In My Mailbox (31)

Sunday February 28, 2010
In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea @ Pop Culture Junkie is a way to share what new books you get each week.  They can be books you borrowed from the library, bought, traded, won or received for review.

So, without further adieu, the following are books I received this past week...enjoy!
 

For review:


Brightly Woven
by Alexandra Bracken
March 23, 2010
Egmont
Sydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever. Tucked away in the farthest reaches of the kingdom, her dusty village has suffered under the weight of a strangely persistent drought. That is, of course, until a wizard wanders into town and brings the rain with him.

In return for this gift, Wayland North is offered any reward he desires—and no one is more surprised than Sydelle when, without any explanation, he chooses her. Taken from her home, Sydelle hardly needs encouragement to find reasons to dislike North. He drinks too much and bathes too little, and if that isn’t enough to drive her to madness, North rarely even uses the magic he takes such pride in possessing. Yet, it’s not long before she realizes there’s something strange about the wizard, who is as fiercely protective of her as he is secretive about a curse that turns his limbs a sinister shade of black and leaves him breathless with agony. Unfortunately, there is never a chance for her to seek answers.

Along with the strangely powerful quakes and storms that trace their path across the kingdom, other wizards begin to take an inexplicable interest in her as well, resulting in a series of deadly duels. Against a backdrop of war and uncertainty, Sydelle is faced with the growing awareness that these events aren’t as random as she had believed—that no curse, not even that of Wayland North, is quite as terrible as the one she herself may carry.

Exit Strategy
by Ryan Potter
March 1, 2010
Flux
Who are you supposed to look up to when it seems like every adult you know is more screwed up than yourself?

Looming above Zach Ramsey's hometown are the smokestacks of the truck assembly plant, the greasy lifeblood of this Detroit suburb. Surrounded by drunks, broken marriages, and factory rats living in fear of the pink slip, Zach is getting out of Blaine after graduation. But first, he's going to enjoy the summer before his senior year.

And Zach's having a blast until he uncovers dark secrets that shake his faith in everyone, including his best friend Tank (a state wrestling champion), whose 'roid rages betray a shocking habit. Falling in love with Tank's twin sister Sarah, an Ivy League-bound scholar, doesn't exactly make Zach's life any easier.

Eventually, with enough evidence to nail the town's steroid kingpin, Zach is faced with the toughest decision of his life—one that will prove just what kind of adult he's destined to be.

Bought:
 Lanky lizards! The slinkster-cool novels in Francesca Lia Block's Weetzie Bat series have finally been compiled into one delicious volume. All of the ethereal, mesmerizing titles are here -- Weetzie Bat, Witch Baby, Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys, Missing Angel Juan, and Baby Be-Bop -- together like the big, beautiful family described on their pages.

Block's unique, poetic style immediately draws readers into an intoxicating magical-realist world populated by empathetic, original characters (as well as a few ghosts, fairies, and genies): "He kissed her. A kiss about apple pie à la mode with the vanilla creaminess melting in the pie heat. A kiss about chocolate, when you haven't eaten chocolate in a year. A kiss about palm trees speeding by, trailing pink clouds when you drive down the Strip sizzling with champagne. A kiss about spotlights fanning the sky and the swollen sea spilling like tears all over your legs." 







Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined--the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series.

Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn't quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human.

Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures alternatively terrifying, beautiful, and deadly- all of which perfectly describe her new "friend," Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.

It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never-ever rub the genie's lamp.

If you love Sookie Stackhouse, then you'll want to dive into Nicole Peeler's enchanting debut novel.

13 comments:

Corrine said...

Those all sound good. I really want to read Brightly Woven, Dangerous Angels, The Iron King (I own this one, just haven't gotten around to reading it yet), and Tempest Rising. I hope you enjoy them all! :)

Rebecca Herman said...

enjoy your books! I loved Brightly Woven.

Maria the Bookworm said...

Great books! I would love to read Brightly Woven and The Iron King soon :D Enjoy!

Diana Dang said...

Looks great, enjoy!

Lauren said...

Awesome books! I'm looking forward to seeing your review of Exit Strategy because I've heard almost nothing about it, surprisingly enough. Happy reading! :)

BrittLit said...

Brightly Woven sounds so amazing. And I love Dangerous Angels. Happy Reading!

The Library Lurker said...

I am in total envy of you right now! Brightly Woven!!! Your other books look great too!

Amber Skye said...

You had a really good book week, huh? Enjoy all of those awesome books!

Shelley said...

Is it okay to add a book from the non-fiction field? I'm just reading Farber On Film--some really trenchant movie reviews. He holds film up to a very high standard, and has some interesting things to say about Hitchcock, among others....

fredamans said...

I've got the Iron King too.

http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/2010/02/in-my-mailbox_27.html

Windowpane Memoirs said...

Great titles. Happy Reading ;)

Peace
Michelle

iluvhersheys_andbooks said...

Brightly Woven has been at the top of my wishlist for so long!!!Hope you enjoy all you books!!!
Chioma

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Brightly Woven has an amazing cover!