Mailbox Monday

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of  A Girl and Her Books.  The host for February’s Mailbox Monday posts will be Metroreader.

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

This weekend I stopped by my library bookstore and picked up these books:

“How to Save Your Tail” by Mary Hanson – this book is a find for my Lil’ Heart – she was delighted by the title.

“How does a book-loving, cookie-baking rat named Bob save his tail from being gobbled by two hungry cats?  By telling them fairy tails about his family, of course!

There’s the one about Great-granduncle Mustard, who upgraded his family from a house of straw to a lovely three-bedroom brick place.  All was swell until some wolves with snout-warts showed up.

And then there’s the story of Grandma Lois, who, after her mother ran away with the circus, took a job spinning straw into gold.  But that’s hard to do without the help of a hairy chimney troll.

Will Bob be able to keep those story-loving, cookie-chomping cats occupied, so that he doesn’t become their next meal?”

Evermore by Alyson Noel – I’ve seen this book around, but haven’t ever picked it up before.  For $.50, what do I have to lose?

“After a horrible accident claims the lives of her family, sixteen year-old Ever Bloom can see people’s auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone’s entire life story by touching them.  Going out of her way to avoid human contact and suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school – but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.

Damen is gorgeous, exotic, and wealthy.  he’s the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head – wielding a magic so intense, it’s as though he can peer straight into her soul.  As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she’s left with more question s than answers.  And she has no idea just who he really is – or what he is.  The only thing she knows to be true is that she’s falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.”

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

“Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic.  She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die.  The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hatahway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a Dhampir.  Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to the St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana.  But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger…and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever.”

Orchid House by Cindy Martinusen – I have to admit to buying this book because of the cover art.  I didn’t even read the back of the book before I bought it, but here’s what it says…

“A funeral and some family business – that’s what Julia Bentley expects when she travels to the Phillipines to bury her grandfather.  She hopes for a brief adventure, a dsitraction from her most recent failed relationship and her loose-ends California life.  Maybe even a chance to meet some distant relatives she’s never known.

Instead, she discovers a place where past and present, Spanish and Asian, primitive and civilized mingle in a melange as spicy and colorful as the paella her relatives dish up for special occasions.  A place where some children hitch rides on cattle and others wield loaded guns.  Where guerillas lurk in the jungle and volcanoes and governments are threated to blow.  where stories haunt her ancestral home – the grand by decaysing Hacienda Esperanza, Plantation of Hope – and danger lurks behind every tree.  Love and orchids bloom in places she never thought to look.

How can a land so foreign, and so troubled, fill her with a strange peace?  And would staying mean risking her life…or finding it at last?”


Books I received in the mail:

Oxford Messed Up by Andrea Kayne Kaufman from Grant Place Press

This book is about the author’s struggle to help a family member with OCD.

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry from Henry Holt and Company.

“Gabie drives a mini cooper.  she also delivers pizzas part-time.  One night, Kayla, another delivery girl at Pete’s Pizza, goes out with an order and never comes back.  To Gabie’s horror, she learns that the man who called in the fake pizza order had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working that night.  Was Kayla’s fate really meant for Gabie?  Obsessed with finding Kayla, Gabie teams up with  Drew, who also works at Pete’s.  Together they set out to prove that Kayla isn’t dead – and to find her before she is.

I also received some ARC E-books this week:

Helen Keller in Love by Rosie Sultan from Penguin Group

Rosie Sultan’s debut novel imagines a part of Keller’s life she rarely spoke of or wrote about: the man she once loved. When Helen is in her thirties and Annie Sullivan is diagnosted with tuberculosis, a young man steps in as a private secretary. Peter Fagan opens a new world to Helen, and their sensual interactions–signing and lip-reading with hands and fingers–quickly set in motion a liberating, passionate, and clandestine affair. It’s not long before Helen’s secret is discovered and met with stern disapproval from her family and Annie. As pressure mounts, the lovers plot to elope, and Helen is caught between the expectations of the people who love her and her most intimate desires.  (from NetGalley)

Comeback Love by Peter Golden from Simon and Schuster

Like Nicholas Sparks and Robert James Waller, first-time novelist Peter Golden knows how to write the kind of nostalgic fiction that men and women alike fall for. In Comeback Love, a universal story about lost love, he offers an evocative debut that begins in the tumultuous 1960s and ends in the feverish thrill of present-day New York City.

Over thirty-five years ago, Gordon Meyers, an aspiring writer with a low number in the draft lottery, packed his belongings and reluctantly drove away, leaving Glenna Rising, the sexy, sharp-witted med student he couldn’t imagine living without.

Now, decades later, Gordon is a former globetrotting consultant with a grown son, an ex-wife, and an overwhelming desire to see Glenna again. Stunned when Gordon walks into her Manhattan office, Glenna agrees to accompany him for a drink. As the two head out into the snow-swept city, they become caught up in the passions that drew them together before tearing them apart. And as the evening unfolds, Gordon finally reveals the true reason for his return.

Comeback Love is a bracing journey into the hearts of two lovers who came of age in the 1960s. Plumbing the depths of youth, regret, and desire, Peter Golden deftly illuminates the bonds that mysteriously endure in the face of momentous change. (from NetGalley)

The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Long from Penguin Young Readers

The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Years later, when she returns to the woods where Tom was taken to say goodbye at last, she finds herself lured into a world where stunning beauty masks the most treacherous of evils, and strange and dangerous creatures await-creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with allegiances that shift as much as his moods. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack’s help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where nothing is what it seems, no one is who they say, and she’s faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice-and not just her own. (from NetGalley)

What books made it into your house this week?

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