Sunday, March 21, 2010

Library Loot (39 & 40), a prize and a review copy

I missed last week's library loot post as I was away, so I'm combining it with this week. Covers and blurbs from Waterstone's or FantasticFiction.


Sucks to be Me by Kimberly Pauley
Mina Hamilton's parents want her dead. (Or undead to be precise.) They're vampires, and like it or not, Mina must decide whether to become a vampire herself. But Mina's more interested in hanging out with best friend Serena and trying to catch the eye of the too-hot-for-high-school Nathan Able than in the vampire training classes she's being forced to take. How's a girl supposed to find the perfect prom date and pass third-year French when her mom and dad are breathing down her neck--literally?

The Returners by Gemma Malley
London teenager Will Hodge is miserable. His mother is dead, his father's political leanings have grown radical, and his friends barely talk to him. To top it off, he's having nightmares about things like concentration camps. Then Will notices he's being followed by a group of people who claim to know him from another time in history. It turns out they are Returners, reincarnated people who carry with them the memory of atrocities they have witnessed in the past. Will realizes that he, too, is a Returner. But something about his memories is different, and with dawning horror, Will suspects that he wasn't just a witness to the events, he was instrumental in making them happen. Set in the near future, with the world on the verge of a new wave of ethnic cleansing, Will must choose to confront the cruelty he's known in his past lives, or be doomed to repeat it . . . again.


Daughter of Fire and Ice by Marie-Louise Jensen (courtesy of the marvellous Chicklish blog)
Following an attack on her family, fifteen-year-old Thora is enslaved by a brutish Viking chieftain, Bjorn Svanson. A healer and a midwife, Thora is valuable. She also has visions of the future ...and in one she foresees Svanson's death. When her prediction becomes reality, Thora recognizes that another of Svanson's slaves is a man she has seen before-a man from recurrent visions who is destined to be part of her future. Assuming Svanson's identity, the slave and Thora use the dead man's ships to escape. Their destination is Iceland, the then uncharted 'land of fire and ice'. To succeed they must first win over Svanson's crew, and their journey is fraught with hardship and danger. But their troubles are only just beginning. Soon, newcomers are among them and someone is stealing from Thora's medicines to cause terrible harm. Under suspicion herself, can Thora unmask the real culprit and clear her name? And can Thora and the man now known as Bjorn ever really hope that their pasts won't catch up with them?


The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong (pub. 6 April UK)
The nail-biting climax to Kelley Armstrong's bestselling Darkest Powers trilogy Chloe Saunders is fifteen and would love to be normal. Unfortunately, Chloe happens to be a genetically engineered necromancer who can raise the dead without even trying. She and her equally gifted (or should that be 'cursed'?) friends are now running for their lives from the evil corporation that created them. As if that's not enough, Chloe is struggling with her feelings for Simon, a sweet-tempered sorcerer, and his brother Derek, a not so sweet-tempered werewolf. And she has a horrible feeling she's leaning towards the werewolf...Definitely not normal.


  1. Oooh, great books! I can't wait to read The Reckoning, so I'm looking forward to seeing your thoughts on it. Happy reading!

  2. OHH enjoy them - I really liked Sucks to be Me and hope to read The Returners at some point soon.

  3. Some great books there. Hope you enjoy them!

  4. Daughter of Fire and Ice looks awesome! Enjoy!

  5. I must check out that Gemma Malley as the first two went down very well.

  6. Ohhh man, the Reckoning!! I'm SO jealous!

    Here's what I got this week:
    I hope you have a great week!

    Laura from the Bookie Bunch

  7. Daughter of Fire and Ice looks really interesting. I hadn't heard of it before, but I'll have to check it out. Happy reading!

  8. I have The Returners on hold for me at the bookstore. Can't wait to pick it up. Have fun with your books!

  9. I'm so glad Daughter of Fire and Ice arrived safely and I hope you enjoy it! All your books look great. Happy reading!

  10. Awesome book you got this week!! Sucks to be is a book I keep putting off to buy but after reading the summary I might actually pick it up this week! The returners sounds kind of cool!! I have a Gemma Malley The Declaration on my TBR pile. Oh yay The Reckoning SO EXCITED!! I'll be back to check out your review.

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  11. Oh WOW! You got the Reckoning...Lucky!! I can't wait for it to come out! Great stuff this week!

  12. Cool week! Looking forward to seeing what you think of Daughter of Fire and Ice :)

  13. Sucks to Be looks really good, can't wait for your review.


  14. Daughter of Fire and Ice looks good. And heard really good things about Sucks to be Me.


  15. I read and reviewed Daughter of Fire and Ice a while back, really enjoyed it, hope you like it as well!