Saturday, December 18, 2010

IMM 17

I know Kristi of The Story Siren isn't putting up a Mr Linky this week for IMM, but I wanted to post this now as I'm hoping that I'll be getting one or two books over the Christmas period and don't want to have too much of a backlog already. The four books below are actually the last three weeks of books that have arrived into my home. One book one week, two another and just one more this week. Still, they all look fabulous and I can't wait to read each of them.

As always, the books listed in this post have either been bought new/in charity shops/sent via the publisher/borrowed from the library or from friends/swapped using a book swapping website. Happy reading all of you. I hope that Father Christmas will bring you all the books your heart desires :)

Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod) by Heather Brewer - Junior high really stinks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: His mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers and no one to teach him, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a strange substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he realizes he has a much bigger problem: He’s being hunted by a vampire killer who is closing in . . . fast!

I'm really looking forward to this one :) In some ways I'm a little tired of vampire novels but even son, this series makes me forget all of that. It looks like such fun and I can't wait to get started!


Annexed by Sharon Dogar
- Everyone knows about Anne Frank and her life hidden in the secret annex – but what about the boy who was also trapped there with her?

In this powerful and gripping novel, Sharon Dogar explores what this might have been like from Peter’s point of view. What was it like to be forced into hiding with Anne Frank, first to hate her and then to find yourself falling in love with her? Especially with your parents and her parents all watching almost everything you do together. To know you’re being written about in Anne’s diary, day after day? What’s it like to start questioning your religion, wondering why simply being Jewish inspires such hatred and persecution? Or to just sit and wait and watch while others die, and wish you were fighting.

As Peter and Anne become closer and closer in their confined quarters, how can they make sense of what they see happening around them?

Anne’s diary ends on August 4, 1944, but Peter’s story takes us on, beyond their betrayal and into the Nazi death camps. He details with accuracy, clarity and compassion the reality of day to day survival in Auschwitz – and ultimately the horrific fates of the Annex’s occupants.

There was a time, not too long ago, that I was obsessed with Anne Frank and WWII. That part of me is still very much present and while I do go into reading this book with a little trepidation, I'm still very intrigued by it.


Out Of Shadows by Jason Wallace - A young English boy, Robert Jacklin, finds himself enrolled in a Zimbabwean boarding school just after the war for independence. Robert Mugabe has come to power offering hope, land and freedom to black Africans. The school is still predominately white with a few token black pupils but the racial tension is bubbling beneath the surface.

This book intimidates and excites me at the same time. I'd not heard of it until recently and I don't claim to know much about the events in Zimbabwe but I'll soon be finding out.


Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin - The only thing Avery Hood can remember about the night her parents died is that she saw silver—deadly silver, moving inhumanly fast. As much as she wants to remember who killed them, she can't, and there's nothing left to do but try to piece her life back together. Then Avery meets the new boy in school—Ben, mysterious and beautiful, with whom she feels a connection like nothing she's ever experienced. When Ben reveals he's a werewolf, Avery still trusts him—at first. Then she sees that sometimes his eyes flash inhuman silver. And she learns that she's not the only one who can't remember the night her parents died.Part murder mystery, part grief narrative, and part heart-stopping, headlong romance, Low Red Moon is a must-read for teen paranormal fans. As breathless as Twilight and as spooky as Shiver, this is a book to be devoured in one sitting—by an acclaimed YA author making her paranormal debut under the pseudonym Ivy Devlin.

This book has such a shiny, beautiful cover. It's written by one of my favourite YA authors, so I'm thrilled to read it, despite the mixed reviews it's been recieving.


And that's it for me this week. Which books have you recieved lately?


  1. I really want the Vlad Todd books :D
    I was showing a girl in the library the Annexed book trailer on Thursday. Defo on the library wish-list :D
    Happy reading

  2. vlad todd is awesome. I really liked annexed although I think some people have tried to rip it to pieces. I got low red moon too - beautiful edition

  3. I'm intrigued by Low Red Moon, especially knowing a little about the author's previous books. I just can't imagine I won't like it! Hope you enjoy, and that you get lots of lovely books for Christmas. :D

  4. Emma - The Vlad Tod books do seem like they could be a lot of fun :) And how cute that you've been showing your reading book trailers, I love the idea of that!

    Kirsty - I've heard lots criticism of Annexed as well and I'm sure there's loads more of it that I've missed but it still intrigues me.

    Lauren - I'm finding it hard to believe that I won't like Low Red Moon as well but mixed reviews of it have put me off slightly. I'm giving it a few weeks before I get to it, I think.

  5. You've got Low Red Moon? Awesome - I don't really care about the mixed reviews, but this one is one that I'm also looking forward to reading! :) Out of the Shadows looks like a very interesting read - weird as someone who hails from the African continent myself, I go out of my way to avoid these kind of books (bad, I know), but this one seems very interesting. Hope you enjoy your reads :D

  6. Tammy - Yeah, I wasn't expecting Low Red Moon at all, but I'm quite looking forward to reading it. You go out of your way to not read books set in Africa? Or books about political things going on? I'm very intrigued about Out of Shadows as I don't know anything about things going on there..


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