Wednesday, January 18, 2012

In My Mailbox (23)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren, where you create a post of the books you either received in the mail, bought at a bookstore, or borrowed from the library.


NOTE: If you're unfamiliar with how I do things with my IMM, I basically give a little back story to the books I have pictured. Also, if there are ARC's, I'll give a synopsis and date published.


BOUGHT

~Deadly Cool (Deadly Cool #1) by Gemma Halliday: I've been hearing some pretty amazing things about this series, and since it's in paperback I thought I'd give it a try! Sounds like a YA murder-mystery, maybe? I will be reviewing this one.

~Winter's Kiss by Jennifer Echols and Catherine Hapka: I love Jennifer Echol's work, and one of the reasons I bought this is because I like to read one winter-themed contemporary per year. As much as I read paranormal, it's during the winter season that I feel the pull towards contemporary. I may be reviewing this one.

~Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey: This one just sounded really interesting, and I still have a 50% off at Barnes and Noble, and so I used it! And, really, it was the cover that was calling to me. I may be reviewing this one.

~Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead: I LOVED Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series, and while Sydney wasn't my favorite, I'm interested to see what happens to her. I also hear that some of the hotter male characters from Vampire Academy make an appearance in this one, so that's my motivation. I will be reviewing this one.

GIFTED/WON

So I've been featuring the books pictured below through different IMM's, but now I've just gotten them all for my 21st birthday!


From top to bottom:

The Iron Queen & The Iron Knight (Iron Fey #3, 4) by Julie Kagawa


Also from my parents, I got a $25 Amazon gift card! They must love me!


~Tempest (Tempest #1) by Julie Cross: This is actually an audiobook that I won from Tiffany over at For Those About to Read! I have very little experience with audio books, but to be honest, it'll be a good companion for me on those long drives to book signings when I can't get my boyfriend to come. Also, I've really been looking forward to this one. I will be reviewing the paper version of this for certain, and I'll let you know about my progress with the audio book.

FOR REVIEW



~Above World (Above World #1) by Jenn Reese: A special thanks to Candlewick Press and NetGalley.

PUBLICATION DATE: February 14th

A suspenseful sci-fi escapade plucks two children out of the ocean for a thrilling adventure.

Thirteen-year-old Aluna has lived her entire life under the ocean with the Coral Kampii in the City of Shifting Tides. But after centuries spent hidden from the Above World, her colony's survival is at risk. The Kampii's breathing necklaces are failing, but the elders are unwilling to venture above water to seek answers. Only headstrong Aluna and her friend Hoku are stubborn and bold enough to face the terrors of land to search for way to save their people. But can Aluna's fierce determination and fighting skills and Hoku's tech-savvy keep them safe? Set in a world where overcrowding has led humans to adapt - growing tails to live under the ocean or wings to live on mountains - here is a ride through a future where greed and cruelty have gone unchecked, but the loyalty of friends remains true.


~The Obsidian Blade (Klaatu Diskos #1) by Pete Hautman: A special thanks to Candlewick Press and NetGalley.

PUBLICATION DATE: April 10th

Kicking off a riveting sci-fi trilogy, National Book Award winner Pete Hautman plunges us into a world where time is a tool - and the question is, who will control it?

The first time his father disappeared, Tucker Feye had just turned thirteen. The Reverend Feye simply climbed on the roof to fix a shingle, let out a scream, and vanished - only to walk up the driveway an hour later, looking older and worn, with a strange girl named Lahlia in tow. In the months that followed, Tucker watched his father grow distant and his once loving mother slide into madness. But then both of his parents disappear. Now in the care of his wild Uncle Kosh, Tucker begins to suspect that the disks of shimmering air he keeps seeing - one right on top of the roof - hold the answer to restoring his family. And when he dares to step into one, he's launched on a time-twisting journey
- from a small Midwestern town to a futuristic hospital run by digitally augmented healers, from the death of an ancient prophet to a forest at the end of time. Inevitably, Tucker's actions alter the past and future, changing his world forever.


~The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina: A special thanks to Candlewick Press and NetGalley.

PUBLICATION DATE: March 13th

Sonia's entire village believes she has a gift, but it's only in leaving home that she finds out who she truly is. A compelling tale from a rich new voice in young adult fiction.

Sixteen-year-old Sonia Ocampo was born on the night of the worst storm Tres Montes had ever seen. And when the winds mercifully stopped, an unshakable belief in the girl's protective powers began. All her life, Sonia has been asked to pray for sick mothers or missing sons, as worried parents and friends press silver milagros in her hands. Sonia knows she has no special powers, but how can she disappoint those who look to her for solace? Still, her conscience is heavy, so when she gets a chance to travel to the city and work in the home of a wealthy woman, she seizes it. At first, Sonia feels freedom in being treated like all the other girls. But when news arrives that her beloved brother has disappeared while looking for work, she learns to her sorrow that she can never truly leave the past or her family behind. With deeply realized characters, a keen sense of place, a hint of magical realism, and a flush of young romance, Meg Medina tells the tale of a strongwilled, warmhearted girl who dares to face life's harsh truths as she finds her real power.


