Saturday, August 14, 2010

In My Mailbox: August 9 - 15, 2010

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

For Review:

Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

Thanks to Katy at St. Martin's Press!

Lenah Beaudonte is, in many ways, your average teen: the new girl at Wickham Boarding School, she struggles to fit in enough to survive and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy lacrosse captain. But Lenah also just happens to be a recovering five-hundred-year-old vampire queen. After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah is able to realize the dream all vampires have -- to be human again. After performing a dangerous ritual to restore her humanity, Lenah entered a century-long hibernation, leaving behind the wicked coven she ruled over and the eternal love who has helped grant her deep-seated wish.

Until, that is, Lenah draws her first natural breath in centuries at Wickham and rediscovers a human life that bears little resemblance to the one she had known. As if suddenly becoming a teenager weren’t stressful enough, each passing hour brings Lenah closer to the moment when her abandoned coven will open the crypt where she should be sleeping and find her gone. As her borrowed days slip by, Lenah resolves to live her newfound life as fully as she can. But, to do so, she must answer ominous questions: Can an ex-vampire survive in an alien time and place? What can Lenah do to protect her new friends from the bloodthirsty menace about to descend upon them? And how is she ever going to pass her biology midterm?

Description from Goodreads


The Shards of Excalibur: Song of the Sword by Edward Willett

Thanks to Camilia at Lobster Press!

Coming October 15, 2010

Ariane Forsythe’s life is in turmoil. Two years ago, her mother disappeared. She bounced from foster home to foster home until her aunt finally took her in. An outsider at her new school, Ariane quickly becomes the target of group of girls that is determined to make her miserable. And to top it all off, she is having frightening premonitions, and they are becoming more intense. The moment water touches her skin, she sees visions of a lake, a lady, and a sword.

After getting suspended for fighting with the clique’s ringleader, Ariane sneaks out early the next morning so she won’t be around when the school calls her aunt. She makes her way to the fog-enshrouded banks of Regina’s Wascana Lake, where she hears the water singing to her and sees a mysterious glow. The water parts, revealing a staircase that leads beneath the surface, where the Lady of the Lake awaits. Ariane learns that she is heir to the Lady’s power, and soon the stories she thought were legend become a real life nightmare. She and her unexpected companion, Wally Knight, are charged with finding the scattered shards of Excalibur before Merlin can get his hands on them. The infamous magician, known in this world as software tycoon Rex Major, is trying to recover the pieces of Arthur’s sword so he can reforge it and restore his limitless power. Suddenly, Ariane’s life seems to have a purpose and a clear direction – but how can a troubled teen and her brainy sidekick outwit the ancient, ruthless sorcerer?

Description from Lobster Press 

Stolen Voices by Ellen Dee Davidson

Thanks to Camilia at Lobster Press!

Stolen Voices is thrilling Science Fiction for young adults, suitable for ages 10 and up; explores concepts such as conformity, self-expression, caste systems, and social structures; extremely well suited for classroom and book club discussions.

Life in Noveskina is designed to be harmonious and conflict-free. But 15-year-old Miri, daughter of two of the city’s Important Officials, faces a shameful dilemma. She has matured with no clear Talent and thus faces life among the lower-classes. As Miri is confronted with the dark secrets of Noveskina, the quiet peace of this once-perfect world reveals itself as something infinitely more sinister. In a city ruled by silence, can one voice make a difference?

Description from Lobster Press

I've been excited for Infinite Days forEVER! I'm so excited to start reading it at soon as I finish The Hunger Games! The cover shimmers too, which is pretty much awesome! I'm also a huge fan of Arthurian books, so I think Song of the Sword will be a really fun read, and the dystopian aspect of Stolen Voices is very intriguing (and isn't the cover eye-catching?).

What's in your mailbox this week? 


Lori said...

I loved Infinite Days!! Hope you do too!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Couple of great sounding books! Song of the Sword sounds good and I have heard a little about Infinite Days. Hope you enjoy them all!

If you would like to stop by to read my Monday's Beginnings, I have it up...

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