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Sunday, December 6, 2009

In My Mailbox (29)

For Review

The Secret Year (ARC) by Jennifer Hubbard
Pub. Date: January 07, 2010
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Format: Hardcover, 1pp
Age Range: Young Adult

Take Romeo and Juliet. Add The Outsiders. Mix thoroughly.

Colt and Julia were secretly together for an entire year, and no one—not even Julia's boyfriend— knew. They had nothing in common, with Julia in her country club world on Black Mountain and Colt from down on the flats, but it never mattered. Until Julia dies in a car accident, and Colt learns the price of secrecy. He can't mourn Julia openly, and he's tormented that he might have played a part in her death. When Julia's journal ends up in his hands, Colt relives their year together at the same time that he's desperately trying to forget her. But how do you get over someone who was never yours in the first place?

Incarceron (ARC) by Catherine Fisher
Pub. Date: January 26, 2010
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Format: Hardcover, 448pp
Age Range: Young Adult

A thrilling, high-concept fantasy for fans of Garth Nix and Nancy Farmer. Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible.

And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside- she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison, and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don't realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know.

Dragons of Darkness (ARC) by Antonia Michaelis
Pub. Date: January 2010
Publisher: Abrams,Harry N Inc
Format: Hardcover, 384pp
Age Range: Young Adult

The author-translator team behind the internationally acclaimed Tiger Moon reunites for this lush, exotic tale of fantasy and adventure—and dragons galore.

In this thrilling modern-day fable, two boys from very different backgrounds are thrown together by magic, mayhem, and a common foe. Jumar, an invisible prince, wants to free his native Nepal from invaders. Christopher, a shy German boy, wants to find his kidnapped brother. Together they embark on a journey through the wilderness of Nepal—a journey that proves to be a dangerous rite of passage. Fighting the beautiful but deadly dragons that beset the country, the two boys learn that in order to change the world, they must first change themselves.


The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Pub. Date: September 2009
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Format: Hardcover, 528pp
Age Range: Young Adult

Can love last beyond the grave?Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can’t dance. A broken leg ended her career, but Sylvie’s pain runs deeper. What broke her heart was her father’s death, and what’s breaking her spirit is her mother’s remarriage—a union that’s only driven an even deeper wedge into their already tenuous relationship.

Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment and shipping her to Alabama is her mother’s solution for Sylvie’s unhappiness. Her father’s cousin is restoring a family home in a town rich with her family’s history. And that’s where things start to get shady. As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can’t stop thinking about. Shawn Maddox, the resident golden boy, seems to be perfect in every way. But Rhys—a handsome, mysterious foreign guest of her cousin’s—has a hold on her that she doesn’t quite understand.

Then she starts seeing things. Sylvie’s lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?

Outlander (Paperback) by Diana Gabaldon
Pub. Date: August 2001
Publisher: Dell Publishing
Format: Paperback, 656pp

Unrivaled storytelling ... unforgettable characters ... rich historical detail ... these are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon's work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured millions of readers.

Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages....The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon — when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach — an "outlander" — in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord ... 1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life ... and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire ... and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

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  1. these sound like really good books. enjoy.

  2. Awesome books! I'm looking forward to The Secret Year!

  3. The Secret Year sounds so good. Happy reading! :)

  4. Wow, great books! I have Splendor Falls to read too and I've already pre-ordered The Secret Year, can't wait to read both! Happy reading to you too! :)

  5. Ooh, you have Splendour Falls, I really want to read that. Enjoy!

  6. Amazingly good books you got this week! Have fun reading them.

    The secret year sounds GREAT! :)

  7. Outlander is one of my favorite books of all time. The sequels are good but the first one is the best

  8. Great books! Outlander is on my all time favorite list. Enjoy!

  9. Wohoo!!!! Outlander! Enthusiastic thumbs up. Love, love that series. Happy reading!

  10. The splender falls looks so great. It has been on my wishlist for too long!!!Hope you like it!!!
    Happy Reading!!!

  11. Wow! You got some good ones! I can't wait for "Incarceron" and "The Secret Year"! They are both on my reading list for the debut author challenge! Happy Reading!

  12. I need to buy The Splendor Falls and I can't wait for January when The Secret Year comes out.

  13. You got an ARC of The Secret Year! I'm so jealous, I think that book sounds great. Can't wait to get my hands on it when it comes out.

  14. Fantastic book haul! I'm looking forward to Splendour Falls and I've been meaning to read Outlander for awhile. Happy reading!

  15. These all look great! Although I'm not so sure about Outlander. Enjoy reading them all!


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