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Sunday, 16 May 2010

A special one-off book bloggers meet up IMM

So you all know I haven't done IMM in quite a while. Having Sundays free for reading has been lovely, but today I wanted to share with you all the books that I bought yesterday when I met up with some other UK bloggers for a day of ummm... awesome bookishness.

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Signed) by Patrick Ness

I borrowed this from the library I used to work in about two years ago but when the lovely Lynsey of Narratively Speaking showed me that Foyles had signed copies, it seemed like the perfect time to add it to my book collection. I am known to be a bit of a Chaos Walking fan girl.

Summary from Goodreads:
Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown.

But Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets.
Or are there?
Just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd unexpectedly stumbles upon a spot of complete silence.
Which is impossible.
Prentisstown has been lying to him.
And now he's going to have to run...

Monsters of Men (Signed) by Patrick Ness
I knew there was a reason that I hadn't ordered this from Amazon. I have been longing for this book for ages. Something deep inside me must have known I should wait until I went to Waterstones Piccadilly. It was so funny. I found this signed copy when I first got there and I had to buy it strauight away because I thought it was the only one left. Anyway, I needn't have worried. They had lots more signed copies in a special book case and there were also signed copies on sale in Blackwells and Foyles on Charing Cross Road. 

I won't include the blurb in case you haven't read Books 1 & 2. No one likes a spoiler!

Dreamdark: Blackbringer by Laini Taylor

I found this book and I just loved the blurb!

Summary from Goodreads:
Magpie Windwitch is not like other faeries, most of whom live in tranquil seclusion. When she learns that escaped devils are creeping back into the world, she travels all over with her faithful clan of crows, hunting them down. The hunt will take her to the great forest of Dreamdark, where she must unravel the mystery of the worst enemy her folk have ever known. Can one small, determined faerie defeat the forces that threaten to unmake the world?

Growing Wings by Laurel Winter

This one has been on my wish list for ages. I found a little imported copy in Foyles and I just had to have it!!!

Summary from Goodreads:
When 11-year-old Linnet discovers she is growing wings, her bewilderment is confounded by her mother's obvious distress. As it turns out, her mother also grew wings on the cusp of adolescence, only to have them cut off by her mother. Linnet's life seems to speed up rapidly after her shocking discovery; she soon finds herself alone on her estranged grandmother's doorstep, and shortly thereafter, at a type of secret residence for winged people like herself. As she tries to adapt to a life she never expected, Linnet struggles with desires common to anyone who has ever wanted desperately to fit in, while simultaneously seeking to embrace uniqueness.

Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien

So because I am having an apocalyptic phase I wanted something dystopian. Sammee of I Want To Read That suggested I bought this. I think she bought it too. Apparently it is a modern classic...

Summary from Goodreads:
There is no one left alive...I know, because after the war ended, and all the telephones went dead, my family went...to see what was happening. They never came back...

Ann Burden is sixteen and, as far she she knows, the only person left in the world. The nuclear radiation that destroyed the rest of the world has not touched the valley where she lives, and so she has remained, surviving as best she knows how, for the past year.

The smoke from a distant campfire shatters Ann's solitude. Someone else is still alive, and making his way toward the valley: John Loomis, a scientist, protected from the radiation by a "safe-suit." He asserts his will almost immediately. And as his behavior becomes more and more extreme - finally culminating in violent confrontation - Ann must choose how she will live, in a world unlike any she has known.

Spray by Harry Edge

I thought this had a very intriguing blurb. I wasn't alone Cat of This counts as writing, right? agreed with me. So I bought it and I'm going to pass it on to her when I'm done.

Summary from the back of the book:
It's a scorching summer and a group of teenagers sign up for an assassination game on the streets of a big city. Their weapons: pressurised water pistols. For some, it's more than harmless fun. To win they'll use any means necessary ...

Two hundred players. Three weeks of tense, cat-and-mouse action. It's a game where every stalker is being stalked and only one player will be left standing ...

Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott

I have been meaning to read this for ages because Sammee of I Want To Read That wrote a review of this that made me think it sounded fab. This will be my first read of an Elizabeth Scott novel...

Summary from Goodreads:
My name is Danielle. I'm eighteen. I've been stealing things for as long as I can remember.

Dani has been trained as a thief by the best--her mother. Together, they move from town to town, targeting wealthy homes and making a living by stealing antique silver. They never stay in one place long enough to make real connections, real friends--a real life

In the beach town of Heaven, though, everything changes. For the first time, Dani starts to feel at home. She's making friends and has even met a guy. But these people can never know the real Dani--because of who she is. When it turns out that her new friend lives in the house they've targeted for their next job and the cute guy is a cop, Dani must question where her loyalties lie: with the life she's always known--or the one she's always wanted.

Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Okay so this was an impulse buy ... Has anyone read it?

Summary fro Goodreads:
NAOMI AND ELY ARE BEST FRIENDS. Naomi loves and is in love with Ely, and Ely loves Naomi, but prefers to be in love with boys. So they create their "No Kiss List" of people neither of them is allowed to kiss. And this works fine - until Bruce. Bruce is Naomi's boyfriend, so there's no reason to put him on the List. But Ely kissed Bruce even though he is boring. The result: a rift of universal proportions and the potential end of "Naomi and Ely: the institution." Can these best friends come back together again?

