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In My Mailbox: Feb 20 – March 3, 2012

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren and is an opportunity to share the books I get each week. It is likely that these books will appear in a review at some point in the near future. As you can see from the dates above, I’m covering two weeks of material since I missed this post while traveling last week. Here goes…

Hardcover Books (Purchased):

Fever by Lauren DeStefano
The Catastrophic History of You & Me by Jess Rothenberg
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Partials by Dan Wells
The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
Illuminate by Aimee Agresti
Everneath by Brodi Ashton (Autographed copy)
Legend by Marie Lu (Autographed, thanks to Holli!)
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood (Autographed, thanks to Holli!)
The Secret Garden (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Frances Hodgson Burnett

E-Books (For Kindle):

The Forever Girl (Forever Girl Series #1) by Rebecca Hamilton
Awakening (The Watchers Trilogy)
 by Karice Bolton
Evernight by Claudia Gray
Six Moon Summer (Seasons of the Moon) by SM Reine

Advance Review (Net Galley):

The Académie by Susanne Dunlap
Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs
Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore
Embrace by Cherie Colyer
Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay
Pie in the Sky by Jane Smiley
The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Hanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield
Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (in addition to physical ARC)


In My Mailbox: Feb 13 – 18, 2012

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren and is an opportunity to share the books I get each week. It is likely that these books will appear in a review at some point in the near future. Below is my haul! What did you get this week?

Hardcover Books (Purchased):

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (Non-YA)
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
Looking for Alaska by John Green

E-Books (For Kindle):

Stained by Ella James
Meeting Destiny by Nancy Straight

Advance Review (Net Galley):

Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale
Spirit’s Princess by Esther M. Friesner
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman

Weekly Releases: Tuesday, February 14, 2012

These are the new releases to be expected for Tuesday, February 14, 2012.  I’ve had my eye on Scarlet for a while now and also am thinking about The Butterfly Clues. I’ve also heard some good things about The Disenchantments, and Someone Else’s Life sounds interesting. What’s on your list?

Will you be picking up any of these titles?

By A.C. Gaughen
Walker Childrens
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Purchase:  Hardcover | Kindle

Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance. Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in. It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

By Alex Flinn
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Purchase: Hardcover | Kindle

Kendra Hilferty, the witch who curses Kyle Kingsbury in Beastly, tells about her immortal existence-how she discovered she was a witch and the various ways she has used her powers to help people throughout the centuries. (Unfortunately her attempts have often backfired.) As it turns out, Kendra has actually had a hand in “Hansel and Gretel,” “The Princess and the Pea,” and “The Little Mermaid”-but these are not the fairy tales you think you know! Kendra’s reminiscences are wrapped around a real-time version of “Cinderella,” except the “ugly” stepsister is the good guy. With dark twists, hilarious turns, and unexpected endings, Bewitching is a contemporary read for fairy-tale lovers, fantasy fans, and anyone looking for more Alex Flinn.

Graffiti Moon
By Cath Crowley
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Purchase:  Hardcover | Kindle

Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she’s going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He’s out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy’s stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she’s managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they’re suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.

The Butterfly Clues
By Kate Ellison
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Purchase:  Hardcover | Kindle

Penelope (Lo) Marin has always loved to collect beautiful things. Her dad’s consulting job means she’s grown up moving from one rundown city to the next, and she’s learned to cope by collecting (sometimes even stealing) quirky trinkets and souvenirs in each new place–possessions that allow her to feel at least some semblance of home. But in the year since her brother Oren’s death, Lo’s hoarding has blossomed into a full-blown, potentially dangerous obsession. She discovers a beautiful, antique butterfly pendant during a routine scour at a weekend flea market, and recognizes it as having been stolen from the home of a recently murdered girl known only as “Sapphire”–a girl just a few years older than Lo. As usual when Lo begins to obsess over something, she can’t get the murder out of her mind. As she attempts to piece together the mysterious “butterfly clues,” with the unlikely help of a street artist named Flynt, Lo quickly finds herself caught up in a seedy, violent underworld much closer to home than she ever imagined–a world, she’ll ultimately discover, that could hold the key to her brother’s tragic death.

Arcadia Awakens
By Kai Meyer
Balzer + Bray
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Purchase:  Hardcover | Kindle

To Rosa Alcantara, the exotic world of Sicily, with its network of Mafia families and its reputation for murder and intrigue, is just that—exotic and wholly unknown. But when her life in Brooklyn begins to fall apart, she must travel there, to her family’s ancestral home, where centuries of family secrets await her. Once there, Rosa falls head over heels for Alessandro Carnevare, the son of a Sicilian Mafia family, whose handsome looks and savage grace both fascinate and unsettle her. But their families are sworn enemies, and her aunt and sister believe Alessandro is only using Rosa to infiltrate the Alcantara clan. And when Rosa encounters a tiger one night—a tiger with very familiar eyes—she can no longer deny that neither the Carnevares nor the Alcantaras are what they seem. Hidden caves, dangerous beasts roaming the hills, and a history of familial bloodlust mean that Rosa can’t trust anyone. Torn between loyalty to her family and love for their mortal enemy, Rosa must make the hardest decision of her life: stay in Sicily with her new love…or run as far and as fast as she can.

Someone Else’s Life
By Katie Dale
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Purchase:  Hardcover | Kindle

When 17-year-old Rosie’s mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington’s Disease, her pain is intensified by the knowledge that she has a fifty percent chance of inheriting the crippling disease herself. Only when Rosie tells her mother’s best friend, “Aunt Sarah,” that she is going to test for the disease does Sarah, a midwife, reveal that Trudie wasn’t her real mother after all. Rosie was swapped at birth with a sickly baby who was destined to die. Devastated, Rosie decides to trace her real mother, joining her ex-boyfriend on his gap year travels, to find her birth mother in California. But all does not go as planned. As Rosie discovers yet more of her family’s deeply buried secrets and lies, she is left with an agonizing decision of her own, one which will be the most heart breaking and far-reaching of all.

The Disenchantments
By Nina LaCour
Dutton Children’s Books
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
(February 16, 2012)
Purchase:  Hardcover | Kindle

Colby and Bev have a long-standing pact: graduate, hit the road with Bev’s band, and then spend the year wandering around Europe. But moments after the tour kicks off, Bev makes a shocking announcement: she’s abandoning their plans – and Colby – to start college in the fall.  But the show must go on and The Disenchantments weave through the Pacific Northwest, playing in small towns and dingy venues, while roadie- Colby struggles to deal with Bev’s already-growing distance and the most important question of all: what’s next?

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare
By Melissa Jensen
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
(February 16, 2012)
Purchase:  Paperback

Ella is nearly invisible at the Willing School, and that’s just fine by her. She’s got her friends – the fabulous Frankie and their sweet cohort Sadie. She’s got her art – and her idol, the unappreciated 19th-century painter Edward Willing. Still, it’s hard being a nobody and having a crush on the biggest somebody in the school: Alex Bainbridge. Especially when he is your French tutor, and lessons have started becoming, well, certainly more interesting than French ever has been before. But can the invisible girl actually end up with a happily ever after with the golden boy, when no one even knows they’re dating? And is Ella going to dare to be that girl?