Saturday, May 21, 2011

In My Mailbox 42

 Books Reviewed This Week:
Working For The Devil (Dante Valentine #1) - Lilith Saintcrow
After Eden (Fallen Angels #1) - Katherine Pine

Waiting On Wednesday: Silence (Hush, Hush #3) - Becca Fitzpatrick

 Alright, so I received three books that I purchased (River Marked, Virals and Vampire Academy) and four books for review (Divergent, Illusions, Plague and Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children). Because I possess no self control, I have already devoured Divergent; which was AMAZING. I am now diving into River Marked, which I am really, really hoping that I will love. I have heard mixed reviews, but I simply refuse to believe that Patricia Briggs will let me down. I don't know when I will get to Vampire Academy, I just know that everybody on the planet has read it, so I figured it was about time I got with the program. 

Let's see.. oh Virals. I kind of am obsessed with Bones (The T.V. spin-off of the Temperance Brennan books) so I figured I would give Reich's YA book a try. I am also really excited to dig into Plague - I love the Gone books! I haven't actually read the first two books in the Wings series yet, but I have them both ready to go on my nook, so I will have to read them before getting to Illusions. I think that's all folks. Oh and a huge thank you to HarperTeen/HaperCollins and Quirk Books for sending me these awesome books for review!

River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6) - Patricia Briggs
Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She's never known any others of her kind. Until now.

An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River-one that her father's people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help...

Virals (Virals #1) - Kathy Reichs 
Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer's scent.

Fortunately, they are now more than friends they're a pack. They are Virals. 

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) - Richelle Mead
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.

Divergent (Divergent #1) - Veronica Roth
received for review from publisher

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the YA scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Illusions (Wings #3) - Aprilynne Pike
received for review from publisher
Laurel hasn't seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice.

But just as life is returning to normal, Laurel discovers that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail.

Plague (Gone #4) - Michael Grant
received for review from publisher
It's been eight months since all the adults disappeared. GONE.

They've survived hunger. They've survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach.

But enemies in the FAYZ don't just fade away, and in the quiet, deadly things are stirring, mutating, and finding their way free. The Darkness has found its way into the mind of its Nemesis at last and is controlling it through a haze of delirium and confusion. A highly contagious, fatal illness spreads at an alarming rate. Sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. And Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they'll escape - or even survive - life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love?

Plague, Michale Grant's fourth book in the bestselling Gone series, will satisfy dystopian fans of all ages.

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
received for review from publisher
 A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


Monster of Books said...

Divergent is really good :) I hope you enjoy your haul, happy reading XD

Anonymous said...

Nice haul. I really liked the Vampire Academy series (up until the 3rd or 4th book, at least...)

Happy reading!

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Jacinda (The Reading Housewives) said...

DIVERGENT! That is all! :)

Rhiannon said...

Illusions was good, really good. Crazy cliff hanger ending though, be warned!
I got Divergent this week too. Can't wait to read what all the buzz is about!

Sapphired Dragon said...

OOh! some interesting looking titles there. I am big Bobones fan also so the kathy Reichs novel looks quite nteresting as does Ms Peregrine's home for peculiar children which looks to be right up my alley.

i got divergent this week also though have not had the chance to read it yet.

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Unknown said...

I still can't decide whether to buy Virals or not.. hmm.

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Kristina said...

I really need to read The Vampire Academy series! I keep hearing such great things about it!

All your books look interesting. As creepy as it sounds, I really want to read the Peculiar Children one.


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Annette Mills said...

I really liked Virals, hope you do too. I'm planning on getting to the Vampire Academy series this summer -- I've heard good things. And I have Divergent ordered -- it just hasn't got here yet. Great stuff!

Happy reading!

Alexia561 said...

Really like the books you received! Looking forward to reading Divergent most of all. Enjoy!

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Unknown said...

A fab mailbox! I LOVED Divergent and the VA series... New Follower :)
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The Dream Read said...

Great books!
I loved Virals and the Vampire Academy series.
I also got Divergent this week and I'm looking forward to reading it and Illusions =)

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DarlingNickey said...

Really, really nice mailbox!
I'm going to immediately add that Kathy Reichs books to my reading list!

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Chelsey @ Starry Sky Books said...

River Marked was probably my favorite of the Mercy Thompson books so far since it gets into who she really is and where she comes from. Yes, absolutely loved it. Hope you enjoy it! And I'm glad see you loved Divergent, I also devoured that one. It's awesome.

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