Friday 15 January 2010

Young Adult Friday Finds

Friday Finds is hosted by MizB at You Should Be Reading and you can find it here. MizB does a fantastic job with this meme every week, so do pop over and pay her a visit.

This week's Friday Finds found me on Amazon looking through the tons of new Young Adult books that are hitting the shelves this January. I was absolutely gobsmacked by the new books available and actually purchased three of my Friday Finds without thinking about it. It is so easy to 'Add to Basket' on Amazon and then pay!

From my list below, I have purchased the last three books. Bad girl!

1) The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman
The Sanctuary of the Redeemers is a vast and desolate place - a place without joy or hope. Most of its occupants were taken there as boys and for years have endured the brutal regime of the Lord Redeemers whose cruelty and violence have one singular purpose - to serve in the name of the One True Faith.
In one of the Sanctuary's vast and twisting maze of corridors stands a boy. He is perhaps fourteen or fifteen years old - he is not sure and neither is anyone else. He has long-forgotten his real name, but now they call him Thomas Cale. He is strange and secretive, witty and charming, violent and profoundly bloody-minded. He is so used to the cruelty that he seems immune, but soon he will open the wrong door at the wrong time and witness an act so terrible that he will have to leave this place, or die.
His only hope of survival is to escape the arid Scablands to Memphis, a city the opposite of the Sanctuary in every way: breathtakingly beautiful, infinitely Godless, and deeply corrupt.
But the Redeemers want Cale back at any price… not because of the secret he now knows but because of a much more terrifying secret he does not.

I would buy this book for the cover alone.

2) The Hollow by Jessica Verday

When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead?and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special. Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her - one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

What a great storyline, who doesn't love The Legend of Sleepy Hollow!

3) Fallen by Lauren Kate

Seventeen-Year-Old Luce is a new student at Sword & Cross, an unwelcoming boarding/reform school in Savannah, Georgia. Luce's boyfriend died under suspicious circumstances, and now she carries the guilt over his death with her as she navigates the unfriendly halls at Sword & Cross, where every student seems to have an unpleasant - even evil - history.It's only when she sees Daniel, a gorgeous fellow student, that Luce feels there's a reason to be here - though she doesn't know what it is. And Daniel's frosty cold demeanor toward her? It's really a protective device that he's used again . . . and again. For Daniel is a fallen angel, doomed to fall in love with the same girl every 17 years . . . and watch her die. And Luce is a fellow immortal, cursed to be reincarnated again and again as a mortal girl who has no idea of who she really is.

I am thinking that angels are the new vampires!

4) Kissed By An Angel by Elizabeth Chandler

Ivy and Tristan are meant to be together. Both stunningly attractive, brilliantly talented and very much in love, they think
their happiness will last forever. When a terrible car accident shatters their world, killing Tristan and injuring Ivy, she must face life alone - or so she thinks. However, Tristan is watching over her as her guardian angel - so close she can feel his touch and hear his voice. And no one needs a guardian angel more than Ivy, because someone is trying to kill her. But if Tristan saves Ivy, his mission on earth will be finished, and he'll have to leave her behind. Will saving Ivy mean losing her forever?

What fabulous finds this week. I can't wait to read the three I have got winging their way to my house. I feel a celestial weekend coming on.

What books did you find this week?


  1. Hi Viv!

    I've heard good things about The Left Hand of God, and I've just read both Hollow and Fallen - one after the other! I'm yet to write up my reviews for them though. Will have to get to it. Hope you get to read these, and enjoy them!

    Here is my Friday Find!

  2. They all sound great, and yes want to read them all :D

  3. Everyone is raving over Fallen - I bet it's a good one!

  4. Must you keep finding so many awesome sounding books, Vivienne?!! You + Friday = hell on my wish list! :D

    Have a great weekend!!!!

  5. Nice picks. I need to stop visiting your blog though... every time I see the cupcakes I instantly need something sweet!!!

    My find is at The Crowded Leaf.

  6. The first 3 are already on my wishlist too :o) The last one sounds good, not heard of that one. I'll look forward to your reviews.

    Oh and yup I did trot over with a list of books for my library, so am waiting eagerly for those ;)

  7. wow, i feel like YA cover art is really the best in the bookstore these days! i love your finds, im reading the YA Vampire Academy series right now and am finding i love the boarding school setting, so i was intrigued by the summary of FALLEN. i will definitely be checking your others out too. happy reading!

  8. Sassy Brit - can't wait to see your reviews of Fallen and The Hollow.

    Blodeuedd - sorry I am a bad influence.

    Bermudaonion - I can't wait to read it. I am going to read hush, hush first though.

    Debi - I am really sorry. You just need to avoid me completely on Fridays, especially the next few because I have found some real corkers.

    Gautami - thanks

    Alayne - sorry that my cupcakes are teasing you. I can't resist making people hungry.

    Carmen - great minds think alike. I just picked up the felting book you mentioned from the library. Some of the projects look so easy.

    Lusty Reader - they are awesome covers aren't they. I haven't read the Vampire Academy series yet, but I have heard good things about it.

  9. The cover on The Hollow makes me want a ribbon necklace right now (although a less bling-y one!). lol @ angels being the new vampires. Can they be sexy?!

  10. I'm glad you posted this, Vivienne. I'm always on the lookout for good young adult books for my daughters (and I read some, too).

  11. I really like all your finds :) I haven't read any of them though. I actually won The Hollow in a contest back in October but it haven't found it's way to my mailbox.

    I have an award waiting for you :)

  12. Oh wow, they do all sound good. I've been debating about Fallen for ages now. It's very easy to hit the buy button for eReader books too. lol. The cover on Kissed By An Angel is amazing. I'd probably buy that one for the cover alone. Enjoy the books winging their way to your house!

  13. I think I've mentioned this your latest posts. I want FALLEN and KISSED BY AN ANGEL. :D


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