Saturday, November 21, 2009

In My Mailbox - 11/21/09

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Here are the new books I bought or received this week. A number of these are books I have been really looking forward to so I am pretty excited.

Hourglass by Claudia Gray

Bestselling author Claudia Gray’s Evernight series continues. In Hourglass, Bianca and Lucas have found a way to be together. But it means lying to the people who care about them the most.
After escaping from Evernight Academy, the vampire boarding school, Bianca and Lucas seek refuge with Black Cross, the elite group of vampire hunters led by Lucas’s stepfather. When Bianca’s close friend—the vampire Balthazar—is captured by Black Cross, Bianca knows she has to do whatever it takes to save him. But at what cost?

Borderline by Allan Stratton

Life’s not easy for fifteen-year-old Sami Sabiri, especially as the only Muslim kid at his private school. And when Sami catches his father in a lie, everything he’s ever known comes into question. The FBI raids his home and suddenly his family is at the center of an international terrorist investigation. Sami must fight to keep his world from unraveling.

The Rose Legacy by Kristen Heitzmann

Fleeing her idyllic home in Sonoma, California, Carina Maria DiGratia journeys to the mining town of Crystal, Colorado. Clinging to hopes of a new life, she finds reality has a harsh welcome for her. Overrun with men seeking their fortune and women bound by circumstance, the town hosts both dreams and nightmares, with little surety for tomorrow. But at least here Carina is far from the betrayal that still pierces her heart.
Early on, two men vie for her trust, but neither is what he seems. Will Carina discern the truth and confront the turmoil hidden in her own heart in time to prevent tragedy?

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

When Wayland North brings rain to a region that's been dry for over ten years, he's promised anything he'd like as a reward. He chooses the village elder's daughter, sixteen-year-old Sydelle Mirabel, who is a skilled weaver and has an unusual knack for repairing his magical cloaks. Though Sydelle has dreamt of escaping her home, she's hurt that her parents relinquish her so freely and finds herself awed and afraid of the slightly ragtag wizard who is unlike any of the men of magic in the tales she's heard. Still, she is drawn to this mysterious man who is fiercely protective of her and so reluctant to share his own past.
The pair rushes toward the capital, intent to stop an imminent war, pursued by Reuel Dorwan (a dark wizard who has taken a keen interest in Sydelle) and plagued by unusually wild weather. But the sudden earthquakes and freak snowstorms may not be a coincidence. As Sydelle discovers North's dark secret and the reason for his interest in her and learns to master her own mysterious power, it becomes increasingly clear that the fate of the kingdom rests in her fingertips. She will either be a savior, weaving together the frayed bonds between Saldorra and Auster, or the disastrous force that destroys both kingdoms forever.

The Bad Queen by Carolyn Meyer

History paints her as a shallow party girl, a spoiled fashionista, a callous ruler. Perhaps no other royal has been so maligned--and so misunderstood--as Marie-Antoinette.
From the moment she was betrothed to the dauphin of France at age fourteen, perfection was demanded of Marie-Antoinette. She tried to please everyone--courtiers, her young husband, the king, the French people--but often fell short of their expectations. Desperate for affection and subjected to constant scrutiny, this spirited young woman can't help but want to let loose with elaborate parties, scandalous fashions, and unimaginable luxuries. But as Marie-Antoinette's lifestyle gets ever more recklessly extravagant, the peasants of France are suffering from increasing poverty--and becoming outraged. They want to make the queen pay.
In this latest installment of her acclaimed Young Royals series, Carolyn Meyer reveals the dizzying rise and horrific downfall of the last Queen of France.

The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Bet is sixteen, very intelligent, but only knows as much as her limited education will allow. In Victorian England, girls aren't allowed to go to school.
Will is also 16, and though not related by blood, he and Bet act like brother and sister. In fact, they even look like brother and sister. And though they're both raised under the same roof, by the same kind uncle, Will has one big advantage over Bet: He's a boy, and being a boy means he isn't stuck in the grand house they call home. He gets to go out into the world--to school.
But that's not what Will wishes. He wants to join the military and learn about real life, not what's written in books.
So one night, Bet comes up with a plan. She'll go to school as Will. Will can join the military. And though it seems impossible, they actually manage to pull it off.
But once Bet gets to the school, she begins to realize the education she's going to get isn't exactly the one she was expecting.

The Sheriff's Surrender by Susan Page Davis

Gert Dooley can shoot the tail feathers off a jay at a hundred yards, but she wants Ethan Chapman to see she's more than a crack shot with a firearm. When the sheriff of Fergus, Idaho, is murdered and Ethan is named his replacement, Gert decides she has to do whatever she can to help him protect the citizenry. So she starts the Ladies Shooting Club. But when one of their numbers is murdered, these ladies are called on for more than target shooting and praying. Can Gert and the ladies of Fergus find the murderer before he strikes again?

Snow Queen by Emma Harrison

A Florida tomboy through and through, Aubrey’s beyond excited to be joining her best friend, Christie, for winter break at the Vermont inn Christie’s family owns. But Aubrey gets more than she bargained for when Christie signs her up for the local beauty pageant, which luckily comes complete with its own Prince Charming. Too bad charm doesn’t run in his family—his manipulative sister is determined to sabotage all of Aubrey’s plans. The road to Snow Queen-dom isn’t smooth for our heroine but it is hilarious, and teen girls will love following Aubrey on the journey to her happy ending.


Kelsey said...

So jealous of Brightly Woven, Hourglass, and The Bad Queen! Enjoy all your books(:

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Wow, gorgeous books! Never heard of Snow Queen before, but it sounds really cute! :) Happy reading!

Anonymous said...

Borderline looks really interesting. And I am jealous of Brightly Woven and Hourglass. Enjoy!!

in which a girl reads said...

Wow, Brightly Woven and The Bad Queen! Great week!

Happy Reading :)

Thao said...

You got a lot of cool books this week. Enjoy them all : D

Sara said...

So jealous of BRIGHTLY WOVEN!! Eeeek!

PolishOutlander said...

The Education of Bet sounds like a good read. The girl on the cover of Hourglass sort of looks like a young Carrie Fisher. Happy reading :)

Katie said...

I'm reading Brightly Woven right now. It's really great so far. Awesome books this week! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh you got Brightly Woven?! Lucky you!

Emily said...

Such great books! I'm jealous of a lot of them and my goodreads list is getting longer by the minute. Enjoy!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Wow you have a lot of great reads there! Have fun!

yuan said...

Borderline sounds very interesting. *puts on to read list*

MissA said...

Ohhhh awesome selection! I'm so jealous of all the historical fiction you get *puts good-naturedly." Borderline sounds very alluring. I really want to read the Bad Queen since I love Carolyn Meyer! The Education of Bet sounds a lot like the first Lioness boo by Tamora Pierece (Alanna, the main character switches places with her brother, except she switches so she can fight and he can learn).

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