In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, where bloggers come together to share what is showing up in our mailboxes, in our library totes, and in our shopping bags. Since The Story Siren is a YA blogger, I am going to feature YA and MG books on this meme. There is another Meme that I will start doing every so often on Mondays called Mailbox Monday, cool? Excellent!
SKINNY by Donna Cooner
(Scholastic; October 2012; HC 260pgs; Ages 12+)
Hopeless. Freak. Elephant. Pitiful. These are the words of Skinny, the vicious voice that lives inside fifteen-year-old Ever Davies’s head. Skinny tells Ever all the dark thoughts her classmates have about her. Ever knows she weighs over three hundred pounds, knows she’ll probably never be loved, and Skinny makes sure she never forgets it.
SHELTER (Mickey Bolitar #1) by Harlan Coben
(Speak; September 2011; PB 304pgs)
Mickey Bolitar's year can't get much worse. After witnessing his father's death and sending his mom to rehab, he's forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools.
A new school comes with new friends and new enemies, and lucky for Mickey, it also comes with a great new girlfriend, Ashley. For a while, it seems like Mickey's train-wreck of a life is finally improving - until Ashley vanishes without a trace. Unwilling to let another person walk out of his life, Mickey follows Ashley's trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that this seemingly sweet, shy girl isn't who she claimed to be. And neither was Mickey's father. Soon, Mickey learns about a conspiracy so shocking that it makes high school drama seem like a luxury - and leaves him questioning everything about the life he thought he knew
FORETOLD: 14 STORIES OF PROPHECY AND PREDICTION by Richelle Mead, Lisa McMann, Laini Taylor, Meg Cabot, Heather Brewer, and others. Edited by Carrie Ryan
(Delacorte BFYR; August 28, 2012; HC 368 pgs; Ages 12+)
Have you ever been tempted to look into the future? To challenge predictions? To question fate?It's human nature to wonder about life's twists and turns. But is the future already written—or do you have the power to alter it?
From fantastical prophecies to predictions of how the future will transpire, Foretold is a collection of stories about our universal fascination with life's unknowns and of what is yet to come as interpreted by 14 of young adult fiction's brightest stars
YESTERDAY by C.K. Kelly Martin
(Random House BFYR; September 25, 2012; HC 368 pgs; Ages 14+)
THEN: The formation of the UNA, the high threat of eco-terrorism, the mammoth rates of unemployment and subsequent escape into a world of virtual reality are things any student can read about in their 21st century textbooks and part of the normal background noise to Freya Kallas's life. Until that world starts to crumble.
NOW: It's 1985. Freya Kallas has just moved across the world and into a new life. On the outside, she fits in at her new high school, but Freya feels nothing but removed. Her mother blames it on the grief over her father's death, but how does that explain the headaches and why do her memories feel so foggy? When Freya lays eyes on Garren Lowe, she can't get him out of her head. She's sure that she knows him, despite his insistence that they've never met. As Freya follows her instincts and pushes towards hidden truths, the two of them unveil a strange and dangerous world where their days may be numbered. Unsure who to trust, Freya and Garren go on the run from powerful forces determined to tear them apart and keep them from discovering the truth about their shared pasts (and futures), her visions, and the time and place they really came from. Yesterday will appeal to fans of James Dashner's The Maze Runner, Veronica Roth's Divergent, Amy Ryan's Glow, Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and Ally Condie's Matched
DIVA (Flappers #3) by Jillian Larkin
(Delacorte BFYR; July 10, 2012; HC 320 pgs; Ages 12+)
Parties, bad boys, speakeasies—life in Manhattan has become a woozy blur for Clara Knowles. If Marcus Eastman truly loved her, how could he have fallen for another girl so quickly? Their romance mustn't have been as magical as Clara thought. And if she has to be unhappy, she's going to drag everyone else down to the depths of despair right along with her.
Being a Barnard girl is the stuff of Lorraine Dyer's dreams. Finding out that Marcus is marrying a gold digger who may or may not be named Anastasia? A nightmare. The old Lorraine would have sat by and let the chips fall where they may, but she's grown up a lot these past few months. She can't bear to see Marcus lose a chance for true love. But will anyone listen to her?
Now that the charges against her have been dropped, Gloria Carmody is spending the last dizzying days of summer on Long Island, yachting on the sound and palling around with socialites at Forrest Hamilton's swanky villa. Beneath her smile, though, Gloria's keeping a secret. One that could have deadly consequences .
THE WEDNESDAYS by Julie Bourbeau; Ill. by Jason Beene
(Alfred A. Knopf BFYR; August 14, 2012; HC 256 pgs; Ages 8-12)
EIGHTH GRADE IS MAKING ME SICK by Jennifer L. Holm; Ill by Elicia Castaldi
(Random House BFYR; August 7, 2012; HC 128 pgs; Ages 8-12)
Early Chapter Books:
ZIG ZAG KIDS #6: SUPER SURPRISE by Patricia Reilly Giff
(Wendy Lamb BFYR; August 14, 2012; HC 80 pgs; Ages 6-9)
CAPITAL MYSTERIES #14: TURKEY TROUBLE ON THE NATIONAL MALL by Ron Roy, Ill. by Timothy Bush
(Random House BFYR; August 28, 2012; HC 96 pgs; Ages 6-9)