Magic Under Glass - Jaclyn Dolamore
From book cover: Nimira's life takes an unexpected turn when she's hired by the mysterious Mr Hollin Parry to accompany an exquisite piano-playing automaton. But Nimira's happiness with her new lifestyle is short-lived. She soon discovers the the spirit of a handsome young fairy gentleman is trapped inside the machine's stiff limbs. As they gradually fall in love, they become enmeshed in a plot to save the fairy realm from a ruthless gang of sorcerers - a battle that risks their very lives.
I'm really interested to read this. It sounds unusual and a little bit whimsical, and I like both those things. A lot.
When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead
From book jacket: By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it's safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know who to avoid. Like the crazy guy on the corner.
But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda's mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then a mysterious note arrives, scrawled on a tiny slip of paper: I am coming to save your friend's life, and my own. I ask two favours. First, you must write me a letter.
The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she's too late.
I think this was originally recommended to me by Steph from Steph Su Reads, around the time I reread Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time. Apparently there's a link between the books. I'm not sure what it is, but I'm really intrigued. Plus, I read the first chapter of this one online and it sealed the deal for me.
Drawing With Light - Julia Green
From my head: I won this proof copy in a contest held by the awesome Sasha at The Sweet Bonjour. You can read a summary of the book and Sasha's own review right here. I was thrilled to win, and I actually think the plain old proof cover is pretty gorgeous.
I'm seriously excited to read this one. Recently I've been surprised to find myself getting more and more into YA realism. I'm sure the futuristic stuff will always be my favourite, but I love the variety in my reading right now.
So... what did everyone else get?