Saturday, February 13, 2010

In My Mailbox - 2/13/10

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Here are my new books for this week:

The Fire Opal by Regina McBride

There was a time when Maeve O'Tullagh led a simple life; a time when she and her mother, Nuala, collected kelp on the foreshore near their cottage in Ard Macha; a time when she played among the Celtic ruins with her older brothers and daydreamed about the legendary Holy Isles, an enchanted land ruled in a past age by a beautiful goddess.
But after Maeve's sister, Ishleen, is born, her mother sinks into a deep, impenetrable trance. For years, Maeve tries to help her mother "awaken," and then the unthinkable happens: Ishleen succumbs to the same mysterious ailment as Nuala.
Heartbroken to think that her sister and her mother might be lost to her forever, Maeve sets off on an unimaginable quest to a world filled with fantastical creatures, a web of secrets, a handsome, devious villain who will stop at nothing to have her hand in marriage—braving them all to retrieve a powerful glowing stone that will help her recover the souls of her loved ones and bring them home to Ard Macha.

Aurelie: A Faerie Tale by Heather Tomlinson

Once upon a time, three children and a little river dragon were the best of friends—until a promise was broken. Now they are almost grown up and barely speaking to one another. Of the four, it is Princess Aurelie who feels the loss the most. How can she prevent a war when she can’t even make her friends get along? Heartsick at losing her dearest companions, Aurelie finds comfort in the beauty of fairyland. But a princess can’t hide from her duties forever. Her country needs her, and so do her friends, whether they know it or not.

Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson

Diribani has come to the village well to get water for her family's scant meal of curry and rice. She never expected to meet a goddess there. Yet she is granted a remarkable gift: Flowers and precious jewels drop from her lips whenever she speaks.
It seems only right to Tana that the goddess judged her kind, lovely stepsister worthy of such riches. And when she encounters the goddess, she is not surprised to find herself speaking snakes and toads as a reward.
Blessings and curses are never so clear as they might seem, however. Diribani’s newfound wealth brings her a prince—and an attempt on her life. Tana is chased out of the village because the province's governor fears snakes, yet thousands are dying of a plague spread by rats. As the sisters' fates hang in the balance, each struggles to understand her gift. Will it bring her wisdom, good fortune, love . . . or death?


Test said...

The Fire Opal looks great! I can't wait to see your review of it. Happy reading. :)

prophecygirl said...

The Fire Opal does look great - never heard of that one before. Hope you enjoy!

Rebecca said...

Awesome books you got this week. They all look really interesting. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

~The Book Pixie said...

OMG, I can't believe you got The Fire Opal! I've been so anxious to read that one. Hope you like it and your other books as well. :D


Christina T said...

You have some really interesting books to read. I have been wanting to read Toads and Diamonds and Aurelie. I hadn't heard of The Fire Opal before but it sounds fantastic. Kind of like Juliet Marillier's Celtic fantasy novels.

Here is what's in my mailbox this week.

ck.twilighter (Chasity) said...

Wow... great books you got!!=)

Renee said...

Great books! There are several I've added to my list. Thanks for sharing. Happy Reading!

Lori said...

Amazing looking covers. The books look interesting as well. Here's Mine

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Nice week. :)

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