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Sunday, January 10, 2010

In My Mailbox (16)

IMM is hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren!

I received lots of great books this week! About half of them are Tenner books and 2010 sequels, but there are some older 2009 books mixed in as well.

All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab (Delacorte, 1/12/10)
Carly: She was sweet. Smart. Self-destructive. She knew the secrets of Brighton Day School’s most privileged students. Secrets that got her killed.

Neily: Dumped by Carly for a notorious bad boy, Neily didn’t answer the phone call she made before she died. If he had, maybe he could have helped her. Now he can’t get the image of her lifeless body out of his mind.
Audrey: She’s the reason Carly got tangled up with Brighton’s fast crowd in the first place, and now she regrets it—especially since she’s convinced the police have put the wrong person in jail. Audrey thinks the murderer is someone at Brighton, and she wants Neily to help her find out who it is.
As reluctant allies Neily and Audrey dig into their shared past with Carly, her involvement with Brighton’s dark goings-on comes to light. But figuring out how Carly and her killer fit into the twisted drama will force Audrey and Neily to face hard truths about themselves and the girl they couldn’t save.

Vintage Veronica by Erica S. Perl (Knopf, 3/9/10)

The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan (Delacorte, 3/9/10)
Gabry lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves.

Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus (EgmontUSA, 7/13/10)
Since her sister’s mysterious death, Persephone “Phe” Archer has been plagued by a series of disturbing dreams. Determined to find out what happened to her sister, Phe enrolls at Devenish Prep in Shadow Hills, Massachusetts—the subject of her sister’s final diary entry.

After stepping on campus, Phe immediately realizes that there’s something different about this place—an unexplained epidemic that decimated the town in the 1700s, an ancient and creepy cemetery, and gorgeous boy Zach—and somehow she’s connected to it all.
But the more questions she asks and the deeper she digs, the more entangled Phe becomes in the haunting past of Shadow Hills. Finding what links her to this town…might cost her her life.

Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (EgmontUSA, 6/8/10)
After a rogue wolf kills her parents right before her eyes, Bryn is taken in by Callum, Alpha of his pack, and raised as a human among werewolves. Now fifteen, Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social heirarchy that controls it. That doesn't mean she isn't willing to break a rule or two. 

But when her curiosity gets the best of her, she discovers Chase, anew teen Were, locked in a cage in her gaurdians's basemant. As she witnesses him turn into a wolf before her eyes, the horrific memories of her parents' murders retur. Bryn becomes obsessed with getting answeres about what happened to her parents, and Chase is the only one who can provide the information she needs.
Bryn and Chase begin to form a bond stronger than pack ties and to threaten the entire heierachy that controls werewolf life. Will the shocking secrets that Bryn discovers about the pack force her to leave behind the only home she's ever known?
Much more than a paranormal novel, Raised by Wolves grounded in the behaviors and social structure of wolf packs, is both a chilling and literary novel and a brand-new take on an age-old legend.

The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy (EgmontUSA, 4/13/10)
When the Prom Queen becomes your fairy godmother…

Sixteen year old outsider, Jess Parker, gets the chance of a lifetime: an invitation to join a secret society of popular girls dedicated to defeating the mean girls of the world. The Cinderella Society guides all new recruits through its top secret ultimate life makeover. It’s all part of preparing them to face down the Wickeds and win. Determined not to let the Cindys down, Jess dives in with a passion. Finally, a chance to belong and show the world what she’s made of.
… be careful what you wish for.
Jess’s transformation wins her the heart of her dream crush and a shot at uber-popularity. Until the Wickeds–led by Jess’s arch enemy–begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers the real force behind her exclusive society. It’s a high stakes battle of good vs. evil, and the Cindys in power need Jess on special assignment. When the mission threatens to destroy her dream life come true, Jess is forced to choose between living a fairy tale and honoring the Sisterhood… and herself.
What’s a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn’t want to wear it anymore?

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken (EgmontUSA, 3/23/10)
Sydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever. Tucked away in the farthest reaches of the kingdom, her dusty village has suffered under the weight of a strangely persistent drought. That is, of course, until a wizard wanders into town and brings the rain with him.

In return for this gift, Wayland North is offered any reward he desires—and no one is more surprised than Sydelle when, without any explanation, he chooses her. Taken from her home, Sydelle hardly needs encouragement to find reasons to dislike North. He drinks too much and bathes too little, and if that isn’t enough to drive her to madness, North rarely even uses the magic he takes such pride in possessing. Yet, it’s not long before she realizes there’s something strange about the wizard, who is as fiercely protective of her as he is secretive about a curse that turns his limbs a sinister shade of black and leaves him breathless with agony. Unfortunately, there is never a chance for her to seek answers.
Along with the strangely powerful quakes and storms that trace their path across the kingdom, other wizards begin to take an inexplicable interest in her as well, resulting in a series of deadly duels. Against a backdrop of war and uncertainty, Sydelle is faced with the growing awareness that these events aren’t as random as she had believed—that no curse, not even that of Wayland North, is quite as terrible as the one she herself may carry.\

