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Saturday, November 13, 2010

In My Mailbox: November 13, 2010

  In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie.

**REVIEW**
Mad LoveMad Love by Suzanne Selfors
Walker Books for Young Readers (January 4, 2011)

When you're the daughter of the bestselling Queen of Romance, life should be pretty good. But 16-year-old Alice Amorous has been living a lie ever since her mother was secretly hospitalized for mental illness. After putting on a brave front for months, time is running out. The next book is overdue, and the Queen can't write it. Alice needs a story for her mother—and she needs one fast.

That's when she meets Errol, a strange boy who claims to be Cupid, who insists that Alice write about the greatest love story in history: his tragic relationship with Psyche. As Alice begins to hear Errol's voice in her head and see things she can't explain, she must face the truth—that she's either inherited her mother's madness, or Errol is for real.
(I am so excited to read this- it sounds so creative and romantic)

NightshadeNightshade by Michelle Rowen 
Berkley (February 1, 2011)

Jillian Conrad never believed in vampires-until she was unwillingly injected with a serum that was supposed to act as a deadly poison to them. Now, tormented half-vampire Declan Reese wants her blood to destroy the undead kingdom. Unfortunately, the serum has also made her blood irresistible to all vampires-including Declan, whose desire for Jillian is more than mere hunger. 
(I think this is adult but seems like it would have some crossover YA appeal!)

Revolution
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly 
October 12th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers 

BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light, artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love. Revolution spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.

(This one I have heard so many amazing things about, I actually felt all emotional when the book showed up at my door. I'm going to savor ever page!) 

***BOUGHT** 
Winter Longing
Winter Longing by Tricia Mills
Razorbill; 1 edition (August 12, 2010)

When Winter’s boyfriend is killed in a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, she’s robbed of the future she’d only just allowed herself to believe might be hers. Winter and Spencer had been destined for one another. And after his death, Spencer’s presence continues to haunt her.

But when her next-door neighbor becomes an unlikely friend, Winter begins to accept all that she can’t change. Can she open herself to a new future . . . and a possible new love? 


( I have been dying to read this for ages. The theme of love and loss remind me of Lisa Schroeder's novels, which are some of my all-time favorites. Surprisingly, I don't buy as many books as you might think--I always have oodles from friends, the library and of course, my review stack. But this one seemed so special to me, I just had to get it! )

Darklight (Wondrous Strange (Quality))Darklight by Lesley Livingston 

Much has changed since autumn, when Kelley Winslow learned she was a Faerie princess, fell in love with changeling guard Sonny Flannery, and saved the mortal realm from the ravages of the Wild Hunt.

Now Kelley is stuck in New York City, rehearsing Romeo and Juliet and missing Sonny more with every stage kiss, while Sonny has been forced back to the Otherworld and into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the remaining Hunters and Queen Mabh herself.

When a terrifying encounter sends Kelley tumbling into the Otherworld, her reunion with Sonny is joyful but destined to be cut short. An ancient, hidden magick is stirring, and a dangerous new enemy is willing to risk everything to claim that power.
Caught in a web of Faerie deception and shifting allegiances, Kelley and Sonny must tread carefully, for each next step could topple a kingdom . . . or tear them apart.

With breathtakingly high stakes, the talented Lesley Livingston delivers soaring romance and vividly magical characters in Darklight, the second novel in the trilogy that began with Wondrous Strange. 

(The awesome Kelsey at The Book Scout let me know that the paperback version has a quote inside it from me, along with Kelsey herself and other bloggers like Yan, from Books by their Cover. So of course I just had to get it. Thanks again Kelsey, I didn't know and it made my day. Will be good to read and freshen up before Tempestuous comes out!)

What's in your mailbox?

13 comments:

Lauren said...

Nightshade and Revolution both look amazing. I'll be looking forward to seeing your reviews for them. Happy reading! :)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

NO WAY! You scored Mad Love? *green with envy*

Michelle said...

Revolution sounds so good as does Mad Love. Hope you enjoy! :)

Yan said...

Congrats Kim!!!!!! :D Yay for Kelsey for spreading the quoting love :)

Mundie Moms said...

That is so awesome you guys have quotes in Darklight. No joke, I just bought that tonight. I'm so excited the paperback is out! Great IMM!!

Good Golly Miss Holly said...

I can't wait to read Mad Love, congrats!

Kat said...

Great mailbox-- Revolution looks awesome. Oh and congrats on being quoted in Darklight, I would have to frame the page or something lol. :)

Alison said...

Mad Love sounds very interesting. And I'm very interested in Revolution too.
My IMM

Candace said...

I've heard good things about Revolution! I haven't heard of that Nightshade yet, sounds good though! Winter Longing somehow didn't get on my radar but it sounds great! I too am a HUGE Lisa Schroeder fan so I'm anxious to hear what you think of it!
Candace @ Candace's Book Blog

VickyV said...

Wow, most of these are new to me. They look very interesting. I'm interested to see what you think of Winter Longing, I read it a while ago.

Justine said...

:O Mad Love! Winter Longing! Ooh, that's perfect! :) Happy reading ;)

Casey said...

Great books! I also got Mad Love too.

Enjoy and Happy Reading!

Tea said...

Love your mailbox especially Mad Love.

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