Saturday 22 May 2010

In My Mailbox (34)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren. Check out her awesome YA reviews.

A few good ones this week!

For Review:

Dark Secrets 2 by Elizabeth ChandlerDark Secrets 2 by Elizabeth Chandler - Sorry for image size.

Secrets taken to the grave don't always stay buried.
In No Time to Die, Jenny is devastated by the recent death of her sister, Liza. Looking for a sense of closure, she secretly signs up for the drama camp where Liza died. Jenny knows that someone here holds the key to what really happened to Liza that night, but if she doesn't find out the truth soon, she may become the next victim.

In The Deep End of Fear, Kate has tried to bury the horrible memories associated with the Westbrook estate. After her best friend Ashley drowned on the estate, Kate vowed never to return. But now, twelve years later, she is drawn back towards the house and that fatal icy pond. There, Kate still feels Ashley's presence and the past seems to be pulling her back towards Ashley's life-threatening dares.
From Amazon US

Wicked Ressurection by Nancy Holder and Debbie ViguieWicked Ressurection by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

What the Cahors witches thought was the end of their troubles turns out to be only the beginning. A threat more powerful and more frightening than anything they have faced before has been watching and waiting. Holly and the Cahors witches must come together and find Jer and Eli as both the Deveraux and the Cahors family lines face eradication. All the secrets of the Cahors will be revealed, forcing them to overcome their greatest weaknesses in order to achieve their most powerful strengths. Only united do they have any chance at victory, but before the end, sacrifices will be made, alliances forged, and old friends lost forever. From Amazon UK

The Forbidden Game by L. J. SmithThe Forbidden Game by L. J. Smith - Sorry for image size

It all started with a board game. But what was supposed to be an evening of friends, fun, and games, becomes a night of danger, drama, and obsessive love. Because when Jenny and her friends try to play the Game, it comes to life. Suddenly they are in a dark world where Julian, the gorgeous guy who sold Jenny the game, rules as Prince of the Shadows. Julian is in charge, making their darkest nightmares reality. And he will do anything to claim the beautiful Jenny as his prize. The Game is real, and these friends must play through - and the only way to win is to face their most secret fears. To lose the Game is to lose your life. And that is only the beginning... From Amazon UK

The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees BrennanThe Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

Mae Crawford always thought she was in control. Now she's learned that her little brother Jamie is a magician and Nick, the boy she'd set her heart on, has an even darker secret. Mae's whole world has spun out of control, and it's only going to get worse. When she realises that Jamie has been meeting secretly with the new leader of the Obsidian Circle and that Gerald wants him to join the magicians, she's not sure how to stop Jamie doing just that. Calling in Nick and Alan as reinforcements only leads to a more desperate conflict because Gerald has a plan to bring Nick down - by using Alan to spring a deadly trap. With those around her torn between divided loyalties and Mae herself torn between her feelings for two very different boys, she sees a chance to save them all - but it means approaching the mysterious and dangerous Goblin Market alone... From Amazon UK

Passing Strange by Daniel WatersPassing Strange by Daniel Waters

Karen DeSonne always passed as a normal teenager - and now that she's dead, she's still passing - this time, as alive. When her dead friends are accused of a high profile murder and forced into hiding, she has to prove their innocence. Which means doing the unthinkable and becoming the girlfriend of bionist zealot Peter Martinsburg, who she suspects of framing them. But if he finds out who Karen really is, the consequences for her will be worse than death... From Amazon UK

Forbidden by Tabitha SuzumaForbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But ...They are brother and sister. Forbidden will take you on an extraordinary emotional journey. Passionate and shocking, this is a book you will remember long after you have put it down. From Amazon UK

Sweet Hearts: Star Crossed by Jo CotterillSweet Hearts: Star Crossed by Jo Cotterill - sent to me by RHCB on the request of Jo Cotterill - also known as Joanna Kenrick, who I interviewed for Sex in Teen Lit Month last year about her novel Screwed. Thank you Jo!

