Sunday, 24 April 2011

My Book Haul/In My Mailbox

Happy Easter! Hope you're all having a good day with plenty of chocolate eggs and spring flowers! :)
The Story Siren hosts a weekly meme where bloggers can share what goodies they've purchased/received this week. If you get a chance head over to The Story Siren and check out what everyone is up to!
My Soul To Take - Rachel Vincent
Publisher: MIRA Books
Being a teenager just got much more complicated. There is something very wrong with Kaylee Cavanaugh: she senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally. Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about the need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next.
I won this from the generous Carolyn at Book Chick City and it arrived in the post this week. I loved Rachel Vincent's Shifter series so I'm excited to see what her YA series is like!
Side Jobs - Jim Butcher
Publisher: UK - Orbit
Harry is the best and technically the 'only' at what he does, being the lone professional wizard PI in the Chicago phonebook. So when the Chicago PD has cases that transcend mortal capabilities, they come to him for answers. For the 'everyday' world is actually full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. Yet despite his precautions, Harry tends to stumble from crisis to drama in his dealings with the supernatural world - call it an occupational hazard. Here, he unfailingly manages to get on the wrong side of werewolf, fae and vampires alike. And that's where his own rather special powers come into play .

I think the Dresden Files is one of the best, if not the best UF series around - certainly one of the most consistent! So this book of short stories featuring Harry Dresden was one I had on pre-order for a long time! It arrived this week.

Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later - Francine Pascal
Publisher: UK - Arrow Books
It’s been ten years since the Wakefield twins graduated from Sweet Valley High, and a lot has happened. For a start, Elizabeth and Jessica have had a falling out of epic proportions, after Jessica committed the ultimate betrayal, and this time it looks like Elizabeth will never be able to forgive her.
Suddenly Sweet Valley isn’t big enough for the two of them, so Elizabeth has fled to New York to immerse herself in her lifelong dream of becoming a serious reporter, leaving a guilt-stricken Jessica contemplating the unthinkable: life without her sister.
Despite the distance between them, the sisters are never far from each other’s thoughts. Jessica longs for forgiveness, but Elizabeth can’t forget her twin’s duplicity. Uncharacteristically, she decides the only way to heal her broken heart is to get revenge. Always the ‘good’ twin, the one getting her headstrong sister out of trouble, Elizabeth is now about to turn the tables...

I was a HUGE fan of Sweet Valley when I was young (before I discovered Point Horror and Christopher Pike) - I was so excited to see that Francine Pascal had written a book set 10 years after high school! I don't expect it to be much good, but purely for nostalgia I had to purchase it! :)

So what have you picked up this week? :)


  1. Wow! Sweet Valley took me back a day or two!!!

  2. I've never read The Dresden Files - I don't think I've ever heard of it, although going off the synopsis you've provided for Side Job it sounds really good. I'll have to look it up on Amazon.

    The Soul Screamers series sounds excellent too. I have the first three books but I haven't started reading the series yet.

  3. Aw, Sweet Valley ten years later - brilliant!

  4. Side Jobs sounds excellent- I'm definitely going to look into the dresden files books- thanks for recommending them.
    I've read the first 2 of the soul screamers series so far and they are pretty good. Waiting for the third any day now.
    Happy reading! x

  5. I really need to read Soul Screamers series, l got the first for my kindle =)
    Happy Easter!

  6. Ahh, Sweet Valley. Love it!

  7. I'm sure you'll enjoy Side Jobs! I ordered it when it was released in the states (I couldn't wait for it to be released here in the UK). Have you read the 1st chapter of Ghost Story? I sooo can't wait for that book to be released!

  8. A great selection! You managed to pick up great books this week, I hope you enjoy them all.

    Happy reading,


  9. I would love to read the Vincent books :D My guest reviewer read them and they sounded so good!

  10. I was a fan of Sweet Valley High until my friend's sis stole them from me. :P

    I want to know what you think about My Soul to Steal. I still need to read that one.

  11. I LOVE the Dresden Files it's one of my all time fav series. I got Side Jobs last week. I am going stretch out reading it until Ghost story comes out.
    Happy reading.

  12. I loved Sweet Valley High and Kids when I was younger and have been wanting to read the Sweet Valley Confidential. Hope you enjoy reading it =)

  13. Fab set! I've heard more bad than good about the Sweet Valley book, but I'm still curious.
    My IMM