In My Mailbox is a meme created by Kristi of The Story Siren, where bloggers share the contents of their mailbox that week - books bought, borrowed, received... It's a great way to see lots of new books all at once, and leads to great coveting and more buying!
The great part of living in a place like New York is having an amazing library system that (usually) has every book you want, especially since I live in Brooklyn and can use both the Brooklyn and New York Public Libraries. But the downside is that when I put all these books on hold and they start rolling in, I have to start reading fast or they'll all come due and I won't be able to renew them because someone else will have put a hold on them already.... Oh, well. Forced reading time. Sounds good!
Here's my haul this week:
(Blurbs are a mix of cover/flap copy and my own impressions. I include them because I found myself wishing others would include some sort of short description, at least what category the book falls in, so here's doing my part!)
The Thing that Happened, Libby Broadbent
I found this book through the author's blog, whose posts are hysterically funny, and where she has a video of herself reading an excerpt from the book - hilarious! The book is about a small-town teacher and a tragedy that takes place in the town. But although it's about tragedy, it promises to be a really funny book. It placed third in the WFNS Atlantic Writing Competition in 2011.
From the Libraries:
Spookygirl: Paranormal Investigator, Jill Baguchinsky
Violet has always been able to see and talk to ghosts. Now she deals with a ghost lurking in the girls' locker room and tries to finish the investigation that led to her mother's sudden death. The book has a quirky tone, sounding a bit like a YA version of Grave Witch, which I loved, so I'm looking forward to it!
Firelight, Sophie Jordan
Jacinda's rebelliousness forces her family to flee the draki - dragon shapeshifters - community into the human world, and her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is Will, whose family hunts her kind...
Fated, Alyson Noel
The Soul Seekers #1
Strange things are happening to Daire. Only her grandmother recognizes them as her destiny as a Soul Seeker, one who can navigate between the world of the living and the dead. Daire sets out to harness her mystical powers and meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, who could be the guy she's meant to be with... or allied with the enemy she's meant to destroy.
Abandon, Meg Cabot
"The myth of Persephone... darkly reimagined." With Meg Cabot's wit and flare, I can't wait to see how she pulls this one off!
Where It Began, Ann Redisch Stampler
Gabby has been unnoticed up until her senior year, when she shows up a blonder, better-dressed version of ehrself, and Billy Nash believes she's the flawless girl she's pretending to be. Until she wakes up on the ground next to the remains of his BMW with no idea how she got there. Gabby wants everything to be perfect again, but she has to face the truth...
Someone Else's Life, Katie Dale
When Rosie's mother dies of Huntington's, Rosie decides to get tested, but her mother's friend tells her that she was actually switched at birth with a sick baby. Rosie joins her boyfriend on his gap year travels to leave England and find her birth mother in America. But as Rosie discovers more of her family's deeply buried secrets and lies, she is left with an agonizing decision, one with heartbreaking and far-reaching consequences.
Waking Storms, Sarah Porter
Book #2 of the Lost Voices Trilogy
Lost Voices was a heartbreaking story, and I've been waiting and waiting to read the next installment! Here it is!