Going Bovine by Libba Bray (out now)
Cameron Smith, 16, is slumming through high school, overshadowed by a sister “pre-majoring in perfection,” while working (ineptly) at the Buddha Burger. Then something happens to make him the focus of his family's attention: he contracts mad cow disease. What takes place after he is hospitalized is either that a gorgeous angel persuades him to search for a cure that will also save the world, or that he has a vivid hallucination brought on by the disease. Either way, what readers have is an absurdist comedy in which Cameron, Gonzo (a neurotic dwarf) and Balder (a Norse god cursed to appear as a yard gnome) go on a quixotic road trip during which they learn about string theory, wormholes and true love en route to Disney World. Bray's surreal humor may surprise fans of her historical fantasies about Gemma Doyle, as she trains her satirical eye on modern education, American materialism and religious cults (the smoothie-drinking members of the Church of Everlasting Satisfaction and Snack 'N' Bowl). Offer this to fans of Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy seeking more inspired lunacy.

Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley (out now)
 Sometimes a good-bye is just the beginning…
When Emily Carson’s parents die in a plane crash, she’s left with nothing but her mother’s last words scrawled in lipstick on a tray table: “Emily, please forgive me.”
Now it’s fall and Emily moves to New York City— where she attracts the attention of two very different boys: the cute, popular Owen, and her quirky chemistry partner, Anthony. With the help of some surprising new friends, Emily must choose between the boy who helps her forget and the one who encourages her to remember, and ultimately heal.
Debut author Jennifer Jabaley has written a wonderful, feel-good romantic comedy with real emotional depth. Full of lovably wacky characters, Lipstick Apology is a heartwarming story about the true meaning of forgiveness.

Ice by Sarah Beth Durst (out now)
When Cassie was a little girl, her grandmother told her a fairy tale about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was swept away to the ends of the earth. Now that Cassie is older, she knows the story was a nice way of saying her mother had died. Cassie lives with her father at an Arctic research station, is determined to become a scientist, and has no time for make-believe.

Then, on her eighteenth birthday, Cassie comes face-to-face with a polar bear who speaks to her. He tells her that her mother is alive, imprisoned at the ends of the earth. And he can bring her back -- if Cassie will agree to be his bride.
That is the beginning of Cassie's own real-life fairy tale, one that sends her on an unbelievable journey across the brutal Arctic, through the Canadian boreal forest, and on the back of the North Wind to the land east of the sun and west of the moon. Before it is over, the world she knows will be swept away, and everything she holds dear will be taken from her -- until she discovers the true meaning of love and family in the magical realm of Ice.

The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore (out now)
Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can’t dance. A broken leg ended her career, but Sylvie’s pain runs deeper. What broke her heart was her father’s death, and what’s breaking her spirit is her mother’s remarriage—a union that’s only driven an even deeper wedge into their already tenuous relationship.

Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment and shipping her to Alabama is her mother’s solution for Sylvie’s unhappiness. Her father’s cousin is restoring a family home in a town rich with her family’s history. And that’s where things start to get shady. As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can’t stop thinking about. Shawn Maddox, the resident golden boy, seems to be perfect in every way. But Rhys—a handsome, mysterious foreign guest of her cousin’s—has a hold on her that she doesn’t quite understand.
Then she starts seeing things. Sylvie’s lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?

(Re)Cycler by Lauren McLaughlin (out now)
How do you grow up, if who you are keeps changing?

Jill McTeague is not your average high school graduate, she’s a scientific anomaly. Every month for four days she turns into Jack, a guy—complete with all the parts. Now everyone in her hometown knows that something very weird is up with her. So what’s a girl (and a guy) to do? Get the heck out of town, that’s what! With her kooky best friend, Ramie, Jill sets out for New York City. There both she and Jack will have to figure out everything from the usual (relationships) to the not so usual (career options for a “cycler,” anyone?).

Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd (out now)
Holly’s story will leave a lasting impression on all who travel with her.

Memories of mum are the only thing that make Holly Hogan happy. She hates her foster family with their too-nice ways and their false sympathy. And she hates her life, her stupid school, and the way everyone is always on at her. Then she finds the wig, and everything changes. Wearing the long, flowing blond locks she feels transformed. She’s not Holly anymore, she’s Solace: the girl with the slinkster walk and the supersharp talk. She’s older, more confident—the kind of girl who can walk right out of her humdrum life, hitch to Ireland, and find her mum. The kind of girl who can face the world head-on. So begins a bittersweet and sometimes hilarious journey as Solace swaggers and Holly tiptoes across England and through memory, discovering her true self and unlocking the secrets of her past.

A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper (out now)
“There’s a fine line between gossip and history, when one is talking about kings.”

