Welcome again to In My Bookbag. This is my version of In My Mailbox, a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.
I recently signed up for NetGalley, and I received my first ebook arcs from them this week! Here’s what I picked up from NetGalley:
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
I’ve been eying this one for a while, so I’m really excited I’ll get to read it sooner than later.
The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.
If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.
And there are no strangers in the town of Near.
These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life. But when an actual stranger-a boy who seems to fade like smoke-appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.
The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.
As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know- about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.
Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.
Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson
I knew I had to read this book once I saw the publisher’s blurb. It sounds creepy and completely awesome.
“Once upon a time there was a girl who was special. This is not her story. Unless you count the part where I killed her.”
Sixteen-year-old Alison wakes up in a mental institution. As she pieces her memory back together, she realizes she’s confessed to murdering Tori Beaugrand, the most perfect girl at school. But the case is a mystery. Tori’s body has not been found, and Alison can’t explain what happened. One minute she was fighting with Tori. The next moment Tori disintegrated—into nothing.
But that’s impossible. No one is capable of making someone vanish. Right? Alison must be losing her mind—like her mother always feared she would.
For years Alison has tried to keep her weird sensory abilities a secret. No one ever understood—until a mysterious visiting scientist takes an interest in Alison’s case. Suddenly, Alison discovers that the world is wrong about her—and that she’s capable of far more than anyone else would believe.
Ashfall by Mike Mullin
I have nightmares about volcanoes erupting pretty often, and get chills when I think about the giant caldera under Yellowstone National Park. You’d think I’d stay away from a disaster book with this as the plot, right? Wrong. I MUST read this one.
Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realizethat the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlyingsupervolcano, so large that the caldera can only be seen by plane or satellite.And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue for an eruption.
For Alex, being alone for the weekend meansfreedom from his parents and the chance to play computer games and hang outwith his friends without hassle from his mother. Then Yellowstone erupts,plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alexbegins a harrowing trek, searching for his family and finding help in Darla,his travel partner. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.
I also got a couple of books from the library. I’m going to be phasing out my library check-outs coming up because I’m anticipating getting a ton of books at BEA and ALA. Still, some women love to shop, I love to browse library stacks, so it’s going to be hard to give that up for a while.
Afterlife by Claudia Gray
The ending of the last Evernight book drove me nuts! I can’t wait to see how the HUGE plot event affects the rest of this series.
In Afterlife, having become what they feared most, Bianca and Lucas face a scary new reality. They return to Evernight Academy, Lucas as a vampire and Bianca as a wraith. But Lucas is haunted by demons,both personal and supernatural. Bianca must help him fight the evil inside him – and find the power to claim her destiny at last.
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
I’m getting a little burnt out on YA dystopia lately, but the cover’s just too beautiful to not give the book a try.
By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.
When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape–before her time runs out?
Ahh, new books make me happy. Let me know what you picked up this week! And don’t forget to enter my Bleeding Violet giveaway.