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Saturday, January 2, 2010

In My Mailbox (15)

IMM is hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren!

This IMM post is from the last two weeks, since I never got to post the books I received when I was home (because I had dial up internet and absolutely not patience!).

The Mark by Jen Nadol (Bloomsbury, 1/19/2010)
Cassandra Renfield has always seen the mark—a glow around certain people reminiscent of candlelight. But the one time she mentioned it, it was dismissed as a trick of the light. Until the day she watches a man awash in the mark die. After searching her memories, Cassie realizes she can see a person’s imminent death. Not how or where, only when: today.

Armed with a vague understanding of the light, Cassie begins to explore her “gift,” seeking those marked for death and probing the line between decision and destiny. Though she’s careful to hide her secret—even from her new philosophy-obsessed boyfriend—with each impending death comes the temptation to test fate. But so many questions remain. How does the mark work? Why is she the only one who sees it? And finally, the most important of all: If you know today is someone’s last, should you tell them?

Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu (Bloomsbury, 2/2/10)
Everyone has secrets. Some are just bigger and dirtier than others.

For sixteen years, Lucy has kept her mother's hoarding a secret. She's had to -- nobody would understand the stacks of newspapers and mounds of garbage so high they touch the ceiling and the rotting smell that she's always worried would follow her out the house. After years of keeping people at a distance, she finally has a best friend and maybe even a boyfriend if she can play it right. As long as she can make them think she's normal.
When Lucy arrives home from a sleepover to find her mother dead under a stack of National Geographics, she starts to dial 911 in a panic, but pauses before she can connect. She barely notices the filth and trash anymore, but she knows the paramedics will. First the fire trucks, and then news cameras that will surely follow. No longer will they be remembered as the nice oncology nurse with the lovely children -- they'll turn into that garbage-hoarding freak family on Collier Avenue.
With a normal life finally within reach, Lucy has only minutes to make a critical decision. How far will she go to keep the family secrets safe?

Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt (Disney Hyperion, 3/23/10)
When a well-dressed woman steps out of a bubble and wants to know if you'd like to become a substitute princess, do you

A) run
B) faint
C) say yes?
For Desi Bascomb, who's been longing for some glamour in her Idaho life, the choice is a definite C). Desi has a rare ability: with the help of "Royal Rouge," she can temporarily transform into the exact look-alike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right?
Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras.... In this winning debut, one girl's dream of glamour transforms into the desire to make a positive impact. And an impact Desi makes, one royal fiasco at a time.

Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dunlap (Bloomsbury, 3/2/10)
“Will I never see you again either?” I asked, feeling as though I was about to jump off a high mountain peak and hope to land without hurting myself. That’s how impossible everything seemed at that moment, no matter what I did.

“Perhaps we will meet again,” Sasha said, softening his voice. “But you must see that it does not matter. You have so much ahead of you. It’s your choice now. Choose the future! Choose life!”
For Anastasia Romanov, life as the privileged daughter of Russia’s last tsar is about to be torn apart by the bloodshed of revolution. Ousted from the imperial palace when the Bolsheviks seize control of the government, Anastasia and her family are exiled to Siberia. But even while the rebels debate the family’s future with agonizing slowness and the threat to their lives grows more menacing, romance quietly blooms between Anastasia and Sasha, a sympathetic young guard she has known since childhood. But will the strength of their love be enough to save Anastasia from a violent death?
Inspired by the mysteries that have long surrounded the last days of the Romanov family, Susanne Dunlap’s new novel is a haunting vision of the life—and love story—of Russia’s last princess.

The Returners by Gemma Malley (Bloomsbury, 3/2/10)
London teenager Will Hodge is miserable. His mother is dead, his father’s political leanings have grown radical, and his friends barely talk to him. To top it off, he’s having nightmares about things like concentration camps. Then Will notices he's being followed by a group of people who claim to know him from another time in history. It turns out they are Returners, reincarnated people who carry with them the memory of atrocities they have witnessed in the past. Will realizes that he, too, is a Returner. But something about his memories is different, and with dawning horror, Will suspects that he wasn’t just a witness to the events, he was instrumental in making them happen. Set in the near future, with the world on the verge of a new wave of ethnic cleansing, Will must choose to confront the cruelty he's known in his past lives, or be doomed to repeat it . . . again.

The Timekeeper's Moon by Joni Sensel (Bloomsbury, 3/2/10)
When Ariel Farwalker hears the moon calling her, she feels certain that she must heed its summons or face terrible consequences. Following a mysterious map into unknown territory, she sets off with three companions: Scarl, her gruff guardian; Sienna, the beautiful Flame-Mage; and Nace, a mute boy whose silent kindness captures Ariel's heart. Together they discover a remnant of a lost civilization and help Ariel reach her goal - a place outside time itself, where the actions of the present resonate in both the past and the future. 

A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup (Bloomsbury, 12/22/09)
The three Cheeseman children, their father, and their psychic dog are all on the run. From whom? Well the CIA, naturally. But also corporate agents #5, #29, and # 207, plus two international superspies -- one of whom happens to be a chimpanzee. They all want Dr. Cheeseman and his late wife's greatest invention–a machine with unspeakable powers–OK, I'll say it. It's a time machine. But it's not working right yet, so put all ideas of time travel out of your head.
Instead, please enjoy this high stakes, high action, hijinx-filled chase, and the bizarre characters our Cheeseman friends will meet as they protect not just their parents' invention, but their mother's sacred memory. It's an adventure novel like no other.

