What's In My Mailbox?: The November 29th Edition

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Now, you know I love both realistic, contemporary YA and paranormal teen fiction (among many other types of books). Some of them are hard hitting looks at real life issues, while the paranormal ones, well, they’re just a bit of fun for the most part. If you have a penchant for either of these categories of young adult novels, then maybe we can both squee in delight over the three books that I received last week for review. I mean…you wouldn’t leave me just hanging there, squeeing on my own…right?

Over the last year, I’ve head a lot of whispering about Carol Lynch Williams‘ book Glimpse over Twitter and the blog world. However, being a little unsure about reading verse novels, I didn’t quite delve as far into what it was about or into other books that the author had written. Having recently received two of Williams’ other books – The Chosen One and Miles From Ordinary – I’m definitely looking forward to reading these, and maybe eventually, the one that was released this year.

For those who haven’t heard of the books by Williams I received, they break down like as follows: TheChosenOne is a story about 13-year-old Kyra, who’s been raised in an isolated and polygamous community. Her father has three wives, and Kyra has 20 brothers and sisters, but she doesn’t resist their beliefs too much. Only reading a few forbidden books and meeting a boy she hopes could choose as her husband. When the Prophet states that she must become wife number seven to her 60-year-old uncle, she resists with all her might. (Ever since watching parts of the HBO series Big Love, I’ve been interested in polygamous communities, so definitely looking forward to this book). At the same time, I received an ARC copy of Williams’ March 2011 release, MilesFromOrdinary that I have a feeling will garner a lot of attention in the coming year. As with Kyra, this novel follows a 13-year-old girl named Lacey, but that’s where the similarities end. Lacey’s mother has been suffering up till now, but as a new, beautiful summer morning begins, Lacey begins to think that everything is turning around: she’s starting a job at the library and her mom is starting one at the grocery store. On a day that begins with such hope, the hours tick by revealing bad memories and a life that is spinning out of control. If her way with words is as good as I’ve heard, then I’m definitely looking forward to checking out her upcoming release, too.

Finally, while I’ve heard mixed reviews about Alyson Noel‘s previous books in The Immortals Series, the publisher recently sent me the latest book in the series, Night Star. In case you don’t know, this book was just released this month, and it picks up where Dark Flame left off. For those who haven’t yet read this series, it follows the character of Ever Bloom, a 16-year-old girl, whose parents, younger sister, and dog die in a tragic car accident, which causes her to relocate to Laguna Beach, California to live with her aunt. After the accident, Ever is able to see everyone’s auras, hear their thoughts, and know their life stories just by touch. Well, everyone but the dark, sexy, and mysterious Damon. While this isn’t my favorite paranormal series, there parts I do like about it so far.

What about you? Have you heard of any of these standalone novels or The Immortals series? Have you read them, and if you have, what did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts about them and whether you’re as excited as I am about the Carol Lynch Williams novels in particular.

  4 comments for “What's In My Mailbox?: The November 29th Edition

  1. The Slowest Bookworm
    November 29, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Those both sounds great. I have downloaded the Immortals series onto my Kindle, but I haven’t managed to get to them yet. They are a definite read for next year though.

  2. November 29, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Yeah, I think so too. I’d say that there are definitely both good and bad points about the Immortals series. Often I find myself reading for an hour or more, even though I only intended to read a chapter or two, but at the same time, I find that there is a lot of words used to reiterate something that happened previously (whether in an earlier book or the same one). So, for example, if you haven’t seen a character in awhile, then he/she is going to be described all over again and his/her back story will likely be given again. I’m sure that this is great if you haven’t read the series in a few months by the time you get to the next one, but if you read them right after one another as I have been doing, it isn’t necessary.

  3. November 29, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I’m a little wary of verse novels too, but Glimpse sounds SO good! I’ve heard great things about it. I also seriously need to read the Immortals series. I have book one – time to dive in! Hope you enjoy your new reads =)

  4. November 29, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Glimpse really does sound good, which is why, if I like the other two books by Carol Lynch Williams, I'll try tracking it down. Hope you like the Immortals series, Casey!

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