Saturday, January 30, 2010

In My Mailbox (24)

IMM is a weekly meme that explores the contents of one's mailbox. IMM was started by Kristi at The Story Siren. Descriptions are from Amazon and book covers.

For Review:

A Note From an Old Aquaintance by Bill Walker
(PB/June 2009/iUniverse)

Brian Weller is a haunted man. It's been two years since the tragic accident that left his three-year-old son dead and his wife in an irreversible coma. A popular author of mega- selling thrillers, Brian's life has reached a crossroads: his new book is stalled, his wife's prognosis is dire, and he teeters on the brink of despair. Everything changes the morning an e- mail arrives from Boston artist Joanna Richman. Her heartfelt note brings back all the poignant memories: the night their eyes met, the fiery passion of their short- lived affair, and the agonizing moment he was forced to leave Joanna forever. Now, fifteen years later, the guilt and anger threaten to overwhelm him. Vowing to make things right, Brian arranges a book- signing tour that will take him back to Boston. He is eager to see Joanna again, but remains unsure where their reunion will lead. One thing is certain: the forces that tore their love asunder will stop at nothing to keep them apart. Filled with tender romance and taut suspense, A Note from an Old Acquaintance is an unforgettable story about fate, honor, and the power of true love.

I received this for review from Pump Up Your Book. This isn't normally what I would pick up, but I remember reading a really wonderful review by another blogger so I decided to give it a chance.


The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
(HC/Releases April 2010/Simon Pulse)

Everyone knows the unwritten rule:
You don't like you best friend's boyfriend.

Sarah has had a crush on Ryan for years. He's easy to talk to, supersmart, and totally gets her. Lately it even seems like he's paying special attention to her. Everything would be perfect except for two tiny details: Ryan is Brianna's boyfriend, and Brianna is Sarah's best friend.

Sarah forces herself to avoid Ryan and tries to convince herself not to like him. She feels so guilty for wanting him, and the last thing she wants to do is hurt her best friend. But when she is thrown together with Ryan one night, something happens between them. It's wonderful...and awful. Sarah is torn apart by guilt, but what she feels is nothing short of addiction, and she can't stop herself from wanting more...

Oh my gosh! This sounds unbelievable, and I can't wait to start reading it. I received this for review from 1 ARC Tours.


Merlin's Harp by Anne Eliot Crompton
(PB/Releases March 2010/Sourcebooks Fire)

Among the towering trees of magical Avalon, where humans dare not tread, lives Niviene, daughter of the Lady of the Lake and apprentice to Merlin the mage. Her people, the Fey, are folk of the wood and avoid the violence and avarice of man. But the strife of King Arthur's realm threatens even Avalon's peace, and Merlin needs his apprentice to thwart the chaos devouring Camelot. And so Niviene must use her special talents to help save a kingdom and discover the treachery of men and the beauty of love. A mystical love story, now back in print, sure to become a modern teen classic.

Doesn't this sound awesome? This was originally published in 1995, but now it's being republished and marketed towards teens. I received this from Sourcebooks Fire (a new teen imprint that looks really promising!) as part of a tour.


Beautiful Dead: Jonas by Eden Maguire
(PB/Releases March 2010/Sourcebooks Fire)

Something strange is happening in Ellerton High. Phoenix is the fourth teenager to die within a year. His street fight stabbing follows the deaths of Jonas, Summer and Arizona in equally strange and sudden circumstances. Rumours of ghosts and strange happenings rip through the small community as it comes to terms with shock and loss. Darina, Phoenix's grief-stricken girlfriend, is on the verge. She can't escape her intense heartache, or the impossible apparitions of those that are meant to be dead. And all the while the sound of beating wings echo inside her head...And then one day Phoenix appears to Darina. Ecstatic to be reunited, he tells her about the Beautiful Dead. Souls in limbo, they have been chosen to return to the world to set right a wrong linked to their deaths and bring about justice. Beautiful, superhuman and powerful, they are marked by a 'death mark' -- a small tattoo of angel's wings. Phoenix tells her that the sound of invisible wings beating are the millions of souls in limbo, desperate to return to earth. Darina's mission is clear: she must help Jonas, Summer, Arizona, and impossibly, her beloved Phoenix, right the wrong linked to their deaths to set them free from limbo so that they can finally rest in peace. Will love conquer death? And if it does, can Darina set it free?

This series is popular in the UK, and it's now being published in the US! I received this from Sourcebooks Fire as part of a tour.


Shadow by Jenny Moss
(HC/Releases April 2010/Scholastic)

In a time of kings, queens, and conspiracy, it's impossible to know whom one can trust. . . .

In a kingdom far away and long ago, it was prophesied at her birth that the queen would die before her sixteenth birthday. So Shadow, an orphan girl the same age as the young queen, was given the duty to watch her every move. And as prophesies do tend to come true, the queen is poisoned days before her birthday. When the castle is thrown into chaos, Shadow escapes with a young knight, whom she believes was betrothed to the queen.

Unsure of why she is following Sir Kenway, but determined to escape as far as possible from the castle, her long-time prison, Shadow sets off on an adventure with the handsome knight who has been charged with protecting her. As mystery builds, and romantic tension does, too, Shadow begins to wonder what her role in the kingdom truly is. Soon, she learns, it is up to her to save her land.

I received this for review from Around The World Tours.


wtf by Peter Lerangis
(PB/November 2009/Simon Pulse)

On one Friday night these six will test their limits to the extreme. Some are driven by lust, others by greed. One just wants to have fun, and another desires to be free. If everything goes as planned, they all get what they want. But within twenty-four hours, bones will break, bodies will touch, hearts will race, guns will be drawn, and everything will go oh so very wrong...

I received this from Simon & Schuster for review. Why? I have no idea. I didn't even know they had my address... Oh well! Sounds like an exciting book.

I had a great week! What about you?

8 comments:

  1. Awesome books! I can't wait 2 see what you think about the Source fire books!

    Happy reading!

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  2. The Unwritten Rule! Wow! Hope you enjoy it :D

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  3. Merlin's Harp and Beautiful Dead are books I've been dying to read! Great mailbox!

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  4. Great books you got this week, they all look really good. I love the cover of the Beautiful Dead book. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

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  5. The Unwritten Rule is really good! You'll love it! :-D

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  6. Ooh you have Merlin's Harp. That is very exciting. Cannot wait to hear what you think of it. Enjoy!

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  7. I'm jealous, I can't wait for Merlin's Harp! I'll definitely be looking forward to the review. Happy reading :)

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