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Sunday, September 26, 2010

In My Mailbox: September 26th 2010


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*For Review*

Secondhand CharmSECONDHAND CHARM BY JULIE BERRY 
Hardcover: 352 pages 
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (October 12, 2010)
In a secluded village, magic sparkles on the edges of the forest. There, a young girl named Evie possesses unusually strong powers as a healer. A gypsy's charms—no more than trinkets when worn by others—are remarkably potent when Evie ties them around her neck. Her talents, and charms, have not escaped the notice of the shy stonemason's apprentice. But Evie wants more than a quiet village and the boy next-door. When the young king's carriage arrives one day, and his footman has fallen ill, Evie might just get her chance after all . . .

Berry's debut novel garnered glowing reviews and strong sales—and now she's done it again with a beautifully woven tale to keep all readers, young and old, absolutely charmed.

Two Moon Princess TWO MOON PRINCESS BY CARMEN FERREIRO-ESTEBAN 
Paperback: 324 pages 
Publisher: Tanglewood Press (June 16, 2010)
In this coming-of-age story set in a medieval kingdom, Andrea is a headstrong princess longing to be a knight who finds her way to modern-day California. But her accidental return to her family's kingdom and a disastrous romance brings war, along with her discovery of some dark family secrets. Readers will love this mix of traditional fantasy elements with unique twists and will identify with Andrea and her difficult choices between duty and desire. 

When seventeen-year-old Jane Taylor witnessed her father's death, something happened to her. Ever since, her thoughts have been consumed by death, going so far as to foresee the ever-changing deaths of those around her. Sixteen-year-old Emily Taylor resented her sister's closeness with their father, who died when she was six. With the strange ability to read minds, she drowns the voices out with drugs, sending Jane over the edge. When seventeen-year-old Wes Green was adopted, he moved in next door to Jane, finding in her a childhood friend turned high-school crush. All summer, the pain in his bones seemed unwarranted. He was done growing long ago. When senior year starts, however, the pain only gets worse. The foreseen changes are not expected, and far too animal for his taste. When Max Gordon found himself standing above the dying body of an innocent seven-year-old girl, he saw in her eyes something he hadn't seen in the century he'd spent roaming Earth. Her father was already dead, but there was hope to save her. Jane was her name, and already she was all he ever wanted. It was his job to bring her back, and it was his job to protect her - the biggest mistake of his life. When these four teens enter Glenwood High their senior year, no one but Max could understand the future ahead of them. Drawn together by blood and friendship, they each hide a dark secret that will soon bind them together. Max has to protect Jane, Jane wants to be normal, Wes wants Jane to love him, and Emily just wants the voices to stop... But their fate just wants them dead. 

New characters, New world, but old enemies. Emily struggles to ignore a new friend with emotions that temp her, Wes delves deeper into his past and family while finding friendship isn't reserved for the human race alone, Jane finds out her dear Max isn't what he seems, Gregs friendships cost him more than he expected, and Max forgets that the truth is best. But then again, someone always has to be the liar...
Emotional baggage, begrudged enemies, and the bitterness that comes when the honeymoon of their friendship fades... 

Will the love survive, or as it all just a game?

The Emerald Talisman (Volume 1) THE EMERALD TALISMAN BY BRENDA PANDOS
Obsidian Mountain Publishing (March 24, 2010)
To be normal, sixteen-year-old Julia Parker would shed her empathic gift in a second. Life has been difficult since her mother's mysterious disappearance ten years earlier - an event she witnessed, but can't remember. Julia's situation becomes more complicated after a near death experience from a blood thirsty stalker. As high school students go missing it is clear there is a connection to her own experience--past and present. Someone has to stop the madness and a chance encounter with a creepy psychic foretells that only Julia is the key to stopping the madness, but it may require the life of the one she loves.

*Bought* 
CrusadeCRUSADE BY NANCY HOLDER AND DEBBIE VIGUIE 
Hardcover: 480 pages 
Publisher: Simon Pulse (September 7, 2010)
The ultimate battle. The ultimate love.For the past two years, Jenn has lived and trained at Spain’s Sacred Heart Academy Against the Cursed Ones. She is among the few who have pledged to defend humanity or die trying. But the vampires are gaining power, and the battle has only just begun.
Forced to return home after death takes a member of her family, Jenn discovers that San Francisco is now a vampire strong-hold. As a lone hunter apart from her team, Jenn is isolated—and at risk. She craves the company of her fighting partner, Antonio: his protection, his reassurance, his touch. But a relationship with Antonio comes with its own dangers, and the more they share of themselves, the more Jenn stands to lose.

Then Jenn is betrayed by one who was once bound to protect her, causing her to doubt all she had held as true. To survive, Jenn must find the courage to trust herself—and her heart.

Check out my review HERE.


What's in your mailbox?


18 comments:

kirsty at the overflowing library said...

fab books!

My IMMB is here

Kathy Martin said...

What a nice looking bunch of books! The first Knight Angel is somewhere on my TBR stack. It got buried by more recent arrivals. My mailbox is here. Happy reading!

Lisa said...

oh wow.. i don't know where to start with these yummies! New Follower =D

Here's mine

Christina/Book Addict said...

Great books- I really interested to hear what you think of Two Moon Princess and Secondhand Charm. I look forward to your reviews!

Mundie Moms said...

What a great IMM! I've heard a lot of great things about The Emerald Talisman. I can't wait to read your review.

Jenny said...

Ohhh you got some good ones this week! I've heard great things about Crusade so I'm excited to read that one, and the Knight Angels series looks really interesting as well. Beautiful covers on those. Enjoy your reads!

Julia Writer said...

What an interesting selection of books. I love hearing about books that I might never come across otherwise!

Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

Great books! They all look wonderful :)

Hope you enjoy them!

Lauren said...

Awesome books! I'm reading Secondhand Charm right now and it's so good so far! Hope you enjoy it as well! Also, both of Abra Ebner's books look great. I can't wait to see your thoughts on them. Happy reading! :)

Eleni @ La Femme Readers said...

Great books Kim! Hope you enjoy Knight Angels + The Emerald Talisman as much as I did. :)

Little Miss Becky :) said...

Great books! I loved Knight Angels and I'm really looking forward to reading the second book! Enjoy these!

TheBookishSnob said...

You got a great IMMB this week! Had to open up my TBR list to add some :)

Come See What's In My Mailbox

BrittLit said...

Secondhand Charm looks interesting. Happy Reading!

Lillie (AliseOnLife) said...

Great books! I'd love to know what you think of the Knight Angel series.
Enjoy!

Kate said...

Haven't read any of these but I really want to read the Emerald Talisman. I'm a new follower and here is my mailbox.

Alison said...

I love the cover for Knight Angels: Book of Love. Great reads!
Alison Can Read

Fiction Spark said...

Great list you got there. If you have time please hop on to my IMM http://fictionspark.blogspot.com/

Bere said...

Oooh, all of these look fantastic! I myself am very excited to read Knight Angels and The Emerald Talisman. I hope you enjoy all of them. I will be looking forward to your reviews. =)