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Sunday, May 30, 2010

In My Mailbox (25) Library Sale Edition

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

This is going to be a two-part post, I think. I went to a book sale at the library yesterday and picked up a bunch of books that you guys might be interested in.

Vamps by Nancy A. Collins - Paperback

When the sun goes down, New York's true elite all head to one place: Bathory Academy, where the young ladies of the finest vampire families are trained in shapeshifting and luring their prey.

Bathory's reigning queen, Lilith Todd, is the daughter of a powerful vampire businessman, and she knows exactly what she wants from life. She wants to look beautiful for eternity and party till the sun comes up with her gorgeous boyfriend, Jules. And she doesn't want any New Blood upstarts standing in her way.

Enter Cally Monture, an unexpected threat from a trash zip code. When their first meeting leads to tragic results, Lilith is hungry for revenge.

(Summary from goodreads.)

I tried this one before and it was an DNF, but I figure for a quarter, I may as well buy it. Worst case scenario I snark the heck out of it and a fine time is had by all. :P

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli - Hardcover

Maniac Magee is a folk story about a boy, a very excitable boy. One that can outrun dogs, hit a home run off the best pitcher in the neighborhood, tie a knot no one can undo. "Kid's gotta be a maniac," is what the folks in Two Mills say. It's also the story of how this boy, Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee, confronts racism in a small town, tries to find a home where there is none and attempts to soothe tensions between rival factions on the tough side of town.

(Summary from goodreads.)

If you all have never read this one, we can no longer be BFF's. Jerry Spinelli is seriously awesome. Also a quarter!

The Maze by Monica Hughes - Paperback

The Maze is an exciting and challenging novel from the pen of one of Canada's best science fiction and fantasy writers for young readers. Monica Hughes thrusts us into the troubled life of 15-year-old Andrea Austin, who has her fair share of problems. She's being raised by her dad, a cold professor of mathematics who doesn't seem to understand the pressures of being a contemporary teenager and who's more interested in making sure that dinner's precisely on time than in what's happening in Andrea's life. She's also the new kid at Abbotsville High and the latest victim of a cruel gang of school bullies known as the Six. Under the auspices of their leader, Crystal, the Six make Andrea's life hell, and she can't figure out how to get them to leave her alone.

After yet another bullying, she escapes into a cozy old antique shop where Sophia, the proprietress, gives her the Maze, a small black box inlaid with an intricate silver design. Andrea soon discovers that the Maze is an intriguing means of escaping from Crystal and company. But then everything seems to go wrong. When the Six attack Andrea in the park, Crystal and her second-in-command Serena suddenly disappear. Andrea discovers that they've been swept into the world of the Maze and only she can rescue them.

(Summary from goodreads.)

I read this ages ago and liked it. Also a quarter.

See You Later by Christopher Pike - Paperback

Mark has just fallen in love for the first time. Her name is Becky and unfortunately for Mark, she already has a boyfriend. Mark tries his best, but he is unable to win Becky for himself--until he meets Vincent and Kara and strange things start to happen.

(Summary from goodreads.)

I like Christopher Pike. I think I've probably read this one, too, but I can't quite remember. Quarter.

Reflex by Steven Gould - Paperback

A mysterious group of people has taken Davy captive. They don't want to hire him, and they don't have any hope of appealing to him to help them. What they want is to own him. They want to use his abilities for their own purposes, whether Davy agrees to it or not. And so they set about brainwashing him and conditioning him, and they have found a way to keep a teleport captive.

But there's one thing that they don't know. No one knows it, not even Davy. And it might save his life...

(Summary from goodreads but tweaked to match the back cover.)

You know the movie Jumper? This is in the series of the book Jumper that the movie was based on and I've been meaning to read them. The copy I got doesn't even look like it's been read. For a quarter!

Velocity by Dean Koontz - Paperback

If you don't take this note to the police... I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher... If you do... I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work. You have six hours to decide. The choice is yours.

The typewritten note under his windshield seems like just a sick joke. But in less than twenty-four hours, Billy Wiles, an ordinary, hardworking guy, is about to see his life take on the speed of a nightmare.

A young blond schoolteacher is murdered--and now Billy has another note.

And another deadline.

This time he knows it's no joke. He's racing a killer faster than evil itself. And Billy must accept his terrifying challenge: The choice is yours.

(Summary from goodreads.)

My mom is actually reading this right now and I think she likes it so far. Another one I've been meaning to read (and you guessed it, it was a quarter). It also looked like it'd never even been read.

The Mulberry Tree by Jude Deveraux - Paperback

Quiet, unassuming, and overweight Lillian Manville did anything and everything to please her husband, the illustrious self-made billionaire James Manville. Since the tender age of seventeen, she had obeyed this powerful older man's every command and in return she received a life beyond her wildest dreams.

But when Jimmie dies suddenly in a plane crash, Lillian's pampered life comes to an abrupt halt. She learns that Jimmie has bequeathed all of his riches to his devious siblings. All, that is, except an old farmhouse in small-town Calburn, Virginia.

Although Lillian is devastated by Jimmie's death and apparent betrayal, her unexpected circumstances quickly transform her for the better. She loses weight and, with the help of Matthew Longacre, a kind, handsome local man, begins to renovate the farmhouse and establish friendships with Calburn's quirky townspeople. In time she develops her own thriving business and an inner strength she never knew existed. But, though Lillian's new life seems as strong as the mulberry tree firmly planted outside her farmhouse, there remain secrets and lies that threaten to uproot the past she cherished and the future she will fight to protect.

(Summary from goodreads.)

I actually read the first couple of chapters of this in the back of another book and liked it so when I was helping sort out the hardcovers from the paperbacks for the booksale and saw this, I was quite glad. :)

And that's the last of the library sale books. I also got a ton of picture books, all in all getting 40 books for ten dollars, but this is all that you guys would be interested in.

Oh, but...

Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine - Paperback

I bought this one at the Pharmasave (and I'm not telling for how much because they are so overpriced in that store it's ridiculous) a week or two ago and I just forgot to do an IMM with it because my mom stole it. I'm not posting the goodreads description because I'm in the middle of reading the series and I don't want to spoil it for myself.

Okay, so I also had an elf order come this week and I'm going to post a seperate IMM for that tomorrow, okay? Because otherwise this would be way too long and have waaaay too many pictures.

So that's everything for today.

Peace and cookies,


  1. Lots of great sounding books! I hope you enjoy them all, I've heard wonderful things about Caine's books!

    Happy reading :)

  2. Sounds like you had a good week. Enjoy all of your new books!

  3. I really like The Mulberry Tree, I bet if you liked the first couple of chapters you will too :) its a pretty cute read. One of the only books I've really enjoyed by that author.

  4. Lea: I really enjoy Rachel's books. I have reviews of them up now. :)

    Amber Skye: Thanks!!

    Allison: I haven't read a lot of hers... I find I either really like them or really don't.


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