Sunday, May 22, 2011

In My Mailbox: May 16 - 22, 2011

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


For Review:


Wildefire by Karsten Knight

Thanks to Simon & Schuster!

Coming July 26, 2011!

Every flame begins with a spark.

Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.


The Lost Crown: A Novel of Romanov Russia by Sarah Miller

Thanks to Simon & Schuster!

Coming June 14, 2011!

Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia. Like the fingers on a hand--first headstrong Olga; then Tatiana, the tallest; Maria the most hopeful for a ring; and Anastasia, the smallest. These are the daughters of Tsar Nicholas II, grand dutchesses living a life steeped in tradition and priviledge. They are each on the brink of starting their own lives, at the mercy of royal matchmakers. The summer of 1914 is that precious last wink of time when they can still be sisters together--sisters that link arms and laugh, sisters that share their dreams and worries, and flirt with the officers of their imperial yacht.

But in a gunshot the future changes for these sisters and for Russia.

As World War I ignites across Europe, political unrest sweeps Russia. First dissent, then disorder, mutiny, and revolution. For Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, the end of their girlhood together is colliding with the end of more than they ever imagined.

At the same time hopeful and hopeless, naive and wise, the voices of these sisters become a chorus singing the final song of Imperial Russia. Impeccably researched and utterly fascinating, this novel by acclaimed author Sarah Miller recounts the final days of Imperial Russia with lyricism, criticism and true compassion.


The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma

Thanks to Simon & Schuster!

Coming June 28, 2011!

A Map of Time by Felix J. Palma. Set in Victorian London with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time is a page-turner that boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H.G. Wells is called upon to investigage purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence. What happens if we change history?



Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Thanks to Simon & Schuster!

Coming July 19, 2011!

Erin Blackwell is headed to college in New York City to study creative writing and earn a living as a romance novelist. Her grandmother has other plans: she approves of the college, but she wants Erin to major in business and then come back home to Kentucky to run the family’s famous racehorse farm. There is no way Erin will agree. Studying in New York and writing her way into a career is her escape from the farm and the family tragedy that happened there. So Erin’s grandmother decides Erin really will live life as a starving artist. She takes Erin’s future job running the farm, her inheritance, even her college tuition, and gives them all to Hunter Allen
.
Hunter has lived on the farm for years. He’s Erin’s age, he’s the stable boy, and he’s the romantic dream of every girl in her high school. But he was involved in the family tragedy. Erin has always given him a wide berth. And he’s a slick opportunist. She’s furious that he fooled her grandmother into giving him Erin’s birthright and sending him to Erin’s college.

At least she’s free of him in her creative writing class. So she pens a story that has haunted her lately, in which the horse farm heiress at the very first Kentucky Derby starts a forbidden affair with the lowly stable boy. Unfortunately for her, the day she’s sharing this story with her New York classmates, Hunter walks in. He’s switching to her class. And after reading about himself in Erin’s story, he writes his own sexy assignments that lure Erin into dangerous fantasies about what could have been between them, and what might be.


Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Thanks to Chelsy at Big Honcho Media!

Coming May 24, 2011!

From bestselling, Printz Award-winning author Libba Bray, the story of a plane of beauty pageant contestants that crashes on a desert island.

Teen beauty queens. A "Lost"-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to email. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.



Won:


Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Signed!

Thanks to Misty at The Book Rat!

Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that she is the latest recipient of a generations-old family curse that requires her to complete three seemingly impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and passing the curse on to the next generation. Unlike her ancestors, though, Lucy has family, friends, and other modern resources to help her out. But will it be enough to conquer this age-old evil?

A beautifully wrought modern fairy tale from master storyteller and award-winning author Nancy Werlin.Inspired by the classic folk ballad "Scarborough Fair," this is a wonderfully riveting and haunting novel of suspense, romance, and fantasy.


Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin

Signed!

Thanks to Misty at The Book Rat!

Phoebe finds herself drawn to Mallory, the strange and secretive new kid in school, and the two girls become as close as sisters . . . until Mallory's magnetic older brother, Ryland, shows up during their junior year. Ryland has an immediate, exciting hold on Phoebe, but a dangerous hold, for she begins to question her feelings about her best friend and, worse, about herself. Soon she'll discover the shocking truth about Ryland and Mallory: that these two are visitors from the faerie realm who have come to collect on an age-old debt. Generations ago, the faerie queen promised Pheobe's ancestor five extraordinary sons in exchange for the sacrifice of one ordinary female heir. But in hundreds of years there hasn't been a single ordinary girl in the family, and now the faeries are dying. Could Phoebe be the first ordinary one? Could she save the faeries, or is she special enough to save herself?


I've been looking forward to all of these! What's in your mailbox this week?

18 comments:

Momo (Books Over Boys) said...

Wow! Simon and Schuster was awesome to you this week! :)

Great haul! <33 Happy reading!

Jamie @ Jamie's Bookshelf and Learning to be Frugal said...

I agree with Momo...Simon and Schuster was great to you this week!

Happy Reading!

The Slowest Bookworm said...

Oh wow! My wish list has just had a mega growth spurt ;-)

ComaCalm said...

The cover of Impossible is hilarious, I have to wonder why they decided to make her hair do that! XD

ComaCalm's IMM

Lisa (Lisa's World of Books) said...

I really enjoyed Extraordinary and Impossible! I hope you do too!

Here is my week in books.

Beth S. said...

Those are some rockin' books this week! I am always so jealous of everyone who has gotten an ARC of Beauty Queens. I can't wait to read that one!

Jacinda (The Reading Housewives) said...

I love Galley Grab! :) Such great books this time!

Rhiannon said...

is it just me or does the Map of time have a total clockwork Angel look to it?
Can't wait to get my hands on Beauty Queens next week!
Rhiannon
TheDiaryofaBookworm.com

The Library Owl said...

Wow, some great books this week! Wildefire sounds amazing and I'm dying to read more from the quirky but brilliant Libba Bray. I hope you enjoy them :)

LunaMoth said...

i want the map of time and wildfire!

too bad simon and shuster only use galleys with adobe, i cant read on the laptop it gives me a headache, id so want to use my kindle.

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Natframpton said...

I love that cover of Wildfire.

So jealous you have Beauty Queens I'm still waiting for mine

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Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Great week! I'm super excited about Wildefire. Enjoy!

Vy (Vy's Blog) said...

Awesome books from the galley grab! I'm really excited about Wildefire and Love Story. Enjoy!

danya said...

Awesome mailbox! I'm definitely liking the sound of Love Story — YA books centered around college-aged protagonists are so unusual!

Liz said...

I want to read Wildefire and The Map of Time! Great books this week :)

Kristina said...

awesome books. Everyone is getting wildfire today, I already have a copy and I can't wait to read mine

Lori said...

What a great week! I loved Impossible! I can't wait to see what you think! Enjoy!

BookGeek said...

Ummm, pretty much every SINGLE book on this list is making me uuber jealous. Great haul!!

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