Friday, December 31, 2010

Looking Forward to in 2011 - Bookwise

So I've only been into the whole new upcoming book thing for a couple of months, but I'm VERY much looking forward to reading more new releases! These are some of my most anticipated 2011 releases. The link underneath the title will take you to the Goodreads page of the book.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Other words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal

Choker by Elizabeth Woods

The Warlock by Michael Scott

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Luminous by Dawn Metcalf

There are tons more out there that I will be excited to read, but these have been on my wishlist for quite some time now, and soooo want to read those!! 

Which titles are you looking forward to the most in 2011?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Years resolutions

So I've never really done New Years resolutions ever, since I couldn't stick with them, but I'm going to try them anyway. Maybe it'll push me to work harder :)

Reading & blogging
- Read more. I tend to read books I've read before. That's not a bad thing, but I get stuck with the books I know I love and I know there's a whole world of awesome books out there, so I'd better start reading them! That's one of the reasons that I started my blog as well - to share my thoughts on those books, whether it's a re-read or a new read.
- Blog at least three times a week. I'd love to be able to blog every day, but I just don't have enough to talk about to blog every day! I prefer not to do meme's every day, so that's why I'm currently only blogging 1-2 times a week. I hope this changes and I think it will since I'm joining the 100+ reading challenge - so I'll have a lot  to talk about!
- Comment more on other blogs. I'm sort of a lazy blogger - I like to blog on my blog and answer my comments here, but I only lurk at other people's blogs. Sometimes I do comment, but I want to do that more. I want to be a social blogger!

- Get a job. I've been unemployed for 6 months now and I'm still at the downhill point I started at in July. It didn't get better, so I might as well get a job. It won't be a dream job like I'd want it to be, but just to be able to get out of the house, would be awesome. Maybe I could apply for a job at a bookstore or something? Hmm *sees possibilities*
- Lose weight. I'm not happy with myself, so I eat. And I didn't work out much (*cough*) so I gained every pound that I lost in 2008/2009. And that's frustrating, so I eat more. See the circle here? Yeah. Need to break that. I'm aiming to get back at my old weight, so that's probably lose 20 kg in total -Yikes.
- Be a better friend. I'm a lazy blogger, but I'm also a lazy friend. I'm not all that good in texting and emailing my friends to ask them how they're doing. I'm perfectly fine with writing an email every other month or so - if we're not engaged in some kind of discussion already. I'm just not on top of things. I want to keep in touch with my friends more. They need me, too, just like I need them.
- Organize more often. With that I mean that I don't want everything to get messy. I'm perfectly fine with a pile of bills, magazines, books, flyers, more bills, instruction manuals. Better even: I can find everything with my eyes closed. The only thing is, I'm not one to clean that up every week, so it just piles and piles until the piles are everywhere - on my stairs, desk, besides my desk and making it impossible to walk around. Ouch, that's honest. Ah well, it's true. I can find everything. It's just not really nice to look at.
- Finish my Spanish course. I still have 3 months of support left (I study at home) and I don't want my money to be wasted. So I have to pick up my course and finish it before April. I can do that!

Ouch, that looks like I'm a lazy douchbag that only hangs on the couch every day - that's not true! I'm quite nice, too, but I just want to pinpoint my weak spots and make them better.

2010 wasn't really a great year for me to say the least: I was still sick, lost my job when I was recovering, lost my cat, my boyfriend and a lot of friends because of my illness, and because all of that I felt depressed. I want 2011 to be a great year, and since I'm at rock bottom now, it can only go up, right? :)

What are your New Years resolutions, if you have any?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

100+ Reading Challenge

My Overstuffed Bookshelf is hosting the 2011 100+ Reading Challenge, and as the challenge title suggests: the challenge is to read more than 100 books in 2011. That's a great challenge if you ask me! I can combine the books that I read for my other two challenges, as long as I read 100 books in between January 1st and December 31st, 2011. I will be linking the reviews from all the books I've read that count towards this challenge on my new Challenges 2011 page.

Are you joining the challenge as well?

