Sunday, August 29, 2010

In My Mailbox (3)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren. This is supposedly a weekly meme that explores the mailbox and shelves of bloggers. It's been a long time since I posted my last IMM. I've been lazy. I know. I'm making up for it with this updated IMM.

For Review:

Trickster’s Girl by Hilari Bell (ARC)

In the year 2098 America isn't so different from the USA of today. But, in a post-9/11 security-obssessed world, "secured" doesn't just refer to borders between countries, it also refer to borders between states. Teenagers still think they know everything, but there is no cure for cancer, as Kelsa knows first-hand from watching her father die.

The night Kelsa buries her father, a boy appears. He claims magic is responsible for the health of Earth, but human damage disrupts its flow. The planet is dying.

Kelsa has the power to reverse the damage, but first she must accept that magic exists and see beyond her own pain in order to heal the planet.

The Bent Sword by Stephen Gashler

When a daydreaming peasant named Steffin decides to take control of his own destiny, an adventure begins that has serious consequences. Though his adventures are reckless, Steffin's passion is contagious, and he eventually recruits men to fight against his nemesis, the Lord of Boredom. Yet, the journey is difficult, and problems constantly block the path these comrades are taking. Will the Lord of Boredom succeed in quelling what could be the greatest of all adventures? The Bent Sword is as an inspiration for anyone who ever wondered why life isn’t more like a storybook.

Trance by Linda Gerber (signed ARC)

It begins with a subtle vibration, a tingling.
There is time to take only one breath.
The trance begins.
When it is through, Ashlyn is certain of two things:
Someone she knows is about to die.
And she is powerless to stop it.

The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton (Advanced Bound Manuscript)

London, 1871

Orphaned and living in an abandoned clockmaker’s shop adjoining Charing Cross railway station, sixteen year old Tiki picks the pockets of passing travelers to survive. Her efforts support not only herself, but her ‘family’ of orphans, including fragile five year old Clara.

When Tiki steals the Queen’s ring, she thinks she’s solved their problems. That is, until Rieker, a tough from the north end, shows up in Charing Cross and informs her that the ring is really a reservoir that holds an age-old truce between the world of faerie and man. Unless guarded, faeries will search for the ring and destroy it, as well as anyone who has knowledge of the ring’s location...

- This one isn’t for review yet. It’s for blurb-making. I made up the term. :)
It sounds really interesting and I'm excited to read it!

The ones I've already reviewed:

Almost to Die For by Tate Hallaway (signed ARC) Be warned. The review is slightly spoilerish.
I'm positive that I won this. I just can't remember where.

Winter Longing by Tricia Mills (signed ARC)

The Snowball Effect by Holly Nicole Hoxter (signed finished copy)

Nomansland by Lesley Hauge (ARC)


Hush Money by Susan Bischoff

Be normal, invisible. Don’t get close to anyone. Kids with psychic abilities tend to mysteriously disappear when they get noticed. Joss has spent years trying to hide. Now she has an unasked-for best friend, who is the victim of an extortion plot by the school bully, who used to like Joss, who is best friends with her long-time crush, who is actually talking to her. Life just got more complicated.

- This was provided to me through Smashwords by Susan - who was very nice!

Intrinsical by Lani Woodland

Sixteen-year-old Yara Silva has always known that ghosts walk alongside the living. Her grandma, like the other women in her family, is a Waker, someone who can see and communicate with ghosts. Yara grew up watching her grandmother taunted and scorned for this unusual ability and doesn't want that to be her future. She has been dreading the day when she too would see ghosts, and is relieved that the usually dominant Waker gene seems to have skipped her, letting her live a normal teenage life. However, all that changes for Yara on her first day at her elite boarding school when she discovers the gene was only lying dormant. She witnesses a dark mist attack Brent, a handsome fellow student, and rushes to his rescue. Her act of heroism draws the mist's attention, and the dark spirit begins stalking her. Yara finds herself entrenched in a sixty-year-old curse that haunts the school, threatening not only her life, but the lives of her closest friends as well. Yara soon realizes that the past she was trying to put behind her isn't going to go quietly.

Minder by Kate Kaynak

Sixteen-year-old Maddie Dunn needs to learn how to use her special abilities before somebody else gets hurt. Ganzfield is a secret training facility full of people like her, but it's not exactly a nurturing place. Every social interaction carries the threat of mind-control.A stray thought can burn a building to the ground.And people's nightmares don't always stay in their own heads.But it's still better than New Jersey,especially once she meets the man of her dreams?

- This one if from Erika of Erika Breathes Books. Thank you! She’s celebrating her 6-months blogoversary right now with a giveaway.

Swag + more:

Tell Me a Secret Teaser, button, bookmark and magnet
The Snowball Effect bookmarks (signed)
Hunger Postcard + Button
Trance bookmark
Angel Star Silver Bookmark from the Clearwood Collection

Thanks to:

Hilari Bell, for making an exception.
Pendrell Publishing, for remembering.
Stephen Gashler, Tricia Mills, Holly Hoxter and Linda Gerber, for the chance.
Roaring Brook Press and Kathryn Hurley, for including me in their list.
Kiki Hamilton, for the awesome bound manuscript and for the kindness.
Susan Bischoff, for the prompt 'yes.'
Jackie Kessler, for the thoughtfulness.
Erika, for Minder, for the friendship and for the big help.
Holly Cupala, for the great contests.
'Til next time!


  1. Thank you so much, Precious! I'm proud to say you're one of my closest blogger friends. I hope you enjoy Minder! :) And you got some great books this week! I can't wait to read your reviews, especially for The Faerie Ring. Sounds good!

  2. Great IMM! Trance looks so good!

  3. Awesome books, they all sound very interesting. I've been wanting to read Minder, I heard it's really good.

  4. So many awesome books! Hope you enjoy each and every one :)

  5. Wow, that is a lot of books! Trance looks really interesting! I need to pick up a copy of Almost to Die For, I've been excited to read that one. Enjoy all your books!

  6. So many great books - I can't begin to gush about each of them! Enjoy them nonetheless! :)

  7. Wow!! You have so many amazing books. Goodluck withing figuring out which one to read first :D Look forward to your reviews

  8. Awesome IMM!
    I just followed you :).