May 28, 2012

In My Mailbox #3

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It's a way for book bloggers to showcase books and other literary things they've received over the past week.

Borrowed from my local library:

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Amazon synopsis: With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness forces her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is the gorgeous, elusive Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret. 

Terrier by Tamora Pierce

Amazon synopsis: Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law-enforcing Provost's Guard, and she's been assigned to the Lower City. It's a tough beat that's about to get tougher, as Beka's limited ability to communicate with the dead clues her in to an underworld conspiracy. Someone close to Beka is using dark magic to profit from the Lower City's criminal enterprises--and the result is a crime wave the likes of which the Provost's Guard has never seen before.

Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta

Amazon synopsis: Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home . . . or so he believes. Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been taken roughly and lovingly in hand by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper with a warrior's discipline. But when he is sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn, nothing could have prepared him for what he finds in its surreal royal court. Soon he must unravel both the dark bonds of kinship and the mysteries of a half-mad princess in this barren and mysterious place. It is in Charyn that he will discover there is a song sleeping in his blood . . . and though Froi would rather not, the time has come to listen.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Amazon synopsis: "You can't touch me," I whisper.
I'm lying, is what I don't tell him.
He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him.
But things happen when people touch me.
Strange things.
Bad things. 

No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.
But Juliette has plans of her own.
After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.

All of these are series, which isn't ideal. I prefer standalone novels. But I am nonetheless super excited to read some of these! All the covers look absolutely amazing! I have Melina Marchetta in the pile again - I can't help myself when it comes to her. And Tamora Pierce! I love the Alanna, Daine, and Kel quartets. I can't wait to read about another badass Tortallan female. Firelight and Shatter Me should also help me fill my current fantasy/science fiction cravings.
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Amanda loves few things better than sitting down with a cup of tea and a book. She frequently stays up far too late, telling herself she just needs to finish one more page. When she's not wrapped up in the stories of others, Amanda works as a children's librarian in a public library.


  1. I need to read Shatter Me soon, as it looks great. I do agree with you on series though...I prefer standalones most the time, b/c it's hard to keep up with series.


    1. Yes, definitely! But if the series is good enough (and has an actual end in sight), then I usually don't have a problem with it. Shatter Me is interesting so far. Definitely a unique take on YA dystopian lit.
      Thanks for commenting!

  2. I really want to read Firelight. I have heard great things about it! Hope you enjoy it! :)

    Here is my IMM

    1. Thanks for commenting! I already finished Firelight, but my thoughts on it are mixed. I'll have to sort them out before I can write my review.

  3. Looks like you got some good stuff. Firelight is on my TBR list as well. Too many books, not enough time. I love it!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    1. Yes, having too many books a dilemma, but a good one. :) I'll have to hear your thoughts on Firelight once you read it. Thanks for commenting!


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