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I am posting this early as I have a nutty weekend coming up I am out most of tomorrow and busy getting all the jobs I need to get done (including packing) before I can go off camping next week (you won't therefore hear much from me over the next week).

I have had a fab week bookwise!

Books I received as presents

My birthday was last monday so I got a nice selection of books as presents. I was very excited most of the day (despite the fact that I was stuck at work until 8pm ish). I am a nightmare with presents and have to open them very quickly so being at work almost killed me as I didn't get them until late.

Sookie Stackhouse / True Blood collection - Charlaine Harris

Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in a little bar in Bon Temps, a small town deep in Louisiana. She's funny and pretty and well-mannered, but she doesn't have that many close friends - mind you, that's not so surprising when you consider how few people can appreciate her abilities as a mind-reader. It's not a quality that has the guys beating down her door - well, unless they're vampires or werewolves or the like . . . but they're not just supernatural freaks, some of them are friends, even family.

I have actually already read the first one of these. I had my eye on this collection for a while but had been put off after watching the series. I got the first one off readitswapit.co.uk to try it out and enjoyed it. All the things I hated about the series weren't in the book so this is now a series I will look forward to getting through the others.


Necropolis - Anthony Horowitz

I think the person who got this for me thought it was the first one in the series - it isn't. Beautiful edition I will get to it eventually but haven't looked at a description or anything on purpose.

Mignighters series - Scott Westerfeld




Description for first book
Nobody is safe in the secret hour. Strange things happen at midnight in the town of Bixby, Oklahoma. Time freezes. Nobody moves. For one secret hour each night, the town belongs to the dark creatures that haunt the shadows. Only a small group of people know about the secret hour -- only they are free to move about the midnight time. These people call themselves Midnighters. Each one has a different power that is strongest at midnight: Seer, Mindcaster, Acrobat, Polymath. For years the Midnighters and the dark creatures have shared the secret hour, uneasily avoiding one another. All that changes when the new girl with an unmistakable midnight aura appears at Bixby High School. Jessica Day is not an outsider like the other Midnighters. She acts perfectly normal in every way. But it soon becomes clear that the dark creatures sense a hidden power in Jessica . . . and they're determined to stop her before she can use it. A story of courage, shadowy perils, and unexpected destiny, the secret hour is the first volume of the mesmerizing Midnighters trilogy by acclaimed author Scott Westerfeld.

I loved The Uglies series - I don't know why I haven't sought out more Westerfeld before now - very excited

Beautiful Dead Book 3 - Eden Maguire

Quite excited for this the only snag is I haven't got the second book yet so deliberately not looking at the back. I love the covers of these books and enjoyed the first one quite a lot.

Fallen - Lauren Kate
There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.  Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her

I have wanted this for a while - actually got this from my Mother in Law (after 9 years she has finally discovered my Amazon wishlist - last year I got anti winkle cream and a china pig from Oxfam). Very excited about it.


Books from Amazon.co.uk


I got paid for a bit of the work I have done this summer for the exam board - so I treated myself. They incidently arrived on my birthday in a huge box so it just added to the excitment. I did the story siren's excited dance.


Brightly Woven - Alexandra Bracken

Sydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever. Tucked away in the farthest reaches of the kingdom, her dusty village has suffered under the weight of a strangely persistent drought. That is, of course, until a wizard wanders into town and brings the rain with him.  In return for this gift, Wayland North is offered any reward he desires—and no one is more surprised than Sydelle when, without any explanation, he chooses her. Taken from her home, Sydelle hardly needs encouragement to find reasons to dislike North. He drinks too much and bathes too little, and if that isn’t enough to drive her to madness, North rarely even uses the magic he takes such pride in possessing. Yet, it’s not long before she realizes there’s something strange about the wizard, who is as fiercely protective of her as he is secretive about a curse that turns his limbs a sinister shade of black and leaves him breathless with agony. Unfortunately, there is never a chance for her to seek answers.  Along with the strangely powerful quakes and storms that trace their path across the kingdom, other wizards begin to take an inexplicable interest in her as well, resulting in a series of deadly duels. Against a backdrop of war and uncertainty, Sydelle is faced with the growing awareness that these events aren’t as random as she had believed—that no curse, not even that of Wayland North, is quite as terrible as the one she herself may carry

Very excited about this - that said I mostly bought it as I loved the cover.


My Name is Memory - Ann Brashares

Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has "the memory", the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he's previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short. Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel's unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again. But just when young Sophia (now "Lucy" in the present) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, to understand the true reason for the strength of their attraction, the mysterious force that has always torn them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.   A magical, suspenseful, heartbreaking story of true love, My Name is Memory proves the power and endurance of a union that was meant to be.

Loved the cover - very excited about this


Eyes like Stars - Lisa Mantchev 


All her world's a stage.  Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.  She is not an orphan, but she has no parents.  She knows every part, but has no lines of her own.  Until now.  Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every place ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book—an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family—and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known. Lisa Mantchev has written a debut novel that is dramatic, romantic, and witty, with an irresistible and irreverent cast of characters who are sure to enchant the audience.

