Friday, May 4, 2012

In My Mailbox (37) + My Poison Pile (1)

I'm still a big supporter of keeping the IMM meme on my blog, so I decided not to change over to another similar meme as I see many bloggers did. I no longer care to comment on the whole issue, but on a completely unrelated note, I've also to add to my IMM post what my reading pile is going to look like for the next four books. I wish I could plan ahead more than four, but in reality I have no idea what I'm going to get next in the mail. I've called this meme My Poison Pile so as to not run the risk of plagiarizing anyone. Anyways, enough rambling.

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.


~Taken at Dusk (Shadow Falls #3) by C.C. Hunter: It's so weird, I bought the first book at the RT convention last year in LA (signed of course), and I've bought both sequels with a B&N giftcard. I don't know just random. I haven't read the second one yet, but I really like this series, so I knew I would have to buy this eventually. I will be reviewing this one.

~Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking #3) by Patrick Ness: I really wish I had bought this before I wen to the LA Time FoB but at least I have it now and don't have to wait for the series to come out. I will be reviewing this one.

~Invincible(Chronicles of Nick #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon: I read the first book in this series and really enjoyed it, but not to the point of wanting to buy the next book in hardcover. Now I'm glad I got it paperback. I will be reviewing this one.

~The Magnolia League (Magnolia League #1) by Katie Crouch: This one hasn't gotten the best reviews, but I must admit I was pulled in by the cover and the premise. Apparently the author doesn't like YA readers though... Oh well, I'll get to it eventually! I may be reviewing this one.

~Yearly Planner: FINALLY! It is helpful to have my phone giving me warnings of when a blog tour post is due, but now I can write down all the posts I think I'm going to get up that week and actually remember! I already have a few dates posted of signings as well. SO HAPPY :)


~Shine (Shade #3) by Jeri Smith-Ready: If you remember a few IMM's ago, I received a paperback copy of Shine in the mail from Simon & Schuster and did a totally lame happy dance. Well, this one came on Wednesday and I did another awkward happy dance. I won this a while ago, like at the end of last year because of the YA tourney. But I surprisingly never forgot that it was coming. I'm happy to say that I have the entire Shade trilogy in hardcover AND signed by the author! This is next on my reading list. Plus, she sent signed swag :) I will be reviewing this one!

~The Right and the Real by Joelle Anthony: Yes, I already won this book from a previous giveaway. But I won a giveaway on the blog LC's Adventures in Libraryland, and when given the choice I decided to get another copy of this and give it away, and have the Auracle swag in the picture above.

~Auracle by Gina Rosati SWAG: This book will be released later this year and it looks amazing, so I was really psyched to get this swag. Another signed bookmark to add to the pile!


~Bad Hair Day (Kate Grable #2) by Carrie Harris: A special thanks Netgalley and Random House!

RELEASE DATE: November 13

Senior year is positively hair-raising.

Kate Grable is geeked out to shadow the county medical examiner as part of her school’s pre-med program. Except when he’s arrested for murder, she’s left with the bodies. And when Kate’s brother Jonah stumbles upon a dead gamer girl, she realizes that the zombie epidemic she cured last fall was only the beginning of the weirdness taking over her town. Someone’s murdering kids—something really hairy. And strong. Possibly with claws.

Is it werewolf awesomeness like Jonah and his dorktastic friends think? Kate’s supposed to be a butt-kicking zombie killing genius...but if she can’t figure out who’s behind the freakish attacks, the victims—or what’s left of them—are going to keep piling up.

It’s scary. It’s twisted. It’s sick. It’s high school.

~Shadowfell (Shadowfell #1) Juliette Marillier: A special thanks Netgalley and Random House!

RELEASE DATE: September 11

Sixteen-year-old Neryn is alone in the land of Alban, where the oppressive king has ordered anyone with magical strengths captured and brought before him. Eager to hide her own canny skill--a uniquely powerful ability to communicate with the fairy-like Good Folk--Neryn sets out for the legendary Shadowfell, a home and training ground for a secret rebel group determined to overthrow the evil King Keldec.

During her dangerous journey, she receives aid from the Good Folk, who tell her she must pass a series of tests in order to recognize her full potential. She also finds help from a handsome young man, Flint, who rescues her from certain death--but whose motives in doing so remain unclear. Neryn struggles to trust her only allies. They both hint that she alone may be the key to Alban's release from Keldec's rule. Homeless, unsure of who to trust, and trapped in an empire determined to crush her, Neryn must make it to Shadowfell not only to save herself, but to save Alban.

~Velveteen (Velveteen #1) by Daniel MarksA special thanks Netgalley and Random House!


Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that's not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it's not a fiery inferno, it's certainly no heaven. It's gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn't leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what's really on her mind.


Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she's figured out just how to do it. She'll haunt him for the rest of his days.
It'll be brutal . . . and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen's obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she's willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can't help herself when it comes to breaking rules . . . or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her. 

~Flutter by Gina Linko: A special thanks Netgalley and Random House!