'You did WHAT?' screamed Mari. 'You turned down the cutest boy ever? Are you crazy?' Fliss isn't exactly outgoing. But on stage she really comes alive. And this summer, she's playing Juliet opposite her dream Romeo - Tom Mayerling. If only she could tell him how she feels! But unless Fliss finds some inner confidence, she's going to miss her chance with Tom. Because someone else has her eyes on Fliss' role - and her leading man... From Amazon UK

The Thief-Taker's Apprentice by Stephen DeasThe Thief-Taker's Apprentice by Stephen Deas

Berren has lived in the city all his life. He has made his way as a thief, paying a little of what he earns to the Fagin like master of their band. But there is a twist to this tale of a thief. One day Berren goes to watch an execution of three thieves. He watches as the thief-taker takes his reward and decides to try and steal the prize. He fails. The young thief is taken. But the thief-taker spots something in Berren. And the boy reminds him of someone as well. Berren becomes his apprentice. And is introduced to a world of shadows, deceit and corruption behind the streets he thought he knew. Full of richly observed life in a teeming fantasy city, a hectic progression of fights, flights and fancies and charting the fall of a boy into the dark world of political plotting and murder this marks the beginning of a new fantasy series for all lovers of fantasy - from fans of Kristin Cashore to Brent Weeks. From Amazon UK

The Summer I Turned PRetty by Jenny HanThe Summer I Turned PRetty by Jenny Han

Everything that happened this past summer, and every summer before it, has all led up to this. To now. Every year Isabel spends a perfect summer at her family friends’ house. There’s the swimming pool at night, the private stretch of sandy beach... and the two boys. Unavailable, aloof Conrad – who she’s been in love with forever – and friendly, relaxed Jeremiah, the only one who’s ever really paid her any attention. But this year something is different. They seem to have noticed her for the first time. It’s going to be an amazing summer – and one she’ll never forget... From Amazon UK

The Enemy by Charlie HigsonThe Enemy by Charlie Higson

They'll chase you. They'll rip you open. They'll feed on you...When the sickness came, every parent, policeman, politician - every adult - fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under fourteen remain, and they're fighting to survive. Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city - down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground - the grown-ups lie in wait. But can they make it there - alive? From Amazon UK


Wish You Were Dead by Todd StrasserWish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser - From Teens Read and Write - thank you!

I’ll begin with Lucy. She is definitely first on the list. You can’t believe how it feels to be in the cafeteria and turn around and there she is staring at me like I’m some disgusting bug or vermin. Does she really think I WANT to be this way? I hate you, Lucy. I really hate you. You are my #1 pick. I wish you were dead.

The day after anonymous blogger Str-S-d wishes the popular girl would die, Lucy vanishes. The students of Soundview High are scared and worried. Especially frightened and wracked with guilt is Madison Archer, Lucy’s friend and the last person to see her the night she disappeared.
As days pass with no sign of the missing girl, even the attention of Tyler, an attractive new student, is not enough to distract Madison from her growing sense of foreboding. When two more popular students disappear after their names are mentioned on Str-S-d’s blog, the residents of Soundview panic.
Meanwhile, Madison receives anonymous notes warning that she could be next. Desperate to solve the mystery before anyone else disappears, Madison turns to Tyler, but can she trust him when it becomes clear that he knows more than he’s sharing?
The clock is ticking. Madison must uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearances . . . before her name appears in Str-S-d’s blog.

In the spirit of stories like I Know What You Did Last Summer, Todd Strasser updates the teen thriller for the techno age with Wish You Were Dead, the first installment in a new “thrill”-ogy.
From Amazon US

The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees BrennanThe Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan signed - From Read This Book - thank you!

