Sunday, February 21, 2010

In My Mailbox: Week 59

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

For Review (Much Thanks Goes to A at Bloomsburry!):

Anastasia's Secret by Susan Dunlap

“Will I never see you again either?” I asked, feeling as though I was about to jump off a high mountain peak and hope to land without hurting myself. That’s how impossible everything seemed at that moment, no matter what I did.

“Perhaps we will meet again,” Sasha said, softening his voice. “But you must see that it does not matter. You have so much ahead of you. It’s your choice now. Choose the future! Choose life!”

For Anastasia Romanov, life as the privileged daughter of Russia’s last tsar is about to be torn apart by the bloodshed of revolution. Ousted from the imperial palace when the Bolsheviks seize control of the government, Anastasia and her family are exiled to Siberia. But even while the rebels debate the family’s future with agonizing slowness and the threat to their lives grows more menacing, romance quietly blooms between Anastasia and Sasha, a sympathetic young guard she has known since childhood. But will the strength of their love be enough to save Anastasia from a violent death?

Inspired by the mysteries that have long surrounded the last days of the Romanov family, Susanne Dunlap’s new novel is a haunting vision of the life—and love story—of Russia’s last princess.

I always find everything reveling around the Romanov to be completely facsnating, so I can't wait to dive into this one. :)

The Bought (This is the first time I've bought books in a long time.):

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

I'm a big fan/supporter of the Harlequin Teen line, and because of that, I can't wait to read this one! It looks great. Plus it's getting a ton of fabulous reviews!

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

Love can be a dangerous thing....
Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna's tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas in search of a new home.

But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she's far from normal. As this crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe.

I've been dying to read this for what seems like years now so I'm so happy to finally have a copy in my hands. :)

From The Library:

Very Lefreak by Rachel Cohn

Very LeFreak has a problem: she’s a crazed technology addict. Very can’t get enough of her iPhone, laptop, IMs, text messages, whatever. If there’s any chance the incoming message, call, text, or photo might be from her supersecret online crush, she’s going to answer, no matter what. Nothing is too important: sleep, friends in mid-conversation, class, a meeting with the dean about academic probation. Soon enough, though, this obsession costs Very everything and everyone. Can she learn to block out the noise so she can finally hear her heart?

Rachel Cohn makes her Knopf solo debut with this funny, touching, and surely recognizable story about a girl and the technology habit that threatens everything.

I love Rachel Cohn's book and because of that, I just know this one is going to be just as great!

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

2008 Printz Award Winner Melina Marchetta crafts an epic fantasy of ancient magic, exile, feudal intrigue, and romance that rivets from the first page.

Finnikin was only a child during the five days of the unspeakable, when the royal family of Lumatere were brutally murdered, and an imposter seized the throne. Now a curse binds all who remain inside Lumatere’s walls, and those who escaped roam the surrounding lands as exiles, persecuted and despairing, dying by the thousands in fever camps. In a narrative crackling with the tension of an imminent storm, Finnikin, now on the cusp of manhood, is compelled to join forces with an arrogant and enigmatic young novice named Evanjalin, who claims that her dark dreams will lead the exiles to a surviving royal child and a way to pierce the cursed barrier and regain the land of Lumatere. But Evanjalin’s unpredictable behavior suggests that she is not what she seems — and the startling truth will test Finnikin’s faith not only in her, but in all he knows to be true about himself and his destiny.
I keep hearing really great things about Ms. Marchetta; so I thought with Finnikin of the Rock's release, it would be a good book to start with. Plus, KRISTIN CASHORE has a blurb on the back of it! How awesome is that?!?
Fallen by Lauren Kate
There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce--and goes out of his way to make that very clear--she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

I haven't heard the greatest stuff about this one, but I decided to give it a try anyway. Maybe it'll end up surprising me.

I also got two movies, which were Post Grad and The Invention of Lying. I've seen Post Grad before and it was so funny that I just had to watch it again. I haven't see the other one before, but it certainly looks fab.

Overall: A great week with some really fabulous books! I can't wait to read them all. :) Though enough about me, what did you get this week? Anything that was the same as what I received? Let me know! :)


  1. You got a lot of great books this week! I really liked The Iron King and Bleeding Violet. I'm curious to see what you think of Fallen.

  2. I LOVE The Iron King and liked Fallen. I'm still kind of bummed because I was supposed to get a copy of Anastasia's Secret, but never did. Ah well, less than 2 weeks until it's released anyway!

  3. Wow Lauren, you got some great books this week! I wish my library had Very Lefreak, it looks so good! I haven't read the Iron King, but I've heard great things about it too. Happy reading :)

  4. Great books you got this week. I just finished reading Bleeding Violet and it was quite interesting. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

  5. Fallen was Superb!! Yay you bought Finnikin Of The Rock!! The Iron King was amazing. Enjoy all your books, Happy Reading!!

  6. Oooh, you got Anastasia's Secret! And I'll be reading Very LeFreak soon too! Looking forward to your reviews! :)

  7. I have to just say that I loved Fallen. I like five stars loved it. I hope you get to enjoy it as much as I did. Happy reading!

  8. I cant wait to buy Anastasia's secret and The Iron King, they both sound soooo good and the covers are A-mazing! :)
    Enjoy and let me know what you think of them.

  9. Superb books. Enjoy them. Happy reading :)

  10. You did get a lot of great books. I personally really enjoyed Fallen. I thought it was an interesting story with a great mystery/suspense factor.

    Hope you like everything! :)

  11. Wow, another book on Russia's Anastasia??? I still haven't read Dreaming Anastasia and now there's Anastasia's Secret! Gotta keep track of all these titles before I forget. :)

    I've heard of Post Grad but still haven't seen it. The movie wasn't shown in my country or maybe it hasn't been released yet. Hmmm, I'll just search for the DVD or the movie online. :D

    Happy reading!

  12. Awesome haul of books! The Iron King is incredible! Happy reading. :)

  13. I got Bleeding Violet this week too. And The Iron King is on its way to my house right now! :)

    Enjoy your stack of books!!

  14. I hope you enjoy those. I'm planning on getting the PB of Fallen when it comes out as it sounds fab. Happy reading!

  15. Great books! I have a few of those in my TBR pile :) Enjoy!

  16. All of the books you have look amazing and I want to read ALL of them. Hope you love them

  17. The one about Anastasia sounds good. I've always liked the Romanov too.
    I want want want The Iron King! Enjoy your books^^

  18. I bought a copy of The Iron King this week too. Anastasia's Secret looks good!

  19. Awesome books! I definitely need to find a copy of Finnikin of the Rock!

    Hope you enjoy them all :)

  20. Great selection of books. Enjoy them. Here's Mine.


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