Sunday, January 2, 2011

In My Mailbox (33)

In My Mailbox is brought to us by The Story Siren and was inspired by Alea.

For review:

The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal - ARC

Princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia's led a privileged life at court. But everything changes when it's revealed, just after her sixteenth birthday, that she is a false princess, a stand-in for the real Nalia, who has been hidden away for her protection. Cast out with little more than the clothes on her back, the girl now called Sinda must leave behind the city of Vivaskari, her best friend, Keirnan, and the only life she's ever known.

Sinda is sent to live with her only surviving relative, an aunt who is a dyer in a distant village. She is a cold, scornful woman with little patience for her newfound niece, and Sinda proves inept at even the simplest tasks. But when Sinda discovers that magic runs through her veins - long-suppressed, dangerous magic that she must learn to control - she realizes that she can never learn to be a simple village girl.

Returning to Vivaskari for answers, Sinda finds her purpose as a wizard scribe, rediscovers the boy who saw her all along, and uncovers a secret that could change the course of Thorvaldor's history, forever.


(Summary from goodreads.)

I actually Wow'd this one!! How cool is that? Can't wait to read it. :)

Bitter Melon by Cara Chow - ARC

Frances, a Chinese-American student at an academically competitive school in San Francisco, has always had it drilled into her to be obedient to her mother and to be a straight-A student so that she can go to Med school. But is being a doctor what she wants? It has never even occurred to Frances to question her own feelings and desires until she accidentally winds up in speech class and finds herself with a hidden talent. Does she dare to challenge the mother who has sacrificed everything for her? Set in the 1980s.

(Summary from goodreads.)

Hey, I WoW'd this one, too... What can I say, I love Egmont books. :)

Human .4 by Mike A. Lancaster - ARC

Humanity, like computers, can be upgraded. And old versions disappear...

At some unspecified point in the future, when technology is as advanced as possible and we are a race of super beings, some old audio tapes are discovered. On the tapes is the story of fourteen-year-old Kyle Straker.

Hypnotized, Kyle missed the upgrade of humanity to 1.0. He isn't compatible with our new technology. And through the recording, he narrates what the upgrades really mean. And it's absolutely terrifying.

(Summary from goodreads.)

Yeah... Wow'd this one, too. Cool!!!

Drought by Pam Bachorz - ARC

Ruby Prosser dreams of escaping the Congregation and the early-nineteenth century lifestyle that’s been practiced since the community was first enslaved.

She plots to escape the vicious Darwin West, his cruel Overseers, and the daily struggle to gather the life-prolonging Water that keeps the Congregants alive and gives Darwin his wealth and power. But if Ruby leaves, the Congregation will die without the secret ingredient that makes the Water special: her blood.

So she stays.

But when Ruby meets Ford, the new Overseer who seems barely older than herself, her desire for freedom is too strong. He’s sympathetic, irresistible, forbidden—and her only access to the modern world. Escape with Ford would be so simple, but can Ruby risk the terrible price, dooming the only world she’s ever known?


(Summary from goodreads.)

Didn't WoW this one, breaking my streak, but wow (ha) does it look awesome!!

Won:

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain - Paperback

A Prodigal Son

A Dangerous Love

A Deadly Secret


Grace Divine—daughter of the local pastor—always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared and her brother Jude came home covered in his own blood.

Now that Daniel's returned, Grace must choose between her growing attraction to him and her loyalty to her brother.

As Grace gets closer to Daniel, she learns the truth about that mysterious night and how to save the ones she loves, but it might cost her the one thing she cherishes most: her soul.

(Summary from goodreads.)

I won the epic rat's Monthly Grab a while ago and I picked this one because, well, first of all I REALLY want to read it, and second I'm (fingers crossed) getting The Lost Saint, so it all worked out nicely.

The Insider by Reece Hirsch - Paperback

First corporate attorney Will Connelly's colleague hurtles to his death outside his office window. Within days, Will is a prime suspect in a murder, the target of an S.E.C. insider trading investigation, and a pawn in a complex criminal scheme involving the Russian mafia and a ruthless terrorist plot. Now, to top things off, he must ensure a deadly enemy doesn't gain access to the nation's most sensitive and confidential information-that has the power to do incalculable, irrevocable harm.

(Summary from goodreads.)

I won this from Goodreads, actually. Their contests are cool, and really easy to enter. I get a little bit carried away with entering them, but yeah, it's cool. :)


Last, my extra-special Christmas present from Mireyah:

Today I Will Fly by Mo Willems - Hardcover

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.

Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.

Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

Today, I Will Fly! is the funny introduction to the characters. Piggie is determined to fly. But Gerald the elephant knows that's impossible--isn't it?

(Summary from goodreads.)

I LOVE these books. Love love love, and this is one of my favourite of the series.

Okay, that's all the books I've gotten... recently.

Peace and cookies,
Laina

3 comments:

  1. I loved The Dark Divine and hope you do too! My 3 yr old loves Piggie and Gerald but we haven't read that one yet. Here is my IMM

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  2. TFP is awesome, same with TDD! I'm loving Drought so far too,

    Hope you enjoy them all :D

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  3. Debbie: I pretty much am a 3 year old sometimes :P

    Lea: Thanks for the comment!!

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