Saturday, May 9, 2009

In My Mailbox (11)

Lots to report on again this week... even though 'In My Mailbox' is actually a deceptive lie since my postpeople rarely actually put my parcels in my mailbox they usually arrange them artfully around the front door. It's actually quite interesting to find them sometimes when I get home because every now and again the postman will do something totally crazy. Like propping a package against the wall and then lifting up the doormat to sort of disguise it... which works fine if you consider a doormat shaped mound a disguise. Or wedging them between the frontdoor and the flyscreen door. Crazy :) I digress..

17-year-old Mia narrates the story of one crucial day in her life, when a perfect morning with her family turns to tragedy, leaving her on the edge of death. As she lies in a coma, she contemplates her relationship with her family, her boyfriend Adam and all the complexities of life, love, and loss. Clinging to life, and contemplating the devastation of everything she held dear, she must decide if she should die, or if she should stay.

Memories of Mum are the only thing that make Holly Hogan happy. She hates her foster family with their too-nice ways and their false sympathy. And she hates her life, her stupid school and the way everyone is always on at her. Then she finds the wig, and everything changes. Wearing the long, flowing blonde locks she feels transformed. She's not Holly any more, she's Solace: the girl with the slinkster walk and the super-sharp talk. She's older, more confident - the kind of girl who can walk right out of her humdrum life, hitch to Ireland and find her mum. The kind of girl who can face the world head on.

It's been a year since Bailey, Delia, Annabelle, and Zo bought a set of enchanted temporary tattoos at the mall, and life is proceeding as usual. Almost. As the third Fate, Bailey has the lives of the world in her hands, and even though she's gotten used to weaving lives, she's not at all prepared when her own life - and the lives of her friends - take some unexpected turns. Delia sets out on a crusade to find a geeky boyfriend, and for the first time in her life, she finds herself being turned down. Meanwhile, Zo's mother reappears after a twelve year absence, and Bailey, suddenly immersed in a world in which the Furies are catty Sidhe teenagers and Aphrodite, the Love Sidhe has a strange obsession with Annabelle, is helpless to get her friends' lives back on track. But when Aphrodite possesses Annabelle, the friends must set aside their individual problems and work together to save their world - and their friend - once more.

Amy and her best friends - the Posse - are at year 11 camp and they're bored. In the scorching summer heat, sparks start to fly. Clare and Amy might be best friends, but they're sniping as if they're enemies. Camp leader Bevan is singling Amy out for attention, and Clare's jealous. Amy's feeling reckless enough to do something major . . .
In one night everything will change. Friendships will be tested and broken; careers will hang in the balance; and everything Amy knows about her friends and her family will be ripped away. What really happened when Clare disappeared that night? Who's telling the truth? And when things go too far, should you save your friends - or save yourself?

Siggy and Amber: A boy. A girl.  A ghostly puzzle
There is something strange at Tallis Point. Siggy knows, because he's seen it. And now the mysterious, non-blonde Amber want to see it too.
Should Siggy take Amber to Tallis Point? On the good side, he might end up with a girlfriend. On the bad side, he might explode. It's a tough decision.
Funny, touching, and outrageous, Siggy and Amber is Doug MacLeod at his very best.

Angel Cake
Anya used to dream of moving to Britain to start a brand-new life. But as she sits in a school where nobody understands her, she dreams of Polish summer skies and the place where she once belonged.Then Anya meets bad boy Dan. He's no angel, but she's sure there's a sweeter side to him. And when things begin to fall apart, Anya realizes she's not alone - how can Dan be such bad news when being with him feels like heaven?

Halfway to Good
It's the first day of Term One, and Luke and Anna are on opposite sides of the student-teacher divide. School is the last thing Luke feels like - how can he feel halfway to good when his father is sick, his mother is sad and his older brother is painfully present?Anna's life still revolves around love, friendship and homework, but she's a graduate teacher now. Can she cope with a bullying co-worker, a persistent ex-boyfriend and a class of unforgiving Year Elevens, and still find time to help Luke?

The Red Queen's Daughter
Mary Seymour is the daughter of the great Katherine Parr--the last Queen of Henry VIII. Orphaned at a young age because of her mother's bad marriage to Thomas Seymour, Mary determines early on that love is a sentiment that causes foolishness at best, and death at worst. She is sent to be raised by Lady Strange, a mysterious noblewoman who informs her of her destiny: Mary is to be a white magician who will join Queen Elizabeth's court and ensure her safe reign.

Sixteen-year old Miranda has no idea how much her life is going to change upon hearing the news of her father's death. Left with little dowry to offer, Miranda faces a broken engagement, and is sent to live with her father's cousin, the Count John Hardwood, and his wife whose primary goal is to take her to Court and marry her off to the insufferable Lord Seagrave for their own profit.

When the story begins in Evernight, Bianca has just left the small town where she's spent her whole life. She's a new student at Evernight Academy, a creepily Gothic boarding school where her classmates are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.Then she meets Lucas, another loner, who seems fiercely determined not to be the "Evernight type." There's a connection between Bianca and Lucas that can't be denied. She would risk anything to be with him—but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart... and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed to be true.


  1. Half Way to Good looks good

  2. You should snap a photo of the artfully arranged parcels. ;)

  3. The Red Queens Daughter looks really good!

  4. I love Cathy Cassidy's "Dizzy", so I'm excited to hear that she has a new(?) one out. Do you know if it's available in the US?

    Great week!

  5. I've heard great things about Fate and Evernight! Looking forward to your reviews.

    Nice haul this week :)

  6. Excellent week!

    Fate looks really good and so does The Red Queen's Daughter.

  7. Looks like you had a great week! I'm currently reading A Sweet Disorder.

  8. We got a lot of the same titles, can't wait to exchange notes on them. Very much hanging out to read your If I Stay review.

  9. You got some really good books, I like that cover for If I Stay. Enjoy.

  10. SQUEE!!! such great books this week. I only hear wonderful things about If I Stay. Evernight is a good start to a series and OMG!!! Siggy and Amber's cover is too funny and I so want to read the book.

  11. you will love both if i stay and evernight!

  12. Posse is haunting me this week! I've got to find a way to purchase that book!

  13. Wow, you got such a great stash this week! You're so lucky!

    Wdebo :)

  14. I hope you enjoy If I Stay. Such an amazing book!

  15. So many books! Happy reading.

  16. Evernight looks wayy good. So does the one about the wig. And I love the cover. I'm going to check it out now and happy reading!

  17. what a fabulous book week! a ton of great books to read! hope you enjoy them all! happy reading!

  18. What a great wekk. Happy reading

  19. That sounds good I appreciate this post..!