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Saturday, August 8, 2009

In My Mailbox: Week of August 2nd-8th

The following books made their way to my house over this past week-

For Review-
Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

About the Book - Tamsin Greene comes from a long line of witches, and she was supposed to be one of the most Talented among them. But Tamsin's magic never showed up. Now seventeen, Tamsin attends boarding school in Manhattan, far from her family. But when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very Talented sister, Tamsin agrees to find a lost family heirloom for him. The search—and the stranger—will prove to be more sinister than they first appeared, ultimately sending Tamsin on a treasure hunt through time that will unlock the secret of her true identity, unearth the sins of her family, and unleash a power so vengeful that it could destroy them all. This is a spellbinding display of storytelling that will exhilarate, enthrall, and thoroughly enchant.
Publication Date-September 14th 2009 (Clarion Books)

Contest Win- (Thanks Megan)
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

About the Book - Her new summer job comes with baggage. Scarlett Martin has grown up in a most unusual way. Her family owns the Hopewell, a small hotel in the heart of New York City, and Scarlett lives there with her four siblings - Spencer, Lola, and Marlene.
When each of the Martins turns fifteen, they are expected to take over the care of a suite in the once elegant, now shabby Art Deco hotel. For Scarlett's fifteenth birthday, she gets both a room called the Empire Suite, and a permanent guest called Mrs. Amberson.

Scarlett doesn't quite know what to make of this C-list starlet, world traveler, and aspiring autobiographer who wants to take over her life. And when she meets Eric, an astonishingly gorgeous actor who has just moved to the city, her summer takes a second unexpected turn.

Before the summer is over, Scarlett will have to survive a whirlwind of thievery, Broadway glamour, romantic missteps, and theatrical deceptions. But in the city where anything can happen, she just might be able to pull it off. Read more HERE.
Publication Date- May 1st 2009

From The Library-
The Devouring by Simon Holt

About the Book -
"When dark creeps in and eats the light,
Bury your fears on Sorry Night.
For in the winter's blackest hours,
Comes the feasting of the Vours,
No one can see it, the life they stole,
Your body's here but not your soul..."

THE VOURS: Evil, demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on Sorry Night, the darkest hours of the winter solstice.

When Reggie reads about the Vours in a mysterious old journal, she assumes they are just the musings of an anonymous lunatic. But when her little brother, Henry, begins to act strangely, it's clear that these creatures exist beyond a madwoman's imagination, and Reggie finds out what happens when fears come to life.

To save the people she loves, Reggie must learn to survive in a world of nightmares. Can she devour her own fears before they devour her?

The Devouring is an engrossing tale of terror that will have you wondering: what if your worst fears became your living nightmare? Read Sample Chapter HERE
Publication Date - September 1st 2008 (Little, Brown Young Readers)

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

About the Book -

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Borrowed -

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
About the Book -

There were no surprises in Gatlin County We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere. At least, that’s what I thought. Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

There was a curse.

There was a girl.

And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps, and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them. In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
Publication Date: December 1st 2009 (Little Brown)

What did you get in your mailbox? :)

In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by The Story Siren, where we talk about what books wegot over the past week (store purchases/mailbox deliveries/library, etc)


Kristen said...

Great book! I have Beautiful Creatures at home and really need to read it. I can't wait to read Once a Witch as well. :-D Enjoy your books this week girl!

a flight of minds said...

Wow! Lots of great books for you this week. :) I really want to read Once a Witch and Beautiful Creatures. Hope you enjoy all your books!

- Alex

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

I'm super jealous you got a copy of Beautiful Creatures - I'm dying to read that one!


Casey said...

Wow you got some great books this week. Looking forward to Once a Witch and The Devouring. And Beautiful Creatures...I'm jealous. Hope you enjoy all your books.

Leslie said...

man you have some good books this week!

Lauren said...

Ooooh... Once A Witch *and* Shiver!! Awesome.

I quite liked The Devouring, but was put off a little by the gruesome UK cover. The US one is so much more atmospheric.

Juju said...

I'm interested to see what you think of Shiver and Once A Witch :)

Sab H. said...

Shiver!! Yeah! I'm hoping I'll read that soon..

Tynga said...

Very nice!
Hope you enjoy =)

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

I have Suite Scarlett and Shiver on my TBR pile too! And I read The Devouring at the beginning of the summer and really loved it!

ModernMom said...

Oh you have some great reads here. Thanks for the reviews!

Ceri said...

Ooh, I'm loving your selections this week. Shiver sounds really good and I've been wanting to read some Maureen Johnson for a while. <3

Juju said...

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To pick up your blog award

Kate said...

You've got some great books. I love the cover of "Once a Witch".