I haven't done an IMM in a couple of weeks, and have developed a hefty pile of books that I would like to share with you all. So am splitting the feature into two parts, the second to follow by the end of the week (hopefully!).
So here we go... six books complete with blurbs and release dates!
The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean by David Almond
Billy Dean is a secret child, growing up in the dark heart of Blinkbonny. He has a beautiful young mother and a father who arrives at night carrying the scent of incense and cigarettes. His world is just a bed, some pictures of the Holy Island and a single locked door, but his father fills his dreams with mysterious tales and dreadful warnings.
When his father disappears, Billy's mum brings him out into the world, and he learns the dreadful truth of what happened in Blinkbonny on the day he was born. Gradually he finds he has the gift of helping to rebuild what has been broken. But there is one figure who is beyond healing, who comes looking for Billy himself and is determined on a kind of reckoning.
David Almond's extraordinary first novel for adults is the story of a child, born of sin, who emerges into a post-industrial, almost apocalyptic world where the force of his innocence is tested to the extreme.
Released: 1st September 2011
Love, Inc. by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout
Zahra, Kali and Syd would never have met if their parents' marriages hadn't fallen apart. But when the three girls collide in group counselling, they discover they have something else in common: they've each been triple-timed by the same wicked charmer, Eric, aka Rico, aka Rick. Talk about eye-opening therapy. Now all three girls have one mission: to show that cheater the error of his ways.
Project Payback is such a success, the girls soon have clients lining up for their consulting services. Is your boyfriend acting shady? Dying to know if your crush is into you? Need matchmaking expertise?
Look no further than Love, Inc.
Released: 26th September 2011
Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver
On the third night after the day her father died, Liesl saw the ghost.
Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice - until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone. That same night, an alchemist's apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable. Will's mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.
Released: September 2011
Sister, Missing by Sophie McKenzie
It's two years after the events of Girl, Missing and life for sixteen-year-old Lauren is not getting any easier, as exam pressure and a recent family tragedy take their toll. Lauren's birth mother takes Lauren and her two sisters on holiday in the hope that some time together will help, but a few days into the holiday one of the sisters disappears, under circumstances very similar to those in which Lauren was taken years before. Can Lauren save her sister, and stop the nightmare happening all over again?
Released: 15th September 2011
Girl Parts by John M. Cusick
David and Charlie are opposites. David has a million friends, online and off. Charlie is a soulful outsider, off the grid completely. But neither feels close to anybody. When David's parents present him with a hot Companion bot designed to encourage healthy bonds and treat 'dissociative disorder,' he can't get enough of luscious, redheaded Rose - and he can't get is soon. Companions come with strict intimacy protocols, and whenever he tries anything, David gets an electric shock. Severed from the boy she was built to love, Rose turns to Charlie, who finds he can open up to her, knowing that she isn't real. With Charlie's help, the ideal 'companion' is about to become her own best friend.
Released: Out Now
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
Rose is about to wake up...
After sixty years of cryogenic sleep, Rose Fitzroy is woken with a kiss. Her world is barely recognisable and all the people she loves are dead. As she begins to find her way, she must come to terms with her dreams and memories and embrace a new world... before an unstoppable assassin can snatch her new life from her.
Released: August 2011
Ok, so how exciting are those books, right?! I've got a lot of reading ahead of me... catch me later in the week for Part 2 of my amazing In My Mailbox for July!!!
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