RELEASE DATE: October 23

My breath came in fits and starts. And I was gone, in a flash, back to the loop. Back to my other…my other me… my other places. My other times.

All Emery Land wants is to be like any other seventeen year old—to go to school, hang out with her friends, and just be normal. But for as long as she can remember, she’s suffered from something akin to seizures. And in recent years they’ve consumed her life. To Emery they're much more than seizures, she calls them loops—moments when she travels through wormholes back and forth in time and to mysterious places. The loops are taking their toll on her physically. So she practically lives in the hospital where her scientist father and an ever-growing team of doctors monitor her every move. Although they don’t believe her claims of time travel, the doctors are extremely interested in the data they collect when Emery seizes – too interested. What is it they think she is capable of? Is she tapping into never-before-used parts of the brain? Is this clairvoyance of some sort? Telepathy? Or something else completely?

When Emery encounters a young boy—a guide of sorts who offers cryptic warnings—she intuitively knows she must decipher his clues to uncover what is really happening to her. Escaping from the hospital, she travels to Esperanza, the town from her loops in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where she meets a guarded and mysterious good Samaritan, Asher Clarke. A series of coincidences draw them together, and Emery quickly realizes that their individual mysteries – their singular secrets -- might not be so separate after all. With time running out for Emery, they must unravel their complicated connection before it's too late.

In her gorgeously crafted page-turning debut, Gina Linko offers readers a stunning blend of science fiction and romance.

~Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan: A special thanks Netgalley and Random House!

RELEASE DATE: September 11

Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?

~Rapture (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate: So excited to read this last book in the Fallen series!!! A special thanks Netgalley and Random House!


The sky is dark with wings . . . .

Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again.

Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen.

For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only one that truly matters.

In the fight for Luce, who will win?

The astonishing conclusion to the FALLEN series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.

~Diva (Flappers #3) by Jillian Larkin: A special thanks Netgalley and Random House!


Parties, bad boys, speakeasies—life in Manhattan has become a woozy blur for Clara Knowles. If Marcus Eastman truly loved her, how could he have fallen for another girl so quickly? Their romance mustn't have been as magical as Clara thought. And if she has to be unhappy, she's going to drag everyone else down to the depths of despair right along with her.

Being a Barnard girl is the stuff of Lorraine Dyer's dreams. Finding out that Marcus is marrying a gold digger who may or may not be named Anastasia? A nightmare. The old Lorraine would have sat by and let the chips fall where they may, but she's grown up a lot these past few months. She can't bear to see Marcus lose a chance for true love. But will anyone listen to her?

Now that the charges against her have been dropped, Gloria Carmody is spending the last dizzying days of summer on Long Island, yachting on the sound and palling around with socialites at Forrest Hamilton's swanky villa. Beneath her smile, though, Gloria's keeping a secret. One that could have deadly consequences . . .

~Touched by Cyn Balog: A special thanks Netgalley and Random House!


Nick Cross always listens to the voice in his head. Because if he doesn't? Things can go really, really wrong. Like the day he decided to go off script and saved a girl from being run over . . . and let another one drown. Trying to change the future doesn't work.

But this summer at the Jersey Shore, something's about to happen that Nick never could have predicted. He meets a girl named Taryn and finds out about the Book of Touch. Now the path that he thought he was on begins to shift . . . and there's no way to stop things from happening. Or is there?

In a life where there are no surprises, nothing has prepared Nick for what he's about to discover--or the choice he will be forced to make. . . .

~Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle: A special thanks Netgalley and Random House!


Miranda has Shakespeare in her blood: she hopes one day to become a Shakespearean actor like her famous parents. At least, she does until her disastrous performance in her school's staging of The Taming of the Shrew. Humiliated, Miranda skips the opening-night party. All she wants to do is hide.

Fellow cast member, Stephen Langford, has other plans for Miranda. When he steps out of the backstage shadows and asks if she'd like to meet Shakespeare, Miranda thinks he's a total nutcase. But before she can object, Stephen whisks her back to 16th century England—the world Stephen's really from. He wants Miranda use her acting talents and modern-day charms on the young Will Shakespeare. Without her help, Stephen claims, the world will lost its greatest playwright.

Miranda isn't convinced she's the girl for the job. Why would Shakespeare care about her? And just who is this infuriating time traveler, Stephen Langford? Reluctantly, she agrees to help, knowing that it's her only chance of getting back to the present and her "real" life. What Miranda doesn't bargain for is finding true love . . . with no acting required.

~Intentions by Deborah Heiligman: A special thanks Netgalley and Random House!

RELEASE DATE: August 14th

Rachel thought she was grown up enough to accept that no one is perfect. Her parents argue, her grandmother has been acting strangely, and her best friend doesn’t want to talk to her. But none of that could have prepared her for what she overheard in her synagogue’s sanctuary.

Now Rachel’s trust in the people she loves is shattered, and her newfound cynicism leads to reckless rebellion. Her friends and family hardly recognize her, and worse, she can hardly recognize herself. But how can the adults in her life lecture her about acting with kevanah, intention, when they are constantly making such horribly wrong decisions themselves? This is a witty, honest account of navigating the daunting line between losing innocence and entering adulthood—all while figuring out who you really want to be.

~Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson: A special thanks Netgalley and Random House!


Four girls. One magical, and possibly dangerous Italian summer. Family mysteries, ancient castles, long hot nights of dancing under the stars . . . and, of course, plenty of gorgeous Italian boys!

~Timepiece (Hourglass #2) by Myra McEntire: A special thanks Netgalley and Egmont!


A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking...

Kaleb Ballard's relentless flirting is interrupted when Jack Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, timeslips in and attacks before disappearing just as quickly. But Kaleb has never before been able to see time travelers, unlike many of his friends associated with the mysterious Hourglass organization. Are Kaleb's powers expanding, or is something very wrong?

Then the Hourglass is issued an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he's stolen on the time gene, or time will be altered with devastating results.

Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Jack. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough...

The follow-up to Hourglass, Timepiece blends the paranormal, science fiction, mystery, and suspense genres into a nonstop thrill ride where every second counts.

~Silver by Talia Vance: A special thanks Netgalley and Flux!

RELEASE DATE:  September 8

Beauty is pointless when no one's looking.

Brianna Paxton has been invisible to guys since the eighth grade. She’s pretty enough, it’s just that no one bothers to look. There’s almost nothing that can’t be explained with science, and Brianna has a theory: she’s missing the pheromone that attracts people to one another. Brianna’s theory is shot to hell in one frozen, silver moment, when time stops and Blake Williams not only sees her, he recognizes something inside her that she’s been hiding from even herself.

Before Brianna fully understands who and what she is, she accidentally binds her soul to Blake. Forced to find a way to reconcile forbidden love and her bloody heritage, Brianna discovers that there's nothing pointless about her, and Blake may be in the most danger of all.

~Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey & Rosemary Edghill: A special thanks Netgalley and Bloomsbury!


Jett is a girl disguised as a boy, living as a gambler in the old West as she searches for her long-lost brother. Honoria Gibbons is a smart, self-sufficient young woman who also happens to be a fabulous inventor. Both young women travel the prairie alone – until they are brought together by a zombie invasion! As Jett and Honoria investigate, they soon learn that these zombies aren’t rising from the dead of their own accord … but who would want an undead army? And why? This gunslinging, hair-raising, zombie western mashup is perfect for fans of Cowboys vs. Aliens and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies.
~Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman: A special thanks Netgalley and Bloomsbury!


A shocking, ambitious mystery full of twists and turns from the globally embraced author of Between.
Rachel and Alice are an extremely rare kind of identical twins—so identical that even their aunt and uncle, whom they've lived with since their parents passed away, can't tell them apart. But the sisters are connected in a way that goes well beyond their surfaces: when one experiences pain, the other exhibits the exact same signs of distress. So when one twin mysteriously disappears, the other immediately knows something is wrong-especially when she starts experiencing serious physical traumas, despite the fact that nobody has touched her. As the search commences to find her sister, the twin left behind must rely on their intense bond to uncover the truth. But is there anyone around her she can trust, when everyone could be a suspect? And ultimately, can she even trust herself?

Master storyteller Jessica Warman will keep readers guessing when everything they see-and everything they are told-suddenly becomes unreliable in this page-turning literary thriller.

~One Moment by Kristina McBride: A special thanks Netgalley and Egmont!


This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.

Maggie Reynolds remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party the night before. She remembers climbing the trail hand in hand with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can’t she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below—dead?

As Maggie’s memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?

~Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Mass: A special thanks Netgalley and Bloomsbury!


After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Phew! That took me so long I don't even want to think about it! I'll just get my quick list of my next four TBR books up here.

1. Defy (Firstborn #1) by Raine Thomas: I'm reading this for a blog tour and my post goes up next week, so look for that! I haven't read the other books in the companion series, but I will eventually as the author offered those for review as well.

2. Shine (Shade #3) by Jeri Smith-Ready: FINALLY I'm going to have time to read this. I kind of overbooked myself with blog tours once I figured out how awesome it is being on blog tours, so I'll have time in the next couple weeks after the Defy tour to read whatever I want.

3. Once (Eve #2) by Anna Carey: Anna gave me a signed ARC and I've been wanting to read it so badly. But again, I overbooked myself with blog tours, and I want to read Shine more than I want to read Once. But I'm so excited to read this!

4. Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers: I got this signed by her a couple weeks ago and I've heard only amazing things about it. It's really long, so it really depends on how far I get with my other reading on whether I read this first or my next blog tour book.

Well that's my lot this week! What did you guys get in your mailbox? What are you reading next? Let me know in the comments!


  1. Wowza! You have a lot of books to review! Hope You enjoy them!

    My IMM
    Eden's Root Giveaway!

  2. wow what a crazy book haul you had this week. i really need to read the shade series now that shine is popping up everywhere. that's cool that you have signed copies of the whole series now.

    i personally didn't love magnolia society. i think the first half was much better than the second. but i would be interested to hear what you think.



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