In My Mailbox (21)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It is a way for book bloggers to post what they have received for review, borrowed from a friend, bought at the bookstore, or picked up at the library. This week was a pretty awesome book week for me. Let’s check out what I got!

For Review:

Alex Charles: The Evening Oak by Kim Reynolds

Summary: Could you believe the impossible? What if time travel is actually possible? Alex Charles is an intelligent, level-headed, high school graduate. Her parents had died in an unexpected horrific accident, when she was just 16. Friends, parties, and an unknown destiny are part of normal everyday life; but then again, she wasn’t any average girl. Enter the proverbial long-lost-uncle, Joseph Graham. Warm hearted, smart, handsome, but very mysterious due to one reoccurring issue… he is running out of time. What exactly is the “family business” that her mother kept secret all these years?

My Thoughts: I would like to thank Kim so very much for sending me not only this book but the second one in the series (I will be talking about that one next.) Kim and her family are going through tough times right now so this book is appreciated so much. As for the actual story though, it sounds wonderful. I love books about time travel!

Alex Charles: Dreams In Time by Kim Reynolds

Summary: On a cold winter’s evening in Raleigh, North Carolina, Alex Charles left 1989 and traveled into the darkness of 1942. Her mission simple: to save two boys from drowning just days before Christmas. But how could she have known the danger that awaited her in the past. Joseph Graham, her fun-loving uncle, tried to give her all the essentials necessary for time travel and changing destiny. However, he couldn’t live without his own true love, Laura Chestnut, a woman he met during the last days of the Civil War. Sometimes forever is too long to wait. Returning to 1870, Joe knew the risk, but wasn’t going back for personal gain forbidden? The rules aren’t the same this time. Even though destiny can change, how far will Alex and Joseph go to rewrite the past?

My Thoughts: This sounds like a wonderful book in the series. I cannot wait to learn more about Alex and her uncle and all of the dangers and obstacles they face!

Sophie & Carter by Chelsea Fine

Summary: While other high school seniors are dreaming about their futures, Sophie and Carter are just trying to make it through each day. Carter is overwhelmed by issues at home as he struggles to support his mother. Meanwhile, next door neighbor Sophie is left to care for her three younger siblings in place of their absent and troubled mother. All that holds these two best friends together is each other, and knowing that each night they’ll sit together on Sophie’s front porch swing and escape from reality, if just for awhile. But as their relationship reaches a turning point and high school graduation nears, will their friendship become something more?

My Thoughts: One morning I was going through all of the Goodreads giveaways and entering them (I enter ALL of them and never win!) and I cam across this book. It sounded like a super cute mini book (only 117 pages) so I instantly entered to win it.  Not even 3 hours later I got an e-mail from the author, Chelsea asking if I would be interested in receiving a review copy. I was ecstatic! The publisher sent me not one but TWO copies! I hope to have this one read soon and a review posted very shortly, with a giveaway of course! Thank you Chelsea and your wonderful publisher Karen!


Fat Kid Rules The World by K.L. Going

Summary: Troy Billings at 6’1″, 296 pounds, is standing at the edge of a subway platform seriously contemplating suicide when he meets Curt MacCrae -a sage-like, semi-homeless punk guitar genius who also happens to be a drop-out legend at Troy’s school on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

“I saved your life. You owe me lunch,” Curt tells Troy, and Troy can’t imagine refusing; after all, think of the headline: FAT KID ARGUES WITH PIECE OF TWINE.

But with Curt, Troy gets more than he bargained for and soon finds himself recruited as Curt’s drummer. “We’ll be called Rage/Tectonic. Sort of a punk rock, Clash sort of thing,” Curt informs him.

There’s only one problem. Troy can’t play the drums. Oh yes, and his father thinks Curt’s a drug addict. And his brother thinks Troy’s a loser. But with Curt, anything is possible. “You’ll see,” says Curt. “We’re going to be HUGE.”

In an outstanding, funny, edgy debut, K. L. Going presents two unlikely friends who ultimately save each other.

My Thoughts: The title of this book instantly drew me in and then I saw that it received the Printz Honor so I just had to get it. It sounds like a very different, unique story!

Everlasting by Angie Frazier

Summary: Sailing aboard her father’s trade ship is all seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen has ever wanted. But as a girl of society in 1855 San Francisco, her future is set: marry a man she doesn’t love, or condemn herself and her father to poverty.

On her final voyage before the wedding, the stormy arms of the Tasman Sea claim her father, and a terrible family secret is revealed. A secret intertwined with a fabled map, the mother Camille has long believed dead, and an ancient stone that wields a dangerous—and alluring—magic.

The only person Camille can depend on is Oscar, a handsome young sailor whom she is undeniably drawn to. Torn between trusting her instincts and keeping her promises to her father, Camille embarks on a perilous quest into the Australian wilderness to find the enchanted stone. As she and Oscar elude murderous bushrangers and unravel Camille’s father’s lies, they come closer to making the ultimate decision of who—and what—matters most.

Beautifully written and feverishly paced, Everlasting is an unforgettable journey of passion, secrecy, and adventure.

My Thoughts: This story sounds beautiful and magical and absolutely brilliant. The cover is just gorgeous! I have a feeling I am going to adore this book!

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Summary: In Mary’s world there are simple truths.

The Sisterhood always knows best.
The Guardians will protect and serve.
The Unconsecrated will never relent.
And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future-between the one she loves and the one who loves her.

And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

My Thoughts: I honestly have not heard a whole lot about this book except READ IT. IT’S SO GOOD! So that is precisely what I’ll do. I am going to read it without having any idea of what it’s about and I will most likely love it!

Beauty and the Bully by Andy Behrens

Summary: What wouldn’t a guy do to get the girl?

How will garage band front man Duncan ever get the attention of his goddess-like classmate Carly, who’s so busy trying to save the world that she won’t even look in his direction? An idea hits him, literally: when Duncan accidentally bruises himself, Carly wants to know who punched him, and vows to take care of poor widdle Dunky. But as his black eye fades, so does Carly’s devotion. Duncan needs a plan. He needs impending danger. He needs a BULLY. The search is on.

This hilarious novel plays with the certainty that teenage boys will do just about anything to get a girl’s attention.

My Thoughts: This sounds like it can be cute and funny so I am willing to try it out!

Those are all of the awesome books that I got in my mailbox this week! Don’t forget to click the book titles to add to your Goodreads accounts and as always, leave a link to your IMM in the comments section!


18 thoughts on “In My Mailbox (21)

  1. Wow! I know, it’s a little immature considering how many other great books you received, but I’m still thinking about whether to buy Beauty and the Bully or just have a little movie-schmovie day and watch the Beauty and the Beast. (Or, well.. the first season of Game of Thrones)

    The Everlasting cover is very beautiful! I already have it on my wishlist. :)

    Happy Reading!

    (Im right now checking out your fb, twitter and gr. Will follow you and would be very happy if you’re maybe returning the favor. :) XO)

  2. One of my students a couple years ago read Fat Kid Rules the World and really liked it. I tried reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth and couldn’t stick with it.

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