Sunday, December 26, 2010

In My Mailbox (9)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. Even though she's not doing IMM's til the new year, I'd thought I'd continue and show you what books I got in this week.

 ...And that's when it fell off in my hand by Louise Rennison. This is book 5 in the Georgia Nicolson Series and I loved that series when I was younger - I believe I read the first book when I was around 13 or 14? I have no idea, but I thought it was hilarious and read the second and third book too, I believe, but it stopped after that because the library didn't have them when I came in. They were always out when I wanted to get them.. Anyway, I bumped into almost the entire series in the English bookstore this week and I decided to pick this one up and order the others through Bookdepository in the new year. This is what Bookdepository says about the book: Brilliantly funny, teenage angst author Louise Rennison's fifth book about the confessions of crazy but lovable Georgia Nicolson. Louise is a star on the HarperCollins teenage list. 11.20 a.m. This is my fabulous life: the Sex God left for Whakatane last month and he has taken my heart with him. 11.25 a.m. Not literally of course otherwise there would be a big hole in my nunga-nungas. 11.28 a.m. And also I would be dead. Which quite frankly would be a blessing in disguise. 12.00 p.m. It is soooo boring being brokenhearted! !but Georgia doesn't remain brokenhearted for long: frequent snogging extravaganzas with old flame, Dave the Laugh, and the arrival of jelloid-knee-inducing Italian Stallion, Masimo, mean that Georgia has her work cut out to be the composed sex-kitten that she aspires to be. Follow Georgia's hilarious antics as she desperately muddles her way through teenage life and all that it entails: make-up disasters, rapidly expanding nunga-nungas, school -- urgh, unsympathetic friends, highly embarrassing family (and pets) and, of course, BOYS.

 Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. Another one I saw at the English bookstore and I was THRILLED to find it there! I was planning on picking this up in the new year as it was on my wishlist for a while now, so I picked it up as soon as I saw it there. YAY!! Can't wait to read it. I love the cover - it's fascinating! I want to read the story behind it.. From Bookdepository: Nora's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, she is drawn to him against her better judgement. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and knows more about her than her closest friends.And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel. For Nora is right in the middle of a centuries-old battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and sooner or later, she's going to have to pick sides...

The Immortals boxset by Alyson Noël, containing the first three books: Evermore, Blue Moon and Shadowland. I picked this boxset up on the Black Friday sale that Amazon held a couple of weeks ago. The package was lost for a couple of weeks since my tracking stopped working, so I was thrilled when it finally showed up this week. This is what Amazon says about the first book, EvermoreSeventeen-year-old Ever survived the car crash that killed her parents, younger sister, and their dog. Now she lives with an aunt in Southern California, plagued not only by survivor guilt but also by a new ability to hear the thoughts of all around her. She tries to tune out all these distractions by keeping her hoodie up and her iPod cranked loud, until Damen, the cute new boy at school, convinces her to come out of her shell. Damen, however, is frighteningly clever—and has the strange ability to produce tulips from nowhere and disappear himself at critical moments. 

More books to read! Whoohoo! I'm really excited to read all of these. It's a good thing I have too much free time so I can actually read them all instead of just looking at their pretty covers in my book closet :) 

That's all that I got in my mailbox this week, what did you get in yours?

This post is prescheduled, I'm not actually doing this at Christmas - so I'll be probably eating way too much delicious food when you read this. Happy holidays!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays!

I know a lot of you celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve already, but since we don't, I'm posting this at the end of Christmas Eve here.

I want to wish you all a very merry Christmas - or happy holidays if you're celebrating something else. I wish you joy, happiness, health and love in the upcoming year and hope you will all do well.

Merry Christmas. Hopefully 2011 will be a good year again :)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater 
Published: August 2009
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 392
Age Group: Young Adult 

Other: Part of the trilogy The Wolves of Mercy Falls. Linger came out in July 2010.  
Buy the book: Bookdepository

Grace is fascinated by the wolves in the woods behind her house; one yellow-eyed wolf in particular. Every winter, she watches him but every summer, he disappears. Sam leads two lives. In winter, he stays in the frozen woods, with the protection of the pack. In summer, he has a few precious months to be human ...until the cold makes him shift back again. When Grace and Sam finally meet, they realize they can't bear to be apart. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human - or risk losing himself, and Grace, for ever.

