In My Mailbox (11)

22 Jan

January 22, 2012

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. It’s awesome. Every week, we all get a chance to tell everyone what new books we’ve gotten so that we can tell you guys and we can all drool and squee together! Huzzah for squees!

I got some things this week, guys, that I am positively GIDDY over! GIDDY. Woot!

FROM NETGALLEY

This Is Not A Test, by Courtney Summers (June 19, 2012 from St. Martin’s Griffin). So. ZOMBIES. I’ve made a pledge to myself that this year I’m going to branch out and read things that I usually bypass. Zombies are perennially at the top of that list. They’re just not really my thing. But I’ve heard great things about this book–it basically sounds like a zombie-pocalypse Breakfast Club, where six kids are trying to stay alive by holing up in their high school while the zombies try to bust their way in–so I’m giving it a go. Amy + Zombies is going down, guys.

The Académie, by Susanne Dunlap (April 10, 2012 from Bloomsbury). Let me just get this right out in the open: I’m big fan of books set in boarding schools. Something about unsupervised kids running amok really appeals to me. I’m also a big nerdy fan of French history (seriously, the DRAMA is outrageous). This book combines those two things, with an added dash of Napoleonic family bickering and scheming rich girls. Sounds juicy! I really can’t wait to dig in to this one. 

Unbreak My Heart, by Melissa C. Walker (May 22, 2012 from Bloomsbury). I haven’t read anything by Melissa Walker yet, but this one sounds like a good, dramatic contemporary that also touches a little bit on the double-standard between guys who cheat and girls who cheat. That’s always good and infuriating. Also, I really love the idea of the story partially taking place on a boat. Close quarters and all, plus lots of time to spend with family and a new love interest.

Daughter of the Centaurs: Centauriad, book 1, by Kate Klimo (January 24, 2012 from Random House). This one sounds really intriguing. It’s about a girl who is a horse wrangler/hunter and the last human on earth who leads a band of horses. She’s eventually captured by centaurs and then things get down to business. All of that sounds really fresh, and I love reading about horses. (Centaurs! Firenze! This could rock my world. Can’t wait to see the mythology behind them here.) But what interests me the most about this book is that it’s actually not meant to be a fantasy, really, like you might expect. The Goodreads synopsis makes it sound dystopian, saying that the story is set in a future Earth. Really interesting. I hope this is a great start to a new series.

BOUGHT

Witch’s Brew: The Spellspinners of Melas County, book 1, by Heidi R. Kling (January 17, 2012 from Coliloquy). So THIS BOOK. I’ve been waiting and waiting for this one to come out for AGES, and it was finally released this past week. I snapped it right up. Because this isn’t just any old book. It’s kind of a choose your own path sort of story about witches and warlocks and forbidden love and prophecies. I’m reading it right now and it’s FAB. PLUS! This is only the first of TEN BOOKS in this series. Ten! It’s like hunkering down to watch all three extended Lord of the Rings movies back to back to back: I’m giddy with anticipation of the HEAPS of awesome coming my way. 

Arcania: Trial By Fire, book 1, by Liz Maverick (January 17, 2012 from Coliloquy). This is another interactive book from Coliloquy that sounds geek-fabulous. It’s a book about a young girl with “gifts” who gets sucked into this magical MMO-style game while investigating the truth behind her sister’s death. I read a snippet of this one a little while back, and it definitely whet my appetite. Looking forward to this one. 

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord: Throne of Glass, novella 1, by Sarah J. Maas (January 21, 2012 from Bloomsbury). GUYS. It’s highly possible that Sarah J. Maas’ THRONE OF GLASS is near the very top of my most anticipated reads of 2012. Every time I read about it–it’s an epic fantasy retelling of Cinderella, with our girl playing the role of an assassin who gets into a whole heap of drama trying to serve out a sentence for a crime–I just get this feeling that I’m going to love it so hard. I’m excited too that the publisher and the author are putting out two novellas this year featuring Celaena, and one of them–involving a pirate and slave trading and other assorted badassery–just came out today. I can’t WAIT to read it and get myself even more psyched for THRONE OF GLASS to come out in August. Woot!

Did you guys get anything squee-worthy in your mailboxes this week?

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11 Responses to “In My Mailbox (11)”

  1. Lisa! (@heylisarenee) January 22, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    CENTAURS?!

    For the love of everything sacred and holy and pure and awesome, let Centaurs be the new trend in YA.

    PLEASE.

    Happy Reading!

  2. April Books&Wine January 22, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    Dude I am so JEALOUS of your Netgalley haul.

    AHHH THIS IS NOT A TEST! SO JEALOUS SO JEALOUS!

    Can you tell that I am envious? ahahaha

  3. Kristina Ebert January 22, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    I haven’t seen many of these books, but I’m going to check them out.

    Happy reading
    http://kristina-worldofbooks.blogspot.com/2012/01/in-my-mailbox-43.html

  4. Lucy January 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    Ooh, This is Not a Test! Congrats on getting that one from Netgalley. Can’t wait to hear what you think about it. Unbreak My Heart looks wonderful too. I am loving contemporary lately.
    The ten book Witch’s Brew series intimidates me. That sounds like a big commitment- but I admit I’m curious about the Choose your own adventure thing.
    Happy reading!

  5. Cheyenne Teska January 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    This Is Not A Test sounds so good! Happy reading! ^_^

  6. Em January 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    So jealous you got This is not a Test. It sounds so good! Hope you enjoy it!
    Happy Reading!
    Em
    My IMM post
    A Beautiful Madness

  7. Alison (@AlisonCanRead) January 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    Great set! I really want to read The Academie. I saw Daughter of Centaurs at the stores. I’m curious about it.
    My IMM

  8. Radiant Shadows (@RadiantShadowss) January 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    I love the sounds of This Is Not a Test! Zombies are right up my alley! (Branching out would probably lead to more contemporary, or historical fiction) Great mailbox this week!

    Kelly
    In My Mailbox @ Radiant Shadows

  9. Katherine (@TheLadyCritic) January 22, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    THRONE OF GLASS IS AMAZING AND YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!! It’s been at the top of my To Read list since it was still titled Queen of Glass. Hell, I read it when it was being posted online and it was amazing then. I can only imagine that it’s 100000x better now. I need to get my hands on The Assassin and the Pirate Lord ASAP.

    Great books this week and happy reading!

    http://theladycriticslibrary.blogspot.com/

    • trippingbooks January 23, 2012 at 10:38 am #

      OH MY GOD, you just made me SO EXCITED!! I seriously can’t wait to read Throne of Glass. It sounds INSANELY awesome. I’m so jealous that you’ve read it!

  10. kay January 25, 2012 at 1:50 am #

    Oh what a great selection of books! For some reason Unbreak My Heart really appeals to me. And I can’t wait for This is Not a Test. Seriously!

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