Sunday, 21 November 2010

In My Mailbox - 19

So I realised I hadn't done an IMM post in almost a month again - naughty me! I had a good week this week and receives some really exciting books that I can't wait to get cracking on.

In case you haven't taken part before, In My Mailbox is a weekly post hosted by Kristi who's over at the awesome The Story Siren.

This week I received:

Black Swan Rising - Lee Carroll
Half Brother (finished copy) - Kenneth Oppel
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth - Jeff Kinney
Fairytale Ending - Gigi Levangie
Coming Home - Patricia Scanlan
Inside Out - Maria V. Snyder
Bright Young Things - Anna Godbersen
My Soul to Take - Rachel Vincent
Low Red Moon - Ivy Devlin
Nightshade - Andrea Cremer
Diary of a Snob - Grace Dent
Diary of a Chav: Too Cool for School - Grace Dent



Black Swan Rising - Lee Carroll

Published: July 22nd 2010, Bantam Press

Acquired: Sent for review

Summary (from Goodreads): When New York City jewelry designer Garet James stumbles into a strange antiques shop in her neighborhood, her life is about to be turned upside down. John Dee, the enigmatic shopkeeper, commissions her to open a vintage silver box for a generous sum of money.

Oddly, the symbol of a swan on the box exactly matches the ring given to her by her deceased mother. Garet can’t believe her luck and this eerie coincidence until she opens the box and otherworldly things start happening. . .

Half Brother - Kenneth Oppel

Published: January 6th 2011, David Fickling Books

Acquired: Sent for review by David Fickling Books

Summary (from Goodreads):
For thirteen years, Ben Tomlin was an only child. But all that changes when his mother brings home his new “baby brother” Zan - an eight-day-old chimpanzee. Ben’s father, a renowned behavioral scientist, has uprooted the family to pursue his latest research project: a high-profile experiment to determine whether chimpanzees can acquire advanced language skills. Ben's parents tell him to treat Zan like a little brother. Ben reluctantly agrees. At least now he’s not the only one his father’s going to scrutinize.

It isn't long before Ben is Zan's favorite, and Ben starts to see Zan as more than just an experiment. His father disagrees. To him, Zan is only a specimen, no more, no less. And this is going to have consequences. Soon Ben is forced to make a critical choice between what he is told to believe and what he knows to be true -- between obeying his father or protecting his brother from an unimaginable fate.


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth - Jeff Kinney

Published: November 9th 2010, Abrams Books for Young Readers

Acquired: Sent for review by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):
Greg Heffley has always been in a hurry to grow up. But is getting older really all it’s cracked up to be? Greg suddenly finds himself dealing with the pressures of boy-girl parties, increased responsibilities, and even the awkward changes that come with getting older—all without his best friend, Rowley, at his side. Can Greg make it through on his own? Or will he have to face the “ugly truth"?

Fairytale Ending - Gigi Levangie

Published: November 25th 2010

Acquired: Sent for review by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful woman called Cynthia, queen of glittering Manhattan, who had everything she could ever want. Including a handsome king, otherwise known as her husband, sexy Jack Powers, wealthiest man in New York, and apparently devoted to wife and family.

But wait a minute, isn’t that a wicked witch in the distance? Cynthia’s just discovered her husband’s playing away with beautiful TV anchor Lara Sizemore, who’s head over heels in love with Jack. Now she has to decide whether her fairytale is worth trying to save…

Will they all live happily ever after – or can only one person have a true Fairytale Ending?


Coming Home - Patricia Scanlan

Published: November 11th 2010, Transworld

Acquired: Sent for review by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):
Two sisters...two very different lives. Alison's American dream is in tatters. Her highflying career is on the skids in the financial meltdown. Her Upper East Side apartment is now way beyond her means. But pride prevents her from telling her family back home just how bad things are. Olivia is fraught trying to juggle family, career, preparations for Christmas and organize a surprise party for their mother's seventieth birthday.

How she envies, and sometimes resents, her sister Alison and her life of excitement and affluence in New York. Coming home is the last thing Alison wants to do, especially now that she's met a rather attractive, sexy, down to earth neighbour who doesn't believe in 'non exclusive dating' unlike her wealthy boyfriend, Jonathan.

But family ties are strong. Alison and Olivia sort their differences, the party throws up a few surprises and Christmas brings changes for Alison that she could never have imagined before coming home.


