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Saturday, 9 January 2010

In My Mailbox #14

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren. She was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

Before I start telling you about my books, I just wanted to say I have had such a great bloggy week. It started with reading When I Was Joe by Keren David which was the most fantastically thrilling book. Then I won a goody-bag from Voyager Books although that hasn't arrived yet. I've been promised a copy of Almost True by Keren David from Frances Lincoln when it is ready - it isn't released until August. I hit 150 Followers which is so great. Last and certainly not least, I had some really touching comments from you guys about my When I Was Joe review and my blog and I just adore each and every one of you. So THANK YOU very much.

So what did I get in my mailbox?
(All book summaries are from Waterstones.com)

For review:

The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh

Yes, I know I have three copies. It is a long story. I'd like to say thanks to Kate @ Waterstones and Sammee @ I Want To Read That for the proof copies. I'm still working out what I'd like to do with these. I'm reading this as part of the 2010 Debut Author Challenge. Pat Walsh is a UK debut author. You can find out about other UK authors debuting here.
It's 1347 and fifteen-year-old Will, an orphan boy, lives at Crowfield Abbey. Sent into the forest to gather wood, he rescues instead, a creature from a trap - a hob, who shares with Will a terrible secret. Somewhere in the forest behind the abbey where he lives, is a grave. And buried deep in the snow is an angel. But how can an angel die? What has it to do with the monks of the Abbey? When two hooded strangers arrive at Crowfield asking questions about the angel's grave. Will is drawn into a world of dangerous Old Magic. "The Crowfield Feather" was short-listed for the "Times" Chidren's Fiction Competition in 2008. This is a stunning debut novel and the first of a two part series.

Suspicion by Kate Brian - Part of the Private series

Reed Brennan thought that a winter break in the islands with some of the Billings Girls, old and new, was just what she needed to recover from her traumatic last term at Easton. At first everything is perfect; relaxing, fun and elegant. But then things take a more sinister turn and suddenly Reed finds herself in danger once more. If Reed wants to survive her fateful vacation she must discover who is after her and why, before it's too late.

Everwild by Neal Shusterman
Nick the "chocolate ogre" wants to help the children of Everlost to reach the light at the end of the tunnel, and is slowly handing each child a coin which will release them from Everlost. But Mary Hightower wants to trap the children forever, and joins forces with Pugsy Capone, a death boss, who gains allies in a terrible way...Meanwhile, Allie has gone in search for her parents and joins up with a group of "skinjackers". But, as her search takes her further away from Nick and the children of Everlost, Allie uncovers a shocking secret...it seems that "skinjackers" are not actually dead...In this riveting sequel to the imaginative, supernatural thriller, Everlost, there is new dark force to be reckoned with.

Thanks to Simon and Shuster for both books.
Everlost by Neal Shusterman
Nick and Allie don't survive the crash, and now they are in limbo, stuck halfway between life and death, in a netherworld known as Everlost. Everlost is home to those who didn't make it to their final destination: A magical yet dangerous place filled with shadows where lost souls run wild. Shocked and frightened, Nick and Allie aren't ready to rest in peace just yet. They want their lives back. Desperate for a way out, their search takes them deep into the uncharted regions of Everlost. But the longer they stay, the more they forget about their past lives. And with all memory of home fading fast and an unknown evil lurking in the shadows, Nick and Allie may never escape this strange, terrible world. In this imaginative, supernatural thriller, Neal Shusterman explores questions of life, death, and what just might lie in between.
As Simon and Schuster had sent me the second book to review, I bought myself the first. I just can't cope with reading a series out of sequence. It makes me feel a little crazy just to think about it.

Storm Glass by Maria V. Synder

Untrained. Untested. Unleashed. With her unique magical abilities, Opal has always felt unsure of her place at Sitia's magic academy. But when the Stormdancer clan needs help, Opal's knowledge makes her the perfect choice - until the mission goes awry. Pulling her powers in unfamiliar directions, Opal finds herself tapping into a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening. Now Opal must deal with plotters out to destroy the Stormdancer clan, as well as a traitor in their midst. With danger and deception rising around her, will Opal's untested abilities destroy her - or save them all?
As Maria is coming to London for a book signing and film night, I really thought that I should read one of her books before I meet her.


The Spook's Sacrifice by Joseph Delaney

As the Spook's apprentice Tom's first duty is to protect the County from the dark. But now Mam needs his help in her homeland of Greece. One of the most dangerous of the old gods, the Ordeen, is about to return there, bringing slaughter and devastation. Meanwhile, the Devil himself is still loose and if he and the Ordeen join forces, a new age of darkness will descend. Mam has summoned a powerful group to her side but among them are Tom's old enemy, the Pendle witches, including the assassin Grimalkin, and the cunning clan leader Mab Moldheel. Can Tom go against all the Spook has taught him and ally himself to the witches? What is the secret that Mam is keeping from him? And what sacrifices must be made in the battle against the dark?

