Saturday, February 20, 2010

In My Mailbox - 2/20/10

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Here are my new books for this week:

For review:

Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials by Stephanie Hemphill

Wicked Girls is a fictionalized account of the Salem witch trials based on the real historical characters, told from the perspective of three young women living in Salem in 1692—Mercy Lewis, Margaret Walcott, and Ann Putnam Jr.
When Ann’s father suggests that a spate of illnesses within the village is the result of witchcraft, Ann sees an opportunity and starts manifesting the symptoms of affliction. Ann looks up to Mercy, the beautiful servant in her parents' house. She shows Mercy the power that a young girl is capable of in a time when women were completely powerless. Mercy, who suffered abuse at the hands of past masters, seizes her only chance at safety. And Ann’s cousin Margaret, anxious to win the attention of a boy in her sights, follows suit. As the accusations mount against men and women in the community, the girls start to see the deadly ramifications of their actions. Should they finally tell the truth? Or is it too late to save this small New England town?
A Printz Honor winner for Your Own, Sylvia, Stephanie Hemphill uses evocative verse to weave a nuanced portrait of one of the most troubling and fascinating times in our nation’s history. The book includes biographies of the real girls and the accused victims.


Bought:

The Line by Teri Hall

An invisible, uncrossable physical barrier encloses the Unified States. The Line is the part of the border that lopped off part of the country, dooming the inhabitants to an unknown fate when the enemy used a banned weapon. It's said that bizarre creatures and superhumans live on the other side, in Away. Nobody except tough old Ms. Moore would ever live next to the Line.
Nobody but Rachel and her mother, who went to live there after Rachel's dad died in the last war. It's a safe, quiet life. Until Rachel finds a mysterious recorded message that can only have come from Away. The voice is asking for help.
Who sent the message? Why is her mother so protective? And to what lengths is Rachel willing to go in order to do what she thinks is right?


Violet Eyes by Debbie Viguie

A Retelling of "The Princess and the Pea"
When a storm brings the dashing Prince Richard to her family's farm, Violet falls in love at first sight. Richard also gives Violet his heart, but he knows his marriage is destined to be an affair of state, not of passion. For the king and queen have devised a contest to determine who will win their son's hand in marriage.
To be reunited with her prince, Violet must compete against princesses from across the land. It will take all of her wits — and a little help from an unexpected source — if Violet is to demonstrate the depth of her character and become Richard's bride.

19 comments:

Christina T said...

Wicked Girls is on my TBR list and Violet Eyes sounds really good. I liked Debbie Viguie's other fairy tale retellings. I hope you enjoy your books!

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Julie said...

Violet Eyes is another one I recently added to my wish list. Princess and the Pea is one of those overlooked ones I definitely would love to read more of.

Rebecca said...

Great books you got this week. The Line looks really interesting. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

Kailia Sage said...

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Kathy Martin said...

Nice books. Violet Eyes sounds especially good. I hope you enjoy all your books. Happy reading!

Callie said...

Enjoy your books!!

Little Miss Becky :) said...

Great books! I am really looking forward to checking out a copy of Wicked Girls.

inthehammockblog said...

Wicked Girls looks so good, I'm always interested in the Salem Witch Trials. Violet Eyes looks really good too! Enjoy!

Book Monster said...

All of them look interesting. Can't wait to hear your review on The Line. Happy Reading!!

Holly said...

The Line seems to be quite a popular read, hope you enjoy it.

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Becky said...

Really looking forward to hearing what you think of The Line and Wicked Girls.

Dazzling Mage said...

All books look super intriging, especially Violet Eyes and The Line.

Happy reading!

Lizzy said...

All the books look really good. I enjoyed The Line, and will definitely be picking up the sequel. Enjoy your books

Kim Harrington said...

Wicked Girls looks really cool. I spent a day in Salem in October researching and it's a lovely place--steeped in history.

geekyreads said...

Wicked Girls looks really interesting, I'll have to check if my library has it.

Thao said...

The Line sounds great. Happy reading!

Lenore said...

Ooh! I just reviewed THE LINE today. Enjoy!

Lori said...

The Line looks intriguing. Here's Mine.

Raspberry said...

I read Violet Eyes, and while the series is typically a bit more junk food than normal, I liked it better than say, Belle or Snow. I haven't reviewed it yet, but will this week. Thanks for all your reviews - a lot of these I haven't had a chance to read yet.

 
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