Nick and his brother Alan are on the run with their mother, who was once the lover of a powerful magician. When she left him, she stole an important charm - and he will stop at nothing to reclaim it. Now Alan has been marked with the sign of death by the magician's demon, and only Nick can save him. But to do so he must face those he has fled from all his life - the magicians - and kill them. So the hunted becomes the hunter...but in saving his brother, Nick discovers something that will unravel his whole past... From Amazon UK

I received other review copies this week, but they were doubles, so I'm not mentioning them here. I'm a happy girl! :)


  1. Excellent books Jo! I've really got to get reading Sarah Rees Brennan's books as I hear they are amazing!

  2. Thank you! I'm kind of in two minds about Brennan's novels. I was a little disappointed with Lexicon - yet couldn't stop thinking about it for days afterwards. I'm looking forward to Covenant to see how it goes, but I'm not too sure. Lol.

  3. S&S really outdid themselves this week, didn't they? I'm really excited to start on Passing Strange and The Summer I Turned Pretty and Forbidden look great.

  4. They did! Lots of books! I haven't yet read Generation Dead or the second book yet, lol. I am so excited to read The Summer I Turned Pretty and Forbidden, they sound really interesting!

  5. The Passing Strange is BEEEYOOOTIIIFUULLL!!! They all look fab :)

  6. I got Dark Secrets 2 for review this week as well. I really liked Dark Secrets 1, so it's a wee bit of a challenge to hold out until a more appropriate time to read and review that one.

    The Forbidden Game is my favourite of LJ Smith's trilogies/series, so I really hope you enjoy that one.

  7. So many great books! I hope you enjoy reading them all. I'm dying to read Star Crossed!

  8. Great new reads! The covers to all of these are totally eye catching!

  9. I really loved "The Summer I Turned Pretty", though I don't think this cover, while being cute, represents the story's vibe really well. You've got a great bunch of books though, and I'm jealous of your copy of "The Demon's Covenant". Hopefully mine will arrive soon in the mail!

    Happy reading! :D

  10. Yay! :) I'll be sending out the rest of the books soon, sorry for the delay. OMG TDL was signed? I am envious! Happy reading!

  11. Sasha - It is a really pretty cover! :)

    Catherine - I've not yet read Dark Secrets 1 >.> Lol. I'm a little apprehensive about The Forbidden Game, I'm not a big L.J. Smith fan, but I guess we'll see.

    Luisa - Thank you! I'm so looking forward to reading Star Crossed, it sounds so good! And I'm so chuffed that Jo actually requested I be sent a copy! So awesome of her :)

    Marie - Thank you! I'm looking forward to reading them! :)

    Kay - Thank you! I'm looking forward to The Summer I Turned Pretty, but can't comment on the cover as I'm yet to read the book, lol. But it sounds really good! Kind of looking forward to The Demon's Covenant, not too sure though, lol. Will see :)

    Kate - It's no problem! Whenever they arrive is fine! :) It was! I already have a dedicated signed copy though, so I may give this one away, but thank you! :)

  12. Great week Jo - TSITP is amazing, and all the S&S books look amazing as always.

    I had no idea Joanna Kenrick had written Star Crossed.. I'm looking forward to that series. Cool!


  13. Thank you! I am so looking forward to The Summer, it sounds so good! Star Crossed also looks really good, I'm so glad Jo wanted it sent to me! :D

  14. Lots of great books there! Enjoy :)

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

  16. Great book list. I LOVE the Dark Secrets books by Elizabeth Chandler. Happy Reading!

  17. Thank you! :D I've not yet read the first book, but I'm looking forward to them, they sound great! :)

  18. Wish You Were Dead sounds really interesting - what a great premise. Shall have to invest!

  19. It does sound good, doesn't it? I'm so glad I won it! Can't wait to read it! :)

  20. Oh you received a copy of THE FORBIDDEN GAME trilogy! YAY! ~happy dance~ That's a great series, can't wait to see what you think of it. ^_^ Lots of other great goodies in there too, I can see why you're a happy girl.

  21. Thank you! :D I'm not sure if I'm looking forward to The Forbidden Game series or not. Not a massice L.J. Smith fan, but we'll see! :)