So, I’ve been following The Story Siren for quite some time, and I’ve always been very jealous of her mailbox. Because, quite frankly, I get nothing of any interest in my mailbox. Except bills. And the occasional magazine. But, today, TODAY, is my very first In My Mailbox. I’m so excited. 🙂 This is when we reveal all the goodies that we have received over the last week.

So I arrived home on Wednesday to this very wonderful mystery box. Turned out to be some books I requested at ALA (and yes, I will hopefully, maybe, probably get those posts up before the end of the month — sorry!).

From Top to Bottom
Dark Song by Gail Giles — Just reading the back cover copy is giving me chills, so I can’t wait to read it.
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass — This one sounds similar to Willy Wonka, but it says “things are not what they seem,” so I’ll have to see.
The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney — Debut author who writes a book called Mockingbirds during the anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird, now that’s good marketing. Writing a book about date-rape when she herself has been date-raped — now that takes guts, and I feel like I need to read this book.
Jane by April Lindner — Described as “A modern romantic retelling of Jane Eyre with an iconic rock star twist.” I’m always game for a retelling, whether it’s a fairy tale or a classic.
The Daughters Break the Rules by Joanna Philbin — A casual watcher of Regis and Kelly, I’ve heard some things about this book written by his daughter. Apparently it’s a second book, so I don’t know if I’ll have to read the first one before this one. Might hold off on this one until then.
The Witches Kitchen by Allen Williams — First off, GORGEOUS cover! Really eye-catching and striking (hopefully you can tell by the picture). I don’t know how finalized it is though, since Goodreads doesn’t have one up yet, but I hope they keep it. Flipping through it to look at the illustrations on the back cover, they’re intriguing to say the least. And a story about an amnesiatic Toad who doesn’t think she was always a toad and escapes from witches, ok I’m sold on what sounds like a twist on the Frog Prince.
The Gift by James Patterson and Ned Rust — I JUST got a copy of Witch and Wizard from the library, so I’m going to hold off until I read the first one, but I’m always game for a boy and girl with magical abilities. But again, a really strong cover.
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger — Story about an unpopular girl written by a teen… SOLD! I’m not really all that keen on this cover, but the summary sounds interesting.
Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia andd Margaret Stohl — I’ll admit, I haven’t gotten to read Beautiful Creatures, but I will soon. I swear. Those ladies seemed so cool when they talked at ALA, and they seem to be doing a lot for teens. And I heard they originally wrote Beautiful Creatures because of a dare with their daughters. The fact they succeeded is amazing.

The second box of books arrived the next day, and I again did the little happy dance in my kitchen. This box came because I attended the YALSA Pre-conference, and they ran out of the freebies. In hidsight, that was a good thing, because they wouldn’t have fit in my luggage anyways.

Really cool bag that says “Well Read” Mental note to YALSA, wouldn’t it have been funny if the bags had been red instead of blue?
Tons of bookmarks listing various award winners and finalists from last year.
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus — Cool cover art + “inspired by a true adventure” stamped on the cover + 5 teens stranded on a deserted island + dreams of becoming a samurai = winner in my book.
Dark Water by Laura McNeal — Some of these covers are just outstanding, and this one is no exception. The description makes it sound like a Romeo and Juliet story between a wealthy farmer and a mute migrant worker.
Toby and the Secrets of the Tree by Timothee de Fombelle — Another sequel to a book that I feel bad that I have never heard of, although in my defense it appears on the cover it was originally published in French.
Karma Bites by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas — I’ll be quite honest, this sounds kind of young for YA, and the cover looks like a younger book also. The back describes it as a girl — whose life is falling apart — finds a “box of magic recipes” that could change her life in unexpected ways. Maybe I’ll be proven wrong though, because the reviews on Goodreads have been favorable so far.
The Carnival of Lost Souls by Laura Quimby — This debut novel involves magic, Houdini, and soul stealers. The cover is extremely bright and colorful and eye-catching (again, not sure how finalized that is though). This one I’m reading… well, soon, because it comes out in October.

This week I also received Dangerous Neighbors from We Love YA Tours. I actually met Beth Kephart at ALA during the YALSA Coffee Klatch, and I’m intrigued on how she portrays the twin sisters. Plus, again, really great eye-catching cover.

Finally, from Traveling ARC Tours, I received this past week The Deathday Letter by Shaun Hutchinson and Virus by Kathy Reichs, both of which I’ve already read and sent back. My review for The Deathday Letter will be posted shortly (I REALLY liked it), and my review for Virals won’t be up until closer to the release date (which right now, I don’t think is until November and isn’t even on Goodreads).

Plus, The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (1st book in the Kane Chronicles) just came in for me from the library, so YEAH! Do I really have to say why I’m excited about this book, the newest one by the author of Percy Jackson series, about Egyptian mythology. Have you been hiding under a rock for the last year? COME ON people. Here’s the cover to refresh anyone who doesn’t remember.

So, my week was absolutely amazing, and I can’t wait to start reading all these great books. Now I just have to finish the books from the library first… What did everyone else get?

Edit: Links to Goodreads have been added for previewing ease.

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