Saturday, September 25, 2010

In My Mailbox - 9/25/10

Credit goes to The Story Siren for creating and hosting the In My Mailbox feature.


Sphinx's Queen by Esther Friesner

Ancient Egypt springs to life in this enthralling sequel to Sphinx’s Princess. As she did in Nobody’s Princess and Nobody’s Prize, author Esther Friesner offers readers a fresh look at an iconic figure, blending historical fiction and mythology in a heady concoction.
Hunted . . . Overnight, every aspect of Nefertiti’s life has changed. She is no longer living at the royal palace as the intended bride of the crown prince. Instead, she is being chased by the prince and his soldiers for a crime she did not commit.
Hidden . . . Traveling with two of her dearest friends, including the crown prince’s brother, who helped her escape, Nefertiti takes shelter in the wild hills along the Nile’s west bank. She must rely on her own resourcefulness and skills (all those secret archery lessons prove very useful) as the fugitives fight to survive.
Haunted . . . But the need for justice gnaws at Nefertiti. She is determined to plead her case to the Pharaoh and set things right. As she begins to question long-held sacred beliefs—a questioning that could alter the fabric of Egyptian society—her extraordinary journey from commoner to royalty brings adventure, intrigue, and romance.

For review:

Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell

When Ellie Faneuil first sees Michael Chase she feels an instantaneous connection. But she does not realize how much they have in common, including the ability fly and to see what others are thinking - not to mention a taste for blood. Reveling in their new powers and their growing feelings for each other, Ellie and Michael are determined to uncover what they are, and how they got this way ... together.
But the truth has repercussions neither could have imagined. Soon they find themselves center stage in an ancient conflict between fallen angels that threatens to destroy everything they love. And it is no longer clear whether Ellie and Michael will choose the same side.

The Six Crowns: Trundle's Quest by Allan Jones and Gary Chalk

Trundle’s quest to find six fabled crowns begins with Trundle’s Quest, a plentifully illustrated book with short, cliff-hanger chapters and nonstop action. Trundle and the mysterious Esmeralda, two hedgehogs, face pirates, flying ships, high-speed chases, and a collection of memorable villains and friends . . . while striving to fulfill an ancient prophecy. For readers not quite ready for the longer Redwall series by Brian Jacques and for fans of classic animal adventures such as The Tale of Despereaux and My Father’s Dragon. This is the first in a six-book series. (this was a surprise review copy and it's more for younger readers, but it does look very cute!)

Plague: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant

Eight months after every person over the age of fourteen disappeared from the town of Perdidio Beach, California, the stakes are still rising. The kids in Perdido Beach are still starving. 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 as 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? (another surprise review copy.... anyone read this series and know if you have to read them in order? I'm guessing you probably should, but I'm not sure!)

Blood and Flowers by Penny Blubaugh

Three years ago, Persia ran away from her drug-addict parents and found a home with the Outlaws, an underground theater troupe. With time, this motley band of mortals and fey, puppeteers and actors, becomes the loving family Persia never had, and soon Persia not only discovers a passion for theater but also falls in love with one of the other Outlaws. Life could not be more perfect.
Until an enemy makes an unfair accusation against the group and forces them to flee their world and hide in the neighboring realm of Faerie. But in Faerie, all is not flowers and rainbows. With bloodthirsty trolls, a hostile monarchy, and a dangerous code of magic, the fey world is far from the safe haven the Outlaws had hoped for....

Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer

Sixteen-year-old Tansy Piper moves with her grandfather and her mother, a horror writer, to the setting of her mother's next book--a secluded house outside of a tiny, desolate West Texas town. Lonely and upset over the move, Tansy escapes into her photography and the dark, seductive poems she finds hidden in the cellar, both of which lure her into the mind and world of a mysterious, troubled young man who died sixty years earlier.

Vampire Crush by A.M. Robinson

First, six mysteriously pale new students show up at Sophie McGee’s high school. Then, Sophie’s childhood nemesis James reappears, still displaying a knack for making Sophie’s blood boil. When Sophie finds out that James has a connection to the new students, she decides to investigate...never expecting her life will quickly begin to resemble a campy horror movie, complete with budding crushes and bloodthirsty villains. (this sounds a bit like a parody of the vampire genre, I've read some reviews and it's supposed to be very funny)


Daphne said...

I'm interested to hear what you think of Sphinx's Queen.

~The Book Pixie said...

We basically got the same books. lol. The cover for Sphinx's Queen is amazing and I really need to get the first one! Happy reading. :D


Sarah said...

ooh... Plague. I love the gone series!! I have Lies checked out from the library, but I haven't gotten around it reading it yet :)

Sarah said...

and yes.. I would read the Gone series in order.. I guess you don't HAVE to, but it would make more sense if you do lol

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

these all look amazing!!

Belinda said...

What a great bunch of books. I'm looking forward to reading Fallen Angels - the blurb sounds so interesting. Have a fun week!

Come See What's In My Mailbox

kirsty at the overflowing library said...

awesome books - I can't wait to read plague

I'm a new follower!

In IMMB is here

Christina T said...

Vampire Crush does sound intriguing. I still haven't read the Gone novels but I keep hearing good things. The book on your list that interests me the most is the one about Nefertiti. I love historical fiction so I'm sure I'd like it. Sounds like a YA Michelle Moran novel.

basma aal said...

An egyptian book sounds exciting to me here is my IMM:

Kate said...

All of these sound really interesting. I'm a new follower. Check out my mailbox.

- Kate

Claire @ YA Bookie Monster said...

Awesome IMM! I hope that you enjoy all of your new books!

I'm a new follower :)

Check out my IMM here!

Brittany said...

Blood & Flowers just sounds so awesome and I love the cover. Happy Reading!

Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

Wow, what a haul--Sphinx's Queen, Through Her Eyes and Blood and Flowers sound especially intriguing!

Fiction Spark said...

Plague by Michael Grant sounds interesting. you got a great list of books this week. check out mine

Blog Design by Imagination Designs all images from the Drowsy Town kit by Irene Alexeeva