Saturday, 13 November 2010

In My Mailbox (#19)

 In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren to show what everyone has been recieving or buying each week.

So I haven't done an IMM for a couple of weeks due to not really recieving anything. This week has been totally insane for the amount of books that I recieved. With the exception of the books gifted from Becky (at the bottom), everything else came this week. 

 For Review
Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

Black Swan Rising - Lee Carrol
Publisher: Bantam Press
Release Date: 25th November

Jeweller Garet James isn't the same as everyone else.

She just doesn't know it yet.

With her fair share of problems – money (lack of), an elderly father, a struggling business – Garet should be just like any other young, feisty, single New Yorker. If only it was that simple...

It begins with the old silver box that had been soldered shut. All Garet has to do is open it. A favour for the frail owner of the antiques shop. Who wouldn’t help?

Only it’s then that things start to change. Garet doesn't notice at first, the shifts barely perceptible. But the city in which she grew up is beginning to reveal a long-hidden side – darker, and altogether more dangerous: parallel world of chaos, smoke and blood.

And now it’s out of the box...and it has no intention of going back in.

Bright Young Things - Anna Godbersen
Publisher: Razor Bill
Release Date: 6th January 2011

It’s 1929 and Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey have escaped their small Midwestern town to chase big dreams and even bigger secrets. Amongst the glittering metropolis of New York City, they meet Astrid Donal, a flapper who has everything she could ever want, except for the one thing Letty and Cordelia have to offer—true friendship. Set in the dizzying summer before the market crash, against the vast lawns of the glamorous Long Island mansions and on the blindingly lit stages of Broadway, three girls will find scandal, intrigue, and romance. . .

The amazing people at Bloomsbury sent me the most fantastic package. I had been sent the last Harry Potter book a while ago but hadn't read any of the series so they sent me the rest of the series with the new covers! It was like Christmas Day!

You Against Me - Jenny Downham
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Release Date: 2nd December

If someone hurts your sister and you're any kind of man, you seek revenge, right? If your brother's been accused of a terrible crime and you're the main witness, then you banish all doubt and defend him. Isn't that what families do? When Mikey's sister claims a boy assaulted her at a party, his world of work and girls begins to fall apart. When Ellie's brother is charged with the crime, but says he didn't do it, her world of revision, exams and fitting in at a new school begins to unravel. When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide. Brave and unflinching, this is a novel of extraordinary skillfulness and almost unbearable tension. It's a book about loyalty and the choices that come with it. But above all it's a book about love - for one's family and for another.


Ghost Town - Rachel Caine
The fragile peace between humans and vampires in Morganville is in trouble, and when Claire takes drastic action, she's put under serious pressure to re-establish the barriers that keep the town residents inside, and wipe the memories of those who leave. But working with her half-crazy vampire boss Myrnin means that things don't always turn out as planned ... and as the people of Morganville begin acting strangely, Claire and her friends must solve the mystery and try to put things right. But one by one, her allies are turning on her ... even the ones she trusts most.

Thanks so much to Chrissie @ Chrissie's Corner for this one. I was lucky enough to win Ghost Town in a giveaway when the original winner didn't reply in time. This has been one of my most anticipated books this year so I was rediculously excited when I got the email.


Naomi @ Supernatural Bookworm is made off all kinds of awesomeness this week. She was so lovely to lend me Firelight and 2 adult books which can all be seen below!

Firelight - Sophie Jordan
With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness leads her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret.

Gentlemen Prefer Succubi (Succubus Diaries #1) - Jill Myles
Who knew an angel could get a girl in so much devilish trouble?

Jackie Brighton woke up in a dumpster this morning, and her day has only gotten weirder. Her breasts grew overnight, her sex drive is insatiable, and apparently she had her first one-night stand ever . . . with a fallen angel.

Of course, she only remembers gorgeous Noah’s enormous, er, package. And their steamy shower sex. Hmm . . . and the dark stranger whose bite transformed her into an immortal siren with a seductive Itch. With help from Noah and fellow succubus Remy Summore, Jackie adapts to her new lifestyle—until she accidentally strikes a deal that sends her lover into the deadly clutches of the vampire queen and lands Jackie, Remy, and the queen’s wickedly hot right-hand man into the middle of a fierce battle for an ancient halo.

But how’s a girl supposed to save the world when the enemy’s so hard to resist.

Succubi Like It Hot (Succubus Diaries #2) - Jill Myles
With a hot new figure, her dream job as an archaeologist, and two gorgeous boyfriends to scratch her seductive Itch -- an angel and a vampire -- Jackie Brighton is totally getting the hang of life as a succubus. Then she accidentally knocks the pizza guy unconscious with her touch. Great -- she's cursed. After striking a deal to get the curse lifted by a crafty demon, Jackie and her best friend Remy take a road trip to deliver a cryptic message to the nation's oldest succubus. Unfortunately, neither of her jealous lovers is talking to Jackie right now, and due to the curse, she's desperate to get her Itch scratched very soon. Their journey gets weirder with every mile -- demonic possession, a charming stalker, a cryptic warning -- and when they get to New Orleans, Jackie discovers a dangerous catch to her supernatural bargain. Someone wants her dead -- again. Can a brainy vixen in a miniskirt outsmart the forces of evil?

