Saturday, March 26, 2011

In My Mailbox 36

 Books Reviewed This Week:
Promise (Soul Savers #1) - Kristie Cook
Wither (Chemical Garden Trilogy #1) - Lauren DeStefano
The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1) - Kelley Armstrong
The Long Weekend - Savita Kalhan

The Great Debate: Built-Ins Vs. Furniture 
Waiting On Wednesday: The Shattering - Karen Healey 
Giveaway: The Long Weekend - Savita Kalhan

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren!

68 Knots - Michael Robert Evans
from NetGalley for review
This edgy novel about a diverse group of teens who commandeer a sailboat and support themselves by pirating during one summer full of adventure and discovery, is also a subtle yet powerful novel of awakening, of coming to grips individually with the issues they face as they are on the cusp of adulthood. Written with restraint and authenticity, this powerful debut will appeal to older YA readers.

The Girl In The Steel Corset (steampunk chronicles #1) - Kady  Cross
from NetGalley for review
She thought there was something wrong with her. She was right.
Finley Jayne has known for quite some time that she isn’t ‘normal,’ but when she beats up the son of her employer and is forced to flee, she stumbles into a world where there are bigger freaks than her. They take her in, treat her like family and demand her trust. How can Finley trust them when she can’t trust herself? And why is she drawn to the powerful Griffin as well as the dangerous Jack? She has to get herself under control before she gets into trouble she can’t get out of.

Griffin King is one of the most powerful men in Britain but he couldn’t save his best friend from almost dying. He is determined to save Finley and help her become the person he knows she can be, but there’s evil afoot in London. Machines have attacked humans under the orders of a nefarious criminal called The Machinist. He has sworn to protect his country against such a threat, but he’s never faced any foe like this. However, when he discovers The Machinist’s connection to his past, Griffin vows to end the villain once and for all — but he’ll need the help of all his friends, including the beautiful Finley Jayne – the girl in the steel corset.

The Magic Crystal (Dream Merchant Saga #1) - Lorna T. Suzuki
from author, for review
Be careful what you wish for takes on a whole new meaning…

When a good wish goes bad, a beautiful princess despised by all, a lowly court jester who was meant to be a great knight and a village idiot with a mysterious past are thrust together by fate. Made to embark on a perilous and unorthodox quest, they set off to break a dreaded curse.

Along the way, a series of trials await them in strange lands far from home. From a powerful Wizard and a shape-shifting Sprite to the flamboyant Elves and an army of mimes, they encounter an array of unforgettable friends and foes as they set off to recover a silver locket to destroy the curse.

In a race against time, pursued by a Sorcerer on the hunt for this same locket, an epic journey becomes a trying, humorous adventure of self-discovery and a test of true loyalty and friendship for this unlikely trio as they fight to survive this quest and ultimately, each other.

Sixteenth Summer - Michelle Dalton
from Simon & Schuster Galley Grab
Anna is dreading another tourist-filled summer on Dune Island that follows the same routine: beach, ice cream, friends, repeat. That is, until she locks eyes with Will, the gorgeous and sweet guy visiting from New York. Soon, her summer is filled with flirtatious fun as Anna falls head over heels in love. But with every perfect afternoon, sweet kiss, and walk on the beach, Anna can’t ignore that the days are quickly growing shorter, and Will has to leave at the end of August. Anna’s never felt anything like this before, but when forever isn’t even a possibility, one summer doesn’t feel worth the promise of her heart breaking….

The Summer of Firsts and Lasts - Terra Elan McVoy
from Simon & Schuster Galley Grab
Three sisters. One life-changing summer.
Calla loves summer because summer means Duncan. They’ve been best friends for years, but Calla has never worked up the nerve to tell him how she really feels. This summer, the summer before college, is Calla's last chance.

Violet isn't much of a rule breaker in real life. But this isn't real life, this is summer, and Violet is determined to make the most of it. Besides, a little sneaking out never hurt anyone. And sneaking out with James is 100% worth the risk...even though James is completely off-limits.

Daisy has never been the sister that boys notice, but when sparks fly with Joel at the first bonfire of summer, it seems so easy and right. So why is being his girlfriend so complicated?

The Soulkeepers - G.P. Ching
from author, for review
When fifteen-year-old Jacob Lau is pulled from the crumpled remains of his mother's car, no one can explain why he was driving or why the police can't find his mother's body. Made a ward of his uncle and thousands of miles from home, Jacob's life feels out of control.

A beautiful and mysterious neighbor, Dr. Abigail Silva, offers to use her unique abilities to help him find his mom. In exchange, she requires Jacob to train as a Soulkeeper, the biologically gifted warrior she swears he is.

He agrees to her demands, desperate for any clue to the mystery of his mother's disappearance. But soon Jacob finds himself trapped in a web of half-truths, and questions Dr. Silva's motives for helping him.

Wrapped - Jennifer Bradbury
from Simon & Schuster Galley Grab
Agnes Wilkins is standing in front of an Egyptian mummy, about to make the first cut into the wrappings, about to unlock ancient (and not-so-ancient) history. Maybe you think this girl is wearing a pith helmet with antique dust swirling around her.
Maybe you think she is a young Egyptologist who has arrived in Cairo on camelback.
Maybe she would like to think that too. Agnes Wilkins dreams of adventures that reach beyond the garden walls, but reality for a seventeen-year-old debutante in 1815 London does not allow for camels—or dust, even. No, Agnes can only see a mummy when she is wearing a new silk gown and standing on the verdant lawns of Lord Showalter’s estate, with chaperones fussing about and strolling sitar players straining to create an exotic “atmosphere” for the first party of the season. An unwrapping.
This is the start of it all, Agnes’s debut season, the pretty girl parade that offers only ever-shrinking options: home, husband, and high society. It’s also the start of something else, because the mummy Agnes unwraps isn’t just a mummy. It’s a host for a secret that could unravel a new destiny—unleashing mystery, an international intrigue, and possibly a curse in the bargain.
Get wrapped up in the adventure . . . but keep your wits about you, dear Agnes.


Anonymous said...

Oh my, the cover for The Girl in the Steel Corset is making me weak in the knees! & I can't wait to read Sixteenth Summer and The Summer of Firsts and Lasts! I'm getting excited for summer just looking at the covers!

Here's my IMM!

Rebecca said...

Great books you got this week. The Summer of Firsts and Lasts is really good. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

Unknown said...

Looks like a lot of people have grabbed Wrapped! The cover is amazing. ^^

Unknown said...

Looks like a lot of people have grabbed Wrapped! The cover is amazing. ^^


Amber (Books of Amber) said...

68 Knots sounds brilliant! I may have to request it.
Excellent books! There are a lot of summery books coming out, ready for summer 2011 - it makes me so excited!

Christy @ TheReaderBee said...

I can't wait to start on The Girl in the Steel Corset! That cover is gorgeous. Enjoy all your awesome reads!

Sally said...

Ooooh I got 68 Knots and The Girl in the Steel Corset along with a couple of the others too.
Happy reading.

Scarlett said...

68 Knots sounds amazing! Glad you brought my attention to it! I really want to read The Girl in the Steel Corset. I'm excited to see what you think! My IMM

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