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Sunday, August 2, 2009

In My Mailbox (15)

For Review:

Devil’s Kiss (Signed) by Sarwat Chadda
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Pub. Date: September 01, 2009
Age Range: Young Adult

As the youngest and only female member of the Knights Templar, Bilquis SanGreal grew up knowing she wasn't normal. Instead of hanging out at the mall or going on dates, she spends her time training as a soldier in her order's ancient battle against the Unholy.

Billi's cloistered life is blasted apart when her childhood friend, Kay, returns from Jerusalem, gorgeous and with a dangerous chip on his shoulder. He's ready to reclaim his place in Billi's life, but she's met someone new: amber-eyed Michael, who seems to understand her like no one else, effortlessly claiming a stake in her heart.

But the Templars are called to duty before Billi can enjoy the pleasant new twist to her life. One of the order's ancient enemies has resurfaced, searching for a treasure that the Templars have protected for hundreds of years -- a cursed mirror powerful enough to kill all of London's firstborn. To save her city from catastrophe, Billi will have to put her heart aside and make sacrifices greater than any of the Templars could have imagined.

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Harlequin
Pub. Date: August 2009
Age Range: Young Adult
Series: Soul Screamers Series

She doesn't see dead people, but…
She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.
Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next…

Ruined: A Ghost Story by Paula Morris
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Pub. Date: August 2009
Age Range: 12

Rebecca couldn't feel more out of place in New Orleans, where she comes to spend the year while her dad is traveling. She's staying in a creepy old house with her aunt. And at the snooty prep school, the filthy-rich girls treat Rebecca like she's invisible. Only gorgeous, unavailable Anton Grey seems to give Rebecca the time of day, but she wonders if he's got a hidden agenda. Then one night, in Lafayette Cemetery, Rebecca makes a friend. Sweet, mysterious Lisette is eager to talk to Rebecca, and to show her the nooks and crannies of the city. There's just one catch: Lisette is a ghost. A ghost with a deep, dark secret, and a serious score to settle. As Rebecca learns more from her ghost friend - and as she slowly learns to trust Anton Grey-she also uncovers startling truths about her own history. Will Rebecca be able to right the wrongs of the past, or has everything been ruined beyond repair?


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (I loved this book so much - I had to buy a copy)
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Pub. Date: August 2009
Age Range: Young Adult

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

The Eternal Kiss: 12 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire (Fabulous Authors) – I can’t wait to read this one!
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Pub. Date: July 2009
Age Range: Young Adult

From the Publisher
There’s an allure to vampire tales that have seduced readers for generations. From Bram Stoker to Stephanie Meyer and beyond, vampire stories are here to stay. For those fresh-blooded fans of paranormal romance or for those whose hunt and hunger never dies, these stories have what readers want!

This collection of original tales comes from some of the hottest, most popular, and best-selling YA writers, including:
• Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Tithe)
• Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty)
• Melissa De La Cruz (Blue Blood)
• Cassandra Clare (City of Bones)
• Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires)
• Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie (Wicked)
• Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof, Queen of Cool)
• Kelley Armstrong (Women of Otherworld)
• Maria V. Snyder
• Sarah Rees Brennan
• Lili St. Crow
• Karen Mahoney
• Dina James

They will make everyone a sucker for eternal kisses.

Won from Contest @ Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Pub. Date: June 2009
Age Range: Young Adult

It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live. A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.

I Know it’s Over by C.K. Kelly Martin
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Pub. Date: September 2008
Age Range: 12 and up

Pure. Unplanned. Perfect. Those were Nick’s summer plans before Sasha stepped into the picture. With the collateral damage from his parents’ divorce still settling and Dani (his girl of the moment) up for nearly anything, complications are the last thing he needs. All that changes, though, when Nick runs into Sasha at the beach in July. Suddenly he’s neck-deep in a relationship and surprised to find he doesn’t mind in the least. But Nick’s world shifts again when Sasha breaks up with him. Then weeks later, while Nick’s still reeling from the breakup, she turns up at his doorstep and tells him she’s pregnant, and Nick finds himself struggling once more to understand the girl he can’t stop caring for, the girl who insists that it’s still over.

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pub. Date: September 2005
Age Range: Young Adult

In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: for the first time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen—terrified, but intrigued—is drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess.

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Pub. Date: May 2004
Age Range: Young Adult

Halley has always followed in the wake of her best friend, Scarlett. But when Scarlett learns that her boyfriend has been killed in a motorcycle accident, and that she's carrying his baby, she's devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. Though their friendship may be tested by the strain, like a true friendship, it will endure.

Thanks to Kristi @ The Story Siren for creating this meme.


  1. I am all over Ruined and Eternal Kiss. Seriously!

  2. Wow. You got a load of awesome books! Happy Reading :)

  3. Tons of great books! Some I have, but none of which I think I have read. Enjoy!

  4. Wow, what a haul! I've read 2 of those, and want to read the other 6! Enjoy!!

  5. Great books you got this week. A Certain Slant of Light is a really good book. Enjoy reading all your books.

  6. What a great week! I recognize many titles I'd like to read!
    I've read "A certain slant of light" and "Someone like you" and loved both of them!

  7. Awesome bunch of books. I love the books that you bought the most hehe. Shiver and I know it's over look most beautiful to me.

  8. Great books! You've added to my wishlist :)

    I read A Certain Slant of Light earlier this year and really liked it.


  9. You got a lot of great ones! Who doesn't love a classic Sarah Dessen? :)


  10. Great books this week. I loved Shiver and I might just have to buy a copy too. Enjoy your lovely books!

  11. Devil's Kiss looks awesome. Just based on the synopsis, I'm adding it to my "To-Read" list.

    I saw Ruined while I was browsing B&N yesterday. Sounded interesting. I'll be reading it when I get the chance too.

    I read A Certain Slant of Light a while ago and I loved it. I hope you enjoy it!

    And as B.A.M. Book Reviews said, "Who doesn't love a classic Sarah Dessen?"

  12. Nearly all of those are books I want! You got a terrific load of books. Happy reading! :)


  13. Great books. I really want to read that Ruined book. That looks really good. And I love Sarah Dessen.

  14. You got some great books there! I really enjoyed Devil's Kiss & Certain Slant - they're great! Happy reading!

  15. Ruined, My Soul To Take, and Shiver all look fantastic! Oh, and I'm so glad you got your copy of Along For The Ride, I hope you enjoy it. :)

  16. Wow! So many good books! Happy reading!

    - Alex

  17. You had a great week for books! I'm sure you'll enjoy them immensely.

  18. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



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