Grace is fascinated by the wolves she sees in the woods, with the yellow eyed wolf in particular. She watches him and he watches back.

The story is told from the eyes of Grace and Sam. The book alternates between Sam and Grace, which means the story is told from both sides and you get an awesome look in their relationship. Maggie Stiefvater did a wonderful job in describing their feelings and their love, without becoming cheesy.

This story sucked me in completely. I was a complete zombie for 2,5 days and I was actually sad that it ended. Why? Because I wanted more! The story is awesome and I felt with them, not only their love and compassion, but also the longing and the sadness that swept over in some parts of the books.

I loved this book and I was sad to see it end, just because I wanted more. I can't wait til my copy of Linger will come in, so I can continue reading the series.

My overall rating:

I absolutely LOVED it! And I have to say, I love the cover as well. And the font inside the book. The font is an icy blue grey color instead of black. It's subtle, but I love the touch to it - Shiver. Awesome.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Louise Rennison won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize!

Louise Rennison won the Roald Dahl funny prize 2010 after beating David Walliams and Quentin Blake to the prize. Her latest novel, Withering Tights, won in the older age category of 7 - 14, and is the first part of a new trilogy about boy-mad 14 year old Tallulah Casey. The younger age category, 6 and under, was won by Louise Yates with her picturebook Dog Loves Books.

I know this is old news, but I just stumbled upon it while I was searching for a Georgia Nicolson Series set. I loved that series when I was younger and it even inspired me to write my own 'journal', entirely in Georgia style. The books are among the funniest books I've ever read - although I have to admit that I haven't read them all yet. There are 10 'official' books now, along with 6 or 7 books that are sidebooks to the series. They're hilarious and whenever I felt a little sad, Louise Rennison's books made me feel better straight away.

Hopefully, I will be able to pick up the entire series next year and re-read them so I can post a review(s) as well. Have you ever read one of the books by Louise Rennison? If so, what did you think of them?

Sunday, December 19, 2010

In My Mailbox (8)

Another week gone.. I know I say this all the time but the time is really flying! I can't believe this is the 8th time joining In My Mailbox.. In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, check out her blog!

I didn't officially get books in my mailbox, but I paid the English Bookstore another visit and since they're cheaper than Bookdepository or Amazon, I picked up a couple of books again!

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. I've heard mixed things about this book, most people I know either love it or hate it. Most people seem to love it though, and since everyone around me appeared to have read it, I thought I'd pick up a copy. From Bookdepository: Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Yet love can move a person to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism.

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Picture Perfect by Jodie Picoult. The story reminds me a bit of Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella, but only for a bit. The start is the same: A woman who lost her memory and the memories come back slowly and the gorgeous husband isn't all that nice. I'm looking forward to reading this! From Bookdepository: A woman wakes to find herself in a graveyard, hurt and bleeding, her memory wiped clean. She doesn't know what she's doing there - or even who she is.She is rescued by a police officer, himself a newcomer to Los Angeles. After days of waiting, she is taken by complete surprise when she is finally identified by Alex Rivers, Hollywood's biggest movie star - and her husband.Cassie is dazzled and bewildered by the fairytale in which she suddenly finds herself. But everything is not quite right, and there is something dark and disturbing behind this glamorous facade. It is only as her memory gradually returns that her picture perfect life comes crumbling down, and Cassie is faced with choices she never dreamed she would have to make.