And finally, a book that was a gift from Jo @ Ink and Paper Fantasy Reviews because she had two copies.

The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

So excited to read this. THANKS Jo!

Summary from Amazon:
Max Carver's father - a watchmaker and inventor - decides to move his family to a small town on the coast, to an old house that once belonged to a prestigious surgeon, Dr Richard Fleischmann. But the house holds many secrets and stories of its own. Behind it is an overgrown garden full of statues surrounded by a metal fence topped with a six-pointed star. When he goes to investigate, Max finds that the statues seem to consist of a kind of circus troop with the large statue of a clown at its centre. Max has the curious sensation that the statue is beckoning to him. As the family settles in they grow increasingly uneasy: they discover a box of old films belonging to the Fleischmanns; his sister has disturbing dreams and his other sister hears voices whispering to her from an old wardrobe. They also discover the wreck of a boat that sank many years ago in a terrible storm. Everyone on board perished except for one man - an engineer who built the lighthouse at the end of the beach. During the dive, Max sees something that leaves him cold - on the old mast floats a tattered flag with the symbol of the six-pointed star. As they learn more about the wreck, the chilling story of the Prince of the Mists begins to emerge.

I did get some review books too but hey I'll be here all day if I tell you about those. Surely you want me to go and comment on all your blogs? Yes, I thought so. Follow me on Goodreads if you want to keep up to date with the books that arrive for review. Here is the link to my profile.

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Lynsey Newton said...

YAY, I got a mention! hehe Excellent books there but you did miss one I notice ;)

The Book Bug said...

Fab books. I had to surendor my copy of The Knife of Never Letting Go to the library. :) Z for Zachariah looks good, enjoy!!!

Tez said...

You've got Monsters of Men! *is envious* I am so very desperate to read that- I loved the first two books. Happy reading!

prophecygirl said...

Dreamdark sounds excellent! And signed Monsters of Men! Woot!

Hope you enjoy your first foray into Elizabeth Scott land. She is brilliant :)

Elie said...

I hope you had fun. I haven't heard of any of these but dreamdark has a cool cover and I heard Elizabeth Scott is great.

Christina/Book Addict said...

Awesome books, Becky! It sounds like you guys had fun! Prince of Mist is definitely something I'm interested in and I look forward to your review. Elizabeth Scott is awesome and I really liked Stealing Heaven. I hope you do, too! Enjoy your books!

Cat Clarke said...

I bought Z for Zachariah too! Can't wait to compare notes!

brizmus said...

How fun that you got to meet up with other UK bloggers - and you got some great books to boot!

StephTheBookworm said...

Great books and so awesome that you got to meet up with other bloggers!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

It was great to see you again, Becky! I really do love the sound of Dreamdark...

The Book Owl said...

Dreamdark: Blackbringer is one of my favorite books! I hope you enjoy it.

Splendibird said...

What a great selection! The Chaos Walking books are just astonishingly well written. I'm half way through the last one and am a complete mess! I keep meaning to buy The Prince of Mist as I loved the author's adult books so it'll be interesting to hear what you think of it.

Luisa at Chicklish said...

I really want to read Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List - I've enjoyed other books by those authors. I wouldn't have recommended it as your kind of read, but I've been wrong about your kind of read lately, so I'm looking forward to seeing what you think! I hope you enjoy all your books - happy reading!

I Want To Read That said...

It was great to see you again yesterday - really hope you enjoy Stealing Heaven:) Any idea which you are going to read first? I looked at mine and went arrrgggg!

in which a girl reads said...

You're going to absolutely love The Knife of Letting Go. It's such a great book--one of best ones I've read in the last couple months.

Happy reading :)

Lauren said...

That's a lot of books for one trip, but I totally don't blame you. They all look great. I need to get that Elizabeth Scott one too - it does sound awesome. And I'm craving Monsters of Men even though I don't have The Ask and The Answer yet.

Damian Harvey said...

You might have already seen it but there's a good interview with Patrick Ness in the latest Waterstone's magazine.

BrittLit said...

I just finished Prince of Mist it was creepy. Those other books all sound great. More to add to my list. Happy Reading!

Sarah said...

It was great to meet you yesterday Becky! I really enjoyed the afternoon & am looking forward to doing it again soon :o)

I've not had a chance to download the pictures yet but I'll email them around tomorrow!

Robby said...

Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List- SO GREAT.
Elizabeth Scott is one of my favorites, and Stealing Heaven was no exception.
I wish I could buy books and actually read them. My reading pile is still monstrous. :D

Caroline said...

I loved Z for Zachariah ! Such an amazing book !
Dreamdark looks fascinating!
It was lovely to meet you Saturday ! We need to do that again hehe
Have a good week !

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I realllllllly need to read the Knife of Letting Go. I can not wait for your review :)

Nina said...

Like you I havent read any books written by Elizabeth Scott and they do sound so cute and fun. I wonder if the library has them! :)

Enjoy those books!

emilyandherlittlepinknotes.com said...

Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan: It's not very good, I don't think you'll kike it(based on your reviews of course:)) ... Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist it's so much better