Saturday, October 17, 2009

In My Mailbox - 10/17/09

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Here are the new books I bought or received this week:

Splendor: A Luxe Novel by Anna Godbersen

A spring turns into summer, Elizabeth relishes her new role as a young wife, while her sister, Diana, searches for adventure abroad. But when a surprising clue about their father's death comes to light, the Holland girls wonder at what cost a life of splendor comes.
Carolina Broad, society's newest darling, fans a flame from her past, oblivious to how it might burn her future. Penelope Schoonmaker is finally Manhattan royalty -- but when a real prince visits the city, she covets a title that comes with a crown. Her husband, Henry, bravely went to war, only to discover that his father's rule extends well beyond New York's shores and that fighting for love may prove a losing battle.
In the dramatic conclusion to the bestselling Luxe series, New York's most dazzling socialites chase dreams, cling to promises, and tempt fate. As society watches what will become of the city's oldest families and newest fortunes, one question remains: Will its stars fade away or will they shine ever brighter?


Forbidden Sea by Sheila A. Nielson

Adrianne is struggling with the harsh reality of poverty in her seaside village, only to be swept away to an underwater mermaid kingdom to be the bride of the Prince of the Sea. Chosen for her noble heart and character, Adrianne realizes that she has not seen herself clearly for who she is--someone who could be a princess. She must make a decision: embrace this strangely luxurious life under the sea, or return home to the ones she loves and the difficulties ahead...


On Viney's Mountain by Joan Donaldson

Strangers have come to Viney's mountain, and she is furious! The arrogant invaders are leveling acres of forest in her beloved home in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee to establish a Utopian democratic settlement in 1880, the dream of English writer and labor pioneer Thomas Hughes. Sixteen-year-old Viney Walker is determined to sabotage their plans, but her sister Lizzie is thrilled, convinced that she will find a wealthy husband among the newcomers. However, the independent-minded Viney hasn't reckoned on Charlie Breckenridge, a handsome Englishman who takes a fancy to her. She feigns a relationship with Charlie to put an end to the pressure from her family to find a man; but her plot backfires in surprising ways, changing Viney and her mountain forever.


Gateway by Sharon Shinn

As a Chinese adoptee in St. Louis, teenage Daiyu often feels out of place. When an elderly Asian jewelry seller at a street fair shows her a black jade ring—and tells her that "black jade" translates to "Daiyu"—she buys it as a talisman of her heritage. But it's more than that; it's magic. It takes Daiyu through a gateway into a version of St. Louis much like 19th century China. Almost immediately she is recruited as a spy, which means hours of training in manners and niceties and sleight of hand. It also means stealing time to be with handsome Kalen, who is in on the plan. There's only one problem. Once her task is done, she must go back to St. Louis and leave him behind forever....


Fallen by Lauren Kate

There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce--and goes out of his way to make that very clear--she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

27 comments:

Catherine said...

Ooh, Forbidden Sea and Gateway look really good. And what an amazing array of covers shown here. Gorgeous.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

OMG Forbidden Sea and Gateway. I'm dying to get my hands on those. Happy reading :)

Alexia561 said...

You got great books this week! Forbidden Sea looks awesome, and I have both Gateway and Fallen on my wishlist. Enjoy!

Marg said...

I bought the first Godberson book purely based on how gorgeous the cover was. Each of the subsequent covers was also beautiful, but I still haven't read any of them!

Dani. said...

Sooooooo jealous of Fallen, Splendor, and Forbidden Sea. Lucky duck. :)

Rebecca said...

Great books you got this week. They all look really good. Hope you enjoy reading all your awesome books.

Lauren said...

My one friend and I were talking about how much she can't wait to read Splendor a couple of hours ago, so it's funny to see that you have it already. Well, to me at least. :) Anyway, Fallen looks so good! Happy reading!

Ravenous Reader said...

WOW!! amazing books this week. I hope you enjoy all of your reads because the all look amazing. Especially Fallen and Forbidden Sea

kapri said...

Looks good. I can't wait to read Splendor!

Michelle said...

OHHH, Fallen!! I can't wait to read your review for that one. Happy reading! =D

KatieDoll said...

You got Fallen! SO JEALOUS! I look forward to your review. Happy reading! :)

Callie said...

Splendor and Fallen. You are so lucky!!! Happy reading!!!

choco said...

Great books, I wish I had Fallen or Splendor in my mailbox! :p

Jessica Ashmore said...

forbidden sea and fallen sound super good to me

Alyssa said...

Another list to squee about this week. I would love Fallen and Forbidden Sea! Can't wait to see your reviews

The Book Bug said...

OMG!! you are so lucky. Splendour and Forbidden sea!!

Happy Reading (cant wait to see you review of splendour!)

TBB

bookalicious said...

OMG, Splendor, sooo jealous!

PolishOutlander said...

Oh goodness. Forbidden Sea and Viney's Mountain looks like great reads. Haven't had a chance to read any of the Luxe novels yet although my friend can't get enough of them. Great haul! Happy reading!

Wendy said...

You got Fallen?! I am incredibly jealous, lol. Happy reading!

Reverie said...

I am dying for FALLEN to be out!!!

TheBookShopaholic said...

Awesome books!

Library Lounge Lizard said...

Splendor AND Fallen...Lucky you!

Allison said...

Gateway looks interesting. Love the cover!

Tena said...

great list! I want to read Splendor: A Luxe Novel by Anna Godbersen

readwhatyouknow said...

I am so jealous of "Splendor." I know I only have like a week left to wait until it's here at my house, but a week is absolutely way too long.

Happy reading!

- Katie

bookjourney said...

Forbidden Sea looks fantastic!

Lenore said...

Saw a big lightbox for FALLEN at RH but no book...

 
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