Sophie Fitzosborne lives in a crumbling castle in the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray with her eccentric and impoverished royal family. When she receives a journal for her sixteenth birthday, Sophie decides to chronicle day-to-day life on the island. But this is 1936, and the news that trickles in from the mainland reveals a world on the brink of war. The politics of Europe seem far away from their remote island—until two German officers land a boat on Montmaray. And then suddenly politics become very personal indeed.
A Brief History of Montmaray is a heart-stopping tale of loyalty, love, and loss, and of fighting to hold on to home when the world is exploding all around you.

The Indigo Notebook by Laura Resau (out now)
Zeeta's life with her free-spirited mother, Layla, is anything but normal. Every year Layla picks another country she wants to live in. This summer they’re in Ecuador, and Zeeta is determined to convince her mother to settle down. Zeeta makes friends with vendors at the town market and begs them to think of upstanding, “normal” men to set up with Layla. There, Zeeta meets Wendell. She learns that he was born nearby, but adopted by an American family. His one wish is to find his birth parents, and Zeeta agrees to help him. But when Wendell’s biological father turns out to be involved in something very dangerous, Zeeta wonders whether she’ll ever get the chance to tell her mom how she really feels—or to enjoy her deepening feelings for Wendell.

Quatrain by Sharon Shinn (out now)
A collection of short stories set in the various worlds of Sharon Shinn's novels.

I also received some beautiful TAKEN BY STORM and SING ME TO SLEEP bookmarks from Angela Morrison! I think I'll give a few away in my 400 Follower Contest!


  1. So lucky! I really wanna read Shadow Hills and Brightly Woven! Enjoy!


  2. I am soooooo jealous that you got Shadow Hills!! Everything else looks great. Happy reading! :)

  3. I've been meaning to read Going Bovine, but haven't gotten the chance.
    And I am SO SO excited to read All Unique Things. It just looks amazing.

  4. Oh, wow! *Goes green with envy*
    There's quite a lot this week. I hope you enjoy them all! I can't wait for your review on The Dead-Tossed Waves. :D

  5. The Cinderella Society, Dead-Tossed Waves, Splendour Falls, Lipstick Apology?! OMG, I want to read these too! Hope you enjoy all your new books! :)

  6. Wow! Such fun books! Happy reading! :)

  7. Wow, awesome books you got there!
    enjoy reading them.

  8. I really want to read Cinderella Society and The Indigo Notebook. Enjoy these amazing books!

  9. got some wicked books this week!!! happy reading :-)

  10. Lol, wish I could steal your mailbox!

    You did have an amazing week! I can't wait to see all the reviews :D

  11. OMG I want your mailbox!! lol You got some awesome tenner books!!

  12. Oooh, so many great books! I hope you enjoy them all. :)

  13. WHOA! What an amazing mailbox, I'm jealous! Can't wait to read your reviews!
    Happy Reading!

  14. WOW! What a fabulous collection. I am especially intrigued by All Unquiet Things.

    My post is here: When the Apocalypse Comes Nobody's Going to Be Punctuating

  15. Awesome. I loved LOVED Ice! And I'm so excited to read Brightly Woven. Hope you enjoy!

  16. Yay! You got Shadow Hills! I'll have someone to talk to about it and Brightly Woven is excellent!! I cannot wait for The Dead-Tossed Wavesssss! Enjoy ;D

    And about Kate Forsyth, it will be my first read of a book by her but I'm still interested in whatever you have!! I've heard wonders about her work!


  17. Wow! What a great book haul! Happy reading!

  18. Sooo jealous about Dead-Tossed Waves and Shadow Hills!! :) Great haul! I have All Unquiet Things preordered for my Kindle so I will be reading it next week. Happy reading!

  19. So many beautiful books I cant wait to read - I cant wait to hear your reviews of them all to see which ones I want to get first since I know I want to read them all LOL!

  20. What a awesome group of books!!! Ice, Splendor Falls, and Shadow Hills alone would make my week, but all those other books add to the awesomeness!!! Happy Reading!!!

  21. I'm particularly interested in what you think of (re)cycler, I haven't read the first book yet but I want to know if I should commit to this series =)
    enjoy your books!

  22. You got some great books this week! I really want All Unquiet Things...the cover is so cool!

    Here's what I got this week:

    Take care! :D

  23. The Strand surpassed my expecations-seriously, I'm SO glad I went there :) I hope Perfect Chemistry will rock my socks off! Everyone keeps saying, "READ IT IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY!" So I will ;)

    BW and SMTS look excellent. I can't wait to start them!

  24. Awesome books, so jealous! I can't wait for Shadow Hills, Brightly Woven, and Dead-tossed waves. Happy reading, and I'll be looking forward to your reviews! :)

  25. Great books you got this week. Going Bovine sounds like such a good book. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

  26. Excited to hear what you think of my book, VINTAGE VERONICA. I see the cover but the review seems to be hiding... or maybe it is just my browser, hmmm...

  27. Oh, oh, ohhhh! Where on earth do you fit all of your books?? Awesome haul, I am so looking forward to reading your reviews on them!

  28. You got many nice book. Please review ICE when you've finished reading it. I'm dying to know if it's as brilliant as it seems.


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