05 December 2010

In My Mailbox (21)

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Welcome to another week of In My Mailbox!  I hope all of you have had an awesome past week. :)  I myself managed to go to Borders yesterday both for myself and my Secret Santa. ;)  The library was also on the agenda, so I have new books from there as well!

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Looking for Alibrandi
Melina Marchetta
first American edition, Orchard Books, 1999

There had never been a man in Josephine Alibrandi's life.  But now, in her senior year in high school, there are three.

Josephine's father, who left Sydney when Christina, Josephine's mother, was an unwed pregnant teenager, is back in town and increasingly involved in his daughter's life.  John Barton, polished and rich and bound for law school, is romantically interested in Josephine.  And so is Jacob Coote, a working-class boy, easy on the eyes, who moves Josephine in ways she never thought possible.

Set against the background of Sydney, Australia, and its vibrant Italian-Australian community, this emotionally charged novel follows a feisty heroine's struggle to balance the pressures of school, family and friends--while, at the same time, coming to understand herself.

The Hunchback Assignments
Arthur Slade
Wendy Lamb Books, 2009

A gripping new series combines Steampunk, spying, and a fantastic Victorian London.

The mysterious Mr. Socrates rescues Modo, a child in a traveling freak show. Modo is a hunchback with an amazing ability to transform his appearance, and Mr. Socrates raises him in isolation as an agent for the Permanent Association, a spy agency behind Brittania’s efforts to rule the empire. At 14, Modo is left on the streets of London to fend for himself. When he encounters Octavia Milkweed, another Association agent, the two uncover a plot by the Clockword Guild behind the murders of important men. Furthermore, a mad scientist is turning orphan children into automatons to further the goals of the Guild. Modo and Octavia journey deep into the tunnels under London and discover a terrifying plot against the British government. It’s up to them to save their country.

The Splendor Falls
Rosemary Clement-Moore
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2009

Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can’t dance. A broken leg ended her career, but Sylvie’s pain runs deeper. What broke her heart was her father’s death, and what’s breaking her spirit is her mother’s remarriage—a union that’s only driven an even deeper wedge into their already tenuous relationship.

Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment and shipping her to Alabama is her mother’s solution for Sylvie’s unhappiness. Her father’s cousin is restoring a family home in a town rich with her family’s history. And that’s where things start to get shady. As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can’t stop thinking about. Shawn Maddox, the resident golden boy, seems to be perfect in every way. But Rhys—a handsome, mysterious foreign guest of her cousin’s—has a hold on her that she doesn’t quite understand.

Then she starts seeing things. Sylvie’s lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?

Graceling
Kristin Cashore
Harcourt Children's Books, 2008

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight — she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme, and in her case horrifying, skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace — or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away... a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

Beautiful Creatures
Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009

There were no surprises in Gatlin County. 
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.


Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

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I already own a copy of "Graceling" and "Beautiful Creatures" in hardcover but I bought paperback copies so that I can mark them up--highlight, write in the margins, slap sticky notes all over it.  They're some of my favorite books and so I wanna be able to mark just how they do it.  So besides those, the rest are from the library.

I cannot WAIT to begin reading "Looking for Alibrandi" by Melina Marchetta.  I recently read her fantasy novel, "Finnikin of the Rock" (which I couldn't find at Borders, by the way >.<) and I watched the trailer for "Looking for Alibrandi" and just couldn't wait to read it.  I was able to read the first few pages of it this morning but I won't be able to read any more until after I've finished with the two essays due tomorrow. >.>

I also entered The Bookshelf Sophisticate's Angel Star Re-Create a Cover Contest.  The prize is awesome!  A bracelet based on the book "Angel Star" by Jennifer Murgia.  You can click here to see my entry.  If you're into graphics and books, go enter! ^_^

Also, KIM  HARRGINTON is having a fantastic giveaway of her soon-to-be-published book CLARITY.  You can go enter here.

To writers:  I found this great post via Kristin Cashore's blog and I think it's something all you writers out there should read (even if you're a high and mighty published author XD).  Will Ludwigsen's post "Aid and Comfort"

Don't forget about the new "Ask an Author" feature located at the top of the page! :)

What did YOU get this week?