Sunday, September 26, 2010

In My Mailbox and Mailbox Monday - 9/27

IMM is a meme started at The Story Siren with some inspiration from Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

Anyone can participate in IMM and you are not limited to only sharing books that arrive via your mailbox. You can also share books that you've bought or books that you've gotten at the library.

Mailbox Monday can be found at: The Printed Page

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.  

This week I got four books.  The first was from the Amazon Vine program and this was The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter.  This book just looked so interesting and gothic I couldn't pass it up.

The second two I bought from because I had actually run out of audio books to listen to on my drive to work.  These two books were The Girl with the Mermaid Hair by Delia Ephron and Paranormalcy by Kiersten White.   The Girl with the Mermaid Hair had been on my wish list for a while.  After reading tons of great reviews on Paranormalcy I was eager to read this one, and at $8 for the audio book on audible it was a steal.

The last book I got from and it was Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler.  I read Hunger and loved it, so I am hoping that I like Rage just as much.  You can read my review of Hunger here.

See below for more info on the books mentioned above!  I hope you all have a great week of reading :-) 

The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter
The Kneebone Boy  
First Sentence: "There were three of them.  Otto was the oldest, and the oddest."
"Life in a small town can be pretty boring when everyone avoids you like the plague. But after their father unwittingly sends them to stay with an aunt who’s away on holiday, the Hardscrabble children take off on an adventure that begins in the seedy streets of London and ends in a peculiar sea village where legend has it a monstrous creature lives who is half boy and half animal. . . .

In this wickedly dark, unusual, and compelling novel, Ellen Potter masterfully tells the tale of one deliciously strange family and a secret that changes everything."

Audio Books:

The Girl with the Mermaid Hair by Delia Ephron

The Girl with the Mermaid Hair
First Sentence: "Sukie kept track of herself in all reflective surfaces: shiny pots, the windowed doors to classrooms, shop windows, car chrome, knives, spoons."

From "Click. Sukie Jamieson takes a selfie after her tennis lesson. Click. She takes one before she has to give a presentation in class. Click. She takes one to be sure there's nothing in her teeth after eating pizza at Clementi's. And if she can't take a selfie, she checks her reflection in windows, spoons, car chrome—anything available, really. So when her mother gives her an exquisite full-length mirror that once belonged to her grandmother, Sukie is thrilled. So thrilled that she doesn't listen to her mother's warning: “This mirror will be your best friend and worst enemy.” Because mirrors, as Sukie discovers, show not only the faraway truth but the truth close up. And finding out that close-up truth changes people. Often forever.
Acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Delia Ephron crafts a powerful novel of truth, beauty, and the secrets about family and friends that lie beneath perfection."

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

First Sentence: "Wait - did you-You just yawned!"
From "Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.
But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal."


Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler

First Sentence: "If Melissa Miller were an artist, she would have painted the world in vicious streaks of red."
From "Missy didn’t mean to cut so deep. But after the party where she was humiliated in front of practically everyone in school, who could blame her for wanting some comfort? Sure, most people don’t find comfort in the touch of a razor blade, but Missy always was . . . different.
That’s why she was chosen to become one of the Four Horsemen Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a different kind of blade--a big, brutal sword that can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But it’s with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control. A unique approach to the topic of self-mutilation, RAGE is the story of a young woman who discovers her own power, and refuses to be defeated by the world."

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