I’m swamped! Swamped, I tell you. This is a very eclectic collection.

(Note: the catalogue book covers are temporarily awol – I’ll stick them in later, but here are the blurbs for you to browse through over Easter)

book coverChameleon, by Charles R. Smith Jr. (377 pages) – a rite of passage story set in Los Angeles, where Shawn spends the summer between middle school and high school learning about life, friendship, love and family, with the harsh added complications of gang violence. “Fresh and insightful” says the cover, which we like.

First sentence: “Ya mama so tall, she tripped on the curb and hit her head on the sun,” Lorenzo spit out between sips of pineapple soda and bacon-and-sour-cream chips.

book coverThe Hunt for the Seventh, by Christine Morton-Shaw (273 pages) – the cover says “The Hunt for the Se7venth” which you would see if our barcode wasn’t covering most of it. Jim is haunted by ghosts of children who tell him he has to “find the seventh” and leave cryptic clues he has to solve in order to do so. This sounds like some sort of after-life practical joke, except innocent lives are in peril.

First sentence: Somebody died here once.

book coverThe Reminder, by Rune Michaels (182 pages) – an interesting premise, where Daisy (known as Daze), here’s her dead mother’s voice, not just on old family videos; “does anyone ever really die?” the front cover asks, promising what looks to be an interesting story about suriving loss, science, and the concept of death.

First sentence: The first time I heard my dead mother’s voice, there was a logical explanation.

book coverPalace of Mirrors, by Margaret Peterson Haddix (297 pages) – Cecelia is a princess in hiding – evil forces having murdered her parents and made a commoner queen – until one day she decides to take charge and, daringly, retake the throne, but plans become complicated: is the commoner queen an evil pawn, or is there another side to the story?

First sentence: Somewhere in the world I have a tiara in a little box.

book coverEvernight, by Claudia Gray (327 pages) – I smell another vampire novel (writes me, Grimm). Bianca has been enrolled – against her will – at Evernight Academy, where the students are “smart, sleek, and almost predatory”. There she meets Lucas, who seems different from the others, but who nevertheless warns her against caring for him. Twilight fans: give this a go and let me know what you think!

First sentence: The burning arrow thudded into the wall.

book coverCity of Glass, by Cassandra Clare (541 pages: The Mortal Instruments Book Three) – Clary travels to the City of Glass to save her mother’s life, in doing so she uncovers more of her family’s secrets and must join in a fight against Valentine who is determined to destroy the Shadowhunters forever. The series is endorsed by Stephenie Meyer who calls the world Cassandra Clare has created “beautiful”.

First sentence: The cold snap of the previous week was over; the sun was shining brightly as Clary hurried across Luke’s dusty front yard, the hood of her jacket up to keep her hair from blowing across her face.

book coverNight Life, by Nancy A Collins (234 pages) – the next Vamps novel is here! Lilith wants to be a model (her dad’s not keen), Cally’s in love with a vampire hunter, and the Rauhnacht Grand Ball is coming up – what to wear?!

First sentence: With its airy, open spaces, Bergdort Goodman evoked a sense of uncluttered gentility that was a world away from the funky boutiques and consignment stores Cally Monture normally shopped.

book coverWhat I Saw and How I Lied, by Judy Blundell (284 pages) – Evie’s father returns from World War II and everything appears normal, however a web of deception surrounds him and handsome young Peter, one of Evie’s father’s company. Evie must get to the heart of things and ultimately choose between love and family loyalty.

First sentence: The match snapped, then sizzled, and I woke up fast.

Special Operations: Death Ray, by Craig Simpson (317 pages: a Finn Gunnersen Adventure) – Set during World War II, Finn, Loki and Freya have completed their Special Ops training and are sent into enemy territory. The Germans have built something close to the French Coast, something potentially deadly… The book’s cover hints at lots of action.

First sentence: Major Baxter’s parting words on the platform of Glasgow station gave me the shivers.

And then some other bits and pieces in brief:

Sanctuary and Safe House, by Meg Cabot (both Missing books) – Jess Mastriani is psychic, and the US Government is consequently very interested in her, but Jess wants to use her visions to help find missing people.

Gentleman Jim, by Raymond Briggs – one of the first graphic novels ever published.

Maximum Ride, by James Patterson and Narae Lee (graphic novel) – the first Manga rendering of the really popular Maximum Ride series.