In My Mailbox (35)

Sunday April 18 , 2010
In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea @ Pop Culture Junkie is a way to share what new books you get each week.  They can be books you borrowed from the library, bought, traded, won or received for review.

So, without further adieu, the following are books I received this past week...enjoy!

by Rachel Vail
June 1st, 2010
Consistently praised by readers and reviewers for her authenticity, warmth, wit, and penetrating insight, Rachel Vail brings her finely honed voice to the issues closest to the hearts of teen readers—friendship, school, family, love, and growing up.

In Brilliant, the conclusion to the Avery sisters trilogy, Rachel Vail delivers the ultimate summer story. Sixteen-year-old Quinn is in love, but it’s not that simple. Quinn is just about perfect: She doesn’t make a fuss—even when her family is facing the loss of their home and a financial meltdown; she doesn’t get angry—even when her younger sister screams her head off straight in Quinn’s direction; and she certainly does not fall head-over-heels for a guy totally out of her league and then mistakenly go off and kiss her sister’s boyfriend…till now. 

Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising
by Jason Henderson
May 1, 2010
A descendant of legendary vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, fourteen-year-old Alex is stuck at boarding school near Lake Geneva, Switzerland, when he finds himself drawn into a web of paranormal intrigue. It turns out that Lake Geneva is also home to a secret school for vampires called the Scholomance—and now to a dangerous vampire clan lord known only as Icemaker, who’s using the Scholomance for his own dangerous endgame. 

With the help of his friends and of special agent Sangster, it’s up to Alex to fulfill his family destiny and stop Icemaker’s frightening plans once and for all. 

Forgive My Fins
by Tera Lynn Childs
May 19th, 2010
Katherine Tegen Books
Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview high school ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious, biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk – Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type – when they “bond,” it’s for life.

When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.

by Leah Cypess
April 27, 2010
Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins
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 Gardener
by S.A. Bodine
May 25, 2010
Feiwel & Friends
Mason has never known his father, but longs to. All he has of him is a DVD of a man whose face is never seen, reading a children’s book. One day, on a whim, he plays the DVD for a group of comatose teens at the nursing home where his mother works. One of them, a beautiful girl, responds. Mason learns she is part of a horrible experiment intended to render teenagers into autotrophs—genetically engineered, self-sustaining life-forms who don’t need food or water to survive. And before he knows it, Mason is on the run with the girl, and wanted, dead or alive, by the mysterious mastermind of this gruesome plan, who is simply called the Gardener.

Will Mason be forced to destroy the thing he’s longed for most? 

by Heidi Ayarbe
April 21, 2010
With a con-man dad and a long-gone mom, the only thing that makes sense to Maya is science. In fact, every time her dad’s cons go wrong, she has a scientific way to fix it, to keep both of them safe and together.

Only this time Maya’s scientific method doesn’t work. She finds herself stuck in an orphanage, and then living on the street, where scientific laws don’t apply, with two unlikely allies, and she has to learn to live on instinct alone. But when Maya goes off in search of an aunt she’s never met in hopes of finding some semblance of stability in her chaotic world, she finds something even more important: her own strength.


Callie said...

ooh Forgive my Fins! Enjoy!!

Kari (Flamingo1325) said...

Hey! Very awesome books this week! The Gardener looks really fantastic- enjoy it!

Spellboundbybooks Melissa said...

Some really cool looking covers there! I can't wait to get my hands on Mistwood. Hope you enjoy reading!

ck.twilighter said...

Forgive my Fins is on my TBR pile. I hope you enjoy!!


prophecygirl said...

Forgive My Fins and Alex Van Helsing are at the top of my wish list. Really hope you enjoy them, and happy reading!

Rebecca said...

Awesome books you got this week. The Gardener and Forgive My Fins are books I really want to read. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

Kathy Martin said...

Great books this week! I also have Mistwood and it is nearing the top of my TBR stack Compromised and Alex Von Helsing just got added to my wishlist. Happy reading!

Christina T said...

Mistwood and Forgive My Fins are both books I can't wait to read. The Gardener also looks fantastic.

I hope you enjoy all your new books!

fredamans said...

I'd read them all!! Great books this week!

Arya said...

Awesome books! Mistwood is absolutely wonderful. If you like Graceling you'll love it! =)

The Library Lurker said...

I really want to read Brilliant and Mistwood! The Gardener is on my TBR. I hope you enjoy all of your books!

Katelyn said...

You got some great books this week...oh so jealous of "Forgive My Fins" and "Mistwood"...can't wait to read your reviews!