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Saturday, May 8, 2010

In My Mailbox - May 8, 2010

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren :)

Bought a little too much this week :) Got some pretty exiciting tour books as well!
Also - no picture but I received an awesome swag pack prize from Misty over at The Book Rat - thanks Misty! Love the swag!!!

For Review from Other Shelf Tours
Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
Release Date: July 13, 2010
Reading this one now - pretty good so far.
(from Goodreads)
His love captivated her... his secrets might kill her.
Since her sister’s mysterious death, Persephone “Phe” Archer has been plagued by a series of disturbing dreams. Determined to find out what happened to her sister, Phe enrolls at Devenish Prep in Shadow Hills, Massachusetts—the subject of her sister’s final diary entry.
After stepping on campus, Phe immediately realizes that there’s something different about this place—an unexplained epidemic that decimated the town in the 1700s, an ancient and creepy cemetery, and gorgeous boy Zach—and somehow she’s connected to it all.
But the more questions she asks and the deeper she digs, the more entangled Phe becomes in the haunting past of Shadow Hills. Finding what links her to this town…might cost her her life.

For Review from Traveling ARC Tours
The Krybosian Stairpath by S.R.R. Colvin
Release Date: October 2009
A big thanks to the author for donating this one to the tour - it looks really good and I can't wait to get started!
(from Goodreads)
In a refreshing change, along comes a children's book that does not rely on magic to explain the unexplainable. The Krybosian Stairpath puts forth the notion that just because you don't understand something, it doesn't mean there must be magic behind it. Knowledge and perspective can make all the difference.
Enter a world of wonder deep inside the earth as 11-year-old geologist Madison Terrence follows her pet gopher down a stairpath portal she discovers in her family's cavern. When she descends the Krybosian Stairpath, a mystery from her family's past begins to unravel. She soon realizes her arrival in the interior world of Krybos is no accident. Madison discovers that she's been pulled into a sinister plot to destroy the most beautiful place she has ever seen.

For Review from Around the World Tours
Fire Will Fall by Carol Plum-Ucci
Release Date: May 2010
Didn't realize this is the second book of a series when I signed up for the tour. I've loved everything by Plum-Ucci I have read in the past so I'm still looking forward to starting on this one. Doesn't it sound good?
(from Goodreads)
ShadowStrike poisoned the water of Trinity Falls two moths ago. Now the Trinity Four, the teens most affected by the poison, have been isolated in a remote mansion under 24-hour medical care while scientists on four continents rush to discover a cure. Meanwhile, U.S. operatives scour the world for the bioterrorists responsible for this heinous crime, as two teen virtual spies, also infected, hunt for the criminals on the Internet. The danger remains real—for ShadowStrike has every reason to pursue the Trinity Four, and their evil plan will unleash a new designer virus that’s even deadlier than the first.

Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
Seen a lot of good reviews on this one - couldn't pass it up!
(from Goodreads)
Keep Your Head Down.
Don't Get Noticed.
Or Else.
I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Been meaning to pick this one up for a while now
(from Goodreads)
The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever! This stunning debut novel offers refreshingly clear writing and fascinating, original characters.

Trackers by Patrick Carman
Love, love, love Patrick Carman!!! This is is newest YA book and it looks like it's written in the style of Skeleton Creek which was awesome!
(from Goodreads)
In the 21st century landscape of bits and bytes, everyone leaves a digital footprint ... even the most advanced cyber criminals. And that’s where the Trackers come in. Four tech-savvy kids armed with high-tech video cameras and esoteric coding skills, the Trackers can find almost anyone, anywhere. Told through a collage of videos, text, and websites, Trackers #1 follows Adam, Finn, Lewis, and Emily as they become entangled in a high-tech, high-stakes game of cat and mouse with Shantorian, the world’s most dangerous hacker. At least, that’s who they think they’re tracking....
As the four dig deeper into the shadowy world of online crime, they soon learn that things aren’t always as they seem.

Mistwood by Leah Cypess
Debut Author! Looks wonderful.
(from Goodreads)
The Shifter is an immortal creature bound by an ancient spell to protect the kings of Samorna. When the realm is peaceful, she retreats to the Mistwod. 
But when she is needed she always comes. 
Isabel remembers nothing. Nothing before the prince rode into her forest to take her back to the castle. Nothing about who she is supposed to be, or the powers she is supposed to have. 
Prince Rokan needs Isabel to be his Shifter. He needs her ability to shift to animal form, to wind, to mist. He needs her lethal speed and superhuman strength. And he needs her loyalty--because without it, she may be his greatest threat. 
Isabel knows that her prince is lying to her, but she can't help wanting to protect him from the dangers and intrigues of the court . . . until a deadly truth shatters the bond between them. 
Now Isabel faces a choice that threatens her loyalty, her heart . . . and everything she thought she knew.

The 13th Reality Book One by James Dashner
James Dashner wrote The Maze Runner which I loved. I think this series is my MG then YA and it looks really good!
(from Goodreads)
What if every time you made a choice that had a significant consequence, a new, alternate reality was created — the life that would’ve been had you made the other choice? What if those new realities were in danger? What if it fell to you to save all the realities? 
Atticus Higginbottom, a.k.a. Tick, is an average thirteen-year-old boy until the day a strange letter arrives in his mailbox. Postmarked from Alaska and cryptically signed with the initials “M.G.,” the letter informs Tick that dangerous — perhaps even deadly — events have been set in motion that could result in the destruction of reality itself. M.G. promises to send Tick twelve riddles that will reveal on a certain day, at a certain time, at a certain place, something extraordinary will happen. Will Tick have the courage to follow the twelve clues M.G. sends to him? Will he be able to solve the riddles in time? Will Tick discover the life he was meant to live? 
The first volume of an outstanding new children’s fantasy series, The Journal of Curious Letters is filled with adventure, humor, riddles, and, oh, yes — danger... As M.G. warns Tick, Very frightening things are coming your way. Will you join Tick and his friends on an amazing journey through the Realities? What will your choice be? 

So, what's in your mailbox?


  1. OHH Shadow Hills - EAK enjoy that one!

    I also read Mistwood, but I did not love it, I hope you do - just think it was not my cup of tea!

    Enjoy them all! :)

  2. So many great books! The Krybosian Stairpath sounds simply amazing. Very unique, too. I'm sure you'll like them all!

  3. Shadow Hills and Inside Out both look really good. I hope you enjoy them all!

  4. Shadow Hills and Mistwood both sound very good. Looking forward to your thoughts on those! :)

  5. Holy Moley that is one big mailbox haul this week congrats :)

  6. Such great books! I hope you love Inside Out especially. I've got this one on order and I can't wait to read it!

  7. Ooh, good week! And you're welcome. :)

  8. I want to read Inside Out!!


  9. O wow. Great list. I want to try Mistwood and Shadow Hills :)

  10. This is my first time participating in this Monday Meme...I'm looking forward to learning about new books, new blogs, and new friends!

    The 13th Reality and Mistwod have captured my interest!

    I scored 4 books and 1 gift from Blogmania this week...come on by my blog and check them out!

    Also, I am a new follower of your blog, and would love it of you could follow me...once I reach 50 followers on GFC I plan to host my first book giveaway!


  11. I want to read The City of Ember. And the Stairpath book looks intriguing as well. Happy reading! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.


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