Edited 18/9/11 - Hey Guys! Thanks for visiting. I'm not sure how I've managed this but I put the wrong link in The Story Siren's linky today. My IMM post for this week is actually HERE! So sorry :0(
In My Mailbox is a great meme from The Story Siren. If you'd like to take part, visit The Story Siren's IMM page for further details.
I bought some books this week that I've been desperate to read since first hearing about them early on in the year and I also received two books this week for review. I did actually buy a couple more books this week but they were a bread recipe book (I make all my own bread and was looking for new ideas) and a cook book, so not the kind I will be reviewing on my blog.
So, The books I got for review are:
THE GOLDEN ACORN by Catherine Cooper
When Jack Brenin finds a golden acorn lying in the grass, little does he know that it is the beginning of a thrilling and magical adventure. Just an ordinary boy, Jack has been chosen for a hugely important task, and enters a world he believed only existed in legend. Full of twists and turns, talking ravens and mischievous Spriggans, 'The Golden Acorn' is a hugely entertaining and exciting tale from a very talented new author. Your kids will love it, and so will you! This brilliant story deservedly won the Brit Writers' Awards 2010 for unpublished writers and has now been published by Infinite Ideas.
A middle-grade title received from the author for review - thank you!
MEET ME AT THE CUPCAKE CAFE by Jenny Colgan
Issy Randall can bake. No, more than that - Issy can create stunning, mouth-wateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe's bakery she has undoubtedly inherited his talent. So when she's made redundant from her safe but dull City job, Issy decides to seize the moment and open up her own cafe.
This adult book was sent to me for review by Tesco Books. This review is going to be a little different to ones I normally do as Tesco are asking for emotional response to this book, not just a normal style review. It has to explain my mood and feelings. Definitely different so look out for that one!
This book did not arrive alone though. The lovely Natasha at Tesco Books also sent me lots of goodies! I've put a photo below, but just in case you can't tell what it all is, there's a large bar of Amelia Rope Dark Spearmint chocolate (oooohh yum in my tum!), a magnetic bookmark and a funny notebook called the Upside Down Notebook! On the back it says "Stand on head and write in, semi regretting buy decision" which I though was extremely funny :o) Thank you so much Natasha!
The books I bought this week are:
WILDEFIRE by Karsten Knight
Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.
WITCHLANDERS by Lena Coakley
High in their mountain covens, red witches pray to the Goddess, protecting the Witchlands by throwing the bones and foretelling the future.
It’s all a fake.
At least, that’s what Ryder thinks. He doubts the witches really deserve their tithes—one quarter of all the crops his village can produce. And even if they can predict the future, what danger is there to foretell, now that his people’s old enemy, the Baen, has been defeated?
But when a terrifying new magic threatens both his village and the coven, Ryder must confront the beautiful and silent witch who holds all the secrets. Everything he’s ever believed about witches, the Baen, magic and about himself will change, when he discovers that the prophecies he’s always scorned — Are about him.
And that's what I received in my mailbox this week. What did you get in yours?