Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Exciting 2011 covers!

Hello everyone!

Hope everyone's new year reading is going well!  Just thought I'd share a few of the covers I found for new releases in 2011.  Looking forward to these!

Passion by Lauren Kate

This book is said to be a prequel to the Fallen series, detailing the lives of Luce and Daniel pre-this one.  Exciting!

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

The return of Sam and Grace..I can hardly wait!  I shared another cover of this book (which I believe is the US version) and here's the UK's:

City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments Series) by Cassandra Clare

Jace, Clary, Simon and co are back for another instalment! 

2011 may just be another fantastic year for YA!


Wednesday, 5 January 2011

In My Mailbox - No.13

Hello everyone.  Welcome to my first In My Mailbox post of the new year.  I know we normally post on Sundays and the official IMM is postponed for a bit but I just got my books today and thought I’d share them with you! 

After this week, I am initiating an official book buying ban in order to save money, space and actually read some of the stuff I already own (as well as readying to move house, which will be fun!).  So wish me luck – buying books is kind of an addiction!  However, I did order the following books from Waterstone’s and Amazon (because I had vouchers for Christmas and what better to spend them on than books?!)  Here’s what I got:

Matched - Ally Condie
On her seventeenth birthday, Cassia meets her Match. Society dictates he is her perfect partner for life. Except he’s not. In Cassia’s society, Officials decide who people love. How many children they have. Where they work. When they die. But, as Cassia finds herself falling in love with another boy, she is determined to make some choices of her own. And that’s when her whole world begins to unravel . . .

I’ve heard one or two mixed reviews about this book – but many reviews give it a lot of praise.  I put it on my reading challenge, so I am going to give it a go.  It’s the author’s first book and the themes of dystopia within the plot sound really interesting and I’m definitely intrigued.

Entangled - Cat Clarke
17-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with table, pens and paper - and no clue how she got there.

As Grace pours her tangled life onto the page, she is forced to remember everything she's tried to forget. There's falling hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Nat, and the unravelling of her relationship with her best friend Sal. But there's something missing. As hard as she's trying to remember, is there something she just can't see?

Grace must face the most important question of all. Why is she here?  A story of dangerous secrets, intense friendships and electrifying attraction.

This book really does sound fascinating.  I bought it on a whim having visited Cat’s blog – and I was looking for something a bit different to read – and the plot to this sounds fascinating.  I’ve also a really positive review over on another fellow blogger’s site.

The Replacement - Brenna Yovanoff
Mackie Doyle is a replacement - a fairy child left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago, to replace the baby when it was stolen away by the fey. So though he lives in the small town of Gentry, Mackie's real home is the fey world of tunnels and black, murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. Now, because his fey blood gives him fatal allergies to iron, blood and consecrated ground, Mackie is slowly dying in the human world. Mackie would give anything just to be normal, to live quietly amongst humans, practice his bass guitar and spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably back home to the fey underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem, where he must face down the dark creatures, rescue the child, and find his rightful place - in our world, or theirs. 

To be where there are fairies - or fey - sounds pretty good.  The cover looks all mysterious-cool too. Plus, with plaudits from Lauren Kate and Maggie Stiefvater, I think this will be one to read.  

Girl, Hero - Carrie Jones
Figuring out who you are is more than just picking drama club over cheerleading and Lily isn't the first high school freshman to be a bit confused over who she wants to be. When Lily wins a major role in the school's musical, she sees new ways to fit in, yet still be herself. Plus, Paolo, the totally hot guy who doesn't make fun of her rather vintage John Wayne obsession, is also going to be in the production. The thrill of her new place in school dims when Lily returns to the real drama of her home life. Dangerous men swirl around her needy mother and traumatized older sister and the men who she used to count on are either inconsistent or dead. Lily wishes for someone to stand up and take charge, someone strong just like her movie hero, John Wayne. Writing letters to the dead screen legend, Lily struggles to find someone to believe in, ultimately finding a hero inside herself. 

I haven't read anything of Carrie's work besides the Need trilogy - but I was interested to read this, about a young girl whose life seems to be falling apart.  I really like Carrie's Need series and I thought this would be worth a go.   
All book synopses taken from Amazon.co.uk. 

So that's it - until I have read through the books I already have - I am not allowed to buy any more; it makes sense really!

Did anyone else get any good reads this week, I always appreciate your comments!


Saturday, 1 January 2011

My favourite authors...

Hey everyone and Happy New Year.  I can’t believe 2011 is here already.  I thought I’d kick off the year by sharing my favourite authors (many of whom I discovered last year) and some anecdotes about why I love them.

Cassandra Clare - for her ability to create a world so vast and imaginative

 Suzanne Collins – for her imagination, for Peeta and for her talent in creating the scariest and most intriguing world in YA fiction; not to mention the coolest and savviest heroine ever to grace YA fiction.  

    Maggie Stiefvater – for creating the truest world of romance I’ve ever read about and for making a true love seem so rare and so real – it’s heartbreaking.  For Sam and Grace, and for the way Maggie’s lyrical style of prose makes them seem so real.

 Lauren Kate – for making me fall in love with fallen angels.

Becca Fitzpatrick – for the angels, again, and for Patch – one of the best bad boys I’ve ever read about.

Alyson Noel – for making me believe that true love transcends everything – and for creating a character like Damen. 

Carrie Jones – for creating a world of pixies that are a little more complex than your average garden variety.

 Lucy Christopher – for writing one of the best books I have ever read and creating a scene so real and so captivating. 

  Jennifer Echols – for writing about love in a true and honest way and making her characters the kind you want to fight for.

  Jenny Downham – for writing two of the most stunning, ground breaking and heartbreaking YA novels I’ve ever read – and two of the best.