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The Gift by Cecelia Ahern. I have more books by Cecelia and I loved the ones I've read so far. The cover is so so so pretty! It was just screaming at me 'buy me! BUY ME!! I LOOK LIKE A PRESENT!' so of course, I obeyed and bought it. This is one of the prettiest covers I've seen lately, the ribbon looks so threedimensional.. I love it! The story plays around Christmas so I thought it would be a great read for the week before Christmas. From Bookdepository: Step into the magical world of Cecelia Ahern in this heartwarming bestseller! If you could wish for one gift this Christmas, what would it be? Everyday Lou Suffern battled with the clock. He always had two places to be at the same time. He always had two things to do at once. When asleep he dreamed. In between dreams, he ran through the events of the day while making plans for the next. When at home with his wife and family, his mind was always someplace else. On his way into work one early winter morning, Lou meets Gabe, a homeless man sitting outside the office building. Intrigued by him and on discovering that he could also be very useful to have around, Lou gets Gabe a job in the post room. But soon Lou begins to regret helping Gabe. His very presence unsettles Lou and how does Gabe appear to be in two places at the same time? As Christmas draws closer, Lou starts to understand the value of time. He sees what is truly important in life yet at the same time he learns the harshest lesson of all. This is a story about people who not unlike parcels, hide secrets.They cover themselves in layers until the right person unwraps them and discovers what's inside. Sometimes you have to be unravelled in order to find out who you really are. For Lou Suffern, that took time.

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I Heart Hollywood by Lindsey Kelk. I've read and reviewed I Heart New York last week and I loved it, so I decided to pick up the other two books from that series, too. I'm a sucker for a good chicklit! From Bookdepository: Celebs, sunshine and beautiful boys!enough to lead a girl astray? Angela Clark can't believe her luck! she's an English girl living in New York with a dream job at hip magazine The Look and a sexy boyfriend. Her latest assignment takes her to Hollywood to interview hot actor and fellow Brit James Jacobs.Thrown in at the deep end she heads west with best friend Jenny dreaming of Rodeo Drive and Malibu beach. Soon Angela discovers that celebrity life in Hollywood is not all glamour, gloss and sunshine. Despite his lady-killer reputation, the only person who seems genuine is James. Then a paparazzi snaps them in an uncompromising position and suddenly Angela is thrust into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons! Can she convince all those close to her -- especially her boss and her boyfriend -- not to believe everything they read? And will Hollywood ever win Angela's heart?

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I Heart Paris by Lindsey Kelk. The reason I bought this one, is the same reason that I bought I Heart Hollywood and I can't wait to read them both. From Bookdepository: Angela is in the City of Love -- but her own lovelife is heading for trouble! Angela Clark is a British girl living the life dreams are made of in fabulous New York. But she's never been to the romantic capital of the world -- Paris. So when boyfriend Alex suggests a romantic trip there, tying in with his band's tour and Angela writing an insider's guide to the hip city for a glossy fashion mag -- Belle , she jumps at the chance. Soon Angela finds herself meandering along charming streets lined with designer shops, sipping creamy hot chocolate and eating croissants. It's a world away from New York but she could get used to the joie de vivre of Paris. But when Louisa, Angela's best friend shows up from London, it's not quite the happy, girly catch up she'd hoped for and everything in Paris seems to be going from bad to worse. Louisa reminds Angela that her old life is only a train journey away. With Alex spending so much time partying with the band and meeting up with his ex, for the first time in ages, Angela is homesick. Suddenly Angela is questioning her new life in New York and wondering -- is it make or break for her and Alex?

*whipes of forehead* That's all I got in my mailbox this week! What did you get in your mailbox?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Review: I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk

I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk

Published: 25 June 2009
Publisher: Harper
Pages: 336
Genre: Chicklit
Buy the book: Bookdepository

Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, get ready for the summer debut of the year! It's official. Angela Clarke is in love -- with the most fabulous city in the world. Fleeing her cheating boyfriend and clutching little more than a crumpled bridesmaid dress, a pair of Louboutins and her passport, Angela jumps on a plane, destination - NYC. Holed up in a cute hotel room, Angela gets a New York makeover from her NBFJenny and a whirlwind tour of the city that never sleeps. Before she knows it, Angela is dating two sexy guys. And, best of all, she gets to write about it in her new blog (Carrie Bradshaw eat your heart out). But it's one thing telling readers about your romantic dilemmas, it's another figuring them out for yourself ! Angela has fallen head over heels for the big apple, but does she heart New York more than home?

