Thanks to Erin from Penguin Australia, this week I've received four fabulous books, one by Sarah Dessen and three by Melina Marchetta *beams*
Finnikin Of The Rock by Melina Marchetta.
Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive.
Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir. As they journey together, Finnikin is affected by her arrogance . . . and her hope. He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again. And that their cursed people will be able to enter Lumatere and be reunited with those trapped inside. He even believes he will find his imprisoned father.
But Evanjalin is not what she seems. And the truth will test not only Finnikin's faith in her . . . but in himself.
On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.
Taylor Markham is not a popular choice. She is erratic, has no people skills and never turns up to meetings. Not to mention the incident when she ran off in search of her mother and only got halfway there. But she's lived at Jellicoe School most of her life and as leader of the boarders that's her greatest asset. Especially now the cadets, led by the infamous Jonah Griggs, have arrived. The territory wars between the boarders, townies and cadets are about to recommence.
But Taylor has other things on her mind: a prayer tree, the hermit who whispered in her ear, and a vaguely familiar drawing in the local police station. Taylor wants to understand the mystery of her own past. But Hannah, the woman who found her, has suddenly disappeared, leaving nothing but an unfinished manuscript about five kids whose lives entwined twenty years ago on the Jellicoe Road . . .
Looking For Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta.
A stunning debut novel. This is Josephine's story of her final year at school, a year she sets herself free. Multi-award-winning, bestseller and now a feature film, Looking for Alibrandi has become a modern classic.
After being so obsessed with Saving Francesca I couldn't but request for more titles by Melina Marchetta. Fortunately Penguin Aus was so great that they immediately offered me a chance to read and review these books. While Looking For Alibrandi and On The Jellicoe Road sound somehow like SF, I find Finnikin On The Rock very different. I'm so reading these now :)
Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen.
Auden has always felt like the odd one out.
Since her parents' divorce she's shied away, studying lots and staying out of the party scene.
But now Auden's realized there must be something more and, just like that, she changes everything. Moving to her dad's house opens up a whole new world of beach parties, food fights – and simply having fun.
As she gets to know herself – and a secretive boy with dark, brooding eyes – can Auden begin to let go and finally feel like she truly belongs?
I practically screamed when I saw this book. The cover is so gorgeous and it's like the first decent copy of Sarah Dessen I owned. I'm going to read review Along For The Ride really soon because I simply can't wait any longer *changes to fangirl mode*
So what have you guys received for the past 7 days? Hopefully something you're dying to read!