Saturday, 13 February 2010

In my mailbox (26)

In my mailbox is hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren

This week I bought:

Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
CLASSIFIED ADS: RESTAURANTS SANGUINI''S: A VERY RARE RESTAURANT IS HIRING A CHEF DE CUISINE. DINNERS ONLY. APPLY IN PERSON BETWEEN 2:00 AND 4:00 PM. Quincie Morris has never felt more alone. Her parents are dead, and her hybrid-werewolf first love is threatening to embark on a rite of passage that will separate them forever. Then, as she and her uncle are about to unveil their hot vampire-themed restaurant, a brutal murder leaves them scrambling for a chef. Can Quincie transform their new hire into a culinary Dark Lord before opening night? Can he wow the crowd in his fake fangs, cheap cape, and red contact lenses — or is there more to this earnest face than meets the eye? As human and preternatural forces clash, a deadly love triangle forms, and the line between predator and prey begins to blur. Who’s playing whom? And how long can Quincie play along before she loses everything? TANTALIZE marks Cynthia Leitich Smith’s delicious debut as a preeminent author of dark fantasy.

Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith
At last, Miranda is the life of the party: all she had to do was die. Elevated and adopted by none other than the reigning King of the Mantle of Dracul, Miranda goes from high-school theater wannabe to glamorous royal fiend overnight. Meanwhile, her reckless and adoring guardian angel, Zachary, demoted to human guise as the princess's personal assistant, has his work cut out for him trying to save his girl's soul and plan the Master's fast-approaching Death Day gala. In alternating points of view, Miranda and Zachary navigate a cut-throat eternal aristocracy as they play out a dangerous and darkly hilarious love story for the ages.

Nobody's Girl by Sarra Manning
Bea thinks she's the most boring seventeen-year-old in the world. She's not pretty or popular or funny, unlike her mother who had Bea when she was 17. The only glamorous thing about Bea is the French father who left before she was born and lives in Paris. She yearns for la vie Parisienne every moment of her dull existence. So when Ruby Davies, the leader of her school's most elite clique picks Bea as her new best friend and asks her to go on holiday with them, she's wary but delighted. If nothing else it's two weeks away from her over-protective mother . But when the gang arrive in Spain, Bea is crushed to realise that Ruby and her posse have simply been using her. Bea wreaks vengeance on her so-called friends, and plans to decamp to Paris to find her father. But when she falls asleep on the train and wakes up in Bilbao, she meets a group of American students who are backpacking around Europe and bonds with them straight away, especially the gorgeous Toph, who helps heal Bea's hurting heart. And though Bea has a shock in store when they finally get to Paris, the 'City of Lovers ' really works it magic on Bea and Toph, who spend a week wandering the sun-dappled streets of Paris, talking, holding hands and falling in love. When it comes time to go home to confront her Mum about her mysterious father, the new version of Bea is determined that she 'll never go back to her old, boring way of life - she's no longer Nobody's Girl; she belongs to herself and to Toph...But with an ocean between them, will he wait for her?

The Naughty List by Suzanne Young (US publication - I am really looking forward to this one)
As if being a purrfect cheerleader isn’t enough responsibility! Tessa Crimson’s the sweet and spunky leader of the SOS (Society of Smitten Kittens), a cheer squad–turned–spy society dedicated to bringing dastardly boyfriends to justice, one cheater at a time. Boyfriend-busting wouldn’t be so bad . . . except that so far, every suspect on the Naughty List has been proven 100% guilty! When Tessa’s own boyfriend shows up on the List, she turns her sleuthing skills on him. Is Aiden just as naughty as all the rest, or will Tessa’s sneaky ways end in catastrophe? The Naughty List. Is your boyfriend on it?

A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker (US publication - have read it and it is hilarious!)
When the principal announces that every senior must participate in a mandatory year-long Marriage Education program, Fiona Sheehan believes that her life can’t get any worse. Then she marries her “husband”: Jerky jock Todd, whose cheerleader girlfriend, Amanda, has had it in for Fiona since day one of second grade. Even worse? Amanda is paired with Fiona’s long-term crush, Gabe. At least Fiona is doing better than her best friend, Marcie, who is paired up with the very quiet, very mysterious Johnny Mercer. Pranks, fights, misunderstandings, and reconciliations ensue in an almost Shakespearean comedy of errors about mistaken first impressions, convoluted coupling, and hidden crushes.

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (US publication)
Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined--the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series.

How did you all do?

20 comments:

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Wow, so many great books! I hope you enjoy them all. I loved Nobody's Girl.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Ooh, Nobody's Girl! That's next on my TBR pile. I really want to read The Naughty List, Tantalize and Eternal. Did you get the Tantalize/Eternal two pack in Smith's? :) I keep looking at it!

I Want To Read That said...

Sophie - Yes! I did and it was but one get one half price with Nobody's Girl so Bargain!!

prophecygirl said...

Great week! I want to read A Match Made in High School and The Iron King - looking forward to your reviews! :)

Michelle said...

A Match Made In High School is so funny, I hope you enjoy it. I envy the fact that you purchased The Naughty List. I want to read that one soooo badly!

Deanna <3 said...

I've read Tantalize and it's amazing! :)

Sarah said...

I'll be interested to hear what you think about Tantalize & Eternal - I saw someone say they were really good but the reviews on Amazon aren't so good. I really liked the sound of them though so I hope you enjoy them :o)

Lauren said...

Very nice haul! I really liked Tantalize - it's not really like any other book I've read, so I'll be interested to hear what you think of it. Also envying The Naughty List which sounds awesome.

Sasha said...

I loved The Naughty List and hope you do too x

Jo said...

Wow, great haul! So many books there I want to read! Seriously want to read The Naughty List, it looks amazing! Happy reading, and I look forward to your reviews! :)

the little reader said...

nice pile of books!

i'm reading The Iron King right now and i'm enjoying it so far.

happy reading!

WilowRaven said...

I really liked The Naughty List and I'm reading The Iron King now and it's great so far!
Happy Reading!

Kathy Martin said...

These all sound really good. I like The Iron King when I read it. Happy reading!

Alayne said...

Great looking books! Happy reading. My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

ExtremeReader said...

Great books! Lots of good debut authors! I have Tantalize and Eternal but haven't read them yet! I hope that you enjoy!

Book Monster said...

The Naughty list looks good!! The Iron King is fabulous, hope you love it as much as I did. Happy Reading!!

The Book Owl said...

I totally agree - AMMIHS was hilarious! I've never laughed so much in a book before. Happy reading. =]

ck.twilighter (Chasity) said...

Aloha!!!

I've got The Iron King as well!!!=) I am excited to read it!!

I read Tantalize before and liked it but Eternal I couldn't finish-- I cant wait to read your thoughts on these books!!

Enjoy your reads!!


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Lori said...

Very nice list of books. Here's Mine

Becky said...

I've been hearing mixed things about Tantalize and Eternal so I'm really interested to hear your thoughts. I want them to be good! Enjoy!

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