Monday, 15 June 2009

In My Mailbox (21)

Idea taken from The Story Siren

I can't believe I've reached my 20th week of this feature, meaning lots of books to read and reviewed ^^

The Red Queen's Daughter by Jacqueline Kolosov.

Orphaned as a young girl because of the imprudent marriage of her mother, Queen Katherine Parr, Mary Seymour vows never to fall in love-and under no circumstances will she marry. Lady Strange, her mysterious guardian, offers the young woman an extraordinary alternative to marriage: Mary is to become a white magician who will join Queen Elizabeth's court and ensure the success of the Virgin Queen's reign.

Accompanied by her magical hound, Perseus, Mary sets out to learn the properties of different stones and the art and precision of natural spells. Soon after her sixteenth birthday, she joins Elizabeth's court as a lady-in-waiting. Upon her arrival, Mary realizes that Elizabeth's court is rife with men and women who are vying for power. The most dangerous of all is Edmund Seymour, Mary's disturbingly handsome cousin. From the moment she meets Edmund, Mary has to fight her growing attraction, especially once she discovers that he is a black magician, the dark mirror of her own self. But, despite the threat Edmund poses to Mary, he seems to be the only one who truly understands her. When Edmund becomes involved in a plot against the Queen, Mary finds her beliefs tested in ways she never could have imagined.

The very first book I received from Harper Teen. Usually I'm not really into books that set back in the past but this one sounds kinda nice, esp the "I won't get married" thing. Besides, I really like the cover.

I Know It's Over by C.K Kelly Martin.

Pure. Unplanned. Perfect. Those were Nick’s summer plans before Sasha stepped into the picture. With the collateral damage from his parents’ divorce still settling and Dani (his girl of the moment) up for nearly anything, complications are the last thing he needs. All that changes, though, when Nick runs into Sasha at the beach in July. Suddenly he’s neck-deep in a relationship and surprised to find he doesn’t mind in the least. But Nick’s world shifts again when Sasha breaks up with him. Then weeks later, while Nick’s still reeling from the breakup, she turns up at his doorstep and tells him she’s pregnant, and Nick finds himself struggling once more to understand the girl he can’t stop caring for, the girl who insists that it’s still over.

This book is a contest prize I won from Laura's Review Bookshelf. I've been lusting for this book forever. As if he subject of teen pregnancy hasn't intrigued me enough, I Know It's Over has to be written in the guy's POV. I so want to start it right now. You should own a copy too, seriously.

Ballads Of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert.

Kara hasn't been back to Oak Park since the end of junior year, when a heroin overdose nearly killed her and sirens heralded her exit. Four years later, she returns to face the music. Her life changed forever back in high school: her family disintegrated, she ran around with a whole new crowd of friends, she partied a little too hard, and she fell in love with gorgeous bad-boy Adrian, who left her to die that day in Scoville Park....

Amid the music, the booze, the drugs, and the drama, her friends filled a notebook with heartbreakingly honest confessions of the moments that defined and shattered their young lives. Now, finally, Kara is ready to write her own.

I've won signed copies of this one as well as I Want To Be Your Joey Ramone and some little love prizes from Stephanie Ballads Promo Contest. Great isn't it? The ARC doesn't have a cover yet but it's still so cool. I love Emily, so I think I'll love Kara as well. Love the title!

Thanks to Jacqueline, Laura and Stephanie for getting and sending me the books.

So what have you got? Enough for to read everyday of summer?


katie said...

You definitely got some great books this week. I want to read them all. I can't wait for your reviews! =]

Diana Dang said...

Great batch! Happy reading!

cupcakewitch said...

I am SOOO jealous of Ballads! I loved IWBYJR so much!

Anonymous said...

I'm currently reading I Know It's Over, pretty goof so far. :)

Anonymous said...

*good*, pretty good so far haha. ;)

a flight of minds said...

Wow, some nice books you got. Ballds of Suburbia sounds amazing! I actually need to read IWBYJR still... Have fun reading!

prophecygirl said...

I hope you enjoy IKIO! I'm glad you finally got a copy :)

Steph Su said...

I'm reading Ballads right now and really enjoying it! Haven't read Joey Ramone yet, though, but I think I might have to start soon because I enjoy Stephanie's writing so much. Nice books!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I want to read Ballads and I've heard great things about I Know It's Over. Happy reading!