Friday 26 June 2009

Friday Finds

Ooh you book blogging people are really bad. I have seen so many books on your sites that I want to read this week, but I have had to narrow it down to five.

Fairytale by Cyn Balog

I found this one over at Books Love Jessica Marie. It isn't released until 23rd of June in England but is already out in America - you lucky people!

It is a book that will appeal to Twilight and Wicked Lovely fans.

Here is the blurb for it from Amazon.

Morgan Sparks has always known that she and her boyfriend, Cam, are made for each other. But when Cam’s cousin Pip comes to stay with the family, Cam seems depressed. Finally Cam confesses to Morgan what’s going on: Cam is a fairy. The night he was born, fairies came down and switched him with a healthy human boy. Nobody expected Cam to live, and nobody expected his biological brother, heir to the fairy throne, to die. But both things happened, and now the fairies want Cam back to take his rightful place as Fairy King.Even as Cam physically changes, becoming more miserable each day, he and Morgan pledge to fool the fairies and stay together forever. But by the time Cam has to decide once and for all what to do, Morgan’s no longer sure what’s best for everyone, or whether her and Cam’s love can weather an uncertain future.

Now hasn't that whetted your appetite.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

I found this one over at Bermudaonions blog. There has been a lot of hype about this book, even though it has been out a few years, and it is believed to be an ideal read for teenagers as it deals with real teenage issues at secondary school. I do believe some schools are actually putting it on their curriculums.

Here is the blurb from Laurie Halse Anderson's site.

Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe. Because there's something she's trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.

Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCulloI found this book over at Carrie's YA Bookshelf blog.

Here is what Carrie had to say about the book.

Tamsin Greene comes from a long line of witches, and she was supposed to be one of the most Talented among them. But Tamsin's magic never showed up. Now seventeen, Tamsin attends boarding school in Manhattan, far from her family. But when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very Talented sister, Tamsin agrees to find a lost family heirloom for him. The search—and the stranger—will prove to be more sinister than they first appeared, ultimately sending Tamsin on a treasure hunt through time that will unlock the secret of her true identity, unearth the sins of her family, and unleash a power so vengeful that it could destroy them all. This is a spellbinding display of storytelling that will exhilarate, enthrall, and thoroughly enchant.

There are just so many good witch books out there at the moment.

Nothing but Ghosts by Beth Kephart

I found this one on Books Love Jessica Marie too.

Here is the blurb from Amazon.

Ever since her mother passed away, Katie's been alone in her too-big house with her genius dad, who restores old paintings for a living. Katie takes a summer job at a garden estate, where, with the help of two brothers and a glamorous librarian, she soon becomes embroiled in decoding a mystery. There are secrets and shadows at the heart of Nothing but Ghosts: symbols hidden in a time-darkened painting, and surprises behind a locked bedroom door. But most of all, this is a love story—the story of a girl who learns about love while also learning to live with her own ghosts.
This is a heartfelt, lyrical tale from the National Book Award-nominated author of Undercover and House of Dance.

The Walking People by Mary Beth Keane.

I found this one over at Dar's blog Peeking Between the Pages. If you haven't visited Dar's site you really should. She has fantastic book reviews and lots of competitions to enter. At the moment, she has a competition to win five copies of this book. the competition is here. Alas it is only open to American and Canadian residents, but Dar often has worldwide competitions too, so do go over and check out her blog.

Here is the blurb from Amazon.

Greta Cahill never believed she would leave her village in the west of Ireland until she found herself on a ship bound for New York, along with her sister Johanna and a boy named Michael Ward. Labeled a "softheaded goose" by her family, Greta discovers that in America she can fall in love, raise her own family, and earn a living. Though she longs to return and show her family what she has made of herself, her decision to spare her children knowledge of a secret in her past forces her to keep her life in New York separate from the life she once loved in Ireland, and tears her apart from the people she is closest to. Even fifty years later, when the Ireland of her memory bears little resemblance to that of present day, she fears that it is still possible to lose all when she discovers that her children—with the best of intentions— have conspired to unite the worlds she’s so carefully kept separate for decades. A beautifully old-fashioned novel, The Walking People is a debut of remarkable range and power.

So they are my Friday Finds this week, what books did you find?


  1. One I already had my eye one, but then 2 of those look really good too. Interesting :)

  2. Ooh these all look so good - going to add them to my Amazon wishlist - got some fabby christmas surprises that way last year ;)

  3. You seem to have some good books. Will check out the last one!

    Here are my Friday Finds

  4. I have Speak and it is really good. I think you'll like it. I have the Walking People to read but I haven't gotten to it yet.

  5. Nothing but Ghosts sounds fantastic. On the list it goes! Thanks for sharing. Have a great week and happy reading.

  6. Yep I'm a fishing widow too. He's only just got back into it after doing it when he was younger. Completely obsessed but I don't suppose I'm one to talk ;)

    He keeps trying to get me down there with him but I can't think of anything more boring and I don't think I'd like seeing them catching the fish - it must hurt them a bit I think.

  7. I think the cover of Fairy Tale is gorgeous! I bought Nothing But Ghosts this week for Amy's drive. Thanks for the link to my review!

  8. I had read Speak during college and re read it a few days back after reading a review at Alyce's blog . I became a Laurie Halse Anderson fan after that book. YA book but everybody should read it.Here's my listFriday Finds

  9. I am hearing fantastic things about Fairy Tale, it is going on my TBR list. Speak is also getting a lot of blogger love, I hope you enjoy it.

  10. Great books, I have Fairy Tale sitting on my shelf at home waiting to be read and Once a Witch is on my finds for this week as well. Check out my other ones:

  11. Some great finds. I read Speak a few years back and loved the book. I'm glad more people are jumping on its bandwagon. :)

    ~ Popin

  12. I think The Walking People actually has me the most intrigued but gah, per usual, all of them sound great!

  13. I mentioned Nothing But Ghosts in my FF post today too! Speak is already on my wish list and Once a Witch sounds kinda intriguing too!

  14. I want those too! Well, except for Speak because I already have it. Now I just need to read it :P

  15. stop it!!!! i already have too many books to read, then i come here and get an eyeful of some new ones. argh!

  16. Book bloggers ARE bad!! :) But if they weren't we wouldn't hear about all these great books.

    I've heard SUCH great things about Speak--hope you like it!

  17. Wow, great books! There's a bunch there I need to check out. I simply can't bring any more books into the house. lol. Thanks for the compliment on my blog-you're a sweetie.

  18. cool finds! they all sound good, especially Nothing but Ghosts.

  19. Great finds, Viv! My fingers are itchin' now...


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