Sunday, 5 December 2010

In My Mailbox - 20

Hello all! I received five awesome books this week and I'm so excited about getting stuck into them!

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:

Being Billy - Phil Earle
The Cinderella Society - Kay Cassidy
The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod - Helen Brewer
The Iron Witch - Karen Mahoney
The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove - Lauren Kate

Being Billy - Phil Earle

Published: January 6th 2011
Acquired: Sent for review by Puffin

Summary (from Goodreads): Faces flashed before my eyes. And for every face there was a time that they had let me down. Each punch that landed was revenge, my chance to tell them I hadn’t forgotten what they did. Eight years in a care home makes Billy Finn a professional lifer.

And Billy’s angry – with the system, the social workers, and the mother that gave him away.
As far as Billy’s concerned, he’s on his own. His little brother and sister keep him going, though they can’t keep him out of trouble. But he isn’t being difficult on purpose. Billy’s just being Billy. He can’t be anything else. Can he?

The Cinderella Society - Kay Cassidy

Published: April 13th 2010
Acquired: Sent as part of UK Book Tours

Summary (from Goodreads): When the Prom Queen becomes your fairy godmother…

Sixteen year old outsider, Jess Parker, gets the chance of a lifetime: an invitation to join a secret society of popular girls dedicated to defeating the mean girls of the world. The Cinderella Society guides all new recruits through its top secret ultimate life makeover. It’s all part of preparing them to face down the Wickeds and win. Determined not to let the Cindys down, Jess dives in with a passion. Finally, a chance to belong and show the world what she’s made of.

… be careful what you wish for.

Jess’s transformation wins her the heart of her dream crush and a shot at uber-popularity. Until the Wickeds–led by Jess’s arch enemy–begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers the real force behind her exclusive society. It’s a high stakes battle of good vs. evil, and the Cindys in power need Jess on special assignment. When the mission threatens to destroy her dream life come true, Jess is forced to choose between living a fairy tale and honoring the Sisterhood… and herself.

What’s a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn’t want to wear it anymore?


Eighth Grade Bites: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod - Helen Brewer

Published: January 2011
Acquired: Sent for review by Penguin

Summary (from Goodreads): Junior high really stinks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: His mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers and no one to teach him, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs.

When a strange substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he realizes he has a much bigger problem: He’s being hunted by a vampire killer who is closing in . . . fast!


The Iron Witch - Karen Mahoney

Published: February 8th 2011
Acquired: Sent for review by Random House

Summary (from Goodreads): Freak. That's what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna's own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.

When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.


The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove - Lauren Kate

Published: January 6th 2011
Acquired: Sent for review by Random House

Summary (from Goodreads): A steamy Southern beauty makes one fatal mistake

Natalie Hargrove would kill to be her high school’s Palmetto Princess. But her boyfriend Mike King doesn’t share her dream and risks losing the honor of Palmetto Prince to Natalie’s nemesis, Justin Balmer. So she convinces Mike to help play a prank on Justin. . . one that goes terribly wrong. They tie him to the front of the church after a party—when they arrive the next morning, Justin is dead.

From blackmail to buried desire, dark secrets to darker deeds, Natalie unravels. She never should’ve messed with fate. Fate is the one thing more twisted than Natalie Hargrove.

Cruel Intentions meets Macbeth in this seductive, riveting tale of conscience and consequence.

6 comments:

  1. The Random House books look awesome - vlad tod is fab (I also got it this week too)

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  2. Fab books this week ;) Isn't the cover for Being Billy made of awesome sauce?! I LOVE that colour :)

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  3. I'mso excited for The Iron Witch. It looks absolutely amazing.

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  4. Fab books...Betrayal looks like an incredible read!

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  5. Hope you enjoy The Cinderella Society! I read it last year!

    Here's what's in my mailbox this week!

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  6. I'm looking forward to The Iron Witch! :)

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