Oh yeah, and did we mention the entertaining, plot-exposition filled, unsolicited advice you'll receive along the way? So you didn't ask for it? Yeah, that's why it's unsolicited.
Unsolicited Advice #1: Read this book.

 Night World Book 1 by LJ Smith (out now)
In Secret Vampire, Poppy thought the summer would last forever. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now Poppy's only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret love. A vampire in the Night World, James can make Poppy immortal. But first they both must risk everything to go against the laws of Night World.

Fugitives from Night World, three vampire sisters leave their isolated home to live among humans in Daughters of Darkness. Their brother, Ash, is sent to bring the girls back, but he falls in love with their beautiful friend.
Two witch cousins fight over their high school crush. It's a battle between black magic and white magic in Spellbinder.

Night World: The Ultimate Fan Guide
You loved Secret Vampire and are counting down to the Strange Fate apocalypse. But who was the first made vampire? How do you properly greet a witch? And why are shapeshifters and werewolves rivals? Prepare to test your Night World knowledge with trivia questions from all nine books; get the inside information about the clans, the soulmate principle, Circle Daybreak, and the four Wild Powers; and take two quizzes to find out how you fit into the Night World.

Captive by Carrie Jones (Bloomsbury, 1/5/10)
Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.

A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure -- despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life -- and his.

Hearts At Stake by Alyxandra Harvey

The Blakes are rather different to your usual neighbours. They are vampires and some of the members of the family date back to the twelfth century. One of the children, Solange, is the only born female vampire known and, as such, she poses a direct threat to the vampire queen. Her best friend Lucy is human, and when Solange is kidnapped Lucy and Solange's brother, Nicholas, set out to save her. Lucy soon discovers that she would like to be more than just friends with Nicholas. But how does one go about dating a vampire? Meanwhile, Solange finds an unlikely ally in Kieran, a vampire slayer on the hunt for his father's killer.

How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford (out now)
New to town, Beatrice is expecting her new best friend to be one of the girls she meets on the first day. But instead, the alphabet conspires to seat her next to Jonah, aka Ghost Boy, a quiet loner who hasn't made a new friend since third grade. Something about him, though, gets to Bea, and soon they form an unexpected friendship. It's not romance, exactly - but it's definitely love. Still, Bea can't quite dispel Jonah's gloom and doom - and as she finds out his family history, she understands why. Can Bea help Jonah? Or is he destined to vanish?


  1. Great IMM! How to Say Goodbye In Robot sounds awesome!

    Have fun reading! :)

  2. Lots of great books. I found Captivate at the bookstore today! I snatched it right up. A Whole Nother Story looks fun too.

  3. All of these books look good, and I've added a few to my wishlist. Not sure how I missed so many interesting titles, so am excited to discover them! Happy reading!

  4. What a great group of books! I have Hearts at Stake too and Captivate is coming. I'll be eager to hear what you think about the ones that will be coming out later. Happy reading!

  5. Great books! You had an amazing imm this week. I'm especially jealous of Dirty Little Secrets and The Mark!

    Here's what I got this week:

    Have a great start of the year!

  6. You've got a good selection of books there, I can't wait to read How to Say Goodbye in Robot, push it to the top of your reading stack :)

  7. WOW. So many great books.

    I'm dying to read The Mark and Dirty Little Secrets sounds great too!

    Happy Reading :)

  8. Awesome books! Can't wait to read The Mark & Dirty Little Secrets. Happy reading! :)

  9. Great mix of books there! The Returners and How to Say Goodbye in Robot have peaked my interest... look forward to your reviews.

  10. Wow, great two weeks you've had! I'm especially envious of The Mark :D Looking forward to some of these reviews!!

  11. Umm, hellooo, did you have like the most amazing week ever or what?! The Mark! Anastasia! Princess for Hire! I'm sooo jealous, but I hope you enjoy your fantastic new books! :)

  12. I am soooo looking forward for your review on Dirty Little Secrets.
    It sounds interesting!

  13. I would say that the books dont affect me, but I am feeling the most book envy right now! You got Captivate AND The Mark, wow, I really hope you enjoy them, they both look amazing. Happy Reading Sara :-P

  14. Wow! Great books! I read The Mark and Dirty Little Secrets last week and both are great but The Mark is Amazing! Happy reading!

  15. Okay, The Returners *and* The Mark? Those alone are a pretty amazing IMM in my opinion. Add the rest, and wow! Hope you enjoy them all.

  16. Wow great couple of weeks for you! I see a lot of good-looking books there :)

  17. Wow, you seem to have had great two weeks. Many of these books are on my TBR list, can't wait to read your reviews of them.

    Happy reading!

  18. What a great set of books! Hope you enjoy all of them! Happy reading.

  19. Amazing books this week. Happy reading!

  20. I am waiting for my copy of Dirty Little Secrets. This looks so good. Enjoy all the reading :)

  21. You had a great week! Happy Reading!

  22. Ahh so many cute books (The Mark, Hearts At Stake, Dirty little secrets). Happy Reading.

  23. Weee! Lots of new books! I haven't read any of them but I hope they're all good! :)


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