In My Mailbox is hosted by the most excellent Kristi at The Story Siren. Here in England mailboxes are uncommon, but 'On My Doormat' doesn't really have the same ring, does it? So I'm going transatlantic on this one.
The Demon’s Lexicon - Sarah Rees Brennan
Sixteen-year-old Nick knows that demons are real. Magicians call up demons in exchange for their power. The demon’s can appear in any shape, show you marvels, promise you anything - until you invite them in and receive their mark. What happens next? First you get possessed. Then you die. Nick’s been on the run his whole life, ever since his mother stole a charm from the most feared magician of them all, and the only person he trusts is his brother Alan. Alan’s just been marked by a demon. Only Nick can save him, but to do so he must face the magicians - and kill them. The hunt is on, and Nick’s going to discover things he never dreamed were out there…
I’ve read some really positive reviews of this one, and Sarah Rees Brennan’s live journal is just super cool - giving me two extremely strong reasons to believe that I will enjoy this book.
Winter Song - Jean-Claude Mourlevat
From Goodreads: One voice is the weapon against tyranny in this powerful hymn to courage and freedom. Four teenagers escape from their prison-like boarding schools to take up the fight against the tyrannical government that murdered their parents fifteen years earlier. Fleeing across icy mountains from a pack of terrifying dog-men sent to hunt them down, only three of the friends make it safely to Jahn's Restaurant, the headquarters of a secret resistance movement. It is here they learn about courage, freedom and love, and discover the astonishing power of one voice as the battle begins - to free a depressed and terrified nation from a generation of cruelty, and to save their captured friend, forced to fight to the death in a barbaric ancient game.
I’m not sure if the upcoming release Winter’s End is the sequel to this one, or if it’s the same book with a different title. In any case, Winter’s End sounds highly intriguing but it’s not out till November. Whereas Winter Song is out already, so I decided to check it out now. If anyone knows what the relationship between the two books is, I’d be grateful if you could clue me in, because the internet is failing me on this one. (PS: Anyone pointing out that 'a poor workman blames his tools' will be answered only with eye-rolling.)
Tomorrow, When The War Began - John Marsden
Hell isn’t only a place for the damned. Sometimes it’s a place where the saved take refuge.
Seven teenagers take a trip to Hell. And seven return. To find Hell has come home.
It takes one week to escape from civilization and live rough in a remote, unexplored valley. It takes one week for civilization to be destroyed. Now there is only one place left to hide… When your worst nightmare comes true, how can you face tomorrow?
I read an impressive review of this over on Rhiannon Hart’s blog, so I’m pretty confident I’ll love it. It’s the first in a series that is already out, which means if I do love it, I don’t have to wait ages for the next one. Bonus!
In other book related news, I discovered this week that my sweetheart has ordered me an import copy of Ash. I think that's pretty much the most thoughtful gift ever, and I'm going near crazy every time the post arrives. I've also heard about a very exciting Hush, Hush event in London this week. Now the only question is: can I really bring myself to go out in public dressed as an angel?