Saturday, August 27, 2011

In My Mailbox: August 22 - 28, 2011

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

For Review:

The Predicteds by Christine Seifert

Thanks to Lisa at Sourcebooks Fire!

Coming September 1, 2011!

Daphne is the new girl in town and is having trouble fitting in. At least she has Jesse... sort of. He wants to be more than "just friends," but there's something he's not telling her about his past. Something dangerous. When a female student is brutally attacked, police turn to PROFILE, a new program that can predict a student's capacity for drug use, pregnancy, and violent behavior, to solve the case. As the witch hunt ensues, Daphne is forced to question her feelings for Jesse-and what she will do if her first love turns out to be a killer.

Eyes in the Mirror by Julia Mayer

Thanks to Audrey at Sourcebooks Fire!

Every teen girl fantasizes about having a double and best friend rolled into one-an alter ego with whom she can trade places, allowing her to disappear. Samara is a troubled and lonely adolescent, prone to cutting, who desperately craves both intimacy and escape from her unfulfilled life...until she meets her reflection, Dee, the seeming answer to all her problems.

With dual and dueling points of view, Eyes in the Mirror provides a perspective on one girl's life never before seen in YA fiction: her own and from her freer, wilder reflection.

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Thanks to Simon and Schuster!

Coming November 15, 2011!

In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place—looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she’s been hiding her whole life. Her only place of release is the drug-filled underground club scene, where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. Through a series of violent upheavals, it becomes clear that Charlie herself is the key to forcing out the oppressive power structure of her kingdom….

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Thanks to Allison at HarperCollins!

Coming November 15, 2011!

Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting asThe Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

Past Perfect by Leila Sales

Thanks to Simon and Schuster!

Coming October 4, 2011!

All Chelsea wants to do this summer is hang out with her best friend, hone her talents as an ice cream connoisseur, and finally get over Ezra, the boy who broke her heart. But when Chelsea shows up for her summer job at Essex Historical Colonial Village (yes, really), it turns out Ezra’s working there too. Which makes moving on and forgetting Ezra a lot more complicated…even when Chelsea starts falling for someone new.

Maybe Chelsea should have known better than to think that a historical reenactment village could help her escape her past. But with Ezra all too present, and her new crush seeming all too off limits, all Chelsea knows is that she’s got a lot to figure out about love. Because those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it….

Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

Thanks to Simon and Schuster!

Coming October 18, 2011!

Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen's whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn't just hot...what if Jeremy is better?

Carmen knows that kissing Jeremy can't end well, but she just can't stay away. Nobody else understands her--and riles her up--like he does. Still, she can't trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even more sick of always doing what she’s told, doing what's expected.

Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall....

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Thanks to Egmont USA and NetGalley!

Coming December 27, 2011!

Every other day, Kali D'Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She's human.

And then every day in between . . .She's something else entirely.

Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism.

When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she'll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends, Kali takes a risk that her human body might not survive. . .and learns the secrets of her mysterious condition in the process.

Shattered Dreams by Ellie James

Thanks to St. Martin's and NetGalley!

Coming December 6, 2011!

Sixteen-year-old Trinity Monsour wants nothing more than to live a normal life. But that isn’t as easy as it seems. Trinity is different. She isspecial. She sees visions, and for those she’s seen, it’s already too late.

Trinity arrives on her aunt’s doorstep in New Orleans with virtually no knowledge of her mysterious heritage. She begins settling into life at a new school and even starts making friends. But all too quickly her dreams accelerate; twisted, terrifying visions of a girl locked in a dark room. And when the head cheerleader, Jessica, goes missing, Trinity knows she has no choice but to step forward with what she’s seen.

But people believe that Trinity has information about Jessica’s disappearance not because of a dream, but because she is involved. She iskind-of dating Jessica’s ex-boyfriend, Chase, and Jessica did pull a nasty prank on Trinity. Revenge seems like the likeliest scenario.

Nothing prepares Trinity for the dark odyssey that ensues while searching for Jessica, including the surprising romance she finds with Chase, or the shocking truths she learns, not just about the girl who has gone missing, but the past that has been hidden from her.

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Thanks to Tanglewood Press and NetGalley!

Coming October 11, 2011!

Under the bubbling hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano. Most people don't know it's there. The caldera is so large that it can only be seen from a plane or satellite. It just could be overdue for an eruption, which would change the landscape and climate of our planet.

Ashfall is the story of Alex, a teenage boy left alone for the weekend while his parents visit relatives. When the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts unexpectedly, Alex is determined to reach his parents. He must travel over a hundred miles in a landscape transformed by a foot of ash and the destruction of every modern convenience that he has ever known, and through a new world in which disaster has brought out both the best and worst in people desperate for food, water, and warmth. With a combination of nonstop action, a little romance, and very real science, this is a story that is difficult to stop reading and even more difficult to forget.

Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Thanks to HarlequinTeen and NetGalley!

Coming November 22, 2011!

When her older sister commits suicide and her divorcing parents decide to divide the ashes, Harper Scott takes her sister's urn to the one place June always wanted to go: California. On the road with her best friend, plus an intriguing guy with a mysterious connection to June, Harper discovers truths about her sister, herself and life.

The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski

Thanks to Egmont USA and NetGalley!

In the world of Sheridan Wells, life is perfect when she's decorating a cake. Unfortunately everything else is a complete mess: her mom ran off years ago, her dad is more interested in his restaurant, and the idea of a boyfriend is laughable.

But Sheridan is convinced finding her mom will solve all her problems - only her dad's about to get a cooking show in New York, which means her dream of a perfect family will be dashed.

Using just the right amount of romance, family drama, and cute boys, The Sweetest Thing will entice fans with its perfect mixture of girl-friendly ingredients.

