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Saturday, December 4, 2010

In My Mailbox: December 4, 2010

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


Anxious HeartsANXIOUS HEARTS BY TUCKER SHAW (May 1st 2010)
“Evangeline,” he repeated, calling at a whisper. “Evangeline.” He was not calling that she may hear, he was calling that somehow her soul might know that he was devoted entirely to her, only to her. “Evangeline, I will find you.”

Eva and Gabe explore the golden forest of their seaside Maine town, unknowingly tracing the footsteps of two teens, Evangeline and Gabriel, who once lived in the idyllic wooded village of Acadia more than one hundred years ago. On the day that Evangeline and Gabriel were be wed, their village was attacked and the two were separated. And now in the present, Gabe has mysteriously disappeared from Eva.

A dreamlike, loose retelling of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous love poem “Evangeline,” Anxious Hearts tells an epic tale of unrequited love and the hope that true love can be reunited.

(I am so excited to read this. I've always wanted to. I  love the connection to Longfellow too!) 


The small town of Cryer’s Cross is rocked by tragedy when an unassuming freshman disappears without a trace. Kendall Fletcher wasn’t that friendly with the missing girl, but the angst wreaks havoc on her OCD-addled brain. 

When a second student goes missing—someone close to Kendall’s heart—the community is in an uproar. Caught in a downward spiral of fear and anxiety, Kendall’s not sure she can hold it together. When she starts hearing the voices of the missing, calling out to her and pleading for help, she fears she’s losing her grip on reality. But when she finds messages scratched in a desk at school—messages that could only be from the missing student who used to sit there—Kendall decides that crazy or not, she’d never forgive herself if she didn’t act on her suspicions. 

Something’s not right in Cryer’s Cross—and Kendall’s about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried. 

(This is one that mysteriously showed up at my door. I wouldn't normally read something this like this, but I think it sounds really intriguing and I'm going to give it a shot!)


Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever. But that's not quite how things have worked out. For starters, well, Nick is dead. Supposedly, he's been taken to a mythic place for warriors known as Valhalla, so Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. But it's taking time, and meanwhile a group of evil pixies is devastating Bedford, with more teens going missing every day. An all-out war seems imminent, and the good guys need all the warriors they can find. But how to get to Valhalla? And even if Zara and her friends discover the way, there's that other small problem: Zara's been pixie kissed. When she finds Nick, will he even want to go with her? Especially since she hasn't turned into just any pixie. . . She's Astley's queen.

(I devoured this the same day I got it. I loved it! I think it was better than the last one. NEED is still my favorite though! If you are interested, I have reviews of NEED & CAPTIVATE)

Hunter Wild is the youngest in a long line of elite vampire hunters, a legacy that is both a blessing and a curse at the secret Helios-Ra Academy, where she excels at just about everything. Thanks to her friendship with Kieran Black, Hunter receives a special invitation to attend the coronation of Helena Drake, and for the first time, she sees the difference between vampires that must be hunted and vampires that can become friends—or even more. When students at the academy fall victim to a mysterious illness, Hunter suspects they are under attack from within. She will need someone she can trust to help her save the future of Helios-Ra . . . help that shockingly comes in the form of Quinn Drake, a drop-dead gorgeous vampire. Who said senior year would
be easy? 

(I'm a fan of this series so I'm excited to read it. But I have to say, I do not like this cover at all. It gives the book a really cheesy quality. I'd probably pass this right by in the store if I wasn't already acquainted with Hearts at Stake (REVIEW)  and Blood Feud (REVIEW). What do you guys think?) 


MatchedMATCHED  BY ALLIE CONDIE  (November 30, 2010)

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

(I haven't read this yet. I'm so excited to jump in!) 


Scarlet March lives to hunt the Fenris--the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She's determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead. 

Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls' bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett's only friend--but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they've worked for?

(I'm a little worried because I've read good & bad reviews on this one. I love the dark premise of the book though. Crossing fingers!)


HauntedWake Unto MeFalling UnderBalefire Omnibus

WON! Thanks Juju @ Tales of Whimsy

Key Lime Pie: A Culinary Mystery


Casey (The Bookish Type) said...

Awesome mailbox! Anxious Hearts sounds like a sweet and fun read! Also, totally jealous you have Entice! Can't wait to see what you think!

Eleni @ La Femme Readers said...

Great IMM girl! Matched was really good so I hope you enjoy it. :)

Melissa said...

Wow! You had an amazing week in books! I love the sound of Anxious Hearts - it's sounds like one I'd love. Happy reading! :D

YA Book Lover said...

Matched looks like such a great book! I am excited to get a chance to read it.

Jessica said...

WOW! Those are a lot of amazing covers!

My IMM will be up tomorrow if you want to stop by then!

a GREAT read

Bere said...

Awww, Kim! You got some fabulous books! I can't wait to read Entice. I absolutely love this series and I'm so glad to hear you loved it! Omg I can't wait! I also want to read Out for Blood (I love this series too). I'm looking forward to reading your reviews, Kim. Happy reading! =)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Sweet stack :) Thanks for the shout out :) Whoot whoot!

Christina/Book Addict said...

Great books this week! I have Anxious Hearts on my shelf as well. I have been meaning to read it. I also LOVED Matched--one of the best books of 2010! I wasn't a big fan of Sisters Red, but I hope you enjoy it! I look forward to all of your reviews.

Alison said...

Great reads! I liked Sisters Red.
Anxious Hearts sounds very interesting.

Scoot said...

Lots of great books! I hope you enjoy them all!