Sunday, 20 February 2011

In My Mailbox (#2)

In My Mailbox was created by Kristi at The Story Siren.  It's the perfect way to see who's reading and reviewing what.  Awesome!

Ok, funny story here.  I went to the library, as you do, to see if I could find a book that starts with X or Z.  Well, I did find one beginning with X and one starting with Z.
However... there was a sale going on there, and, of course, I walked out with a few more books than I intended to...  Oops!  Actually, big, big, big oops!

Bought At The Library:

Sea Change by Kate Cann (Goodreads | Amazon)
It was a warning, and I should have heeded it.
A free ticket to the holiday of a lifetime - who could resist?  Chloe's spending six weeks on a paradise island with Davinia and her rich, glamorous family.  How well does Chloe really know her "best friend"?
The Edge by Alan Gibbons (Goodreads | Amazon)
Danny is a boy on the edge.  A boy teetering on the brink of no return, living in fear. 
Cathy is his mother.  She's been broken by fear.
Chris Kane is fear - and they belong to him.
But one day they escape.  They're looking for freedom, for the promised land where they can start really living.  Instead they find prejudice, and danger of another kind.
Mixing It by Rosemary Hayes (Goodreads | Amazon)

Fatimah is a devout Muslim. Steve has never giben much thought to faith.  Both are in the street the day a terrorist bomb explodes.  Steve is badly injured and when the ambulance arrives, Fatimah has bandaged his shattered leg and is cradling his head in her lap, willing him to stay alive.  But the Press is there too, and their picture makes the front page.  "Love across the divide," scream the headlines.  Then the anonymous phone calls start.  Can Steve and Fatimah rise above the hatred and learn to understand each other?  But while their two families are breaking down the barriers, the terrorists have another target in mind...
Spy High: Edward Red by A. J. Butcher (Goodreads | Amazon)
Somewhere in the not too distant future, a teenage spy is about to go to work.
Eddie Nelligan is a graduate from the Deveraux College, a highly secret school for teenage spies.  He's just been assigned his first solo mission - finding the perpetrators of a devasting missile assault on the sky-bridge linking Britain to continental Europe.  The only clue points to the charismatic billionaire Bartholemew Knight.  Which is kind of a problem for Eddie because he's just starting dating Knight's daughter.
Beast Beneath the Skin by Thomas Bloor (Goodreads | Amazon)
"There's monsters out there.  They're the real enemy.  The monsters."
Sam wants to be a ordinary fourteen-year-old boy.  But he's not.  He is the victim of a terrible curse that has turned him into something to be hated.  Homeless, parentless and a danger to his friends, Sam has gone into hiding. 
But what he doesn't know is that he is being watched; stalked by The Companions, a murderous cult who need Sam to fulfil an earth-shattering prophecy.  And when they kidnap his friend, Adda-Leigh, Sam is drawn into a twisted world of barbaric rituals and ruthless ambition - where the only chance of survival lies in using the powers he hates...
Somewhere Else by Sandra Glover (Goodreads | Amazon)
"What is it, what's wrong with me?  How can I be two people?  How can I be Jade and Janet?"
With her mixed-up memories of two seperate lives, Zan's sister, Jade, struggles to recognise families and friends.  This must be Post Traumatic Stress, caused by her recent horrific ordeal, mustn't it?  So why does her life as Janet seem so real?  And, with her confusion increasing, will they ever get the real Jade back?
Spiked! by Sandra Glover (Goodreads | Amazons)
The last thing clever, vivacious Debra Cardew expects at the GCSE celebration party is trouble.  But everyone seems determine to burder her with problems.  Pestered by her sister's ex, her mother's drunken colleague and old rival Amy Parker, Debra carelessly leaves her drink unattended.  This is the opportunity someone has been waiting for.
But who?  Who would want to spike Debra's drink and for what sinister purpose?
Close-Up by Sherry Ashworth (Goodreads | Amazon)
Life looks different close-up. 
Jimmy is mad about movies.  He even thinks in film frames.  It's a useful way of blanking out his problems at home.  So, when his estranged father turns up out of the blue, Jimmy clutches at his own happy ending.  His friend Liz suspects there's something not quite right about this stranger from the past... but Jimmy dismisses her concerns - until they make a discovery that forces him to choose between his dad and everything he hold dear...
Zara by Mary Hooper (Goodreads | Amazon)
Ella and Zara are best friends.  They have been since the start of school.  And they both desire to be part of the popular crowd.  So, when Zara comes up with a weird and wonderful plan to get them both noticed, Ella is eep to help her friend out.  But as times goes on Ella begins to wonder just how far Zara is prepared to go - perhaps even to the extent of betraying their friendship - to get the attention she craves.
Z!  Result!  And it looks good too.
Invitation Only (Private #2) by Kate Brian (Goodreads | Amazon)
Welcome to Easton Academy, where secrets and lies are all part of the curriculum...
Being accepted to the most prestigious private boarding school in the country wasn't enough for Reed Brennan.  She had to break every rule to do it, but she has accomplished the impossible:
Reed is a Billings Girl now, an her future's looking as bright as the two-carot diamonds in her friends' ears.
With her new status comes respect, envy, and most importantly, opportunity.  Not to mention parties!  Unfortunately, at the next illicit party in the Easton campus woods, her roommate snaps some pictures of Reed in more than one compromising position.  Now Reed's being blackmailed.  Either she dishes the dirt on the Billings Girls, or she'll be exposed - and expelled.
Meanwhile, Thomas, Reed's MIA boyfriend, is rumoured to be making an appearance at the Legacy - an inventation only Halloween party in NYC.  Too bad Reed isn't even close to being invited...
Life as a Billings Girl is every bit as glamorous as Reed imagined.  What she didn't bargait for is the tangled web of private lies these girls weave.
Dark Waters by Catharine McPhail (Goodreads | Amazon)
'"Dominic," Col asked, "Would you ever betray me?"
Dominic's eyes went wide with horror.  "Never, Col.  Never."
"No matter what I did?"
"I'd die before I'd turn against you.  No matter what you did."'
Col McCann is used to being in trouble.  It is always the McCann family, in particular Mungo, Col's brother, who the police think of first.  But Col has recently acquired a new fan - Dominic.  Different as the two boys are, their lives touch when Col saves Dominic from drowning in the local loch and Col discovers what it is like to be a local hero.
But Col has seen something underwater in the loch, something that is still submerged in his memory.  When it resurfaces, Col is led to a devastating truth about his brother.  His loyalty to his family and his need to do what is right are put head to head in direct conflict.
The Land by Mildred D. Taylor (Goodreads | Amazon)
Paul-Edwards has a dream that one day he'll own land every bit as good as his father's, so he runs away to start a new life.  From horse racing to outwitting dishonest buisnessmen, Paul-Edward will do whatever it takes to make his dream come true.  However, it's not easy in 1880's Mississippi - not if you're classed as black.
A Tale of Redwall: Loamhedge by Brian Jacques (Goodreads | Amazon)
Discover Redwall - a whole world of adventure.
What secrets lie in the ancient ruins of Loamhedge?
Young haremaid Martha Braebuck is unable to walk - and nobeast knows why.  The answer lies far away - at the ancient, ruined abbey of Loamhedge.  And two old Redwood warriors, Bragoon and Sarobando, are determined to help her.
But a murderous band of sea rats is heading for Redwall Abbey - and their leader, Raga Bol, is a mighty vicious beast.  One brave badger, Lonna Bowstripe, wants revenge on Bol and his crew - and the fate of Redwall, and young Martha Braebuck, will depend on him...

