In My Mailbox

Hello book people of the world :-).

This week I picked up a few goodies at the library. . .

 From Goodreads–>

The Replacement: Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world. Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs

Fever Crumb: Fever Crumb is a girl who has been adopted and raised by Dr. Crumb, a member of the order of Engineers, where she serves as apprentice. In a time and place where women are not seen as reasonable creatures, Fever is an anomaly, the only female to serve in the order. Soon though, she must say goodbye to Dr. Crumb-nearly the only person she’s ever known-to assist archeologist Kit Solent on a top-secret project. As her work begins, Fever is plagued by memories that are not her own and Kit seems to have a particular interest in finding out what they are. Fever has also been singled out by city-dwellers who declare her part Scriven. The Scriveners, not human, ruled the city some years ago but were hunted down and killed in a victorious uprising by the people. If there are any remaining Scriven, they are to be eliminated. All Fever knows is what she’s been told: that she is an orphan. Is Fever a Scriven? Whose memories does she hold? Is the mystery of Fever, adopted daughter of Dr. Crumb, the key to the secret that lies at the heart of London?

The Secret Year: Colt and Julia were secretly together for an entire year, and no one—not even Julia’s boyfriend— knew. They had nothing in common, with Julia in her country club world on Black Mountain and Colt from down on the flats, but it never mattered. Until Julia dies in a car accident, and Colt learns the price of secrecy. He can’t mourn Julia openly, and he’s tormented that he might have played a part in her death. When Julia’s journal ends up in his hands, Colt relives their year together at the same time that he’s desperately trying to forget her. But how do you get over someone who was never yours in the first place?

Stolen: Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back? The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don’t exist – almost.

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In My Mailbox

I’ve been seeing the In My Mailbox (IMM) posts for a while now, and had been meaning to join in. However, I decided to temporarily put my book buying on hold until I found a job. I’ve since read over at The Story Siren that IMM doesn’t even have to be books you bought, or even that came through your mailbox. On top of that, it doesn’t need to happen every week either, like I’d thought.

Anyhoo, I have gotten a job, at a school library no less–!:)–I’m still getting used to the idea. And so I thought I’d splurge a little and buy a few books I’ve been really dying to read for a while now: You know, those that stand out in bold amongst your many to-reads screaming, “Read me next!.” OK so I fibbed; maybe I got a couple more than “a few.” It was a splurge. Not to happen again anytime soon. . . .

Here are a few of the first batch, plus one I’m currently borrowing from the library where I work.

I feel like there should be some sort of declaratory musical introduction. Da-Da-Dun-nah: See here my first ever IMM!

Pride and Prejudice, graphic novel by Nancy Butler & Hugo Petrus

The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal

Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon

And finally, from the library:

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork.

 

 

 

 

So there they are in all their glory. I feel like I want to recommend them without even having read them yet!

I’m also borrowing a few oldies but goodies from the public library, but they may have to take a backseat to the fresh smellies. Happy reading all.

To-Reads

Since I’m currently taking a mini-vacation from children’s and young adult lit.–reading an ‘adult’ chick lit/romance novel recommended by and lent to me by a good friend–I thought I would do a post on a few of the books I’ve just recently marked as to-read on Goodreads. I don’t want the blog to feel neglected, and also, I’ve been trying to think of ways to write more regularly on here besides posting reviews. As I realize reviews can’t fill up a whole blog, unless I were an especially gifted speed-reader. It’s true I can pick up speed when I’m really invested in a story, but most times I like to savor my reads. So anyway, here I am, with this post today.

Little Red Riding Hood by The Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Daniel Egneus, published Feb. 1st 2011. Most of us have probably read this story at least once. But it’s the illustrations that are drawing me in here. A few days ago or so, I browsed inside on HarperCollins’ site, and I am officially hooked. From just the small amount revealed so far, this looks beautifully bizarre, original and utterly compelling. I can’t wait to read–see? it.

Firespell (Dark Elite #1) by Chloe Neill, published in Jan. 2010 by Signet. I discovered this one in a sort-of roundabout way, after glimpsing a positive review of the second book in the series (Hexbound) on a blog I’m fairly new to following: SupernaturalSnark. I was intrigued, mostly I think, by the cover. Secondly, by the word hex in the title. It called to mind Rachel Hawkins’ Hex Hall, which I enjoyed, and which similarly features paranormal elements and boarding school. So I decided to check out the first on Goodreads. I generally enjoy paranormals, especially with a spunky female protagonist, and I also happen to have a thing for boarding school tales. I’m pretty sure this comes from having grown up with Harry Potter. Hogwarts just rocks. Anyway, this one looks like a fun, dark time.

The True Meaning of Cleavage by Mariah Fredericks. This is an older one, published initially in 2003. But, how about that cover? I heard about this one over at readergirlz. It seems like a great contemporary about female friendship and loyalty, something I imagine is relevant to most all girls and women alike. I definitely like to mix and match with my fantasies and contemporaries. I usually crave a little bit of escapism after realism, and vice versa. This seems like it would be a nice accompaniment to a paranormal like Firespell actually.

Finally, Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher, which was published in 2009 and just recently awarded the Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award. This one grabbed my attention on Yalsa’s The Hub, and held it because its content–the story of a transgendered teen–reminds me of the 1999 oscar-winning movie, Boys Don’t Cry, which I’d seen in college during a PSY of Men and Women class, and loved. This was posted on The Hub as a suggested read for Valentine’s, with the ending message: “Love is love.” Got to love that.

*I thought it would be easier, for me in general (and on the eyes) if I just linked to the books’ Goodreads summaries, instead of posting them all here. Check them out! And, happy reading :).

Blogs and Contests

I’m totally new to the book blogging world, but making my way slowly and surely. Today, I got an email alert on my phone for an approval of a “pingback.” I’m sorry, a what? I had to look it up! I had an inkling of an idea, but still. Anyhoo, I’m super excited to have been given a shout-out on her blog by my cousin Melissa. And after having read her most recent post, I’m also excited to have stumbled upon what looks to be an awesome book blog to follow and learn from: Bookalicio.us. AND this blogger happens to be having an outrageously awesome two-year anniversary giveaway right now in which the grand prize is a NookColor! (Insert awkward, nerdy exclamatory gestures and sounds.)

And now, back to my first ever ARC: Wither! ‘Review’ coming soon.