Monday, 27 July 2009

Mailbox Monday

I'm probably not going to make a habit of this meme because I rarely buy books these days (what with my TBR pile getting no smaller) but, as I actually received some books through the mail today, I thought I'd take the opportunity to show off what The Book Bag have sent me to review.

Shame on You by Clara Salaman

Caroline Stern is just like any London teenager. Except that she lives in a religious sect.

As a child of 'The Organization' her every move - from what she eats to when she talks and who she'll marry - is dictated by her elders. But as Caroline's freethinking ways bring her into conflict with terrifying Miss Fowler and brutal punishments push her to breaking point, she acts on a terrible impulse and exacts a horrifying revenge.

Twenty years later Caroline is living with her lover, Joe. He knows her as Lorrie and is unaware of the troubled childhood she's left behind. Until an old friend reappears and Caroline discovers that the past isn't so easily buried . . .

Wicked - Witch & Curse by Nancy Holder and Debbie Wright

Holly Cathers' world shatters when her parents are killed in a terrible accident. Wrenched from her home in San Francisco, she is sent to Seattle to live with her relative, Aunt Marie-Claire and her twin cousins, Amanda and Nicole.

But as Holly struggles to settle into her new home, her sorrow and grief soon gives way to bewilderment at the strange incidents going on around her. Such as how any wish Holly whispers to her cat seems to come true. Or the way a friend is injured after a freak attack by a vicious falcon. And then there's her undeniable, magnetic attraction to a boy she barely knows . . .

Holly and her cousins, Amanda and Nicole, are about to be drawn into a family feud, spanning generations. And as they uncover a dark legacy of witches, secrets, and alliances, where ancient magic yields dangerous results, the girls learn of a shared destiny that is beyond their wildest imaginations . . .


So, here's the question: Wicked: Witch & Curse is two novels in one book. Should I count these as two seperate novels or just one for my 50 book challenge? What do you think?

Also, here's the link to my Love, Aubrey review - another young teen's book that The Book Bag sent me. So touching and such a sweet story.  


♔ jessica.marie said...

Ummmm I think I would count it as two separate novels. ;)

I hope you enjoy reading your new books! :)

Amanda said...

Wow, Shame on You sounds magnificent!

As for the double-book, I think normally that would count as two, unless they're both really short and not really published on their own or something. I mean, for instance I would count a volume book of Austen's novels as individual novels, but not a collection of Kafka's novellas. Does that make sense?

Ceri said...

Jessica - Thanks. Yeah, I think I'm going to end up counting it as two. :-)

Amanda - I've just started Shame on You and so far it's really good. Yes, that makes perfect sense and I think, while I've got to write one review, I'm going to include them as two novels as they're each over 300 pages.

Anonymous said...

Shame on you is a conundrum. In most books of this nature it's a standard plot set in an imaginary world. In 'Shame on You' it's really only the plot that's actually fictional. The superficially disguised details about the Organisation and the day school are almost entirely factual.

Ceri said...

Anon - Yup, that's why I chose it to read.