Love the cover again - very excited


Firespell -  Chloe Neill


As the new girl at the elite St. Sophia’s boarding school, Lily Parker thinks her classmates are the most monstrous things she’ll have to face… When Lily’s guardians decided to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, she was shocked. So was St. Sophia’s. Lily’s ultra-rich brat pack classmates think Lily should be the punchline to every joke, and on top of that, she’s hearing strange noises and seeing bizarre things in the shadows of the creepy building. The only thing keeping her sane is her roommate, Scout, but even Scout’s a little weird—she keeps disappearing late at night and won’t tell Lily where she’s been. But when a prank leaves Lily trapped in the catacombs beneath the school, Lily finds Scout running from a real monster. Scout’s a member of a splinter group of rebel teens with unique magical talents, who’ve sworn to protect the city against demons, vampires, and Reapers, magic users who’ve been corrupted by their power. And when Lily finds herself in the line of a firespell, Scout tells her the truth about her secret life, even though Lily has no powers of her own—at least none that she’s discovered yet

I looked at this whilst in London in Forbidden Planet. It looks awesome.


Need - Carrie Jones


Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now. She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, 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 point to Zara. In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you'd have to fear

Been trying to find this on readitswapit for a while and given in. Looks fab


Glimmerglass - Jenna Black


Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, Dana decides she’s had it with being her mother’s keeper, so she packs her bags and heads to stay with her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl—she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie. Soon, she finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone wants something from her, even her newfound friends and family. Suddenly, life with her alcoholic mom doesn't sound half bad, and Dana would do anything to escape Avalon and get back home. Too bad both her friends and her enemies alike are determined not to let her go

Love love love the cover for this - it is sparkly!! Heard good things so looking forward to it.
 
Numbers - Rachel Ward 

Since her mother's death, fifteen-year-old Jem has kept a secret. When her eyes meet someone else's, a number pops into her head - the date on which they will die. Knowing that nothing lasts forever, Jem avoids relationships, but when she meets a boy called Spider, and they plan a day out together, her life takes a new twist and turn. Waiting for the London Eye, she sees everyone in the queue has the same number - something terrible is going to happen.

Another book I have wanted this books for a while and given up looking for on readitswapit. Started it already and seems good.

Forget You - Jennifer Echols



WHY CAN’T YOU CHOOSE WHAT YOU FORGET . . .  AND WHAT YOU REMEMBER?  There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four- year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. Feeling like her life is about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon.  But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all—the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug—of all people— suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two of them? Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her. Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life—a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug

I bought this simply because I loved Gone too far. 


Exciting swag!!!!!


I also got something a little special this week. I contacted Maggie Stiefvater a few weeks ago asking her for a prize for work for a review competition. The wonderful lady sent me no less than 15 signed bookmarks for the kids. I am too good to them. At the moment I just keeping getting the out of the envelope and staring at them longingly (I can't wait for Linger to arrive)


That's it - mental week - Looking forward for the 6 weeks hols to get through them - lots of time shall be spent in the garden in my hammock reading through them all!

Comments

YA Book Lover said…
That's a lot of books. I really want Numbers as well. And I have been hearing a lot of good things about Forget You. Happy Reading!
prophecygirl said…
Wow, you got some amazing books! And Maggie rocks!
asamum said…
What a great book week. I have read quite a few of these :D The Power of five is really worth reading :D Enjoy
Lu said…
Wow really good books there! I can't wait to get my hands on a Sookie Stackhouse boxset like that!

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if you are in the UK they are very cheap as a set on www.thebookpeople.co.uk
whereisrikki said…
Nice! A Sookie Stackhouse boxset. Great gift. I loved that series.
shield maiden said…
You have a wonderful list! I haven't read Eyes like Stars or Need yet. I am definitely interested in your review of them :).

I read The Secret Hour and it was ok. It doesn't live up to the Uglies Trilogy but Westerfeld has a knack for creating the most unique and wonderful of worlds.

Fallen was a good, a nice guilty pleasure read for me. I think you'll enjoy it a lot.
chelleyreads said…
Hi! You have so many great books this week. LOL I am a little jealous! I've been wanting to read Brightly Woven for a while now. Enjoy your books and happy reading!

My IMM post is here. If you have time, please stop by.

-Michelle
geekyreads said…
I'm reading the 5th Sookie Stackhouse book right now. I just got Fallen from the library, and it looks pretty good.
Lyndsey said…
I have a couple of those still to read. happy reading x
agirlreads said…
oh fabulous books! hope you enjoy the sookie stackhouse, that's one of my favorite series :)
Kelly said…
Wow what fantastic books! The sookie ones are awesome :D Hope you enjoy them all and happy belated birthday! :)

Mine's here.
Clover said…
Um, oh my god, what a wonderful selection of books! First, happy belated birthday! Second, look at those books! I've read a lot of them, Sookie, the Midnighters, the Power of Five books, Fallen, the Jennifer Echols. You are in for a treat with all of those! I picked up Need and Numbers recently too. But ooh, My Name is Memory and Eyes Like Stars! I'm jealous :) Hope you enjoy all these great books!