What’s In My Mailbox?: The January 10, 2011 Edition

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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?

  16 comments for “What’s In My Mailbox?: The January 10, 2011 Edition

  1. Aleetha
    January 10, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I have not read those books.
    But I have seen and read the review in some blogs.
    Most of them enjoy Here Lies Bridget.
    None of them have said any words about Choker.
    I am curious about it.
    So how about reading it first? :)

  2. January 10, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Thanks for your vote, Aleetha! I am also curious about it, since as I said in the post, I hadn’t heard much about it other than that people were excited to receive it. :)

  3. Krystal
    January 10, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Hey – Simon & Schuster sent me Choker too! I was so very excited. It was the first book that I got in the mail that wasn’t a win, or something I was expecting, so I was Thrilled! I cannot wait to read it.
    I’m also really looking forward to The Book Of Tomorrow – I’ve seen it end up in a few mailboxes (not mine though). Hope you enjoy reading them!
    Check out my IMM.

  4. January 10, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Hey Krystal – Yeah, it is exciting to get a book that you weren’t expecting – it’s like discovering a new fave book when you’re browsing a bookstore. I’m looking forward to The Book of Tomorrow in part because the concept loosely reminds me of a book I loved as a teen, called A Handful of Time by Kit Pearson. It’s about a girl who finds a pocket watch that brings her back to the year when her mother was 12. Clearly, Cecelia Ahern’s book is a lot different, but it has the same magical quality.

  5. January 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I’d say go for either Choker or The Book of Tomorrow – both of those have neat-sounding premises. I haven’t seen a lot of positive response to Here Lies Bridget, unfortunately.

  6. January 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Thanks for your vote, Danya! I agree with you about the premises of Choker and The Book of Tomorrow. Oh really? I hadn’t been reading reviews about Bridget Lies Here, so I didn’t know, but I’m still doing to check it out anyway.

  7. Jenny Torres Sanchez
    January 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    All of them sound pretty good! I’d probably start out with Choker, though.

  8. January 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I must admit, I am most curious about Choker. I don’t know enough about it and I kind of want YOU to read it so then I will know if I want to or not. Thank you for throwing yourself out there….putting yourself on the line for the rest of us!

  9. January 10, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Thanks for your vote, Jenny. It seems like the majority of the voters agree with you so far.

  10. January 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks for your comment, Kristie. I think that I would feel the same way as you do (about not knowing enough about it already) if I hadn’t received a copy. I’m very happy to throw myself out there to read books that other readers want to know more about because, quite frankly, I want to know more about them too!

  11. January 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Choker, l have seen two reviews on it and both people have loved it!
    Enjoy them both =)

  12. Nicole
    January 11, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I haven’t heard or read of any of the books mentioned, but the first one I was immediately drawn to was Here Lies Bridget. The cover really drew me in – it looks so pretty, so peaceful even and than you realize the toe tag. Also, it seems that there’s a new trend (maybe it’s me, maybe not) where a lot of characters are in limbo (Radiance by Alyson Noel, If I Stay by Gayle Forman, In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth, etc) – I’d be curious to see how this pans out and compares to the rest.

  13. January 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks for your vote, Jodie!

  14. January 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Hmm, very interesting comment, Nicole. Hadn’t thought about limbo being a trend, but you are definitely on to something. I also agree with you about the cover of Here Lies Bridget. It definitely drew me in as well.

  15. January 11, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Awesome books! I’ve been wanting to read all of these for ages! I must go check out your Prom and Prejudice review now!

  16. January 12, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Glad you’re as excited as I am about this week’s What’s In My Mailbox? post, Casey. Your enthusiasm is catching!

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