! :)

    Jenny - Cheers! I'm looking forward to reading the Kenrick novels, I requested them myself; I loved Screwed, so I'm hoping these books are just as good! And I'm currently all for books for reluctant/struggling readers, so it's all good! :)

    Raíla - Thank you! Haha, I know, I got a fair few books this week :) I'm looking forward to The Fool's Girl, it looks so good! And the cover is very pretty; the yellow is actually metallic shiny gold!

    Jessica - I don't think I've received The Reckoning too early, it's released over here on 6th April. So not too early :)

    Luisa - Thank you! Ohh, I requested the Joanna Kenrick ones especially! I just loved Screwed, and these all look so good! Looking forward to them! Pretty Face looks pretty cool too (though I am anti-cover - the US cover is SO much better, imo), and Mary has agreed to be interviewed or write a guest post! So it's great! :)

    Becky - Cheers! Oh, I know, The Fool's Girl looks brilliant! I can't wait to read it! :)

  13. Loads of great books! I am so jealous of everyone who has The Fool's Girl. I love Celia Rees.

  14. Hi!
    I so want to read The Reckoning and The Island. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  15. I haven't read any of the darkest powers book because I've heard lots of mixed things about them but I might give them a go! Fab books this week :D

  16. I really liked Captivate. I can't wait to read The Fool's Girl. I may have to buy it from Book Depository since the UK release date is earlier. The Island also looks really interesting to me. I hope you enjoy all your great books.

    Here is what's in my mailbox.

  17. Rhiana - The Fool's Girl looks really good, doesn't it? I'm so looking forward to it! :)

    Sherrie - Thanks! They both sound great, I'm looking forward to them!

    Sasha - Cheers! I can tell you The Summoning is amazing, The Awakening was a little disappointing, but from how it ended, I think The Reckoning will be awesome! :D

    Christina - Cheers! I'm looking forward to The Fool's Girl, it sounds so good! :)

  18. nice variety. i like how celia rees always creates these strong female characters. must read that one.

  19. Very jealous of Captivate - can't wait to read that! I really liked Pretty face and Fools Girl looks fab! Hope you enjoy them:)

  20. Violet - The Fool's Girl does look good, doesn't it? I'm looking forward to reading it!

    Sammee - Thank you! I'm looking forward to them all! :D

  21. These look good. I am especially looking forward to your review of The Fool's Girl.

  22. *stares at The Reckoning* uh... *stares*

    AMAZING stash this week! Enjoy them all! ♥

  23. Stephanie - They do, don't they! Oh, I hope I end up writing a positive review of The Fool's Girl for you! :)

    Kay - Thank you! :D Oh, I knooow! I am so looking forward to reading The Reckoning! :D

  24. You got a fab selection this week Jo! I can't wait to read your reviews for some of these :o)

  25. Cheers! Hopefully I'll be writing some positive reviews for you to read! :)

  26. Wow some really great titles. Captivate and Fool's Girl are two I am anxious to get too. Hope you have a great week.

  27. Thank you! I'm looking forward to reading them both, they sound so good! :)

  28. Did you like Captivate? I liked it! I thought it was really good.

  29. I've not yet read Captivate, sorry! But I'm looking forward to it :)

  30. Oh, just come across this! Thank you for requesting copies of my BS books - I LOVE writing for BS, they are an amazingly wonderful publisher. I hope you like them - you may be interested to know that Babyfather sells best but OUT, the most recent, was the hardest to write. They didn't send you Mind Set then? If you email me through my site I'll send you a copy ;-)

  31. Hi Joanna, thanks for stopping by! BS is such a great publisher, I think it's amazing what they do! And your books sound so good! Really? I would have thought they would have been as hard as each other to write, seeing as they're both such important topics, but that's interesting! I shall email you now! :)