Borrowed From the Library:

The X Files: X Marks the Spot by Les Martin (Goodreads | Amazon)
Class of the Doomed.
The FBI thinks Fox Mulder is weird - or worse.  He keeps insisting that aliens are running amok on earth.  His lovely and level-headed partner, Agent Dana Scully, is supposed to keep him in line.  But that's hard to do when they're investigating an Oregon high school class full of corpses and the walking dead.
Yes, Mulder's theories about the class of '89 are beyond strange.  But in a world where minds are turned off like lights, bodies blossom with otherworldly scars, and the night explodes with blinding evil, Fox Mulder may not be weird at all.  He may just be the one with the answers nobody's ready to hear...
My X.  I couldn't find anything else!

Bought:

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult (Goodreads | Amazon)
Sara Fitzgerald's daughter Kate is just two years old when she is diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia.  Reeling with the helpless shock of it, Sara knows she will do anything - whatever it takes - to save her child.
Then the test results come back time and again to show that no one in their family is a match for Kate.  If they are to find a donor for the crucial bone marrow transplant she needs, there is only one optionL creating another baby, specifically designed to save her sister.  For Sara, it seems the ideal solution.  Not only does Kate live, but she gets a beautiful new daughter, Anna, too.
Until the moment Anna hands Sara the papers that will rock her whole world.  Because, aged thirteen, Anna has decided she doesn't want to help Kate live any more.  She is suing her parents for the rights to her own body.
I saw the movie, but apparently the book is worse.  And I cried bucketloads during the film... 


Huh.  I only went out for a book starting with X or Z!  Still, the library books didn't cost as much as My Sister's Keeper...  Maybe I should see all of this as a bargain?  ;)
What did everyone else get this week?

8 comments:

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

Wow! You went kind of crazy! lol. Don't worry, I'd probably do the same thing! Hope you enjoy all of the books you bought. That should keep you reading for awhile, right? :D

MiaandSofia said...

A great mailbox! They all fab. Happy reading :)
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Mysteriousrose said...

Wow there's a lot of these books I didn't even know. Thank you for sharing and I hope you will enjoy them.
I'm a new follower^^

My IMM:
http://mysteriousrose.blogspot.com/2011/02/in-my-mailbox-2.html

Aleetha said...

heh?
You can buy books from the library?
DO they make a sale or something?
In my country, local library never have it.

You IMM is rock!!!

Aylee said...

Wow, look at all these books! You're going to keep yourself plenty busy. I've never been to a library sale before but I think I would have trouble controlling myself too. Happy reading!

I Want To Read That said...

Oops indeed but the good kind! I'm thinking I really need to try Kate Brian's Private series - it sounds really good! Also I loved My Sister's Keeper:)

Hope you enjoy:)

kirsty at the overflowing library said...

fab books. I am a new follower!

YA Vampire Books said...

Wow, nice haul! Wish my library had sales like that!