(HC/April 2010/Random House)
After her mother mysteriously disappears, sixteen-year-old Haley convinces her father to take her to Iceland, where her mother was last seen. There, amidst the ancient fissures and crevices of that volcanic island, Haley meets gorgeous Ari, a boy with a dangerous side who appoints himself her protector.
When Haley picks up a silver coin that entangles her in a spell cast by her ancestor Hallgerd, she discovers that Hallgerd's spell and her mother's disappearance are connected to a chain of events that could unleash terrifying powers and consume the world. Haley must find a way to contain the growing fires of the spell—and her growing attraction to Ari.
Iceland - how cool! I love the cover. I received this for review from Teens Read Too.
Three Rivers Rising by Jame Richards
Sixteen-year-old Celestia is a wealthy member of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, where she meets and falls in love with Peter, a hired hand who lives in the valley below, and by the time of the torrential rains that lead to the disastrous Johnstown flood of 1889, she has been disowned by her family and is staying with him in Johnstown.
Romance and historical fiction? I'm going to love it. I received this for review from Teens Read Too.
(ARC/May 2010 in UK/Headline)
Ten years ago Kate Winters' parents were taken by the High Council's wardens to help with the country's war effort. Now the wardens are back...and prisoners, including Kate's uncle Artemis, are taken south on the terrifying Night Train. Kate and her friend Edgar are hunted by a far more dangerous enemy. Silas Dane -- the High Council's most feared man -- recognises Kate as one of the Skilled; a rare group of people able to see through the veil between the living and the dead. His spirit was damaged by the High Council's experiments into the veil, and he's convinced that Kate can undo the damage and allow him to find peace. The knowledge Kate needs lies within Wintercraft -- a book thought to be hidden deep beneath the graveyard city of Fume. But the Night of Souls, when the veil between life and death is at its thinnest, is just days away and the High Council have their own sinister plans for Kate and Wintercraft. To help Artemis, Edgar and herself, Kate must honour her pact with a murderer and come face to face with the true nature of death.
I'm not sure when this releases in the U.S. I'm very excited for this one! I received this for review from Teens Read Too.
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
(PB/May 2010 in UK/Definitions)
She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed.
He is seventeen, gorgeous, and on the brink of a bright future.
And now they have fallen in love. But...
They are brother and sister.
Um, wow? You know how each year there's that one book you have to read because you know it's going to change your outlooks and beliefs? Well, this is that book for me. I received this for review from Teens Read Too.
Fourteen year old Georgie Harris feels as if the summer holidays are over before they have even begun. Banned from going to the local drama workshop by her bully of a step-dad and her increasingly fragile mum she is consigned to six long weeks of babysitting her kid sister. Sick of feeling like the outsider at home and at school, she starts emailing the one person she thinks might understand; Dylan Curtlan, star of the popular soap opera Jessop Close.
And when Dylan starts emailing back Georgie finally feels a spark of hope. At last she has someone who really gets her, someone who really wants to help. But in the faceless world of email all is not as it seems...
Sounds intriguing! Thanks to Siobhan for sending me a copy!
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland (ARC)
Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch (From Goodreads First Reads program)
I had an awesome week. Well, three days actually. How about you?