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Sunday, 18 October 2009

In My Mailbox (#6)

This award winning meme is hosted by the wonderful Story Siren, Kristi.

So last week there was nothing in my mailbox as I was attempting to not buy books. But this week I have some great books to tell you about and have obviously not managed to restrain myself.

For review:

Syren (Book 5 in the Septimus Heap series) by Angie Sage
I was so excited when this book arrived by UPS. I have never had anything delivered to me by them and I was so surprised. I'm reviewing this for Newman Communications. I agreed to review it for them because I've read the first four books and would have read this one sooner or later anyway.

Amazon says:
In the fifth book of this Magykal series, Septimus and his friends find themselves on an island whose secrets are as dark and dangerous as its inhabitants. Septimus Heap returns to the House of Foryx with Spit Fyre to pick up Jenna, Nicko, Snorri, and Beetle. But the journey home does not go well and when Septimus and his friends are caught in a storm, Spit Fyre crashes into the Rokk Lighthouse. They are rescued by the lighthouse keeper who is disturbingly sinister, and who has an equally sinister cat And all the while, Septimus is trying to fight the strange pull he's feeling to the island and its mysterious secrets.

The Dresskeeper by Mary Naylus
Thursday was such a great day for me as I went to Maggie's signing and received an email from Yannick at Prospera Publishing (which is an independent publisher). It was a lovely email asking me to review this debut novel and I said I would be only to happy to but that I only post honest reviews. They were absolutely fine with that and reassured me that they do not want to censor anyone.

Amazon says:
This title is suitable for children of ages 12 years & over. When Picky's Mum forces her to look after Gran, who has dementia, Picky is accidentally transported back to the year 1685, where a man in a wig insists she is someone called Amelia and tries to kill her. Managing to get the dress off just in time, Picky returns to the present with the dress covered in blood. Who is Amelia? Is she dead? Will wearing the other dresses in the chest take Picky back in time too? And does she dare put herself in danger again?

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
How could I not buy a copy and get it signed?

Amazon says:
Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand - one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass - a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky - and equally dangerous - dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre.Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen's sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren't so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind. "Lament" is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey.
Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
I read a review of this on Katie's blog Sophistikated. I love the Maximum Ride series so thought that I'd give this a try.

Amazon says:
The world is changing - the government has seized control of every aspect of society, and now kids are disappearing. For fifteen-year-old Wisty and her older brother Whit, life turns upside-down when they are hauled out of bed one night, separated from their parents, and thrown into a secret compound for no reason they can comprehend. The new government is clearly trying to suppress Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Being a Normal Teenager. Imprisoned together and condemned to death, Wisty and Whit begin exhibiting strange abilities and powers they never dreamed of. Maybe there is a reason they were singled out. Can this newly discovered witch and a wizard master their skills in time to save themselves, their parents - and maybe the world?

Ballad by Maggie Steifvater
I say won but actually because I was one of the first two people to preorder Shiver at the Golden Treasury bookshop Maggie gave me a signed copy of Ballad. I was so chuffed and so was her number one fan, the Cupcake Girl.

Amazon says:
In this mesmerizing sequel to "Lament", music prodigy James Morgan has joined his best friend, Deirdre, at a private conservatory for musicians. James' almost unearthly gift for music has attracted the dangerous attentions of Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. Composing beautiful music together leads James and Nuala down an unexpected road of mutual admiration ...and love. Haunted by a vision of raging fire and death, James realizes that Deirdre and Nuala are being hunted by the Fey and plunges into a soulscorching battle with the Queen of the Fey to save their lives.
So these are feeding my book addiction this week. What's feeding yours?


Rebecca said...

Awesome books you got this week. I am dying to read Syren. I love the Septimus Heap series. I hope you enjoy reading all your books.

Catherine said...

Hooray for Lament and Ballad. I loved them. :)

Lauren said...

I'm definitely envying Ballad, as I really loved Lament! The Dresskeeper sounds like a great story too. Awesome week.

Jo said...

Awesome haul! Lament and Ballad are thinner books than I would have thought. Happy reading, and I look forward to your reviews!

Alessandra said...

Wow, great books for you! I think I might be buying Lament and Ballad too...

Chicklish said...

We've just received The Dresskeeper too! Great books - I hope you enjoy them all.

deltay said...

Wow, what an awesome haul this week; happy reading!

Nina said...

Great books. They sound and look great. :) Have fun reading them.

The Book Owl said...

Awesome books! Have fun reading. :)

I Want to Read That said...

I've started The Dresskeeper - so far so good:) Hope you enjoy them all:)

La Coccinelle said...

Cool-looking books this week. The Dresskeeper looks interesting; I hadn't heard of it.

Tena said...

Happy reading!

bookjourney said...

Such great looking reads! I am really impressed with Patterson and his changes to stay with the current reading trends.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Ballad, Lament, and the Dresskeeper. Sweet week :)

I Heart Book Gossip said...

Wow,what a great book loot! How much are the books in the UK? I love UK covers, there so much prettier :)