Sunday, 29 April 2012
In My Mailbox 113
This meme was started by the fabulous Kristi who was inspired by Alea. Check out their blogs for more information. All summaries are from the book jackets unless otherwise stated.
I came back to uni last week to find a pile of packages waiting for me that had built up over the last three weeks and there is also two weeks worth of post here: that’s why there’s so many!
We’ll Always Have Summer – Jenny Han
Just when she thought she had all the answers...
Isabel has only ever loved two boys, Conrad and Jeremiah Fisher.
One broke her heart; the other made her happier than she ever thought she’d be. But each brother is keeping a secret, and this summer Isabel must choose between the Fisher boys, once and for all.
Which brother will it be?
An amazing surprise from Razorbill! Even though I have the US edition pre-ordered and on it's way, I devoured this and posted my review earlier in the week.
Insurgent – Veronica Roth
I have done bad things. I can't take them back, and they are part of who I am.
Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. but she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future.
Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever...because her more shocking choice and sacrifices lie ahead.
YAY! Thank you, HarperCollins!
Dying to Know You – Aidan Chambers
Shy, likable Karl is in love with clever, beautiful Fiorella. To prove his affection, she demands that he bare his soul to her in letters. The difficulty? Karl is convinced he can’t write, or at least not well enough for Fiorella, who loves books and words. In a Cyrano de bergerac-like twist, Karl sets out to persuade Fiorella’s favourite novelist to write the letter for him. When the famous author unexpectedly agrees, a series of misunderstandings ensues, resulting in a startling revelation, a near tragedy, and an unexpected friendship that transforms the lives of all three.
In this smart, exhilarating book about love, identity, and finding one’s own voice in the world. Aidan Chambers shows once again why he has been called “one of young-adult literature’s greatest living writers” (Booklist).
Really looking forward to this – thanks, RHCP!
Changeling – Philippa Gregory (ARC)
The year is 1453 and all signs point to it being the end of the world.
Accused of heresy and expelled from his monastery, handsome seventeen-year-old, Luca Vero, is recruited by a mysterious stranger to record the end of times across Europe. Commanded by sealed orders, Luca is sent to map the fears of Christendom, and travel to the very frontiers of good and evil.
Seventeen-year-old Isolde, a Lady Abess, is trapped in a nunnery to prevent her claiming her rich inheritance. As the nuns in her care are driven mad by strange visions, walking in their sleep and showing bleeding wounds, Luca is sent to investigate and all the evidence points to Isolde’s criminal guilt. Outside in the yard they are building a pyre to burn her for witchcraft...
I’ve never read Gregory before so I’m really looking forward to this. Thanks, S&S!
Chain Reaction – Simone Elkeles
Like his brothers, Luis Fuentes is a risk taker; whether he’s scaling the Rocky Mountains or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, he’s always looking for the next thrill.
Nikki Cruz lives her life by certain rules – don’t trust a boy who says “I love you”, boys lie to get their own way, and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Then she meets Luis at his brother Alex’s wedding and suddenly she’s tempted to break all her rules.
Getting Nikki to give him a chance is Luis’s biggest challenge, until he’s tempted by a gang-member to enter the same dark and violent world that nearly destroyed his brothers’ lives. Will Luis’s feelings for Nikki be enough to stop him from taking the ultimate risk?
Can I just quickly say something to get it out of my system? Yes? Thanks. SQUEEEEEE. I love this series and it’s SIGNED! Thanks, S&S and Simone!
How to Keep a Boy as a Pet – Diane Messidoro
Can taming a gorgeous boy really be as easy as walking a dog?
‘I refuse to spend my life swooning pointlessly.’
Circe Shaw is on a mission.
‘I must transform into a fabulously sophisticated journalist and discover the amazing scientific truth about boys.’
But life is beyond complicated. Circe has to deal with a poisonous rival, her mum’s annoying ‘just friends’ men and her own Dark Past.
Can Circe’s daring investigation really teach her the facts of love?
Will it help her finally get a boyfriend?
Or will it break her heart...?
I’m really looking forward to this; it sounds fun. Thanks, Electric Monkey!
Adorkable – Sarra Manning
Welcome to the dorkside.
It’s going to be a bumpy ride...
Jeane Smith’s a blogger, a dreamer, a dare-to-dreamer, a jumble sale queen, CEO of her own lifestyle brand and has half a million followers on twitter.
Michael Lee’s a star of school, stage and playing field. A golden boy in a Jack Wills hoodie.
They have nothing in common but a pair of cheating exes. So why can’t they stop snoggin?
Three words: Sarra Manning YA. Gah, so, SO excited. Thanks, Atom!
I also received copies of :
Unrest, Michelle Harrison (finished copy, S&S)
I’ll Be There, Holly Goldberg Sloan (finished copy, Piccaddilly Press)
The Hunt, Andrew Fukada (S&S)
The Drowned Cities, Paolo Bacigalupi (Atom)
Until I Die, Amy Plum (Atom)
Goddess Girls: Athena the Brain, Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams (Atom)
Goddess Girls: Persephone the Phony, Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams (Atom)
Monster High: Back and Deader Than Ever, Lisi Harrison (Atom)
The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Emily M Danforth (ARC)
When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief she’ll never have to tell them that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.
But that relief soon turns to heartbreak, as Cam is forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth. She knows that from this point on, her life will be forever different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and not making waves, and Cam becomes an expert at this – especially at avoiding any questions about her sexuality.
Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. To Cam’s surprise, she and Coley become best friends – while Cam secretly dreams of something more. Just as this starts to seem like a real possibility, her secret is exposed. Ultra-religious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to “fix” her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self – even if she’s not exactly sure who that is.
I spotted this in my local Oxfam Bookshop and remembered CJ Skuse talking about it on Twitter so I decided to give it a shot!