I Heart New York is a fun chicklit story about Angela who finds her boyfriend and his 'tennis partner' in the back of the car at her best friend´s wedding. She decides to take off and what better place to go than New York? She takes a taxi from the airport and lands at a hotel, where she meets her new best friend: Jenny, who is the receptionist of the hotel. Jenny takes care of the post-breakup eating frenzy and sets up a makeover for Angela, to make her a new person to start over again.

At the first night out with the girls, she meets Tyler. Handsome, rich, banker and a very nice guy. He gives her his number and they start dating. A day later, some cute guy picks up Angela's iPod after she has been giving a quick course of the New York Dating Rules. He looks through her tracks and turns out to be the lead singer of one of the bands Angela's gone to see in London. He asks her out and they start dating, too.

To keep track of her time in New York, Angela starts keeping a diary and eventually starts her blog on the website of The Look. It is a hit, but what will happen to Angela after everyone seems to read her blog? 

Angela is like the spicier version of me in some ways, even though I didn't find my boyfriend cheating on me. It's not a pure typical chicklit: normal chicklits usually don't make me cry twice during the book. But this one did. And not just one tear, no. I cried like a baby near the end of the book. Maybe that's just because I'm still overemotional and could relate to Angela really REALLY well. What I can say is that this was a very nice chicklit and I've enjoyed reading every single page of it. I'd say this is one of the better chicklits I've read lately!

My overall rating: 

I will definitely picking up the other books in this series by Lindsey Kelk: I Heart Hollywood and I Heart Paris

Sunday, December 12, 2010

In My Mailbox (7)

Another Sunday, another In My Mailbox! In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, check out her website to learn more about In My Mailbox (and all of her awesome reviews). I got some in the mail this week and I picked one up while I was Christmas shopping - I can't leave a good deal on the shelf!

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler. From Amazon: Seventeen-year-old Lisabeth is fighting a series of demons the only way she knows how: by refusing to eat. Her cold, acerbic mother; distant father; and friends who disapprove of her and each other all trigger her inner Thin Voice, which derides food, confirms her fatness, and shames her into the control necessary to reject food. As she sinks deeper into anorexia, she summons Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who in turn assigns her a black steed and a scale and transforms her into Famine, another of the Four Horsemen. Kessler has written an unusual allegory about eating disorders, one that works on several levels. As Lisabeth gallops across the world, she witnesses examples of both gluttony and starvation. Using her newfound power, she combats famine, visits horror upon the privileged, and strives to bring balance to the world, all while ignoring the need for balance in her own life. Kessler offers a refreshingly new approach to the YA eating-disorder genre that reinforces the difficulty of conquering these diseases.

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I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk. From Bookdepository: A major new voice in young women's fiction: an infectious and brilliantly funny debut. It's official. Angela Clarke is in love -- with the most fabulous city in the world. Fleeing her cheating boyfriend and clutching little more than a crumpled bridesmaid dress, a pair of Louboutins and her passport, Angela jumps on a plane, destination - NYC. Holed up in a cute hotel room, Angela gets a New York makeover from her NBFJenny and a whirlwind tour of the city that never sleeps. Before she knows it, Angela is dating two sexy guys. And, best of all, she gets to write about it in her new blog (Carrie Bradshaw eat your heart out). But it's one thing telling readers about your romantic dilemmas, it's another figuring them out for yourself ! Angela has fallen head over heels for the big apple, but does she heart New York more than home?

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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. From Bookdepository: For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf - her wolf - is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: in winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human, until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human - or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

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Thirst no. 1 by Christopher Pike. From Amazon: Alisa has been in control of her urges for the five thousand years she has been a vampire. She feeds but does not kill, and she lives her life on the fringe to maintain her secret. But when her creator returns to hunt her, she must break her own rules in order to survive.

Her quest leads her to Ray. He is the only person who can help her; he also has every reason to fear her. Alisa must get closer to him to ensure her immortality. But as she begins to fall in love with Ray, suddenly there is more at stake than her own life....

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I've actually already started I Heart New York (well actually I'm about to finish the book) and I really like it! I was really looking forward to reading another chicklit in between all the fantasy/YA books I've been reading and it really doesn't disappoint! I hope to have a review up next week.

