Sunday, November 22, 2009

In My Mailbox (28)



Review

Magic Under Glass (ARC) by Jackie Dolamore
Pub. Date: December 22, 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Format: Hardcover, 240pp

Synopsis
Nimira is a foreign music-hall girl forced to dance for mere pennies. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to sing with a piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new and better life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets are beginning to stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumors swirl about ghosts, a madwoman roaming the halls, and Parry's involvement with a league of sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. Then Nimira discovers the spirit of a fairy gentleman named Erris is trapped inside the clockwork automaton, waiting for someone to break his curse. The two fall into a love that seems hopeless, and breaking the curse becomes a race against time, as not just their love, but the fate of the entire magical world may be in peril.

Tangled (ARC) by Carolyn Mackler
Pub. Date: December 29, 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardcover, 320pp
Age Range: 12 and up

Synopsis (Author's Site)
Paradise wasn’t supposed to suck.

Not the state of being, but a resort in the Caribbean. Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen are all there for different reasons, but at Paradise their lives become tangled together in ways none of them can predict. Paradise will change them all.

It will change Jena, whose first brush with romance takes her that much closer to having a life, and not just reading about those infinitely cooler and more exciting. It will change Dakota, who needs the devastating truth about his past to make him realize that he doesn’t have to be a jerk just because people think he’s one. It will change Skye, a heartbreakingly beautiful actress, who must come to terms with the fact that for once she has to stop playing a role or face the consequences. And it will change Owen, who has never risked anything before and who will take the leap from his online life to a real one all because of a girl he met at Paradise….

From confused to confident and back again, one thing’s certain: Four months after it all begins, none of them will ever be the same.

Bought

Betrayals by Lili St. Crow
Pub. Date: November 2009
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Format: Paperback, 304pp
Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis
She's no angel. . .

Poor Dru Anderson. Her parents are long gone, her best friend is a werewolf, and she's just learned that the blood flowing through her veins isn't entirely human. (So what else is new?)

Now Dru is stuck at a secret New England Schola for other teens like her, and there's a big problem— she's the only girl in the place. A school full of cute boys wouldn't be so bad, but Dru's killer instinct says that one of them wants her dead. And with
all eyes on her, discovering a traitor within the Order could mean a lot more than social suicide. . .

Can Dru survive long enough to find out who has betrayed her trust—and maybe even her heart?


Shadowland by Alyson Noel
Pub. Date: November 2009
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Format: Hardcover, 339pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Series: The Immortals Series, #3

Synopsis
Enter the realm of the Immortals—the #1 New York Times bestselling series that’s been acclaimed as breathtaking, mesmerizing, flawless and extraordinary.

Ever and Damen have traveled through countless past lives—and fought off the world’s darkest enemies—so they could be together forever. But just when their long-awaited destiny is finally within reach, a powerful curse falls upon Damen…one that could destroy everything. Now a single touch of their hands or a soft brush of their lips could mean sudden death—plunging Damen into the Shadowland. Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses herself in magick—and gets help from an unexpected source…a surfer named Jude.

Although she and Jude have only just met, he feels startlingly familiar. Despite her fierce loyalty to Damen, Ever is drawn to Jude, a green-eyed golden boy with magical talents and a mysterious past. She’s always believed Damen to be her soulmate and one true love—and she still believes it to be true. But as Damen pulls away to save them, Ever’s connection with Jude grows stronger—and tests her love for Damen like never before…

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Pub. Date: December 2009
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover, 563pp
Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis
There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.


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14 comments :

  1. Ooh, you got Magic Under Glass! I've been looking forward to that one... and I will keep looking forward to that one. :P

    And everyone has Betrayals this week! Oh well - at least I now have Strange Angels to start catching up.

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  2. I got MAGIC UNDER GLASS for review and couple weeks ago and can't wait to read it! Can't wait to see what you think of it...

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  3. I got Beautiful Creatures and Betrayals this week too. I really want to read like all the books you got. Enjoy!!

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  4. Great books this week! I bought Betrayals today and can't wait to start reading it. Just finished Beautiful Creatures and it was AMAZING!!! Looking foward to Tangled. Enjoy and Happy Reading!

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  5. Tangled sounds like a cute read. I hope you enjoy it as well as other books ^^

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  6. Wow, only great-looking books for you this week! Hope you'll enjoy'em!

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  7. Great haul this week. I really need to start reading the Immortal series. Happy Reading!

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  8. Oh, Magic Under Glass sounds wonderful! I will have to add it to my list then. Happy reading!

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  9. You got a lot of great books this week, I'm so jealous of Magic Under Glass especially. Enjoy!

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  10. Looks like we are all interested in your same book, Magic Under Glass! great reads!

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  11. Oh man, Magic Under Glass looks ah-mazing! Happy reading :)

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  12. OHH Beautiful Creatures - awesome - and I just started Shadowland - I cant wait to see what happeneds! :) Enjoy your reading week!

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  13. Excellent books in your mailbox this week! Have heard good things about Beautiful Creatures and Shadowland, and looking forward to reading Betrayals.

    Enjoy!

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  14. Some great books! I'm hoping to get my hands on Beautiful Creatures at some point - I love the cover!
    My IMM post is here: Book Bundle

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