It’s Monday; it’s time for What’s In My Mailbox. This week, I have a few books that have either just come out last week, or are being released in February. One of them is contemporary YA, others are Gothic or suspense-filled reads, and there is even a paranormal book for me to check out. Are you as excited as I am to see what arrived? If there is a book that you’re particularly wanting to hear about from me OR that you’ve heard a lot of good things about? Let me know and maybe it’ll be the first book of the following that I read.
First, I have to talk about the one contemporary YA novel that I received last week. I’ve already read Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg, and you can bet that the review is coming soon. Perhaps you’ve already read Eulberg’s first novel, The Lonely Hearts Club, which came out last year. (I haven’t in case you were wondering.) I’ll admit that I’m not normally the type of person who reads modernized versions of classic novels, but this year, I’m trying to spread my reading comfort zone a little further than I did in 2010, so I thought that I’d give it a go. My sister and I are both fans of Pride and Prejudice, so after talking about it a bit, she was pretty excited to read it too. Now, I’m converted one person…anyone else interested in checking out this novel?
If you read my site regularly, then you know that I have a love of Gothic YA and suspenseful plots, so you would be quite right if you assumed that I was pretty excited when Simon & Schuster decided to send Elizabeth Woods‘ recent release, Choker. I’ve heard a smattering of excitement about Woods’ novel in the Twitterverse, but it wasn’t until I checked out the back cover that I got a hint of the storyline. It’s about a loner named Cara, nicknamed Choker by the mean girls, who is obviously delighted when her old best friend, Zoe, shows up at her house, asking to help hide her. However, when a girl goes missing and Zoe starts acting bizarrely, Cara starts wondering what her friend does all day while she’s at school. I haven’t even started this novel, and I’m already a little creeped out about what might actually be going on.
I’m also really looking forward to reading a book that Harper Collins sent me, called The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahren. It’s about 16-year-old Tamara Goodwin, who has never had to look to tomorrow because she was born into the lap of luxury. However, when her father dies suddenly, leaving a mountain of debt, Tamara and her mother must move out to the Irish country side, without access to Facebook or Twitter. However, when she finds a book with her handwriting labeled tomorrow’s date, she finally thinks she can solve some of the mysteries that have been plaguing her. I heard that this is an edge-of-your-seat suspense novel, so I can’t wait to see what Tamara gets up to.
Last, Bridget Lies Here by Paige Harbison is one of the Harlequin Teen books that I’m really looking forward to reading this winter. If it was only about a stuck up queen bee type of character, then I would only read it if I was trying to expand my reading horizons a little more. However, this novel has a great paranormal twist, which I’m hoping will be coupled with some dark humor. In case you haven’t hear the premise, in this novel Bridget, the girl who rules the school dies in a car accident and ends up in limbo, a place where all of the people she’s wronged over the years get to decide where her soul should end up. I, for one, want to know if the wronged will win or if Bridget is able to reform and win them over with her toe tag in toe.
Have you already read any of these books? What one do you think that I should read first?