The Dresskeeper - Mary Naylus
Summary from Amazon: When Picky's Mum forces her to look after Gran, who has dementia, Picky is accidentally transported back to the year 1685, where a man in a wig insists she is someone called Amelia and tries to kill her. Managing to get the dress off just in time, Picky returns to the present with the dress covered in blood. Who is Amelia? Is she dead? Will wearing the other dresses in the chest take Picky back in time too? And does she dare put herself in danger again?
You may have seen some of the many wonderful reviews of this book posted this week by my fellow UK bloggers. I have now read it, but I'm saving my review for nearer the publication date. If you just can't wait to hear more about The Dresskeeper, check out the publisher's website here or The Bookette's interview with author Mary Naylus right here.
Playing Beatie Bow - Ruth Park
Summary from book jacket: The game is called Beatie Bow and the children play it for the thrill of scaring themselves.
But when Abigail is drawn in, the game is quickly transformed into an extraordinary, sometimes horrifying, adventure as she finds herself transported to a place that is foreign yet strangely familiar.
I read this as a child, and was recently reminded of it by an IMM at Rhiannon Hart's blog. I think I was about nine or ten when I read it, and although I adored the time travel aspect the romance kind of blindsided me. So I thought this would be good to reread now I'm all worldly and stuff.
Crashed - Robin Wasserman
Summary from author's website:
Before the accident, Lia Kahn was happy.
Before the accident, Lia Kahn was loved.
Before, Lia was a lot of things: Normal. Alive. Human.
Lia no longer lives in before. Six months after the crash that killed her, six months after being reborn, Lia has finally accepted her new reality. She is a machine, a mech, and she belongs with her own kind. It’s a wild, carefree life, without rules and without fear. Because there’s nothing to fear when you have nothing left to lose.
But when a voice from her past cries out for revenge, everything changes. Lia is forced to choose: between her old life and her new one. Between humans and mechs. Between sacrificing the girl she used to be and saving the boy she used to love.
Even if it means he’ll hate her forever.
Okay, first, if you haven't read Skinned yet, what are you waiting for? It's awesome. Crashed is the second in the series and technically it's not out in the UK yet, but this is a gift from my amazing other half (which makes us sound like a circus act, but whatever). Why say it with flowers when you can say it with sci-fi?
So, what did everyone else get?