I adore this series. I really do. This book was sent to me by the wonderful Lauren at Random House Children's Books from her own book collection. She knew how much I wanted this and as it was Christmas decided to gift it to me. It doesn't get any more festive spirited than that!

I also picked up the next two Morganville Vampire Books and the first two Vampire Academy books from the library. But goodness knows when I'll get the time to read them!

Pay it Forward:

Jill from the O.W.L also sent me a package this week as part of a blogger Pay It Forward idea. Soon I'll be doing my own post about this to send the love and gifting on to three other people, so watch this space.

Thanks Jill for such sweet goodies!

Also before I go off and see what you all got, I just want to tell you that my blogger friend Sammee is hosting the most generous contest @ I Want To Read That. Her blog is one of my favourites so you should be following her anyway but a little incentive: You can win a £30 book shopping spree! Click here to visit her cool contest.

This week has been so amazing for me. I hope it has for you all too!

The Bookette


Lauren said...

Sounds like you had a great week all round! I think you've done the right thing deciding to read Everlost before Everwild. Also, how sweet was that of Lauren from Random House to gift you The Spook's Sacrifice? You must be feeling happy!

The Book Bug said...

Great week! I'm reading Everlost and it's amazing. The crowfield curse sounds really good. Lauren from RH is so nice, I'm really jealous! Happy Reading.

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Wow, what a lot of great books! (And Lauren at Random House is wonderful!)
It's funny to see all those copies of The Crowfield Curse together. I hope you enjoy the Maria V. Snyder book and the event.
Happy reading!

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I want Everwild! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of it :)

Kirthi said...

I have got to read Storm Glass! You have a lot of great books on your shelf!

Charlotte (The Book on the Hill) said...

Great week indeed ! The Crowfield Curse is tempting, I love the cover and the plot is really intriguing. I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts on it. :)

Lea said...

I always hear how awesome Everlost is. TCC sounds pretty mysterious...

Have fun reading :)

Book Monster said...

Hahaha you really have had a good week :) So many books, that look so good!!! Enjoy reading them :)
Certainly recommend the Morganville Vampire Series :)

prophecygirl said...

What an ace week - hope you enjoy them all! & Lauren at RHCB is amazing, I love her!

Kelsey said...

Nice books! I really need to read Maria V. Snyder's books!

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Yay, so glad to hear you had a great week on the blog and congrats on 150 followers! Congrats also on the lovely new books - I particularly want to read the Private series, I have the first book, I just haven't read it yet, bah. Anyway, happy reading and keep up the good work on the blog! :)

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Just wanted to say thank you for stopping by The Saturday Network! :D

And I'm glad you had an awesome week, from all the followers and compliments that you definitely deserve and the great books! The UK covers for Everlost and Everwild are so different!! Happy reading. :)

Rebecca said...

Great books you got this week, looks like you got a lot of good books. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

Melissa said...

Such great books, and I'm glad you had such a lovely week :)

choco (In Which a Girl Reads) said...

Awesome books!

I LOVE The Last Apprentice series as well :D

Happy Reading :)

Yunaleska said...

You'll love Storm Glass - its awesome!

Nina said...

Yeah you got a book of the Private series! Enjoy and let me know what you think of the book! :)

I Want To Read That said...

Wow - great week! I am very jealous as I had no post and couldn't get out of my drive so no new books :( - hope you enjoy them all. And thanks again for the mention:)

Lauren said...

Storm Glass looks great. Happy reading!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Sweet week :) happy reading :)

Book Snob said...

Great books! The Everlost series sounds really good and I want to read it! Hope you enjoy reading your books!

Sab H. said...

Lots of books!! and great ones! Enjoy ;D

Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

The Crowfield Curse looks great! I think my son and I might both enjoy that.

Mine is here: When the Apocalypse Comes Nobody's Going to Be Punctuating

Laura (The Bookie Bunch) said...

Great books!

Here's what I got this week: http://bookielaura.blogspot.com/2010/01/in-my-mailbox-11010.html

Take care! :D

Fantastic Book Review said...

I love the Glass Series! Happy Reading!!

Kathrin said...

Great books! I know what you mean about reading series out of order - can't do it either. It's just not possible :-)
And you like tea! I have to thank Kristi for leading me to your blog...

Kathrin @ Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic