Saturday, April 4, 2009

In My Mailbox - 4/4/09

Credit goes to The Story Siren for thinking up the In My Mailbox feature.

I had a very good week, but now I'm not sure what I want to read first! Ack.

Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede

Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent — and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild.

With wit and wonder, Patricia Wrede creates an alternate history of westward expansion that will delight fans of both J. K. Rowling and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Love's Pursuit by Siri Mitchell

In the small Puritan community of Stoneybrooke, Massachusetts, Susannah Phillips stands out both for her character and beauty. She wants only a simple life but soon finds herself pursued by the town's wealthiest bachelor and by a roguish military captain sent to protect them. One is not what he seems and one is more than he seems.

In trying to discover true love's path, Susannah is helped by the most unlikely of allies, a wounded woman who lives invisible and ignored in their town. As the depth, passion, and sacrifice of love is revealed to Susannah, she begins to question the rules and regulations of her childhood faith. In a community where grace is unknown, what price will she pay for embracing love?

Horse Diaries: Elska by Catherine Hapka

Iceland, circa AD 1000

Elska is a silver dapple Icelandic filly. She spends summers frisking about the countryside and winters in the farmyard, where the girl human Amma takes special care of her. But when a powerful neighbor notices Elska, her contented life suddenly changes. Here is Elska’s story . . . in her own words.

Horse Diaries: Bell's Star by Alison Hart

Vermont, 1850s

Bell’s Star is a brown Morgan colt with a white star and two white stockings. He was bred for hard work, yet he longs to run free with his human friend, Katie, on his back. But when Star helps rescue a runaway slave girl, his ideas about freedom may change forever. Here is Star’s story . . . in his own words.

The Way Lies North by Jean Rae Baxter

This young adult historical novel focuses on Charlotte and her family, Loyalists who are forced to flee their home in the Mohawk Valley as a result of the violence of the "Sons of Liberty" during the American Revolution. At the beginning, fifteen-year-old Charlotte Hooper is separated from her sweetheart, Nick, who sympathizes with the Revolutionaries. The war has already taken the lives of her three brothers, and it is with a sense of desperation that Charlotte and her parents begin the long trek north to the safety of Fort Haldimand (near present-day Kingston). The novel portrays Charlotte’s struggle on the difficult journey north, and the even more difficult task of making a new home in British Canada.

Wicked: Resurrection by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

Who is Alex Carruthers? That is the question Wicked fans have been asking for nearly six years. Spellbound, the fourth and seemingly last book in the Wicked series, which was originally published in 3002, left readers on the edge of their seats with a classic cliff-hanger ending. But now, as new fans of the bind-up editions of the series begin to ask the same question, the true and final conclusion to the Wicked series will emerge. And all their questions will be answered in this heart stopping, magical adventure about witches, destiny, and the beyond.

Being Nikki by Meg Cabot

Things aren't pretty for Emerson Watts.
Em was sure there couldn't be anything worse than being a brainiac the body of a teenaged supermodel.
But it turned out she was wrong. Because that supermodel could turn out to have a mother who's gone mysteriously missing, a brother who's shown up on her doorstep demanding answers, a former best friend who's intent on destroying Stark Enterprises to avenge the death of his lost love, and a British heartthrob who's written a song about her that's topping the charts.
How can Em balance all that with school, runway shows, and weekend jaunts to St. Johns - especially when she's got ex-boyfriends crawling out of the woodwork who want more than just a photo op; a sister who is headed to the high school cheerleading championships; a company she represents that seems to be turning to the dark side...
Not to mention trying to convince the love of her life that models aren't really airheads after all...especially one model in particular.
But then, nobody said it was going to be easy being Nikki.

Sea Change by Aimee Friedman

16-year-old Miranda Merchant is great at science...and not so great with boys. After major drama with her boyfriend and (now ex) best friend, she's happy to spend the summer on small, mysterious Selkie Island, helping her mother sort out her late grandmother's estate.
There, Miranda finds new friends and an island with a mysterious, mystical history, presenting her with facts her logical, scientific mind can't make sense of. She also meets Leo, who challenges everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship...and reality.
Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something that she never could have imagined?

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.
She’s not an orphan, but she has no parents.
She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.
That is, until now.
Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the actors of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book—an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family—and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.

Wicked Will by Bailey MacDonald

Performing in the English town of Stratford-on-Avon in 1576, a young actress (disguised as a boy) and a local lad named Will Shakespeare uncover a murder mystery.

And from Bookmooch, Paperbackswap, or used bookstores:


Liyana said...

Gasp. I thought Being Nikki wasn't out till May 09?

Carrie said...

Wow, you had a great week!!

Carolina said...

You got some excellent books! I'm jealous of the Wicked book. :)

Reverie said...

ahhh i got eyes like stars too and cannot wait to start reading it

Adele said...

Sae Change sounds so good, me want, I am very jealous of your haul this week,

Nancy said...

A great book week, so many nice choices. Eyes like Stars, from what I heard is very good and cannot wait myself to dig into it. Wicked, looks very good and I am going to check it out as soon as I can.

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

Awesome week! Read Eyes Like Stars first-it's amazing!!

Anonymous said...

AHHH I am so jealous. I want Being Nikki and Sea Change! x) Great books Rebecca!


Letter Garden said...

Being Nikki!!! I want it! *evil glare*

Anonymous said...

I want to read The Thirteenth Child. Happy reading.

Amy said...

great week!! being nikki has to be amazing, meg cabot can do no wrong! happy reading:)

the story siren said...

Great book week! WOW!! I finished Being Nikki not to long ago! It was sooo good! Not what i was expecting after the first one, but fab none the less!! can't wait to see what you think!

Bookworm said...

Oooh. Being Nikki looks fabulous. I really need to start on that series, huh?

BookChic said...

Liyana- She got an advance reviewer copy. A lot of reviewers have been getting them.

Great week, Rebecca! So jealous of Sea Change. And I see you got the same Horse Diaries books that I did a week or so ago. I don't know what I'm gonna do with them, lol.

deltay said...

Wow, great week! I can definitely see why you're having a hard time deciding where to start ;)

Rebecca Herman said...

BookChic - I read the first Horse Diaries book the other day and it took me like, 30 minutes? So I guess I'll read the other one too and review them on Amazon or something. They don't really fit with what I usually review on this blog, ha ha. The pictures are cute though. Maybe I'll find a little kid to pass them on to after I'm done.

Anonymous said...

Being Nikki! You are lucky.

Rebecca Herman said...

Yeah, a lot of Being Nikki ARCs went out because Meg Cabot had a post on her website that anyone who had a book review blog could email her to request one. So I guess if you didn't get one and do have a blog you could try emailing her but I don't know if she has any left.

soundistheword3 said...

The final Wicked book - I'm so jealous! I hope it lives up to everyone's expectations after having to wait so many years. Have you gotten a chance to read it yet?

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