So that's it for my In My Mailbox this week, what did you get in yours?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Review: Wolven by Di Toft

Wolven by Di Toft

Published: 01 June 2010
Publisher: Chicken House
Pages: 332 (original English version holds 322 pages)

Age group: Middlegrade
Buy the book: Bookdepository

Woody is far from the cutest of dogs, yet Nat is strangely drawn to the rough mutt that howls at the moon. And before long Nat discovers that Woody's not a dog at all--he's a wolven: a shape-shifter who changes from wolf to boy without much warning.

I picked this book up when I was in the bookstore. Maybe it's just me, but the cover drew me in right away. The image on the book changes from wolf to boy when you change the angle. It was calling my name! 

The story is about Nate, who gets a dog from his grandfather; Woody. Only, Woody isn't really a dog, Woody is a Wolven, the last of his kind. He can change from human to wolf and because of that, the evil government is searching for Woody. 

I really like the idea for the book and most of the writing in the book. However, when the action starts, I had to re-read some parts because I wasn't sure from which angle we were looking at things. This was a big disappointment for me. The story itself was a very nice and since it appears to be a series (it's getting at least a sequel in 2011), I think a lot of kids will like this book.

My overall rating: 

I want to make it 3,5 stars, but because I'm 'rounding' the stars, it gets three stars. I will pick up the sequel too when it comes out! 

Note: I read this book in Dutch, so due to translation, there might be some differences between the original and this book.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Re-reading books

Last week, I found myself wanting to re-read Harry Potter.. Again. I tend to do this a lot. It's the only series that I've read this much and I honestly can't remember a book that I've read more often than one of the Harry Potter Series.

My reading pile is getting bigger and bigger, and yet I find myself reading books I've already read. I think it's the season: I love reading the series from underneath my blanket, with a steamy mug of tea besides me.

I love the fact that I can discover new things in the stories that J.K. Rowling wrote every single time I pull out another of the books. How does she do that?! She's an amazing storyteller and even now, while I'm reading it for the seventh or eighth time, I discover new things. I can't believe it, but yet, it's true. And yes, I'm a major Potterhead and proud to be so!

So that leaves me to wonder.. Have you re-read books? If so, which ones have you re-read?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

In My Mailbox (6)

It's sunday again! The weeks just fly by.. I feel like it's only a couple of days ago that I posted my last In My Mailbox. I got a couple of books in this week and I'm very excited to read these, so I wanted to share them with you! For more information about the meme In My Mailbox, check out The Story Siren.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I've heard great things about Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness so I'm very excited to have this book now. This is what it says on the backside: "In Ethan Wate's hometown there lies the darkest of secrets... There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head... Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes. There is a curse. On the sixteenth moon, of the sixteenth year, the book will take what it's been promised. And no one can stop it. In the end, there is a grave.
Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and, on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided. Ethan never even saw it coming.

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House of Night box set 1 - 4 by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. I'm late to the party, I know.. Amazon had this for 50% off on Black Friday so I thought it would be a great moment to pick this box up! It cost me only $ 18 plus shipping so I think that's a nice deal. The box holds the first four books: Marked, Betrayed, Hunted and Untamed

Blogger turned my picture on the side and I don't know how to turn it on the right side? Help! Anyway, it holds the first four books as you can see. I think there are like four more books in the series now so I better get reading haha!

And last, but certainly not least: Need by Carrie Jones. This is the first book of the series. I heard about Captivate and Entice and that's how I discovered Need, too. From the backside of the book: Pain shoots through my head. Fireworks. Explosions. All inside my brain. The white world goes dark and I know what's about to happen.
Zara White suspects a freaky guy is stalking her. She memorises phobias and chants them when she's nervous. OK, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But moving to a freezing Maine town to stay with her grandmother is supposed to be the perfect fix - so her mum says. Except, this plan of sending Zara away to help her stay sane? Yeah, not working. Turns out the stalker is not a figment of Zara's imagination. He's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs are pointing to Zara.

I'm really looking forward to reading all of these! The only problem is that I don't have any more room in my bookcloset.. Uh oh! Gotta find a solution for that..

This was all that I got in my mailbox this week, what did you get in yours?
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