Sunday, October 23, 2011

In My Mailbox (6)

Posted by 129 Comments

“In My Mailbox” is a meme, created by Kristi at The Story Siren, that features books I’ve 
received/ purchased/ borrowed during the current week. 

How are you all doing this week? I had a pretty uneventful one, really. It’s getting cold and steady rain is kind of boring, but great for reading (glass half full, right?). So this week I suddenly got a bunch of ARCs that I had requested as well as a few author review requests, so the list is a little crazy. I’m glad the release dates are scattered or I’d never be able to get them all posted in time. 
What I got for review (click on cover for Goodreads synopsis):
          
           
   
I want to thank Random House, Harlequin, Walker Chilren’s Book, Entangled Publishing, Taryn Browning, Jodi Lamm and Ali Cross for the review copies.

I have won
    
 Thanks to Mari of Escape In A Book & Avery of Avery’s Book Nook.
I have bought:

So I think I’m all set for a little while (or until next week at least). I’m currently reading Liesl & Po and so far it’s incredible I love it. I’m also really excited about Hunting Lila and Witch Song I have been looking forward to them for months and I only got them now. 
What have you all gotten? Make sure to leave me a link so I can drop by.

Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Posted by on 10/22/2011 • 21 Comments

Vampire Academy(Vampire Academy, #1)Richelle MeadReleased August 16th, 2007by Penguin Group

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s the very place where they’re most in danger. . .

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires make Lissa one of them forever.

This was actually better than I expected. When I read vampire or…

Fresh Batch (Oct 23rd-29th)

Posted by on 10/22/2011 • 6 Comments

This week’s hot releases

Fresh Batch features some of the hottest releases this upcoming week. The books to feature are exclusively chosen by Giselle.

Flavour of the week:                 

     Amplified      Tara Kelly

When privileged 17-year-old Jasmine gets kicked out of her house, she takes what is left of her savings and flees to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Jasmine finds the ideal room in an oceanfront house, but she needs to convince the three guys living there that she’s the perfect roommate and lead guitarist for their band, C-Side. Too bad she has major stage fright and the cute bassist doesn’t think a spoiled girl from over the hill can hack it. . . . In…

Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Posted by on 10/21/2011 • 16 Comments

The Name of the StarMaureen JohnsonReleased September 29th, 2011by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn’t notice the mysterious…

Review: Cicada by Belle Whittington

Posted by on 10/20/2011 • 16 Comments

CicadaBelle WhittingtonReleased July 14th, 2011Format: Ebook

For 17-year-old Blair Reynolds and her friends, being the bearer of secrets is getting really old. But it’s something she learns to deal with, because there’s no other option. If the people in her small town ever found out what she and her friends discovered in the woods and hid in the storage room, the whole town would be up in arms;literally. You see, folks here don’t believe in aliens from outer space. Besides, if they ever found out what two of those aliens did to one of their own, well, let’s just say what would follow would be all out war.

As the months unfold, their summer becomes consumed with secrets, puzzle pieces that don’t quite fit together, and a fight for their…

Review: Abandon by Meg Cabot

Posted by on 10/19/2011 • 24 Comments

AbandonMeg CabotReleased April 26th, 2011by Scholastic Point

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can’t help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she’s never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she’s moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can’t. Because even here, he finds her. That’s how desperately he wants her back. She knows he’s no guardian angel, and his dark world isn’t exactly heaven, yet she can’t stay away… especially since he always appears when she…

WoW (6) – Halloween Edition, Week 3

Posted by on 10/19/2011 • 70 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  With October upon us, my WoWs this month will feature books that would be perfect for a Halloween read. My pick this week:

                                    Girl of Nightmares                                     Kendare Blake

                                    Release date: 2012

Anna Dressed in Blood synopsis. (Girl of Nightmares synopsis not yet available.)

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. 

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with…

Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Posted by on 10/18/2011 • 25 Comments

The Forest of Hands and Teeth(The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)Carrie RyanReleased March 10th, 2009by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

In Mary’s world there are simple truths.

The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future-between the one she loves and…