~Another Jekyll Another Hyde (Another #3) by Daniel and Dina Nayeri: A special thanks to Candlewick Press and NetGalley.

PUBLICATION DATE: March 13th
An elusive stalker is targeting Marlowe kids - and something unearthly has gotten into its wealthiest
student - as the Another series builds up to a fiendish finale.

When his billionaire father marries French governess Nicola Vileroy, high society is all abuzz - but Thomas, the most popular student at Marlowe, is just plain high. Ever since his girlfriend Belle dumped him, he's been spending less time with old friends and more time getting wasted at clubs. But after someone slips him a designer drug one night - and his stepmother seems to know way too much about his private life - things really start to get scary. As Thomas's blackouts give way to a sinister voice inside his head, and as news of a vicious hate crime has students on edge, Thomas comes to the sickening realization that Madame Vileroy has involved him in a horrifying supernatural plan. How can he muster the strength and will to stop it? The pulse-quickening climax revisits Jekyll and Hyde as a current-day cautionary tale laced with a heady dose of paranormal intrigue.


~Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott: A special thanks to Walker Books and NetGalley.

PUBLICATION DATE: July 7th

A powerful tale of magic, love and revenge with a strong female lead set in fairy-tale Japan; this is "Cinderella" meets "Memoirs of a Geisha". Trained in the magical art of shadow-weaving, sixteen-year-old Suzume is able to recreate herself in any form - a fabulous gift for a girl desperate to escape her past. But who is she really? Is she a girl of noble birth living under the tyranny of her mother's new husband, Lord Terayama, or a lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama's kitchens, or Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Lands? Whatever her true identity, Suzume is destined to capture the heart of a prince - and determined to use his power to destroy Terayama. And nothing will stop her, not even love. The author's debut novel, "The Swan Kingdom", sold over 20,000 copies worldwide. It was chosen as a USBBY Outstanding International Book and was longlisted for the Branford Boase Award. Zoe also recently won a writing grant from the Royal Literary Fund. It is supported by a major marketing and press campaign, including book proof and Ebook for early adopters, author events and dedicated online activity. "Shadows on the Moon" has already won the prestigious Sasakawa prize, an award gifted by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation for outstanding contributions to the promotion of understanding and cooperation between people of Japan and the UK.


~Diabolical (Tantalize #4) by Cynthia Leitich Smith: A special thanks to Candlewick Press and NetGalley.

PUBLICATION DATE: February 14th

Prepare for a hell of a ride as Cynthia Leitich Smith calls on characters from her previous novels - and conjures up new ones - for a climactic showdown.

When "slipped" angel Zachary and his werewolf pal, Kieren, arrive under suspicious circumstances to a mysterious New England boarding school, they quickly find themselves in a hellish lockdown with an intriguing assortment of secretive, hand-picked students. Plagued by demon dogs, hallucinatory wall décor, a sadistic instructor, and a legendary fire-breathing monster, will they somehow manage to escape? Or will the devil have his due? Best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith unites heroes from the previous three novels in the Tantalize Series - including Zachary's girl, Miranda, and Kieren's love, Quincie - along with a fascinating cast of all-new characters for a suspenseful, action-packed clash between the forces of heaven and hell.


~Red Heart Tattoo by Lurlene McDaniel: A special thanks to Delacorte Books for Young Readers and NetGalley.

PUBLICATION DATE: July 24th

At 7:45 a.m. on the day before Thanksgiving break, a bomb goes off at Edison High. Nine people die instantly. Fifteen are critically injured. Twenty-two suffer less severe injuries. And one is blinded. Those who survive, struggle to cope with the loss and destruction. All must find new meaning for their lives as a result of something they may never understand.

Lurlene McDaniel's signature expertise and finesse in dealing with issues of violence, death, and physical as well as emotional trauma in the lives of teens is immediate and heartrending.


~The Nightmare Garden (Iron Codex #2) by Caitlin Kittredge: A special thanks to Delacorte Books for Young Reader's and NetGalley.

PUBLICATION DATE: February 14th

Everything Aoife thought she knew about the world was a lie. There is no Necrovirus. And Aoife isn't going to succumb to madness because of a latent strain—she will lose her faculties because she is allergic to iron. Aoife isn't human. She is a changeling—half human and half from the land of Thorn. And time is running out for her.

