Sunday, February 21, 2010

Library Loot (36), prizes and a review copy

Sorry for the rubbish picture. All the snow's fooling the camera into not using the flash.

I hope to finish off Alex Scarrow's TimeRiders book today and I've got some great books lined up:


When I was Joe by Keren David
When Ty witnesses a stabbing, his own life is in danger from the criminals he s named, and he and his mum have to go into police protection. Ty has a new name, a new look and a cool new image life as Joe is good, especially when he gets talent spotted as a potential athletics star, special training from an attractive local celebrity and a lot of female attention. But his mum can't cope with her new life, and the gangsters will stop at nothing to flush them from hiding. Joe's cracking under extreme pressure, and then he meets a girl with dark secrets of her own. This wonderfully gripping and intelligent novel depicts Ty/Joe's confused sense of identity in a moving and funny story that teenage boys and girls will identify with - a remarkable debut from a great new writing talent.

The Carbon Diaries 2017 by Saci Lloyd
It’s over a year since her last diary and Laura Brown is now in her first year of university in London, a city still struggling to pull itself together in the new rationing era. Laura’s right in the heart of it; her band, the dirty angels, are gigging all over town until a police crackdown on rioting students forces them out of the city. After a brief exile on her parents' farm, the angels set off in a battered VW bus on a tour of Europe with the fabulous Tiny Chainsaws in the Distance.

The tour soon unravels, however, in an increasingly dramatic sequence of events that include drought in Europe and Africa, a tidal-wave of desperate immigrants, a water war in the Middle East and a city-wide face off with the army in London. Not to mention infidelity, betrayal, friendship, love and massive courage.

How long can Laura distance herself from the struggle? And more importantly, how can she keep her style and hope alive in a world on the edge of madness?


Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (Tx to Jenny at Wondrous Reads)
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?

Dark Life by Kat Falls (Tx to simonkids_UK on twitter)
Ty has lived under the ocean for his entire life. Following global warming and the rise of the seas, his family joined an underwater community in hopes of living in the new frontier of the ocean floor. But When Ty meets Gemma, a girl from "topside", who is searching the seas for her brother, she quickly makes his life very complicated. Together Ty and Gemma face dangerous sea creatures and venture into the frontier town's rough underworld as they search for her missing brother. But the deeper they dig, the more attention they attract, and soon Ty and Gemma find themselves being hunted by a gang of outlaws who roam the underwater territories causing havoc, and who seem to have eerie abilities. But Ty has a secret of his own, living underwater for his entire life has meant he has also developed a "special" power. Can he keep it a secret from Gemma and his family or is it time for him to finally tell everyone the truth?


Witchfinder: Dawn of the Demontide by William Hussey (out 4th March, UK)
The first in a terrifying trilogy, read on if you dare: Jake could now see the demon fully. Its body was a mass of steely sinew, its arms roped with muscle. Six fingers sprouted from its hands, each ending in lethal talons. The thing did not possess a nose; instead a large hole, bubbling with green mucus, occupied the middle of its face. Mr Pinch's tongue flickered between his teeth and slurped across his fat lips. He was hungry. When a violent storm rages around the little village of Hobarron's Hollow, a young boy is sacrificed 'for the greater good'. His blood is used to seal a mystical doorway and prevent an apocalyptic disaster known only as the Demontide. Twenty-five years later, another boy, Jake Harker, is about to be drawn into the nightmare of the Demontide. Witches and their demon familiars stalk his every move, and his dreams are plagued by visions of a 17th Century figure known only as the Witchfinder. When his father is abducted, Jake must face the terrible secrets kept by those closest to him and a shocking truth that will change his life forever . . .

(summaries from


  1. You got some fab books this week! How amazing does Dark Life sound?! and Along for the Ride is one of my favourite Dessen books. Hope you enjoy

  2. Hi Karen, I hope you've enjoyed reading TimeRiders! FYI, that's the first one in a 9 book series.

    Anyway, thanks for name-checking my book on your blog.

    All the best

    Alex Scarrow

  3. When I Was Joe is incredible. I really hope you love it as much as I do. I have a copy of Dark Life too and I can't wait to read it. Enjoy!

  4. I'm looking forward to Dark Life and this will be my first Dessen though I heard so much praise for them.

    9 books, Alex! Great news. I'm 3/4 through this one. I love the characters.

  5. Congrats on the prizes. I loved When I Was Joe, it's a great book. Yay for UK authors!

  6. Hello Karen!

    Lovely to see my book lined up with such great titles - 'When I was Joe' is in the to-be-read pile by my bed. Anyway, I hope you enjoy Witchfinder: DotD!

    All the best

    William Hussey

  7. Great books. I really want to read When I was Joe.

  8. Great books you got this week. When I was Joe looks really good. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.