In My Mailbox is a meme for sharing books bought, borrowed, or otherwise (legally) received hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren.
E-galleys for review:
Skeleton Lake by Angela Kulig (Goodreads)
Unsure if she's drowning or being saved, all Marlow wants to do is run away. Ensnared in a haunting love triangle, she realizes both boys have holes in their hearts; gaping spaces she can never hope to fill.Not at all sure about this one, but I was in the mood for something new. Looks like it will either be horrible or amazing. Stay tuned!
Scars from loving the same girl, a girl who managed to stay dead.
Now she is being hunted, for what she has become and what she never asked to be. Even as a Skeleton Marlow isn’t the worst thing in the night—she isn’t even close.
From the library:
I'm of a very mixed mind about most YA short fiction, and especially of YA anthologies, and I have no idea why. Maybe it's because I love literary short fiction so much - I find it far more enjoyable and readable than literary novels - and YA is so vastly different. Maybe it's because it's just very hard to find a single moment in a teen's life to write about when a teen's life feels inherently so big and messy. So I came in to this one (I'm about halfway through) with pretty low expectations, and some of the stories have indeed been terrible. Most of them are sweet, funny, and thought-provoking, though, and when I saw the authors included, I couldn't pass it up. Review to come!
Dark, urban fantasies come to life in the newest collection of Steampunk stories, Corsets & Clockwork. Young heroes and heroines battle evils with the help of supernatural or super-technological powers, each individual story perfectly balancing historical and fantastical elements. Throw in epic romances that transcend time, and this trendy, engrossing anthology is sure to become another hit for the fast-growing Steampunk genre!
This collection features some of the hottest writers in the teen genre, including: Ann Aguirre, Jaclyn Dolamore, Tessa Gratton, Frewin Jones, Caitlin Kittredge, Adrienne Kress, Lesley Livingston, Dru Pagliassotti, Dia Reeves, Michael Scott, Maria V. Snyder, Tiffany Trent, and Kiersten White.
Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.Picked this one up casually from the YA section when I was studying in the library and finished it in one sitting. There are no words. Well, actually, I'm sure I will find words when the time comes, as I did have a few gripes with the writing; the story, on the other hand, was one of the most powerful I've ever read and I still can't get it out of my head. I know I'm pretty much the last one to read this, but if you haven't, YOU MUST. My heart still pounds when I think about it!
Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously - and at great risk - documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.
So that's my mailbox of the past couple of weeks; how about yours? Feel free to leave links and titles in the comments!