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Saturday, December 25, 2010

In My Mailbox: Week of 12/20

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

FOR REVIEW
Dead Beautiful DEAD BEAUTIFUL BY YVONNE WOON
On the morning of her sixteenth birthday, Renée Winters was still an ordinary girl. She spent her summers at the beach, had the perfect best friend, and had just started dating the cutest guy at school. No one she'd ever known had died. But all that changes when she finds her parents dead in the Redwood Forest, in what appears to be a strange double murder.

After the funeral Renée’s wealthy grandfather sends her to Gottfried Academy, a remote and mysterious boarding school in Maine, where she finds herself studying subjects like Philosophy, Latin, and the “Crude Sciences.”

It’s there that she meets Dante Berlin, a handsome and elusive boy to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they grow closer, unexplainable things begin to happen, but Renée can’t stop herself from falling in love. It’s only when she discovers a dark tragedy in Gottfried’s past that she begins to wonder if the Academy is everything it seems.

Little does she know, Dante is the one hiding a dangerous secret, one that has him fearing for her life.
Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.



(I'm halfway through this one and enjoying it because I'm not 100% sure what Dante "is". I have my suspicions, but it's fun to actually not know before beginning!


StarCrossedSTARCROSSED BY ELIZABETH C. BUNCE

Digger thrives as a spy and sneak-thief among the feuding religious factions of Gerse, dodging the Greenmen who have banned all magic. But when a routine job goes horribly wrong and her partner and lover Tegen is killed, she has to get out of the city, fast, and hides herself in a merry group of nobles to do so. Accepted as a lady's maid to shy young Merista Nemair, Digger finds new peace and friendship at the Nemair stronghold--as well as plenty of jewels for the taking. But after the devious Lord Daul catches her in the act of thievery, he blackmails her into becoming his personal spy in the castle, and Digger soon realizes that her noble hosts aren't as apolitical as she thought... that indeed, she may be at the heart of a magical rebellion.

Wishful ThinkingWISHFUL THINKING BY ALEXANDRA BULLEN (JAN 1ST 2011)

If you could wish for a different life, would you? What if that life changed everything you thought was real? 


Adopted as a baby, Hazel Snow has always been alone. She's never belonged anywhere--and has always yearned to know the truth about where she comes from. So when she receives three stunning, enchanted dresses--each with the power to grant one wish--Hazel wishes to know her mother. Transported to a time and place she couldn't have imagined, Hazel finds herself living an alternate life--a life with the mother she never knew.

Over the course of one amazing, miraculous summer, Hazel finds her home, falls in love, and forms an unexpected friendship. But will her search to uncover her past forever alter her future?
In the heart-pounding, luminous sequel to WISH, Alexandra Bullen asks the question: If you could wish for a new life....would you?  


You Are Not HereYOU ARE NOT HERE BY SAMANTHA SCHUTZ

Annaleah and Brian shared something special - Annaleah is sure of it. When they were together, they didn't need anyone else. It didn't matter that their relationship was secret. All that mattered was what they had with each other.

And then, out of nowhere, Brian dies. And while everyone else has their role in the grieving process, Annaleah finds herself living outside of it, unacknowledged and lonely. How can you recover from a loss that no one will let you have?

( This is told in verse. I'm a huge fan of Lisa Schroeder's books and this one reminds me of her style of writing. Can't wait to read it!)

ThroatThroat by R.A. Nelson (January 25, 2011)

R. A. Nelson takes us on a supernatural thrill ride, a modern-day vampire story set on a NASA base and filled with space-and-science intrigue. Seventeen-year-old Emma feels cursed by her epilepsy—until the lost night. She's shocked to wake up in the hospital one morning, weak from blood loss. When her memories begin to return, she pieces together that it was a man—a monster—who attacked her: a vampire named Wirtz. And it was her very condition that saved her: a grand mal seizure interrupted Wirtz and left Emma with all the amazing powers of a vampire—heightened senses, rapid speed—but no need to drink blood. Is Emma now a half-vampire girl? One thing soon becomes clear: the vampire Wirtz is fierce and merciless, feared even by his own kind, and won't leave a job undone.

Kindred
Kindred by Tammar Stein (February 8, 2011)

The first time I meet an angel, it is Raphael and I am eighteen.

Miriam is an unassuming college freshman stuck on campus after her spring break plans fall through. She's not a religious girl--when pressed she admits reluctantly to believing in a higher power. Truth be told, she's about as comfortable speaking about her faith as she is about her love life, which is to say, not at all. And then the archangel Raphael pays Miriam a visit, and she finds herself on a desperate mission to save two of her contemporaries. To top it all off, her twin brother, Mo, has also had a visitation, but from the opposite end of the good-evil spectrum, which leaves Miriam to wonder--has she been blessed and her brother cursed or vice versa? And what is the real purpose behind her mission?


From Santa!

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of GlassLet It Snow



The Lost Saint: A Dark Divine Novel



Won!
(Thank you Mundie Moms!)

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1)

(This is the audiobook version. Will be fun for driving to work!)


5 comments:

Lea said...

Awesome books! Love the box set, and Throat sounds intriguing...Hope you enjoy them all :D

kit said...

Where!? Where did you get kindred from so early!?!?

I'm like ubber excited for this book

Jessica said...

Ooh niiice! I got Clockwork Angel too, but in book form!

My mailbox will be up tomorrow if you want to stop by then. a GREAT read

christitheteenlibrarian said...

Great books! I've seen Dead Beautiful but now I'm really interested! And jealous of You Are Not Here...Santa brought me some B&N gift cards and that one's def on my list!

My IMM is here, if you're interested: http://christitheteenlibrarian.blogspot.com/2010/12/in-my-mailbox-14-early-edition.html

BrittLit said...

Tons of fantastic books this week. Happy Reading!