Sunday, September 6, 2009

In My Mailbox

In my mailbox was created by Kristi of The Story Siren, who was inspired by Pop Culture Junkie. Here are the books I got this week...

Well, I got lots of goodies this week, much to my bank accounts dismay...I also was gifted with a few ARCs from my local independent bookstore (aren't they awesome)!

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland
(ARC/Published by EgmontUSA/December 22, 2009)

Polly Madassa is convinced she was born for a more romantic time. A time when Elizabeth Bennet and Anne of Green Gables walked along the moors and beaches of the beautiful land, a time where a distinguished gentleman called upon a lady of quality and true love was born in the locked eyes of two young lovers. But alas, she was not. This, however, does not stop our young heroine from finding romance wherever she can conjure it up. So while Polly is burdened with a summer job of delivering baked goods from her parents bakery (how quaint!) to the people in her small beach town, she finds a way to force…um…encourage romance to blossom. She is determined to bring lovers, young and old, together…whether they want to be or not.

Of All the Stupid Things by Alexandra Diaz
(ARC/Published by EgmontUSA/December 22, 2009)

It really was a stupid thing that Brent Staple did – doing it (so the rumour goes) with Chris Sanchez, one of the guy cheerleaders. Who’d have thought that Brent, the school’s hottest jock, could be gay? But the doubt about Brent doesn’t just hurt Tara – it’s the beginning of the end for an inseparable trio of friends. Tara’s training for the marathon, but also running from her father and her fear of ever being abandoned again. Beautiful Whitney Blaire’s got everything and nothing, because her parents have never had time for her. And Pinkie has a compulsive need to mother everyone to make up for the mom she never stops missing. The girls couldn’t be more different, but doesn’t that just prove the strength of their friendship? Then new-girl Riley arrives in school, wafting her long black hair and a scent of lilacs. Suddenly, Tara starts to feel things she’s never felt before for a girl - and to reassess her feelings about Brent and what he may/may not have done. Is Tara gay – or does she just love Riley? And can the map of her deepest friendships ever be redrawn in a post-Riley world?

Another Faust by Daniel & Dina Nayeri

One night, in cities all across Europe, five children vanish — only to appear, years later, at an exclusive New York party with a strange and elegant governess. Rumor and mystery follow the Faust teenagers to the city’s most prestigious high school, where they soar to suspicious heights with the help of their benefactor’s extraordinary "gifts." But as the students claw their way up — reading minds, erasing scenes, stopping time, stealing power, seducing with artificial beauty — they start to suffer the sideeffects of their own addictions. And as they make further deals with the devil, they uncover secrets more shocking than their most unforgivable sins. At once chilling and wickedly satirical, this contemporary reimagining of the Faustian bargain is a compelling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption.

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
(ARC/Published by EgmontUSA/December 22, 2009)

Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away. As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel's dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul.

Geek Charming by Robin Palmer

Dylan Shoenfield is the princess of L.A.'s posh Castle Heights High. She has the coolest boyfriend, the most popular friends, and a brand-new "it" bag that everyone covets. But when she accidentally tosses her bag into a fountain, this princess comes face-to-face with her own personal frog: selfprofessed film geek Josh Rosen. In return for rescuing Dylan's bag, Josh convinces Dylan to let him film her for his documentary on high school popularity. Reluctantly, Dylan lets F-list Josh into her A-list world, and is shocked to realize that sometimes nerds can be pretty cool. But when Dylan's so-called prince charming of a boyfriend dumps her flat, her life—and her social status— comes to a crashing halt. Can Dylan—with Josh's help—pull the pieces together to create her own happily-ever-after?

I also got some cool (and shiny) bookmarks from Diana Peterfreund, author of Rampant. I'll be giving those away relatively soon!
Sorry, it's a horrible picture. My flash was not cooperating, and this was the best I could do.

Add to edit:
Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken*
(ARC/Published by EgmontUSA/March 23, 2010)

This one doesn't have an official cover yet, but the ARC cover is very pretty (it's the 4th from the left, top row).

Sydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever. Tucked away in the farthest reaches of the kingdom, her dusty village has suffered under the weight of a strangely persistent drought. That is, of course, until a wizard wanders into town and brings the rain with him. In return for this gift, Wayland North is offered any reward he desires—and no one is more surprised than Sydelle when, without any explanation, he chooses her. Taken from her home, Sydelle hardly needs encouragement to find reasons to dislike North. He drinks too much and bathes too little, and if that isn’t enough to drive her to madness, North rarely even uses the magic he takes such pride in possessing. Yet, it’s not long before she realizes there’s something strange about the wizard, who is as fiercely protective of her as he is secretive about a curse that turns his limbs a sinister shade of black and leaves him breathless with agony. Unfortunately, there is never a chance for her to seek answers. Along with the strangely powerful quakes and storms that trace their path across the kingdom, other wizards begin to take an inexplicable interest in her as well, resulting in a series of deadly duels. Against a backdrop of war and uncertainty, Sydelle is faced with the growing awareness that these events aren’t as random as she had believed—that no curse, not even that of Wayland North, is quite as terrible as the one she herself may carry.



Kristen said...

Very nice! I want some Egmont books *pouts*

Kelsey said...

Jealous of all your great books. I really want The Dark Divine. I wish my town has an independent bookstore. We don't even have a bookstore!

Tales of Whimsy said...

I'm jealous.

Sab H. said...

I want Scones & Sensibility!! Lucky you!! happy reading..

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Grrreat books, I'm particurly jealous of Scones & Sensibility and Geek Charming!!! Happy reading! :)

Sandy said...

ZOMG, Lizzy, most of the books you have, I want! xD

Scones & Sensibility! I can't wait to read that :) Oooh, you also have those other two Egmont books that I want! I'm looking forward to those reviews... *gasp* the dark divine! Me wants @___@

You've had a pretty fantastic week in book collecting ;D

Tynga said...

Thats awesome! You got quite a few books I wish i had =)
Happy reading!

Krista said...

OMG! You have like an awesome list here.....Now you just have to decide which book to start! That's the worst part for me, anyway LOL! Happy Reading!

Faye( Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm) said...

Yep! i totally jealous:P
Dark divine!!!
Enjoy ur books!

Windowpane Memoirs said...

You got Scones and Sensibility :) ... I like The Dark Divine is very good. Happy Reading!


the story siren said...

awesome books! everyone is getting bookmarks! i want some! hope you enjoy them all! happy reading!

I Want To Read That said...

vVry jealous you have The Dark Divine - i so want to read that! Look forward to your review to see if it's as good as i'm hoping it will be! Happy reading:)

Dani. said...

Great set of books! They all look really good!
I am especially jealous that you have The Dark Devine and Brightly Woven!
Happy Reading.

Rebecca said...

Great books you got this week. The Dark Divine and Another Faust sound like really good books. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

Alexia561 said...

Great collection of books this week! I'm really looking forward to reading The Dark Divine, so can't wait for your review. And Another Faust looks interesting as well. Enjoy!

Katie said...

*Awesome* books! I am counting the days until both "Scones and Sensibility" and "The Dark Devine." Seriously cannot wait for them. I am loving what Egmont is putting out. So pleased to see a new publishing house!

Happy reading!

Unknown said...

What a great bunch of books. Happy reading!

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