Inside Out - Maria V. Snyder

Published: January 1st 2011, Mira Books

Acquired: Sent for review by Mira Books

Summary (from Goodreads):
Keep your head down. Don't get noticed. Or else. I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops.

So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? Not like it's all that dangerous - the only neck at risk is my own. Until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution...


Bright Young Things - Anna Godbersen

Published: October 12th 2010, HarperCollins
Acquired: Sent for review by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):
The year is 1929. New York is ruled by the Bright Young Things: flappers and socialites seeking thrills and chasing dreams in the anything-goes era of the Roaring Twenties. Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey escaped their small Midwestern town for New York's glittering metropolis.

All Letty wants is to see her name in lights, but she quickly discovers Manhattan is filled with pretty girls who will do anything to be a star…


My Soul to Take - Rachel Vincent

Published: October 15th 2010, Mira Books
Acquired: Sent for review by Mira Books

Summary (from Goodreads):
She doesn't see dead people, but…

She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next…

Low Red Moon - Ivy Devlin

Published: September 14th 2010, Bloomsbury

Acquired: Sent as part of a book tour via Good Golly Miss Holly

Summary (from Goodreads):
The only thing Avery Hood can remember about the night her parents died is that she saw silver—deadly silver, moving inhumanly fast. As much as she wants to remember who killed them, she can't, and there's nothing left to do but try to piece her life back together. Then Avery meets the new boy in school—Ben, mysterious and beautiful, with whom she feels a connection like nothing she's ever experienced.

When Ben reveals he's a werewolf, Avery still trusts him—at first. Then she sees that sometimes his eyes flash inhuman silver. And she learns that she's not the only one who can't remember the night her parents died.


Nightshade - Andrea Cremer

Published: October 19th 2010

Acquired: Sent as part of UK Book Tours

Summary (from Goodreads):
Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known.

By following her heart, she might lose everything— including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?


Diary of a Snob - Grace Dent

Published: July 16th 2009, Hodder Children's Books

Acquired: Purchased myself

Summary (from Goodreads):
You've been bowled over by Shiraz Bailey Wood, now make way for Miss Poppet Montague-Jones - a posh teenage heroine to die for!

Diary of a Chav: Too Cool for School - Grace Dent

Published: January 20th 2008, Hodder Children's Books

Acquired: Purchased myself

Summary (from Goodreads):
Shiraz Bailey Wood has made up her mind. She's leaving Goodmayes, waving goodbye to Mayflower Academy Sixth Form and her part time job at Mr Yolk and moving to London with Carrie Draper. Carrie's got herself a place at Tabitha Tennant's beauty school, so she's sorted.

Now all Shiraz has to focus on is getting herself a job. She has a bit of trouble finding the most suitable job mind, nothing seems quite right for a girl of Shiraz's originality and wit...And she has to admit, she's missing her family - even Murphy - something rotten.

But Shiraz BW will not give up - she's going to finish what she started, even if she does keep looking out of the crappy flat window to see if there's a Banana Yellow Golf parked up front...

13 comments:

  1. Fantastic books this week! Looking forward to seeing what you think of all of them, especially Half Brother, I've been told it's an awesome book!

    Happy reading! ;)

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  2. Wow, lots of great books. I want to read Nightshade. Fairytale Ending looks interesting. Enjoy!

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  3. What a nice group of books! I enjoyed both Low Red Moon and Nightshade. I hope you do too. My mailboxes are here and here. Happy reading!

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  4. Oh, you've got fabulous reads this week. I'm ding to read Low Red Moon and Nightshade - hope you enjoy them. :)

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  5. *eep* I meant dying, not ding. Sigh.

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  6. Wow! Lots of great books this week. I love the cover of Black Swan Rising! Can't wait to read Bright Young Things! Happy reading! :)

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  7. Awesome books! Hope you very much enjoy them! :)

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  8. Oh so many books I would really like to get and read! Nightshade, Blackswan rising, Fairytale ending, low red moon!! Hope you enjoy your new books:)
    Here is my Mailbox

    And don't forget to check out my giveaway, ending on Nov 30th and open internationally, here!

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  9. Fantastic books this week. I have also gotten Black Swan Rising, looking forward to reading your review of it.

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  10. I hope you have fun reading all those books! :D

    Happy Reading,
    Zakiya - My IMM this week

    Dont miss my new meme!

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  11. "Half Brother" looks like an amazing book! I'm definitely adding it to my list!

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