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman

Thanks to Random House Children's and NetGalley!

Coming January 10, 2012!

It was like a nightmare, but there was no waking up. When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love. When it ended, she had nothing but blood on her hands and an echoing scream that stopped only when the tranquilizers pierced her veins and left her in the merciful dark.

But the next morning, it was all still true: Chris was dead. His girlfriend Adriane, Nora's best friend, was catatonic. And Max, Nora's sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also—according to the police, according to her parents, according to everyone—a murderer.

Desperate to prove his innocence, Nora follows the trail of blood, no matter where it leads. It ultimately brings her to the ancient streets of Prague, where she is drawn into a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. For buried in a centuries-old manuscript is the secret to ultimate knowledge and communion with the divine; it is said that he who controls the Lumen Dei controls the world. Unbeknownst to her, Nora now holds the crucial key to unlocking its secrets. Her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries. Solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Thanks to Random House Children's and NetGalley!

Coming March 13, 2012!

It all begins with a stupid question:

Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.
But Bria comes to realize she can't run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.

Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry into this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story.


Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

The first book in Richelle Mead's brand-new teen fiction series - set in the same world as Vampire Academy.

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

"These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume."
—Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.


Signed bookplate for XVI by Julia Karr!

Thanks so much to Julia Karr!

I loved XVI, and was so sad I didn't get to see Julia in NYC during BEA -- so I'm completely jazzed to put this in my copy of XVI so it will be signed!

So many books I'm excited for this week! The Pledge sounds SO good -- of course, it's Kimberly Derting. I've been excited for The Predicteds forever. It reminds me a little of Philip K. Dick's "The Minority Report", which I loved (the short story, not the movie -- bleh). I was really sad to miss Saving June at BEA, so I was excited to see it on NetGalley! I was wary about Juliet Immortal, but I've seen some great reviews, so I'm going to give it a go.

Have you read any of these? What's in your mailbox this week?


~Sara @ Just Another Story said...

Wow. There are so many books that I see that I want. Whoa. I look forward to your reviews. Happy reading.

Kristina said...

I can't wait for Pledge. I got Bloodlines to this week, just like many many people :)

Midnight Bloom said...

Wow! Awesome mailbox, Casey! I'm really looking forward to Saving June, The Pledge and Shatter Me. You have some fun times ahead of you! Happy reading! :)

Book Crook Liza said...

Wow, a lot of good looking books in this post! I really want to read Shatter Me - can't wait to see what you think about it!

I have Saving June too and I really want to read it. The summary seemed interesting and I think the cover is pretty!

Lori said...

You had a Fantastic week!!! The Pledge!!! AHHHH! *Ahem* also I am going to read Shatter Me soon because it seems to be made of awesome! I'll have to look up Saving June. It sounds great!

Enjoy all your new books!

Beth S. said...

WOW! Epic book week for you! So many good books! Jealous you got Shatter Me.

Sarah said...

Wow you got some awesome books this week!! They all look amazing!

check out my in my mailbox!

lisa [the nerd] said...

about how you got some AMAZING books this week - holy moles!

and SHATTER ME. oh my. i hope you're ready for your mind to blow.

Christina T said...

Lots of great books! I saw some of these on NetGalley and may go back and request them once I catch up a little with my TBR pile :)

I hope you enjoy all of these!

Midnyte Reader said...

Holy Moly! What a haul! I haven't heard of a lot of these books, so it's cool to be introduced to them. Eyes in the Mirror seems like it may be really freaky and I have seen Juliet Immortal and want to read it. Enjoy all your books.

Jules said...

You've got a fantastic selection of books this week! :D

Happy reading.

I have a few of those to read too, I'm really excited about The Pledge

Sarah said...

Nice group of books this week! Bloodlines was soooo good! Every Other Day is made of complete Awesome! I hope you enjoy them all :0)

Sash and Em said...

Lots of people got Shatter Me this week!

new follower

Our IMM!

Lisa said...

AMAZING stack of books this week! I really enjoyed Kimberly Derting's other series, The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead. If you haven't you really should!(:

The cover of The Predicteds reminds me of The Adoration of Jenna Fox.

Enjoy your new books!


Jamie said...

You had an AWESOME week this week! Shatter Me seems to be THE book of the week. Happy reading and I'm a new follower :)

Here is the link to my IMM...

Under the Covers said...

Great books, they all sound fab! I hope you enjoy them. Have a good week : )


Suzanne @ Under the Covers

Amber Griffiths said...

Great haul, Casey! I loved Bloodlines, and am dying to read Shatter Me, Ashfall and The Pledge! I hope you enjoy them.

Books of Amber

thecheapreader said...

Shatter Me sounds intriguing! I keep hearing about it. I'll have to pick it up when it's released.

Happy reading!

Alison at The Cheap Reader

A Beautiful Madness said...

I sooo want to read The Pledge. I simply can't wait for it to come out!

Happy Reading!

Lost In Literature said...

Really great books this week! Seeing Bloodlines all over. Enjoy! :)


Lisa @ Lost in Literature

Aisle B said...

You got the Pledge and Bloodlines! Swoon worthy books... sighs in jealousy :)

Katharyn said...

Soo many swoon worthy books! Ahh! I want to read the Pledge and Shatter me so bad!

-Kat :)

Kristin said...

You got a nice set of books. I got Bloodlines this week too. I cannot wait to dive into it.
Happy Reading,
Book Sniffers Anonymous

Christy @TheReaderBee said...

Awesome mailbox!! I can't wait to get started on Shatter Me. I hope it's fab! Enjoy!

Siobhán @ Totally Bookalicious said...

Awesome imm. So many books I'm envious off
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