When Aoife destroyed the Lovecraft engine she released the monsters from the Thorn Lands into the Iron Lands and now she must find a way to seal the gates and reverse the destruction she's ravaged on the world that's about to poison her.


~Starters (Starters #1) by Lissa Price: A special thanks to Delacorte Books for Young Readers and NetGalley.

PUBLICATION DATE: March 13th

HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .


~Spellcaster (Spellbound #2) by Cara Lynn Shultz: A special thanks to Harlequin Teen and NetGalley.

PUBLICATION DATE: March 27th

Finding your eternal soulmate - easy.

Stopping a true-love-hungry evil - not so much…

After breaking a centuries-old romantic curse, Emma Connor is (almost) glad to get back to normal problems. Although...it's not easy dealing with the jealous cliques and gossip that rule her exclusive Upper East Side prep, even for a sixteen-year-old newbie witch. Having the most-wanted boy in school as her eternal soul mate sure helps ease the pain-especially since wealthy, rocker-hot Brendan Salinger is very good at staying irresistibly close....

But something dark and hungry is using Emma and Brendan's deepest fears to reveal damaging secrets and destroy their trust in each other. And Emma's crash course in über-spells may not be enough to keep them safe…or to stop an inhuman force bent on making their unsuspected power its own.



~Seraphina by Rachel Hartman: A special thanks to Random House and NetGalley.

 PUBLICATION DATE: MAY 8th

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina's tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they've turned the final page.


 ~Dust Girl (The American Fairy Trilogy #1) by Sarah Zettel: A special thanks to Random House and NetGalley.

PUBLICATION DATE: June 26th

This new trilogy will capture the hearts of readers who adore Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle series. Callie LeRoux lives in Slow Run, Kansas, helping her mother run their small hotel and trying not to think about the father she's never met. Lately all of her energy is spent battling the constant storms plaguing the Dust Bowl and their effects on her health. Callie is left alone, when her mother goes missing in a dust storm. Her only hope comes from a mysterious man offering a few clues about her destiny and the path she must take to find her parents in "the golden hills of the west" (California). Along the way she meets Jack a young hobo boy who is happy to keep her company—there are dangerous, desperate people at every turn. And there's also an otherworldly threat to Callie. Warring fae factions, attached to the creative communities of American society, are very aware of the role this half-mortal, half-fae teenage girl plays in their fate.


~Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould: A special thanks to Delacorte Books for Young Readers and NetGalley.

PUBLICATION DATE: March 13th

Venice, 1585.
When 16-year-old Laura della Scala learns that her older sister, Beatrice, has drowned, she is given no time to grieve. Instead, Laura's father removes her from the convent where he forcibly sent her years earlier and orders her to marry Beatrice's fiancé, a repulsive old merchant named Vincenzo. Panicked, Laura betrays a powerful man to earn her way into the Segreta, a shadowy society of women who deal in only one currency—secrets. The Segreta seems like the answer to Laura's prayers. The day after she joins their ranks, Vincenzo is publicly humiliated and conveniently exiled. Soon, however, Laura begins to suspect that her sister's death was not a tragic accident but a cold-blooded murder—one that might involve the Segreta and the women she has come to trust.


~Lies Beneath (Lies Beneath #1) by Anne Greenwood Brown: A special thanks to Delacorte Press and NetGalley.

PUBLICATION DATE: June 12th

Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother's death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family's homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistable good looks and charm on ususpecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there's more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.

What did you get in your mailbox this week? Leave me a link in the comments section!

9 comments:

  1. SO MANY BOOKS! Omg you'll never be able to read them all!!!

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

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  2. Nice amount of books! I just baught Deadly Cool today and can't wait to read it! I hear it's a murder-mystery type thing but its also funny, which is why I baught it ^.^

    Angela @ TheLittelBluePig

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  3. Holy crap. Now THAT is one of the most awesome IMM hauls I've ever seen. D: Enjoy them all!

    My IMM this week

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  4. Great set! Yay Bloodlines. Congrats on getting all those fab books.
    My IMM

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  5. Good golly!!! So many great books!! Happy 21st birthday!!!!!! You totally scored! ENJOY!!!! I'm a new GFC. How are you liking Entwined?

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wish! :) I'm about 40 pages into Entwined, and so far I'm liking it. I just read the original tale too, and there's a lot of room to work with.

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  6. Ohh cannot wait to read Lies Beneath!! So jealous :). Shatter Me is absolutely AMAZING. Oh and Happy Birthday!

    Enjoy your big big haul! New follower :)

    Meghan at Books and a Cup of Tea

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  7. Great haul!! So manygreat books that I want to read!

    Here's my IMM: http://underthecovers-ja.blogspot.com/2012/01/in-my-mailbox-3.html

    Happy reading!

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