What's In My Mailbox?: The September 13th Edition

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If you’ve been following my tweets, recent reviews (in one case) and messages on the YA Book Shelf Facebook page, then you might have an inkling of the teen paranormal, dystopian, and fantasy reads that recently made their way into my mailbox. If not and you’re looking for some great recommendations from any one of these genres, then keep reading to learn why I’m enthused about reading the following books.

Some teen paranormal fiction lovers have had mixed reactions to Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. When I received it in the mail along with the follow up, Crescendo, recently, I couldn’t help but dive right into these books. Check out my review of Hush,Hush (and wait in anticipation until I have the chance to post my thoughts on the sequel) to find out why I was drawn to these books with a magnetic pull. The twists and turns will keep you in suspense, but not for long if you devour them as quickly as I did. icon smile What's In My Mailbox?: The September 13th Edition

Since finishing the Hunger Games trilogy, I’ve been craving more Dystopian YA fiction to sooth the loss this story from my reading outook. I know I’m not the only one as several posts and conversations I’ve had on Twitter will prove. Now, I can’t wait to dive right into several titles that mysteriously arrived around the same time, including the first two books in Patrick Ness‘ Chaos Walking trilogy, The Knife Of Never Letting Go and The Ask And The Answer. This series – about a world without any women and where men can hear each others thoughts as a loud and constant noise - is, according to my sources, better than Suzanne Collins’ trilogy, so I can’t wait to read them. Similarly, Ally Condie‘s Matched about a society that decides every aspect about your life, including who you love. Cassia, trusts their judgment implicitly until they choose two different people to be her ideal match. Can she choose between perfection and passion – something that was never intended?

Next, Catherine Fisher‘s Incarceron, which is a YA Dystopic fantasy about a prison – the size of which has never been seen – and where legend has it that only one man has ever escaped. Finn, a 17-year-old prisoner, believes that at one time – outside of his memory – he lived outside the prison walls. Can he become a legend and break free of his prison? I’ll be on the edge of my seat trying to figure out the answer myself.

Finally, for those of you who like fantasy and narratives in Ancient China, then Allison Goodman‘s duology, Eon: Dragoneye Reborn, might appeal. It has, afterall already delighted both teens and adults alike with its story of sword fighting, hidden identities, dangerous politics, sexual intrigue, and a girl masquerading as a boy. Anytime a female characters gets to do the unusual for her time and circumstances, I find myself drawn into the narrative, so it’s not surprising that I’d be interesting in checking out this book. I’m looking forward to finding out the answer, and I hope you are. Check it out and prepare to be drawn into it and soon-to-be-released sequel, Eona too.

Some of these books have been out for awhile and some have been floating in ARC version for a few months or so. Have you checked out any of them already? Are you looking forward to the end of any of these duologies and trilogies? Who knows, I might have an upcoming contest for at least one of these books…just sayin’. Let me know what you thought of books you read already or ones that you’re anticipating. icon smile What's In My Mailbox?: The September 13th Edition

  13 comments for “What's In My Mailbox?: The September 13th Edition

  1. Melissa (My World...in words and pages)
    September 13, 2010 at 11:34 am

    You have caught my attention with Patrick Ness’s book. I have not heard of it until now, and it does sound great. I hope you enjoy it. I have heard wonderful things on a few other books here too. I have thought about getting Eon and trying that series out, so I will be curious to hear the thoughts on that one. :)

    Hope you have a great week.

  2. September 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I hadn’t heard of Patrick Ness’ trilogy either until last month while I was at a book launch. Before everything started, the author who was launching her recent YA and PB book, Cecil Castellucci, mentioned this series to me. She recommended it really highly, so I’m really looking forward to checking it out. I’m also curious about Eon, and I believe the sequel comes out soon too. :)

    Have a great week yourself!

  3. September 13, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I love the way you describe Matched! Choosing between perfection and passion? That’s such a lovely way of putting it, and different from any other descriptions I’ve read. I can’t wait to read your review of that one!

  4. September 13, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks for your comment, Casey. I wish I could take all the credit, but those two words were actually used on the ARC, but in a slightly different way.

  5. Trish
    September 13, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    I’ve read the entire Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness and it is hands down my favorite dystopian ever. I love it even more than Hunger Games, and that’s saying something. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of it.

  6. September 13, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks for your comment, Trish! I’ve heard that it’s the best Dystopian series and better than the Hunger Games already. However, you saying the same thing makes me look forward to staring this series really soon. Have to finish too other books first, but them I’ll be curling up with Chaos Walking for sure. :)

  7. Alicia
    September 13, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Yes! My library has the Patrick Ness books… yeah, I have to rely on my library for most of my reading as I would like to remain married and spending money on books is really limited!! LOL!!

    As for Matched (which sounds AWESOME!), library does not have that one so I’ll be anticipating your review on it… I might have to make a trip to my local book store. :D

    I wanted to ask you, and sorry if this was already posted previously as I haven’t been following you for too long, did you ever read Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instrument Series? If you haven’t and you ever find the time (HAHA) I highly recommend those!!

  8. Alicia
    September 13, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Also Kelley Armstrong’s Darkest Powers Trilogy is good!! :)

  9. September 13, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks for your comments, Alicia! Hehehe…I know what you mean, I get books from the library where I can as well. You must let me know what you think about the Patrick Ness books. It’ll be fun to compare when we’ve both read them. :)

    Matched doesn’t come out until November 30, 2010, so maybe your library will have it in December or January, or you might have to make that trip to your bookstore at that time. :)

    I haven’t read either the Mortal Instrument series or the Darkest Powers trilogy, so thanks for the recommendations! I’ll try to fit them in at some point. :)

  10. Kat Zhang
    September 13, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Ack, I am SO jealous!! One day, I’m telling you, I will be super rich and then I will buy books like there’s no tomorrow.

    …either that, or I will learn how to survive without food and then put that money toward books ;P

  11. September 14, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Hehehe…I don’t recommend the starving for books plan. Maybe your library can help you find some of these books! :)

  12. September 18, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I have a great many of these books on my TBR as well. I keep hearing such wonderful things about the Chaos Walking series so I’ll likely jump into that as my next dystopian series.

  13. September 18, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I’m finishing up one book, and then I’m going to start the Chaos Walking series myself. Looking forward to sharing thoughts about it with you. :)

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