The lovely Caroline from Portrait of a Woman is hosting a week dedicated to HIV/ AIDS in YA Lit to go with World AIDS day on 1st December. Her week will run from 28th November to 5th December. When she asked me if I wanted to be a part of her feature week, I was extremely interested, having not read anything like this before. Caroline was nice enough to send me the book below to read and review. Go check out her site and grab a button to show your support!

The Beat Goes On - Adele Minchin
At fifteen shy Leyla looks up to her sixteen-year-old cousin, Emma. Beautiful, confident, and popular with boys, Emma seems to have it all. But when Emma learns that she's HIV positive after having unprotected sex just once, Leyla must be the strong one. Supporting her cousin through all the changes, even teaching music to kids in Emma's support group, Leyla promises to keep it "all" a secret. But when Leyla's gorgeous new boyfriend thinks condoms are optional, and Emma's health begins to decline, Leyla realizes people will never be safe unless they are aware. Will she find the courage to speak out and make people understand

I went to my first event as a blogger a couple of weeks ago (the write up for that is coming soon, I promise!). Becky @ The Bookette was getting rid of some of her books and was nice enough to give me two of them!

The Eternal Ones - Kirsten Miller
Haven Moore can’t control her visions of a past with a boy called Ethan, and a life in New York that ended in fiery tragedy. In our present, she designs beautiful dresses for her classmates with her best friend Beau. Dressmaking keeps her sane, since she lives with her widowed and heartbroken mother in her tyrannical grandmother’s house in Snope City, a tiny town in Tennessee. Then an impossible group of coincidences conspire to force her to flee to New York, to discover who she is, and who she was.

In New York, Haven meets Iain Morrow and is swept into an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Iain is suspected of murdering a rock star and Haven wonders, could he have murdered her in a past life? She visits the Ouroboros Society and discovers a murky world of reincarnation that stretches across millennia. Haven must discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves¸ before all is lost and the cycle begins again.

Passing Strange (Generation Dead #3) - Daniel Waters
Karen DeSonne always passed as a normal (if pale) teenager; with her friends, with her family, and at school. Passing cost her the love of her life. And now that Karen’s dead, she’s still passing—this time, as alive. Karen DeSonne just happens to be an extremely human-like zombie. Meanwhile, Karen’s dead friends have been fingered in a high-profile murder, causing a new round of antizombie regulations that have forced them into hiding. Karen soon learns that the “murder” that destroyed their non-life was a hoax, staged by Pete Martinsburg and his bioist zealots. Obtaining enough evidence to expose the fraud and prove her friends’ innocence means doing the unthinkable: becoming Pete’s girlfriend. Karen’s only hope is that the enemy never realizes who she really is—because the consequences would be worse than death.

So that's what I got this week. Anyone read any of them??


kirsty at the overflowing library said...

a fantastic amount of books this week!

danya said...

Oooh haven't heard of Black Swan Rising but it looks good!

Dazzling Mage said...

AWESOME books this week! I'm really curious about You Against Me. It has a bit of Romeo & Juliet + Pride and Prejudice. A little. Also, Black Swan Rising looks great!

Jess said...

Wow what a fab haul! I got Black Swan Rising and Bright Young Things too, hope you enjoy your books :)

Leanna Elle said...

Lots of great books this week. Love the cover of Black Swan Rising!

iffath said...

You have THE WHOLE Harry Potter series AND You Against Me?!!
Happy reading! x

Unknown said...

Faints - Firelight - faints again

Jesse Owen (Reading to Life) said...

Great week this week, I hope you enjoy the Harry Potter series :) Bright Young Things sounds really good too. Happy Reading :D

Chrissie said...

Wow, you got so many great books! I got Black Swan Rising this week and I got You Against Me a few weeks ago. I'm looking forward to reading them both.

I hope you enjoy Ghost Town and I'm glad my email made you so happy :)

Caroline said...

Aww thanks for the nice words Lyndsey :)
*jealous about the HP books* :D

Michelle Fluttering Butterflies said...

Wow, what a lot of great books there! Bright Young Things, Black Swan Rising. I'm jealous!

I recently read and loved You Against me! I hope you enjoy all of your books :)

Uniquely Moi Books said...

New follower here! Curious as to where you found Black Swan Rising? I can't seem to find one with that cover, all of them that I find have a different cover :( Interesting too that Ghost Town has the same girl as She Smells The cover though!

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